Teen With Pre-existing Health Issues Dies Inside Haunted House Attraction

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Christian Faith Benge’s love of God and strong faith are what her family says they will remember most about the 16-year-old who died from a medical condition after visiting the Land of Illusion attraction Friday night.

Christian-Faith-BengeBenge, a sophomore at New Miami High School, was transported to Atrium Medical Center after collapsing inside one of the haunted houses at Land of Illusion in Madison Twp., officials said. She died at the hospital from a medical condition, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is underway, said Doyle Burke, deputy coroner.

“She got halfway through and just collapsed,” her grandmother Betty Benge said. “She was almost through it.” Christian was at the attraction with about 100 friends and family members, according to her mother, Jean Benge.

Medical officials told the family part of her heart was enlarged four times its size. “They said she was like a time bomb,” Betty Benge said.

Jean Benge told the Journal-News that her daughter was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which prevents the lungs from developing normally.

“The heart had to compensate for the lung … it just stopped,” she said.

Jean said her “mother instinct” kicked in as she performed CPR on her daughter.

“I did CPR until the paramedics arrived. And I trust God. He has the ultimate plan,” she said as she talked to reporters at Full Gospel Church, 2117 Eaton Road. “She’s better off than we are … because of her faith in Christ I know she’s home.”

There was no injury-causing accident that happened at the haunted park, owner Brett Oakley said.

“It was a very unfortunate situation,” Oakley said.

Christian was an active member of Full Gospel Church, where she sang in the choir, according to her family.

“Those memories of her up here singing and pouring out her heart to everyone is the fondest memory I have of her,” said Christian’s aunt Julene Adams.

Grandparents described Christian as a kind, gentle, lovable person.

“You couldn’t find a better kid than she was,” said her grandfather Ernest Benge, pastor at Full Gospel Church for more than 30 years.

“We don’t understand it, but you just survive it,” he said. “She was one of the kids you never have to correct.”

Christian was born with a very low chance of living, according to her grandfather. She sometimes had breathing problems, he said.

“I just wish there were more giving and more loving like she lived her life. She’s always been a kid that never complained, even through all the operations she went through,” he said.

‘Sims repeatedly masturbated while in the interview room despite numerous warnings from deputies to stop.’

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A robbery suspect was arrested Sunday after he returned to the same gas station and was identified by the customer he robbed, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office report.

Johnny-Big-Sims-jpgJohnny Big Sims, 31, faces a charge of robbery by sudden snatching.

According to the arrest report, a man was purchasing items inside a gas station on Northwest 27th Avenue and was preparing to pay the clerk when Sims walked up behind the man and snatched $25 in cash from his hand.

The next day, Sims returned to the gas station and was identified by the customer, who also happened to be there, the report said. That customer called deputies, who arrived and detained Sims.

While Sims was being handcuffed, the man told deputies, “That’s him. That’s the one who took my money.”

According to the report, Sims repeatedly masturbated while in the interview room despite numerous warnings from deputies to stop. Sims eventually had to be placed in handcuffs to get him to stop.

Yes, this is a tree full of penises and, no, it’s not a joke

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Oh look, another musty old medieval Italian mural.

But, what’s that unusual fruit?

Oh, ok, I’ve spoiled it with the headline.

Yes, it’s penises.

The Massa Marittima, in Tuscany, was created the 13th century and its central item is a cock tree.

There they are, all 25 of them, complete with balls, dancing in the breeze.

Underneath are some ladies standing about, one of whom appears to be trying to get one with a pole in a ‘hook the duck’ fashion.

The mural was discovered in 2000 and restored three years ago.

But, cock horror, the restoration experts were accused of censorship by scrubbing out or altering some of the testicles.

They denied this, saying the changes were due to the thick deposits of salt and calcium that encrusted the work and had to be removed.

Anyway, back to that tree.

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Nobody really knows why it was painted in 1265 or what it really means.

Some think it is a clear fertility symbol because it stands by a fountain – the town’s main source of water in medieval times.

Others believe it to have a political message from one powerful party, the Guelphs, to another, the Ghibellines.

It has been interpreted as a message that, if the Ghibellines were given power, they would bring nothing but witchcraft, heresy and perversion.

At the time the mural was painted, the Guelphs controlled Massa Marittima.

If this interpretation is correct then the women below are witches, in line with the myth that witches had the power to steal a man’s penis.

George Ferzoco, director of the Centre for Tuscan Studies at the University of Leicester, said: ‘There was a well-known story in Tuscan folklore about witches removing mens’ penises and placing them in bird nests in trees, where they would then multiply and take on a life of their own.’

He added: ‘Heretics, according to people in the Middle Ages, practised sodomy. Hence the phallus tree.’

 

Man Arrested After Exercising Naked in the Street

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timothy+loweAn Arlington man is facing an indecent exposure charge after police say he was found doing push-ups in the middle of the street naked.

Officers were called to the 3200 block of. S. 24th Street just before 8 p.m. on Oct. 16 after receiving several reports about the strange behavior.

According to Arlington County police, 31-year-old Timothy Lowe ignored their commands and approached the officers aggressively while yelling obscenities. Lowe, who was allegedly under the influence of narcotics, was taken into custody after officers used a stun gun on him.

He has been charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice. Lowe is being held without bond.

Mom Gave Kid Away To Heroin User To Live Life Of Normal Teenager

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A suburban St. Louis teen mom desperate to live the life of a normal young adult gave away her toddler to a known heroin user, then claimed the woman kidnapped the tot, cops say.

Desiree-CozzoniDesiree Ann-Marie Cozzoni, 18, could only smile as she sat for her mugshot while being booked on several misdemeanor charges.

But court papers paint a sinister plot of a young woman more concerned with partying than caring for her 16-month-old son.

Earlier this month, Cozzoni drew up non-legal papers granting a heroin user, who’d lost custody of her own kids, rights to care for her child so Cozzoni could live the life of “a normal teenager,” court documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch read.

Cozzoni even changed her phone number to prevent the woman, described as unemployed, homeless and living in motels, from contacting her.

The woman bought heroin daily and frequently used it in front of Cozzoni and the boy, both of whom crashed with the woman often, the newspaper reported.

Eventually, Cozzoni called St. Charles cops to report the woman had kidnapped her son.

Police say the report was bogus and charged Cozzoni with making a false report, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Cops found a pipe with marijuana residue in the teen’s purse when they booked her into jail, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Cozzoni posted $2,500 jail on Tuesday and was released. It’s unclear who now has custody of the boy, but Cozzoni, a frequent Facebook user, wrote that her first supervised visit with the child was scheduled for Thursday.

“I just wish I weren’t a bad mom,” she wrote Tuesday evening. “I wish none of this happened. I just want my baby back.”

Man Explains Why He Cut Off His Penis (NSFW)

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WARNING: The content and images in this story may be offensive to some readers.

n-NULLO-large570A man who goes by the name of “Gelding” recently opened up about why he decided to cut his penis and testicles off and become a “nullo.” That is, a man who has removed his sex organ.

You can see a NSFW photo of Gelding at the bottom of this story.

“The average person of both sexes will think I’m unbalanced,” Gelding told The Huffington Post in an email. “[That's] their laymen’s knee-jerk reaction.”

Before he was able to get his penis removed, Gelding said, he had to have several consultations with a doctor.

“In my case, my psychologist took me through a number of long dialogue sessions and a full battery of personality tests to develop a formal profile,” Gelding said. “His finding was that I’d be better off in a ‘whole person’ view after having my penis removed. That was sufficient to sway a urologist to agree to do the procedure. More harm would result in the long term from not doing the procedure than doing it.”

In an interview with Gawker, Gelding explains what people often misunderstand about “nullos” and what the advantages and drawbacks are of joining this club.

On why he decided to have his testicles removed …

I had a baby face in high school, there was one of these bullies and he said “you have a man’s equipment but you’re still a boy” and he squeezed my balls in the shower. He was on the football team, I was on the soccer team showering together and he said “you shouldn’t have such big equipment” so he squeezed my balls and at that point it was just a fantasy for me. So how about getting rid of them for some reason?

On the drawbacks …

One of the most obvious cons is I have to sit to pee, or I have to use one of these female urination devices. It’s an odd funnel shaped device that you can use if there’s only a men’s urinal. Also, sometimes I get urinary tract infections. There’s a shorter path to the bladder through what I’ve got now. So I’ve got to be very careful and keep it clean.

On the benefits …

… my mood has improved dramatically since going nullo. I don’t miss the baggage. I don’t miss the fact that I get into sex with a guy, he expects me to perform in some ways, now he doesn’t have that expectation. In fact, quite a few guys find it very arousing that they don’t have to have that distraction.

Read the entire interview here.

SF Weekly previously described Gelding as a “legendary figure in the eunuch subculture, where he acts as a kind of den mother for the genitally obsessed, someone to whom a man can turn when he decides the cojones need to go.” This was back in 2000, before Gelding had his penis removed in 2011.

As for why he did that, Gelding told Gawker it was ultimately sparked by a sports injury, but that he had thought about having it cut off before.

“For whatever reason I was always embarrassed by the size of what I had. It didn’t fit my personality.”

Gelding has also worked as a “cutter,” someone who castrates men looking to part with their testicles.

“One of the reasons why I am doing this is to help other guys avoid the problems,” Gelding told SF Weekly. “In that respect it is humanitarian. In another respect I will admit to a certain amount of sexual excitement from the whole idea.”

Others have opined on the positives of voluntary castration. In his book, “Castration: The Advantages and Disadvantages,” author Victor Cheney asserts that the surgery can increase life expectancy by thirteen years and improve the immune system.

Cheney, according to the book’s Amazon product description, is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent 25 years researching the surgery and had it done on himself after he contracted prostate cancer.

Below is an NSFW image of Gelding in his modified birthday suit:

 

 

 

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Breaking up is hard to do — and it’s even more difficult when the ex gets stuck in your chimney.

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Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, was arrested Sunday morning after police say she spent a few hours stuck in a chimney of a home of a man who had recently ended a relationship with her.

o-WOMAN-STUCK-IN-CHIMNEY-2-570A neighbor heard the suspect crying at about 5:45 a.m. and called 911. The Ventura County Fire Department’s search and rescue squad came to the scene and found Nunez-Figueroa stuck in the chimney about eight feet from the top.

She had been there an estimated two hours, Capt. Renee Ferguson of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department told KTLA TV.

In order to free Nunez-Figueroa, the rescue crew had to dismantle the chimney andlubricate her with dish soap.

The suspect was finally removed from the chimney around 8:15 a.m. and was transported to a hospital to be evaluated, according to KABC TV.

After the evaluation, Nunez-Figueroa was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police, NBC Los Angeles reports.

The suspect’s bail was set at $2,500 and she is due in court on Tuesday.

The homeowner, who only gave his name as “Lawrence,” was away from the house when the incident happened.

He told CBS Los Angeles that he knew Nunez-Figueroa.

“It wasn’t Santa Claus, for sure,” Lawrence told the station. “Having someone in your chimney is like kind of a weird thing you wouldn’t expect to come home to.”

Lawrence told authorities he had met the suspect online and went out with her six times before ending things recently.

“It’s actually the second attempt for her trying to access the inside of my house, from the roof,” Lawrence told CBS Los Angeles. “Which just goes to show you,” he said, “you have to be careful who you meet online.”

Although Lawrence now has to deal with a dismantled chimney, Nunez-Figueroa’s family has offered to play for the repair, saying the suspect is a good person.