I’m not saying she’s a terrible doctor, but she missed a pregnancy AND a broken neck


imagesA bungling doctor who served a nine-month suspension for failing to spot an ectopic pregnancy and discharging another patient with a broken neck has been struck off after branding her tribunal a “parody”.

A tribunal said the move was needed to protect patients.

Dr Camelia Jurcut sent the mother to-be home after she complained of abdominal pain at Skegness Hospital in June 2011.

But a nurse was so worried about the patient she tried to contact the woman, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.

The patient, who was eight weeks pregnant, was then taken by ambulance to the Pilgrim Hospital, in Boston, where she was diagnosed with the potentially life-threatening complication.

Another blunder related to an 86-year-old-man who was sent home suffering from back and neck pain after a fall. A week later a scan revealed his neck was fractured.

Jurcut was found guilty of deficient professional performance at a hearing in Manchester last year and suspended for nine months.

She could have been allowed back to work, but failed to attend the review hearing, instead branding the process a “parody”.

In an email to the GMC, she said: “I don’t know how to say it and not be offensive, but this trial is a real parody. I will not be there.”

The review panel, chaired by Dr Brian Crompton, found she had not taken adequate steps to deal with the concerns raised at the original hearing and ruled she should be struck off the medical register.

Dr Compton said: “She has not provided any evidence that she has taken part in any retraining that would address her deficiencies or that she has maintained her clinical skills.

“There is no evidence that she has remediated the actions that resulted in a finding of deficient professional performance. All of the above demonstrate a persistent lack of insight.”

He said removing her name from the medical register was a necessary and proportionate response to protect patients.

Dr Jurcut came to attention of the GMC in February 2012 when bosses at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust sent a letter expressing concerns over errors.

She was accused of misconduct and deficient professional performance at the June 2013 hearing in relation to her treatment of nine patients at Skegness Hospital and Scunthorpe General Hospital in 2011.

But despite finding errors in her work, the panel decided those actions were not serious enough to amount to misconduct and imposed a nine month ban so she could take steps to address her deficient performance.

Last year’s hearing was told how she “inappropriately discharged a pregnant patient” without resolving an ectopic pregnancy, and “discharged an elderly patient with a broken neck”.

The medic admitted to shortcomings in relation to another patient, “Patient F”, after failing to spot two metallic foreign bodies in their eye.

Dr Jurcut qualified in medicine in Bucharest, Romania, in 1999 and has been registered to practise in the UK since 2009.

She has also worked at Doncaster Hospital, but intended to return to Romania.

She has 28 days to appeal.

Man Who Killed Little Brother Slit Cellmate’s Throat With Playing Card


Andrew-Ward-125x188Police arrested 27-year-old Andrew Ward after he admitted he’d stabbed his 12-year-old half-brother to death in the family’s home.

On Wednesday morning, Andrew Ward called 911 from a convenience store claiming he had stabbed someone without going into any further details. When police arrived and detained Andrew, he had blood on his hands and clothes, had a knife in his pocket, and appeared out of it.

He told police the person he stabbed could be found in his family’s home nearby. When police entered they found Andrew’s younger brother, 12-year-old Austin Tapia, dead from multiple stab wounds.

At about this time, the mother arrived home with her two teenage daughters and was informed that her older son had killed Austin. She told police they were returning from dinner and that Austin had opted not to go with them. She said as they were leaving, they saw Andrew returning home on foot.

Austin-TapiaFamily members said Andrew has a history of violence and substance abuse, but police said Ward told them nothing happened between him and Austin that led to him stabbing the boy as he played video games. When asked why he would stab his little brother to death Andrew said, ”Honestly, I just felt like killing.”

Ward was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and child abuse. His bond has been set at $1 million.

Austin was a sixth-grader at Paseo Hills School. The Deer Valley Unified School District released the following statement:

“The Phoenix Police Department reported that a Paseo Hills School sixth grade student was the victim of a stabbing incident after school yesterday and did not survive.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this deeply saddening time. Deer Valley’s Crisis Response Team is on campus and is working with the sixth grade students and staff. Counseling is also available for all students and staff in need.

The team will remain on campus after early dismissal today to support the community. The district provided a substitute for teachers profoundly affected by this tragedy. Quality and learning in the classroom remains a priority.

A principal letter was posted on the school website for the community and a notification will be sent to parents after school today (early release 12:05 p.m). Parents are being encouraged to speak with their children tonight, ask them how they are feeling, and provide extra love and attention this week.

The focus for Paseo Hills School and the district remains on the learning, safety and support of our students.”

Cop pulls gun on children because building a tree house is ‘hazardous’ .. wait … what?


A fifth-grader says he was terrified when a police officer pointed a gun at him and his friends while they built a tree fort.

omarigrantOmari Grant, 11, said he and his friends often play in a wooded area behind his home and were building a fort when a neighbor in the next subdivision called police to complain about what the boys were doing.

But no one anticipated what Omari and his mother say happened next.

“I guess the release of tension was like, ‘Mom, he had a gun in my face, Mommy. Mommy, he had a gun in my face,’” said Janice Baptiste, Omari’s mother.

Baptiste told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant that Henry County police officers walked Omari home last week.

“So my son was of course traumatized by that,” Baptiste said.

Omari told Diamant that two officers, one with his gun drawn, rolled up on him and a few of his friends as they built a fort in the trees behind his home.

“I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.

Omari said the officer holding his gun also used foul language and made him and his friends lay down on the ground.

“I learned that they’re supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside,” Omari said.

Diamant ran what Omari told him past Edgar Dillard, whose wife, according to 911 records, called in from the next subdivision to complain the boys were “chopping off tree limbs.”

“Yeah, that’s pretty shocking to hear that a gun was pulled on a child,” Dillard said.

And the reason for his wife’s call: “There were falling hazards, tripping hazards, all types of hazards, so No. 1 was concern for the children and concern for the environment,” Dillard said.

No arrests were made but the department is now investigating the officer’s actions after Baptiste filed an excessive force complaint.

“If it was justified then we’ll deal with it, if it wasn’t we’ll address it as well,” said Sgt. Joey Smith with the Henry County Police Department.

Omari now admits he and his friends made a bad call cutting off those branches, but is still a little shaken up about how he learned that lesson.

Meantime, Henry County police won’t confirm the name of the officers involved while their supervisors look intothe matter.

Strawberry chocolate shrimp chips: For when you want sweets plus seafood and/or are pregnant


chipsPotato chips are only one half of Calbee’s pincer attack on your salt-receptor taste buds, though, as the company also produces the phenomenally popular line of shrimp chips called “kappa ebisen.”

The extremely competitive nature of the Japanese junk food industry means that you have to keep innovating though, and sometimes in the process of pushing through existing boundaries, you end up in strange new places, which explains why Calbee is now selling shrimp chips covered with strawberry chocolate.

For this crustacean/confectionary crossover, Calbee collaborated with Hokkaido-based chocolate maker Royce, which has in the past offered chocolate-covered potato chips. Believe it or not, though, there’s only one portion of the new joint product that’s completely unprecedented, the strawberry part.

Calbee and Royce have already released a version of the former’s shrimp chips covered with regular chocolate, which wasn’t only attention-grabbing, but was also the best selling souvenir item across Calbee’s dedicated Calbee Plus retail outlets between February 16 and March 15.

Emboldened by their success, Calbee and Royce decided to follow up with a version using strawberry chocolate, the hot flavor of the moment that’s been showing up in everything from Starbucks lattes to Gundam donuts.

To give the newest shrimp chips even more of a fruity tang, Royce has upgraded its ordinary strawberry chocolate by mixing in extra strawberry powder. Of course, this is in addition to the inherent crunchy saltiness of kappa ebisen its fans have come to know and love.

The 713-yen strawberry chocolate shrimp chips are available exclusively at Calbee Plus stores and are being rolled out gradually, with the Tokyo-area branches in Tokyo Station, Makuhari Shintoshin, Odaiba’s Diver City, Sola Machi, Harajuku’s Takeshitadori, New Chitose Airport Calbee Plus and the Kokusaidori location in Okinawa getting them by April 8.

Just remember, though, these are snacks, so don’t make a meal out of them. If you spoil your appetite, you won’t have any room for your spaghetti popsicle.

Source: Narinari

Mom Found 3-Year-Old Son Dead After Leaving Him Home Alone For 20 Hours


The Steamboat Springs District Attorney dropped charges against a mother after she left her 3-year-old son home alone and returned to find him dead.


Megan McKeon had been charged with child abuse. She tried to plead guilty to three misdemeanor counts in court on Thursday.

According to police McKeon, 24, left her small cabin at a campground to go to work. She left Wednesday, March 26 and returned Thursday morning, March 27.

McKeon told detectives she had left food, juice and a movie playing for her son, Austin Davis. She told detectives she had left him home alone on a regular basis, about 20 times before.

austin-davisAustin’s grandmother, Charity O’Konski, is distraught over what happened to her grandson.

“We’re never going to have little Austin back again,” said O’Konski. “But for his justice and all the family that loved him, she needs to pay for what she did.”

That guilty plea would have only carried a maximum sentence of 42 months. The district attorney said that would not be sufficient punishment for the crime so he dropped the charges. He hopes to file felony child abuse resulting in death charges against McKeon.

O’Konski said she would have been happy to care for Austin if she had known the circumstances.

“All she had to do was call me. There’s no if, ands or buts to what happened, it’s her fault no matter what happened. She is accountable for that baby,” said O’Konski. “Nothing is ever going to be enough, because he will never come back to us but she took his life away and the only way to take her life away is to let her sit behind those bars and let her think about what she did.”

The district attorney is waiting for an official cause of death for Austin. The coroner and investigators are waiting for toxicology reports to come back which will take at least two weeks.

Spring break’s latest menace? Horny old men


Drew Stevens and David Sheaf are standing in the sand, tossing a football back and forth as the hot Fort Lauderdale sun beams down on their naked torsos. All around, 19-year-old girls form gossipy groups, their burns nearly as neon as their DayGlo pink bikinis.

Stevens and Sheaf admire the eye candy. It’s a bit of downtime for the pals who partied the night before with “some college girls from Ohio we met out here on the beach,” says Sheaf.

A pretty typical day in the life of a spring breaker — other than the fact that these two dudes have been too old for spring break for nearly a decade.

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Martina Morroco (left) and Ingrid Bitencor at Las Olas beach in Fort Lauderdale.

Stevens, a 32-year-old owner of a pool company in Hilton Head, SC, and Sheaf, a 28-year-old engineer in Washington, DC, have been revisiting the ghosts of spring breaks past every year since graduating from the University of South Carolina.

Each one is better than the last, they say.

“I have a lot more money now,” says Stevens. “And it makes for a more fun time.”

Come March and April, when most US universities have their midterm vacations, hordes of post-grad professionals in their late 20s, 30s and 40s eschew “grown-up” getaways for spring break hot spots including Miami, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and — home of the first-ever wet T-shirt contest — Fort Lauderdale.

“The chatter starts in January,” says Joaquin, a 34-year-old Midtown West resident who works in finance and has “spring breaked” multiple times since receiving his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

“My friends will start the e-mail chains, ‘All right, what are we doing? Where are we going? Cancun or Miami?’ ” says Joaquin, who asked that his last name not be used for professional reasons, adding, “I’ve never been in a rush to get old.”

Apparently, neither are his NYC cohorts.

For single men in the city, spring break is a chance to relive their college glory days — and to add a notch or two to their Brooks Brothers belts.

“It’s all about the spring break mentality,” according to 31-year-old Justin, who lives in Midtown and also asked that his last name not be used for professional reasons.

“It’s easier to get laid,” he clarifies.

Since graduating from college nine years ago, Justin, who works in sales, has been to Puerto Vallarta, Negril and Miami. After all, while New York has a bounty of beautiful women, spring vultures say there’s nothing like a college girl looking to let off some steam.

“I could run around New York City and bang as many girls as I do on spring break, but it’s not the same feeling,” says Justin. “You’re out in the sun, the all-inclusive thing is great. It’s always a great time. I never come back wondering why I did that.

“When people are on spring break, they’re in a totally different mindset,” he continues. “If there were a bunch of 28-year-olds who went, it’d be great. But they all seem to sour up, lose their bodies and don’t know how to have fun anymore.”

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Steve Schapher (left), 31, and Steve Buckley, 26, enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s spring break scene. Schapher says older guys “bring more to the table.”

The people who do know how to have fun? NYC men who have made a little bit of dough.

Joaquin says when he went on his first proper spring break (while still enrolled in college), he had to ration his funds down to the last dollar.

But when he went to Miami at the age of 31, he and his three friends plopped down thousands for the “911” suite at the W Hotel.

The year before, his prowling pack of seven secured a row of pricey poolside rooms at Miami’s Shore Club.

“We would just leave our sliding door open and have a stocked bar and go from pool to shots, bringing groups of girls back to the rooms,” says Joaquin.

The W suite was equally conducive to wooing the ladies.

After one night of clubbing, the former football player brought home a college sophomore who, he says, was in awe of his sprawling digs.

“She probably has a bunk bed and a roommate and a desk and wooden chair. She was clearly impressed.”

For Joaquin, his age — and experience — has only worked to his advantage while hitting the college vacay circuit.

“My angle was, this is what it is. I’m 10 years older than you, but guess what, I like to drink and party, too. You want to go drink Bud Lights or you want to go drink Champagne?”

Thirty-one-year-old Steve Schapher, who was in Fort Lauderdale and Miami with friends last week on adult spring break, says college girls, such as the ones they met from Kent State, “actually like the older guys.

“[We] bring more to the table,” says Schapher, who works as a cop in Orlando.

Some of Joaquin’s and Schapher’s compatriots, however, find it wiser to chug beer and fit in. “If you tell anyone you’re older than 23 and you’re on spring break, they’re going to say, ‘Oh, you’re a dog,’ ” laments Justin.

Julia Strum certainly would.

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Shauna O’Connor (from left), Megan Quinn, Amanda Johnson and Jessica Smith are on spring break at Las Olas beach in Fort Lauderdale — prime hunting grounds for older men.

The Fort Lauderdale high school student says she and her college-age sister have been hit on mercilessly by spring vultures, including a 30-year-old prancing around in his outdated college paraphernalia.

“It’s perverted,” says Strum. “If you’re hitting on a junior in high school and you’re a 28-year-old, you need to re-evaluate something,” she says.

Others find it less perverted and more, well, baffling.

“I don’t really know how to respond to them, because I don’t have anything in common with them,” says 21-year-old Jemma Losh, a senior at DePauw University in Indiana, who was offered drinks by multiple spring break prowlers while partying in Fort Lauderdale with her college crew last week.

Luckily for wary women, it’s easy to pinpoint opportunistic oldies, says Christopher Bader, who has worked in the spring break industry for 10 years.

“You can always tell a table of older guys when there are tons and tons of sparklers,” says the 31-year-old founder of Wingman, a marketing company that has paired up with spring break travel organizations, referring to the blinged-out bottle service only monied men can afford.

“It creates a spectacle because it costs a lot of money.”

All that flash, though, won’t get you anywhere, says Bader: “I’m of the mentality that if you have to fly down to Mexico to find women, you’re not that good at picking up women in general.”

As NYC-based jet-setter and lady-chaser Justin Ross Lee, 30, explains: “Real men don’t shoot fish in a barrel, they use their lure.”

But those who have spring break fever are going to keep on chasing the dream. “When I went to Negril, Jamaica, yeah, people were asking us why we were there. Because there’s no reason to be there,” admits the earlier Justin from Midtown. “But there were ‘Girls Gone Wild’ wet T-shirt contests. It was freakin’ awesome.

“I got to tell you something. I would probably keep going for as long as I can physically pass. And I keep in really good shape.”

Man does ‘stock take’ in girlfriend’s vjay-jay with wooden spoon


imagesA woman told the Bulawayo Regional court on Thursday that her boyfriend shoved a cooking stick into her private part to “measure” how she was sexually involved with other men – and accused her of being a prostitute.

He allegedly sat in the lounge before carrying her to the bedroom and placing her on the bed. She alleged that her boyfriend then lifted her leg and rested the foot on his shoulder while pressing the other one on the bed.

“He said he wanted to examine how I was having sex with a police boyfriend. He removed my panties before he took a cooking stick saying he wanted to see how deep I was since he accused me of sleeping with another man. He shoved the cooking stick in and removed it. I saw him checking like he was measuring and again shoved it in about three times. He ordered me to do sexual moves like I was doing with another man, but I did not,” she said.

She said he left and returned in the evening threatening to kill her.

Yoga Enthusiast, 68, Busted For Public Pleasure Session (But Not For Throwing Dead Animal At Passing Car)


n-OLD-MAN-YOGA-large570They say yoga can increase your sex drive, but this is ridiculous.

Bill Kachle, 68, was practicing yoga at a national park in Virginia earlier this month when he allegedly began waving his arms wildly and masturbating, according to an court records obtained by The Smoking Gun.

Two female visitors to the Mount Vernon Trail complained to park police that the man was “holding a yoga pose” before assuming his next position — downward whacking dog. Next, Kachle allegedly picked up a “dead animal” and bolted onto the George Washington Memorial Parkway, where he chucked the critter carcass at a passing car.

The women said afterwards, he went back to the trail and resumed masturbation.

Next time he’s doing yoga and needs a little release, maybe he should just try one of these anti-stress positions.

He was arrested March 27 and charged with disorderly conduct and obscene acts.

Truc Huynh Went Bat Shit Crazy When They Criticized Her Waitress Skills


article-2593983-1CBC1B0700000578-962_306x423_zps349a96c1 A Garden City waitress is accused of attacking a customer who complained of poor service, local authorities say.

Boise Police says officers were called to a restaurant on the 7300 block of W. State Street on Saturday afternoon. The victim told police that they complained about poor service, but were then hit in the face by 29-year-old Truc Huynh.

Pho 79 owner says he was stunned at his server. “She hit the customer. I hear boom. I go out and tell her no no no.  That’s it.,” Henry Do said.

“Officers reported seeing physical evidence of the battery on the victim, including a bruise on the victim’s jaw,” Boise Police said in a news release.

When officers went to talk to Huynh, they say she became confrontational, grabbed a butter knife and stepped back “into a fighting stance and verbally challenged the officers.”

She later put down the knife and was taken into custody, police say.

Huynh continued to resist, kicking an officer twice in the leg, BPD says. She has been charged with battery on a law officer and resisting. Authorities say the original victim did not want to press charges, however, the incident is under investigation.
Huynh’s family says she has 5 kids and is working on being a nail technician.  The family says she spent 3 months at Intermountain Hospital last year and they hope she gets help after this. But most likely they say she won’t be back at PHO 79.

Dad Shot Son Because He Wouldn’t Pay For Cable


An 84-year-old man is charged with shooting and killing his son after a dispute over the son paying to install cable television in the house, according to charges filed Thursday.

Pang Se Vang is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of his son, 36-year-old Chue Vang.

According to the criminal charges, several people were in the house when police arrived in response to the Monday shooting, including the suspect’s wife, two sons and one of the son’s infant child.

Police spoke to the eldest brother who said he was sleeping upstairs when his mother woke him up and told him his father shot his brother. He came downstairs and found his brother, Chue, who was bleeding and appeared to be dead, according to the charges.

That’s when his father walked out of a bedroom holding a shotgun. The son told police he grabbed the gun and wrestled it away from his father but during the struggle, the gun discharged into the ceiling, according to the complaint.

His father then retreated back into the bedroom and closed the door. The son called 911 and left the house with the rifle.

Upon arrival, an officer called the suspect, who was still locked in a bedroom, and asked him to come outside with his hands up. Pang Vang responded that he couldn’t come out because he stabbed himself in the chest. He told the officer that he and his son were arguing and that he grabbed his hunting shotgun, pointed it at his son and shot him, according to the charges.

He said he then stabbed himself because he “did not want to settle the issue in court. He would settle the dispute with his son when they reached the afterlife,” according to the complaint.

The Ramsey County SWAT team then entered the home and located Pang Vang in a bedroom on the main floor. He was on the bed and covered in blood, according to police. They secured a large, black-handled knife near his hand and transported him to the hospital.

Police also contacted Vang’s pastor who said he called him a short time before the shooting. According to the complaint, the pastor said he was upset about the fact that his son would not pay to install cable television in the house. During the argument, his son told his father he could move out of the house, the pastor said.

“What is alleged in the report is over a trivial thing and perhaps there were lots of things that were kind of building up and that led to this extraordinary criminal act of violence,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

Chue Vang was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner said his cause of death is a shotgun wound to the chest.

It all took place less than 200 feet away from the Maplewood Police Department.

“It could have been a lot of more tragic but thank God that it was not,” Choi said.

Pang Vang was treated for stab wounds to his abdomen and neck and formally arrested on Wednesday. He is currently at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, being held on a $1 million bond.

Vang is the oldest person charged with murder in Ramsey County in the last 30 years.

If convicted, he could face up to 40 years in prison.

The family said Chue Vang will be laid to rest on April 3.