‘Dead’ Brazilian Starts Moving In Body Bag, Revealing He’s Very Much Alive


Valdelucio Goncalves may have died from a heart attack, but it’s his brother who will likely need a heart checkup after finding his supposedly deceased sibling alive in a body bag.

n-VALDELUCIO-GONCALVES-largeDoctors declared Goncalves, 54, dead in Salvador, Brazil after “respiratory and multiple organ failure,” the Daily Mail reported this week. His family was notified and made arrangements for the funeral later that day.

Goncalves’ brother, Walterio, was let into the morgue to dress the body when he noticed something weird.

“As I got closer I could see it wriggling. Then I saw it raising and falling as if he was breathing,” he told the Mirror. “I went crazy and shouted for the medical team, the nurse, so they could see what was happening. They checked him and confirmed that he was still alive.”

The staff had to rush to free him; his body had been tied up and his nose and ears were filled with cotton wool, according to the BBC.

The Menandro de Farias Hospital, whose doctors declared Goncalves dead, has launched an investigation.

His niece, Patricia Cintra, told local newspaper Correio 24 Horas that the family was not only mortified — they’d paid for everything.

“We had even bought a coffin and paid a deposit for the funeral,” she said.

Still, she said her prayers had been answered when she found out her uncle was alive. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer three months before the heart attacks.

Goncalves can’t speak, but he wrote a letter claiming that he was brought back from death by a Brazilian saint.

“I, Valdelucio, saw death at my feet, but my faith was so great that I was cured,” he wrote, according to the Daily Mail. “Before Irma Dulce I said, do a miracle in me, and she heard my prayer. I saw my mother telling me, son, hold onto her and you will be saved.”

Short on money? Why not start claiming your child has terminal cancer?


leatha-kaye-slausonLeatha Kaye Slauson, 30, of Atlantic Iowa is facing charges linked to an allegation that she solicited money and widespread attention by claiming her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer. The child is not sick.

Slauson is currently charged with Felony Child Endangerment and Distribution of Drugs to a Child Under 18. That latter is a Class B felony.

The community had rallied behind efforts to help Riley Slauson enjoy what everyone believed was a life shortened by cancer. Fund-raising events helped pay for a trip to Disney World and to ease the family’s financial burden. The donations included more than $1,000 to an online donation site.

County Attorney Dan Feistner said Friday the child’s mother had admitted, “It was all, in essence, a ruse if you will on her part.”

The alleged scam began to take shape in October, 2013. Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said, “She brought forth the story that the child was declining in health,” and a flood of support followed.

That story escalated through an elaborate web that drew in donations by word of mouth and Internet outreach.

Feistner said, “The community of Cass County, city of Atlantic commenced a flow-blown support of this individual.”

How much money was involved in this is uncertain. Feistner said, “It’s difficult to determine at this time,” but the donations involved checks, cash and payment for goods and services.

The story began to unravel as Riley was preparing to enter kindergarten. The school was looking into setting up a program for Riley and authorities say the medical contacts involved in that process turned up irregularities.

That triggered a rapidly unfolding investigation that resulted in charges within 24 hours.

Riley and four siblings are now in their father’s custody. Investigators say Leatha Slauson is the only person who appears to have been involved in any allegedly illegal activity.

She is currently being held in the county jail. Bond was initially withheld. A magistrate will review the case with the addition of the drug charge that was added Friday after the original Child Endangerment charge was filed.

The drug involved was Cannabis oil and Riley tested positive for that.

Feistner said, “There was a presence of THC in the child. That’s correct.”

The investigation is ongoing. The prosecutor said it’s possible that other legal action could follow. “Fraud, theft, I think there are possible other charges,” he said but that’s speculative at this point in the case.

Both Feistner and Chief Green said that while all of this appears to have been a con, what was genuine was the response of the community to the plight of an ostensibly ill child.

Chief Green said, “This isn’t the first time this community has stepped up for people. We do it for everybody.”

The chief himself donated to the cause.

“I did,” he said. “As a matter of fact my wife had cancer last year so we’re pretty invested in the situation.”

Feistner said communities near and far have contributed thousands of dollars. The money that’s been accounted for is currently frozen. Feistner says it’s not yet clear what will become of the funds.

Farmworkers kill colleague with oranges


1672617507Two men have been arrested after they allegedly assaulted a farmworker with oranges until he died on a farm outside Tzaneen, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

The men, aged 27 and 30, were taken into custody on Tuesday, said Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe.

“Babanto Chauke, 38, and two men had a quarrel, the two [allegedly] started throwing loose oranges at him until he died.”

The men were Chauke’s colleagues at Lakota Farm. They would appear in the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, Ngoepe said.

Facebook-Stalking Wife Learns Husband Has 3 Other Wives: Cops


n-DARNELL-largeThe 49-year-old from Newbury, South Carolina was arrested Wednesday and charged with bigamy after his wife spotted wedding photos of him and another woman on Facebook, the Associated Press reports.

She turned to investigators, who found a November 2013 marriage certificate to the other woman.

Investigators also found that Pixley is allegedly married to two additional women in unions dating back to 1988, according to WIS.

Each of his alleged wives lives in a different South Carolina county.

Newbery County Sheriff Lee Foster told the station that Pixley may have even more wives. Pixley was “not into wanting to talk” about his marital status, Foster said.

“[Pixley] had made just a few comments regarding that he thought maybe it was a misunderstanding, but past that, he didn’t have anything else to say.”

Japanese Girl Falls 16 Meters from Apartment


The video below shows a little girl that was left unattended by her guardian. Maybe she thought that playing by the window would be fun. She started to climb out of it, but when she realized that she was not Spiderman, she tried to climb back in.

Too bad, she was not able to pull herself up, and her little arms gave out. Having no other choice, she let go of the ledge, and only God knows what happened to her after falling 16 meters to the ground.

South Africans want to boycott penis clamps


450737210The little plastic device seemed ideal for South Africa’s campaign to reduce HIV rates through medical circumcision — safe, inexpensive, nearly painless, and non-surgical. You put it on, the elastic shuts off the flow of blood to the foreskin, and the foreskin dies on its own, removed after a week. Only problem: it’s made in Israel.

Whenever the Israeli-Palestinian conflict flares, it echoes in distant South Africa. And as the warring parties negotiate amid a five-day truce marred early on by rockets and airstrikes, the PrePex male circumcision ring is one of many products in South Africa being targeted by growing calls to boycott Israeli-made goods.

The issue resonates deeply here, with many South Africans supporting the Palestinians and drawing parallels with their struggle against apartheid. Many also remember that during the years of racist white minority rule, South Africa’s government maintained uncomfortably close ties with Israel — even though Israel formally opposed apartheid. Since the advent of democracy in 1994, the African National Congress-led government has been fiercely critical of Israeli policies.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel peace laureate who led South Africa’s post-apartheid truth and reconciliation campaign, has been one of Israel’s sharpest critics. In recent years, he’s championed a cultural boycott, arguing that it would be as inappropriate for artists to perform in Israel as it had been for them to do in apartheid South Africa, “a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity.”

Former president Thabo Mbeki has also joined the boycott calls, declaring that Israel should “pay a price for the position that it is taking.” A popular target has been Woolworths, an upscale grocery store chain that stocks a small number of products made in Israel.

Cosatu, the powerful South African trade union federation allied with the ruling ANC, has been behind the calls for South Africa to boycott the PrePex circumcision device. Spokesman Patrick Craven has explained that “we cannot have exceptions” in the wholesale boycott of Israeli goods.

In some cases the rhetoric has been extreme. Tony Ehrenreich, a senior Cosatu official, in a Facebook post this week called for an “eye for an eye against Zionist aggression.” Ehrenreich also wrote that the South African Jewish Board of Deputies — an umbrella group that leads the country’s Jewish community — was “complicit in the murder of the people in Gaza.”

The Board of Deputies has officially complained to the South African human rights commission, saying, “Ehrenreich’s inflammatory post incites violence and hatred against the representative body for South African Jewry.”

“It also comes at a time of heightened tension over the Israel-Gaza conflict, thereby inflaming an already volatile situation,” chairwoman Mary Kluk added.

South Africa’s Jewish population numbers about 70,000 people, some of whom played prominent roles in the anti-apartheid struggle. The recent conflict in Gaza has also sparked internal dissent within this community.

One controversy within the South African Jewish community has centered around a teenager named Joshua Broomberg, a student leader at a Jewish school in Johannesburg who is currently competing at the World Schools Debating Championships in Thailand.

Broomberg, 17, was photographed wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh scarf, with the caption reading: “Team South Africa wearing Palestinian badges and keffiyehs to show our opposition to human rights violations carried out against the people of Palestine. #WSDC2014.”

An online furor followed, including a petition that called for the teenager to face disciplinary action at his school, with some arguing that he should be stripped of his school honors.

Broomberg posted an apology on his Facebook page in response, saying that his position was “not designed to offend or upset.”

“In fact, I consider it my duty to contribute to the growing worldwide discussion surrounding the desperate need for a quick end and lasting solution to this pernicious conflict,” he wrote.

“In my eyes, this criticism is not a betrayal, but actually the only honest and true way to show my patriotism and commitment to Israel, as well as my belief in human rights and the entitlement of all citizens of all countries to those rights.

“To improve, we must criticize.”

Alabama man claims penis mistakenly amputated


An Alabama man who went to the hospital for a routine circumcision says doctors mistakenly amputated his penis.

Johnny Lee Banks Jr. of Birmingham and his wife, Zelda Banks, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Jefferson County. They’re suing the hospital, doctors and others for what they say is medical malpractice.

The lawsuit says Banks went to Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham last month for a circumcision. The suit alleges the man’s penis was gone when he awoke.

The suit says that the mistaken amputation has caused the man extreme pain, and that his wife also is suffering.

The suit names the hospital, a urology group, a medical clinic and two doctors as defendants. It’s seeking an unspecified dollar amount.

A hospital spokeswoman declined comment, and others didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.