Amazon jungle villagers get revenge on thieves by lashing them to tree crawling with deadly ants


imagesVillagers in the Amazon jungle exacted revenge on two motorbike thieves by lashing them to a tree swarming with deadly ants for THREE DAYS.

Authorities say the two thieves, aged 18 and 19, nearly died after being stung by the poisonous fire ants in the attack in Ayopaya, western Bolivia.

Dr Roberto Paz, of Bolivia’s Cochabamba hospital, said one was in intensive care while the other needed dialysis for kidney failure.

A sister of one of the men – who are accused of stealing three motorbikes – said that villagers had held them for nearly three days.

They were only freed on Saturday when relatives paid a ransom of around £2,200 – nearly four times Bolivia’s average annual wage.

Villagers had demanded the payment as compensation for the loss of the motorbikes.

The sister said that the men would have died if her relatives had not paid the ransom.

The venomous ants – whose scientific name is pseudomyrmex triplarinus – live on the triplaris tree, which grows throughout Central and South America.

Their poison can be deadly but is used in small doses as a traditional cure for arthritis.

17-year-old Irish boy suffers heart attack after friend squeezes his testicles


An Irish schoolboy had a heart attack after his testicles were squeezed in a prank that went horribly wrong.

The 17-year-old has been placed in a medically induced coma, following the incident in a suburb of Dublin.

The pupil was heading back into school after a lunch break and joking around with a group of boys.

According to the Irish Mirror, one of his friends then “jerked his scrotum,” causing the emergency.

A teacher and one of the group performed CPR at the scene while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.

A source close to the boy’s family said they believe it wasn’t a “savage attack” or carried out in a “malicious way.”

The teenager is said to be in a stable condition.

Man yells ‘Heil Hitler’ after fatally shooting 3 at Jewish centers


25235053_BG5A white supremacist yelled, “Heil Hitler,” after he was taken into custody in connection with the Passover Eve fatal shooting of three at two Jewish-related sites in the Kansas City area.

A 14-year-old boy and his grandfather were killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. They were apparently inside a car. A female was killed a few minutes later in the parking lot at Village Shalom, an assisted living facility.

The suspect shot at two other people, but the bullets did not hit them, said Overland Park police Chief John Douglass.

A dozen or more shots may have been fired based on evidence at the scenes.

The victims apparently did not know their killer, Douglass said.

Glenn Frazier Cross, 73, was arrested at 1:28 p.m. He is being held by Overland Park police on multiple charges including premeditated first-degree murder, according to online jail records.

Cross, who also goes by Glenn Miller, is a known white supremacist and known for his anti-Semitic thoughts. He is a former grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He is a perennial candidate for office, including running in 2006 against then-U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-MO. He ran against Blunt in 2010 when Blunt was elected to the Senate.

Cross made headlines in the 2010 campaign for his racist and anti-Semitic campaign ads. Federal law required broadcast stations to air the ads even though they did not want to put such vile rantings on their airwaves.

Miller quit high school as a senior to join the U.S. Army. In 1979, he retired from the Army as a master sergeant after 20 years of active duty, including two tours in Vietnam and 13 years as a member of the elite Green Berets.

Douglass said the suspect wasn’t known to Overland Park authorities before Sunday.

The suspect’s vehicle had Missouri plates.

Douglass also wouldn’t say whether the shootings were anti-Semitic hate crimes. He said authorities are evaluating comments that the suspect made after he was arrested.

It is a joint federal-state investigation with the offices of U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom and Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe involved.

The 14-year-old boy, Reat Underwood, was a freshman at Blue Valley High School. His grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, had moved to the Kansas City area a decade ago to be closer to his grandchildren.

The two attended the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood. Prayers were held during the church’s evening Palm Sunday service.

The woman who lost her son and her father in a matter of moments was stoic as she thanked everyone for their support. Others sobbed as she described seeing the two prone bloody bodies and knowing immediately that her beloved father and her son were now in heaven together.

The Rev. Adam Hamilton said he met with the family Sunday and at their urging they went ahead with the Palm Sunday evening church services. He will again minister to the family on Sunday during their grief.

Reat was rushed to Overland Park Regional Medical Center for surgery but died from his injuries.

Corporon, who was a family doctor, leaves behind a wife of 49 years. Reat was an Eagle Scout who loved camping and hunting with his grandfather, father and brother, the family said.

Cross was arrested at the Valley Park Elementary School, which is a mile away from Village Shalom. The suspect appeared to yell “Heil Hitler” as he was being led away in handcuffs by Overland Park police.

The suspect made “several statements” when he was put into the back of a police patrol car, Douglass acknowledged.

“We are sifting through and vetting those for accuracy, No. 1, and No. 2, we’re looking at them for their evidentiary value,” the police chief said. “It is too early to tell you what he may or may not have said. We’re trying to determine that at this time.”

Douglass said Sunday evening that it is being investigated as a hate crime but said it’s too soon to know whether it’s a hate crime or not.

“We know it was a vicious act of violence, and we know obviously it was at two Jewish facilities,” he said. “So one might make that assumption, but we’re going to have to know more about it before we’ll label it.”

The suspect used a shotgun in the fatal shootings, Douglass said. The suspect may have also used a handgun in firing the shots that didn’t strike the two. In addition, Douglass said the suspect may have had an assault rifle.

Douglass said the first 911 call about the JCC shooting came at 1:03 p.m. This happened outside the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre, which was packed for performance-related events.

Teens were auditioning for KC SuperStar and parents were frantically trying to get to their children.

In addition, a performance of To Kill a Mockingbird was underway when the shots rang out at the theater. The back door to the theater suffered damage that may have been from gunshots.

Jenessa Watkins, a dance instructor, said she was with a group of children when they were rushed to the theater. She said when she learned about the shootings that she tried to stay composed, but she couldn’t help but think of the 2012 massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

“I kind of couldn’t help but think about Sandy Hook, looking around at these young children,” she said. “I was really scared. … People were calling their loved ones, and I thought I was fine and under control, but when I called my mom and she started crying, I started crying.”

A second shooting was reported a few minutes later at Village Shalom, which is an assisted living center at 5500 W. 123rd St.

Brian Brookbank was running errands when he saw chest compressions being performed on the injured person.

“We saw a large quantity of blood flowing down the slope of the parking lot,” Brookbank said. “We then went around the corner and saw a white male … being handcuffed with multiple assault rifles and a couple of handguns pointed at him. He was laying in the grass and did not appear to be resisting.”

Worried relatives of residents told KCTV5 that Village Shalom was placed on lockdown.

Phyllis Cantor, who is undergoing rehabilitation at Village Shalom, said she heard the sound of sirens. She said many police officers are at the scene and their focus appeared to be on a white car in the parking lot.

Sophia Porter was at the Jewish Community Center for the SuperStar auditions. She said contestants helped lighten the mood by performing as they were forced to stay holed up inside a safe area.

“The sense of community in that room,” Porter said. “I felt very comforted by the presence of the other people and by the performances that were going on.”

The Jewish Community Center will be closed on Monday. The JCCC said that “our hearts go out to all those affected and touched” by the tragedy.

“Our hearts go out to the families who have suffered loss on this tragic day. Our heartfelt gratitude as well to all those in Kansas City and around the world who have expressed sympathy, concern and support,” the JCC said in its statement. “Everyone participating in JCC programming has been released to their homes.”

In a statement, Blue Valley School District’s Tom Trigg said Reat sang the national anthem earlier this year at an educational breakfast.

“His talents were on full display that morning. I found Reat to be an engaging and exceptional young man,” he said. “Our hearts go out to the families who are dealing with this senseless tragedy.”

Trigg said other Blue Valley students were at the Jewish Community Center. Classes were already scheduled to be off Monday, but counselors will be at the school to speak with grieving students.

“As a community, we will come together to support each other. We encourage you to be especially sensitive and offer supports to your child during this time,” Trigg said. “We are a strong community and will do everything possible to support each other and our students. Our thoughts and prayers are with all families who have been impacted by this tragedy.”

Temple Israel and St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church held a vigil at 8 p.m. Sunday. About 200 people came together in their grief and devastation. Christian pastors and Jewish rabbis stood shoulder to shoulder in offering words of comfort.

Police determine that the missing man’s body has been 40ft up a tree at a golf course for three years


5989126-largeA missing Lithuanian’s body remained undiscovered 40ft up a tree at a golf club in Dorset with golfers playing nearby for three years, it was revealed yesterday.

It was only when a dog being walked at Meyrick Park golf club emerged from a bush with a human arm that police descended on the course near Bournemouth last Monday.

More remains were found that day, and the following day, a spot 40ft up in the branches was located as the place where the man died.

Incredibly, police at the scene were then approached by a man who lived near the golf course who told police he had found bones at the spot last year, but took them home and did not inform anyone or call police.

Now, the body has been identified as that of Jurij Sliachtecov, a 21-year-old Lithuanian, who was first reported missing in early May 2011.

Mr Sliachtecov first went missing the previous month, and initially, police and his friends believed he had returned to his native Lithuania as he had taken his passport. He was last seen on an evening out with friends in Bournemouth in late April 2011.

The long-running appeal for information about his whereabouts involved a feature on the Lithuanian version of TV programme Crimewatch, and extensive appeals in eastern Europe.

But eventually police in Dorset concluded that he had not returned home, with border officials and his family confirming they had not seen him or he had not entered the country.

Then the gruesome discovery was made last week, and police gradually realised the spot in a copse on the golf course was where Mr Sliachtecov had been all along.

A cause of death has not yet been established for the 21-year-old, and while his identification has not yet formally been made, a spokesman for Dorset police said they believed the body was that of the missing Lithuanian. His family and the Dorset coroner have been informed and an inquest is expected to open and adjourn later this week.

Police said they do not believe the cause of death to be suspicious at this stage. The local man, who is in his 40s, is being spoken to by police. He arrived at the site on Tuesday, a day after the first remains were found, with two bones wrapped in a clear plastic bag and told police he found them ‘months ago’ in the same area.

Rare condition means woman has smelled of FISH and ROTTEN EGGS for 14 years – and there’s no cure


Ellie-James-3378528When Ellie James opened her Secret Santa present, she burst into tears.

It was yet another bar of soap.

She had received so many over the years – along with copious bottles of perfume and body spray.

Just as with all the other “gifts”, she knew it hadn’t been chosen as a thoughtful gesture but as a hint – that she was smelly.

When she opened her present, her colleagues roared with laughter and Ellie fled the office in embarrassment.

Sadly she has had to endure similar humiliations for 14 years because she suffers from a bizarre medical disorder which makes her smell of fish. It can also make her reek of rotten eggs.

Today Ellie, 44, bravely reveals how she is just one of a handful of Brits to be diagnosed with Trimethylaminuria (TMAU).

Also known as fish-odour syndrome, it has had a ­devastating impact on her life.

Bullies have dubbed her Smelly Ellie and have even posted body spray through her letterbox.

She was first struck down with the condition at the age of 30. Her body is unable to cope with certain foods – meat, dairy, coffee and fish – and releases ­trimethylamine, which creates a putrid odour.

But even when she avoids those foods there are days she is unable to stop the smell. It leads to her being abused in the street and on public transport.

At her lowest point she was taking a bath five times a day.

Company director Ellie, from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, explained how she became aware of her condition: “At first I didn’t ­understand what was wrong. I’d always had impeccable hygiene.

“The smell was a complete mystery. I wondered if my cat had brought in a mouse and left it to rot.

“But I slowly realised it was me when strangers began to stare at me while holding their noses. I heard people whispering about me in the office.

“I would come home from work every night and cry. Soon people were showering me with gifts of perfume. At Christmas I’d get soap – it was completely humiliating.

“Once a driver actually installed an air freshener on the bus I use and a passenger said it was my fault. It was soul-destroying.

“It was a real struggle getting out of bed in the morning.”

Alarmingly, Ellie got so desperate she started to scrub her skin with kitchen detergent until it was red raw. “I was at my wit’s end,” she said.

It took doctors seven years to diagnose the condition after she first plucked up courage to visit her GP in 2005.

“The doctor started to lecture me on personal hygiene and told me how to wash,” she said.

She was so mortified she waited a whole year before seeing another doctor.

But together they researched the possible causes and in 2007 she came across an online forum for people with TMAU.

“Although it was hard to swallow I felt relief as I’d finally found the answers I’d been looking for,” she said. She was referred to an ­endocrinologist – an expert on hormones – who put her on antibiotics and suggested a diet plan.

She said: “I began to wash with a special pH-balanced soap after I found out washing excessively with normal soap made the smell even worse.

“There is no cure but making these changes helps.”

Brave Ellie added: “Now when someone holds their nose I take them aside and explain I have a medical condition. I hope my story will help educate those who point fingers and encourage other sufferers to find the strength to get help.”

Now she is beginning to get her confidence back and has even found love with boyfriend Dan Molston, 50.

They first met in 2006 through mutual friends and bonded over an interest in cycling. Romance developed earlier this year.

Loyal Dan said: “Ellie is a lovely person and that’s all that matters.”

What is TMAU?

The condition is a metabolic disorder in which the body loses the ability to properly break down the trimethylamine found in certain foods.

Trimethylamine then builds up and is released in the sufferer’s sweat, urine, and breath, giving off a strong fishy odour.

Women are more likely to develop the condition than men, possibly because female sex hormones aggravate the symptoms.

It can result in depression and other psychological problems. It is so rare that only a handful of people have been diagnosed in the UK.

Child Bride, Wasilu Umar, Poisons Groom And His Friends


A 14-year-old girl is in police custody after poisoning her 35-year-old husband.

Last week, in an arranged marriage, Wasilu Umar was forced to marry Umaru Sani by her father.  To celebrate their marriage, Umaru invited a dozen of his friends over. That is when Wasilu decided to slip rat poison into a rice dish.
Umaru died the same day along with friends Nasiru Mohammed and Alhassan Alhassan. Another female victim, Indo Ibrahim, died at the hospital while receiving treatment.

Wasilu is cooperating with the police, and will likely be charged for culpable homicide. She admitted that she purchased the poison from a local market with the intent of killing her husband.

‘The suspect confessed to committing the crime and said she did it because she was forced to marry a man she did not love,” said assistant superintendent Musa Magaji Majia.

Child marriage is still very common throughout Nigeria, especially in the North, where there is a large, poor, Muslim population. This is especially true in times of drought, numbers increase in times of drought because a bride price is paid and it means one less mouth to feed.

According to the U.N. children’s agency, Fifty percent of Nigerian girls living in rural areas are married before they turn 18, according to the U.N. children’s agency. Child brides suffer difficult pregnancies and can often die in childbirth, the leading cause of death worldwide for girls aged 15 to 19.

They are also much more likely to contract AIDS and be subjected to domestic violence, according to the International Center for Research on Women.

The Nigerian government is attempting to curtail child marriages. According to the BBC, Islamic police are trying to stop parents from forcing children into marriages against their will and the father could be charged as well.

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.

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.

Dumb can’t really compete with this … Subway surfer killed riding atop 6 train


A man uses the subway system in New YorkA man was killed while trying to ride atop a subway car in the Bronx, police said.

The victim, believed to be in his 40s, was found dead at the Elder Avenue Station on the 6-train line around 10:35 p.m., Wednesday, officials said.

Investigators believe the man was a subway surfer who was struck by an overhead barrier before the train pulled into the aboveground station at Elder and Westchester avenues.

The victim’s name has not yet been released.