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For more than a year, an elderly Illinois man who carried a portable oxygen tank and rode around in a motorized scooter allegedly put sewing needles inside packaged meat sold at a Shop ‘n Save grocery store, according to the FBI. When Ronald Avers, 68, was confronted by investigators Tuesday in a store near his Belleville residence, he reportedly copped to the meat tampering. Claiming that he inserted the sewing needles “just for the hell of it,” Avers told agents that, “it was stupidity, I didn’t want to hurt nobody.” Remarkably, though the tampering spanned almost 14 months, Shop ‘n Save officials only first contacted law enforcement about the needles earlier this month, according to the seven-count felony complaint sworn by FBI Agent Daniel Cook. Avers is charged with with sticking needles in meat packages on seven separate occasions beginning last May. Six of the needles were discovered by customers and one was spotted by a Shop ‘n Save employee at the North Belt West Road store. In January, a customer “found the sewing needle in her mouth while eating” boneless chuck roast purchased at Shop ‘n Save. In June, a customer reported that they were stuck in the hand by a needle that had been placed in a steak. Asked about the failure to timely disclose the tampering to law enforcement officials, Jeff Swanson, a spokesperson for the grocery chain’s parent company, Supervalu, said that the firm detected “no initial pattern or frequency” to the tampering. This claim is directly contradicted by the FBI affidavit.  Shop ‘n Save, Agent Cook reported, conducted an internal investigation of the tampering incidents and identified an elderly white male as a possible suspect. The man--who was seen carrying an oxygen tank and using a motorized scooter inside the Belleville store--was seen on surveillance footage frequently handling meat packages that he would not purchase. Cook noted that footage appeared to show the man “insert something into packaged meats on several occasions.” On Tuesday, when the suspect--later identified as Avers--arrived at the Belleville store, security personnel called the FBI. Agents approached Avers, who agreed to a search of his pick-up truck. After investigators located an “open package of sewing needles” in the vehicle’s center console, Avers claimed that he used the needles to “sew tears in his pants when he goes camping.” Avers, Cook reported, later confessed to the tampering. “Every now and then I would stick one in a hamburger,” he told agents. “A couple of times I did it with a roast, maybe a pork chop every now and then.” Avers said that he would “conceal the sewing needle in his portable oxygen tank holder, enter the Shop ‘n Save grocery store, and insert the sewing needle into a packaged meat product.” WHAT A DOUCHE!


Passengers kicked up a stink on a flight from Beijing to Detroit this week after a family allowed their toddler to defecate on his seat, according to reports. Travellers on board the Delta Airlines flight allegedly watched in horror as the young Chinese boy's parents laid down newspaper on his chair and encouraged him to relieve himself there and then. Despite pleas from passengers and crew to take him to the cabin toilet, the boy's grandfather and grandmother - who were also on the plane - insisted on letting the boy settle there, it was claimed. Passenger Wang told news that once the boy had finished his business, its smell began slowly to waft through the cabin sparking a wave of disgust among fellow travellers. Following the incident, Chinese social network Weibo came alive with commenters expressing their disgust, many of whom condemned the family for embarrassing their homeland. Delta Airlines did not immediately respond to MailOnline's request for comment. It is not clear exactly when the alleged incident happened but it is believed to have occurred some time around the middle of last week. It comes months after a disturbingly similar incident in which a child was photographed passing motion on a domestic flight in China in February.



An Arizona doctor was arrested on suspicion of pointing a rifle toward a woman and her 17-year-old daughter inside a busy Phoenix airport terminal, police said on Monday. They said Peter Nathan Steinmetz, 54, removed the AR-15 style rifle from a hanging position over his shoulder inside Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport's busiest terminal on Friday and pointed it in the direction of the women. No shots were fired and it was unclear whether the rifle was loaded. Steinmetz was arrested shortly afterwards on suspicion of two felony counts of disorderly conduct with a weapon. Police who interviewed the two women said they "indicated they were in fear for their safety" during the incident, Phoenix Police Department spokesman Steve Martos said. He had no information on whether or not the suspect knew the women, or on a possible motive for the incident. Steinmetz told police he was at the airport to get coffee and had no other business there, according to court documents. Martos said Arizona law permitted Steinmetz to bring the semi-automatic weapon into non-secure areas of the airport. The incident occurred eight months after a gunman killed a federal security screener at the entrance to a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport.


I've never been a big fan of Googling my symptoms . . . because no one posts online when their stomach pain just turns out to be indigestion, they post when it's a giant scorpion laying eggs in their bladder. According to a new survey, people are putting WAY too much faith in the Internet to diagnose themselves.  One out of FOUR people say they trust what they find when they Google their symptoms more than their DOCTOR'S diagnosis. And that's not a good idea.  In a study earlier this year, researchers Googled people's symptoms then compared the results to the people's actual illnesses.  The web results were only right 58% of the time. Another study found that 11% of medical websites give incorrect health advice.


Michelle Meeker was a nurse at a nursing home in Carbondale, Colorado called Heritage Park Care Center.  She was working last October when a man with a GUN busted in, took her hostage, and forced her into a back room. The good news?  It was just a training drill, and he was a police officer.  The bad news?  No one told Michelle that ahead of time. While she was being held hostage, the guy told her he was a cop . . . but Michelle didn't believe him.  She begged him not to hurt her or kill her, and told him she had a young child at home. When the drill was over, she finally believed he was a cop . . . but the damage was done.  She was so traumatized she wound up quitting. Now she's suing the nursing home for damages.  She didn't say how much she wants in the lawsuit . . . so that will probably be up to a jury to figure out. The police department made SURE to point out they shouldn't be a part of the lawsuit . . . a spokesman says they agreed to help but it was the nursing home's job to alert their staff. 


Apparently you can get away with ANYTHING in Miami . . . as long as you say you did it for sex. Reinaldo Casas is a homicide detective in Miami Beach, Florida.  Well, he WAS . . . until he was FIRED in February last year, after he took a random drug test and it came back positive for COCAINE. But Reinaldo filed a grievance through the police union, because he said he'd NEVER done cocaine . . . but he DID know why he'd tested positive. It turns out Reinaldo was having some sexual problems with the ladies, so his buddy gave him a special homemade cream made by, quote, "an old Cuban guy".  Then he rubbed it on his junk . . . and cocaine must've been one of the ingredients. Obviously the city didn't by that, but there was a hearing anyway . . . and the arbitrator BOUGHT IT.  Reinaldo has been reinstated AND gets back pay for the whole time he was suspended. For what it's worth, one of Reinaldo's friends testified that no one knew what was in the sex cream . . . but it WORKED.


An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer arrested on drunken driving charges early Monday first went to a White Castle drive-thru while intoxicated and turned on his emergency lights "just to play around," according to newly filed court documents. Kevin Edward Brown, a 16-year veteran of IMPD, is charged with two counts of drunken driving, including one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person. IMPD officials said he was off-duty at the time of his arrest. Last August, Brown, 42, was arrested in Morgan County on a drunken driving charge. On May 14, he pled guilty to one count of operating while intoxicated and received nine months of probation. IMPD officials said Brown returned to the police force after fulfilling terms of a suspension. A probable cause affidavit released Tuesday says Brown started drinking after he finished working the Brickyard 400 race Sunday. That night, he drank six beers, documents say, including four 20-ounce glasses of Blue Moon at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Plainfield before a friend dropped Brown and his girlfriend off at Brown's Camby home. At about 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. Monday, court documents say, Brown left his house because he was hungry and drove his marked police vehicle to a White Castle on Ind. 67 about a mile away from his house. Brown's house and the White Castle are both near the borders of Marion, Hendricks and Morgan counties. "While at White Castle, he saw some friends in the vehicle in front of him so he got on his public address system and said something to them," the probable cause affidavit says. "Kevin Brown then turned on his emergency lights, just to play around." Court documents say someone called 911 at about 4 a.m. to report that a plain-clothes officer in an IMPD car appeared to be intoxicated and was using his loud speaker and overhead lights, though that caller lost sight of Brown's car after he left the drive-thru. Before he left White Castle, Brown picked up a passenger from the vehicle in front of him and drove that passenger home to Mooresville, according to court documents.

The suspect arrested in an armed robbery at the Bellagio casino was identified late Tuesday as a Kansas man with a criminal record who allegedly celebrated after the heist with prostitutes and a spending spree on the Las Vegas Strip. The Clark County Detention Center's website identified him as Scott A. Carmitchel, 34. He was being held on $84,000 bail and was due to appear in court Wednesday to face charges of battery, grand larceny, burglary and robbery with a deadly weapon. Detectives say he robbed a casino cashier of $43,500 at gunpoint Friday night and later paid prostitutes at another hotel with money still bound in Bellagio wrappers before he was arrested Saturday night. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer. Kansas Department of Corrections records show Scott Alan Carmitchel, 34, served time for battery against a law officer and a robbery in 1998, and he was sent to prison most recently a year ago for making a criminal threat. Formerly of Overland Park, Kansas, he was paroled in December. The department listed him as "absconded" with his whereabouts unknown as of May 29. Detectives in Las Vegas said the man they previously identified only as "John Doe" spent about $10,000 on a high-end shopping spree after claiming he found a black bag full of cash in the Bellagio parking lot. They said he told them his name was Scott Rice, of Kansas, but he had no identification and they suspected that was a false name. Las Vegas police spelled his last name "Carmitchell" on a booking photo released late Tuesday. Kansas authorities have spelled it both ways but list his "true" name with just one 'L,' and list the other spelling as an alias. Corrections officials in Las Vegas had to forcibly hold his head steady for the mug shot because he "has refused to cooperate in any way with the investigation and was combative with officers throughout the booking process," Officer Larry Hadfield said in a statement. The arrest came after investigators were tipped by a tourist from Texas who said he became suspicious after a man paid the tourist $300 to rent him a $405 room at the Hard Rock Hotel. Police later detained four prostitutes who left the room, two carrying wads of cash with Bellagio labels. They told police the man was acting erratic, paranoid and delusional, according to a police report. Investigators said the suspect acknowledged his picture was on Bellagio surveillance tape, but he denied that he committed the robbery. He told them he went to the casino but didn't remember what happened, an arrest report states. Police eventually searched the room and found $10,000 in cash along with a BB gun that matched the description of the weapon used during the robbery. They also said they found a shirt they believe was worn by the robber, a $1,800 pair of black Louis Vuitton shoes, and an $800 Louis Vuitton belt, along with recent shopping receipts. About half the money taken remained unaccounted for, the police report said. The robbery occurred about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man walked up to a Bellagio cashier's cage, pulled a gun from a backpack and demanded money from a clerk, who later told police she feared she would die if she didn't listen to the robber. Detectives said Monday that they believe the same man who robbed the Bellagio also robbed a south Las Vegas City National Bank on July 22. The same type of BB gun, with an orange tip on the barrel, was used in both holdups, police said.


A guy in Illinois named Bryan Bednarek recently broke the world record for fastest CLAPPER.  He clapped 804 times in one minute. It's kind of weird though, because he didn't clap the way you would at a concert.  Instead of keeping one hand basically still, and slapping it with the other, he constantly alternates.


There's an instructional video from 1997 called "How to Have Cybersex on the Internet".  And the woman giving the tips is sitting in front of a computer TOPLESS the whole time.  But it's censored, so there's no actual nudity.  The guys who do the "Found Footage Festival" say they bought it at a thrift store in Minnesota.


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