Man Displays Collapsed Nose Mug Shot From Cocaine Habit

A Bentley-driving millionaire property dealer with a “massive” cocaine addiction was jailed for five years for possessing a large amount of the drug and illegal handguns at a luxury West Wales hotel.

James “Jamie” Brown, 45, distinctive due a nose deformity caused by his cocaine use, was arrested by police last year in his Bentley Continental convertible near Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire.

James Brown

Craig Jones, prosecuting at Swansea Crown Court, said the officers found cocaine secreted in the car’s air vents and in its folding roof mechanism.

Dyfed Powys Police detectives then went to Hurst House Hotel in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, where Glasgow born Brown had based himself.

The hotel was once part-owned by TV star Neil Morrissey of Men Behaving Badly and Bob the Builder fame.

There the officers found a 9mm semi-automatic Walther PP1 pistol, similar to the gun used by fictional spy James Bond, and a Russian-produced 9mm Tula Tokarev emblazoned with a star symbol on its handle.

In East House Farm, a home connected to the hotel, the officers also found a rifle, some more ammunition and more cocaine.

Brown, who admitted possessing banned handguns, cocaine and ammunition, snorted so much cocaine on a daily basis it led to a severe deformity of his nose, paranoia and heart problems, the court heard.

Prosecutor Mr Jones added that 25 years ago Brown had been convicted of threatening a person in a London pub with a sawn-off shotgun but soon after he turned his life around.

He said: “The defendant, through property dealing, became very wealthy and at 36 retired to Portugal where he was introduced to cocaine.”

He said after Brown’s addiction spiralled out of control he hired his 42-year-old cousin Andrew Stewart, also originally from Glasgow, as a helper.

Stewart, of previous clean character, was jailed for 15 months yesterday after he also admitted possession of the illegal handguns at the hotel and ammunition plus a small amount of cocaine for his own use.

Stewart was arrested in a silver Ranger Rover owned by Brown at Pendine shortly after Brown was arrested and the cocaine was found beneath the vehicle’s seat.

A third defendant, Steven Pearce, 44, of Laugharne, who was in the Bentley with Brown when it was stopped by police and who lived at East House Farm where he did work for Hurst House hotel, was yesterday jailed for 12 months for possession of firearms and cocaine.

Father of two Pearce, a former Whitland RFC forward who later played professionally in England, had just one previous conviction more than 20 years ago, affray arising from a fight.

Judge Huw Davies accepted Pearce had kept a quantity of cocaine at East House Farm as a means of trying to limit Brown’s use of the drug and not for his own benefit.

He also accepted Pearce’s connection to the handguns had been due to the arrival of Brown at the hotel.

The judge said: “Brown manfully admitted the guns were his.”

Mr Jones said some time ago, a cousin of both Brown and Stewart was murdered by a four-strong gang in a hotel.

He said Brown “became paranoid” about his own safety and acquired the handguns.

Frances Jones, for Pearce, said: “In custody on remand over these offence in prison he has been diligent, hard working and respectful and that’s how he’ll behave in future, a likeable, well respected member of the community.”

John Hipkin, for Brown, said: “He developed a massive cocaine addiction funded by legitimate means.

“He has suffered health issues, some cosmetic and some, like his cardiac condition, threatening.

“He’ll never return to that form of lifestyle again.”

After yesterday’s fri sentencing the judge agreed to hand over some of the confiscated cocaine to Dyfed-Powys Police for training purposes instead of destroying it because it was so pure.

 

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Woman tries to decapitate sleeping husband with electric saw

EVERETT, Wash. –  A Washington state woman accused of trying to decapitate her sleeping husband with an electric saw was convicted Thursday of attempted murder.

Jurors needed only about three hours to reach a verdict in the trial of Renee Bishop-McKean of Everett. They also convicted the 44-year-old woman of first-degree assault for hitting the man in the head with a hatchet and mallet.

The jury was told the noise of the saw woke the victim last Oct. 14 and he fought his wife off. He was treated for cuts and scrapes.

Bishop-McKean told police an attacker must have entered the home through an open window, found the saw and attacked her husband. Deputy Prosecutor Paul Stern noted the window was locked so it would only open a few inches. He called the woman’s theory the “Tinkerbell did this” defense.

The woman, who did not testify, shook her head in disagreement when the verdicts were announced.

Bishop-McKean faces at least 15 years in prison at sentencing set for Oct. 4.

The couple had been living apart but jurors were told the woman invited her husband over and told him to sleep on a mattress that she had wrapped in plastic, then covered with normal sheets.

Police found evidence that Bishop-McKean had purchased the saw, hatchet and mallet shortly before the attack and stockpiled bleach and a supply of large garbage bags.

“You don’t need to be concerned about the `why,”‘ Stern said in closing arguments Thursday. “You care about the `who.”‘

Defense lawyer Ken Lee said prosecutors couldn’t explain what happened or prove that his client was responsible. He offered three theories, including the mysterious intruder scenario suggested by Bishop-McKean.

Lee also suggested the victim might have hurt himself and blamed his wife. The defense lawyer acknowledged that option was “right out of Alfred Hitchcock.”

Finally, Lee said the only other possibility was that Bishop-McKean was responsible for the attack but if so, the evidence suggests “a very half-hearted attempt” to kill.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports that tests on the tools showed DNA from both Bishop-McKean and her husband, with trace amounts from someone else. Jurors were told the trace amount likely came from someone who handled the saw at the store before its purchase.

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Chef slow cooked his wife’s body, dumped it out as kitchen waste

In a taped interview played in court Tuesday, a Southern California chef on trial for allegedly killing his wife told police he slow cooked her body then dumped it out as kitchen waste.

Dawn Viens disappeared in 2009 and police identified her husband David – the chef at the former Thyme Café in Torrance – as a prime suspect.

In 2011, investigators dug up the Thyme Café, which Dawn co-owned, searching for her body. But in a taped interview played Tuesday in court, David Viens seemed to tell police why her remains may never be found.

“I took some, some things like weights that we use and I put them on the top of her body, and I just slowly cooked it and I ended up cooking her for four days,” Viens said on tape.

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Viens claimed he argued with his wife, then bound her arms and feet and duct-taped her mouth shut. He said he panicked when he found her dead the next morning.

Viens claimed he stuffed his wife’s 105-pound body in a drum and disposed of the remains as if it was kitchen waste.

“I came up with the idea of cleaning the grease traps and commingling in the, the excess, the excess protein,” he could be heard saying on the tape.

David Viens told police he recovered Dawn’s skull and jawbone and hid them in his mother’s attic. Investigators say they never recovered any body parts.

 

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Daycare Employees Arrested For Encouraging Toddlers To Fight

DOVER, Del. (CBS) – Three daycare employees were arrested on Monday for allegedly watching and encouraging toddlers to fight each other while under their care.

According to Dover Police, three employees from the Hands of Our Future Daycare in Delaware were arrested after a cell phone video showed employees watching and encouraging two 3-year-olds fight each other.

Tiana Harris, 19, Lisa Parker, 47, and Estefania Myers, 21, were charged with Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Reckless Endangering and Conspiracy for the incident, which occurred in March of 2012 and was captured on cell phone video.

In the video, police say one child can be heard crying and yelling, ‘He’s pinching me,’ while a daycare worker responds, ‘No pinching, only punching.’”

“Clearly one of the children is crying and does not want to continue on and he is pushed back into the fray by one of the adults,” Dover Police Captain Tim Stump said.

Cristyl Slack says her four-year-old daughter was in the room when the fight happened in March.

“That pissed me off just because I feel if my daughter is around anything I should have known that day,” Slack said.

The fight video is not being shown to parents or the public because police say it is evidence.

“I can’t ever believe in a million years. I mean I would have to see the proof to believe it,” parent Amy Bickling said.

Hands of Our Future Daycare, located at 868 S. State St., has had its City of Dover Business License suspended pending a hearing.

The Dover Police Department arranged for a meeting Monday night for parents or legal guardians of the daycare’s children to answer questions and help parents find new daycare arrangements.

Efforts to reach the daycare owner were not successful.

 

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Teen Allegedly Offers Cop $15 To Buy Fake ID Back

When a cop takes away your fake ID, what’s an alcohol-desiring teen to do?

One Florida woman’s solution was allegedly to go capitalistic and try to make a deal.

On July 27, Officer Christopher Hernandez pulled over a silver Honda after observing it weave in and out of lanes and make a wide right turn, according to a police affidavit obtained by The Huffington Post.

After stopping the vehicle in Ponte Vedra, Hernandez said he noticed that the driver, Christine Stoudemire, 18, was slurring her speech and smelled of alcohol, the Sun Sentinel first reported.

As Stoudemire was fiddling around in her wallet for identification, Hernandez spotted a driver’s license from South Carolina located in front of the Florida-issued card that Stoudemire eventually handed over to the deputy.

Hernandez informed the allegedly boozed-up Stoudemire that he was going to conduct field sobriety tests.

The suspect refused, according to Hernandez. The cop placed the teenager under arrest for suspicion of DUI.

The suspect was detained in the police vehicle and transported to a nearby jail, the affidavit said.

Stoudemire wasn’t buying the charges, though, allegedly telling Hernandez that she’s driven “way more times like this.”

Upon later inspection of the possessions in Stoudemire’s vehicle, Hernandez alleged that Stoudemire’s South Carolina license is fraudulent.

The South Carolina license read that Stoudemire’s date of birth is November 22, 1989.

According to the police report, Stoudemire’s actual birth date is November 22, 1993.

But Stoudemire wasn’t giving up her license to purchase alcohol so easily.

En route to the prison, the teenager asked Hernandez not to take away the South Carolina ID, because “it took her months to be able to get the money” for it, the cop said in the police report.

Stoudemire then allegedly offered Hernandez $15 to buy it back.

The suspect was charged for a traffic offense and for third-degree fraud.

According to the University of Tampa, possession of a fake ID is punishable for up to 5 years in prison.

 

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Mom left kids inside truck while at strip club

TAMPA – 

A mother is facing child neglect charges after allegedly leaving her two children, ages 3 and 5, inside a car Tuesday night while she went into a popular Tampa strip club.

Had it not been for the Mons Venus managers and a regular customer, Tampa Police said it could have been much worse for Brandi Jo Roman, 28, and her two children.

Mons Venus’ manager Jean Burns said Roman tried to get into the club a first time, but she didn’t have any money and went back to her car. She said Roman wound up slumped over the wheel.

A short time later “she came back in the club, she had gathered up quarters and dollars to pay the cover charge, and [the staff] took her in to get her in there so she didn’t leave with the children.”

A customer, identified as “John,” watched the incident unfold and realized Roman’s condition was not good. He ran across a busy Dale Mabry Highway and flagged down two Tampa police officers in the area.

When they made it to the club, Roman was still inside. Burns said “door was unlocked, open container of alcohol, truck was running. [The] kids could have got out, ran along Dale Mabry or threw the truck into gear — drank the alcohol.”

When the officers approached the vehicle, they found the children unattended and the 3-year-old was crying. Officers said a can of malt liquor was in plain view inside the truck.

Mons Venus owner Joe Redner applauded his staff and customer’s actions.  “My manager didn’t want her driving away with those children in the shape she was in,” Redner told Bay News 9. “She was drunk.”

“I am a mother,” the manager said.  “I wanted her to stay there.  I didn’t want her leaving, driving.”

The officers went inside the club and found Roman sitting near a stage. They said her speech was slurred and she showed other visible signs of intoxication.

According to police, Roman told the officers that she went inside the club to drink more alcohol and left the children watching a movie inside the car.

Looking back at it, Burns just hopes the children aren’t traumatized by the situation. “I hope as young as they are, they don’t remember that,” she said. The children are now in the custody of the state.

Roman is being held on $2,000 bond.

 

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Overdose horror at city McDonald’s

 

A BEDRAGGLED drug user was left to overdose in front of children for 20 minutes at an Elizabeth St McDonald’s today, despite outraged parents pleading with staff to call emergency services.

The 26 year-old St Kilda man entered the family restaurant near the Queen Victoria Market at about 3.30pm today and began injecting with a needle near shocked patrons.

Andrew Kahn, of Adelaide, had travelled to Melbourne for a weekend away with his wife and children and had just visited the Vic Market when he saw the drug user – with his pants slipping down – in the corner of the McDonald’s.

”He came in and started shooting up, right near a family with kids,” Mr Kahn said.

”I told a staff member it was happening and she said sorry, the manager isn’t in at the moment.

”The guy was still there and started nodding off in the corner.”

Diners were further outraged when the restaurant closed its upstairs dining area during the ordeal meaning families had to sit near the drug user in the crowded ground section.

Mr Kahn said authorities were called when he approached staff a second time.

A police spokeswoman said ambulance officers treated the man when he became aggressive and was handcuffed by police.

He was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Mr Kahn captured a photo of the man on his phone showing him in a delirous state crouched near the front window of the restaurant.

McDonald’s spokeswoman Laura Keith said: ”As soon as the manager became aware of the man he asked him to leave.

”The man refused and the police were called right away. The manager spoke to police twice on the phone before they arrived, arrested and removed the man from the restaurant. The dining area was then cleaned thoroughly.”

 

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Woman drops dead at counter of McDonald’s and staff ‘keep on serving burgers’

Staff at a McDonald’s in Croatia allegedly carried on selling burgers despite the fact a customer had dropped dead in front of the counter.

After efforts to revive her failed, the woman was instead propped up in the corner of the restaurant and had a napkin placed over her head as workers continued to serve other customers, it has been claimed.

The woman, thought to have died of a suspected heart attack, had complained of feeling unwell just moments after going inside the fast food restaurant in the southern town of Sibenik.

She collapsed at the counter and, despite emergency services being called, doctors were unable to revive the Bosnian woman, who lived in Denmark but had been visiting the area.

Staff have been criticised after they carried on serving drive-through customers after she was declared dead.

Croatian media reported that the body was in the restaurant for an hour-and-a-half before a mortuary car arrived to remove it.

Restaurant officials have claimed local media exaggerated the incident and said it was only the drive-thru section that remained operating while they awaited mortuary staff.

They also said that the main restaurant – where the body was – had been closed to customers.

McDonald’s was contacted for comment but did not respond to the request.

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Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at grocery store

Reported by: Don Hudson

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith’s store.

Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith’s employee Dorothy Espinoza says, “He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people.”

Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. “There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms.”

Then, before the suspect could find another victim – a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. “A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith’s grabbed him.”

By the time officers arrived the suspect had been subdued by employees and shoppers. Police had high praise for gun carrying man who ended the hysteria. Lt. Brian Purvis said, “This was a volatile situation that could have gotten worse. We can only assume from what we saw it could have gotten worse. He was definitely in the right place at the right time.”

Dozens of other shoppers, who too could have become victims, are also thankful for the gun carrying man. And many, like Danylle Julian, are still in shock from the experience. “Scary actually. Really scary. Five minutes before I walk out to my car. It could have been me.”

Police say right now they have no idea what caused the suspect to go on the dangerous rampage. (We will update as soon as we learn new information.)

So far, police have not released the names of the suspect, the victims or the man who pulled the gun.

 

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Dallas mother glued 2-yr-old daughter’s hands to wall

Elizabeth Escalona, 23, pleaded guilty this morning to injury to a child, admitting she beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the child’s hands to the wall.

As Esclaona left the courtroom, she declined to talk about her guilty plea or her daughter, Joselyn Cedillo.

“I have no comment, and only God can judge me,” she said in a hallway outside the courtroom. “That’s all I gotta say.”

Police have said they believe Escalona tortured the girl over potty-training issues.

Police records show that Joseyln’s siblings told investigators that their mother kicked the girl in the stomach, hit her with a jug of milk, a belt and a shoe. They said Esclalona then put glue on Jocelyn’s hands and glued them to the wall.

Joseyln suffered extensive bruising, brain swelling, broken bones, swollen intestines, bruised lungs and an injured liver.

The girl was initially in a coma. She and her siblings were taken into state custody.

On the day Joseyln was injured in September, Escalona wrote on Facebook page: “Why does God put obstacles in my life?” She also changed her profile photo to one of her and Joseyln.

Escalona will be sentenced by state District Judge Larry Mitchell on Sept. 10. She faces up to life in prison but is also eligible for deferred adjudication. If Mitchell gives Escalona deferred adjudication in the case, she would not have a criminal conviction.

 

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