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Father Killed in Robbery Hours Before Son is Born May 13, 2008

BALTIMORE — A Catonsville woman delivered her first child on Mother’s Day, only to learn that the child’s father had died from the stab wounds he suffered during an attempted robbery.

Claudia Sales last saw her husband, Carlos Santay-Carillo, while she was in labor Saturday afternoon. Santay-Carillo, 19, went to a gas station about a block from their home to gas up his car for the ride to the hospital, but he never returned, police said.

“Apparently the suspect went up to the victim and grabbed him around the chest and asked him for money and his wallet. The victim refused and at that time he was able to get away, but then the suspect stabbed him several times,” said Cpl. Mike Hill of the Baltimore County police.


Sales ended up leaving by ambulance for Howard County General Hospital.


Her baby boy, also named Carlos, arrived at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Her husband’s cousin later told her of Santay-Carillo’s death at another hospital.


“At that moment, there were so many emotions going through our heads. We wanted to make sure neither the mom nor the baby ran into health risks,” said Bertha Anderson, a family friend.


“She’s is in shock. She can’t believe it,” said family friend Brenda Cardenas.


Although baby Carlos will never meet the man he was named after, family friends said he’ll always know how much he and his mother were loved.

At La Quinta Inn in Jessup, Sales’ co-workers said that Santay-Carillo was kindhearted and sometimes worked his wife’s shifts to give her time off.


“He was here every day to pick her up, and you could just tell they were a happy couple and very excited about the baby,” Bridgette Sloan, the Inn’s manager, said.


Baltimore County police said that witnesses have been able to give a rough description of the suspect, but because surveillance cameras weren’t rolling at the store, detectives still need more help. Friends of the couple are asking for any witnesses to call police if they have any information.


“We’re asking for them to give us donations or anything to help Claudia and her baby,” Anderson said. “I got her a little bit of money and a card and went straight to the hospital to make sure that she wouldn’t worry too much about her future and finances and whatnot.”


A trust fund has been set up through the Bank of America under the Santay-Sales Family Fund.


Woman Sues Connecticut Town For Dog Poo May 9, 2008

NORWALK, Conn.—A New York woman has filed a $100 claim against Norwalk saying a family outing to the Maritime Aquarium was ruined by dog feces. The woman claims her child’s shoes, along with the entire outing, were ruined when her 1-year-old stepped in dog feces outside the Maritime Garage.

City attorney M. Jeffry Spahr said the official response is that her claim is denied and in his words, “poop happens.”

Kelly DeBrocky, of Mahopac, N.Y., wants the city to reimburse her for $54 she spent replacing her toddler’s ruined shoes and the expenses for parking and aquarium admission on April 5.


U.N. halts Myanmar flights after aid ‘seized’

Filed under: Natural Disasters,This Is What's Wrong with the World — gervmaine @ 9:01 am

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) — Authorities in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar have seized United Nations aid intended for victims of the disaster, prompting the organization to halt future relief flights, a U.N. World Food Program official said. 

The organization, which insists on distributing its own relief supplies, says two aircraft-loads of food, medicine and equipment, were seized by the army in Myanmar’s main city Yangon.

“This is another example of them actively getting in the way of relief getting to the victims,” said Tony Banbury, Asia director of the World Food Program.

Asked whether the move would jeopardize future U.N. aid flights, he said, “absolutely, from our perspective, it shuts them down.”

On Saturday, the United Nations had been planning three further aid flights, from Dubai, India and Cambodia. It would bring tons of biscuits, emergency ready-to-eat meals, and logistical support and equipment, such as boats, to reach isolated areas.

The powerful cyclone, which swept through the country’s low-lying river delta regions last weekend killed 22,000, according to Myanmar officials. Foreign observers say 100,000 may have perished, while many more are at risk of disease and starvation.

The seizure of the planes is being seen as a tug of war over who controls aid distribution, and could have a major impact on aid distribution in Myanmar.

U.N. aid officials have warned in recent days that if there are no guarantees that this and future aid can be distributed under its rules. They say they plan to discuss the issue with officials from Myanmar.

The international community, including the United States, has been frustrated by the efforts to distribute aid in Myanmar.

In an effort it says is to speed relief delivery by its military personnel, the United States has devised a new plan that it hopes will be accepted by Myanmar’s government.

The ruling junta is suspicious of any U.S. military presence it sees as potentially aimed at unseating the government, a prospect the Bush Administration has repeatedly denied.

One senior U.S. military official tells CNN that the United States is presenting Myanmar with an aid plan that would minimize the presence of American troops on the ground.

The United States is proposing that C-130s fly into the Myanmar carrying U.N. supplies. The planes would drop supplies off and then turn around and leave. But they would conduct as many flights as possible.

The United States is also proposing that Navy helicopters already in Thailand and on board U.N. Navy ships in the region fly supplies to remote areas. The helicopters would conduct low-level flights and air drop the supplies but not touch the ground.

Four U.S. Navy ships are now moving to a region offshore Myanmar. They are the USS Essex, USS Juneau, USS Harpers Ferry and USS Mustin. Some U.S. Marines are ashore in Thailand for an exercise but could readily be moving to relief operations.

Meanwhile, Paul Risley, a spokesman for the U.N. World Food Program, told CNN the agency has never encountered such resistance to offers of help in such a mushrooming humanitarian crisis.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the military junta in Myanmar has behaved “appallingly” by declining to grant more visas to relief workers.


Update: Per NOAA, Gun Shots Did Not Kill Sea Lions May 7, 2008

Filed under: This Is What's Wrong with the World — gervmaine @ 4:46 pm

The NOAA’s Fisheries Services has a mystery on their hands.

They say six lions found dead in two traps at Bonneville Dam Sunday did not die of gunshot wounds. The cause of their deaths remains a mystery.

Preliminary results found no evidence of recent of gunshot wounds. However, they did identify numerous shallow puncture wounds in one animal which is consistent with sea lion bite marks.

An x-ray examination conducted Tuesday identified metal fragments in soft tissue around the neck area of two of the animals.

In addition, a metal slug was found in the blubber of one animal. However, neither the fragments nor the slug appear to have caused death, and may have been associated with old wounds.

The agency is continuing their investigation to determine how the animals died. They will also look at the traps in which they were found.


Clown Accused Of Stealing From Elderly Widow May 6, 2008

Filed under: This Is What's Wrong with the World — gervmaine @ 4:16 pm

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A professional clown is accused of stealing $500,000 from an elderly widow.

Prescott police said Carrie Williams-Thompson, aka Kooki the Clown, 48, befriended the older woman after her husband died.

Williams-Thompson obtained power of attorney and used the widow’s money to purchase homes, vehicles and a trailer, among other items, police said.

Williams-Thompson was arrested in Corona, Calif., and will be extradited to Arizona to face felony charges of fraud, theft, financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, forgery and unlawful use of power of attorney.


Tornado Victims Face New Problems May 5, 2008

Filed under: This Is What's Wrong with the World — gervmaine @ 3:12 pm
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 Suffolk Police arrest three for stealing from tornado victims

Burnetts Mill in Suffolk, Virginia is one of the hardest areas hit by the tornado.   Residents say people stealing from them now is like kicking them while they’re down and out.

But that’s what police say is happening. They arrested three people Saturday night after receiving a phone call from a resident saying they saw three people in their neighbors home.

Captain Dean Smith says the stole minor things like “collectible cards, DVD’s, and prescription drugs.”  They’ve been charged with larceny and possession of drugs.

Orris Waters said “I think its awful people are stealing from us. We lost a lot already, please don’t steal from us.”

The tornado damaged Kenneth and Lana Dambrosio’s house, for now they’re staying in a hotel.  But they say “we’ve got neighbors watching out and they’ll give us a call if they see anything out of the ordinary.”

But for backup they’re leaving the dog in the house  to keep an eye on things .

Robert Waters was forced to leave his home after the tornado hit because water and electricity was cut off.  However, as soon as it was turned on returned to the house right away. 

“I heard a lot of looting was going on. We heard people were leaving with televisions and stuff.”

Residents say they don’t understand how the thieves are looting these houses with all the police patrols. 

At the same time, they say most of the security is at the entrance of Burnetts Mill and they believe the looters are coming in from the back of the community.


Trapped Sea Lions Shot on Columbia River

Trapped sea lions shot on Columbia River

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — For years, the sea lions lounging at the Bonneville Dam have had easy pickings from salmon waiting to go up fish ladders to upriver spawning grounds.


During the weekend, the federally protected sea creatures were themselves easy prey for a gunman who shot and killed six of the sea lions as they lay in traps meant to humanely catch them.

State and federal authorities were investigating the shootings, which came less than two weeks after an appeals court issued a temporary injunction against authorities killing the salmon-gobbling mammals. Agents have been trapping them instead, but trapping will be suspended during the investigation, said Rick Hargrave, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fishermen and American Indian tribes have pushed to protect the salmon and remove the sea lions, by lethal force if necessary.

The carcasses of the four California sea lions and two Steller sea lions were found Sunday around noon below the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River on the border of Oregon and Washington.

The six animals appear to have been shot by somebody on the Washington side during the night, said Brian Gorman, a spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Two closed cages each contained the carcasses of two California sea lions and one Steller sea lion, he said.

Necropsies were planned for all the animals, and the area was being treated as a crime scene by state and federal agencies, Gorman said.

The discovery came one day after three elephant seals were found shot to death at a breeding ground near San Simeon in central California. Investigators will try to determine whether there is any link between the shootings, Gorman said.

Seven California sea lions were trapped on the Columbia starting April 24 after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved their capture. One died during a medical inspection before transfer to a Sea World park.

Washington and Oregon have been granted federal authorization to capture or kill as many as 85 sea lions a year for five years at the base of the dam.

The Humane Society of the United States has gone to court to challenge the authorization, with another hearing set for May 8. Until a judge rules, no animals may be legally killed.

“We’re really shocked,” said Sharon Young, a Humane Society spokeswoman, who learned about the sea lion deaths from a reporter. “We’re a nation of laws, and we should expect people to abide by them