More consequences of Obamacare – this time potentially killing an outpatient substance abuse service that many people rely on:
More consequences of Obamacare – this time potentially killing an outpatient substance abuse service that many people rely on:
He’s At It Again! Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Is Ticketed For Jaywalking And Public Drunkenness In Vancouver, Telling Police Officers He’d Thought They Were ‘Cooler’ On The West Coast – Daily Mail
Just as you thought things could not get any worse for Rob Ford, Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor was ticketed Friday night for jaywalking and public intoxication in Vancouver.
Canada’s most notorious public official was in town for the funeral of a family friend when he was stopped by police for crossing the street on a red light.
Eyewitness Ian Currie told Global News that he overheard the mayor tell police officers: ‘I f-ed up, boys… I thought it was looser on the West Coast, I thoughts you were cooler over here.’
The News reported that the mayor was walking on North Road when he was flagged by an officer outside a Shell gas station.
According to the news site, Ford, who has been battling drug and alcohol addiction, may have ducked into a nearby pub called Foggy Dew earlier in the evening.
Ford’s latest run-in with police drew a sizable crowd in Vancouver, with the hapless public servant pleading with onlookers not to take pictures of him because he is ‘going to get in a lot of trouble.’
The incident comes just days after the embattled mayor was named in a lawsuit filed by his sister’s ex-boyfriend for allegedly conspiring to have the man beaten in jail to prevent Ford’s illicit behaviors from becoming known.
A lawsuit submitted Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre alleges the mayor was behind an assault at a Toronto jail in March 2012 that was intended to keep MacIntrye quiet about Ford’s abuse of alcohol and drugs.
The lawsuit alleges MacIntrye was threatened with ‘dire consequences’ if he did not remain quiet. He was in jail after being charged with threatening the mayor, for saying he would expose his ‘unsavory activities,’ the lawsuit says.
MacIntrye alleges Ford conspired with Payman Aboodowleh, who coached football with Ford, to have one of their former players, who was also in jail at the time, to beat MacIntyre up.
Ford and Aboodowleh arranged for staff members at the Metro West Detention Centre to ‘ensure there was no supervision or surveillance of the area’ where the alleged assault occurred, the lawsuit says.
Ford’s lawyer, Dennis Morris, said the allegations are ‘without fact or foundation.’
When questioned further if the mayor had conspired in any way to harm MacIntyre, Morris said, ‘The answer is no.’
Ford offered no comment when reporters asked him about the lawsuit.
The mayor acknowledged last year that he had smoked crack, but he has rebuffed pressure to resign.
The lawsuit also names Ontario’s Ministry of Correctional Services, which is responsible for the province’s jails, Aboodowleh and Aedan Petros, the former football player who MacIntyre alleges attacked him.
A Pennsylvania mayor who has pushed for tougher gun-control laws is now going to jail after holding his homosexual crush hostage while armed with a gun.
Former Marcus Hook Mayor James Schiliro was sentenced to 10 to 20 months for an alcohol-fueled episode last February.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Schiliro “had a police car bring a former neighbor – a 20-year-old to whom he said he was attracted – to his home, made him drink wine, and refused to let him leave for three and a half hours.”
Schiliro reportedly threatened to kill himself and fired a gun into a stack of papers during the incident. Eventually, the victim, Nicholas Dorsam, was able to leave and then called police.
“That night was a culmination of feelings which had built up over 25 years,” said Schiliro.
The former mayor told authorities he knew Dorsam as a teen and helped him as a mentor. Schiliro said he became attracted to Dorsam when the young man turned 20.
The Inquirer reports: “At the house that night in February, Schiliro told Dorsam he wanted to commit suicide. Then Dorsam talked about Schiliro’s daughter, who was asleep upstairs.”
“I was so drunk and so upset with myself for what I did, if Nick didn’t mention my daughter I would have killed myself,” Schiliro said. “That is the only thing that kept me from pulling the trigger.”
After the encounter, Schiliro sold the weapon, entered an alcohol-treatment program and underwent counseling.
He had been convicted in November of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, official oppression, and furnishing liquor to a minor.
On Monday, 13 of Schiliro’s family and friends spoke on his behalf at the sentencing hearing.
They portrayed him as “a caring man who gave back to his community as mayor, helped create jobs, formed basketball and baseball leagues for the borough’s children, served as a volunteer firefighter, and was a good friend and father,” according to the Inquirer.
“I’ve seen him reach into his pocket and give people he didn’t know money when they needed it,” said Bill Cox, a friend who has known Schiliro for 15 years.
“This is really a case of a complex person with complex issues,” said Michael Malloy, Schiliro’s defense attorney, referring to his client’s acknowledged bisexuality.
Delaware County Court Judge James F. Nilon was not moved by pleas from Schiliro’s family and friends.
“I don’t think you appreciate the seriousness of the nature of the behavior that you engaged in,” Nilon said.
In addition to his jail time, Schiliro received five years of probation and 50 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $1,300 in fines and court costs, and he’s eligible for work release and time off for good behavior.
As WND previously reported, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” organization was revealed in the fall of 2012 to include a long list of mayors who, because of their convictions, were no longer eligible to own weapons themselves.
“Mayor Schiliro is one more example of why we started the ‘Gun Owners Against Illegal Mayors’ campaign,” said Alan Gottlieb, the organization’s executive director.
“He joins recently convicted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and recently indicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, both of whom were MAIG members.”
SAF launched its campaign last fall, and “the list keeps growing,” Gottlieb said.
“Schiliro’s case is not only bad, but bizarre,” Gottlieb explained at the time. “He’s been charged with false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment, serving alcohol to a minor and other crimes, and he also allegedly used more than one gun in this incident, in which at least one shot was fired.
“The allegations against Schiliro creeped me out. With associates like this, I can understand why Bloomberg doesn’t trust people with guns,” Gottlieb said.
“According to published reports, Schiliro’s attorney says the mayor has sold his guns and entered alcoholism treatment, but this doesn’t get any traction with me. If the charges against this guy are proven in court, he deserves to have the book thrown at him, same as Mayor Bloomberg would demand if any other gun owner did what police and prosecutors think Schiliro did.
“It is amusing,” Gottlieb added, “that Schiliro – who signed an infamous letter to the U.S. Senate with 600 other mayors – has suddenly disappeared from the MAIG roster on that group’s website.
“Mayor Bloomberg should be more interested in the conduct of MAIG members than trying to pry into the personal lives of gun owners or soda drinkers,” he stated. “If anybody needs a background check, it would be a MAIG member.”
WND reported earlier on the SAF’s campaign about Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, set up in 2006 by Bloomberg.
“Michael Bloomberg created this group to further his personal agenda of public disarmament,” Gottlieb explained at the time “But within the ranks of his organization, our research has found several politicians who have been convicted of various serious crimes, thus making it impossible for them to finish their terms.
“We discovered,” he said, “one mayor convicted of perjury and embezzlement, another who was convicted of attempted child molestation, and yet another who was convicted of assault and racketeering. There was one who was convicted on bribery, fraud and money laundering, and another who was convicted of domestic violence.
“In short,” Gottlieb said, “many of these elitist politicians can no longer own firearms. The crimes they were convicted of suggest they are public enemies rather than public servants. No wonder they want to take guns from law-abiding citizens!”
On April 25, 2006, 15 mayors worked with Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to set up the organization to restrict guns.
The group said it wanted to make cities safer by cracking down on illegal guns, because mayors “have a responsibility to protect their communities by holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable.”
They say they want trace data for law enforcement efforts, and they want lawmakers to fix gaps and loopholes in laws “that make it far too easy for criminals and other prohibited purchasers to get guns.”
The group boasts that it has grown to more than 725 mayors in 40 states.
But SAF is publicizing mayors who have run into their own troubles.
It launched its campaign in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet, revealing the criminal and ethical wrongdoings of many of the mayors themselves.
Gottlieb reported the research conducted by the foundation found “a far higher rate of criminal activity within the ranks of the MAIG than among the ranks of more than eight million citizens who are licensed to carry concealed firearms in 49 states.”
“While Michael Bloomberg has been campaigning to turn gun owners into criminals,” Gottlieb said, “the criminals in his own ranks were engaged in such activities as tax evasion , extortion, accepting bribes, child pornography, trademark counterfeiting and perjury. One was even convicted of assaulting a police officer.
“And these people have the audacity to smear law-abiding gun owners as potential criminals, simply because they exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” he concluded. “He should pay more attention to what his friends are up to than worry about the gun owners he’s been trying to demonize.”
The Second Amendment Foundation is the nation’s oldest and biggest group to focus on the constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, the foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters. In addition to the precedent-setting McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Case, SAF has funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, Conn.; New Orleans; Chicago; and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners.
The organization also has been acting largely under the radar to fight unconstitutional firearms restrictions across the nation. Recently, it won its request for preliminary injunction against the New Mexico standard.
The injunction was handed down just days ago by District Judge M. Christina Armijo, who took action in the case of John Jackson, a permanent legal resident alien who could not obtain a concealed carry permit in the state.
The organization also announced it has filed a motion for injunctive relief in a related case in Nebraska. There, non-citizens legally living in the state are prohibited from obtaining a concealed carry permit.
The SAF fought and won the landmark McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Case that applied Second Amendment rights to individuals in states all across the nation.
Another recent battle for the SAF was in Alameda County, Calif., which changed the rules as three businessmen were trying to open a gun shop. The foundation successfully sued the county for allegedly violating the constitutional rights of three businessmen by wrongfully denying them permits to open a gun shop.
The foundation also recently argued a pair of California cities and the state’s Department of Justice improperly confiscated firearms during investigations and then refused to return them to their owners – even after the subjects of the inquiries were cleared.
Other cases the SAF has handled recently:
* SAF sued the state of California over a “vague” gun ban over a case in which a man twice was jailed and then cleared. The focal point is the definition of an “assault weapon.” The statute’s definition of weapons is so “vague and ambiguous,” the group contends, that one man was arrested on two different occasions for violations but ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing. “It’s an insult to be arrested once for violating a law that is so vague and ambiguous that law enforcement officers cannot tell the difference between what is and what is not a legal firearm under this statute,” said Gottlieb, “but to be arrested and jailed twice for the same offense is an outrage.”
* In New York, the organization has asked for a summary judgment that would strike New York City’s $340 triennial fee for just owning a handgun. The legal brief explains that under U.S. Supreme Court rulings “the right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense is a part of the ‘core’ of the Second Amendment’s protections.” The case, brought by SAF, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and individuals including an electrical contractor, a paramedic, CPA and woodworker, argues, “The city’s $340 fee is inherently prohibitive and serves the impermissible purpose of discouraging the exercise of constitutional rights. While the city can charge a nominal fee to defray costs, the $340 fee is not nominal, and has never been calculated to defray costs.”
* The organization has sued New Jersey and officials and judges over procedures that allowed them to refuse firearms permits for a kidnap victim, a man who carries large amounts of cash for his business and a civilian FBI employee who fears attacks from radical Islamists. The permissions were denied on the grounds people had not shown a “justifiable need.” “Law-abiding New Jersey citizens have been arbitrarily deprived of their ability to defend themselves and their families for years under the state’s horribly crafted laws,” said an SAF spokesman. “The law grants uncontrolled discretion to police chiefs and other public officials to deny license applications even in cases where the applicant has shown a clear and present danger exists.”
* The SAF filed a case on behalf of an honorably discharged veteran from the Vietnam War and names as defendants Attorney General Eric Holder and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Jefferson Wayne Schrader. The question is whether the state of Maryland can deprive an individual of the right to possess a weapon over a misdemeanor. Schrader had been convicted of misdemeanor assault relating to a fight involving a man who previously had assaulted him in Annapolis. But he was denied the opportunity to receive a shotgun as a gift or to purchase a handgun for personal protection.
* SAF filed a claim against Maryland for a man who alleged the state was violating the Second Amendment by refusing to renew his handgun permit. Raymond Woollard originally was issued a carry permit after a man broke into his home during a family event in 2002. Woollard’s permit was renewed in 2005 after the defendant in the case was released from prison. But state officials later refused to renew the permit, even though the intruder now lives some three miles from Woollard.
* SAF sued Westchester County, N.Y., because officials there were requiring that residents have a “good cause” to ask for a handgun permit. The federal lawsuit alleges the requirement conflicts with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment establishes a personal right to “keep and bear arms.” Individual plaintiffs in the case are Alan Kachalsky and Christina Nikolov, both Westchester County residents whose permit applications were denied.
Garrett Hurlbut, a 23-year-old Minnesota man, has been charged after he allegedly stole a newspaper delivery truck while attempting to flee from zombies.
According to police, officers were instructed to be on the lookout for a Star Tribune newspaper truck after receiving a report that a man had stolen the vehicle while the driver was attempting to stock newspapers at a local gas station.
Investigators say the truck was located several blocks away from the gas station a short time later. An injured man, later identified as Hurlbut, was also found laying near the truck.
During a police interview, Hurlbut claimed that he fled in the truck because he was “running from zombies” and eventually “fell or jumped” from the truck during his alleged escape. Officers noted Hurlbut’s bloodshot eyes and strong odor of alcohol during the interview.
Hurlbut was then taken to a local hospital where he was treated for the injuries he received while fleeing the truck. A blood test later revealed his blood alcohol level to be more than twice the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.
At the hospital, Hurlbut reportedly continued to talk about the zombies who chased him and his fear of being caught by them.
He was later charged by summons with stealing a motor vehicle.
James Collins said his neighbors were mean and wouldn’t drink with him.
So he called 911… twice.
At least, that’s how the situation appeared Nov. 3 in Fort Pierce, according to a recently released police report.
Fort Pierce police were called about 8:35 p.m. in connection with a domestic disturbance.
“The complainant, James Collins, stated that his neighbors were being mean and would not drink with him,” a report states. “(An officer) explained to James about misusing 911.”
It could be argued that Collins, who turned 56 the day of the incident, did not get the message.
That’s because about 30 minutes later, he is accused of calling 911 in regard to his neighbors “not drinking with him.”
The 911 number typically is used to report law enforcement, fire and medical emergencies.
Collins, of the 1900 block of North U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce, smelled of booze and had a container of “Blue Ice” in his front pocket.
Collins was arrested on charges including disorderly intoxication and misuse of 911.
Rob Ford just doesn’t seem to understand some of the caveats associated with being an elected official. He already broke the “don’t smoke crack” rule, but hey, Marion Barry was able to recover from that. But a new tape of him threatening to kill some unidentified person has surfaced.
The Toronto Star purchased a video of Toronto mayor looking stark raving mad, saying that he was absolutely going to kill someone.
“I’m going to kill that f-ing guy. I’m telling you it’s first-degree murder,” Ford said. “He dies or I die, brother. I’ll rip his f-king throat out. I’ll poke his eyes out… I’ll make sure that motherf-ker’s dead.”
It’s unclear who he wants to kill, but he is visibly staggering and repeatedly hitching up his pants.
Ford apologized to his office after the tape surfaced.
“The Toronto Star just released a video that I was very, very inebriated,” he said. “All I can say is, again, I’ve made mistakes. I just wanted to come out and tell you I saw a video. It’s extremely embarrassing. The whole world’s going to see it. You know what? I don’t have a problem with that. I hope none of you have ever or will ever be in that state. Obviously, I was extremely, extremely inebriated.”
With this trajectory, there has to be a hooker snuff video somewhere out there. All we need to do is wait.
Mary Jaggers of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has been jailed after she allegedly called 911 to report that there were drunk people inside the bar she was visiting.
According to police, Jaggers called 911 six different times to complain that there were drunk people inside Artie’s Sportsman Lounge.
Arriving officers spoke with Jaggers, who demanded the arrest of everyone inside the bar. A pat down search, however, revealed that she was in possession of hydrocodone without a prescription.
Jaggers was taken into custody and no other arrests were made.
At her arraignment hearing on Tuesday, Jagger told the judge that she repeatedly called police to prevent anyone from driving home drunk.
“I have a feeling that the mixture between Artie’s Bar and the hydrocodone probably led to count two, the calling of 911,” said Judge Hurley during the hearing.
Jaggers was booked into jail and charged with misuse of 911 and possession of hyrocodone without a prescription.
When Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler arrived at a house party of teenagers in June, he pushed through the crowd, past youngsters dancing on a table and a smattering of red plastic cups. One of the revelers snapped a photo.
As the night wore on, teens at the South Bethany rental home posted tweets, photos and videos of a bash labeled the “eviction party” for its intensity – a celebration where underage participants later confirmed many were drinking alcohol.
Gansler, a Democrat who is running for governor, said this week that he stopped by the Delaware beach house to talk briefly with his teenage son and then left. He said he does not remember whether he saw anyone drinking. But even if he had, Gansler said, it was not his responsibility as a parent or a high-ranking law enforcement official to intervene.
“Assume for purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party,” Gansler said. “How is that relevant to me? …The question is, do I have any moral authority over other people’s children at beach week in another state? I say no.”
Advocates against substance abuse and underage drinking disagreed, saying adults shouldn’t look the other way.
“It’s totally inappropriate for an adult, especially for an elected official whose job is to uphold the laws of the state or any state,” said Michael Gimbel, an independent consultant and the former alcohol abuse prevention official for Baltimore County.
“For any parent to do this is irresponsible. But for an attorney general who fought for these laws on the books is even worse,” he said.
Gansler has publicly advocated against underage drinking, appearing less than a year ago in a video for the Century Council, a nonprofit that works to combat both teen drinking and drunken driving.
“Parents, you’re the leading influence on your teen’s decision not to drink,” Gansler said in a video filmed as part of the organization’s “Ask, Listen, Learn” initiative to persuade parents to talk to middle-school children about drinking. “It’s never too early to talk with your kids about smart ways to say no.”
Century Council’s CEO and president Ralph Blackman, upon learning that Gansler had been at such a party, said, “Let me pick myself up off the floor here.”
Blackman added that he couldn’t judge what Gansler should have done while briefly stopping by a party. But he said that as a parent, he would hope to hold himself to a standard high enough to “not only set a good example and be a good role model for my own kid, but for the wider group of kids who all influence each other.”
“You can agree, you can disagree with the legal age,” Blackman said. But by looking the other way, “you are somehow suggesting that it is OK to break the law. It’s part of the value systems that go into young people’s decision making.”
Gansler, in a two-hour interview Tuesday about senior week and the June 13 party, said, “My responsibility is only to my child… Everybody has their own moral compass. Mine is to raise my own child.” He said firmly that his son was not drinking.
Gansler had attended a Maryland State Bar Association event in Ocean City earlier that evening. During his brief stay at the teens’ party, he was captured in both a video and a photo posted online. He did not dispute the authenticity of those images.
He said he was at the party only for a few minutes to discuss with his newly graduated son when they would leave Delaware the next morning for a college event in Pennsylvania. Of senior week, he said, “For better or worse, the reality is some kids drink alcohol while they’re there.”
The two-term attorney general and former Montgomery County state’s attorney said he had no more responsibility to shut down a party if he saw drinking than to stop teenagers walking down the street with beer cans in hand or investigate tailgate parties.
“Was I supposed to serve as the police officer?” Gansler asked. “No.”
Gansler was part of a group of parents who paid for a weeklong stay at a six-bedroom beach house after their sons’ graduation from the private Landon School in Bethesda.
The parents arranged for two fathers to serve as chaperones each night, paid for food and negotiated rules that forbade the boys from driving, having girls behind closed bedroom doors or drinking “hard alcohol,” according a copy of the rules and planning documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The list of prohibitions did not mention drinking beer or wine.
Gansler said that while he didn’t write the rules, he attended a meeting where parents discussed them and was one of two adults who explained them to the dozen boys.
“If anything bad happened, if the kids violated the rules, they’d be sent home,” Gansler said. “My guess is… that if someone drank beer, that would not be an offense for which the chaperones would want to send somebody home.”
Delaware law, like Maryland’s, does not distinguish among types of alcohol in its broad prohibition against underage drinking. In both states, the legal drinking age is 21.
It is legal for parents to allow their own children to drink at home.
In several photos posted online by people at the party, older adults can be seen standing in the background. In videos and photos, young people, both men and women, are dancing on a bar and on a table. In one video, a bucket of clear liquid is poured from the balcony onto dancers below. It’s unclear how many teens were drinking.
Some of the videos have since been removed from social media.
“I don’t remember much, but it was one of the best parties I’ve been to, hands down,” said one attendee who spoke to The Baltimore Sun this week under the condition of anonymity because some engaged in underage drinking.
Two days after the party, however, the house was in bad shape. Julie Barnes, who has for years cleaned the home after renters, said she arrived on June 15 to find the wooden floors rippled from moisture damage, dents that appeared to be made from high heels on the bar and pool table, and floors sticky from what smelled like beer. According to minutes of a South Bethany Town Council meeting where the vandalism was discussed, the house sustained about $50,000 worth of damage.
Police who investigated did not place blame on the Landon group and classified the damage as likely the result of a burglary that occurred sometime between Friday evening and Saturday when Barnes arrived to clean. The Landon group turned in their keys Friday afternoon, parents said.
A parent who chaperoned the night of the party but would not discuss whether there was drinking said he helped the boys clean up the next morning. He said they left the house in good shape. Another parent said a representative of the realty company ResortQuest called afterward to say the house was fine and minor damage would be covered by the security deposit. The parents asked not to be identified to protect their children’s privacy. Representatives from ResortQuest did not respond to a request for comment.
Gansler said the parents assume that someone broke in and trashed the house after the boys checked out.
“Apparently, the night before, the parents who were chaperoning it kicked kids out” because it was getting too crowded, Gansler said. “The thought was [the damage] was so malicious that they were trying to get revenge or back at the parents who were chaperoning for kicking them out.”
The home’s owner, Timothy Dickson, lives in Virginia and said he thought he and his wife were renting to several families vacationing together, not to a dozen recent high school graduates. He said they were dismayed by the teens’ behavior at their beach house as displayed on social media.
A man has told how he cannot stay sober – as everything he eats turns to alcohol.
Matthew Hogg suffers from a bizarre condition that causes his stomach to brew alcohol every time he tucks into a bag of crisps, sandwich or even a fizzy drink.
The 34-year-old was born with an in-body brewery that went undetected for 20 years meaning he spent years being ‘drunk’ after eating highly starchy or sugary foods – even when he was at primary school.
The strength of the alcohol his body produces is so powerful that he suffers a hangover every morning and has chronic alcohol poisoning and liver disease.
As a result, he is often bed-bound and suffers from exhaustion.
Teetotal Mr Hogg, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, said: ‘Every time I eat bread, potatoes or starchy rice I produce 100 per cent proof drinking alcohol that travels around my body through my bloodstream – if I eat a portion of rice I would suffer a hangover equivalent of having glugged three bottles of red wine the night before.
‘I have experienced symptoms from birth and during my childhood there were countless times I suffered ‘drunkenness’ without having consumed an alcoholic beverage.
‘I was a stubborn teenager and wanted a normal life so I insisted on partying and drinking and after sailing through my GCSEs I had to scrape through my A-levels to go to university.
‘But soon after starting I dropped out – I had noticed I was getting drunk more easily and was suffering severe hangovers after most meals.
‘Drinking alcohol is now a big no – I already have my own personal brewery and the body was not designed to handle even more alcohol.
‘Plus, why pay someone else when I can make my own special brew.’
Mr Hogg suffers from auto-brewery syndrome, where an overgrowth of yeast in his small intestine produces pure ethanol that is then absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
The condition is aggravated by eating processed food or those which are starchy and sugary.
To manage the condition, he has to stick to a very natural diet of meat, fish and vegetables.
However, he experiences some symptoms even on this diet.
While studying for his A-levels, Mr Hogg’s condition became more severe and he would often experience ‘drunken’ affects, such as dizziness, nausea and even aggression, during classes.
He said: ‘I would start feeling intoxicated a few hours after having something to eat as my body began digesting it.
‘I’m usually quite a shy and quiet person and had a lot of friends at school, but there were times when I would act like a raging drunk by saying horrible things to people, slurring words, upsetting people and just stirring up trouble.
‘My parents were baffled by my behaviour. I had always been a quiet, sensible child and even as a teenager I was never prone to being moody or stroppy.
‘But suddenly I started acting like Kevin the teenager, from Harry Enfield and chums.’
The complexity of Mr Hogg’s condition baffled NHS doctors, who insisted he visit a psychiatrist as a result of regularly missing school.
But he eventually sought private help from specialists in London and Mexico.
His family spent their entire £50,000 savings trying to have Matthew’s condition identified and it wasn’t until a blood test showed abnormally high levels of ethanol and other alcohols present, indicating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, that a diagnosis was made.
Mr Hogg added: ‘I finally recognised I’d been suffering auto-brewery syndrome all these years after reading a book about a Japanese man who was arrested by police for drunk-driving despite insisting he was teetotal.
‘It explained that an overgrowth of yeast in the gut could cause this – along with all the symptoms I had suffered for so many years.
‘I now understood that I had my very own brewery in my gut that was poisoning my body and mind.’
The illness has had a devastating impact on Mr Hogg’s life – he is unable to hold down a job and pursue a career as a nutritional therapist.
He also has to adhere to a strict diet in order to manage the fermentation in his gut – the vast majority of common foods, drinks and snacks are off the menu, along with fast food and takeaways.
Mr Hogg, who lives with girlfriend Mandy Taylor, is forced to stay home as a result of having little or no energy on a daily basis – but he did set up the Environmental Illness Resource website to help fellow sufferers.
And 26-year-old Mandy ensures that there are no tempting snacks or banned foods in the cupboards to tease him into breaking his regime.
Mr Taylor, a teacher, said: ‘We are able to go out for meals as a couple but not as often as we would both like.
‘I watched other friends in their “normal” relationships and did feel envious of what they had but this made me fight for Matthew and make him realise that his syndrome should not dictate his future happiness.
‘He would never control or tell me what to do but I don’t want to sit and eat or have things in the house that would make him feel tempted or negative about the foods he has to stick to.
‘We both enjoy living active lifestyles but due to his condition he isn’t able to participate much – so quite often I have to go the gym or do recreational activities alone.’
Mr Hogg’s condition is so severe, that usual treatment procedures of anti-fungal medications, probiotic supplements and selected nutritional supplements do not prevent the production of alcohol.
He has been left to manage the level of fermentation himself with only vitamin and minerals to help.
He said: ‘We now have no savings left and even if we did are at a loss as to how to regain my health – the most precious gift a human being is endowed with.
‘I must typically eat a natural diet based on meat, fish, eggs, seeds and vegetables and drink only pure water and herbal teas.
‘This is extremely difficult at first and would no doubt be impossible for most people, yet the consequences of eating a more conventional diet are even worse with a brewery in your gut.
‘It’s a frightening amount of money we’ve spent and the fact I have not been effectively treated as a result is the real kick in the teeth.
A wild boar in Australia caused a ruckus in a campsite when the swine stole and drank 18 beers from a camper.
The pig then got the drunk munchies and rooted around various campsites for food, the Metro reports.
The pig apparently then decided to pick a fight with a nearby cow, however the fight didn’t turn out the way he probably imagined it would.
A camper said, “There were some other people camped right on the river and they saw him being chased around their vehicle by a cow.”
Authorities searched for the boar only to find him passed out under a tree, no doubt sleeping it off.
A Cadillac-driving OUI suspect – charged with running a Boston Globe delivery truck off Interstate 93 and onto the Leverett Connector – was carrying three EBT cards, mocked a cop “for paying for food when she gets it for free” and threatened to put a voodoo curse on him, according to a police report.
“I questioned her as to why she had other peoples (sic) EBT cards and she began screaming that I was a ‘dumb (expletive)’ for paying for food when she gets it for free,” trooper William Kokocinski wrote of Vivencia Bellegarde, 25, of Everett, noting she had her own electronic benefits transfer card and also the cards of two other people.
“She repeatedly called me a racist and told me she was from Haiti and she was gonna ‘put voodoo on my white (expletive),’” Kokocinski wrote. “(She) told me to Google her name and find out who I was ‘(expletive) with’. She further explained that her name translated means ‘give life take life’ and she emphasized ‘TAKE LIFE’. She then shouted that she was ‘coming for all you white (expletives).’”
A spokesman for the state Department of Transitional Assistance, which administers welfare, said in a statement the agency has been notified of Bellegarde’s EBT cards “and will take appropriate action.”
“DTA investigates every tip that it receives from members of the public or law enforcement, and refers cases to the auditor’s Bureau of Special Investigations for further action, which has the power to investigate potential criminal matters,” the statement said.
Bellegarde, who is listed as unemployed in court papers, is being held on $10,000 bail on charges of drunken driving causing serious injury. Surveillance video of the 3:13 a.m. Monday crash shows a car slamming into the Globe truck, forcing it off the roadway and into a frightening 40-foot free fall. The truck came apart on impact with the Leverett Connector
The truck driver, Paul Healy Jr., 35, of Brockton, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was in fair condition yesterday. He declined to comment yesterday through a family member.
Bellegarde told cops she’d left a party prior to the crash, and “didn’t care about the guy she hit because he isn’t dead and that all she cares about is smoking a cigarette,” the report says. Her mood fluctuated greatly during booking, the report says, and at one point she began crying about her 5-year-old child.
Bellegarde at first denied driving the heavily damaged 2006 Cadillac DTS sedan, which Kokocinski spotted while on his way to the Globe truck crash, police said. Bellegarde’s attorney, Hassan Willians, said his client “has no comment. She’s looking forward to her day in court.”
Bellegarde’s driving record includes 10 suspensions, many for failing to pay citations. Last year, her license was suspended for 30 days in connection with a first-offense drunken-driving charge in Lincoln from September 2011. Her license will be suspended for three years because she refused a Breathalyzer test in Monday’s crash, according to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
The Lincoln arrest report says Bellegarde reeked of booze and had front-end damage on her car when she called cops to ask them for help with her tires on a 5 a.m. trek home from a Boston club. She failed sobriety tests but was “polite and
cooperative,” the reporting officer wrote.
At 10am last Friday, Daniel Anfray, 56, walked into a bank in Mortain, Normandy, with the intention of robbing the establishment and taking whatever cash he could get.
Despite it being breakfast-time, Anfray had evidently given himself some dutch courage in readiness for the heist..
Whether to shock staff at the bank, or to hide his identity from surveillance cameras, the pièce de la résistance of Anfray’s scheme was to wear a pair of men’s underpants over his face, according to local French daily La Manche Libre.
Despite this attempted subterfuge, Anfray was immediately recognized by a member of the bank’s staff.
Apparently well-used to his repeated shenanigans, the female teller calmly persuaded Anfray to drop the Opinel pocket knife he had been brandishing, and then called the police.
When tested, the would-be bank robber was found to have 2 mg of alcohol in his blood stream.
Appearing in court on Monday, Anfray, who had only just been released from prison for driving while intoxicated, immediately admitted to the badly-conceived stick-up.
He also confessed to stealing two bicycles on the previous two days, saying “I was completely lost when I got out of prison. I only wanted to go into town, but it got out of hand.”
For his part, Anfray’s lawyer presented to the court an image of a sad and lonely man. “My client needs someone to hold his hand,” he said.
“And prison needs to play its part by reintegrating him into society,” he added.
The court on Monday ordered that Anfray serve an eight-month prison sentence for his pocket knife and underpants antics, though four months were suspended.
Furthermore, Anfray must undergo alcohol withdrawal treatment and psychiatric care, and is forbidden from carrying a weapon or frequenting any establishment that sells alcohol.
The first two times Gary Alan Pockrandt called 911 early Wednesday, he complained to dispatchers that his cell phone wasn’t working, authorities said. Deputies came to his St. Petersburg home and found no emergency.
Three hours later, he called again. This time, he told dispatchers he was upset because his drug dealer was mad at him. After that, he landed in jail.
Pockrandt, 51, was charged with misuse of a wireless 911 system for making the bogus calls.
An arrest report noted that Pockrandt appeared to be intoxicated when he made the calls. He was cooperative the first time deputies came to his home at 5905 39th St. N after the first two calls, authorities said. But not the second time.
Before they took Pockrandt into custody, deputies noted that he had apparently taken his cell phone and smashed it on the ground.
“This was a new phone,” an arrest report states. “So it is believed it only dials 911 until it is activated which (Pockrandt) could not do in his intoxicated state of being.”
Pockrandt was held on $150 bail for the misdemeanor charge.
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Authorities in North Texas say a 48-year-old woman called 911 to have a deputy deliver cigarettes to her home.
Hood County sheriff’s Lt. Kathy Jividen says the woman, a Granbury resident, called 911 on Feb. 11 asking for the cigarettes. Jividen says the woman instead received a visit from two deputies and was arrested.
She was charged with a misdemeanor count of abuse of 911. She was later released from the Hood County jail on a $1,000 bond.
Jividen says the caller was “very intoxicated” when she dialed 911.
Granbury is about 65 miles southwest of Dallas.
Alvaro Francisco, a 26-year-old Immokalee man was jailed Sunday after he allegedly called 911 numerous times to ask for a ride to Mexico and other places.
According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Francisco called 911 ten times between Saturday at 8:16 p.m. and Sunday at 12:45 a.m.
Each time, Francisco asked the operator if he could have a ride to his friend’s house, his boss’s house, and even to Mexico. He was told that those requests were not considered an emergency.
Investigators say after the 10th call, officers were dispatched to Francisco’s residence.
When they arrived on the scene, they noted that he smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated. He was apprehended at his home without incident.
Francisco was booked into jail and charged with misuse of 911, a misdemeanor.
Bronson Pelletier, a 26-year-old actor best known for his role in the Twilight movie series, was jailed mid-December after he allegedly pulled out his penis and urinated on the floor at Los Angeles International Airport.
Details of the arrest went viral on the Internet after a video that captured the event was posted on YouTube Wednesday.
According to reports, a visibly intoxicated Pelletier was being escorted through LAX by airport security when the alleged urination took place.
A video that captured the event shows Pelletier stumbling about as an airport security officer stood by. Pelletier then exposed himself in a public terminal and began urinating on the airport floor.
Pelletier had nearly completed the deed when an airport police officer took him to the ground and placed him under arrest.
Pelletier was removed from the airport and charged with public intoxication. His arraignment hearing has been set for January 7.
Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores was arrested for driving while drunk Wednesday night after police found him trying to free his van from a snowbank and appeared drunk.
Councilman Flores was put into custody after failing a field sobriety test.
The arresting officers filmed the entire ordeal and The Chronicle-Telegram was able to obtain copies of the tapes and has the rest of the story:
Kovach wrote in his report that Flores had difficulty following a pen with his eyes and had difficulty with a walk-and-turn test. When Kovach asked Flores to stand on one leg and count, something he had to explain several times, Flores nearly fell to the ground, and the officer had to reach out and grab him, the video shows.
Kovach then puts Flores in the back of his patrol car and takes him to Lorain City Jail, where he handcuffs Flores before taking him inside.
A second video shows Flores and two other officers standing inside the jail, and Flores appears to burp. One of the officers comments that it smelled of vodka, but Flores corrects him, telling police that he had been drinking Christmas ale.
Flores refused to take a breath test to determine how much he had to drink and was booked into the jail.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him during an appearance Thursday in Lorain Municipal Court.
Veteran ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson, 78, was arrested for driving under the influence in Lewes, Del. on Dec. 1, local WGMD radio reports.
The former ABC White House correspondent was pulled over for a traffic violation when Lewes police suspected he had been drinking. Donaldson failed the field sobriety test and was arrested for a DUI, and will appear in court early next year.
Donaldson has been with ABC News since 1967 for the network’s Washington bureau. He later became the White House correspondent, and then anchored ABC Sunday Evening News for a decade.
He co-anchored “This Week” with Cokie Roberts from 1996 to 2002, and now serves as a frequent panelist.
Donaldson has a reputation for his feisty reporting style and his famous confrontation with President George W. Bush in 2006. After actor Mel Gibson went on his first reported anti-semitic tirade (during a DUI arrest, no less), Donaldson asked the president if he thought Gibson should be forgiven.
Bush looked to see who answered the question and said, “You’re a has-been. We don’t have to answer has-been’s questions,” the Washington Post reported at the time.
Donaldson shot back, “Better to have been a has-been than a never was.”
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