A 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said Wednesday.
The Rio de Janeiro State Health Department said in a statement that the woman’s husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine.
Elisangela Borborema Rosa was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery after Monday’s incident in the coastal city of Arraial do Cabo.
The statement quotes neurosurgeon Allan da Costa as saying that the harpoon came within 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) of killing the woman. He said he expects a full recovery.
A police officer in Arrial do Cabo said by telephone that officials are looking into the case.
“Everything indicates it was an accident, but we are investigating. We don’t think the husband tried to kill her,” said the officer, who cited department policy in declining to let her name be used.
“But once she fully recovers we will be able to question her and get a clearer picture of what happened.”
A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.
“This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said today from his Waterford home. “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.”
He said he does not plan to take any further legal action.
Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.
Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.
Jordan alleged his rejection from the police force was discrimination. He sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law.
But the U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed. The court said the policy might be unwise but was a rational way to reduce job turnover.
Jordan has worked as a prison guard since he took the test.
Jarvis Sutton said he wanted three things Sunday: food, drink, and drugs. He asked the wrong people for help getting those items, though.
Police said Sutton, 34, of St. Petersburg, called 911 approximately 80 times on Sunday.
“The defendant admitted to calling 911 because he ‘wanted Kool-Aid, burgers and weed to be delivered to him,’ ” an officer wrote in an affidavit.
Sutton never got those things. Instead, he was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. On the way there, he started chewing foam attached to the metal caging in the back of the police cruiser, an officer wrote.
Sutton faces a charge of misusing the 911 system, and was in jail Tuesday in lieu of $150 bail.
A stuntman died yesterday during a world record attempt as he tried to cross a river on a zip-wire attached only to his hair.
Sailendra Nath Roy, 50, was half way through the stunt when his ponytail became stuck in the wheeler of the rope and he was left hanging in mid-air for about 25 minutes.
Despite desperate attempts to free himself, it is believed Mr Roy then suffered a major cardiac arrest and died.
Mr Roy, a West Bengal Police home guard, already held the Guinness world record for the farthest distance travelled on a zip wire using his hair.
About 1,000 people turned out to see him try and break the record over the Teesta River in Darjeeling, which is almost 10,000ft above sea level, when the freak accident happened.
Mr Roy attempted to free himself after his ponytail became caught in the wheeler and then tried to continue the crossing using only his hands.
However, local media said he then suffered a massive cardiac arrest.
Rescuers brought him down from the Coronation Bridge about 45 minutes later.
He was taken to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
Onlookers said spectators had initially failed to realise Mr Roy was in trouble because of the cheers coming from the crowd.
The stuntman had held several Guinness world records for pulling vehicles with his hair.
He attracted global attention last year when he dragged a 42-tonne train for 2.5metres.
In 2011, he travelled 270ft on a zip wire, which he was attached to by his hair.
Siliguri police commissioner K. Jairaman said Roy had not acquired the necessary permission for the stunt, adding that Roy was not on duty at the time of his death.
Katrina Tisdale, a 47-year-old Florida woman, was jailed after she allegedly called 911 to get her drug money back after she realized that she had spent too much on marijuana and cocaine.
According to St. Petersburg Police, Tisdale called 911 to complain that she had spent too much money on marijuana and cocaine and needed an officer’s help to get her money returned.
Investigators say Tisdale receives government disability benefits and the $50 she spent on drugs left her short on other items she needed to purchase.
She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and charged with misuse of 911.
According to court records, Tisdale has been jailed almost a dozen times for cocaine possession over the past 7 years.
In 2011, she was arrested on similar charges when she lost $40 during a cocaine purchase. She was then charged with false report of a crime after she threatened to claim that she had been raped if officers didn’t get her money back for her.
A Perris man is behind bars after authorities say he crawled naked through a dog door into a neighbor’s house and demanded sex with the woman who lives there.
Philip John Garcia, 41, has pleaded not guilty to burglary, indecent exposure and being a felon in possession of a firearm. His bail is set at $130,000 because he has a prior conviction for robbery, Riverside County court records show.
According to sheriff’s officials, the woman’s husband had left for work and she was getting ready for bed about 9:30 p.m. April 10 at her home near A Street and Alpine Drive when she heard a knock on her bedroom door. The woman, who had her three large dogs with her, opened the door to find a man she recognized as her neighbor standing there completely naked. Garcia, who might have been intoxicated, basically announced that he was there to have sex with her, said Sgt. Glenn Williams.
The woman, whom Williams described as middle-aged, yelled at Garcia to get out and told him she was calling the police, he said.
Garcia left but deputies later found him at his home. Peering through his window, they saw him lying in his bed, still naked, Williams said. They ordered him to put on some clothes and come out of the house. He complied.
Deputies found a .22 caliber rifle under the bed, Williams said.
A man is under arrest after police say he posted threats against police on his Facebook account and then attacked officers while naked when they went to his home to check on him.
According to an arrest report, officers went to 42-year-old Joshua Patrick Hilt’s Phillips Street home to check on him after he posted threats on his Facebook page that he was going to kill cops and himself.
Officers had gone to home earlier in the evening to check on Hill and at the time, they said Hill did not meet the criteria for a Baker Act, which under Florida law allows for involuntary mental health examination of an individual.
Two officers then returned to Hilt’s home around 11:30 p.m. to check on him and as they were speaking with him, he got upset, started yelling and took off his clothes.
The arrest report says that one of the officers told Hilt he was under arrest and when the officer went to subdue him, Hilt grabbed the officer who in turn tackled Hilt to the ground.
While on the ground, Hilt and the officer punched each other and the officer deployed his Taser striking Hilt, police say. Investigators say Hilt then grabbed the Taser and used it on the officer. Another officer then got the Taser away from Hilt but was tased in the process.
Police then say that officer used pepper spray on Hilt to no avail and the officer used his baton, striking Hilt in his arms and legs.
Other officers arrived and were finally able to subdue Hilt and put him in handcuffs.
A total of four Orlando police officers were injured.
Two officers were treated at the scene by Orange County Fire Rescue. Two other officers were taken to Florida Hospital South for injuries. One officer was treated for head and arm injuries and the other was treated for an arm injury.
Hilt was also taken to Florida Hospital South where he was treated for minor injuries before being taken to the Orange County Jail.
Hilt has been charged with five counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, three counts of depriving an officer’s means of protection/communication, five counts of resisting officer-interference with a law enforcement officer with violence, exposure of sexual organs, and indecent exposure.
Live, love, hurt, dance… naked after ramming your wheels into a wall.
Several law enforcement officers, sickened by an apparent chemical exposure after arriving to the scene of single-vehicle crash, found the driver, Felix Lockett, dancing naked in the street, according to Orange County Fire Rescue, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
The 34-year-old driver reportedly was taken to a hospital with injuries described as “serious.”
A Hazmat team later found a bottle containing a chemical, believed to be formaldehyde inside the car and suspect Lockett may have been combining the chemical with pot or other drugs, according to authorities.
Elizabeth Hoen, an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman, was jailed Friday after she allegedly stole three steaks from a local grocery store, then stood half-naked in front of nearby catering company.
According to police, officers were dispatched to 131 W. Thomas in Wausau after witnesses called to report a woman who was naked from the waist down standing near the location.
When officers arrived on the scene, Hoen had already put her pants back on, but fled when she saw officers approaching. A male companion that was standing with Hoen also fled the scene.
Officers, who chased Hoen down, found three steaks in her purse that had been stolen from a nearby grocery store. The male companion that she was with was not captured and hasn’t been identified.
Police determined that the steaks had been stolen when the store’s manager reported that no steaks had been sold that day. Video surveillance later confirmed that Hoen and the male companion had been inside the store’s meat department earlier in the day.
Hoen, who works as a exotic dancer according to her Facebook page, was booked into jail and charged with shoplifting and resisting arrest. She has been arrested twice in the past 3 months on similar charges.