Monday, February 12, 2007
Teacher snorts cocaine in front of students in class
Police said a substitute teacher accused of snorting cocaine in front of her fourth-grade pupils will face charges that could send her to jail for up to three years.
Lewiston-Porter School District substitute Joan M. Donatelli, 59, has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Pupils said they saw her use the cap of a pen to scoop the contents of a small plastic bag and place it to her nose on Feb. 1. Donatelli is a retired first-grade teacher with the district. Article here.
Viagra sold over counter on Valentine's Day
Men will be able to buy impotence treatment Viagra over the counter in Britain for the first time from Valentine's Day, chemist chain Alliance Boots said on Sunday.
Three Manchester Boots pharmacies will sell the prescription-only medication made by U.S. drugs group Pfizer in a pilot program from February 14. Men aged between 30 and 65 suffering from erectile dysfunction will be able to buy four Viagra pills for 50 pounds ($97) without having to get a prescription from a doctor first.
Instead, they will have a private consultation with a Boots pharmacist, when their medical history will be checked and measurements taken of their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
On a return visit patients will see a private doctor to ensure they are suitable for a further supply of pills. "By creating a service that is easily accessible on the high street we hope that we help many more men seek help for a very common condition," said Boots Director of Healthcare Alex Gourlay.
He said it was estimated that only one in 10 men suffering from erectile dysfunction were currently being treated. Article here.
Woman left children in cold car while tanning
A woman was arrested Wednesday after police say she left her two children — one under 2 years old — in the car in sub-zero wind chills so she could go tanning.
Lori Yeager, 27, was arrested. “She said she was going on vacation and apparently felt that the tanning was a priority,” Lt. Jeff Johnston said this morning.
Yeager was issued two misdemeanor citations for child neglect and will be in court on Feb. 26. She will not be charged by the district attorney’s office, a secretary there said.
The temperature at the time was 12 degrees, with a wind chill index of about minus 2. Police found the children dressed warmly but with goose bumps from the cold, Mittelstadt said. They did not require medical attention. Article here.
Truck spills 165,000 eggs on highway
Drivers on their way to breakfast in northern Virginia on Saturday found it all over the road after nearly 165,000 eggs spilled out of an overturned tractor-trailer on the Capital Beltway in Washington.
"It looked like a large omelet," said Michael Karbonski, of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The tractor-trailer crashed into a guard rail just after midnight Saturday, spilling its runny load and forcing officials to close an exit ramp. The truck driver fled the scene before police arrived and had not been located by Saturday afternoon, said state police spokesman Sgt. Terry Licklider. He said the driver would likely face charges for fleeing and possibly other offenses.
It's a good thing it wasn't summer, officials said, because the mess could have been worse. But cold temperatures prevented workers from using any water to clean the road for fear of freezing the eggs and the roadway. Instead, the cleaning crew used kitty litter — 250 pounds of it — to absorb the highway omelet then swept it up and took it away in three trash bins, Morris said. Article here.
Disney To Release 'Toy Story 3' in 2009
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Disney Animation, has apparently dropped his opposition to a second Toy Story sequel, confirming Thursday that Toy Story 3 is currently being developed for release in 2009. He said it will be directed by Lee Unkrich, co-director of Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. One of Lasseter's first acts following the Disney-Pixar merger last year was to scrap Disney's separate plans for sequels to Pixar's hits. Source.
Wow, he got some good ‘air’ on this wave.
Girl, 8, nabbed after making 135 prank 911 calls
An 8-year-old girl was caught red-handed Thursday after weeks of making dozens of prank phone calls, including some that led officers on potentially dangerous wild goose chases.
The girl and three or four friends placed a maddening 135 phone calls. "For that car accident we sent out police, fire, ambulance apparatus. We thought it was a real accident. We're lucky we weren't delayed going to where someone was actually hurt," Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland said Thursday.
After that incident, dispatchers had the girl's phone number and didn't send out any other emergency vehicles when, for instance, she called one day to say a Queensbury business was on fire.
To catch her, sheriff's deputies and dispatchers used equipment that traces cellphone calls using satellite technology. Dispatchers traced their source with GPS equipment, then translated those coordinates onto a map of the region.
Cleveland said that sheriff's deputies in unmarked cars would drive around South Glens Falls every day, waiting for the girl to make a call. On a few days, Cleveland himself went on the hunt because he has an unmarked car and doesn't normally wear a police uniform.
Their break came Wednesday afternoon when the girl placed a call at 4 p.m. Dispatchers were able to locate the signal within 10 feet, and an unmarked sheriff's patrol happened to be in the same South Glens Falls neighborhood. Deputies knocked on the family's door and found the girl still on the phone with a 911 operator. The girl ran and hid in the bathroom. Article here.
Dad gambles in casio while son freezes to death
Handcuffed and glowering, Kang Sam Choi stood in a locked courtroom Friday afternoon and heard himself accused of endangering the life of his 4-year-old son by leaving the boy in a parked car on a subzero night while he played blackjack in a casino.
Speaking through a Korean interpreter, he said, "I will do the right thing ... I'm sorry." Choi, 44, was charged with child endangerment, accused of leaving his son unattended in his parked car at Mystic Lake Casino on Wednesday night for nearly 90 minutes.
A customer found the boy wandering, gloveless and shivering, in the parking lot. He was suffering from mild hypothermia and faced potentially dire physical consequences, Prior Lake police and a hospital official said Friday. Article here.