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Ohio woman accused of dumping hot grease on victim during dispute

An Ohio woman is facing a felonious assault charge after authorities say she poured hot grease on a woman during a dispute.

According to WXIX and WLWT, Charlene Thompson, 61, of Cincinnati, was arrested Sunday after she reportedly dumped the grease on the woman, visibly burning her arms and back, police said.

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Thompson's arraignment is set for Wednesday, WXIX reported.

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Police ID missing man as person discovered in shallow grave by woman burying pet cat 

California police investigators have identified the human remains dug up Saturday by a woman burying her pet cat as belonging to a man missing for almost a year. 

Jacob Sutton-Bubeck, 26, of Modesto, also known as “Cheddar,” was reported missing by his brother in early February. Sutton-Bubeck’s brother last saw him on Jan. 25, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office

>> Related story: Woman burying pet cat finds human remains in shallow grave

Investigators following up on tips from the public got a tentative identification of Sutton-Bubeck, a Sheriff’s Office news release said. The county coroner was able to positively identify the skeletal remains through dental records. 

Detectives have concluded that Sutton-Bubeck’s death was a homicide, but they are not releasing details of how he died. His manner of death is something that would be known solely by the person who committed the crime, the news release said

“I would like to talk to anyone who may have seen Jacob or spoken to him after Jan. 25,” Stanislaus County Detective Cory Brown said in a statement. “Due to the different variables that affect decomposition, it is impossible to identify a specific date that Jacob was murdered or when he was buried. 

“That is why it is important to talk to people who may have seen him after that date to narrow down a specific time line.”

Brown said investigators also want to talk to anyone who has lived in the home, located in the 100 block of Santa Rita Avenue in Modesto, within the past year. 

It was a renter at the home who discovered Sutton-Bubeck’s decomposing body Saturday as she dug a grave for her deceased cat. The renter is not a suspect in the case, nor is the owner of the home, investigators said earlier this week. 

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A woman named Ashley Sutton, who created a GoFundMe page for Sutton-Bubeck’s cremation that has since been taken down, described him as her brother-in-law.

“My brother(-in-law) is the type of person that would have given you the shirt off his back, and he did not deserve this,” Sutton wrote. “We are heartbroken.”

On Facebook, Sutton mourned her brother-in-law.

“After 10 long agonizing months, after waiting and wondering, here you are,” she wrote. “Why couldn’t you have just came (sic) home. I love you my brother, and will always and forever. Watch over your niece, who was the only girl who ever truly had your heart! Rest in paradise.”

Former classmates of Sutton-Bubeck also mourned him on social media, describing him as a person who always had the backs of his friends. 

“I hope they find out what happened to him,” one woman wrote. “Please bring his family some comfort.”

Another woman said that, whenever she saw Sutton-Bubeck, he brought with him “positive vibes.”

“You were always laughing and cracking jokes,” she wrote. “My prayers are with your family. RIP, Cheddar-bob!”

Anyone with information on Sutton-Bubeck’s slaying is asked to call Brown at 209-567-4485. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636 or by visiting Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers.

Tips can also be texted to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message, investigators said. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.

Police: Florida woman farts in store, threatens to ‘gut’ man who complains

A Florida woman is accused of pulling a knife and threatening a man who complained after she farted loudly in a Dollar General checkout line.

Shanetta Yvette Wilson, 37, of Dania Beach, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Broward County jail records. She remained in jail Wednesday in lieu of $2,500 bond. 

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A Broward County Sheriff’s Office complaint affidavit, obtained by the Miami Herald, said that Wilson was in line at a Dania Beach Dollar General Sunday evening when she passed gas. 

John Walker, the customer next to her in line, got into an argument with her about her “farting loudly,” the affidavit said

The court document stated that Wilson pulled a knife from her purse, “opened the knife and told the victim she was going to ‘gut’ him,” the Herald reported

Walker told police officers he became afraid he would be stabbed when Wilson pulled back the hand holding the knife as though she would stab him with it, the document said. 

The Herald reported that after Walker called 911, officers found Wilson a few blocks away and took her into custody.

Police: Man robbed of fried chicken at gunpoint

An Illinois man was robbed at gunpoint Monday, but the thief didn’t take cash -- he took the victim’s fried chicken. 

Danville police officers were called to the scene of the alleged robbery around 6 p.m. Monday, at which time the victim said he had been walking with a bag of fried chicken he had just bought. Fox Illinois reported that the victim said a black teenager approached him and, while armed with a gun, demanded cash.

When the alleged assailant found out the victim had no more cash, he took the man’s chicken instead, the news station said

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The teen was described as wearing a gray jacket and dark pants with a white stripe on them. The Fox affiliate said no one was hurt in the robbery. 

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 217-446-TIPS. 

Hash brown or cellphone? Man disputing traffic ticket in court

A Connecticut man is fighting a traffic ticket in court, and claiming a case of mistaken identity, saying the officer who ticketed him mistook a hash brown for a cellphone. 

Jason Stiber, of Westport, was cited April 11 for distracted driving, an offense that brings with it a $300 fine, The Norwalk Hour reported. Stiber insists, however, that he was not on his cellphone when the officer spotted him.

Stiber said he had just bought breakfast at the McDonald’s in Norwalk, the Hour reported. As he crossed into neighboring Westport, a police officer pulled him over. 

“I was eating a hash brown and he thought he saw a cellphone near my mouth,” Stiber told the newspaper

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Stiber said he has Bluetooth on his phone and would not have had it to his ear if he were on a call. He also provided phone records that showed he did not make or receive any calls within the hour he was given the ticket. 

The Hour reported that Stiber fought the ticket before a magistrate in August but was found guilty despite the phone records. He sought a retrial, which is set for Dec. 7 in state superior court. 

Stiber said he has hired a lawyer to help fight the ticket the second time. 

Westport police officials stand behind the officer who ticketed Stiber.

“He was pulled over for talking on his cellphone and given an infraction,” Lt. Jillian Cabana told the paper. “I’m sure his claim is different.”

German teen loses his license 49 minutes after getting it

A German teenager learned a harsh lesson Tuesday when he was pulled over for going nearly twice the speed limit -- just 49 minutes after receiving his driver’s license.

The unnamed 18-year-old was passing through Hemer, a town in the Märkischer Kreis district in North Rhine-Westphalia, when he was clocked going 95 kph in a 50 kph zone, the BBC reported. In the U.S., that would translate to going roughly 60 in a 30 mph zone. 

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Officials with the Polizei NRW Märkischer Kreis said in a statement on Facebook that the teen, who had four friends in the car with him for his celebratory ride, faces a fine of 200 euros, or about $227 in U.S. currency, expensive retraining and an extension of his probationary period, which the BBC said would go from two to four years. He also has been banned from driving until he undergoes the retraining.

“Manche Dinge halten für die Ewigkeit… manche nicht mal eine Stunde,” police officials wrote on Facebook, a phrase which translates to, “Some things last for eternity… some not even an hour.”

When the teen’s license is returned, he will already have two points against him on his driving record, the BBC reported

Imitation game: Wild turkey chases Colorado deputies who gobbled at him

Imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery, at least not to one large turkey who gave chase to two Colorado deputies who called out to him earlier this month.

Officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office posted video of the encounter, which was captured by a deputy’s body camera, on Facebook. They said the deputies were finishing up a call on -- wait for it -- North Turkey Creek Road when a deputy identified as Deputy Fisher spotted the wild turkey and called out to him.

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The turkey, named “Tom” in the Facebook post, called fowl and began following the deputies back to their vehicles, despite their efforts to shoo him away. 

“Singing the song of his fellow fowl brethren, the nearly 25-pound turkey aggressively followed the deputies down the driveway, across the street and all the way to their patrol cars,” the post read

The deputies held the turkey at bay with their tactical batons as they backed away, laughing, down the dirt driveway and toward the main road. “Stay back,” they repeated, and at one point, it appeared one deputy tried telling the turkey to “sit.”

Sheriff’s Office officials used the lighthearted moment to remind people of the dangers of wild animals. 

“We don’t want to ruffle any feathers, but we think this is a good time to remind folks that wild turkeys are not to be mistaken for domesticated animals,” the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook post read. “They have sharp beaks and claws that can inflict serious damage.

“Thankfully, our deputies were not injured as they repeatedly told the bird they already belonged to the JCSO flock.”

Followers of the department’s page thought the situation was hilarious.

“That’s what you get for talking jive, turkey,” one man wrote. 

“Maybe he just wanted a ride-along,” another commenter suggested. 

Others recalled their own skirmishes with wild turkeys and other creatures. 

“Oh man!” a woman wrote. “One time I was driving to my sister’s house along North Turkey Creek and I realized a bison was running next to the car! So thankful that when I called JCSO, y’all were fast to contain the bison that were loose.”

A Sheriff’s Office official also posted a comment that contained a poem written by one of the deputies involved in the turkey confrontation. It begins, “Here’s a short poem to a turkey I met, who was very aggressive, he wasn’t a pet.”

The poem goes on to list some of the crimes the turkey could have theoretically been charged with: stalking, menacing, assault on a peace officer and jaywalking.

It finishes, “If you threaten me again like you did before, you will save me a trip to the grocery store.

“So obey the laws and be polite, and you may live to see Thanksgiving night.”

Florida woman on molly, meth fractures baby's skull while darting through traffic, deputies say

A 23-year-old Leesburg, Florida, woman who said she had been taking molly and meth for three days seriously injured her infant son early Monday while running from deputies near the Silver Springs neighborhood, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

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Deputies said they were called after witnesses said they saw a woman darting through traffic while holding a baby near County Road 315 and State Road 40.

Witnesses said they suspected she was on drugs because she was barking at passing cars, investigators said.

>> On WFTV.com: Deputies: Florida man steals almost $50K for new smile, puppy

Deputies said they spotted Kayla Morgan walking with the infant on State Road 40.

Investigators said a deputy tried to speak with Morgan, but she ran away, narrowly missing vehicles.

Morgan walked across the road in a zig-zag pattern while carrying the child "as if she (were) carrying a jacket draped over her right arm, allowing the victim to flail," an arrest report said.

She hid behind vehicles, sprinted and "deliberately dropped the victim head first" on the side of the road, the report said.

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The deputy shocked Morgan with a Taser twice and arrested her, officials said. They said she was grunting and making other abnormal sounds.

The deputy sat Morgan in her patrol car and asked her what her name is, to which she replied with an expletive.

"She advised she believed I was a monster trying to suck her blood," the deputy wrote in the report.

Investigators said the boy's skull was fractured from being thrown to the ground.

>> On WFTV.com: Deputies: Serial killer confesses to Marion County murder 36 years later

A worker at an apartment complex where Morgan lives told WFTV that she moved there about two months ago and that the infant is about 6 weeks old.

Morgan is being held without bail at the Marion County Jail on charges of aggravated child abuse and resisting an officer without violence.

The case is being investigated by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Man escapes jail, stops for pancakes, gets busted again with his mom, deputies say

Authorities in Georgia say a man is back behind bars after his mother helped him escape from jail, then they stopped for pancakes on their way home.

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The Heard County Sheriff’s Office told WSB-TV's Berndt Petersen that Joshua Gullat was working his cleaning detail of mopping floors and cleaning bathrooms at the county jail when he slipped out a door. 

Gullat, who was serving time for burglary, slipped out a side door around 11:30 p.m. Monday to a getaway car that his mother, Kathy Pence, was driving, officials said

Investigators said that earlier that night, Gullat made a phone call instructing his mom about where to pick him up.

"And it just so happened, during that phone call, she was being stopped by the city of Franklin, because she ran a stop sign," Heard County Sgt. Dan Boswell told Petersen.

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Detectives listened to the call, which the jail records, and then talked to the Franklin police officer who pulled over Gullat's mother to learn what she was driving. 

Investigators told Petersen that they tracked Pence's cellphone to a Coweta County IHOP restaurant, where they found the mother and son in a booth.

"He said they were sitting at the table eating. He was sitting with two of his kids at the table. His mom, him and two of his children," Boswell said.

Detectives said the children are now with their mother. 

Deputies said Gullat was about to be transferred to a work-release program. Instead, he will likely face more jail time, along with his mother, they said.

Lawsuit: Florida surgeon removed woman’s kidney by mistake during back surgery

A Florida woman recently settled a medical malpractice lawsuit against a surgeon who removed her fully-functioning kidney during a 2016 spinal surgery. 

Maureen Pacheco’s lawsuit against Dr. Ramon Vazquez was settled last month, according to Palm Beach County court records. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. 

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Pacheco, a West Palm Beach resident, was 51 years old and suffering from back pain due to a car crash when she was scheduled to undergo anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery in April 2016, the October 2017 lawsuit said. The surgery, which took place at Wellington Regional Medical Center, is described by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as a “welding process,” in which problematic vertebrae in a person’s spine are fused together into one larger bone. 

The term anterior meant that doctors would go in from Pacheco’s abdomen instead of her back. The academy explains on its website that an anterior procedure allows more direct access to the discs between the vertebrae, which are removed during the procedure, and offers a quicker recovery time. 

Surgeons are also able to access the spine without moving nerves out of the way, but they have to move organs and blood vessels to the side to reach the spine, the website says

Pacheco told WPTV in West Palm Beach there were no signs of what would go wrong when she prepared for the operation. 

“There was no red flags or anything,” Pacheco told the news station

Pacheco’s orthopedic surgeons that day were Dr. John Britt and Dr. Jeffrey Kugler, who was the treating physician. Vazquez, a general surgeon with staff privileges at the hospital, was assigned with opening the patient up and providing access to the surgical site so the other doctors could perform the fusion. 

An administrative complaint against Vazquez filed with the state medical board by Florida Department of Health officials -- the outcome of which is still pending -- described what happened next.

“During the surgical procedure, (Vazquez) noted a pelvic mass and provided a presumptive diagnosis of a gynecologic malignancy, lymphoma and/or other metastatic disease,” the December 2017 complaint stated. “The pelvic mass was clipped, transected and removed in its entirety.”

A few days later, a hospital pathologist discovered that the mass was not cancer -- it was Pacheco’s left kidney. 

It turned out that Pacheco had a “pelvic kidney,” which occurs when a person’s kidney does not ascend like it should as the organs develop in utero. The kidney remains in the pelvis instead of settling in the flank. 

Read the administrative complaint against Dr. Ramon Vazquez below.

Pacheco’s lawyers argued in the lawsuit that Vazquez was provided with MRI images taken of their client’s spine in February 2015 and February 2016. The images showed that Pacheco had a pelvic kidney. 

The MRIs also showed that the kidney was functional, the document said. 

“If he would have looked at the MRIs that were given to him, he would’ve realized it,” Pacheco told WPTV

Vazquez never confirmed what was on the images or discussed the images with Kugler and Britt before removing Pacheco’s kidney, according to the lawsuit. He also failed to biopsy the “mass” before deciding to remove it, the health department complaint stated

Pacheco was not consulted about the removal or given options for treatment of what Vazquez thought he found, the lawsuit said. 

The lawsuit stated that Kugler and Britt were negligent because they failed to exhaust all “conservative pain management options” before recommending surgery, and that they should have confirmed that Vazquez consulted with Pacheco and looked at the MRIs before opening her up. 

The doctors also failed to ensure that Vazquez knew she had a pelvic kidney prior to surgery, the lawsuit said. 

The Palm Beach Post reported that the medical malpractice insurers for Kugler and Britt settled the case for $250,000 per doctor. 

Wellington Regional revoked Vazquez’s privileges following the incident. Hospital officials told WPTV that all necessary and appropriate steps were taken to ensure it did not happen again. 

“In the 30-year history of Wellington Regional Medical Center, an incident of his nature has never occurred, before or since,” a hospital statement read

Vazquez’s attorney, Mike Mittelmark, told the Post his client did not admit wrongdoing in settling with Pacheco.

“The case was settled on his behalf for a nominal amount due to the uncertainty of litigation and in no way did Dr. Vazquez admit liability by agreeing to this settlement,” Mittelmark told the newspaper

Read the entire lawsuit filed by Maureen Pacheco below. 

Florida law subjects a doctor to discipline for performing or trying to perform a procedure on the wrong patient, a procedure at the wrong site, a wrong procedure or an unauthorized procedure that is medically unnecessary or otherwise unrelated to the patient’s diagnosis or condition. That includes while preparing the patient, the health department’s complaint stated

“Respondent performed a medically unnecessary procedure on (Pacheco) by removing a pelvic kidney during a lumbar fusion,” the complaint said. 

The recommendation of Florida Surgeon General Celeste Philip was for Vazquez to suffer permanent revocation or suspension of his license, restriction of practice, imposition of a fine, a reprimand, probation, corrective action, refund of fees collected, remedial education “and/or any other relief the board deems appropriate.”

Pacheco’s attorney, Donald Ward III, said he didn’t expect Vazquez to lose his medical license over what happened. 

“It’s unlikely that he would lose his license over something like this,” Ward told WPTV. “What is most likely is that he would face a fine and possibly be required to do some continuing medical education so that he could learn not to make the same mistake in the future.”

There were some oddities about the case, however, on top of Pacheco losing a healthy kidney. 

“What is not common is for you to meet that general surgeon the morning of (surgery) and be told that if something were to happen to you, that general surgeon doesn’t carry any health insurance whatsoever,” Ward said

Vazquez did not have malpractice insurance, which means if he is fined by the state, the fine will have to be paid out of the doctor’s own pocket, the lawyer said.

Pacheco said she harbors “no ill will” against Vazquez.

“Everyone is entitled to their livelihood, but you should have consequences when gross mistakes and negligence are made,” she told the news station. “I just wish that he learns a lesson from the consequences. It’s always in the back of my mind -- lifelong kidney transplant or dialysis.

“Now I’m always fearful.”

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