Thursday, May 31, 2012

Miami 'Zombie' Eats Homeless Man's Face Suspectedly High on Bath Salts

Huffington Post- A newly released surveillance video from atop a Miami Herald parking garage shows the entire violent attack Saturday during which a naked man chewed off most of a homeless victim's face.

The video, uncensored though partially obscured and from a distance, shows 31-year-old Rudy Eugene in the last moments of his life: striking Ronald Poppo, 65, removing Poppo's pants, and brutalizing his face in broad daylight for nearly 18 minutes as traffic rolled past on the busy MacArthur Causeway.

Eugene was shot and killed by Miami Police officer Jose Rivera as he loomed over Poppo's bleeding body, but the video helps piece together the moments leading up to the gruesome attack and suggests the two men met by chance on the MacArthur's Biscayne Boulevard off-ramp, in the shadow of the Miami Metromover.

CBS Miami reports in a timeline of his last hours that Eugene, who spent Friday night with a girlfriend in Miami Gardens, drove to South Beach Saturday morning to check out Memorial Day weekend festivities and was unable to start his car to make a return trip. Abandoning his purple sedan, which was later towed, police say he at some point set off on foot across the causeway:

"It was a hot day, with temperatures in the 90's, and a long walk. Either late that morning, or early that afternoon, police sources said, Eugene began his trek back to Miami. As he walked across the causeway, they said he started stripping, leaving his clothes on the walkway and in the road.

Cops found his drivers license and clothes strewn from the beach to the mainland."

Footage released by the Herald picks up a fully naked Eugene just before 2 p.m. as he walked down the exit ramp on the other side of the bridge. Pausing in a shady spot, he reels or spins slightly as a bicyclist whizzes by, then is mostly lost to sight as he bends over the homeless Poppo where he sat or lay on the ground.

About two minutes, later, however, Eugene rolls Poppo into the middle of the sidewalk. He appears to strip away some of the older man's clothing and then savage his face as Poppo futilely resists. Several minutes later, Eugene again drags Poppo farther down the sidewalk and continues to attack him before another cyclist rolls slowly by and a white car pauses on the off-ramp, just on the other side of a short wall separating the roadway from the bike path.

Gruesome photos circulating the web would later confirm most of Poppo's face, including his nose, eyes, and mouth, was ripped away, in what Miami's Fraternal Order of Police vice president Sgt. Javier Ortiz told the Associated Press was of the "goriest scenes I've ever been to." Poppo remains in critical condition.

"He had his face eaten down to his goatee. The forehead was just bone. No nose, no mouth," said Sgt. Armando Aguilar, Miami FOP president. "In my opinion, he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time."

The Herald reports at least five passersby called police:

"According to Miami police, the first call of a disturbance came from a passing motorist who reported seeing Eugene stripping off his clothes and acting erratically. That call was routed to the Florida Highway Patrol — it’s unclear why — and then transferred to the Miami police. Police have not disclosed the time of the first call.

A Road Ranger called to the scene also called 911 and used a loudspeaker to call for the naked attacker to cease. As the attack dragged on, two other motorists called police, as did another cyclist, Larry Vega, who later told reporters that Eugene “just stood, his head up like that, with pieces of flesh in his mouth. And he growled.” '

The surveillance video shows at least two more cyclists pass before Officer Rivera drives up the off-ramp, about 18 minutes into the attack. Rivera can be seen approaching the scene at a normal pace before pulling his gun and quickly stepping into a shooting stance. Vega later told news outlets that when Rivera yelled at Eugene to back away, the naked man merely raised his head "with pieces of flesh in his mouth," growled, and began chewing again.

Rivera reportedly then shot Eugene once, but Eugene still continued to attack Poppo's face, prompting the officer to shoot multiple times until he was dead.

"The guy, he was like a zombie, blood dripping, it was intense," the New York Daily News quotes Vega as saying. "The closest thing I've seen to it? 'The Walking Dead'."

Though police theorize Eugene was prompted to attack Poppo by drug-induced psychosis -- possibly caused by a new drug called "bath salts" -- the Herald reports no drugs or paraphernalia were found at the scene. Toxicology reports are expected to take several weeks.


How could ANY drug drive a person to do that to another person's face?  Then again, I don't believe Dr. Lector was on anything. ;)  But seriously, I now want to throw up. Holy shit. 


Yahoo News- Chagas, a tropical disease spread by insects, is causing some fresh concern following an editorial—published earlier this week in a medical journal—that called it "the new AIDS of the Americas."

More than 8 million people have been infected by Chagas, most of them in Latin and Central America. But more than 300,000 live in the United States.
The editorial, published by the Public Library of Science's Neglected Tropical Diseases, said the spread of the disease is reminiscent of the early years of HIV.
"There are a number of striking similarities between people living with Chagas disease and people living with HIV/AIDS," the authors wrote, "particularly for those with HIV/AIDS who contracted the disease in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic."
Both diseases disproportionately affect people living in poverty, both are chronic conditions requiring prolonged, expensive treatment, and as with patients in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, "most patients with Chagas disease do not have access to health care facilities."

Unlike HIV, Chagas is not a sexually-transmitted disease: it's "caused by parasites transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects," as the New York Times put it. "It likes to bite you on the face," CNN reported.

"It's called the kissing bug. When it ingests your blood, it excretes the parasite at the same time. When you wake up and scratch the itch, the parasite moves into the wound and you're infected."

"Gaaah," Cassie Murdoch wrote on, summing up the sentiment of everyone who read the journal's report.

Chagas, also known as American trypanosomiasis, kills about 20,000 people per year, the journal said.

And while just 20 percent of those infected with Chagas develop a life-threatening form of the disease, Chagas is "hard or impossible to cure," the Times reports:
The disease can be transmitted from mother to child or by blood transfusion. About a quarter of its victims eventually will develop enlarged hearts or intestines, which can fail or burst, causing sudden death. Treatment involves harsh drugs taken for up to three months and works only if the disease is caught early.

"The problem is once the heart symptoms start, which is the most dreaded complication—the Chagas cardiomyopathy—the medicines no longer work very well," Dr. Peter Hotez, a researcher at Baylor College of Medicine and one of the editorial's authors, told CNN. "Problem No. 2: the medicines are extremely toxic."
And 11 percent of pregnant women in Latin America are infected with Chagas, the journal said.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Suicide Adds to History of Kennedy Misfortunes

BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- Every family has its share of pain and triumph. And then there are the Kennedys.

America's great political dynasty is grieving again after Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert Kennedy Jr., hanged herself Wednesday at the family's 10-acre estate in suburban New York.

Her death, at age 52, came as a shock to some friends and family, even though the past two years had been undeniably tough ones. The couple was going through a divorce, and Mary had been charged twice with driving while intoxicated in 2010.

But Victoria Michaelis, a friend since Mary's college days, said she hadn't seemed suicidal, or crippled by the alcohol problems that briefly landed her in the headlines two springs ago.

"She was definitely suffering, but she was very, very spiritual and a resolute Catholic," Michaelis said. "I'd say she was depressed the last two years since the divorce. But she would put that aside and ask you how you were. I saw her a couple of weeks ago, and she was fine."

Her death resonated, too, with a public that has watched tragedy march through the ranks of the Kennedy clan again and again.

"I think every family has its tragedies. But this is too much," said Kim O'Connell, who dropped off a bouquet of Calla lilies at the family's home in Bedford on Thursday morning. She had met Robert and Mary only a few times, while working at their health club, but felt a connection anyway. "I just thought she was just a lady. I woke up this morning, and I wanted to do something."

Mary Kennedy had lived much her life at the edge of the spotlight that shines on the Kennedy family. An architectural designer with New Jersey roots, she met her estranged husband's sister, Kerry, in boarding school when they were still teenagers and had stayed close to the clan through the decades before marrying Robert in 1994.

Robert is the son of Robert F. Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general who was slain in 1968 while running for the Democratic presidential nomination, and the nephew of assassinated President John F. Kennedy and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Mary was RFK Jr.'s second wife, and she entered the family in less than storybook circumstances.

When they married, she was already pregnant with their first child, and Kennedy was only weeks removed from the divorce of his first wife.

Yet the wedding had the usual Kennedy touch of romance and politics. The ceremony was held aboard an environmental research vessel on the Hudson River, which Robert had been fighting to protect as an attorney with the environmental group, Riverkeeper.

The couple's fourth child -- Robert's sixth overall -- was born while he was serving a 30-day jail sentence for trespassing on U.S. Navy property to protest bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island Vieques.

She had been with the family long enough to become a partner in its rituals of grief.

She was there when the clan buried Michael Kennedy, killed in a New Year's Eve skiing accident in 1997, and John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in a plane crash in 1999.

"Mary married into the family. But, believe me, the Kennedys don't marry into your family, you marry into their family. So you're transformed when you marry into their family," said Laurence Leamer, author of the book "The Kennedy Women."

"And she was truly a Kennedy," he added. "She was a Kennedy in her interests. Her husband is one of America's leading environmentalists. So was she."

In recent years, police in Bedford had been called several times to the family's home. Twice in 2007, Robert told police that he was afraid his wife would try to hurt herself, according to records obtained by The Journal News for a 2010 report about the series of disturbances.

Police have said almost nothing about the circumstances of the death, but the Westchester County medical examiner's office said after an autopsy Thursday that she died of asphyxiation due to hanging.

A person familiar with the investigation into her death says that authorities have concluded that her death was a suicide. The person was not authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Neither side of her family has discussed her manner of death publicly, but released statements noting her "gentle soul and generous spirit," her work advocating environmentally responsible building designs, and her deep love for her children.

"It's a terrible and tragic time for Mary, her family, and, perhaps most importantly, for Bobby and Mary's children, Conor, Finny, Kyra, and Aidan, and for all of us who loved her," said a brother-in-law, former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II. "We appreciate the expressions of condolence and ask for privacy during this difficult time."

Political historian Thomas J. Whalen said he thinks the whole notion of the Kennedys being cursed is largely created by the media, but said that is the perception many Americans have of the family.

"There's no curse. It's just foiled family ambition, risk taking and bad luck," he said. "It's a large family. Things happen in large families, both good and bad."

Mary Kennedy grew up in Hoboken, N.J., the daughter of a professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology. She had two brothers and four sisters.

She was active for years with the Boys & Girls Club in Mount Kisco, volunteering for the club's annual fundraising dinner and hosting its Youth of the Year awards at her home.

With one of her children battling severe allergies, she co-founded the Food Allergy Initiative, billed as the world's largest private source of funding for food allergy research, and appeared with her family at its annual ball at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria

Dolphins Die of Heroin Overdose at Zoo

F*ckin horrible!

CT News Blog- A toxicology report has surfaced that says two dolphins who died last year after a zoo rave in Switzerland that says heroin was found in the mammals’ urine. reports:  About a year ago, dolphins Shadow and Chelmers died agonizing deaths in Connyland, Switzerland, after the zoo allowed a rave (attended by thousands) to be held near their training pool. For animals with sonar hearing, a possibly dubstep-heavy event was already considered a strain.

Now a toxicology report has emerged that shows a heroin substitute was found in the animal’s urine. This would seem to confirm initial suspicions that whacked-out ravers fed the dolphins drugs while possibly on some kind of weird acid trip.

AOL UK reports that it was originally believed that the techno music pumping out from the club just yards from the dolphins’ pool had caused their deaths:

But toxicology tests carried out by the forensics institute in St Gallen show that the heroin substitute Buprenorphin was present in the dolphins’ urine.

According to The Sun, Dutch marine biologist and dolphin expert Cornelis van Elk said: “Opiates are extremely dangerous for underwater mammals and would never be used in any legitimate treatment.

Stamford Police Officer Makes Progress

Still critical: Officer recovering from fall during chase

STAMFORD -- The Stamford police officer critically injured in a 20-foot fall from an Interstate 95 bridge abutment while chasing a robbery suspect in Norwalk early Thursday morning, continued to be listed in critical condition, but was showing encouraging signs of progress, according to officials.

Mayor Michael Pavia visited Officer Troy Strauser at Norwalk Hospital around noon Friday and said he was sitting up in bed and talking following a seven-and-a-half hour operation Thursday night. Strauser's injured arm was heavily bandaged and worn in a sling, and his face and nose were badly bruised, Pavia said.

"I thanked him for his service above and beyond," Pavia said Friday. "I also let him know how delighted I was to be talking to him and see the progress that he's made in a day. He is very respectful and a very good Stamford police officer. Just talking to him I felt proud."

Strauser suffered severe injuries to his face and right arm after falling onto a metal guardrail as he chased a 30-year-old Stratford man suspected of beating and robbing a Hispanic man at the corner of West Main and Diaz streets on the city's West Side shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday.

Strauser spotted a white BMW matching the suspect vehicle's description on West Main Street and pursued it as the driver, Frank Douglas, tried to evade, police said.

After chasing the car through Darien and into Norwalk, police rammed the car at the end of Exit 14 in Norwalk, and Strauser chased after Douglas who fled on foot toward Connecticut Avenue across the Fairfield Avenue bridge over I-95.

At the other side of the bridge, Douglas made a sharp left turn and ran across the bridge abutment to the level of the highway below. But because of some underbrush, Strauser didn't see the drop while running full speed toward Douglas, police said.

Strauser, 38, was immediately transported by police to Norwalk Hospital where he has undergone three emergency surgeries.

Pavia, who said he went by to see the I-95 bridge where Strauser fell, said the officer was in "good spirits" and surrounded by friends and family. A steady stream of police officers have been visiting him since Thursday.

"I know it was touch and go in the beginning," Pavia said. "When his accident first occurred everybody was extremely concerned. I was just delighted to see his condition and proud to be with him."

Strauser, of Fairfield, has three young children and has been a member of the Stamford police force for the past six years.

Following an arraignment hearing for Douglas, Stamford police Sgt. Joseph Kennedy, president of the Stamford police union, stood with dozens of city police officers outside the courthouse on Friday afternoon and said he felt encouraged that Strauser successfully underwent three surgeries over the past 18 hours.

Still, he called the injuries "horrific," and said Strauser needs to ward off infections from internal injuries during the next three days.

"These are the brother and sister officers of Troy Strauser," Kennedy said, moments after Douglas was arraigned on a litany of charges from the incident. "He's a friend and he's a family man. He's one of us."

Kennedy said the police force felt frustrated over Strauser's injuries, adding that he does foresee him returning to the department some day. Kennedy said he could not provide more information about Strauser's medical condition.

"I see him back on the job, but I just don't have the expertise," Kennedy said. "I'd be non-qualified to tell about his recovery time."

Lover of Ex-NFLer from Greenwich Gets Life for Murder

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for helping her lover, former NFL linebacker and one-time Greenwich resident Eric Naposki, murder her live-in millionaire boyfriend for financial gain nearly two decades ago.

Nanette Ann Packard, 46, was convicted of murder earlier this year in the cold case slaying of William Francis McLaughlin, who made his fortune in medical technologies and was shot dead in his kitchen in December 1994.

Packard was living with the much older McLaughlin when he was murdered, but the divorced mother of two was also dating Naposki, a former linebacker for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts who worked as a bouncer at a nearby nightclub. He played college football at the University of Connecticut.

Packard convinced Naposki to kill McLaughlin, gave him a key to the victim's house and told him when he would be home, prosecutors said.

She stood to collect $1 million on a life insurance policy and receive $150,000 and free rent for a year at one of his homes if McLaughlin died, authorities said.

Packard ended up stealing at least $500,000 from McLaughlin's estate both before and after his death, Matt Murphy, deputy district attorney, said during trial.

She pleaded guilty to grand theft in 1996 and was sentenced to a year in jail, but the murder case went cold.

Investigators long suspected Packard and Naposki, however, and new technology to identify the weapon along with a new witness allowed prosecutors to file murder charges in 2009, prosecutors have said.

In May 20, 2009, Naposki was arrested near his Weaver Street home in Greenwich during a "high-risk" motor vehicle stop. Naposki was soon extradited to California to face the murder charge there.

McLaughlin's adult daughters spoke at the sentencing hearing Friday in Orange County Superior Court.

"The fact that you, Nanette, destroyed so many lives, including my Dad's, is vile. ... You had absolutely no right to take him from us for your own selfish reasons. He was incredibly good to you for four whole years," said daughter Kim McLaughlin Bayless.

Naposki, 45, was convicted of first-degree murder last July.

His sentencing has been postponed until Aug. 10.

Two Greenwich Schools Cited for Racial Imbalance

GREENWICH, Conn. – Two Greenwich schools have once again been cited by the State Board of Education as racially imbalanced, and four additional schools are considered “impending.”

According to Connecticut law, a school has a racial imbalance when the proportion of its minority students is 25 percent above the district average. Of the state’s 1,271 schools, eight were cited this year, including Greenwich's Hamilton Avenue and New Lebanon schools, according to the Racial Imbalance Report submitted to the Connecticut State Board of Education at its meeting in Hartford on Thursday night.

The district average of minority students in Greenwich is 32.79 percent, according to the state. There are 4,282 students in the district. Of Hamilton Avenue School’s population of 412 students, 60.92 percent are minorities. Of New Lebanon School’s population of 261 students, 67.43 percent are minorities.

The state also reported that four Greenwich schools, of 31 in the state, are impending an imbalance. This means that the proportion of minority students in a school is less than 25 percent, but more than 15 percent above the district average. In Greenwich, Western Middle School, Parkway School, Old Greenwich School and Julian Curtiss School were all notified.

The Board of Education is required to submit a plan to address the issue within 60 days of notification. The plan must include “any proposed changes in existing school attendance districts, the location of proposed school building sites” and “any proposed additions to existing school buildings” or other ways to correct the imbalance.

Hamilton Avenue and New Lebanon were both previously identified as racially imbalanced. The Greenwich Board of Education submitted an amendment to its plan, which was approved by the state board Sept. 1 2010. Since an imbalance persists, the board is asking Greenwich once again to amend its plan.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Donna Summer, Disco Queen, Dead at 63

A sad, sad day... =[  What a singer she was..

CBS- Summer died of cancer Thursday morning in Naples, Fla., said her publicist Brian Edwards.

TMZ first reported the news, noting that Summer was recently working on music for a new album.
Known as the "Queen of Disco," Summer was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, Mass., in 1948, as one of seven children. She was raised on gospel music and became the soloist in her church choir by age 10.
The five-time Grammy winner rose to fame in the 1970s, scoring hits with "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls." She co-wrote the single "Love to Love You Baby" in 1975, and went on to co-write several other hits, including "She Works Hard For Her Money."
"Love to Love You Baby" was her U.S. chart debut and the first of 19 No. 1 dance hits between 1975 and 2008 - second only to Madonna.
During the disco era, she burned up the charts: She was the only artist to have three consecutive double-LPs hit No. 1, "Live and More," "Bad Girls" and "On the Radio." She was also the first female artist with four No. 1 singles in a 13-month period, according to the Rock Hall of Fame, where she was a nominee this year.
Summer released a number of albums that have reached gold or platinum status, including the multiplatinum "Bad Girls" and "On the Radio, Volume I & II." Her No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits include "Hot Stuff" and "MacArthur Park."

Summer also appeared in the 1978 film, "Thank God It's Friday," which took home the best original song Oscar for "Last Dance."
The singer came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning, and came to define the era with a string of No. 1 hits and her beauty queen looks.

But unlike some other stars of disco who faded as the music became less popular, she was able to grow beyond it and later segued to a pop-rock sound. She had one of her biggest hits in the 1980s with "She Works Hard For The Money," which became another anthem, this time for women's rights.
Soon after, Summer became a born-again Christian and faced controversy when she was accused of making anti-gay comments in relation to the AIDS epidemic. Summer denied making the comments, but was the target of a boycott.

Still, even as disco went out of fashion, she remained a fixture in dance clubs, endlessly sampled and remixed into contemporary dance hits.

Summer's last album, "Crayons," came out in 2008. She also performed on "American Idol" that year with its top female contestants. In 2010, Summer appeared on "America's Got Talent."
Her sound was a mix of genres and helped her earn Grammy Awards in the dance, rock, R&B and inspirational categories.

Publicist Michael Levine, president of Levine Communications Office, represented Summer in 2002. He told, "She had more energy in her early '50s than most artists have in their '20s."

Levine also said Summer was very passionate about religion, noting how she used to hold a weekly bible study class at her home during that time.
He remembers Summer as "grateful" and "gracious." She always brought a gift when she visited the office, Levine said.

Singer Dionne Warwick said in a statement that she was sad to lose a great performer and "dear friend."
"My heart goes out to her husband and her children," Warwick said. "Prayers will be said to keep them strong."

Elton John said in a statement that Summer was more than the Queen of Disco.

"Her records sound as good today as they ever did. That she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted," he said. "She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and I will miss her greatly."

Summer married Brooklyn Dreams vocalist Bruce Sudano in 1980. She is survived by her husband, three daughters (Brooklyn, Mimi and Amanda) and four grandchildren.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wilton Man Accused of Killing Father

WILTON -- A 22-year-old Wilton man who told police he was hearing voices, was arraigned in Norwalk Friday morning for the alleged murder of his 73-year-old father.

Aaron Ramsey of 125 Signal Hill Road allegedly punched, kicked and stabbed his father, Edward Ramsey Thursday afternoon before running through the woods to escape from aliens, he told police.
Judge Bruce Hudock maintained Aaron Ramsey's bond at $1 million during an arraignment at state Superior Court in Norwalk. Ramsey appeared at the Norwalk courthouse in a blue paper jumpsuit and socks, with his hands and feet shackled. He held his head down during the brief hearing and did not speak, but began to tear up just before being led out of court by judicial marshals.

His case was transferred to Stamford where more serious cases are heard and is scheduled for his first appearance there on May 15.

Wilton police were first alerted at 3:25 p.m. Thursday when they received a report of a man in his 20s with short brown hair trying to break into a car on Cheese Spring Road. Minutes later, police received another 911 call reporting that a man matching the earlier description ran into a house on Cheese Spring Road yelling that people were chasing him. The man then laid down on the living room floor and appeared to go to sleep.

When police arrived, they found Ramsey lying on the floor semi-conscious and acting irrationally and incoherent, according to the arrest warrant. Police called paramedics who treated him, but only found minor cuts despite blood on his T-shirt, jeans and sneakers.

About 70 minutes after the burglary call, Ramsey's mother SuAnne Fehr-Ramsey called 911. When police got there they found her standing in the yard calling for Aaron. She told police that her husband was in the house bleeding and needed help.

Police found Edward Ramsey lying on a floor of a bedroom with severe traumatic injuries to his face and upper body and police noted that he was "obviously dead," in the four page arrest affidavit. A check of his vital signs determined there was no pulse and that there was no blood coming from several stab wounds to his chest, the affidavit said. He also had a "significant" injury to the left side of his head.

A ratcheting socket wrench was found on the left side of Ramsey's body and a single set of bloody footprints consistent with the sneakers Aaron Ramsey had worn to Cheese Spring Road led toward the door.

Police quickly connected Aaron Ramsey to the scene when an officer recognized him in a family photo in the kitchen of the house.

During an interview with investigators at Norwalk Hospital about two hours after Ramsey's body was found, Aaron told police that he heard voices telling him that he needed to find out who "the fakers and manipulators are" and that he had been "tasked to put people on trial."

He said he had confronted his father in his bedroom Thursday afternoon and asked him a question. Ramsey said he felt his father was lying and told him to get out of the house. When his father refused, he struck him with his right wrist, then he told police he tried to strike him with a "death blow," as he made a karate chop motion, the affidavit said.

Ramsey told police his father, a former pilot for American Airlines, never fought back.
Ramsey then picked up a bench in the bedroom and struck his father with it. While his father was knocked to the floor, Ramsey went to the kitchen to retrieve "a perfect sharp knife."
He said he then went to the bedroom and attempted to slit his father's throat, but his hand slipped off the handle due to blood and sweat. He then proceeded to stab his father in the stomach, groin, head and heart, police said.

Ramsey said he heard voices telling him to prevent his father from getting back up because "he has magic powers and can heal himself." He then told police that he stomped his father's entire body and "beat him to a pulp," the affidavit said.

Ramsey said the voices then told him "they're coming for you, you gotta run."

When police asked who was coming, Ramsey responded "aliens." He said he ran through the woods and used his mind to open a sliding glass door of a house -- evidently the one that he broke into on Cheese Spring Road -- the affidavit said.

Ramsey's public defender James Lamontagne called the incident a "true tragedy," and asked the judge that Ramsey be given mental health evaluation and treatment, which was granted.
Police said no other family members were home at the time.

The geodesic domed house is located at the end of a long driveway in a wooded area. According to land records, Edward Ramsey built the home in 1974 on the 4.5-acre wooded lot.

Neighbors in this affluent neighborhood keep to themselves. One woman who recently moved to the neighborhood said she'd recently seen the wife walking her dog.

During a morning press conference, Wilton police Chief Michael Lombardo said officers have responded to calls at the Ramsey house in the past, but would not elaborate on the nature of the calls.
During her emotional 911 call to police, SuAnne Fehr-Ramsey told police that her son had been acting strangely for more than a week and that he was "either on drugs or a little psychotic."
Ramsey is a 2008 graduate of Wilton High School where he played on the varsity football team as a place kicker.

Wilton High School Principal Robert O'Donnell said Ramsey was good student, engaged in athletics and had good friends. He said counselors were made available at the school Friday for any students who wanted to talk about the incident.

"We're a very tight-knit high school and local community," O'Donnell said.  "Our primary concern right now is with and for the Ramsey family at this very difficult time."

Ramsey has two prior convictions. He was arrested in November 2009 for possession of less than four ounces of marijuana and was found guilty. He paid a $250 fine.

In November 2011, he was arrested for driving under the influence and pleaded guilty.
Wilton police detectives and investigators from the State Police major crime squad worked throughout the night, poring over the crime scene.

It is the first murder in Wilton since the June 2008 death of 13-year-old Nicholas Parisot. Parisot died while riding his motorcycle off-road in North Wilton and struck an elevated object that police said appeared to have been placed there intentionally.

No arrest was ever made in the Parisot case.


I believe him when he says aliens are coming for him... Have you seen that house? Lol.  Not to be too insensitive.. I mean, I do feel horrible for the family.  What a tragedy. And that kid is handsome, too.  What a shame.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sunday Liquor Sales to Begin May 20

HARTFORD (WTNH) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he will sign the Sunday liquor sales bill into law early next week, clearing the way for Sunday sales starting on May 20.

Some estimates say this will generate millions in revenue for the state because people close to the borders will shop in Connecticut on Sundays instead of New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

It now appears that Sunday liquor sales in Connecticut will commence for the first time on May 20.

"At this point, my preference would be to sign it early next week," Malloy said Thursday.

The Sunday liquor sales law becomes effective on the day Malloy signs the bill so when he signs it early next week the following Sunday package stores that chose to, will be open and supermarkets can sell beer between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m..

The only days when liquor sales will be banned will be Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, and when those holidays fall on a Sunday the stores can stay open on the following Monday when most people get a holiday off from work.

Republicans noted Thursday that the Sunday sales law does not offer anything to break the high price stranglehold on Connecticut liquor, wine and beer prices as Malloy had proposed.

"A big incomplete when it came to the sweeping reform that the governor put forth regarding liquor sales," said Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero.

The new law only allows one discounted item per month, so prices will continue to be generally higher in Connecticut than in the big stores in surrounding states.

"What we did is do away with the `blue laws' as they've existed for centuries in our state," Malloy said. "What we also did was lay down a marker on consumer reform within that industry."

That marker is a special 15 member commission that this law establishes to investigate Connecticut's pricing policies. Malloy promises to appoint and get that commission moving as quickly as possible so that the issue of liquor, wine and beer pricing can be addressed early in next year's General Assembly session.

Mother-Daughter Die in Murder-Suicide

So sad, how can these things happen?

STAMFORD -- A middle-aged woman killed her elderly mother with a double-barreled shotgun and then killed herself inside their foreclosed Long Ridge Road home, Stamford police said.

Officers found their bodies just after 1 p.m. Friday while checking on the mother and daughter who lived at 1214 Long Ridge Road following reports from concerned neighbors, according to Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin. The neighbors told police they hadn't seen the mother and daughter recently and were worried for their well-being.

Police said the shooting occurred sometime in the past 48 hours
Conklin would not identify the mother and daughter because investigators were working to contact their relatives. According to public records, Florence Beran, 85, owned the house and lived with her daughter, Susan, 57. Conklin said the daughter did not leave a suicide note, but the couple became increasingly reclusive in recent months as they dealt with mounting financial pressures.

"Neighbors who communicated with them and helped them out with food and donations saw less and less of them over recent months," Conklin said.
The mother suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and the daughter served as her caretaker, neighbors said. Police said the mother and daughter owed $50,000 in taxes to the city of Stamford and their house was in foreclosure. The home, which was surrounded by an overgrown lawn and left in disrepair, was sold during an auction last month, police said.

Electricity had been cut off from the house several months before Friday. The mother and daughter collected water with plastic jugs since their utilities had been shut off, Conklin said.

On Friday afternoon, responding officers found a "gruesome" scene when they used a ladder to enter the small, gray four-bedroom home through a second-story window, Conklin said. The front doors and first-floor windows were locked. Officers found the daughter's body in a second-floor bedroom and her mother at the bottom of stairs on the first floor.

Animal control officers took four small dogs into custody as investigators processed the murder scene, removing the shotgun in a large, brown paper bag. The bodies were taken from the house on stretchers at about 6 p.m. Friday, shortly before police cleared the area.

Investigators believe the daughter used her deceased father's shotgun to kill her mother, and then took her own life an unknown time later. Officers confiscated several hunting rifles and handguns that belonged to the daughter's father, who died several years ago
The mother died within 48 hours of the discovery of her body. A more exact time of death is pending further investigation. Police did not receive any reports of gunfire in the area before Friday afternoon, most likely because of the secluded location and heavy traffic from Long Ridge Road, Conklin said.

One neighbor, a woman who declined to give her name, said she made the call to police that led to the discovery of the murder-suicide. She said Susan took care of her mother for several years and described her as a "wonderful person."

"I'm afraid they didn't think they had anyone to turn to," the neighbor said, adding: "When people feel desperate, there are people out there who care. They didn't have to take their own lives."

Conklin said investigators contacted a lawyer involved in the home's sale Friday afternoon and learned that the mother and daughter were to receive between $200,000 and $250,000 from the transaction, after their owed taxes and other debts were subtracted from the sale proceeds. The buyers tried unsuccessfully to contact the mother and daughter following the sale, Conklin said.

"It's certainly a tremendous tragedy, especially right before Mother's Day," Conklin said.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Wilton Man Charged with Killing Father with a Screwdriver

(05/04/12) WILTON - Wilton police say they have arrested a man who has confessed to killing his father with a screwdriver last night.

Authorities say 22-year-old Aaron Ramsey repeatedly beat his father, then stabbed him several times before fleeing his Signal Hill Road home. They say he then entered a house on nearby Cheese Spring Road and refused to leave unless paramedics took him to the hospital.

The victim, 73-year-old Ed Ramsey, was found dead when police arrived.

Ramsey has been charged with murder and was arraigned today in Norwalk. Court documents indicate he heard voices in his head that told him to "put people on trial" and that he stabbed his father with a knife after he was already dead.

Police say Ramsey had previously been arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana.
He is being held on bond and has been ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

3rd Greenwich Resident Charged in Connection with Overdose Death

Greenwich Time- Police arrested a third person Wednesday in connection with the overdose death of Riverside teenager Christopher Harris, who was found unresponsive at his Florence Road home in January 2011.

Christopher A. Lundell, 20, of 5 Wellington Place, Apt. A, turned himself in to Greenwich police on a warrant. He was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to possess narcotics.

Lt. Kraig Gray, spokesman for the Greenwich Police Department, said police held a non-extraditable warrant for Lundell in connection with the investigation into the death of 18-year-old Harris, who was found Jan. 8, 2011.

Lundell recently returned from California, Gray said.

"An arrangement was made between his attorney and the state's attorney for him to turn himself in upon return, and he did so," Gray said.

Two other Greenwich residents, George C. Ramirez and William Nelson, turned themselves in to police in August in connection with the investigation. Ramirez was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess narcotics.

Nelson was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to possess narcotics.

Nelson, Ramirez and Lundell were among a group of friends who went to Harris' home Jan. 7 to visit him because he was sick, according to the warrant for Ramirez's arrest.

Ramirez told police everyone except he and Harris were drinking that night and that the friends smoked marijuana, according to his arrest warrant.

During the night, Nelson and Ramirez drove to New York to buy the painkiller Opana, and Harris, Nelson and Ramirez all used Opana during the night, according to the warrant.

After being found unresponsive around 9 a.m. Jan. 8, Harris was transported to Stamford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Ramirez, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess narcotics, is scheduled to receive an eight-year prison term, suspended after two years, at his June 5 sentencing. He will also serve three years of probation following the prison term.

Nelson's case is still pending.

Lundell posted $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford June 13.; 203-625-4428