Friday, November 30, 2012

Organs Removed From Kidnapped Children (China)

China Daily
30 November 2012

Police in Jintang county, Sichuan province, denied rumors posted online saying that local children had been kidnapped in order to have their organs removed, the Chengdu Commercial Daily reported on Thursday.

The police added that the person who spread the rumors has been punished, the paper said.

County police sources said that a resident surnamed Yuan posted notes online saying that some children in the county's Pingqiao township had been kidnapped to have their organs removed.

Investigations showed that Yuan made up the rumors and he was punished, police said.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ballroom in Movie Modeled After Baylor University Library

The Baylor Lariat [Baylor University]
27 November 2012

By Maegan Rocio
Staff Writer

[...] A 1979 Baylor alum, Jim Hillin, who was the Computer Generated Imagery Supervisor of the 1991 animated feature, helped design the famous ballroom scene of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” [...]

According to a Nov. 8 Baylor Proud Newsletter, the rumor is the famous ballroom scene from “Beauty and the Beast” was modeled after Baylor’s Armstrong Browning Library.

Hillin said the rumor is not true.

“The design came from the art director, and I was just following his directions,” he said.

Some Baylor students were disappointed to hear that the myth turned out to be false.

San Antonio freshman Rachel Hess said she heard the story from her tour group guide while passing the library. [...]

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rod Stewart Denies Stomach-Pumping Story

Rod Stewart, Rod: The Autobiography (New York: Crown, 2012), pp. 244-5.

[Tony Toon was Stewart's "personal assistant and self-styled publicist."]

Tony went as the result of a poor piece of judgment on his part. During a stay in Hawaii, we found ourselves in an overbooked hotel. Alana and I had Sean and Kimberly in a room with us, and we asked Toon to share an adjoining twin room with Ashley, who was then seven. Toon, of course, couldn't resist pulling some bloke in the bar that evening and taking him back to his room. I fired Toon in the morning.

Toon's revenge was absolutely inspired. He fed the press a story in which, as a consequence of an evening spent orally servicing a gang of sailors in a gay bar in San Diego, I had been required to check into a hospital emergency room to have my stomach pumped. With minor variations (the quantity of the extracted fluid tends to fluctuate: seven pints, three ounces, half a quart; it's a relatively open field), this story has stayed with me ever since. Say what you like about Tony Toon -- and God rest his soul -- but he was good at his job.

For the record, then (and just to put it simply and clearly for posterity's sake): I believe I was in the Hotel Cipriani in Venice on the night of the alleged incident. I have never orally pleasured even a solitary sailor, let alone a ship's worth in one evening. And I have never had my stomach pumped, either of naval-issue semen or of any other kind of semen. Nor of anything else, for that matter.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Motorists Slashed, Robbed (Malaysia)

The Star [Malaysia]
15 November 2012

KOTA KINABALU: Police have dismissed as mere rumours the SMSes and Facebook messages alleging incidents of people here being assaulted and robbed in their cars by individuals pretending to ask for directions here.

Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm Jauteh Dikun said there were no reports of such incidents.

The SMSes and Facebook postings cautioned motorists against lowering their vehicle windows when approached by individuals carrying name cards and seeking directions.

The messages claim that hidden behind the cards were blades to slash the motorists before they are robbed of their belongings.

Daily Express [Malaysia]
5 May 2013

Kota Kinabalu: A message circulated via SMS warning people of a man going around scratching people's faces before running off with their belongings has been brushed aside as mere rumours by police.

The message was allegedly sent from the police station claiming that a total of six cases were reported here, warning about somebody knocking on car windows and showing a name card and asking for directions.

It warned people not to lower their car window because there is a blade hidden behind the name card, which the man would use to scratch the unsuspecting victim before making off with their belongings. [...]

Friday, November 9, 2012

World Will Be in Darkness

Bernama [Malaysia]
10 November 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian National Space Agency (Angkasa) today refuted the rumour circulating via social media claiming that the world will be in darkness for three days from Dec 23 during the alignment of the Universe.

The report stated that during the cosmic alignment of the Sun, Earth and the centre of the galaxy, thick dust clouds would block the night-time view of the Milky Way, hence creating what was called a 'total blackout'. [...]

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thieves Pose as Con Ed Workers (NY)

New York Post
31 October 2012


Hurricane Sandy brought out the worst yesterday in some sleazy New Yorkers, who looted stores and homes across the city.

Some posed as Con Ed workers to dupe their victims.

Police arrested more than a dozen looters in the Rockaways and Coney Island, which had been evacuated, and stood guard outside ravaged stores at the South Street Seaport.

“This morning when they told us the water receded, I walked back to the house to feed [my pets],” said Eric Martine, 33, a cabby who lives in Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach. “Guys were looting, pretending they were Con Ed and holding people up. It was sick.”

Residents said police warned them to beware of crooks pretending to be utility workers. [...]

The Atlantic Wire
2 November 2012

Rebecca Greenfield

There is zero real evidence that anyone has dressed up as a Con Ed worker and gone door-to-door robbing people, yet the tales of such incidents are cropping up so frequently in media, on social networks, and old fashioned in person, that even Con Ed is warning people to ask its workers for ID. [...]

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Candy (2012)

The London Free Press [ON]
31 October 2012

By Randy Richmond, The London Free Press

London police are warning parents to be check their children's candy after a double-sided razor blade was found in a trick-or-treat bag on Hallowe'en.

The blade was wrapped in waxed paper, police said. [...]

WKYT-TV [Lexington, KY]
31 October 2012

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - [...] Police tell us one 8-year-old girl found something unexpected in her trick-or-treat bag on the road she lives on in Winchester and that surprise sent her to the hospital.

A medical needle in her trick or treat bag is what Winchester police tell us one trick-or-treater found instead of candy. [...]

The Daily Mail [UK]
1 November 2012

By Martin Robinson

A pair of primary school children were given cocaine instead of sweets when they went trick or treating.

Plastic bags containing the white powder were handed to youngsters taking part in traditional Halloween fun in Royton, Greater Manchester, at around 7.50pm yesterday. [...]

Donald Junior Green, 23, has been charged with possession of Class A drugs and is due before Oldham Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning. [...]

Rockford Register Star [IL]
1 November 2012

By Jeff Kolkey

LOVES PARK -- A child was not injured when a needle was found inside the package of his Starburst Halloween candy from trick-or-treating Wednesday night. [...]

WMUR-TV [Manchester, NH]
1 November 2012

Police reminding parents to check all Halloween candy

BEDFORD, N.H. -- A trick-or-treater found a piece of Halloween candy containing a pill in Bedford Wednesday night, according to police.

The child had been trick-or-treating on Technology Drive in Bedford Wednesday night.

Police said the candy in question had been packaged to look like Hershey’s Kiss but instead contained an unidentified pill. [...]

WOIO-TV [Cleveland, OH]
1 November 2012

ASHTABULA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Police are warning parents to check their kids Halloween candy after a report of someone handing out a tainted treat.

Andover Police tell 19 Action News a 13-year-old found a pill stuffed in a pack of Smarties, about 30 minutes after the village's Trick-or-Treat ended. The teen's parents immediately called police.

The pill is described as a round, white Excedrin Migraine pill with "L430" stamped on one side. [...]

The Republic [Columbus, IN]
1 November 2012

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- A 5-year-old boy found a heavy metal staple in a piece of Halloween candy Wednesday night, in what police believe was an incident of intentional tampering. [...]

Upon closer examination, the piece of metal appears to be a heavy staple, about an inch long, that was straightened and pushed into the candy.  The candy wrapper also had a hole in it. [...]

The Commercial-News [Danville, IL]
1 November 2012


HOOPESTON -- Police are investigating where a trick-or-treater received a candy bar found to have part of piece of metal inside.

A 28-year-old Rossville man reported the tampered candy to Hoopeston police Wednesday night after trick-or-treating with his daughter in the Hoopeston and Rossville area, according to a release by Hoopeston Police Chief Mark Drollinger.

According to Drollinger, the man discovered the candy bar -- which appeared to have been opened and then resealed with tape. Inside the wrapper, the man told police he found a metal shard. The piece of metal was not inserted into the candy bar. [...]

Chilliwack Times [BC]
1 November 2012

Possible isolated incident of tampered candy

By Paul J. Henderson, The Times

[...] At approximately 8 p.m. on Halloween, Chilliwack RCMP responded to a complaint of a piece of candy with a wrapper that looked to have been tampered with in some way.

Police have seized the candy and sent it to a lab for testing.

"Right now, we are dealing with a possible isolated incident, said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck in a press release issued Thursday afternoon. "That's important to stress, because we know there have been a number of posts on Facebook regarding claims of candy tampering in the Chilliwack area. We urge people using social media not to spread unsubstantiated allegations, particularly those of a criminal nature, but instead to use social media to share more practical and common-sense advice." [...]

Indianapolis Star [IN]
1 November 2012

Written by
Jill Disis

The Mooresville School District has put Morgan County parents on alert after a family found a needle in a piece of Halloween candy.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Department alerted the school district, saying parents found the needle inside a Kit Kat bar. [...],0,1172711.story

The Winchester Sun [KY]
1 November 2012

By Casey Castle

An 8-year-old girl spent part of her Halloween holiday at the hospital after getting stuck by a needle in her trick-or-treat bag Wednesday night.

Melanie Gross, the child’s mother, said the girl had visited 10 or 11 houses and was swinging her bag when it hit her leg. The girl complained about being hurt.

“I looked in the bag and there was an exposed needle,” Gross said. [...]

Southern Maryland Newspapers Online
2 November 2012

Believe teen may have ingested cocaine on his own

Staff writer

Claims that a Lusby teenager ate a piece of candy laced with drugs he received during trick-or-treating Wednesday night quickly spread throughout the community and incited fear in county residents, but proved to be false after a Calvert County Sheriff’s Office investigation. [...]

WJHG-TV [Panama City Beach, FL]
2 November 2012

[...] A parent called Bay County sheriff's deputies, reporting they'd found a prescription pill stuck inside of a candy bar. The pill, which is a medication of high blood pressure called Prazosin Hydrochloride, was stuck inside of a 3 Musketeers candy bar. [...]

WMBF-TV [Charleston, SC]
2 November 2012

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's an urban legend come to life, a razor in a Halloween candy bucket.

Ricki Worrell of Myrtle Beach said she took her 10-year-old daughter trick-or-treating down maybe two or three of the streets in her neighborhood, Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club, before calling it a night.

When they returned home, Worrell says they dumped all the candy collected out on the table to see what her daughter had received, and with several larger items in the bucket, she didn't immediately notice the BIC razor.

"I could not believe my eyes," Worrell comments.

The razor that her daughter came home with appeared to still be in it's original package [....]

The Republic [Columbus, IN]
3 November 2012

By Jennifer Willhite

A Columbus mother has changed her story about a 5-year-old son biting into a one-inch metal staple in his Halloween candy. Now police are trying to determine whether the initial report was a hoax.

The mother had accompanied her son trick-or-treating on Halloween in Columbus and told police that night her child later bit into a Tootsie Roll and felt a metal staple in his mouth. But during interviews over the course of Thursday, Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said discrepancies surfaced in the story.

Police talked to the boy and the mother separately Thursday, when the son indicated that he’d never eaten a piece of tainted candy. Afterward, Myers said the mother acknowledged this.

The mother’s latest account is that a female friend of hers found the candy wrapper Halloween night on the floor. When that individual picked up the wrapper, there was a staple in it.

610 CKTB [St. Catharines, ON]
2 November 2012

It was no treat for a St. Catharines mother who discovered over the counter medication in her son's Halloween candy bag.

Sarah Stevens tells 610 CKTB news, when she went through the candy her six year old son brought home Wednesday night after trick or treating in the city's south end, she discovered three packages of pain medication, including Advil liquid gels and Robaxecet, a pain reliever for back pain. [...]

City of Mentor [OH]
5 November 2012

On Sunday, November 4, 2012, the Mentor Police Department received a report regarding contaminated candy. A citizen took her child Trick or Treating on Sunday evening. She checked the candy once at home and found a box of Wonka Grape Nerds candy with the top bent back but still glued shut. She opened the box and found it half filled with staples and not candy. [...]

The Grand Rapids Press [MI]
3 November 2012

By Angie Jackson

IONIA COUNTY, MI -- A Palo mother discovered that her 4-year-old received more than candy when trick-or-treating on Oct. 31.

The Ionia Sentinel-Standard reports the woman found a "small, cellophane baggie with a green leafy substance inside" in her child's trick-or-treat bag. She told police she was unsure where the baggie and its contents originated.

A test by the Ionia Department of Public Safety confirmed the substance was marijuana. [...]

WCSI Radio [Columbus, IN]
8 November 2012

A case involving the alleged tampering of Halloween candy will be sent to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor's Office early next week.

Columbus police were sent to a home on Halloween night regarding a 5-year-old boy allegedly finding a piece of metal inside a piece of candy he received while trick-or-treating. Police spokesperson Lt. Matt Myers says the boy's mother told police that her son was eating an orange Tootsie Roll when he discovered the object. The boy was not injured. [...]

Southern Maryland Newspapers Online
9 November 2012


Tests that showed illegal drugs were found in a 16-year-old boy’s system after he ate a piece of Halloween candy allegedly laced with drugs proved to be false after confirmatory testing showed the original results were a false positive.

“It was a false positive in the test,” said Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans (R). “[The teenager] did not have illegal drugs in his system. The information we gave out was premature. We should have waited until we got the results back.” [...]