Female Officer Alledges Sexual Assault By On-Duty Officers

GREENSBORO N.C. Dec. 29, 2007 — A female police officer reported she was sexually assaulted two weeks ago, and the suspects are three male police officers who were on duty at the time.

Police officials released that information Thursday, after the City Council voted unanimously to make the information public.

The alleged assault, which is being investigated by the Greensboro Police Department's criminal and internal affairs divisions, took place in a vehicle sometime between 11 p.m. Dec. 14 and 1 a.m. Dec. 15, Assistant Chief Gary Hastings said Thursday.

Sgt. A.S. Wallace, 43; Officer J.O. LeGrand, 37; and Officer C.S. Stevens, 42, have been suspended with pay since Dec. 18, when the department began its criminal and administrative investigations. The three are assigned to the Tactical Special Enforcement Team, which investigates street-level drug sales and other activities associated with violent crime.

The police department doesn't release names of victims of alleged sexual assault, Hastings said. The News & Record doesn't identify the victims of alleged sexual assault.

According to Hastings, the female officer reported that she and a friend were leaving the area of Four Seasons Town Centre — Hastings wouldn't be more specific — when they saw Wallace, LeGrand and Stevens.

The three on-duty officers allegedly offered them a ride, Hastings said, which they accepted. The alleged victim said the sexual assault occurred "in transit," Hastings said, but it's unclear whether they were in a department-owned vehicle.

Hastings said there is only one alleged victim, the female officer, who filed her complaint with the police department's Internal Affairs Division.Hastings said the criminal investigation is under way; an administrative investigation will follow when that's complete.

The issue of whether to release details of the allegation — and more information in general — has caused a rift among the new City Council, sworn into office less than a month ago.

The council voted to make the details of the investigation public after emerging from a private 40-minute meeting Thursday, which Councilwomen Mary Rakestraw and Trudy Wade refused to attend. The two said the discussion should take place in public.

Wade, in fact, asked the council to release the information without holding a private meeting. She was supported by Rakestraw, Councilman Mike Barber and Councilwoman Sandra Anderson Groat — one vote shy of what she needed to prevent the private meeting.

Councilwoman T. Dianne Bellamy-Small called Wade's tactic an "ambushing of ideas" that "makes us look like we don't know what the heck we're doing."

Yet even Bellamy-Small voted for the information's release, just moments after she warned that doing so would set a dangerous precedent for the public release of confidential personnel information.

The council can release personnel information if doing so is in the public's best interest.

Until Thursday, the police department and city legal staff said details of the alleged assault that are normally public — including the date, time, location and nature of the alleged assault — were protected under personnel laws because of the administrative investigation.

The News & Record disagrees. By its own admission, the Greensboro Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation — the details of which are subject to the state's public record laws.

The newspaper filed suit Thursday in Guilford County Superior Court seeking the information. Editor John Robinson said Thursday that he will consult with legal counsel today about whether to pursue the suit.


Ft. Worth Tx. Dec. 29, 2007 ―
One North Texas company is warning Texans not to purchase ground beef under, 'questionable circumstances'.
Fort Worth-based, American Fresh Foods issued the alert after one of it's refrigerated trucks, containing 14,800 pounds of ground beef products, was stolen.
The company is warning the public because a portion of the stolen products had been segregated for possible E. coli contamination and were being removed from fresh commercial sale.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to food borne illness. So far, no illnesses from the stolen products have been reported.
American Fresh Foods' officials say the stolen meat was placed in a refrigerated truck and was being held on the plant's property."Consumers need to know that our meat products being sold through normal retail channels – such as grocery stores – are safe," said Timothy Biela, Chief Food Safety and Quality Assurance Officer for American Fresh Foods.

The stolen tractor trailer bears an "Xtra Lease" logo on both side panels. The trailer is a 2000 Great Dane model with the trailer number Q61-232. The truck has a Maine license plate number 1925071.

The consumer products subject to the public health alert include:
• 2-pound approximate weight packages of "73/27 GROUND BEEF" bearing a sell-by date of "12.30.07" with production times between 14:27 – 15:28

• 2-pound approximate weight packages of "80/20 GROUND BEEF CHUCK" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07" with production times between 13:40 – 14:27

• 1-pound approximate weight packages of "85/15 GROUND BEEF ROUND" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07" with production times between 13:51 – 17:01

• 1-pound approximate weight packages of "90/10 GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07" with production times between 13:49 – 15:35

• 1-pound approximate weight packages of "96/04 EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF, 4% FAT" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07" with production times between 14:25 – 17:22
The bulk product subject to the alert includes:

• 40-pound "net wt." box of "73/27 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK MAP"

• 260-pound "net wt." combo bin of " CHUCK 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK MAP"

• 370-pound "net wt." combo bin of "SIRLOIN 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK"
The consumer and bulk ground beef products were produced on Dec. 19, 2007.Anyone who has purchased American Fresh Foods' ground beef products under questionable circumstances, like in a parking lot or along the side of the road, should not eat the food. Company officials are asking that consumers keep the packaging label, discard the product, and report the incident to the American Fresh Foods consumer hotline at 1-800-724-1136 (The toll free line will be available beginning Friday, December 28, at 9 a.m.)."American Fresh Foods is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and law enforcement to find the stolen meat and truck.

Anyone with information about the theft, or the location of the tractor trailer, is asked to contact the Fort Worth Police Department's Crime Stoppers hotline at 817-469-8477.

Police, mall security use force to break up fight

Independence MO. Dec. 29, 2007

The mother and grandmother of one of the Kansas City teens involved in a fight Wednesday at Independence Center said Friday they believe officers from the Independence Police Department and a mall security guard are the ones responsible for precipitating the brawl that was reported in the media.

Robin McDonald, the teen's mother and the teen's grandmother, Rhonda McDonald, told The Examiner that although the teen was involved in a one-on-one fight Wednesday evening outside the mall's entrance near Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurant, the teen was hardly a participant in a brawl.

"From what I understand, they keep saying it was a group of 20 kids brawling. It was a one-on-one fight." Rhonda McDonald said.

Independence police officers used Taser guns after a mall security guard used pepper spray to break up the fight, which police officials said involved 20 to 30 teenagers.

Independence Police Chief Fred Mills said he has been briefed, but has yet to see the full reports because he is on vacation.

"There is no dispute that there was a fight, but I don't know what their (the McDonalds) analogies are," Mills said. "I haven't read the reports to know what happened with everyone involved. I'm at the same disadvantage as the mother and the grandmother because I wasn't there."

Independence Center officials, who rejected the description of the fight as a brawl, declined to comment Friday, referring to a statement released earlier. Ryan Oester, director of mall marketing for Simon Property Group, which operates Independence Center, wouldn't comment on whether surveillance video captured the incident. He denied The Examiner's request for of a copy of surveillance video.

"Whenever an incident like this occurs in our community, our primary concern is always for the safety and wellbeing of our shoppers and mall employees," Oester said. "We are committed to providing a safe, quality environment for our shoppers."

Police officials said Thursday two female officers responded to a call from security guards at 6:53 p.m. When the officers arrived and warned the teens to leave or face arrest, officials said, close to 20 teens became unruly, surrounding the officers, who put out a call for assistance.

"They (the teenage girls) were just flailing away at each other," Independence Police spokesperson Tom Gentry said Thursday. "Two of our female officers tried to break it up, but about 20 of the girls' friends surrounded our officers."

Gentry said mall security used pepper spray on the crowd, setting off pandemonium.

"Our officers had to use their Taser guns on at least three of them," Gentry said. "They were literally out of control."

Both Robin and Rhonda McDonald contend the police description is untrue. They gave an account that was relayed to them by close friends of their relative, who witnessed the altercation.

After their family member was accosted by another girl at the mall and sensing it would escalate, the teen informed the four other people she was with - including the group's chaperon, 20-year-old Ronnell D. Love of Kansas City - that it was time to leave. Upon leaving, the McDonalds' relative was assaulted outside by the other teenage female, they said. The McDonalds' relative protected herself, and a fight between the two began.

Love's younger sister, a juvenile, helped mediate the altercation before mall security arrived.

Once security arrived and requested police assistance, someone in a crowd of on-lookers yelled "police," prompting the gathering crowd to disperse, Rhonda McDonald said.

"I don't care if my granddaughter was out there behaving badly or whatever," McDonald said, adding her granddaughter knows unruly behavior is unacceptable to both her and her daughter Robin. "I don't care if they were out there being disrespectful to the police - which they were not. The fact is they are little girls (15 and 18 years old). Nothing justifies what they did to her and that other little girl. Nothing. They (mall security and Independence police) were the brawlers."

Rhonda McDonald said security and police officers used pepper spray on her granddaughter and banged her head against a trash can and used a Taser gun on 18-year-old Chereyl White of Kansas City.

White was charged with with interfering with police. Rhonda McDonald said White was released on a $1,500 bond.

Rhonda McDonald scoffed at the notion her granddaughter was injured during the initial fight, but said she was injured after either the security or police officer grabbed her. McDonald contends the use of pepper spray and a Taser gun was excessive.

"(White) was standing there crying, while her younger brother was holding her," Rhonda McDonald said, adding White weighs close to 97 pounds. "The police officer snatches her out of her brother's arm, throws her to the ground, maces her and Tasered her. Not once, but twice. This was after the fight was over."

Mills said he doubts if an officer within the department would use a Taser gun on someone who was "just standing there."

"I don't understand that at all," Mills said of the McDonalds' assertion. "I must assume there's more to the story."

The fight had no connection with Tuesday's melee at the AMC Independence Commons 20 movie theater, despite such speculation, Rhonda McDonald said.

However, a fight involving the McDonalds' relative at Ward Parkway Shopping Center Tuesday was connected to Wednesday's fight.

Robin McDonald said despite Tuesday's altercation at Ward Parkway, she allowed her daughter to go to Independence Center to shop using the money she received as Christmas gifts. She said she knows and trusts Love enough to know her daughter and the group was with responsible supervision.

"I trust these kids with my life," Robin McDonald said. "I know these kids, I have a relationship with these kids. Because of who (Love) was, I let my daughter go with them to the mall. I can't bar her from everything. She's a teenager."

Rhonda McDonald said both she and her daughter figured the group would steer clear of trouble at Independence Center because of the security factor and police presence at the mall.

"We cannot escape the irony that we thought she would be safe because they have such good security," Rhonda McDonald said. "That's the thing that is slapping us in our face, too. If they are not going to protect her from being assaulted by somebody else and they are going to get in on the assault too, then nobody's really safe. People need to really understand that."

What You Must Know about Rabies Disease

Rabies or commonly known as mad dog disease is a serious disease that attacks the brain and nervous system. This disease is classified as a deadly disease that must be treated quickly.

Rabies in Indonesia

According to data compiled by the Indonesian Ministry of Health, there are approximately 70,000 cases of rabies-transmitted animal bites in 2013. Of the total cases, there were 119 of them positively affected by rabies.

In the year 2013, the province of Bali is still the most rabies-infected rabies animal bite cases with a percentage of nearly 60 percent of the total cases throughout Indonesia. While the second area most get rabies animal bite animal cases is Riau Province (7.4 percent), followed by East Nusa Tenggara, North Sumatra and West Sumatra.

The cause of rabies

Rabies are caused by the lyssaviruses virus. The virus is transmitted to humans through animals that have previously contracted the disease. A person may be infected with rabies if the saliva of the rabid animal enters the body through a bite, even through a scratch can if the rabid animal has previously licked his nails. In some rare cases, a person is infected with rabies because the wound on his body is licked by an infected animal.

In addition to being transmitted by animals, transmission of rabies disease from human to human can occur. But so far proven is transmission through transplant or organ transplantation.

In Indonesia, 98 percent of rabies cases are transmitted through dog bites and 2 percent are transmitted through cat and ape bites. In Indonesia also, rabies in animals has been found since 1884. While the case of rabies in humans in Indonesia was first discovered in 1894 in West Java.

Symptoms of rabies

The time it takes for rabies virus to incubate varies greatly, but usually between two weeks to three months. In rare cases, virus incubation occurs in just four days. The incubation period is the distance of time when the virus first enters the body until symptoms appear.

After being bitten by a rabid animal, the virus will multiply inside the host's body. Furthermore, these viruses will go to the nerve endings and continue to the spinal cord and brain which breeding occurs very quickly. After that, the rabies virus spreads to the lungs, salivary glands, liver, kidneys, and other organs.

The symptoms of rabies disease in humans include high fever, itching in the infected area, behavioral changes become aggressive, and fear of water or hydrophobia. While in animals, the symptoms are almost similar to humans, but without hydrophobia. When the symptoms of rabies enter the final phase, either humans or animals who experience it can die.

Diagnosis of rabies

Until now, there has been no test that can detect a person infected with rabies virus when newly bitten. The new rabies is known if the virus has finished incubating and initiating its terrors through symptoms. Therefore, to determine whether or not exposed to rabies for a person, the doctor only refers to the patient's description. In making the diagnosis, the doctor will usually ask if the patient has visited a place or area that is rabies-prone and whether the patient has been bitten by an animal that has the potential to carry the virus.

Treatment of rabies

If you have been bitten by an animal that has the potential to transmit rabies, one thing to do first is to wash the wound with soap and wash with clean running water. Next clean the wound by using antiseptic or alcohol. Do not cover the wound using any bandages and leave the wound open. After that, immediately to the nearest hospital or health clinic for further review.

If the rabies that infect a person is still at an early stage or before symptoms appear, the doctor will take a treatment called post-exposure prophylaxis that has proven to be very effective in counteracting rabies symptoms. Through post-exposure prophylaxis, the doctor will clean the infected body part, and provide a series of vaccinations to prevent the virus from spreading to the brain and nervous system. In some cases, the doctor will also provide anti-rabies serum.

What You Must Know about Chikungunya Disease

Chikungunya is a viral disease that attacks humans through the bite of Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. This mosquito acts as an intermediary or vector that is an organism that carries chikungunya virus in its body without getting infected. Both are the same type of mosquito that causes dengue fever.

Similar causes and symptoms cause chikungunya disease often to be misdiagnosed as dengue fever.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes live in tropical and subtropical regions, while Aedes (Ae.) Albopictus live in temperate and cooler regions. Both types of mosquitoes are commonly found mainly in the morning and evening.

Chikungunya case itself has been identified in about 60 countries located in Asia, Africa, Europe, and America.

People with Chikungunya in Indonesia

From Indonesia's health profile in 2014, there are reported Chikungunya Extra Events (KLB) in 8 districts / cities from 4 provinces in Indonesia. Based on Ministry of Health report in the same year, there are about 7300 cases of chikungunya without any death cases.

Chikungunya fever is still a frequent epidemic problem in the tropics and subtropics, including in Indonesia. The low immunity status of the population against the virus and the high number of mosquitoes as the vector of chikungunya virus are the supporting factors for the epidemic of this disease. Allegedly increasing the puddle of water as a breeding ground for mosquitoes when the rainy season also contributed.

Causes of Chikungunya: Mosquito Bites

Chikungunya virus can not spread directly from one person to another. The disease is caused by a virus that spreads through the bite of Ae.aegypti or Ae mosquitoes. albopictus, two types of mosquitoes that can also cause dengue virus. The chikungunya virus belongs to the alfavirus genes of the Togaviridae family found in tropical countries.

Generally these mosquitoes attack during the day, but the bite especially occurs in the early hours and the afternoon. You are more susceptible to attack while outdoors, although it is possible that the Ae mosquito. aegypti can also attack indoors.

Ae mosquito. aegypti more lives and breeds in places close to humans, especially indoors. Places commonly inhabited by mosquitoes are water reservoirs, bathtubs, to vases and flower pots filled with water. Ae mosquito. albopictus has more and more breeding grounds than Ae. aegypti. In addition to puddles in the former tires of vehicles, ponds, or potted plants, these mosquitoes can also breed in puddles that exist in tree holes, bamboo, and coconut shells.

Chikungunya symptoms

After being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus, the symptoms will begin to develop at 4-8 days, but can also start from 2-12 days after bite. The symptoms initially resemble flu symptoms.

  • Fever - starts suddenly; one of the main symptoms of chikungunya
  • Joint pain - its severity can inhibit the patient's body movements; these symptoms can last for weeks and are also a major symptom of chikungunya. These symptoms generally appear not long after the symptoms of fever begin to be felt.
  • Muscle pain
  • Cold
  • Headaches are unbearable
  • Rash or red spots all over the body
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting

In some cases, the symptoms of joint pain will remain felt for several months, even years. Chikungunya symptoms are usually mild, so undetected or too felt by the sufferer. In areas with dengue fever cases, there are also a few cases of misdiagnosis between the two diseases.

In some rare cases, chikungunya complications, such as nervous, eye, heart, and gastrointestinal disorders may occur. Especially in the elderly, this disease can lead to death.