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Title: Officials Investigating Possible Lungs Found On South L.A. Sidewalk
Date: June 11, 2012
Source: LA Times

Abstract: Los Angeles County officials are investigating what appeared to be a pair of lungs found on a sidewalk in unincorporated South Los Angeles.

A citizen called to report what she thought were the organs about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 13100 block of Avalon Boulevard, said Sgt. Robert Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies responded and called the coroner's office to the scene. Additional testing will be done to determine if the remains are in fact lungs and whether they are human, Dean said.

"We don't know what they are," Dean said. "It's really weird" (LA Times, 2012).

Title: Lungs On Sidewalk: Officials Unsure If Organs Are Human's Or Animal's
Date: June 11, 2012
LA Times

Abstract: Coroner’s officials said Monday they will examine what appears to be a pair of lungs that were 
found on a sidewalk in South Los Angeles to determine if they belonged to a human or an animal.

Someone called to report what she thought were organs about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 13100 block of Avalon Boulevard, said Sgt. Robert Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, said the possible organs were not attached to a body, and he found the situation “a little strange.” He said it was unclear when the examination would be performed.

Sheriff's sources familiar with the investigation said much will depend on the corner's assessment of the organs. They noted that even if they turn out to be human lungs, it will not be clear if they resulted from foul play or were discarded remains from some other source. 

“We don’t know if it’s even human,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Pauline Panis. “We don’t even know what was found. … I can’t even tell you; it might be a dog” (LA Times, 2012)

High On Bath Salts, New York Woman Says: I Want To 'Kill Someone And Eat Them'
Date: June 25, 2012
Source: Fox News

Abstract: A synthetic drug known as "bath salts" is blamed for some bizarre behavior in central New York, including a woman's alleged attempt to bite the face of a police officer.

Police in Utica were called to a city bar Saturday night to check out a woman described as emotionally disturbed. When an officer approached her, she lunged at him and tried to bite his face. Police say she screamed that she wanted to "kill someone and eat them."

The woman was taken to a hospital for mental health evaluation.

Later, police were called to a home where a 20-year-old man was reported to have threatened to kill his mother and other family. Police found the man, Aubrey Vails, had ripped a door off its hinges and was punching a car in the driveway. He was charged with criminal mischief (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Growling Man Acts Like Animal, Tries to Bite Officer: Cops
Date: June 6, 2012
NBC Miami

Abstract: A homeless North Miami Beach man under the influence of drugs was arrested after police say he became disorderly and then growled and tried to bite an officer.

Brandon De Leon, 21, was arrested Saturday and faces charges including disorderly conduct and resisting an officer with violence, according to online arrest records. He remains in jail and is being held on $5,500 bond.

North Miami Beach Police said De Leon slammed his head repeatedly against the plexiglass of a police car and told the officer “I’m going to eat you.” While being treated for his self-inflicted abrasions, De Leon began to act like an animal and “launched to bite” an officer closest to him, an incident report said.

“Brandon growled and opened and closed his jaw, slamming his teeth like an animal would,” the report said. He also barked and growled inside of a cell.

In bond court De Leon told the judge he did not remember the incident.

"If I can say something your honor, I have no recollection of anything that happened that night," he said.

De Leon and 33-year-old Brian Yerdon, also of North Miami Beach, were arrested at a Boston Market after the two began disturbing customers. De Leon then proceeded to tell officers “F--- you,” and showed them his middle finger, according to the incident report.

While De Leon and Yerdon were being placed under arrest, De Leon began resisting, and “tensed his body and clenched his fists,” the report said.

De Leon was transported to Aventura Hospital for treatment where his blood test revealed the presence of cannabis and Xanax, and an alcohol level of .29. It was later discovered he was also under the influence of Mephedrone, or Cloud 9, a psychoactive drug that produces emotional and social effects similar to ecstasy, according to authorities.

Police warn the narcotic has a stimulant effect on the central nervous system that can be addicting. Symptoms include excessive sweating, headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, hallucinations, paranoia and erratic behavior.

It was not immediately known if De Leon has an attorney (NBC Miami, 2012)

Title: Suspect High On Bath Salts Threatened To Eat People At Atlanta Golf Course, Police Say
Date: July 3, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: An Atlanta man was arrested after stripping down to his underwear at a local driving range and threatening to eat people after ingesting bath salts, police said.

Witnesses said that Karl Laventure came out of the woods at the Atlanta Golf Center and began screaming about religion, rapper Tupac Shakur and cannibalism.

"Among other things, he was saying things like, ‘I'll eat you. I don't want to eat you but I will,'" Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith, said.

Police said that when they arrived, Laventure – who had stripped down to his underwear – came right at them. Laventure would not respond to any commands and wiped pepper spray from his eyes, according to police. Authorities said it took four Taser hits to restrain and arrest him.

Paramedics arrived and gave Laventure medication that reportedly seemed to bring him out of his haze. Police said that Laventure admitted that earlier he had smoked a joint sprinkled with bath salts. Officials said that the medication apparently wore off and Laventure began lunging off the hospital bed at officers.

Smith said that Laventure was Tased an additional seven times before he was finally restrained.

Laventure faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and disrupting a police officer. He was not injured in the arrest, police said (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Elderly Woman Accused Of Trying To Cut Off Husband’s Genitals With Scissors
Date: July 8, 2012
MyFox8 News

Abstract: Prosecutors say a 70-year-old Southern California woman has been ordered to stand trial for trying to cut off her husband’s penis with industrial scissors.

Riverside County district attorney’s spokesman John Hall says after a brief hearing Friday where the victim was the only witness for either side, a judge ordered Virginia Valdez to be tried on felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse. With possible sentencing enhancements she could get nine years in prison.

Valdez has pleaded not guilty.

Palm Springs police said on Dec. 3, Valdez was touching her 62-year-old husband sexually then got up, went to the bathroom, returned with scissors and began cutting him in the groin.

He drove to the hospital, where he was given stitches and released (MyFox8 News, 2012)

Title: PD: Man Holds Knife To 3-Year-Old's Face, Threatened To Cut Out Tongue
Date: July 9, 2012

Abstract: Police in Vernon are investigating reports that a man held a knife to a child's face and threatened to cut out his tongue.

On Friday, a woman named Heather Bonneville called police to inform them that a family acquaintance, who has been identified as Roman Fein, held the knife within inches of her 3-year-old son's face before making the threat to cut his tongue out of his mouth.

Bonneville said that the incident occurred while she was working, and her son was under the care of a babysitter.

Police said several witnesses provided the same information about what occurred.

Fein admitted to police that he had been flipping a knife open in the area of a child, but he said he denies purposely holding the knife towards the child, police said.

Fein was arrested and charged with breach of peace, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child (WFSB News, 2012)

Title: Police: Naked Teen Found Lying In Street Yelling ‘Bad Drugs’
Date: July 18, 2012
CBS News Tampa

Abstract: A seriously injured teenager was found lying naked in the road while yelling “bad drugs.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office told WPTV that a 17-year-old boy was found early Sunday morning lying in the street in Oakland Park.

The station reports that the naked teen was “rolling on the ground” and yelling “bad drugs” and “take me.” Authorities believe he was hit by a car and was taken to North Broward Medical Center.

The doctor said it was possible he was hit by a car,” Dani Moschella, sheriff’s office spokeswoman, told the Sun-Sentinel. “Deputies found his clothes nearby.”

The unidentified teenager sustained a collapsed lung, fractured left ankle and broken left collarbone, according to WPTV.

The case is under investigation (CBS News Tampa, 2012).