Jaime Castano, a 20-year-old former NYU student is being charged with reckless endangerment and assault for having “allegedly” set fire to the bedding of a sleeping female classmate and then singing to her. “Allegedly” is in quotation marks, because he actually filmed the incident and shared it on Snapchat with a number of friends.
The victim admits to having been intoxicated and had fallen asleep on a bed in Castano’s dorm room. She doesn’t recall the incident, but woke up to find burn holes all over the mattress and comforter, and burns on her torso. The film, however, shows her getting up and attempting to put the fire out as Castano sang to her like a weirdo. Keep reading »
Today, in things that worry me greatly: A teen in West Palm Beach, FL, has been apprehended by police after “playing doctor” inside a real, live hospital. Dressed in a white doctor’s coat and with a stethoscope around his neck, the teen wandered the halls of St. Mary’s Medical Center, playing doctor and thankfully, not actually treating any patients. According to a statement from the hospital, “The individual never had any contact with the hospital patients and did not gain access to any patient care areas of the hospital at any time.” The teen’s mother scooped up her own Doogie Howser, relaying to authorities that he is actually mentally ill and has been off his meds, which makes this sad rather than creepy. I am thankful that the authorities apprehended the teen, and hopeful that he gets help. [Fox 13 Now]
A 23-year-old man named Steven Brown got so drunk on Christmas that he decided he was Nicki Minaj, and called the police to inform them of this revelation. Brown, who lives in Dublin, Ireland, first called 999 (equivalent to 911 in the U.S.) to tell the police that two men were threatening to kill him. Five minutes later, he called back and asked them to cancel his first call before insisting he was Nicki Minaj and that a poltergeist was in his house. It was later revealed that Brown had been released from the hospital earlier that day and had mixed alcohol with medication against medical advice, and thus really did believe some of the statements he made in the emergency calls — though I’m still unclear on whether he thought he really was Nicki or was just so drunk that he thought he was really clever. Brown recently faced legal trouble for similar behavior (sans Nicki proclamations) and had already been banned from using the 999 service under an Antisocial Behavior Order. After this incident the court deemed him an alcoholic and banned him from possessing or consuming drinks. [Belfast Telegraph UK]
Talk about an additional tragic turn in an already tragic story: Tasha Thomas, the girlfriend of John Crawford III, the man who was shot and killed by police in a Cleveland-area Walmart as the couple talked on the phone, died in a New Year’s Day car crash. Police say Thomas was a passenger in a car being driven by Frederick Bailey, 30, on New Year’s Day when the car, which was allegedly going 90-100 miles per hour, hit a pole and overturned multiple times. Both Thomas and Bailey were thrown from the vehicle and were killed. Police were able to identify her because her address matched the address Thomas gave to police when she was interrogated following Crawford’s death. His passing, along with the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and others, spawned the Black Lives Matter movement, which has brought police brutality, particularly against Black men, into the national spotlight.
“It’s just tragic,” Michael Wright, the Crawford family’s attorney, told the Guardian Friday, “It is a sad set of circumstances continuing from what happened at Walmart.” Our hearts go out to Thomas and Bailey’s loved ones. [Guardian]
There are still two and a half more days left in 2014, which is plenty of time to pull some sort of stunt and earn a spot on the Most Amazing Criminals of the Year list. And lookie here, Marisol Toribio of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has come in just under the wire by shoplifting at a local Macy’s just before Christmas. But it’s not the five-finger discount itself that makes her such a noteworthy lawbreaker. No, it’s the shit smeared all over those five fingers that makes her one-of-a-kind. Keep reading »
Well, it was not a very pleasant holiday for a Florida woman named April Rollison, who died a week after having a crack pipe removed from her vagina.
The 31-year-old woman was arrested on December 16 for drug charges, and was taken to the Polk County Jail’s booking room, where a body scan alerted authorities about a glass pipe and bottle stashed in Rollison’s vagina. Keep reading »