Swedish woman Raped by Syrian migrant commits Suicide after Prosecutor drops her Case


Investigative journalist and columnist Joakim Lamotte has reported a new story on his Facebook page, about a young woman, Angelica Wiktor, from Vittaryd in Småland, Sweden. Lamotte writes that he started getting messages from people who knew the woman in June, after she had written on Facebook that she had been raped in the first week of March. The people contacting him, told him that she had committed suicide, after finding out the police had closed the investigation into her rape. Lamotte decides to investigate, and comes across her last message, posted this summer:

“Victims of rape! Those who do not want to know – don’t read this! He who raped me has gotten a chance here in Sweden. He lives next door to me and a friend of his was there that night. Everything happened in my own house. Late one evening the doorbell rang and I thought something happened to my neighbour, who is seriously ill with cancer, but no… I was trapped in my bedroom, where he raped me while his mate was standing in the hall. Despite reports, interrogation, forensic investigation which found bruising/damage caused by rape, gynaecological investigation proving the same, technicians finding evidence in my home, etc. I still received a phone call from the police on my 30th birthday that he was released because of lack of evidence… His friend has been haunting me since that day, looking me up online under false names, and stalking me in real life. What does the police do? – NOTHING!!“

Lamotte continues: “In the reaction underneath the post, her friends write that she should rest and post hearts and tearful emojis. What exactly happened, is hard to understand, but when I leave Angelica’s profile, it’s impossible to stop thinking about her fate.”

Months pass and Lamotte checks up on the profile regularly, to see if any new information has been posted. After a while, the page changes to ‘memorial status’, as Facebook usually does when somebody has passed away. At that point, Lamotte contacts Angelica’s mother, Lisa Wiktor. She tells Lamotte, that on the day Angelica posted her last message on Facebook, she chose to end her own life by taking all the hundreds of pills she had access to at once. Lamotte:

“The last months had been difficult on Angelica’s parents. Lisa says that she has thought a lot about the rape and why the report has been retracted. She asks me to look into the case and tell her about her daughter. According to her mother, Angelica went through a couple of rough years with a disease of the pituary gland, eating disorders and drug abuse. After she was raped, the fact that the police dropped the investigation was, according to Lisa, the stroke that broke the camel’s back.“

Lamotte says that Angelica was raped in the first week of March, almost breaking her, and that she told her parents about the rape. They help her with reporting the crime to the police, and take her to the hospital to have her wounds documented. In order to be able to judge the case, Lamotte requests to be given the police investigation report, which formed the basis for the police’s decision to drop the case. The report is more than 70 pages long. In it, is the investigation’s interrogation of Angelica. During her interrogation, Angelica claims, according to Lamotte, that:

“her neighbour, Adnan, together with his friend Samir [not their real names], came to her appartement late one evening in spring. Because Angelica had taken sleeping pills, she is unsure about the exact timing, but she remembers Adnan pushing her into the bedroom, using violence to force her on her bed and holding her down and raping her. The experience is extra painful because Angelica has inserted a tampon, that is now pushed so far inside of her, that she can’t get it out normally the next day. While she is being raped, Samir is somewhere in the appartement.“

Angelica tells the police that she is a lesbian and had never been with a man before. She also tells them about flashbacks of Samir having sex with her a day later, after she took sleeping pills with alcohol and diazepam. She tells the police that she would never have let it happen, had she been in her right mind.

After Angelica reported the crime, the police decided to arrest Adnan and Samir. Adnan lived across the hall from Angelica and when the police entered the apartment, they found Samir on a mattress on the floor, while Adnan locked himself in the bedroom. The police break into the bedroom and arrests Adnan, whom they have to cuff and drag from the apartment kicking and screaming.

During interrogation, Samir, who has been in Sweden since 2015, admits that Adnan and he were in Angelica’s apartment one evening. According to him, he was in the kitchen, waiting while Adnan and Angelica were in the bedroom. Samir claims he didn’t know that Adnan raped Angelica, until she told him when Adnan left the apartment. Samir also said that Angelica told him that she couldn’t fight him off, because she had taken sleeping pills and fell into a shock. Samir told the police that he confronted Adnan later, telling him that rape is a serious crime in Sweden. Samir also says that a few days later, he had sex with Angelica himself.

Adnan, a Syrian citizen, denies everything. He says he has never seen Angelica, even though they are neighbours, doesn’t know who she is and has never been in her apartment.

Police investigation shows that Angelica has serious problems at this time. She has mental health issues and mixes drugs with alcohol and sleeping pills. She is very vulnerable, a state that someone who is so inclined, could easily abuse. Lamotte concludes that Angelica’s memories are fuzzy because of these issues, which forces him to infer what happened step by step. His reasoning goes as follows:

Firstly: we know that Angelica and Samir have testified that Adnan was in Angelica’s apartment on the night of the rape. Adnan denies this, but that is probably a lie. Furthermore, Adnan has recently been convicted of attacking a man in Ljungby, which implies that he’s not someone to shy away from violence.

Secondly: we know that Samir texted Angelica, writing that Adnan told him that he threw away the condom he used during the rape in the bin.

Thirdly: we know that the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket) found bruises on Angelica’s body and that her injuries

“are consistent with injuries inflicted by another person, at least partly through gripping (for example on the left lower arm), while other injuries (…) are more indicative of a struggle.“

Fourthly: there is supporting evidence in the form of witness statements of people who have spoken to Angelica after the events. They state that Angelica told them, before the rape, that Adnan pushed himself on her, shortly after he moved to the area. And a neighbour said that he heard strange sounds coming out of Angelica’s bedroom, something he never heard before.

All this put together, makes Lamotte wonder if this is not enough for a court case:

“I continue to read the preliminary investigation and I remember that Angelica, in her last Facebook post, writes that there has been a gynaecological examination that secured proof, as well as technical evidence from her home. Even from the preliminary report, it is possible to read that Angelica has been to a gynaecologist and that a sheet and a pack of condoms have been retrieved from her bedroom. However, there are no results of the examination, or results from DNA tests on the bedding, although according to the police it should contain all the documents in the case.“

For Lamotte, this is a reason to ask extra questions: he decides to call the prosecutor, who was the pre-trial leader in the case. Her name is Yvonne Rudinsson. At first, she says that she doesn’t remember the case, despite being responsible for the police investigation. After a while, however, she appears to remember the case, and it turns out she knows Angelica is no longer alive. The burning question for Lamotte is:

“Why did you choose to shut down the investigation?”

Rudinsson:”I thought it was impossible to prove that a crime has been committed.”

Lamotte:”But it can be concluded that the suspect is lying, there is proof that Angelica is wounded. There is corroborative evidence. Isn’t it worth the trouble to try and take it to court?”

Rudinsson:”It is not enough to prove that someone is lying to convict him of a crime.”

Lamotte:”Angelica wrote on her Facebook page, just before she died, that there is a gynaecological examination that shows she had been raped and that technical evidence was found in her house. I can’t find the results of those examinations, nor that evidence, in the preliminary investigation. Where is that information?”

Rudinsson:”I don’t know.”

Lamotte:”Could it be that you have taken a decision without taking those results into account?”

Rudinsson:”I have taken my decision after consulting all the documents available to me, that’s all I can say.”

That is all the information Lamotte says he could get from her, leaving most of his questions unanswered. He does conclude from the information he has, that Angelica had a tumour on her pituitary gland and therefore had to take heavy medication. Moreover, during the period she was feeling very badly, and used a combination of alcohol and sleeping pills, and must have been in a foggy state of mind. According to her claims, during this time she was abused. If that is true, the abuse took place with a person that wasn’t mentally or physically capable of refusing or resisting.

Lamotte says that according to Swedish law, it counts as rape since the victim was abused during a fragile period. If Angelica’s story is correct, both Samir and Adnan took advantage of her state during that period.

When Lamotte calls Lisa Wiktor back, she says:

“It is terrible. I am Angelica’s mother, and I know her from before she was in such a bad shape. She would never lie about something like that. She had problems, but she wouldn’t lie. Why would she lie about it?“

Lamotte says Angelica’s parents are convinced Angelica was subjected to what she alleges and think the case should receive redress. Lamotte doubts he is able to give it to them with the article he wrote about the case.

Then again, he knows Angelica is not the only one whose rape case fell through. Swedish police, he says, is getting worse and worse at researching sexual crimes and 13 rape cases are closed without prosecution each day.

At the same time, Lamotte continues, a wave of stories have hit us in the last few weeks in the #metoo uproar. Different famous women have come forward, telling about their experiences and suspects. The majority of women raped do not have a platform which makes sure their voices are heard. For the most people who have their cases closed, Lamotte says, are left with their anger, not daring to speak about their experiences, because it is accompanied by so many feelings of guilt and shame.

“Angelica chose to take her own life, after having the courage to step forward and tell her story.

This account is published after consultation with Angelica’s family, in the hope that someone in the Swedish judiciary reads it and decides to look at the case again, to see if there are stones that have been left unturned.

Rest in peace, Angelica.”



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Franken backs ethics investigation after woman accuses him of groping her

WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., apologized to a radio anchor and model after she released a photo that appeared to show him grabbing her chest and looking toward the camera on a flight back from Afghanistan.

Leeann Tweeden wrote in a blog post Thursday that Franken “mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth” during a rehearsal for a skit the pair were performing for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2006. Tweeden told Franken she didn’t want to rehearse the kiss, but he insisted, Tweeden wrote.

“I felt disgusted and violated,” she said.

Later, on their flight home, Franken posed for a photo of himself with his hands over Tweeden’s chest as she slept. Tweeden posted the photo on the website of KABC Radio in Los Angeles, where she now works.

“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” Franken said in a short statement Thursday morning. “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”

Shortly after Franken’s apology, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement he would ask the Senate Ethics Committee to look into the allegations, and several of Franken’s Democratic colleagues, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told reporters they believed there should be an investigation. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., called Franken’s behavior “unacceptable” and also backed an investigation.

Later Thursday afternoon, Franken released a longer statement apologizing for his behavior and saying he was “ashamed” and “disgusted” with himself for taking that picture.

“It isn’t funny. It’s completely inappropriate,” Franken said. “It’s obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture.”

He said the wave of harassment allegations over the past few months have caused him and other men to reexamine their actions that may have demeaned women, and for Franken to realize that some of the jokes he made when he was in the comedy world were not funny. He praised women for coming forward to tell their stories of harassment and said he was their “ally.”

“I have let them down, and I’m committed to making it up to them,” Franken said.

Franken called for an ethics investigation into himself and said he would cooperate.

Franken reiterated that he did not remember the unwanted kiss that Tweeden described, however.

“While I don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women’s experiences,” Franken said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also backed an ethics investigation:

None of Franken’s colleagues on either side of the aisle have suggested that the senator should resign.

In a press conference, Tweeden said she accepted Franken’s apology and was not asking him to step down at the moment. “People make mistakes,” she said. “I’m not calling for him to step down.”

“People make mistakes. I’m not calling for him to step down. That’s not my place to say that,” Tweeden said.

Last month, Franken posted on Facebook about the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, writing of the accusers, “it takes a lot of courage to come forward, and we owe them our thanks.”

Franken is a popular figure on the left, and his aggressive questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in appearances in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about contacts with Russia resulted in Sessions correcting his testimony. Franken has been rumored to have presidential aspirations for 2020.

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What The Body of A Pregnant Woman Eating Organic Looks Like Compared To One Eating Conventional

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*Republished article with some minor updates 

It seems as if it was yesterday when the masses were completely unaware of the concerns being raised by a number of internationally recognized scientists regarding Genetically Modified Foods (GM). Now, dozens of countries in Europe have completely banned or have severe restrictions on GMOs, which includes the pesticides that go along with them. In fact, 19 new countries in Europe recently banned the growing of Genetically Modified foods in their countries, citing a number of health and environmental concerns. You can read more about that here.

The Difference Between Organic Food & Conventional Food

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic farms and processors must not use any genetically modified ingredients. This means that organic farmers can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO feed, an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients, and so on. Farmers and processors must show that they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances from farm to table. In order for something to qualify as organic, it must also be free from most synthetic materials, like pesticides and antibiotics. (source)(source)

Conventional food is (obviously) the exact opposite. Conventional food can be sprayed with pesticides, contain genetically modified ingredients, as well as administer antibiotics.

Eating Organic vs Eating Conventional

In 2012, a widely reported Stanford University study concluded that there is little difference in the healthfulness and safety of conventional and organic food. (source) Since its publication, experts in the environmental and health sciences department criticized the study for completely overlooking a large and growing body of evidence regarding the adverse effects of pesticides. More specifically, a letter accepted for publication in the Annals of Internal Medicine pointed to the lack of information in the study regarding extensive data on the number, frequency, potential combinations, and associated health risks of pesticide residues in sprayed food. This publication calculated a 94% reduction in health risk attributable to eating organic forms of six pesticide intensive fruits. (source)

So is organic food more nutritious?

“In carefully designed studies comparing organic and conventional apples, strawberries, grapes, tomatoes, milk, carrots, grains and several other raw foods, organic farming leads to increases on the order of 10% to 30% in the levels of several nutrients, but not all. Vitamin C, antioxidants, and phenolic acids tend to be higher in organic food about 60% to 80% of the time, while vitamin A and protein is higher in conventional food 50% to 80% of the time.” – Charles Benbrook, research professor and program leader for Measure to Manage (M2M): Far and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health at Washington State University (source)

A team led by Kristen Brant, a scientist at the Human Nutrition Research Center Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, carried out one of the most sophisticated meta-analysis of the “organic-versus-conventional food” nutrient-content debate. Their analysis was published in Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences in 2011, under the title, “Agroecosystem Management and Nutritional Quality of Plant Foods: The Cause of Organic Fruits and Vegetables.” (source)(source)

This study documents significant differences in favour of organically grown food and explains the different, yet basic farming system factors that lead to these differences. They concluded that increasing the amount of plant-available nitrogen, which is typically found in conventional farming, reduces the accumulation of (plant) defence related secondary metabolites and vitamin C, while the contents of secondary metabolites such as carotenes that are not involved in defense against disease and pests may increase.

They also found that secondary plant metabolite based nutrients in fruits and vegetables are 12 percent higher, on average, in organic food compared to conventionally grown food. Another group of nutrients that are composed of plant secondary metabolites that are involved in plant defenses against pests and response to stress were, on average, 16 percent higher.

“This subset encompasses most of the important, plant-based antioxidants that promote good health through multiple mechanisms.”

The team of researchers estimated that the consumption of organic fruits and vegetables is associated with a 12 percent higher nutrient level intake.

This is just one example of research conducted showing higher nutrient levels in organically grown food, and we are not even talking about pesticides yet.

One thing about organic food is that it’s not sprayed. A recent study conducted by researchers from RMIT university, published in the journal Environmental Research, found that an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide exposure in adults by 90 percent. (source)

Cynthia Curl, an assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State university, recently published a pesticide exposure study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Results of her research indicated that among individuals eating similar amounts of vegetables and fruits, the ones who reported eating organic produce had significantly lower OP pesticide exposure than those who normally consume conventionally grown produce. You can read more about that here.

Below is a very interesting clip titled “The Organic Effect” from the Swedish Environmental Research Institute. Watch what happened when this family decided to switch to organic food. Here is the full report.

“The change in how agriculture is produced has brought, frankly, a change in the profile of diseases. We’ve gone from a pretty healthy population to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects and illnesses seldom seen before. The tobacco companies denied the link between smoking and cancer, and took decades to recognize the truth. The biotech and agrochemical corporations are the same as the tobacco industry; they lie and favor business over the health of the population.” – Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, a paediatrician specializing in environmental health (source)(source)(source) (Related CE Article on the GMO/Cancer link in Argentina here)

The list literally goes on and on, the pesticides that are sprayed on our food have been linked to a variety of diseases, and high risk pesticides rarely appear as residues in organic food, and when they do, the levels are usually much lower than those found in conventional foods -especially the levels in imported produce. (source)

“I recently completed an assessment of relative pesticide health risks from residues in six important fruits – strawberries, apples, grapes, blueberries, pears, and peaches. Using the latest data from USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (USDA, 2012) on these foods, I found that the overall pesticide risk level in the conventional brands was 17.5-times higher than the organic brands. The differences translate into a 94 percent reduction in health risk from the selection of organic brands.” – Charles Benbrook, research professor and program leader for Measure to Manage (M2M): Far and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health at Washington State University, from his letter that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (source)

This is very clinically significant, and this is why more and more people are starting to be concerned about pesticide related health risks.

The work of Chensheng (Alex) Lu, from the Harvard School of public health is well known. He has shown that when school-age children switch to a predominately organic diet, exposures to organophosphate (OP) insecticides are almost completely eliminated.  (source)

“Children today are sicker than they were a generation ago. From childhood cancers to autism, birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise. Our assessment of the latest science leaves little room for doubt; pesticides are one key driver of this sobering trend.” October 2012 report by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) (source)(source)

Organic Versus Conventional If You’re Pregnant

“How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?…As part of the process, they portrayed the various concerns as merely the ignorant opinions of misinformed individuals –and derided them as not only unscientific, but anti-science. They then set to work to convince the public and government officials, through the dissemination of false information, that there was an overwhelming expert consensus, based on solid evidence, that GMOs were safe” – Jane Goodall

Now, take all of the information above (which is just a fraction of what’s out there), and think about a woman who is pregnant. GMOs (and the pesticides that go with them) are fairly young. They’ve only been around since the late 1990’s, and the children born when the emergence of GMOs was just starting are now growing up. We have yet to see the long term effects, and it’s scary to consider that no long term studies have been cited by major government organizations confirming the long term consumption of GMO foods. Just like geneticist David Suzuki said, “by slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment.”

The only long term study that’s been conducted was done independently, obviously away from industry sponsorship. It was published in Environmental Sciences Europe last yearand found GMO maize, along with roundup herbicide exposure led to cancer, liver/kidney damage as well as severe hormonal disruption. Roundup ready is sprayed on GM crops that have been engineered to resist it.(source)

The active ingredient in roundup is Glyphosate, which was recently linked to cancer by the World Health Organization (source).

Pesticides sprayed on our food have also been linked to birth defects. (source)  A paper published in the journal Pediatrics found that prenatal exposure to some of the pesticides sprayed on our food could impair the anthropometric development of the fetus, reducing the birth weight, length, and head circumference. (source)

There are a number of studies that have examined pesticide induced diseases when it comes to the fetus. You can view some of them here.

Numerous studies have linked agricultural pesticides to autism. You can find those studies here.

Canadian research has also identified the presence of pesticides associated with genetically modified foods in maternal, fetal, and non pregnant woman’s blood. They also found the presence of Monsanto’s Bt toxin. The study was published in the Journal Reproductive Toxicology in 2011. (source)

The study concluded, apart from pesticides, that Monsanto’s Bt toxins are clearly detectable and appear to cross the placenta to the fetus. The study pointed out that the fetus is considered to be highly susceptible to the adverse affects of xenobiotics (foreign chemical substances found within an organism that is not naturally produced). This is why the study emphasized knowing more about GMOs is crucial, because environmental agents could disrupt the biological events that are required to ensure normal growth and development.

Affording Organic Food

I believe if you can afford to eat conventional food, you can afford a wide variety of organic food. If you don’t believe me, try adding up what you spend in a month on conventional fruits and vegetables. Then switch to organic (only fruits and vegetables) and see what you spend in a month. If you’ll do that, you’ll notice no significant difference.

Cut out most of the junk food in your life, and try it with all of your food, and you still probably won’t. That being said, the way the system is set up to make organic food more expensive is ridiculous.

As far as feeding the world, what we throw away could do that. The money we spend on war in a couple of years could do that, and we are being told that GMOs do that when they actually don’t?

Sustainable agricultural practices could be set up all over the world. GMO farming is not really sustainable and this has been demonstrated time and time again. One example is in India, where  Monsanto’s insect-repellent Bt cotton wreaked havoc on the country’s farmers. Those seeds cost twice as much as conventional ones and required greater inputs of water and expensive herbicides and pesticides. As a result, thousands of Indian farmers committed suicide.

The Union of Concerned Scientists reminds us that GM crops are not guaranteed, as promised by company advertising. They still fail to produce promised yields, and farmers are not permitted to save seeds due to the company’s patent. As a result, entire communities can be pushed to the brink of starvation.

Every person on the planet can feed themselves with just 100 square feet of well managed land. In 2008, the UN Conference of Trade and development supported organics, saying that organic agriculture can be more conducive to food security in Africa than most conventional production systems, and is more likely to be sustainable in the long term. You can read that full report HERE.

Book Recommendation To Learn More

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public.” 

The book reveals countless examples of scientific fraud. It educates people on how genetic engineering of the world’s food supply came to be, and how the movement progressed by violating the protocols of science. It touches upon how many scientists and institutions have systematically twisted the truth in order to hide the risks associated with GMOs. It is supported by an internationally recognized group of scientists, who have written some great reviews about the book.


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Woman Dies After Cleaning Scene Of Son's Suspected Drug Overdose

A Pennsylvania mother caring for her son after his suspected drug overdose is believed to have accidentally overdosed on the same substance while cleaning his home, leading to her death.

Theresa Plummer, 69, was rushed to a Cambria County hospital last week after attempting to clean a bathroom where her son was found unconscious the day before, West-Central Pennsylvania station WJAC reported.

Plummer, who had been visiting her son in the same hospital’s intensive care unit following his Nov. 5 overdose in Portage, died shortly after. Her son, Ronald Plummer, 45, died the next day.

Ronald Plummer, 45, and his mother both died from suspected drug overdoses.Ronald Plummer, 45, and his mother both died from suspected drug overdoses.

It’s still too soon to confirm what substance the mother and son may have come in contact with, as toxicology tests are expected to take weeks to complete, Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees told Pittsburgh-based station WPXI.

Local authorities also told the station that they couldn’t immediately identify the drugs involved in the case. The Portage Borough Police Department, which handled the case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Drugs like fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, can be absorbed by the skin or through inhalation, leading to an accidental overdose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.

As little as 2 milligrams of the drug ― which has been found mixed into cocaine or other drugs, sometimes without its user realizing ― can kill a person, according to Dr. Nora Wolkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Fentanyl, which is an extremely potent opioid that's capable of killing someone in small amounts, can be absorbed by the skin or through inhalation. (Hailshadow via Getty Images)Fentanyl, which is an extremely potent opioid that's capable of killing someone in small amounts, can be absorbed by the skin or through inhalation. (Hailshadow via Getty Images)

In an incident in May, an Ohio police officer suffered a near-fatal drug overdose after he tried to brush what was believed to be powdered fentanyl off his shirt with his bare hand following a traffic stop. That officer required four doses of the antidote Narcan to be revived, police officials said at the time.

Authorities hope the Pennsylvania family’s tragedy will serve as a warning to others.

“My strong advice to any family that may have this happen to them is to call law enforcement to have them or EMS services come back and remove the substance or material that may have been left behind,” Coroner Lees told WPXI.

According to an online obituary for Theresa Portage, she leaves behind three grandchildren and three adult children ― two of whom are engaged to be married.

“She enjoyed rescuing animals and spending time with her family and grandchildren,” it reads.

Both the mother’s and son’s obituaries asked for donations be made to the Cambria County Humane Society in lieu of flowers.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Woman solves mystery of who left flowers at her 12-year-old brother’s grave for nearly 70 years


A mystery man who left flowers at a 12-year-old boy scout’s grave for nearly 70 years has been revealed to be a childhood friend who was with him just before he died.

Ronald Seymour-Westborough, 84, has been visiting the grave of Karl Sharp, who died in 1947 on a Scouting trip, since he was 18 years-old. He had been on the same trip and shared a tent with him on the night he died.

Karl’s sister Ann Kear has been trying to find out who the person who still remembered her brother is for several years after noticing flowers and poems left at his final resting place near Cheltenham.

She told the BBC it was “brilliant” to discover who was responsible it was Mr Seymour-Westborough from Gloucester.

Mr Seymour-Westborough said Karl had been his closest friend in the Scouts. They had shared a tent the night before he died, and he later found him face down in the sea.

He said he had no idea Ms Kear had been looking for him, and did not even know Karl had a sister.

But Ms Kear, 77, has still not found out who has been leaving the poems.


A BBC Stories investigation led to Mr Seymour-Westborough being tracked down to his Gloucester home.

Karl was on a scouting trip to Oxwich Bay near Swansea in August 1947, when he drowned, and was buried at St Mary’s Church in Prestbury near Cheltenham.

Ms Kear was just seven at the time, and two years ago she appealed for whoever had been leaving tributes to get in touch.

The BBC made a programme telling the story behind the discovery called “The Stranger at my Brother’s Grave”.

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Postal Worker Becomes Unlikely Hero For Elderly Woman Days After A Nasty Fall

The woman said that she wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for her postal worker.

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When Lisa Sweeney returned to her job as a postal worker in Staten Island after a week of vacation, she expected her route of 13 years to be more or less the same. Since having the same route for over a dozen years, she had come to recognize the people, names, and addresses of just about everyone in the neighborhood and said that she notices when things are amiss.

“I’m just aware of everything,” she said. “It’s a very quiet, quaint area that I deliver the mail, so anything out of the ordinary, a light bulb goes off in my head.”

On the Monday she returned to work, that light bulb burned bright when she approached the house of Marie Boyer, an 87-year-old woman who lived alone but was diligent about keeping up her property. As Sweeney arrived to deliver Boyer’s mail, she noticed that the last few days of mail was still piled up and the trash bins were still out on the street.

“The garbage gets picked up Friday. Her garbage pails were still out in the driveway [that Monday],” said Sweeney. “That was a signal.”

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Sweeney acted quickly, immediately calling 911 even though she wasn’t sure if she was just overreacting or if this was an emergency. Since she was still working and on the clock, she continued to circle the block and deliver the mail to the neighbors but kept walking back by the house until police arrived. As they broke into the home, Sweeney held her breath and waited hear back from the police about Boyer’s status.

“When someone finally came down and said, ‘She’s alive,’ I started crying,” said the mail carrier, who has been working as a postal worker for 30 years. “I was just happy she was alive.”

Despite not being around for the past week, Sweeney was able to recognize that Boyer was in crisis, even when none of the neighbors had. Though she didn’t know for sure, Boyer’s presence in the house confirmed the inkling Sweeney had; it turns out that Boyer had slipped and fallen badly four days prior to Sweeney noticing her absence and that she had been on the floor calling for help ever since.

“When I fell to the ground, I couldn’t get up again,” Boyer said. “The windows were closed, and I kept on calling out and telling people to call 911. But nobody could hear me. So that went on for like three days. That’s when I was getting dehydrated. I didn’t want to die that way. I don’t think anybody would want to die in that kind of circumstance.”

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Thankfully, Boyer didn’t have to experience that. The elderly woman said that she had a feeling it would be Sweeney that would finally notice that she had been absent because the mail was piled up, something that never happens. By the time police discovered Boyer in the house, she was extremely dehydrated and unconscious; the first thing she remembers is waking up with Sweeney standing over her.

Though Boyer has since moved to a senior center, she and Sweeney are closer than ever. Sweeney still personally delivers her mail and visits twice a week to keep their relationship going, and Sweeney and her son were both invited to Boyer’s 87th birthday party.

“I think she’s very special,” Boyer said. “I don’t think she just thinks about herself. She thinks about others.”

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[WATCH] Video Shows On-Duty Miami Gardens Cop Taking Woman Into Hotel

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – When a police call came that a 23-year-old woman with mental problems had walked away from a group home, Miami Gardens police Sgt. Javier Romaguera was supposed to help her.

After picking her up, Romaguera can be heard in a radio transmission claiming he was taking her to her former residence in Miramar.

Instead, the woman claims he took her to the Stadium Hotel after midnight, booked her a room and tried to have sex with her, touching her neck and breasts before leaving after she refused his advances and began crying.

Romaguera was suspended from the department with pay after Local 10 News reported on the allegations last November. A criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is ongoing.

“She didn’t run. She didn’t call the police, because he was the police,” said attorney Stephan Lopez, who is representing the woman along with attorney Phillip Ortiz.

Her attorneys now say that new hotel surveillance video that they obtained in a now-settled lawsuit they filed against the Stadium Hotel bolsters the woman’s claims.

The video shows Romaguera escorting the woman, whose identity is being protected due to the nature of the case, to the room, at times arm-in-arm, at other times holding her hand. It also reveals that he spent 10 minutes inside the room alone with her before leaving.

“The surveillance videos clearly establish a complete departure from all law enforcement policies and procedures,” Ortiz wrote in a statement to Local 10 News.

But what Romaguera tells the clerk while paying for the room with his personal credit card may be more damaging, including his admonition to the clerk that “no can knows she’s here.”

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Video Shows On-Duty Cop Take Mentally Ill Woman into Hotel to Sexually Assault Her

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When a police sergeant arrived at a local hotel in uniform, and used his personal credit card to pay for a 23-year-old mentally ill woman’s room, he claimed she was a domestic abuse survivor, and he was helping her while police searched for her husband—but he didn’t admit that he was actually looking for a place to take advantage of, and sexually assault the woman.

Newly released surveillance footage obtained by Local 10 News shows Miami Gardens police Sgt. Javier Romaguera leading the woman into the hotel lobby after midnight on the night of July 11, 2016, and then telling the clerk at the front desk that no can know she’s here.” 

“It’s kind of sad,” Romaguera told the hotel employee. “She’s just a baby … she’s Haitian, so she doesn’t speak English. Her parents brought her here so she could have an education … She comes here with her husband. He beats the s*** out of her. We’re trying to find him, but she can’t go back to the house.”

Adding to the story, Romaguera told the clerk, “I would rather pay whatever because I have four daughters.”

While the woman—who has remained unidentified—did immigrate to the United States from Haiti one year before the incident, she was not in an abusive relationship, and was not even married. Instead, she was reportedly picked up by the officer after she was identified as a distressed individual who left the group home where she was living.

“I’m giving a transport to a black female,” Romaguera said over police dispatch. According to his account, he drove the woman back to the group home, and then returned to his shift. However, the owner of the home confirmed that no police officers arrived that night, and the time the woman returned conflicts with the officer’s claims.

Romaguera was placed under investigation after the woman came forward and said that not only did he not take her home, he took her to a hotel and sexually assaulted her.

“I said, ‘No, don’t touch my breasts, don’t touch!’ He tried to kiss me too. I said, ‘No! Don’t touch me!” the woman told Local 10, claiming that the officer tried to have sex with her, but finally left the room after she repeatedly refused his advances and began crying.

An attorney representing the woman, Stephan Lopez, pointed to the fact that Romaguera took advantage of both the woman and the hotel employees by acting as if he was just another helpful officer in uniform.  She didn’t run. She didn’t call the police, because he was the police,” Lopez said.

According to the hotel’s surveillance cameras, Romaguera held the woman’s hand as he escorted her down the hall and into a room, where he stayed for approximately 10 minutes before leaving.

The surveillance videos clearly establish a complete departure from all law enforcement policies and procedures,” Phillip Ortiz, another attorney for the woman, told Local 10 News.

“Sgt. Romaguera’s justification for holding our client against her will at the Stadium Hotel that evening is completely devoid of any factual basis,” Ortiz said. “She was never the victim of a vicious domestic violence incident who had nowhere to seek refuge. This was a deliberate act designed to prey on a young woman.

Several months after the incident took place, Romaguera was given a taxpayer-funded vacation—or suspended with pay—in January. According to a report from Local 10 News, a criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is ongoing.

As The Free Thought Project has reported, the saga of police officers being caught sexually assaulting women—and even children—and going on to either keep their current jobs with no repercussions, or to find new jobs at other departments, is not uncommon.

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