Jodi Arias claims she has Hepatitis C, Sheriff Joe Arpaio responds

Jodi Arias is claiming she has Hepatitis C, blaming it on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, according to TMZ.

Arias believes that a Tuberculosis shot she received was infected with Hepatitis C.

Additionally, TMZ reports that Arias is saying her breast implant leaked and caused a fungal growth, but that she was denied medical help.

Arias reportedly believes that Sheriff Arpaio gave commentator and journalist Nancy Grace sexual letters between her and Travis Alexander’s cousin.

She believes that they have created a conspiracy against her.

Arias has reportedly filed for restraining orders against Sheriff Arpaio and Grace.

Sheriff Arpaio gave ABC15 his first response to claims saying he has no knowledge of any Hepatitis infection and that she is probably using the story to get more attention.

Sheriff Arpaio also rejects claims that Arias’ claims that she will not get fed in the jail until she recites patriotic songs.

Source: Ashley Loose ABC15

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Jodi Arias: I Got Hep C in Jail Now I’m Going After the Sheriff and Nancy Grace

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Jodi Arias got more than a murder conviction in Arizona … she got Hepatitis C … and she blames it on Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who she also claims is in a conspiracy with none other than Nancy Grace.

Jodi — who was convicted last year of murdering her ex-BF Travis Alexander, is awaiting the death penalty phase of the case.

Jodi claims in new legal docs — obtained by TMZ — while she was in the custody of Sheriff Joe … she was given a Tuberculosis shot with an infected needle, which gave her Hep C.

She also claims her left silicone breast implant leaked and caused a fungal growth.  Jodi alleges she was denied medical care.

Jodi also claims Joe has put cameras in her cell and forces her to say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning or else she won’t get fed.

Now Nancy Grace … Jodi alleges Joe intercepted sexual letters between her and Travis’ cousin and leaked them to Nancy, who then blabbed about them on TV.  Nancy claimed the 2 were getting hitched.

Jodi — who filed the papers without the benefit of a lawyer — wants a restraining order against Nancy and Joe … prohibiting them from allegedly violating her privacy and hurting her ability to get a fair shake in the death penalty phase.

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Source: TMZ / Photo: Getty Fox

Reports of gunman at Los Angeles Times building: police

(Reuters) – Police swarmed the Los Angeles Times building late on Friday after receiving a report of a gunman inside and have arrested one person, police said.

Reports that an unidentified person had threatened to open fire on the third floor of the building came in after 7 p.m. local time, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva. There were no reports of injuries or shots fired.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper, which has its headquarters in the building, said on social media website Twitter that a witness told one of its reporters a man “who allegedly made threats at Times building worked for a firm that rents space from the newspaper.”

The newspaper also cited witnesses in reporting that the man said he had been depressed and did not mind killing and that he reportedly handed one person a bag of bullets.

Areas of the downtown office building were locked down by police who secured the perimeter and continued to search inside, Villanueva said.

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Source: Reuters

Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

An investigator takes specimen DNA of family members of missing passengers on the sunken Korean ferry at Jindo-port, South Korea, 19 April.

JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea – Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs on Saturday to help identify the dead as the rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board.

The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Thirty-two people are known to have died.

The 69-year-old captain, Lee Joon-seok, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday on charges of negligence along with two other crew members, including the third mate who was steering at the time of the capsize.

Prosecutors later said the mate was steering the Sewol through the waters where it listed and capsized – for the first time in her career.

Asked why the children had been ordered to stay put in their cabins instead of abandoning ship, Lee, apparently overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster, told reporters he feared they would have been swept out to sea in the strong, cold current.

Early reports said that the ferry turned sharply and listed, perhaps due to a shift in the cargo it was carrying and crew members said the captain, who was not initially on the bridge, had tried to right the ship but failed.

Some 500 relatives of the 270 people listed as missing watched a murky underwater video shot after divers reported they had seen three bodies through the windows.

The official number of those missing was revised up from an earlier estimate of 269.

Packed in a gymnasium in the port city of Jindo day and night since Wednesday, tempers frayed and fist fights broke out after the video was shown. The video, viewed by relatives and journalists, did not appear to show any corpses.

“Please lift the ship, so we can get the bodies out,” a woman who identified herself as the mother of a child called Kang Hyuck said, using a microphone.

Relatives have criticized what they say is the slow response of the government and contradictory information given out by authorities in the early stages of the rescue mission.

CHANCES OF FINDING SURVIVORS “ALMOST ZERO”

President Park Geun-hye was jeered by some when she visited on Thursday. “Park Geun-hye should come here again,” Kang Hyuck’s mother said.

Three cranes were moved close to the sunken ship on Saturday but were not deployed. Strong tides and rough weather again impeded efforts to get inside.

Coastguard spokesman Kim Jae-in said the cranes would be deployed when the divers say it is safe.

“Lifting the ship does not mean they will remove it completely from the sea. They can lift it two to three meters off the seabed,” he said.

Coastguard officials said that divers would make another attempt to enter the ship in the evening.

“The chances of finding anyone alive now are almost zero,” said Bruce Reid, Chief Executive Officer of the International Maritime Rescue Foundation.

“There will still be a search operation on the water, a surface search, but it would be more of a recovery exercise now. They’ll be looking for bodies.”

The capsize occurred in calm weather on a well-travelled 400 km (300 mile) sea route from Incheon to Jeju some 25 km (15 miles) from land.

Lee, the ship’s captain, was described by officials from Chonghaejin Marine Co Ltd, the owner of the vessel, as a “veteran”.

“I had ordered (passengers) to leave the ferry, but (later) I said to them to stay because there was no rescue ship,” he told South Korean television as he was led away by police.

Police also raided Chonghaejin offices in Incheon and Yang Joong-jin, a prosecutor in the city of Mokpo, said ten people were being questioned over the loading and stowing of the Sewol’s cargo.

Yonhap news agency said 180 vehicles were onboard the ferry along with 1,157 tons of freight. At least some of the freight was in containers stacked on the foredeck.

Relatives and friends of the schoolchildren have also gathered at the Danwon High School in the commuter town of Ansan.

The vice-principal of the school, Kang Min-gyu, 52, was one of those rescued as the children followed orders and stayed aboard. He hanged himself outside the gym in Jindo, police said.

His body was discovered on Friday and police released part of a two-page suicide note.

“Burn my body and scatter my ashes at the site of the sunken ferry,” he wrote. “Perhaps I can become a teacher for the missing students in my next life.”

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Source: Ju-min Park and Jungmin Jang of Reuters

Months after fake obituary, escaped inmate stuck in trash chute, feds say

A fleeing escaped prisoner was found stuck in a Denver apartment building’s trash chute in February, authorities said — several months after an obituary submitted to the Orlando Sentinel was published, declaring him dead and cremated.

Donnie Lee Griffin II, now 31, of Tampa, pleaded guilty in 2010 to aggravated identity theft, as well as bank, mail and device fraud. Court documents indicate Griffin’s scheme involved filing falsified credit application paperwork.

Griffin was sentenced to just less than eight years in federal prison in February 2012, court records show. But he later escaped from an Anthony, Texas, federal prison facility in September 2013, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The next month, according to an obituary published in the Sentinel, Griffin was dead: The paid notice indicated Griffin’s body “was cremated in a private ceremony” Oct. 3.

However, the Marshals Service was not convinced, and soon tracked Griffin’s aliases to Colorado, the federal agency said.

When authorities tried to arrest Griffin, he led them on a chase: He apparently climbed down a floor from his 20th-story Denver apartment using bedsheets, and was later found trapped in a garbage chute, the Marshals Service said.

In a statement, Tribune Company, the Sentinel’s parent, said its policy is “to verify all obituaries.”

“The obituary was placed through our self-service system and we were provided a fake funeral home name and number,” the statement said. “We worked with the authorities back in November and made them aware of the situation. We have since improved our processes to try to ensure this does not happen again.”

Robert Almonte, the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas, said in a statement after the arrest that Griffin “went to great lengths” to elude law enforcement after his escape.

“Griffin was smart, but we were smarter,” he said.

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Source: Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel

Official: Search intensifies, should be completed in a week

(CNN) — The underwater drone scanning for traces of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should complete its task within the next week, as the search for the plane intensifies, a government official said Saturday.

“Today and tomorrow, it’s imperative that we focus because the experts have narrowed down the search area,” said Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysian acting transport minister. “Whatever the outcome for the next few days, we need to regroup and reconsider.”

When asked whether he’s confident searchers are close to finding debris from the Malaysian jetliner, Hussein said the next few days are critical.

“It’s difficult to say. But at the moment, it’s important to focus on today and tomorrow,” he said. “The narrowing of the search today and tomorrow is at a critical juncture. I appeal to everyone around the world to pray and pray hard.”

The developments come a day after a a senior Malaysian aviation source said the Malaysian jetliner drastically changed course then soared to near its peak altitude, adding yet another wrinkle to the enigma of the plane’s last flight.

Before disappearing from radar screens on March 8, the commercial airliner deviated from its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing by turning leftward over water while it was still inside Vietnamese airspace, the Malaysian aviation source told CNN’s Nic Robertson.

The aircraft then climbed to 39,000 feet, just short of the Boeing 777-200ER’s 41,000-foot safe operating limit, and maintained that altitude for about 20 minutes over the Malaysian Peninsula before beginning to descend, the source said.

Why? That and so much else — including where the plane is now — remains a mystery. Investigators have been trying for weeks to piece together bits of information trying to get the answers being demanded by relatives of the 239 people aboard the plane, not to mention millions more around the world who have been captivated by this ordeal.

In addition to this newly revealed development, investigators have determined that the missing jet was equipped with four emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs, which are designed to transmit a plane’s location to an emergency satellite when triggered by a crash or by contact with water, the source added.

The ELTs were at the plane’s front door, its rear door, in the fuselage and in the cockpit, said the source, who was puzzled over why they appear either not to have activated or, if they did activate, why they were not picked up by the satellite.

Relatives of the 239 passengers and crew have raised questions about the ELTs with Malaysian authorities, suggesting there were at least three aboard the plane, including two portable units and one fixed device.

No comment from Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has declined to answer CNN’s questions about the ELTs and other matters pertaining to the flight, which vanished six weeks ago after taking off shortly after midnight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The airline said it could not comment on “any questions that relate to information held by other authorities and/or fall under the jurisdiction of the ongoing investigation. …”

Besides this probe, the plight has spurred an expansive, expensive search to find the aircraft.

That includes the dispatching of up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships Saturday across three areas off Perth, Australia. They will cover about 20,000 square miles (50,000 square kilometers) and brave isolated showers, according to Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre.

There may not be much more of this, however. Officials have saidsearches from air and ships are probably nearing an end.

That doesn’t surprise former U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Managing Director Peter Goelz, given the results so far. “There’s a lot of resources being expended there; it’s turned up nothing,” he said.

But Goelz predicts the underwater phase of the search will continue for the six to eight weeks needed to cover the current search zone. If that turns up nothing, he predicted, towed array sonar probably would be used to search a wider zone.

“This is a very complex operation,” ocean search specialist Rob McCallum said. “It’s going to be a game of patience now.”

As of early Saturday, the underwater drone scouring the bottom of the Indian Ocean had taken six trips looking for the missing jetliner with a seventh mission then underway.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre said the Bluefin-21 search has covered about 50 square miles. While the information gleamed from the sixth trip was still being analyzed, the first five didn’t yield any breakthroughs.

Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein tweeted Friday that authorities are looking at deploying more unmanned underwater probes.

Officials might consider searching along a large portion of sea highlighted by a partial digital “handshake” between the jetliner and an Inmarsat PLC satellite, said Martin Dolan, Australia’s top transport official.

That arc of sea is more than 370 miles long and 30 miles wide.

A prolonged undersea search by private contractors could cost a “ballpark rough estimate” of $234 million, said Dolan.

Passengers’ kin list questions

The continuing search efforts came as relatives of the people who were aboard the jetliner pressed for answers.

They have drawn up 26 questions that they want addressed by Malaysian officials, who are to meet with them next week in Beijing. Most of the Flight 370 passengers and crew were Chinese.

Among their questions: What’s in the flight’s log book? Can they review the jet’s maintenance records? Can they listen to recordings of the Boeing 777 pilot’s conversations with air traffic controllers just before contact was lost?

Hishammuddin has defended his government’s handling of the operation and accused members of the news media of focusing on the Chinese families. He said relatives of passengers and crew from other nations represented have not had problems.

“The most difficult part of any investigation of this nature is having to deal with the families,” he said.

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Source: Ed Payne and Tom Watkins, CNN

California educator pleads not guilty to sex crimes in YouTube confrontation case

A California educator has pleaded not guilty to sexual molestation charges that prosecutors say were filed after a former student confronted her in a phone call and posted the conversation on YouTube.

Andrea Cardosa, a 40-year-old former assistant principal, entered the plea Friday in Riverside County Superior Court.

Judge Helios Hernandez also rejected motions to toss the case and to reduce Cardosa’s $5 million bail.

Cardosa was arrested and charged with five felony counts of aggravated assault on a child and 11 other sex-related counts after the allegations surfaced on YouTube in January.

Another alleged victim came forward after the case became public.

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Source: AP