A New Jersey mom is accused of convincing friends and even her own son that he had cancer in an effort to collect cash from duped well wishers.
Susan Stillwaggon, 35, was charged by Pennsauken police with theft by deception and endangering the welfare of a child on Thursday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
She allegedly told her 9-year-old son as well as “officials at his school, her husband, and others that the youngster had stage-3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” authorities told the Inquirer. Police say they verified through medical records that the child does not actually have cancer.
Stillwaggon took in $3,500 through fundraisers for her child, according to police.
CBS Philadelphia spoke with a woman who identified herself as Stillwaggon’s mom. She told a reporter that her daughter is in a psychiatric ward.
“I will just tell you that my daughter is sick, something snapped in her head, don’t know what, that’s why she is where she is so we can find out what’s wrong,” the woman said.
The Stir’s Kiri Blakeley expressed her disgust thusly:
It’s bad enough to use cancer to try and get sympathy and collect money with such a depraved scheme — but to convince your own child he has cancer?! What?!
An elderly couple have been charged with harassment for playing Iron Maiden songs at top volume toward their neighbors’ home, Swedish police said.
The couple was taking revenge on their new neighbors in the Stockholm area, who they said were too loud, Aftonbladet Daily reported Sunday.
The 71-year-old woman, whose name was not reported, said the new neighbors were so loud, she had to take sleeping pills in order to sleep.
“We wanted to give a taste of their own medicine,” her 81-year-old husband said.
The couple set up a music system on their balcony facing their neighbor’s home, police said.
The elderly couple allegedly played the music until as late as 4 a.m. throughout the winter, The Local.se reported.
“The harassment has just carried on, I am completely broken down. How can I keep living here,” the neighbors told police.
This guy’s bad trip could have cost him his tip.
Police say University of Florida student Michael Silecchia, 19, claimed to be on LSD Saturday when he stripped naked, asking cops not to cut his penis off. He then apparently changed his mind and requested they cut it off, the Gainesville Sun reported.
Authorities were dispatched to a Gainesville apartment complex at around 1:25 a.m. after receiving reports of a suspicious person. They say Silecchia was there ambling around, and when they approached him he started taking his clothes off.
Cops also say he told them he was God, according a police report obtained by the Independent Florida Alligator.
The alleged God-impersonator then said, “Don’t cut my penis off” before demanding, “Cut my penis off,” officers noted. He also allegedly stated he had taken LSD, but police were not able to determine whether or not this was true.
Silecchia allegedly refused to get dressed and punched an officer in the head after he tried to walk away and they tried to restrain him. According to the report, they used a stun gun on him six times, but it had no effect on him.
He was taken to a hospital where he was treated for three days, according to Dreamin’ Demon. He also allegedly spit on one of the employees when he got there.
After his release, he was booked into jail on charges of battery on a medical care provider, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer.
An elderly woman who lived at a mobile home park in Redford Twp., Michigan hadn’t paid her rent for months, leaving her landlord with little choice but to evict her. When it came time to kick out 72-year-old Annie Marquis, however, the manager of Long’s Mobile Home Court and court officers made a gruesome discovery.
After a 64-year-old man opened the door to the woman’s residence, the landlord peeked in and noticed her corpse on a sofa bed, Fox 2 reports.
Neighbor Connie Laesch told the news station that the man, Dennis McCauley, had been living with Marquis and didn’t “act right.”
“The officer noted a pungent smell of decay and observed a corpse in the room immediately to the right of the front door,” Redford Township police Sgt. Kevin Crittenden told The Associated Press on Friday. “He called us. The corpse had obviously been deceased for some time and was partially dried out.”
Authorities think Marquis passed away in November and are currently attributing her death to natural causes, the newspaper reports. Marquis and McCauley reportedly lived together for three years.
Police later arrested McCauley and charged him for failing to report Marquis’ death and for fraud related to living off her finances after her passing, according to the Detroit News. They’ve also charged him with mutilation, noting that the corpse’s arm had been separated from her right shoulder.
Police in California said they arrested a sex offender parolee who removed his ankle GPS tracker and was found taking a shower in a stranger’s home.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Gary Bakken, 52, who was on parole for failing to register as a sex offender, removed his GPS ankle monitor and his whereabouts were unknown until a man discovered him inside his Highland home, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
Investigators said Bakken walked into the unlocked home around 6:45 a.m. Saturday, arranged his belongings in a bedroom and took a shower before being discovered by the male resident.
The sheriff’s department said Bakken told deputies he thought the home belonged to a relative.
Bakken was arrested on suspicion of being a sex offender out of compliance with his parole and illegally entering a dwelling.
A British supermarket chain announced it is pulling Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts from shelves because they do not warn of their peanut contents.
The Booths chain, which has multiple locations in England, including Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Cheshire and Salford, said it will remove any packages of the nuts that do not declare the presence of peanuts on their labels, the Belfast Telegraph reported Friday.
“Booths is withdrawing some batches of its Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts, because the presence of peanuts is not declared on the label. This makes the product unsuitable for anyone with an allergy to peanuts,” a Booths spokesman said. “Booths takes the accurate labeling very seriously, particularly surrounding issues on allergen advice. Our technical manager Waheed Hassan alerted the Food Standards Agency about this labeling error immediately as well as posting notices in all Booths stores.”
An FSA spokeswoman said the agency supports the move.
“People who are allergic to peanuts may not be allergic to other types of nuts. Without the correct information on the packaging, people with an allergy to peanuts who might not know or make the connection between peanuts and monkey nuts, for example children, might eat the product and experience an adverse reaction,” she said.
A 29-year-old woman claiming to be God was arrested after torching her car at a Florida gas station.
The incident happened Wednesday night in Daytona Beach: Alexandra Barnes pumped gas into her vehicle and allegedly sprayed more gas all over the car. She then entered the store, grabbed a cigarette lighter and repeatedly muttered, “I’ve got to get out here,” the Daytona News-Journal reported.
Gas station worker Craig Walker fought with Barnes to get the lighter, and noticed gas on her hands, but she grabbed another lighter and fled the store to torch her Scion.
“It was just lit up into flames, like 15 different barbecues going on, huge into the sky,” witness Fred Kelley told WPDO.com.
Another employee shut off the emergency valve to prevent the whole station from blowing up, while a bystander ran to the car to save Barnes’ dogs that were inside.
Barnes then sat down in the middle of the road wanting a car to hit her, according to Daytona Beach police officer Jimmy Flynt, “She said something about she was ‘God,’” Flynt told WFTV-TV.
Barnes was taken to a hospital for mental evaluation.
The gas station only suffered a melted pump hose from the incident.
A Las Vegas man is behind bars after police say he became so enraged at being turned away from speaking with a pastor that he plowed his car through an entrance and down the hall of a large Henderson church.
Kevin Wilson was being held Thursday on $8,000 bail at the Henderson city jail pending a court appearance Monday on felony burglary and destruction of property charges.
Henderson police say the 51-year-old Wilson got out of his Kia Spectra, smashed furniture and knocked holes in the walls at Central Christian Church before police arrested him about 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Police spokesman Keith Paul says a city building inspector later determined the church building remained structurally sound.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Wilson had an attorney.
A French elementary school principal has backed off earlier statements saying children would not be able to abstain from eating meat “for religious reasons.”
The principal of Jules-Ferry de Bondy primary school in the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis sent a letter to parents recently saying students would be compelled to eat the meat served for school lunches regardless of their religious beliefs, The Local.fr reported Thursday.
“I remind you that, conforming to local regulations, and school rules, every child will be served meat. The children must eat their meat,” the letter read. “If, for religious reasons, you don’t want your child to eat meat, I invite you to meet with me, because we will not accept that situation.”
“I remind you that your child is being educated in a school in the Republic, and that secularism — one of the foundations of the Republic — must be respected in its entirety,” the principal wrote.
The letter quickly spread online after parents posted it on Twitter and the school has since said students will not be forced to eat the meat.
A French family said they have sustained injuries from flying objects at their home, which they believe to be haunted by ghosts.
The residents of the home in Mentque-Nortbecourt said a family member was hospitalized earlier this month after being struck by a chair in the face and a soap tray in the back, The Local.fr reported Thursday.
The mother told France 3 television a friend had to be hospitalized this week after being struck by stones thrown by the haunting spirits.
The family were given temporary lodging in a campsite by local officials said the father said the Nord-Pas-de-Calais regional council is working to find them a new home.
The family said an exorcist from the local diocese has been visiting the house in an attempt to banish the spirits.