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Silicone injection in penis causes death
  16th Sep 2012

A New Jersey woman pleaded not guilty to causing a man's death with an injection of silicone he hoped would enlarge his penis, a procedure experts caution doesn't work. Twenty-two-year-old Justin Street, a father of two, had gone to Kasia Rivera on 5 May seeking a penile enlargement procedure, which prosecutors say Rivera advertised for in fliers posted at local businesses. Rivera, who performed the procedures in her apartment, allegedly with no medical license or training, administered a silicone shot to Street's penis, according to prosecutors. Street died the next day. His death was ruled a homicide following an investigation and a medical examiner's determination that he died of a silicone embolism. Rivera was indicted by a grand jury and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter. Investigators believe Rivera may have conducted similar unauthorised procedures out of her apartment, but prosecutors said a search for witnesses, and a public plea for people to step forward, had not yielded any other clients. Rivera, who remains free on $75,000 bail, declined to comment through her attorney.

Car wash company offers free sex

A business in Malaysia reportedly offered car wash customers free sex after their ninth wash, reports said. The alleged reward programme was born out of a partnership between the car wash and a massage parlour, police said. After becoming suspicious that the massage parlour was indulging in illicit activity, authorities raided the business and found that several of its patrons had customer cards for the car wash. The cards offered a little more than average discount, though. "To get the extra 'offer,' customers must send their cars for washing nine times within a certain period," Officer Emmi Shah Fadhil said. "The tenth car wash will entitle them to free sex." Nine Vietnamese women believed to be prostitutes were arrested. Four men suspected of running the sex ring were also arrested.

A town named Condom

A maker of condoms purported to be from the town of Condom in southwest France has been ordered to pay 10,000 euros ($12,600) for false advertising after the origin of its prophylactics was found to be Malaysia. 'The Original Condom Company' advertised its condoms as coming from the picturesque forested town on the river Baise. However, a court in the city of Bordeaux has ordered the firm, run by two Frenchmen, to remove references to the town from its advertising, as only an unoccupied address could be found there.

Repairmen steal thousands from parking meters

Two parking meter repairmen from Buffalo, New York, have pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from local meters over a period of eight years. James Bagarozzo pleaded guilty last week to damaging more than 75 meters between 2003 and 2011, pocketing over $200,000 in quarters. His co-worker, Larry Charles, had previously pleaded guilty to stealing $15,000 from meters between 2007 and 2011. Bagarozzo and Charles were first charged in December 2011. Authorities said the pair rigged the machines so that quarters collected in the top, where they were easy to get. Buffalo Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer first got wind of the coin scam when he noticed a discrepancy in the amount the city's new computerised pay stations were bringing in compared with the older quarter-fed meters. About 128 computerised stations covering 1,300 parking spots took in nearly $100,000 per month, while 1,200 older meters brought in only $15,000 to $20,000.

Man floats for 26 hours in fish crate

An Alaska fisherman survived for a day floating on frigid ocean waters in a plastic fish crate after his boat sank and said he kept up his spirits by singing. Ryan Harris, 19, told the local media in Sitka, that he sang songs like Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to keep himself awake through the night as the fishing crate bobbed on the waves. Harris gave himself a "pep talk," saying for hours on end, "I'm Ryan Hunter Harris and I'm not going to die here." Harris was found by another fishing crew.

Medical examiner keeps body parts in locker

A former medical examiner has been arrested on charges of keeping human remains in a rented storage unit in the Florida Panhandle. Dr Michael Berkland, 57, was arrested on charges of improper storage of hazardous waste, keeping a public nuisance and driving with a suspended license. He was released from jail on $10,000 bail. Crudely preserved brains, hearts, lungs and other organs and specimens were discovered in more than 100 containers last month in a Pensacola storage unit Berkland had rented for about three years. The unit was auctioned off after Berkland defaulted on his payments. Berkland had declared the contents to be household goods, furniture, boxes, sporting goods and landscaping equipment. A man who bought the unit's contents discovered the human organs after becoming overpowered by a strange smell. Ten cardboard boxes stacked in a corner of the unit contained "numerous individual containers with ... human remains stored in a liquid substance," according to the affidavit.

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