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Tuesday
Oct302012

“Amazing Race” Contestant Vanessa Macias Arrested for DWI

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Vanessa Macias, who was a finalist on last season's Amazing Race, was arrested Friday morning in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, reports TMZ.com. 

According to a police report, Macias was observed driving erratically on a local highway and she failed to use her turn signal, so the cops pulled her over around 2 a.m. Officers said they detected a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. 

She was arrested and booked for misdemeanor DWI, and was released several hours later after she posted $1,000 bond.

According to TMZ, Macias attended a Jason Aldean concert on Thursday night, where she reportedly consumed some alcoholic beverages.  Afterwards, she allegedly headed to a local strip club to watch some ladies perform.

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Friday
Feb242012

'Amazing Race' Producer's Death: Heroin Found in Hotel Room

Courtesy Josh Gates(LONDON) -- A white powdered substance containing heroin was found in the Uganda hotel room where former The Amazing Race producer Jeff Rice was found dead last week, officials said.

Police in Uganda are now waiting for Katheryne Fuller, who was in Kampala to help Rice film a documentary, to recover after she was found unconscious on a hotel balcony next to Rice last Friday. Both were rushed to a hospital where Rice was declared dead from what authorities believe to be a cocaine overdose.

Officials will question Fuller regarding the substance found in a plastic bag in their room and the South African woman could be charged with breaking drug laws after she tested positive for cocaine in her system.

A source told ABC News that Fuller was conscious, but was slurring her words and didn't know immediately where she was.

"The bag of white powder that was found on scene is a mixture of a component of heroin and some Tylenol and some caffeine," Dr. Stephen Cina, a forensic pathology consultant, said. "So that certainly suggests that at least in that bag there's a mixture of several substances present."

Fuller is still in a Ugandan hospital in critical condition. Police were awaiting permission from Interpol to release her to go back to South Africa, and also to release Rice's body to his family in South Africa.

"Ms. Fuller is slowly recovering, and when she is recovered enough we will be able to talk to her and find out more about what happened," Uganda Police Force spokesman Asuman Mugenyi said. "She is not able to speak. Although she is responding to the treatment, she is not yet available to explain what transpired."

Rice was a veteran producer who worked on the latest season of the hit reality-TV series The Amazing Race and the Emmy-nominated Animal Planet series Whale Wars.

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Thursday
Feb232012

'Amazing Race' Assistant May Not Be Allowed to Go Home

Courtesy Josh Gates(LONDON) -- The assistant to Amazing Race producer Jeff Rice, who Uganda police say died of a cocaine overdose, may not be allowed to leave the country because she also tested positive for cocaine, police told ABC News on Thursday.

Katheryne Fuller, who was in Kampala, Uganda, to help Rice film a documentary, was found unconscious on a hotel balcony next to Rice last Friday. Both were rushed to a hospital where Rice was declared dead.

"Ms. Fuller is slowly recovering, and when she is recovered enough we will be able to talk to her and find out more about what happened," Uganda Police Force spokesman Asuman Mugenyi said. "She is not able to speak. Although she is responding to the treatment, she is not yet available to explain what transpired."

Fuller's father is with her and hoping to take her home to South Africa for medical treatment, but Mugenyi indicated Fuller may not be allowed to go home soon.

Because she tested positive for cocaine, she likely broke Uganda's drug laws, Mugenyi told ABC News. He said the police were waiting for permission from Interpol to release Fuller to go back to South Africa, and also to release Rice's body to his family in South Africa.

According to Ugandan police, the two are believed to have voluntarily ingested the substance.

Ugandan police said they have now ruled out food or drink poisoning.

Rice was a veteran producer who worked on the latest season of the hit reality series The Amazing Race and the Emmy-nominated Animal Planet series "Whale Wars." In addition to raising two young kids, Rice and his wife, Sally Blackman, operated a television and film production company called SB Productions in Durban, South Africa.

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Wednesday
Feb222012

‘Amazing Race’ Producer Dead of Suspected Cocaine Overdose

Courtesy Josh Gates(KAMPALA, Uganda) -- American television producer Jeff Rice was found dead in a hotel in Uganda and police told ABC News he died of an apparent cocaine overdose.

Rice’s body was discovered in a luxury hotel in the capital city of Kampala on Friday.  His assistant Katheryne Fuller was found unconscious and is now recovering at a hospital.

Police say hotel staff noticed a man hanging on a balcony.  When they went to the room, they found Rice’s body on the balcony and Fuller lying in the room. Staff called police and rushed the victims to a hospital where Rice was declared dead, police said.

“Ms. Fuller is slowly recovering, and when she is recovered enough we will be able to talk to her and find out more about what happened,” said Uganda Police Force spokesman Asuman Mugenyi.

Police initially believed Rice and Fuller may have been sickened by some type of food poisoning.  Mugenyi denied reports that Rice was poisoned after he rebuffed a shakedown attempt from local thugs.

Rice was a veteran producer who worked on the latest season of the hit reality series The Amazing Race and the Emmy-nominated Animal Planet series Whale Wars. In addition to raising two young kids, he and his wife Sally Blackman operated a television and film production company called SB Productions in Durban, South Africa.  Fuller was an employee of their company.

Rice and Fuller were not working on Amazing Race in Uganda.  Fuller’s father Stuart Fuller said they were shooting a documentary and other crew members who were with them should know more about what sickened them.

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