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Tuesday
May222012

Ronald Reagan Foundation Blasts ‘Craven’ Blood Auction

Dirck Halstead/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s executive director, John Heubusch, has declared an overseas auction house’s plan to sell off a vial stained with the late president’s blood “a craven act,” and promised his organization “will use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase.”

Heubusch also said that he’s been promised that George Washington University hospital administrators will launch a probe into “how something like this could possibly happen.”

Sixty-nine days after being sworn in, Reagan was attacked outside a Hilton Hotel in Washington by John Hinckley, Jr., a schizophrenic young man who later said he was trying to impress the actress Jodie Foster. The Secret Service rushed the president to George Washington University Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. Despite significant internal injuries and bleeding, Reagan recovered and was back at work at the White House only weeks later.

Reagan, of course, went on to become one of conservative America’s most beloved figures.

Now his fans can put in a bid for a 5-inch long, plasma-stained glass tube and an accompanying medical form listing Reagan’s patient identification number, age, sex, and the name of the hospital’s chief cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. None of the boxes on the form indicating which tests should be done are ticked off, but instructions are written onto the page requesting the sample’s “lead level” be examined.

The anonymous seller provided online auctioneers with a “letter of provenance,” claiming that his mother, then a technician at Bio Science Laboratories in nearby Columbia, Md., was given permission by a supervisor to take the vial home at the end of the week Reagan was shot. When his parents died, the seller writes, the vial was passed on to him.

“About 3 to 4 months ago,” he continues, “I contacted the Reagan National Library (sic) and spoke to the head of the library, a Federal Agent. I told him what I had, how I came across it and so on. We spoke for about 45 minutes. The reason that I contacted the Reagan National Library was to see if they would like to purchase it from me. He indicated that if I was interested in donating it he would see to it that he would take care of all of the arrangements.”

But he wanted to sell it, and after finding that the “National Archives was not interested in what I had, nor was the Secret Service, the FBI and other agencies,” he decided to put it on the block.

“Pres. Reagan when he was my Commander in Chief when I was in the ARMY from ’87-’91,” the mystery man writes, “and that I was a real fan of Reaganomics and felt that Pres. Reagan himself would rather see me sell it rather than donating it.”

The auction opened on Wednesday, May 9, with a bid of 1,500 British pounds sterling ($2,370.90). By Tuesday morning, “Lot 160 – Ronald Reagan Blood Vial” had a new top offer of $11,977.60.

PFC Auctions is based on the island of Guernsey (an autonomous British protectorate and controversial tax haven, just off the northern coast of France).

For all interested parties, bidding expires Thursday, May 24, at 2 p.m. EDT. All submissions are considered official and cannot be altered. Payment, according to the PFC Auction website, is due within seven days of the date of your invoice.

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Friday
May042012

California Dad Arrested for Murder After Police Find Blood-Stained Apartment

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(SANTA ANA, Calif.) -- A Southern California man accused of killing his girlfriend and their two sons was charged with murder Friday while police continue to search for the victims' bodies.

A cleaning crew found splashes of blood Thursday in the Orange County apartment Shazer Fernando Limas, 31, had recently vacated. Apartment management called police, who responded to the scene and spent the day looking for Limas, his girlfriend, Arlet Hernandez Contreras, 31, and their two young sons, who were 4 months old and 2 years old.

"Based on what we've seen at the apartment, we believe there was an altercation inside," Sgt. Dan Adams of the Orange County Police Department told ABC News.

Police believe the victims were murdered three weeks ago. From what was left at the scene, police can't tell whether the victims were shot, stabbed or beaten.

When investigators caught up with Limas in Santa Ana, Calif., Thursday evening, he led them on a freeway chase heading south. He was apprehended near the San Clemente Border Patrol checkpoint after police threw a spike strip at his tires, Adams said.

Limas was arrested for felony evasion and was transported to the Orange County Jail. Murder charges were handed down Friday based on Limas' statements to investigators, Adams said.

Authorities searched the Brea landfill, where the family's trash would have been taken, early Friday. That search turned up empty, Adams said

Investigators said they had not determined a motive in the murders and plan to expand their search for the bodies to neighboring counties.

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Monday
Jan302012

Ayla Reynolds Case: Blood Found in Home Belongs to Missing Girl

ABC News(WATERVILLE, Maine) -- Blood discovered in the home of the father of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds did come from the girl and was, "more blood than a small cut would produce," the girl's family says investigators told them.

The family of the missing girl posted on the website set up to help find the 20-month-old on Sunday, sharing the details that investigators told them about the scene where the tot disappeared from her crib in December.

"What [police] were unwilling to confirm to the press, but left to our discretion, is that it has already been determined to be Ayla's blood," the statement said. "Even in light of this evidence we are more determined than ever to find out what has happened to Ayla and we still cling to the hope that she is alive and will be returned to us.  We urge anyone that has information about Ayla to come forward now and unburden yourself of the truth."

Ayla Bell Reynolds' father, Justin DiPietro, told police last month that he believed his daughter was snatched from the bedroom of the Waterville, Maine home she shared with him between her 8 p.m. bed time on Dec. 17 and when he checked her bedroom in the morning.

Within days what began as the search for a missing child turned into a criminal probe, after investigators discovered blood in the basement of the home.  The fact that blood was discovered in the home has only recently been revealed, as it, "would have interfered with the investigation," said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

DiPietro, 24, and Trista Reynolds, 23, Ayla's mother, who does not live in the home and was forced by Child Protective Services to place Ayla in DiPietro's full-time care when she checked into rehab, have taken police-administered lie-detector tests.

Reynolds told ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston that the test administrator concluded that she could not complete the test because of a medical condition.

DiPietro has said publicly that he passed the test, though Maine State Police would not comment on his claim.

No one has been charged in the case, which has included law enforcement's aerial and foot searches of an icy river near DiPietro's home and the draining of a local stream.  The searches have yielded no clues.  A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Ayla.

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Sunday
Jan292012

Ayla Reynolds Case: Blood Found in Maine Home of Missing Baby

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WATERVILLE, Maine) -- Blood was found in the Maine home from which a 20-month-old toddler, according to her father, disappeared on Dec. 17, ABC affiliate WCVB reported.

Ayla Bell Reynolds' father, Justin DiPietro, told police in December that he believed his daughter was snatched from the bedroom of the Waterville home between her 8 p.m. bedtime and when he checked her bedroom in the morning.

Within days, however, what began as the search for a missing child turned into a criminal probe after investigators discovered blood in the basement of the home, a fact which is only now being made public.

Releasing that detail earlier "would have interfered with the investigation," said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Forensic investigators are still working to determine the source of the blood and how long it had been in the basement. Both DiPietro, 24, and Trista Reynolds, 23, Ayla's mother, who does not live in the home and was forced by Child Protective Services to place Ayla in DiPietro's full-time care when she checked into rehab, have taken police-administered lie-detector tests.

Reynolds told WCVB that the test administrator concluded that she could not complete the test because of a medical condition.

DiPietro said publicly that he passed the test, though Maine State Police would not comment on his claim.

Reynolds previously alleged that her daughter was bruised the last time she saw her, though DiPietro countered that those claims amounted to "accusation and insinuations."

"I would never do anything to hurt my child," he said.

"Daddy's Princess" was inscribed on the polka-dotted pajamas Ayla was wearing when she disappeared. Also, she wore a soft cast to protect a broken left arm.

No one has been charged in the case, which has included law enforcement's aerial and foot searches of an icy river near DiPietro's home and the draining of a local stream. The searches have yielded no clues. A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Ayla.

"We remain hopeful that we will bring her back to her home," public safety spokesman McCausland said.

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Monday
Jul182011

Rejected Blood Donor to Sue Over Faulty 'Gaydar'

22 year-old Aaron Pace is attempting to file charges against a blood center in Indiana after he was denied a request to give blood because, he says, the staff told him he appeared to be homosexual. (Aaron Pace)(GARY, Ind.) -- Aaron Pace claims he is the victim of faulty "gaydar" and intends to sue for discrimination after he was not allowed to give blood because he appeared to be homosexual.

Pace, who is 22 and insists he is straight, was rejected from giving blood by Bio-Blood Components Inc. in Gary, Ind., earlier this month.

Federal guidelines forbid blood donations by gays. The regulations dates back to 1983 and the outbreak of AIDS and the virus associated with AIDS, HIV.

"I was humiliated," Pace told ABC News. "This was my first time experiencing this."

Pace said he filled out a questionnaire at Bio-Blood Components Inc. and sat through an interview with a staff member. When the interview was over, Pace was told he was not eligible to give blood and was turned away.

"She said 'I'm sorry, but it's the way that you act and appear to be. [It's] your sexuality.' And I said 'because I'm what?' and she said 'because you're gay,'" said Pace. He demanded to speak with the doctor on site who reiterated that he had been denied.

Pace said Monday that he plans to sue for sexual orientation discrimination.

Pace said he has an effeminate voice, and thinks that perhaps that was what caused the blood center to assume he was homosexual.

Bio-Blood Components Inc. did not return ABC News' call requesting comment.

Blood donation sites across the country have been banned since 1983 from allowing gay men to donate blood due to a Food and Drug Administration regulation. The American Red Cross and other groups that supply donated blood have asked for a review of the regulation.

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Friday
Mar112011

Colorado Targeting Pot Smokers on the Road

Doug Menuez/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would measure the THC content of the blood of drivers they suspect of having smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel of a car.

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in pot that makes users stoned.

Lawmakers Thursday debated the merits of the legislation that would charge motorists with driving under the influence if they test positive for five nanograms or more of THC.

If the bill passes, Colorado would become one of the few states with a benchmark that determines if a pot smoker is too impaired to drive.

Those opposed to the measure are advocates of medical marijuana, which is legal in Colorado.  They say the law would lead to the arrests of people who need the drug to treat serious medical conditions.

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Sunday
Nov142010

Girl Found in Missing Family Mystery 

Photo Courtesy - WSYX Columbus(MOUNT VERNON, Ohio) -- The 13-year-old girl in a group of four people that went missing in Ohio last week was found alive Sunday, but she had been held against her will, police said.

A SWAT team found Sarah Maynard bound and gagged in the basement of a home in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Knox County Sheriff David Barber said at a news conference.

The man who lives in the house, 30-year-old Matthew Hoffman was arrested and charged with kidnapping, Barber said.

The girl was taken to Knox Community Hospital for evaluation, the sheriff said.

Maynard had disappeared along with her brother, her mother and a friend of her mother on Thursday from Howard, a small town in central Ohio.

Police reported Saturday that an "unusual amount of blood" was found in the home of Maynard's mother, Tina Herrmann, after the four vanished. Still missing are Herrmann's 10-year-old son Kody Maynard, and a friend, Stephanie Sprang, 41.

Herrmann, 32, was reported missing by her boyfriend, Greg Borders, on Wednesday. Borders told the Columbus Dispatch that the couple lived together but were in process of breaking up. He said he last heard from her Wednesday via text message.

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