Entries in Valentine's Day (6)


Couple Arrested Over Valentine's Day Role Play

Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- One couples’ bondage role play on Valentine’s Day ended in handcuffs.

Portland, Ore. police received a call Tuesday afternoon that a naked woman was tied up in the back of a Subaru last seen leaving a supermarket parking lot. Police deployed “at least nine cars” to look for the SUV and even alerted authorities in Washington in case the car crossed the state line.

Twenty minutes later, the Subaru was seen pulling into the driveway of the registered owner’s address. Nikolas Harbar, 31, who was the driver, told police that he and his girlfriend were “doing some Valentine’s Day role playing.”

Once police confirmed with Stephanie Pelzner, 26, that she was voluntarily nude and tied up, they slapped a pair of cuffs on the couple and booked them on one charge of disorderly conduct in the second degree.

“Role-play all you want,” Sgt. Pete Simpson told ABC affiliate KATU. “But when you do something that is going to generate a 911 call, you should probably do it at home.”

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Obama Offers Valentine’s Day Advice to Men

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Tuesday offered some unsolicited advice to “all the gentlemen out there” before launching into official remarks on the payroll tax-cut extension.

“Today is Valentine’s Day. Do not forget,” he said with a grin, drawing laughter from a friendly crowd at an event in a White House auditorium.

“I speak from experience here. It is important that you remember this,” Obama added. “And go big. That is my advice.”

It’s not the first time Obama has directed romantic advice to the men in his audience.

He has on several occasions encouraged men to “marry up,” citing his own marriage to Michelle Obama as an example of how “to try to improve your gene pool.”

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Teenage Sweethearts to Reunite 70 Years Later

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Despite the passing of decades, the emergence of other loves and thousands of miles between them, Betty Hove, 85, and John Grosch, 87, never forgot each other.

The teenage sweethearts, who lost track of each other after Grosch enlisted in the Navy during World War II, will meet again Sunday, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

“I never got over this guy. He was always tucked away in the corner of my heart,” Hove told ABC affiliate KXLY-TV in Sacramento, Calif.

The two met when Grosch was working at a California grocery store.

But World War II cut their romance short. All Hove had was a name, no address. She didn’t even know if Grosch survived the war.

She was married twice and widowed a few years ago. And through the years, she never forgot her first love.

A friend searched online for Hove’s sweetheart and found him living in Georgia.

Hove sent him a Christmas card. He called her on New Year’s Day and the two arranged to meet in Georgia.

“How am I going to get close enough to hug and kiss her?” Grosch said. “It’s impossible to believe it, but I know I am!”

Even though many years have passed, the two love birds are looking forward to revving up their romance once again.

“He was just so sweet,” Hove said. “They don’t make them like him anymore.”

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Fourteen Year Old Boy Lit on Fire at a Party

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DENVER) -- Eight young men have been arrested for allegedly burning a 14-year-old boy at a house party on Valentine's Day in Denver, Colo.

"Why any[one] would do anything like that in good conscious is a mystery," said a spokesman for the Denver Police Department.

The police received a phone call around 3:30 a.m. local time on Feb. 14, reporting that a juvenile male was in need of medical attention.

The boy was found and transported to Children's Hospital, where he was treated for burns to his hands, chest, neck and face.  According to the arrest warrant, the boy sustained "breaks, fractures" and "burns of the second or third degree."  The boy's name and current medical condition were not disclosed by police.

Erick Perez, 20, Damian Sibayan, 18, Cody Cummings, 19, and David Ingram, 19, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder and felony child abuse, among other charges.  Michael Bellegeuille, 21, Joshua Baffo, 19, Robert Freeman, 19, and Robert Reineau were arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, among other charges including contributing to the delinquency of a minor and tampering with a witness/victim.

Erick Perez allegedly told investigators that he and his friends hosted the party at his home.  There were approximately 20 people present, many of whom were underage and consuming alcohol, marijuana and a drug called "Triple Cs."  Perez admitted that the victim was so intoxicated and high on "Triple Cs" that he passed out.  When he woke up, the victim said, "someone light me on fire," according to Perez.

Perez claimed that he went to the backyard with other men and the victim, who poured lighter fluid on himself.  Another partygoer named "Damien" allegedly lit the boy on fire as Perez watched from feet away.

"I didn't stop it because I was intoxicated," Perez allegedly told investigators.

Bellefeuille said he didn't call 911 because he had marijuana on him.

"No one called 911 because everyone was scared, since paramedics and police ask questions. No one wanted to call 911 because the police break up parties," he said.

Cummings said that after the boy was burned, he was in pain so "I gave him some weed."

The suspects have all been taken into custody and their cases will be presented to prosecutors for consideration of formal charges.

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Gay Love, Equality Examined in Nationwide Valentine's Day Campaign

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Advocates for same-sex marriage marked Valentine's Day with a nationwide campaign to tout the merits of gay love and urge greater legal protections for it.

From California to Texas to Illinois, activists are organizing trips to courthouses and county clerks' offices to request marriage licenses, despite laws in those states and 42 others that forbid gay couples to wed.

"We're going to ask for our marriage license and get denied," Rex Fender, 22, said outside a San Diego courthouse. She wants to marry her partner of two years, Rudi Redman, 23.

"Our love is just as legitimate as everyone else's, and we want that to be recognized," she said. "On this day of love, we want people to see we're proud about our love."

Organizers from GetEQUAL and Marriage Equality USA, two gay rights groups coordinating the campaign, said 37 events were scheduled to take place in 13 states, with most taking place in California and Texas.

Meanwhile, New York City-based advocacy group Freedom to Marry launched what it called the largest-ever national TV ad campaign aimed at educating the public on gay love and why marriage rights matter to same-sex couples.

"No one should be treated differently for any reason. We're all human," Keith, an African-American man who said he has been married to his wife Antoinette for 31 years, says in the video ad.

The ad was slated to run for the first time on CNN on Monday. The group said it would raise and spend $10 million in the next three years to support same-sex marriage.

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Retirement Home Hires Male Dance Partners for Women

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BOCA RATON, Fla.) -- A shortage of men in retirement communities across the country prompted one home to hire dance partners for a Valentine's Day dance for the surplus of female residents there.

At St. Andrew Estates in Boca Raton, Fla., older male dancing enthusiasts as well as volunteers from a local college fraternity were brought in to take the ladies for a spin on the dance floor and give them the company for which they have been searching.

"I just enjoy being with the young people," said 86-year-old resident Shirley Fogwell. "The kids who come in here are wonderful kids."

The volunteers, college students from Florida Atlantic University, also said they got a lot out of the experience, even though many aren't expert dancers.

"The older ladies were leading me on the dance floor and teaching me how to dance," said Eric Lampe. "I feel a lot of love right now."

"It means a lot," said T.J. Wilson, another volunteer. "It puts a smile on my face to see them smile."

With so few men in the retirement home, it has become difficult for the women to meet anyone with whom to have a lasting relationship. Valentine's Day can be especially hard on the residents, who are thinking of their deceased loved ones.

"We fell in love in ninth grade and we married when we were 23 years old," said Fogwell, remembering her late husband. "It's just a day of memories really, when you get to be my age you live on memories."

Women outnumber men three-to-one in nursing homes in the United States, mostly because they are living longer and are less likely to live alone. In the chain that includes St. Andrew Estates, 70 percent of the roughly 9,000 residents are female.

The volunteers have made the ladies very happy to celebrate the holiday.

"I am very lucky," said Fogwell. "I am very lucky."

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