Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Video: 17-Year-Old Phillies Fan Tasered for Running on Field

The 1200-volt taser was used on a Phillies fan who ran on the field during last night's game in Philadelphia.

The Inquirer reports: "Steve Consalvi, 17, is a senior at Boyertown High and 'a real good student, heading to Penn State,' according to his father, Wayne, 45, who owns Consalvi Auto Repair in Pottstown. Steve even called from the park last night, asking for permission to run on the field, as the Phillies hosted the St. Louis Cardinals, the elder Consalvi said. 'He said, 'Dad, can I run on the field? I said, 'I don't think you should, son.'' 'This would be a once in a lifetime experience!' the son said."

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

New Your bomb suspect called ‘weird’ by neighbors

The man at the center of the botched Times Square car bomb plot was known in his neighborhood as a mysterious loner who kept odd hours and “always looked on edge,” neighbors said Tuesday.

“I thought he might be connected to to terrorism – a lot of us did because he acted strangely,” said Dashawn LeBelle, who lives near Faisal Shahzad in Bridgeport, Conn. “But we didn’t call police. We should have called.”

“He would be carrying in boxes in the middle of the night. He always looked on edge,” said LeBelle, who added that he often wore Islamic garb.

“We knew something weird was going on.”

Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani-American, was in custody Tuesday after he was pulled off a Dubai-bound flight at JFK Airport.

Shahzad recently traveled to Pakistan, where he reportedly spent time in Karachi and Peshawar, an area known as a haven for Islamic militants, officials said.

A married father of two small children, Shahzad moved to Bridgeport, Conn., with his wife, Huma Mian, last year.

“He was a very smart guy, very kind, but you could sort of tell he was hiding something,” said Lorenzo Patel, 32. “He had family but it’s like he was going places alone and keeping odd hours, not like a father should.

“That house gave me a bad feeling.”

Born in Karachi, Shahzad moved to the United States in 1998 after getting a student visa, sources said.

Shahzad, whose father was a member of the Pakistani Air Force, studied at now-shuttered Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., before transferring to the University of Bridgeport, where he graduated in 2000 with a degree in computer applications and information systems.

He returned to the school and earned an MBA in 2005.

“I remember him as being quiet but very intelligent and diligent,” said one professor, who declined to give his name.

After graduating, Shahzad was granted a work visa.

He got married in 2008 and became a naturalized citizen on April 17, 2009.
Before moving to Bridgeport, Shahzad lived in a two-story colonial home in Shelton, Conn.

He purchased the house in 2004 and took out a $218,400 mortgage. But the house went into foreclosure last year.

That wasn’t the end of his money woes. Shahzad also was sued last year by Hoffman Fuel for $793.14, records show.

Neighbor Brenda Thurman, 37, said Shahzad dressed nicely and claimed to work on Wall Street.

Thurman said she spoke sporadically with Shahzad and that it took three years for the wife to admit she too spoke English.

“They seemed a little strange but not to the point of this,” Thurman said.

Thurman added that he left the family’s home every morning, wearing a shirt and tie.

“Other than that he didn’t come out much,” Thurman said. He said he didn’t like daylight. When he came out at night he was always in black, full length dress. He would go jogging like that. I thought it was strange.”


Johnson & Johnson Not Taking Refunds On Recalled Tylenol Very Seriously

By Chris Walters

When J&J's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Unit announced a recall of children's Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl over the weekend, it also provided a toll free number you could call for more info. Ron Lieber at the New York Times called it on Saturday to find out how the refund process would work. What he got was a three minute recording telling him to throw the products in the trash, but nothing else.

Lieber writes:

It had to have occurred to someone at McNeil that people were going to want to know how to get their money back. But rather than come right out and say on the first version of its Web site that it didn’t have a system set up quite yet to handle refunds, it simply said nothing. As a result, many parents probably threw the medicine in the trash, only to have to go digging through the banana peels and coffee grinds later when they discovered they needed information from the product labels in order to apply for refunds or coupons for replacement products.

If you bought some of the recalled medicine and want your money back, try one of the following options:

call 1-888-222-6036

Faisal Shahzad Arrested for Botched Times Square Bombing

By Joshua Holmes

United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday that Faisal Shahzad has been arrested for trying to set off a bomb at Times Square in New York City according to CNN.

Shahzad was attempting to board a plane at JFK International Airport when he was arrested and taken into custody. He is an American citizen

“It is clear the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans,” Holder said. “We will not rest until we bring everyone responsible to justice.”

Shahzad is the individual who purchased the Nissan Pathfinder that was used in the failed bombing attempt. The Pathfinder was loaded with fertilizer, gasoline, and propane tanks.

The Nissan Pathfinder had been sold three weeks ago in a cash deal with no paperwork exchanged, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN earlier Monday. The $1,800 deal was closed at a Connecticut shopping mall, where the buyer handed over the money and drove off, the source said.

Holder wouldn’t comment directly on who he believed was responsible for the botched attack, although many are pointing to the Taliban.

Suspect Arrested in Connection with Attempted NY Bomb Attack

U.S. government authorities say they have arrested a man suspected of playing a role in last week's failed terrorist bombing attack in New York City's famous Times Square entertainment district.

Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrested Faisal Shahzad, late Monday night, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, as he prepared to board a flight to Dubai.

Shahzad is a United States citizen of Pakistani origin. He was arrested hours after U.S. news outlets reported that federal authorities had identified the person who bought a sport utility vehicle used in last week's attempted bombing as a man of Pakistani descent.

Investigators believe Shahzad, who lives in Connecticut, used cash to purchase the vehicle from a man who advertised it on a popular Internet classified advertising site.

U.S. Attorney General announced Shahzad's arrest in a televised statement in the early hours of Tuesday. He said authorities will continue to search for more suspects.

"This investigation is ongoing, as are our attempts to gather useful intelligence, and we continue to pursue a number of leads. But it's clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," he said.

Holder said the probe will focus on possible links to international terrorist groups.

Shahzad will appear in a U.S. federal courtroom in Manhattan Today.