Suge Knight says he’s going blind in jail, reportedly hospitalized after court appearance

Death Row Records co-founder Marion (Suge) Knight claimed Monday he’s going blind in jail and ended a bizarre court appearance with yet another medical emergency. The former rap mogul appeared before a judge in downtown Los Angeles and said he’s suffering from serious health complications and receiving inadequate treatment while in custody on his pending murder case. “I can’t really see,” Knight told Superior Court Judge James Brandlin, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I can’t really comprehend what’s going on.” Knight alleged he'd lost about 30 pounds behind bars and had fired his lawyers David Kenner and Brett Greenfield, according to the Associated Press. "I have no comment right now," Kenner told the Daily News when reached by phone Monday afternoon. In court, Knight claimed he had only about 15% vision in one eye and was blind in the other, the AP reported. Brandlin quickly transferred Knight's case to another judge in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom for a second hearing Monday, but the hulking hip-hop impresario missed the appearance due to an undisclosed ailment. His second judge reportedly said in court that Knight had been taken to a hospital. Knight, 49, has been in jail since Jan. 30 on charges he ran over and killed Compton businessman Terry Carter with his truck and injured former gang-member-turned-filmmaker Cle (Bone) Sloan during a parking lot dispute on Jan. 29. Continue Reading

Bobbi Kristina Brown moved from Atlanta hospital to rehab facility; condition unchanged: report

Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved from an Atlanta hospital to a nearby rehabilitation facility, nearly two months after she was placed in a medically induced coma, according to a report. A source told NBC News that the condition of the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown remains unchanged. Late last month an attempt to wean her off her coma-inducing medication had to be scrapped when she started suffering from seizures as she began waking up, sources said. Brown was first hospitalized on Jan. 31 when she was found face-down and unconscious in a bathtub at her Georgia home. Her stunning discovery came almost three years to the day after her mother was found dead in the same position, with drugs in her system. Since Brown's discovery, her boyfriend Nick Gordon has waged an extremely emotional and public battle for rights to visit her at Emory University Hospital, where he was banned by Brown's family. He recently took that fight to daytime TV where he was seen giving a drug- and booze-fueled interview with Dr. Phil. It ended with him promising to go to rehab. Continue Reading

Brooklyn dad who lost 7 kids in fire mourns family at Passover while wife, daughter still hospitalized

It will be a sad and lonesome Passover for a Brooklyn father who lost seven children in a devastating house fire two weeks ago. Gabriel Sassoon’s Seders will be held without his surviving wife and daughter, who remain hospitalized, family friends told the Daily News. It was unclear where the bereaved dad will celebrate the two traditionally festive meals on Friday and Saturday nights. His wife, Gayle, 45, remains in a medically induced coma in Jacobi Medical Center while his daughter, 15-year-old Tziporah, is improving and expected to be released from Staten Island University Hospital North after the weeklong Jewish holiday, the friends said. The teen hasn’t been told yet about the tragic fate of her siblings, two sources said. It’s believed her mom doesn’t know the magnitude of the catastrophe either. The children, ages 5 to 16, died in a March 21 blaze that consumed their Midwood home. The fire was sparked by a hot plate that was left on during the Sabbath — as is the custom in many Orthodox Jewish households — in order to avoid using the stove. In his eulogy, during a heart-wrenching funeral in Jerusalem, Sassoon made references to the Passover sacrifice in the ancient Jewish Temple, using his deep faith to cope with an unbearable loss. “I paid the ultimate sacrifice,” he said. “Here before you are seven innocent lambs.” His pants still covered with dirt from kneeling on the fresh graves of his children, Sassoon had told The News he will “take it step by step” in the days ahead. On the advice of his rabbi, the father hasn’t spoken publicly since returning from Israel over a week ago and sitting shiva, the traditional week of mourning the dead. “He needs his space,” said community insider Isaac Abraham. “This is when it is all sinking in.” Sassoon did take out a Continue Reading

Wash. hospital stops surgery to remove woman’s tumor 12 hours after her military benefits expired

Hospital staff broke the news to a Tacoma, Wash. woman that her operation to remove a tumor from her breast would not be happening. Medical benefits tied to her retired husband’s U.S. Army service had expired just 12 hours before, a detail on the 41-year-old woman’s benefits card that no one noticed until she was already prepped for surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center, according to a KING-TV report. Patricia Zuniga described the bearers of bad news as “upfront” about the awkward discovery. “You’re not having your surgery today. You do not have health care. You do not have benefits,” Zuniga was told during her Jan. 27 appointment at the hospital. She had been led to believe her health care expired on Jan. 30, six months after her husband’s injuries discharged him from service. She organized the appointment in December after learning a mammogram and needle biopsy found a tumor. Doctors at the time said it was not malignant. Zuniga still doesn’t know how bad her medical condition, but she fears cancer is overtaking her body especially after she found another lump over her thyroid gland, she told KING-TV. Unable to have the either tumor removed on her own dime, she’s waiting for new benefits with the Affordable Care Act to kick in. “I feel scared. I’ve got two daughters. I’m a young woman and I want to live. That’s all I think, every day when I take a shower, when I see it,” Zuniga added. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

West Virginia murder suspect escapes psychiatric hospital; search underway: police

A murder suspect is on the loose in West Virginia after breaking free from a psychiatric hospital one month after found incompetent to stand trial, state police said. Rocco Jesse Zuccaro, 30, who is charged with the February 2013 murder of Jason Lee Pratz, escaped from Weston's William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital on Monday. Zuccaro was being transported to a medical facility to be "restored to competence" after found incompetent to stand trial in late February, WTOV reported. During that time, around 4:20 p.m., he managed to escape, state police said. He's described as a 6-foot white male weighing 170 pounds with dark hair and a mustache. He's wearing black pants with a rip on the left pant leg, a dark blue/black pull over shirt and glasses. "The public is advised not to approach Mr. Zuccaro. If one should encounter Mr. Zuccaro, then they should immediately contact either their nearest detachment of the West Virginia State Police or 911," authorities said. Zuccaro, who is from Burgettstown, Pa., is facing a first-degree murder charge after Pratz, 30, was found shot to death in his McKinleyville home on Feb. 18, 2013. He was collared two months later in Washington County, Pa. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Daytime Emmy nominations revealed: ABC soap opera ‘General Hospital’ leads pack

ABC’s “General Hospital” earned a leading 28 nominations for Daytime Emmy awards, with four of its stars competing for honors as top actor or actress. Nominations were announced Tuesday for the 42nd annual awards. The ceremony will be held on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, Calif., on April 26, televised on the Pop network. The other top soap operas, “The Young and the Restless” (25 nominations); “The Bold and the Beautiful” (19 nominations) and “Days of Our Lives” (16 nominations) were the other shows with the most potential trophies. “Sesame Street” earned 13 nominations and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” had 10. CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” joined “General Hospital among the nominees for best soap opera. Best actress nominees for daytime drama were Peggy McCay and Alison Sweeney of “Days of Our Lives,” Maura West and Laura Wright of “General Hospital” and Gina Tognoni of “The Young and the Restless.” Best actor nominees for a soap were Anthony Geary and Jason Thompson of “General Hospital” and Christian LeBlanc and Billy Miller of “The Young and the Restless.” Nominees for supporting actress are Linsey Godfrey of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Amelia Heinle and Elizabeth Hendrickson of “The Young and the Restless” and Finola Hughes and Lisa Locicero of “General Hospital.” Supporting actor nominees are Scott Clifton and Jacob Young of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Chad Duell of “General Hospital,” and Kristoff St. John of “The Young and the Restless.” Nominees for best game show were “Family Feud” (syndicated), Continue Reading

Pregnant woman nabbed for stealing a car escapes from Brooklyn hospital

A pregnant woman under arrest for stealing someone’s car gave police the slip Friday as she was being treated at a Brooklyn hospital, police sources said. Cops — including an NYPD Aviation Unit and K-9 police dogs — were hunting for Carmen Riley, 30, who fled the emergency room at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Canarsie at about 6:15 p.m. “They uncuffed her to use the bathroom and she was gone,” said one witness, who had brought his wife to the hospital Friday. “I don’t know if she walked away or what.” Riley is four months pregnant, according to police sources, although it was unclear why she was taken to the hospital. Video surveillance from the hospital shows Riley leaving the building. An NYPD K-9 dog tracked Riley’s scent for more than a mile from the hospital, but lost the trail at the corner of Glenwood Rd. and Rockaway Pkwy. near an L train station, witnesses said. She remained on the lam Friday night. Cops arrested Riley on an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge in East New York just before 2 p.m. , police sources said. Anyone with information regarding Riley’s whereabouts is urged to contact police at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. With Rocco Parascandola Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Michigan dad thinks he’s having stroke, rushed to hospital after eating teen daughter’s pot brownies

A Michigan dad thought he was having a stroke and was hospitalized after he unwittingly chowed down on his daughter's pot brownies. The terrified 58-year-old ate several of the marijuana-laced sweet treats that had been left out at his Independence Township home on Wednesday morning, reports the Detroit Free Press. He started suffering hallucinations and dialed 911, telling medics that he had "no idea" what was happening to his body and mind. Fearing that he was seriously ill, he was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Pontiac for emergency treatment. "The father thought he was having a stroke," Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe told ClickOnDetroit. Cops started to investigate and the man's 17-year-old daughter soon confessed to cooking the cookies with marijuana. She said she had left them out because she didn't think anyone would touch them, according to The Smoking Gun. Her father was later released from hospital and has made a full recovery. The brownies tested positive for pot and the girl now faces drugs charges. "She's not going to get it light," said McCabe. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Kate Middleton, Prince William send sweet treats to fans camping outside hospital before birth of royal baby

LONDON — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have offered a sweet surprise to die-hard fans, sending luxury pastries to thank them for camping outside the hospital and awaiting the birth of the royal baby. Kensington Palace says Prince William and the former Kate Middleton sent boxes of pastries and coffee to the five fans waiting in tents outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where the royal couple plan for their second child to be born. Kathy Martin, 50, from London, says the group noticed that the package came wrapped in pink ribbons. She says the fans “think it’s a sign they are having a girl.” Amy Thompson, 14, says she’s been camping for eight days. She says, “some people camp out for iPhones and concert tickets. I do this.” Continue Reading

John Hinckley, who tried killing President Reagan, is fit to leave mental hospital: lawyer

WASHINGTON — The man who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan is “clinically ready” to live full-time outside a mental hospital, his lawyer argued in federal court Wednesday. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN IS SHOT AND WOUNDED IN 1981 John Hinckley was 25 when a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of Reagan in 1981. Ever since, Hinckley has lived at a Washington mental hospital. Now 60, he already spends more than half his time at the home of his 89-year-old mother. He goes to movies and restaurants.   His lawyer, Barry Levine, wants Hinckley to be granted “convalescent leave.” Prosecutors oppose more freedom for Hinckley, arguing that he has a history of deceptive behavior. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.   Continue Reading