Monthly Archives: September 2014

People: Garfield man who jumped from Fort Lee cliffs with dog wrote of chronic pain, mental issues (Cross Yoler)

Garfield man who jumped from Fort Lee cliffs with dog wrote of chronic pain, mental issues

Posted by: Jerry DeMarco
Posted date:  September 15, 2014
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A troubled Garfield man who held his Yorkshire Terrier in his arms as he jumped to their deaths from the Palisades in Fort Lee Historic Park this afternoon claimed that his parents threatened to obtain a restraining order against him after accusing him of taking a knife to his mother.

Cross Yoler, 34, also posted a portion of a psychiatric evaluation on his Facebook page that called him a danger to others and said he’d threatened to kill himself and the dog.

He also wrote of chronic leg pain from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), posting images from a thermographic exam.

“here we go,” Yoler wrote in a recent post. “Dad took off for a week, here starts the [expletive] abuse. if i die this week it will be because of the yoler family ……good bye world…..”

  • UPDATE: Before jumping from the Palisades in Fort Lee Historic Park with his beloved Yorkshire Terrier in his arms, a troubled 34-year-old Garfield man took to Facebook, posting anguished thoughts and accusing others of “murdering” him. READ MORE….

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After setting his car on fire today, Yoler threw his backpack off the cliffs, then followed with the Yorkie around 3 p.m., Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Chief Michael Coppola told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

PIP police responding to near-simultaneous reports of a car fire and apparent bicycle crash on Henry Hudson Drive between Englewood Cliffs and Edgewater and found Yoler’s body, Coppola said tonight.

Fort Lee firefighters extinguished the car fire.

Three weeks ago, Yoler wrote on his Facebook page that he’d been accused of taking a knife to his mother when, in fact, he was fighting off his father, who he said “was choking me.”

“Tell me if you were being choked to death are going to stand there and do nothing or will you go in self defense mode,” posted Yoler, whose brother is a police officer.

“Family around the world this is for you. added Yoler, a Little Ferry native who was graduated from Ridgefield Park High School and attended Berkeley College in Clifton, according to his profile.

“Parents did this first,” he wrote, adding that his parents claimed he was mentally ill. “I am only protecting myself…..And my psychologist, he can go f— himself.”




















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People: Pets Factor winner Barney is a dog in a million

Pets Factor winner Barney is a dog in a million

By ANA HINE, 5 September 2014 9.37am.

There were cute faces and waggy tails galore — and now the Tele can announce the winner of Pets Factor 2014.

Samantha Glennie, 26, and her supportive dog Barney, have been chosen as our overall winning contestants.

Samantha, from Ardler, said: “It’s great news, he’s never won anything before. I’ve entered him into a few competitions, but nothing as big as this. It’s put me in a great mood and it’s really cheered up my day.”

After losing the use of her right arm last year when a surgical operation went wrong, the nurse found herself suffering from complex regional pain syndrome.

But looking after her Bichon Frise Barney, aged two, has prevented Samantha from getting too depressed.

She said: “I have a rare surgical complication, CRPS, which is to do with the nerves. It’s chronic pain, where even a gentle touch can be incredibly painful, and it’s constantly swollen.

“I’m on a lot of medication. Barney helps me cope by running around mad and making me laugh. He cheers me up when I feel down.”

Samantha will be splitting her prize, receiving a £150 cheque and £100 worth of pet vouchers.

This is so that she can use some of the money to pay for flea and worm treatment, both for Barney and for a new dog, Terry, her mother has just adopted from Romania.

Samantha said: “We went to Romania together in June and now mum’s adopted this little terrier with an apricot coloured coat. He’s due here in two weeks, so he’ll be getting treated when he arrives in the country.”

Along with his own worming, Barney will get a new bed and lots of pampering.

This is because, although she keeps him in good health, Samantha struggles to groom and wash him with only one arm. She said: “He needs to be professionally groomed, but it costs quite a lot of money. Getting his hair cut and washed too, because his hair goes a bit wild.

“I will now be able to get him groomed.”

When Samantha is out at work or having hospital treatment Barney is looked after by her grandmother, to ensure he isn’t left on his own.

“Somebody’s always with him,” said Samantha. “When I come home from work, and I only work part-time, I take him out for a walk and play with him. I also take him round to my mum’s, so he’s very well loved.

“I didn’t think he’d get as far as he has and I certainly didn’t think we would win, because there were so many entrants. He deserves it.”

PDSA veterinary surgeon Fiona McLeod was a member of our judging panel and explained why Samantha and Barney had been her top pick of our five finalists.

Fiona said: “Congratulations to Samantha and Barney on winning the Evening Telegraph’s Pet Factor competition.

“It’s great that Barney helped Samantha through her difficult year last year.

“Dogs like Barney bring happiness to people when times are tough and provide companionship.

“The PDSA is very grateful to the Evening Telegraph for choosing them to be their charity partner and we invite Tele readers to come along to our open day tomorrow to see what goes on behind the scenes at the PDSA Pet Hospital at Hawkhill, Dundee.”

The PDSA will receive a donation from Evening Telegraph readers as a result of the competition.




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News: RSD sufferer is tasered by Spokane County Sheriff




A new lawsuit alleges Spokane County sheriff’s deputies used excessive force and ignored a man’s medical condition

Matt Kinerson alleges deputies used excessive force during a 2013 welfare check — despite warnings about his medical issues. - JACOB JONES
  • Matt Kinerson alleges deputies used excessive force during a 2013 welfare check — despite warnings about his medical issues.

On his knees in the parking lot of his Spokane Valley church, Matt Kinerson believes he is about to die. He watches a laser sight trained on his chest as several Spokane County sheriff’s deputies scream at him, weapons drawn. He had tried to warn them he has a medical condition, but now he cannot hold his weakened right arm above his head any longer.

It starts to fall toward his waist.

“I can’t stop it,” he explains. “I’m scared for my life.”

With his good left arm, he desperately reaches down and pulls up his shirt to try to show he does not have any weapon. As he pulls his shirt up over his face, a deputy fires a Taser, crumpling Kinerson to the ground.

“I thought I had been shot,” he says later. “I have a neurological disease, so I feel things differently.”

Kinerson, 44, suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a disorder of the nervous system that causes chronic pain, hypersensitivity and mobility issues. In particular, Kinerson struggles to use his right arm, which hangs stiff along his stomach and shakes involuntarily.

His eyes grow wide and his voice turns sharp as he recalls the encounter from May 23, 2013. He explains deputies Tasered him twice, before wrenching his immobilized arm behind his back and berating him. He recently filed a federal lawsuit against the county and Tim Jones, the Spokane Valley deputy who fired the Taser, alleging excessive force and negligence.

County officials deny any wrongdoing, saying deputies believed Kinerson to be potentially suicidal and armed with a gun. A legal response filed last week says the deputy “used reasonable force to control the situation.”

Kinerson used to be a ski instructor. He says he enjoyed camping or shooting pool with friends. But throughout the past several years, RSD syndrome has increasingly limited his ability to function normally. Some days he struggles to get his shoes on. He lives with his parents, so they can help with daily tasks.

“It is very painful,” he says of RSD. “It messes with your nerves, messes with everything. … You just have to try to manage it.”

The day of the incident Kinerson had an argument with his family and drove off to cool down. After he left, his sister called 911 to report he might be distraught. She reportedly mentioned he sometimes carries a gun, for which he has a concealed pistol license.

Kinerson says a dispatcher soon called his cellphone. He gave her his location and assured her he was fine. When he saw sheriff’s patrol vehicles pull into the parking lot, he explained his medical limitations to the dispatcher so she could relay the information to the deputies. Kinerson’s father, George, says he also told 911 dispatchers about his son’s condition prior to the incident.

“I already know it makes police uneasy,” Kinerson says of his shaky right arm. “I can understand their position, [but] they didn’t try to communicate with me. … They didn’t do anything but scream at me the entire time.”

Despite the warnings, Kinerson was Tasered and wrestled into custody by force. He says he never offered any resistance, but deputies later reported he had yelled, “Shoot me!” Kinerson contends he was begging, “Don’t shoot me.”

George Kinerson says he and his wife have raised eight children to respect the church and the law, including one who served as a military police officer. But they say they now believe authorities misrepresented the facts of their son’s encounter, undermining the family’s longstanding trust in law enforcement.

Matt Kinerson never faced any charge. He later passed a psychological evaluation at the hospital. Even if he had been suffering mental distress, he says deputies made no effort to “talk him down” or reason with him. They defaulted to aggression, he says, treating an innocent citizen like a dangerous criminal.

“They didn’t act like police officers,” he says. “They acted like soldiers. … They’re not looking to protect and serve the populace. They’re looking to protect and serve themselves.”

His attorney Richard Wall says Spokane has seen a number of lawsuits in recent years based on overzealous police actions. Too many law enforcement encounters result in unnecessary force against a citizen.

Training should be improved, Kinerson says, but more than that or money, he would like to see the deputies fired. He says the community has become too complacent, giving law enforcement a free pass while citizens pay the price.

“I’m scared of them now,” he says. “I really am. That’s a bad thing. I shouldn’t be scared of the people I’m supposed to call when I’m in need.” 




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