Smoker arrested after yelling death threats on plane

Officials say a woman caught trying to smoke on a Southwest flight has been arrested after shouting she was going to kill everyone on the plane. (Shutterstock)
Updated 12 December 2017
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Smoker arrested after yelling death threats on plane

SACRAMENTO: Officials say a woman caught trying to smoke on a Southwest flight has been arrested after shouting she was going to kill everyone on the plane.
Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman Shaun Hampton said Monday that 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo was arrested on the tarmac when the plane landed Saturday.
Hampton says when the crew stopped Curbelo from having a cigarette in the plane’s bathroom, she threatened to kill all the passengers and crew and became combative.
Southwest said in a statement that the flight from Portland, Oregon, received priority treatment from air traffic control and landed safely in Sacramento.
In a jailhouse interview with KOVR-TV, Curbelo, of Sandy, Oregon, said anxiety drove her to smoke.
She said she didn’t know why she made the death threats, adding that it wasn’t typical behavior for her.


Actress Selma Blair say she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

In this file photo taken on January 16, 2018 Actress Selma Blair attends the Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 womenswear collection and Autumn Winter 2018 menswear collection in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Updated 22 October 2018
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Actress Selma Blair say she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

  • Blair has co-starred in a number of films and TV shows, including the 2001 hit “Legally Blonde”

WASHINGTON: Actress Selma Blair revealed she has multiple sclerosis Saturday, in an emotional Instagram post offering insight into her life with the illness.
The “Legally Blonde” and “Cruel Intentions” star, 46, said she was diagnosed with the chronic central nervous system disease — which causes symptoms including fatigue, pain and coordination problems — in August after suffering symptoms “for years.”
“I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best,” she wrote.
Blair, who is currently working on Netflix sci-fi drama “Another Life,” said she revealed her diagnosis to share her gratitude toward costume designer Alissa Swanson, who “carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself.”
Blair also thanked celebrity friends including fellow “Cruel Intentions” star Sarah Michelle Gellar as well as Jaime King and other Hollywood friends for supporting her.
“I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others,” she said.
“I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me, dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. “