Monday, June 23, 2008

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

It doesn’t get any easier for cops when a suspect falls at their feet
A 48-year-old man sought by police officers on a felony charge in Riverside, Calif., accidentally fell right at their feet, police say.
The Riverside Police Department said in a news release that when police officers were at a residence trying to find Henry Gabriel Pereyra to speak with the suspect, he fell through a ceiling and landed right in front of them.
Pereyra had been suspected of violating a restraining order and police were alerted to his presence in the home Friday by a civilian process server. The server told police officers Pereyra was allegedly in the home of his estranged wife despite the court order.
Drunk driver in a stolen car possessed pot, switchblade
Tyler Lunday was driving a stolen car while drunk and without a license Saturday morning, while also in possession of an illegal knife, marijuana and an open container of alcohol, say police.
Based on those allegations, Lunday, 22, of 400 Portsmouth Avenue, Greenland, is facing a felony count of receiving stolen property and class A misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated/second offense, drug possession, operating without a valid license, open container and carrying an illegal switchblade.
Girl who "Cop a Feel" when she grabbed officer's groin jailed
An aspiring model convicted of grabbing a trooper's genitals while being booked for driving while intoxicated is in jail without bail for violating probation a second time this year.
Taryn McCarthy, 22, of 529 Union St., is scheduled to be video-arraigned Monday on a charge of probation violation alleging she failed a Breathalyzer test in spite of a court order to abstain from alcohol.
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College girls banned from whistling at builders
A further education college is having to protect builders from wolf-whistling girls, in a reversal of traditional gender stereotypes.
The students have been advised that their attentions constitute harassment and are wholly unacceptable
Officials at West Kent College in Tonbridge, Kent, sent an email to all pupils warning that the behavior was "totally unacceptable", and saying any students caught harassing contractors would face disciplinary action.
The email was sent after a demolition team started work on a £94 million, three-year building project at the campus.
The email read: "It has come to the attention of the college that some female students have been making comments to, or whistling at, the builders both whilst on site and as they walk around the campus.
Meanwhile new laws could see wolf-whistling builders placed on the sex offenders register. The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill will create a new offence of "communicating indecently", punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
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Store Register Rage?
Handing her 8-month-old off to a store employee, a Family Dollar Store customer yanked hair out of the head of another woman in line, choked the woman’s mother and chomped down on a police officer’s finger Wednesday, according to an arrest report.
The incident took place about 6 p.m. at the 2049 S. U.S. 1 store, according to the report. The suspect, Tiffany Mashae Brown, 24, of 16th Street, attacked the victims because she was irate about being directed to a different register than the one she started at.
Brown hit the 34-year-old woman in the face and upper body and then scratched her face and pulled her hair so that blond strands littered the store.
Brown bit the last victim, a Fort Pierce Police Department officer, when he struggled to detain her due to her large size — 265 pounds, according to the report.
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