Thursday, February 19, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Woman wields wedgie to subdue suspect
Technician says she saw man trying to break into a co-worker’s car
It took a wedgie and a headlock to pin down a man suspected of breaking into a car.
Yvonne Morris, a technician at the Brickyard Animal Hospital, said she chased a man who broke into a co-worker's car, but he kept squirming away from her.
The third time, Morris grabbed hold of the man's boxer shorts and pulled and then she put a headlock on the man until help could arrive.
India court 466 years behind schedule
Judges spend about 5 minutes on cases, but thousands still pending
The High Court in New Delhi is so behind in its work that it could take up to 466 years to clear the enormous backlog, the court's chief justice said in a damning report that illustrates the decrepitude of India's judicial system.
The Delhi High Court races through each case in an average of four minutes and 55 seconds but still has tens of thousands of cases pending, including upward of 600 that are more than 20 years old, according to the report.
The problems of the Delhi High Court, which hears civil, criminal, and constitutional cases, is more the standard than the exception in India. The country's creaky judicial system has long been plagued by corruption, inefficiency and lack of accountability, often making the rule of law unattainable for all but the wealthy and the well-connected.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Gang busted
Officers were called to the area about 2:30 p.m., when a resident noticed that his neighbor’s glass door was broken. Police found that the inside of the home had been vandalized.
A 36-inch television had been smashed, and furniture had been broken. Several doors also had been damaged.
A police officer then followed a trail of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups packages in the backyard. The officer noticed another wrapper on the front door step of a house directly across the street from the rear of the victim’s house.
The juveniles, who were 14 to 16 years old, confessed to the burglary after being interviewed, and told police that the goods were hidden in the attic, Palm Bay police said.
The stolen property, which included two firearms, computers and other electronic items, has been returned to the victim.
The brother of one of the suspects attempted to hide the stolen property in a wooded area, but was unsuccessful, police said.
Burglary suspect caught with pants down
A burglary suspect attempting to run from the law early this morning was brought to justice, in part, by a pair of sagging trousers, sheriff’s deputies said.
At about midnight Tuesday an Escambia County Sheriff’s deputy responded to an alarm at Beer City on West Fairfield Drive. When the deputy arrived, he saw Robert Pittman, 37, of Pensacola exiting the store through a smashed-out front door while carrying several packs of cigarettes.
Pittman attempted to flee, but the handfuls of cigarettes prevented him from holding up his pants, which fell down and tripped him up before he made it out of the parking lot, deputies said. When a deputy caught up to Pittman, "he had cigarettes scattered all around him, and his pants were down by his ankles," said Sgt. Ted Roy.
Pittman was charged with criminal mischief, burglary, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from Escambia County Jail after posting $12,000 bond.
Power Surge Causes Explosions In 55 Homes
Fifty-five homeowners in Minneola Florida were stunned Wednesday when a sudden power surge blew up appliances and caused fire to shoot out of outlets. It was all because of a mistake by their electric company.
Sumter Electric sent too much power through the wires to homes near Chelsea Parc Drive Appliances exploded and fire shot out of the outlets. Residents heard the explosion, they ran outside and found the breaker boxes outside their homes were on fire.
In home after home, neighbors suddenly experienced the same thing.
"Like sparks flew out of the outlets and there was a huge puff of a smoke and I just grabbed my son and ran outside," resident Taryn Anthony said.
Sumter County Electric Cooperative was upgrading the power grid around the Chelsea Parc neighborhood in Minneola when something went wrong. There was a power surge. The utility sent twice the normal amount of power, frying electrical systems in 55 homes.
"I was so scared, I didn't know what happened," 91-year-old Inez Slater said.
Slater was asleep and woke up to a fireball flying across her living room.

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