Sunday, November 8, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Another Tax
Air passengers are facing a new tax at India's New Delhi airport - to pay for dog catchers to trap packs of strays who chase planes.
Air traffic experts estimate that as many as five flights a day are delayed by dogs running after planes on the tarmac as they try to take off.
"In most places dogs just chase cars."
Here they like a bit more of a challenge," said one airport worker.
Daddy Got What He Deserved
Sexually abused killer Brigitte Harris gets 5-15 years for penis-severing death of dad
A Queens judge Friday slapped Brigitte Harris with the toughest sentence possible for killing and dismembering her father to avenge years of sexual abuse.
Supreme Court Justice Arthur Cooperman sentenced Harris to five to 15 years for the suffocation slaying of Eric Goodridge in her Rockaway apartment on July 28, 2007.
Harris admitted plotting to sever her father's penis with a scalpel by researching the case of Lorena and John Bobbitt. She wanted to prevent Goodridge, 55, from returning to his native Liberia with his granddaughters, she said.
"I never intended to kill him, and I'm sorry for his family's loss," she told Cooperman.
Cooperman acknowledged the findings of mental health professionals who agreed Goodridge repeatedly sexually abused his daughter from age 3, but he cautioned against victims taking the law into their own hands.
Man offers woman $4 for sex
An Ottawa man was apparently looking for cheap sex last month at a state park, according to police.
Conservation Police arrested Dale R. Charlier, 59, 1853 Post St., Oct. 22 on a complaint of solicitation of a sex act. He posted bond at the police station at Starved Rock State Park.
Conservation Police said Charlier approached a woman at 3:22 p.m. Oct. 13 at Point Shelter, which is at the eastern edge of Starved Rock State Park, offering her $4 for a sex act. After investigating, police turned their information over to the state's attorney's office. That office filed the charge Thursday.
At the time of his arrest, police issued Charlier with notice he is barred from entering the park for 90 days. The charge is punishable by as long as six months in the county jail, as long as two years of probation and as much as a $500 fine. If found guilty, Charlier would have to register as a sex offender annually for at least 10 years.

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