Monday, August 29, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Raelian Movement, which teaches that life on Earth was created by aliens, had its fourth-annual "GoTopless Day" protests in several
GoTopless.org, founded by the movement's spiritual leader, Rael, organized protests Sunday in locations including
Los Angeles, San Francisco and . Women participating in the protests were urged to go topless while men were encouraged to cover their chests to illustrate the slogan, "Topless equal rights for all or none." Chicago
"It's no more ridiculous than women having to wear tops at all times in this double-standard topless battle that's being waged in public and in the courts," said Nadine Gary, a Raelian priestess and president of GoTopless.org based in
. Las Vegas
"After four years, our national protests are starting to bear fruit, for a growing number of women across the country are reaching out to us. They're beginning to feel empowered by our demonstrations and the constitutional message we bring.".
Thieves’ net trout catch at fish hatchery
has a truck load of stolen merchandise that probably is starting to stink. California
State Fish and Game wardens are investigating what they believe to be the first large-scale theft from a state fish hatchery after as many as a thousand trophy-sized trout were taken from a facility near
Workers at the San Joaquin State Fish Hatchery found the gate pried open and blood covering the floors. Department spokesman Patrick Foy says the trout were 3 years old and weighed approximately three pounds each.
The trout were part of a program paid for by fishing license fees to stock lakes for fishing enthusiasts.
Wardens are now scouring.
fish markets for signs of them. Trout sells for up to $7 a pound. California
Guards' Fired Over Genitals Prank
A federal judge says
officials are not responsible for the actions of two guards who fed a prisoner a bologna sandwich that had been rubbed against another inmate's genitals. Franklin County
U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost has ruled the county, its commissioners and its late sheriff did not foster a culture of rule-breaking that encouraged the deputies to act out of line.
Court documents say two deputies were handing out bologna sandwiches in 2009 when they made an inmate put his genitals on one while they took a picture with a cell phone. They fed the sandwich to another inmate and showed him the picture.
Both deputies were fired.
One deputy pleaded guilty to health code violations. His attorney called the incident a "prank."
The other deputy wasn't charged..
Mom humiliated son in public by wearing I’m a theft sign
Residents of an Australian city said a mother forced her young son to sit in public wearing Shrek ears and a sign proclaiming him to be "a thief."
Witnesses said the boy, who appeared to be about 10 years old, spent nearly an hour sitting near a Townsville water park wearing the ears and the sign while his family ate lunch nearby,
"Do not trust me. I will steal from you as I am a thief," the boy's sign read.
Diane Mayers, said she was so "horrified" when she saw the boy that she immediately notified the Child Safety Services.
"A lot of people walked past laughing at him, including boys who would have been his age," Mayers said. "At one point, the boy had taken off the Shrek ears. My daughter walked past and heard the mother say, 'Put them back on or I'll smack your head in.'"
Mayers said she feared the long-term effects from the public humiliation would be worse than the potential effects from physical abuse..
Preteen boy named town's drag queen
British boy has been named the top drag queen at his village's annual contest after wearing women's clothes and singing pop hits for the crowd.
12-year-old Redvers Stokes of Sticker,
, beat other local men in the drag contest by doing his "Naughty Nora" persona and singing tunes including “Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for the judges. England
The boy said he started wearing his mother's clothes for fun when he was young and he now frequently attends village events in women's clothes and makeup.
I think it's really funny. I've always been open to new things. I might like dressing up in women's clothes but I still like girls. It's just a little hobby of mine," Stokes said.
Organizers of the drag contest said they started the annual event two years ago when they did not find enough girls that were willing to participate in the carnival queen pageant.
The boy's mother, Georgia Stokes, 43, said she "couldn't be more proud" of her son.
"His Naughty Nora routine is very convincing. I've never been concerned. Redvers just loves being the center of attention. He has no plans to make it a career," she said..
Monday, August 22, 2011
Crews clean up soggy toilet-papered river
Earlier attempts to pull out the paper was called off when it began disintegrating, creating an even bigger mess.
Department of Environmental official John Cardwell says teams yanked out the remnants last weekend when lower river flows made the work more manageable.
Crews wrapped the rolls with a reinforced mesh before they were pulled out by a tow truck.
The rolls landed in the water after the truck hauling the load along U.S. Highway 12 slid into the river. The driver was cited for inattentive driving..
Police set-up nets 22 arrests
Police put up a sign in south
to let drivers know there was a checkpoint ahead, but what was really going on was a ruse. Gainesville
There was no checkpoint, just several Gainesville Police Department officers watching for drivers who saw the sign and then turned around or who appeared to throw something out of their vehicles. Those vehicles were pulled over.
Police spent nearly eight hours on the detail near the intersection of South Main Street and 16th Avenue.
“This was a ruse detail,” said Lt. David Rowe. “Officers stopped 58 vehicles and most of the 22 arrests were for felony drug charges but there were also a few people arrested on warrants.”
Police said they planned the ruse because of drug and burglary complaints in the area..
Police issued more than 100 citations at checkpoint
The Gainesville Police Department made four DUI arrests and issued more than 100 traffic citations during a roadside safety/DUI checkpoint reported Cpl. Tscharna Senn.
The checkpoint was conducted at 3300 W. University Ave. from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and involved GPD’s traffic safety team and personnel from the Alachua County Sheriff’s office, Florida Highway Patrol,
and the Alachua Police Department. University of Florida Police
In addition to the DUI arrests, police made one drug arrest and one warrant arrest. They issued 88 non-moving traffic citations, 17 moving traffic citations and six criminal traffic citations. Police also issued four warnings.
Every Friday night for 23 years, Zeli Rossi has traded his bed for a coffin.
Rossi tells that his weekly sleeping habit became public last month when his 14-year-old grandson wrote a story about him for his school's newspaper.
Long ago, the two promised each other that whoever died first would have his casket bought by the other. Rossi's friend bought him a coffin when he mistakenly thought Rossi had died in a 1983 car crash.
When the friend died in 1988, Rossi started sleeping in the coffin to honor his memory.
And he also kept his promise to buy the dead friend a "brand new" casket.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
A 24-year-old Detroit-area man who tried using his feet to stop a runaway pickup truck with faulty brakes caused multiple collisions and exhibited "moronic decision making," a
police official said. Roseville
After the vehicle's brakes failed on a busy street in
Roseville, just north of , the man continued driving and stuck his feet outside the truck to stop it, Roseville Deputy Police Chief James Berlin said. . Detroit
Witnesses said the man reached speeds of about 40 mph and wasn’t able to stop the truck on at least two occasions. The truck eventually struck four vehicles.
He struck two vehicles after being unable to stop at a red light, and continued on. An officer who pulled next to the man's car told him to shift into "park," but that didn't work and he rolled into two other vehicles before the truck stopped.
"He said he was going to fix the brakes when he got home,".
Susanne Eman aims to balloon from 330 kg = 728 pounds to a record 730kg =1610 pounds – and beyond – by gorging on 20,000 calories a day.
The 32-year-old, who is a hit among fans of ‘super size big beautiful women’, said: ‘The bigger I get, the better I feel. I feel more confident and sexy. Why shouldn’t I push the limits and see how fat I can get and stay healthy? I’d love to find out if it’s humanly possible to reach a ton.’
The single mother of two, from
, aims to hit her target weight in ten years. Arizona
She visits the supermarket once a month with sons Gabriel, 16 and Brendin, 12, and spends up to eight hours filling six trolleys.’ It’s like a full day's work,' she said.
She uses a motorized scooter, but astonishingly believes she can stay healthy.
'If I was to get sick, I've arranged for my sister to take care of my kids,' she said.
She is ‘playing Russian roulette with her life’, said GP Dr Patrick Flite..
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wal-Mart bathroom eater jailed
While rest rooms are known as places to relieve yourself a 22-year-old man may have pioneered an alternate use. A loss prevention officer at a
stated that Taylor Allen Dresia was "eating food" on the bathroom floor. Dresia's apparent picnic in the potty blocked the commode for patrons, and a store manager asked him to leave. "After a few minutes Dresia left and then returned in another entrance yelling that an employee stole something from his backpack while he was in the bathroom." Wal-Mart Supercenter
A deputy told Dresia to leave immediately. Dresia said he wasn't leaving and that he wanted to write something down. "Deputy advised Dresia not to play games and leave the store now," "Dresia again refused."
Dresia was arrested by an Indian River County Sheriff's deputy, was described as argumentative.
Deputies got Dresia, listed as homeless, out, arresting him on misdemeanor charges of trespassing after warning and resisting an officer without violence.
An Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy spotted the man trespassing at a Destin park,
reports the Northwest Florida Daily News in
. Fort Walton Beach
reports the Northwest Florida Daily News in
That's when the man, Edmund Berkeley Barksdale, tried to explain his ‘business’ to the deputy.
And the proof was in the pudding: Barksdale then reached into his shorts with his hand. When the 55-year-old man removed his hand, the deputy noted it had fecal matter on it, according to the arrest report.
Unfortunately, Barksdale isn't the only person that has faced a messy arrest.
1. Police: Woman, 73, 'defecated without warning'.She had an open bottle of vodka in a cooler in the vehicle’s back seat.
2. Bad aim: He tinkled in a cop car
3. Loaded mom unloads -- alas, look where she decided to....
She put her unlicensed minor daughter in the driver's seat. She was too busy dumping a can of Bud Lite out the window as the cop approached.
She put her unlicensed minor daughter in the driver's seat. She was too busy dumping a can of Bud Lite out the window as the cop approached.
5. Report: Woman threw her feces on deputy
9. Asked to leave, man urinates on bar
10. A naked man. A Taser. And feces. No happy ending here.
11. Take aim: Woman turns Target changing room into a bathroom
12. Busted: Woman pees on clothes in Walmart
13. Why don't people publicly urinate at our grocery store? Oh, because we don't live in the Panhandle
15. What a load of crap! Woman busted for DUI.
Man in rehab caught with child porn
Sarasota Police say a nurse caught a 55-year-old bedridden man in a rehabilitation facility with child pornography on his computer.
Detectives arrested Robert Martin, a permanent resident of Harmony Healthcare and Rehab because of a motor vehicle accident, on a possession of child pornography charge this past weekend.
A nurse reportedly saw an image of a naked child on Martin’s computer and called police.
Martin reportedly admitted to downloading images of nude children from the Internet. “I’m the person your mother warned you about,” Martin told detectives.
Police say they found roughly 20,000 child porn images before the computer crashed..
Judge who demands punctuality but often he’s late
A Canadian judge with zero tolerance for lateness in his Toronto-area court has a poor record of returning to the bench on time.
Last month, Justice Howard Chisvin of the Ontario Court in
threw out 12 criminal cases when a Crown prosecutor was late in returning to court. Among the cases dismissed were people who had pleaded guilty and were awaiting sentencing. Newmarket
Since that incident, prosecutors and defense attorneys have been lining up outside his courtroom doors before they open.
However, a reporter took a stopwatch to Chisvin's courtroom and discovered the judge has a poor record of punctuality.
The judge was late returning from every break, from a few seconds to as long as 19 minutes, 22 seconds.
After that lengthiest absence, he apologized to everyone who had been on time and cited a number of reasons he was running late..
When three men were found huffing nitrous oxide -- also known as laughing gas -- from balloons in a parking lot, officers were led to a store called Purple Haze, police said.
That's because the huffing trio told investigators that the owner of Purple Haze sold them the painkilling substance and taught them how to sniff it from the balloons, said Sgt. Mike Fowler.
Nitrous oxide has several uses, including to numb pain from dental work, as well as for making whipped cream and in auto racing to speed combustion.
investigators went to Purple Haze and asked to purchase nitrous oxide and the paraphernalia used to inhale it. At that point, the store owner, Yohan Cohen, gave the investigators instructions on how to use the paraphernalia to inhale the gas, Fowler said. Daytona Beach Shores
Police recovered $600 worth of nitrous oxide and paraphernalia from the shop, Fowler said.
Cohen and employee Aline Elakayam were arrested and charged with sale of harmful chemicals and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
A 36-year-old woman lost two fingers and a thumb when she tried to wake up her boyfriend with fireworks.
The woman and her boyfriend told the Gainesville Police Department that they had been drinking before the incident at the
apartments. The woman said she was holding a fireworks novelty item in her hand when she lit the fuse. She had been planning to toss the device out the front door, thinking it would make enough noise to wake her boyfriend. Georgetown
Instead, the device exploded in her hand, tearing off her thumb, middle and ring fingers. The blast was so powerful that police said they found one bone remnant embedded in the ceiling.
The woman was taken to Shands at the..
. Her boyfriend told police he did not realize that the couple had any fireworks left over from the Fourth of July. He also said the woman’s actions were out of character. University of Florida
Bat causes plane to turn around
It sounds like the plot to a sequel of Samuel L Jackson's action film, Snakes on a Plane, but during a flight in
a bat caused panic among the passengers on-board. America
The animal was filmed flying through the cabin during a Delta Airways flight causing so much distress that the pilot was forced to return to the departure airport in
. Madison, Wisconsin
Passenger Mike Schmidt filmed the bat flying over passenger’s heads as they ducked and screamed. The animal was finally contained when it flew into the onboard toilet and a passenger shut the door.
Rescuers end up being rescued
said three rescuers searching for a lost woman in the forest ended up lost themselves when they found the woman. Massachusetts
The officers found the woman safe, but the group soon discovered they did not know the way out of the woods.
The group was found by a Massachusetts State Police helicopter and they were guided to safety..
Woman awakes to strange teenager in bed
woman woke up to find a drunken teenager in her bed, police say. Des Moines Iowa
Carla Kraninger, 47, of
woke up Monday to find someone in her bed with her, and initially thought it was her son. She quickly realized it was not her son and called police. Kraninger and her son tried to wake up the trespasser, but the teen was too intoxicated to respond. Des Moines
Police said the youth, a
student, said he had a beer with some friends earlier and they dropped him off at what he believed to be his mother's house. Southeast Polk High School
The teen, which had a blood-alcohol content of 0.115 at the time, was released to his mother and received a delayed referral on charges of trespass and public intoxication..
Police retrieve ring from stomach
A home repairman working in
, stole a diamond ring and swallowed it but its owner got it back anyway, law enforcement officials said. Cicero, Ill.
Wilfredo Gonzalez, 30, of
has been charged with felony theft. Chicago
Gonzalez was doing remodeling work in the victim's home when he asked to use the bathroom, the
state's attorney's office said. Cook County
Prosecutors said when he finished; the homeowner noticed her diamond ring was missing. She told her husband. Gonzalez denied the theft and began struggling with the husband, prosecutors said.
During the struggle, Gonzalez took the ring from his pocket and swallowed it.
Police took Gonzalez to a nearby hospital, where the ring showed up in an X-ray of his stomach.
police recovered the ring -- but didn't say how they did it. Cicero
Who gets the $150,000 payout?
Shortly after a young inmate killed her prison guard husband, Julia Ann Hesson filed for survivor's benefits.
woman didn't expect the response from the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Office, a national program that dispenses death benefits to families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Ohio
The office denied Hesson's claim, saying another woman deserved the benefit award of more than $150,000.
That woman's name is Julie Keady Hesson. She's 41 and lives in
. She had been married to William Hesson, too. In fact, officials said, the two never divorced. St. Petersburg
Ohio woman, 29, is appealing the board's decision, and the intriguing case is now making its way through civil court in . Pinellas County
Pictures of the day
Want to make your eyes really sparkle? A company is offering contact lenses fitted with real diamonds and gold. Dubbed 'eye jewelry', the bling eyewear sees 18 diamonds studded onto an 18-carat gold plate on a special lens. Created by Shekhar Eye Research in Mumbai, the 'La SER' brand lenses can be custom-made at a cost of $15,000 a pair in four designs of diamonds on white gold, diamonds on yellow gold or just gold or yellow gold.
Woman let 6-year-old niece drive car
Police say a
woman endangered her 6-year-old niece by having the girl back the woman's car out of a tight parking spot, wrecking two other cars in the process. Pennsylvania
Police charged 55-year-old Rebecca Beatty, of
Aliquippa. Beatty picked up her niece from a dance program at . Ambridge Area High School
When Beatty found another car parked so close that she couldn't get in her vehicle. Police say that's when she had her niece back the car out.
Police say the child hit a parked car, pushing it over a curb until it hit another car parked on the street..
man is recovering after police say he accidentally shot himself in the penis while putting his girlfriend's gun in the waistband of his pants. Phoenix
The 911 operator told Christopher to apply direct pressure to the wound with a dry towel or T-shirt.
Chandler Police Detective Seth Tyler says it's unclear if Seto has been released from the hospital or suffered any permanent damage
In the wake of the shooting,
warned residents to use holsters, not waistbands, if they're going to carry a handgun. Tyler
Monday, August 8, 2011
Noodles almost claimed the life of a cab driver when a truck packed to the brim with the delicious snack rolled as it attempted to turn an intersection.
Shocked driver Lin Hu was counting his lucky stars when he escaped without a scratch, but his pride and joy - a yellow and green taxi - felt the full force of the delivery truck when it lost control and tipped over on the car.
As the truck careered around the corner toward him, Lin said he was powerless to do anything but sit and wait for the impact.
Forget booking a Rolls Royce limousine or a horse drawn carriage for your wedding ride - it's now all about the forklift cavalcade.
That's what one couple in
opted for in a bid to celebrate their shared love for each other and the humble warehouse workhorse. China
Newlyweds Kong Qingyang and Shen Likun first met when groom Kong was working as a forklift driver and bride Shen was working as a forklift salesperson.
To commemorate their special connection they chose to commandeer a forklift parade in their home town of
Xintai, . Hebei Province
Starting at 8am the brightly decorated forklifts motored from the groom's house and then broke with tradition to pick up the bride-to-be.
Naturally it took a while for them to arrive at the church, with a top speed of eight miles per hour limiting progress, but the vows were exchanged just after the couple arrived at 11:30am.
Following her unusual entrance, the blushing bride Shen said: 'I love him (Kong) as a person. No matter what vehicle he picks me up in I would marry him. I will remember this parade forever.'.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Hazing included chili on penises
Eight Philippine police officers have been detained for investigation after a video surfaced showing them humiliating, laughing and taking videos of naked recruits during anti-insurgency training, officials said.
In the latest hazing scandal to hit the country, national police spokesman Agrimero Cruz Jr. said at least three superiors of the eight officers may also be relieved of their posts and investigated over the "barbaric" treatment.
Commission on Human Rights official Byron Bocar said a video sent to the agency showed the officers applying liquid laced with chili pepper on the penises of the trainees, who screamed in pain.Last year, police officials relieved the entire staff of a Manila police station after a television network broadcast a video showing police torturing a naked detainee, who screamed on the floor as a man pulled a rope tied to his genitals and whipped him.
Man urinates on 46 six-packs of malt liquor
Security guards watching over the liquor department at the Rapid City Wal-Mart have been busy in the last month.
Last week police arrested a
man for urinating on 48 six-packs of malt liquor, after security caught 27-year-old Matthew Bihn in action. Bihn faces charges of destruction of property and unlawful deposit. Rapid City
The Authorities reports that all of the contaminated merchandise was destroyed.
Last month, a 57-year-old
man was busted by security after he opened a can of beer in the store late and drank it. Police say Perry Arpan attempted to put the can back in the case, then set the beer in another aisle and tried to leave the building. Rapid City
Arpan was arrested for shoplifting..
Woman strips naked during charity event
City officials in
say they're "offended" that a woman stripped naked during a charity golf event at a city-owned golf course. Woodward, Oklahoma
The local Elks Lodge hosted the event at Boiling Springs Golf Course as part of its annual rodeo. Event Chairman Neal Day said the woman stripped naked as part of a challenge on a putting green.
Day says the woman was not asked to strip. He said she was a last minute recruit when another volunteer couldn't attend.
City Manager Alan Riffel says he and other city leaders are "offended" and that their anger has been relayed to the Elks and the golf course operator..
Man shaved nude on beach
man is facing lewd charges after lifeguards say he refuses to stop shaving himself while nude on a beach. Massachusetts
The Eagle Tribune reports that Christopher Axford was arrested Monday on a beach in
According to a police report, the 45-year-old was shaving his armpits while his shorts were pulled down to his shins when police arrived to the scene.
Axford, who police said is homeless, was charged with lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct, public drinking and disorderly conduct and release on personal recognizance. Less than 12 hours after his release, Axford was arrested again on charges he stole a tip jar from a pizzeria. He is being held without bail pending a pretrial hearing.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
A Park Orchards man who erected a sculpture of a middle finger gesture in his yard and head butted a neighbor has been described by a magistrate as “the neighbor from hell”.
Ringwood Magistrates’ Court has heard David Muscat, 47, felt he was “at war” with the other residents of Frogmore Cres during the long-running feud.
The court last week heard two months later
assaulted his neighbor, John Washbourne, who had asked him to turn off a leaf blower that was sending dust and debris into the caravan Mr. Washbourne was cleaning. Muscat
Prosecutor acting Sgt Jo Allen told the court last Monday that police obtained 20 statements from residents who found the sculpture indecent, offensive or inappropriate.
In a separate hearing,.
was fined $10,000 by Manningham Council after pleading guilty to removing vegetation and doing earthworks without a permit. Muscat
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Walking to a friend’s house, Jared Medeiros was set upon by a group of men who left him battered and bruised.
And, adding insult to injury, his phone was then chucked through a manhole cover by the attackers.
But the 21-year-old refused to accept the phone was gone and decided it would be a good idea to stick his head down the drain to retrieve it and call police.
It was not a good idea. He became stuck fast – and the alarm was raised only after he had been in there screaming for about 40 minutes.
‘I was concerned but I was also laughing – it was funny!’ said Brianna Mooney, 16, who called the emergency number
Mr. Medeiros was freed by firefighters, who spent hours trying to pull him out.
He said he had been beaten and kicked by four men.
‘I don’t understand why they would sit and take pictures,’ said Mr. Medeiros. ‘That kind of p****s me off.’
Saturday, July 30, 2011
A dwarf who appeared in the Harry Potter and Star Wars films has dodged a short spell behind bars for indecently exposing himself to a teenager on a train.
Former pantomime star Nicholas Read, who played a Ewok in Return Of The Jedi, was given a suspended 20-week jail term after a judge said it would offer the best opportunity for rehabilitation.
Read, of Wade Close, Cheadle, north Staffordshire, was convicted of indecent exposure last month after a 17-year-old girl told Leicester Crown Court how the actor performed a sex act under the cover of a juggler's hat..
Inmate Larry Stone discovered the phone system was mistakenly depositing money into his account, so he took advantage of it, deputies said.
Larry Stone made a phone call from the Lake County Jail that would typically cost about $20, but it didn't go through.
The charge was supposed to be refunded to his inmate account. But, the 32-year-old checked his balance and discovered his account now had more money than before the call. He made another call and hung up to test his luck. Again, more money magically appeared.
He repeated the exercise 77 times, exploiting the glitch that was mistakenly depositing credit into inmate trust accounts for each incomplete phone call.
After four hours of dialing a combination of local, long-distance and international numbers, Stone had accumulated more than $1,250 — enough money to bond out of jail, according to a Sheriff's Office investigative report.
Stone, who was arrested in April on property-crime charges, walked out of the Tavares facility earlier this month with $50. But he wasn't free for long.
News of the bug floated to other inmates, who began to spend inordinate amounts of time on the phone.
Global Tel*Link — the company that provides the jail's inmate phone system — charges the cost of a call from inmate trust accounts at a rate of $2.58 for local calls, $13.85 for long distance and $23.68 for international calls.
If no one answers or the caller hangs up, the money is returned to the account, officials said.
But in early July something bizarre happened. The system was reimbursing inmates twice for incomplete calls — allowing them to make a profit.
Stone took advantage of the malfunction and dialed a Canadian number dozens of times, investigators said.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. John Herrell said scammers reaped immediate gains from the ruse because inmates can check their balances on the phone.
The jail's technology department noticed a high volume of incomplete calls and alerted detention deputies.
Inmate Kevin Tomlinson was in the middle of paying his $1,400 bond when investigators caught up with him. He had used the malfunctioning system to his advantage, investigators said, accumulating hundreds of dollars in the process.
Tomlinson told detectives he learned about the system's bug on his own and didn't tell anyone else.
Nevertheless, the glitch affected about 256 jail inmate accounts and lasted 24 hours, Herrell said.
Detectives have not calculated the total amount that was inappropriately refunded, he said..
Saturday, July 23, 2011
8 DUIs gets man 55 years in prison
A Houston-area man will be 100 years old before he's eligible for parole after his eighth drunken-driving conviction.
Montgomery County jury convicted 73-year-old Gliddon William Davis of and then sentenced him to 55 years in prison over the 2009 incident. Witnesses contacted law officers after noticing Conroe was driving erratically through New Caney. His blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for driving. Davis
District Attorney Brett Ligon says jurors determined that Davis, who was convicted and sentenced, had used his vehicle as a deadly weapon.
Court records indicate
had seven previous DUI convictions. Davis
Motorcyclist lands in van unhurt
motorcyclist rear-ended a minivan and was hurled through a window into the back seat but was not injured. California
Investigators say the minivan driver made a turn after his collision and drove to his
Mojave Desert home a half-block away before discovering he had a new passenger.
Callers reported the crash saying the motorcycle crashed and slid under the minivan on a Victorville street and the biker couldn't be found.
Investigators say the minivan slowed or stopped to make a turn and the motorcyclist slammed into the vehicle.
sheriff's spokesperson Karen Hunt says the minivan driver had already committed to the turn and drove a short distance to his home. He then discovered the motorcyclist in the back seat. San Bernardino County
Controversy after kid defecates in pool
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is looking into a report that fourth- through seventh-graders at a YMCA day camp were told to lower their swimsuits in front of a counselor trying to determine which child defecated in the pool.
Police say a parent told officers that boys and girls were separated at a YMCA in
Lancaster, southeast of . He told them his son was called into a locker room with another boy, both were told to pull their shorts down to their knees, and a male counselor inspected their butts. Columbus
The YMCA's executive director says up to 65 students were involved. He says there was no criminal wrongdoing but the YMCA is investigating.
He says feces found in the pool on consecutive days were a serious health concern..
Monkey bites off baby's testicle
A monkey bit off an eight-month-old boy's right testicle in a zoo in
and doctors said the damage was beyond repair. Guizhou Province
A park official told the family that injuries from money attacks "are too common and happen all the time." He didn't even make an apology. His remark was recorded and shown on the TV news, which ignited outrage among Chinese netizens.
The monkey that broke loose from the cage and was playing with visitors suddenly attacked the boy when the mother was changing his diaper.
"It happened within seconds," said the mother
Doctors said the baby was not in danger of death but it seemed the boy would lose his reproductive ability because his testicle had been eaten by the monkey.
The zoo agreed to pay 10,000 yuan to cover the boy's hospital bills but it failed to reach a compensation deal with the family..
Forklift mishap did $1M worth of damage to
An unsteady forklift dropped a container full of fine Australian wine worth more than $1 million, smashing most of the bottles. The winemaker says he was shocked and numb after the loss of his flagship
Sparky Marquis of Mollydooker Wines lost a third of his Velvet Glove Shiraz production after the accident that destroyed all but one of the 462 cases bound for the
. Each bottle of the Mollydooker wine sells for $200. He said the wine was fully insured. United States
The accident has crippled Mollydooker's.
launch in September. It will also impact the wine market in U.S. . Australia
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Let me show you where the needles are
A 32-year-old man was arrested on charges of drug and drug paraphernalia possession.
Phillip Todd Tucker of Niceville was pulled over for not wearing his seatbelt, but was suspected of drug possession, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s report.
When he was pulled over he stated, “I can’t believe you are going to get me with a seat belt violation.”
A K-9 unit was brought in and identified that drugs were in Tucker’s vehicle.
During a search, Tucker told deputies, “Let me show you where the needles are, I don’t want anyone getting stuck.”
He identified a black backpack, which held marijuana, four pills and 28 syringes.
Police are investigating the mysterious disappearance of about 100 street signs.
The signs first starting vanishing from Northborough street corners about six months ago.
It's an expensive problem. Public Works Director Kara Buzanoski says the cost of replacing them is about $15,000.
Buzanoski and police Chief Mark Leahy suspect teenage pranksters, but so far there have been no arrests.
The town had a similar problem a few years ago when several teens were apparently involved in a contest to see how many signs they could purloin. When police started closing in on those culprits, the signs started reappearing. Leahy says this time the thieves will be prosecuted.
The town will replace the stolen signs. Buzanoski says the new ones are more vandal-resistant.
Man gets hit by SUV over computer repair bill
A dispute over a computer repair bill landed an Office Depot manager in the hospital and an angry customer behind bars, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office,
John Derrico, 40, is accused of hitting manager Andre Kinchen, 36, with his SUV outside
store over a $120 computer repair bill. Lake Worth
Kinchen flipped over the hood of the vehicle and landed on the curb head first, employee Kaylee Whitten said.
During questioning, Derrico said "he does not remember what happened but got mad," according to a Sheriff's Office deputy quoted in the report.
Goodwill got marijuana donation
Charity shop workers in
have been surprised with a mystery donation from a member of the local community. Kansas
Volunteers at the Goodwill store in
, found marijuana mixed in with other items, deposited in the donation drop box while the store was closed. Lawrence, Kansas
Staff immediately contacted the police to report the find, although rather than being a misguided attempt to boost the store's takings with the illicit sale of contraband, it is suspected that the donation was more likely an accident that one individual is expected to be extremely upset about.
Officers in particular are skeptical as to whether any of the town's drug users are really that generous. 'I don't think they did it on purpose,' said
police sergeant Ted Bordman. The authorities have confiscated the cannabis and have confirmed that it will be destroyed. Lawrence
Designated driver didn't fare very well.
Donald Leet told deputies he had a glass of wine with dinner and his driver's license was suspended.
His girlfriend's 11-year-old daughter said he was teaching her to drive.
Whatever the reason, it ended badly when the girl crashed her mother's sport utility vehicle into a water pipe at First Baptist Church of Brandon
At the scene, Leet, 37, told deputies he had allowed the girl to drive. He said he had a suspended license and had one glass of wine but was not intoxicated, the report states.
"You are going to make me lose my job," he told deputies, the report states, adding: "Why don't you arrest a rapist or murderer instead of me. You're an illiterate Southerner. You don't know anything. You only have a high school diploma. You're dumb."
Now there's no excuse to miss the train at the Overvecht Station in
The newly installed "transfer accelerator" allows commuters to quickly descend the station stairs and access platforms.
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At night the slide is said to play music from Bach.
The creation has designed by HIK Ontwerpers as part of their ongoing urban installations series.
A video posted on YouTube shows the slide in action, with the happy camera operator giving it the thumbs up.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Police found crack in woman’s underwear
The officer who pulled over Tommi Jelinda Chambers, 23, of
North Fort Myers, noticed she appeared to be holding something in her left hand, according to a police report.
When asked what it was, Chambers opened her hand and said there was nothing there but several pieces of crack cocaine fell onto her lap.
She admitted it was crack and began crying, according to the report.
While being searched, police found a crack pipe and a pill bottle hidden in her underwear as well as another crack pipe and several more crack rocks in her bra.
The pill bottle contained Buprenorphine and a search of her car turned up Oxycodone, neither of which she had a prescription for..
$2 Lands Woman In Jail
A woman is behind bars after a man says he gave her $2, but later took it back. He told police she then ran him over with the car.
Andrew Toby said he gave 31-year-old Michele McGraw the money in the parking lot of the Pizza Hut on 103rd Street. When Toby took the money back, he said McGraw became angry and chased him with the car.
Toby was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Witnesses said they saw a car hit Toby and then crash. McGraw and a passenger were seen walking away from the wreck.
McGraw was charged with aggravated battery, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license..
Man vomits contraband stash in jail
A Noorvik Alaska man already in jail for alleged assault charges got a contraband count added when he vomited a stash of cigarettes when in jail.
Troopers say 20-year-old Johnathan Carter swallowed the bag with two cigarettes in it in anticipation of going to jail.
Carter, 18-year-old Jack Wells and 28-year-old Thomas Nay were involved in a fight over stolen items. Troopers say family members and friends also were part of the altercation, which include a knife, a rifle, baseball bats and snowmobiles..
Hallucinating men call 911 for help
Deputies responding around 4 a.m. to the home outside
were told by the pair that people in a back bedroom had broken into the home, but no intruders were found. Savannah
Ehsanipoor said deputies realized they were hallucinating. He said "they were so high they called 911 on themselves.".
Man scared of heights bungee jumps
A bungee jump in
apparently arranged by a woman to help her future husband face his fear of heights turned into a three-hour ordeal 50 feet up when the cables got tangled. Dallas
Dallas Fire-Rescue Lt. Joel Lavender said Tuesday that neither was injured.
The couple, who plan to marry next year, seemed in good spirits after the incident and mentioned that Mancera has a fear of heights. Lavender says the ride was meant to be kind of a fun thing, as "a gift on her part, a challenge on his part.".
Tammy Lee Hinton, 50 of Port Richey had just said "I Do" when officers swooped in and arrested her at the City of Zion Ministries church in
The bride had been wanted for two years on a
warrant for identity theft. The victim of the rip-off was her son, according to authorities. Michigan
Hinton was booked Saturday at the
jail in her bridal attire. After posing bail she managed to make it back in time for part of her wedding reception. But Hinton was a no-show at her Monday arraignment. Jackson County