Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Clean up in aisle 3
Man urinated on cough drops at Walgreen’s
Police say the unknown man looked around, unzipped his pants and urinated on 110 packages.
Sanford police are looking for a man who urinated on more than 100 unopened cough-drop packages at Walgreen’s last week the store at 2501 S. French Ave.
at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and walked to the cough-drop aisle unzipped his pants and urinated on 110 packages of cough drops.
Afterward he walked to the pharmacy and tried to fill a prescription, but didn't have the correct paperwork. He then left the store.
The store's video surveillance system captured the incident and police are working to identify the man.
Man specialized in hospitals
James Darnell Spence Jr., 57 has placed more than 300 sexually threatening calls to hospitals around the country, according to Jacksonville police.
At first Spence was charged with only two misdemeanors because authorities couldn't determine there was an actual sexual assault victim.
But a federal grand jury stepped up the ante: Spence has now been charged eight counts of telephoning threats in interstate commerce. All eight calls threatening rape or molestation of young girls were to hospitals in Nebraska and Missouri.
Each count carries a maximum five-year term.
According to Jacksonville police, when the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force caught up to Spence, he had photocopied pages of a national hospital directory with him.
Judge reduce the fine for the cursing teacher
A New York City schoolteacher accused of using a Spanish vulgarity in his classroom has gotten a judge to reduce his $15,000 fine to $1,000.
A ruling filed Monday says the initial penalty was "disproportionate" in Carlos Garcia's case.
The high school teacher was suspended and fined last year after students said he used a Spanish curse word. He denied it and said a court interpreter miscast the term during a disciplinary hearing.
The word's literal translation refers to female sexual organs, but its usage varies. Some speakers consider it offensive. To others, it's a fairly harmless expression of frustration or joy.
City lawyers say they're weighing options after seeing the ruling. They've said the language was inappropriate and the penalty was warranted.
Elderly couple gets $10K in pot
Police say an elderly Pennsylvania couple was the unintended recipient of a very seedy delivery: a five-pound brick of marijuana.
Police in Upper Darby, just outside Philadelphia, say the couple paid little attention to the package when it was delivered last week. Not recognizing the name, they left it on their porch, expecting it to be picked up.
When nobody claimed the package, the couple opened it to find what police say was $10,000 in high-grade marijuana.