Saturday, April 30, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

NY inmate separates guards fighting over food
Talk about a role-reversal: Two New York jail guards are in trouble after an inmate stepped in to break up their fight over food.
Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman says both corrections officers are suspended with pay after what he calls an "embarrassment."
The inmate required medical attention but Wipperman says privacy laws prevent him from disclosing his injuries. He says the inmate got between the unarmed guards because he didn't want either to get fired.
He wouldn't confirm that it was started over a bag of chips. It happened at Erie County Correctional Facility in a dorm-like building.
Wipperman identified the officers as Lawrence Mule, a 26-year veteran, and James Conlin, who was hired 29 years ago. A message with the officers' union wasn't immediately returned.
Man tells police he was robbed while buying drugs
Authorities in Colorado Springs, Colorado say a man told police he was robbed at gunpoint by people he was trying to buy drugs from.
Authorities say the man called police about 12 hours later when he spotted a car the alleged robbers used. Police arrested three people when they returned to the vehicle.
Police say the three are accused of stealing a cell phone, $35 in cash and $40 worth of drugs. It wasn't immediately clear who the drugs were allegedly stolen from.
Police say they're still investigating.
The name of the man who called police hasn't been made public. It's wasn't immediately known whether he will face charges.
Homeless man robs bank, gives away the money
Authorities say a homeless man robbed a Tampa bank, fled on a city bus and handed out stolen cash to passengers.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say 27-year-old Elmer McGuirt handed a note demanding money to a Wachovia Bank teller.
Witnesses told deputies he then got on the bus and started handing out money, keeping some of the cash for himself.
The sheriff's office contacted the bus driver, who stopped the bus and pretended to have mechanical failure. Deputies arrested McGuirt and were also able to get some of the money back from passengers.
McQuirt now faces robbery charges. He is in the Hillsborough County Jail.
Disguised Robbers Steal Paintball Guns
Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an armed robbery that occurred at JC Paintballs located on Tollgate Road in Bel Air, MD.
The two suspects entered the store, threatened the store owner and a juvenile employee with a knife before proceeding to steal an assortment of paintball guns, CO2 cartridges, paintball masks and various paintball supplies.
The suspects are described as two white males in their early to mid 20’s who had applied heavy spray on tan applications (described a dark bronze/black in color) in order to disguise themselves.
Leaking Massachusetts house dials 911 for help
After months of enduring a leaking pipe that buckled its floors and caused its ceiling to sag, an empty Marblehead, Massachusetts house somehow called police for help.
A 911 call went out to police from a house in Marblehead on Wednesday after water short-circuited the phone system, apparently sparking the emergency call.
Officers were sent to the address after the call was recorded as a hang up and a return call got static.
Inside, they found the wreckage, including potentially toxic mold, from a pipe that apparently burst during the winter.
Officials say the interior may have to be gutted.
Police couldn't immediately locate owner James Cowen. His cousin, William Cowen, said he's not worried. He says James was left financially secure by his father and often travels.