Thursday, June 23, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

City bills woman $650 for mowing her grass
Pennsylvania woman who moved out of her Phillipsburg house due to a pending divorce said the city cut the grass on the property and billed her $650.
Nicole Hodgskin, who left her home a month ago when she and her husband split, told the Phillipsburg Council Tuesday she had thought her husband was still living at the residence and taking care of the grass.
"We've received lots of complaints from neighbors about your lawn and sent out a notice," Mayor Harry Wyant told Hodgskin at the meeting. "Ten days after the notice the grass wasn't cut, so we cut the grass."
Wyant said the bill was so high because the workers doing the mowing received overtime pay.
"Based on the amount of employees and rain, we had to do our work orders on an overtime basis," Wyant said. "We also had to move debris from the property."
Dead man to be exhumed to retrieve dentures
A Tennessee man's body is being exhumed to remove dentures that belong to another man after a mix-up at a Chattanooga hospital.
Parkridge Medical Center spokesperson Alison Counts said that the body of 76-year-old Kenneth Ray Manis will be exhumed after his family learned the dentures belonged to an intensive care patient who shared the same hospital room. The dentures were with personal items placed inside his coffin. Counts said Manis' family asked that the dentures be removed.
The hospital has apologized and will be paying for new dentures, as well as reburial costs and attorney's fees. The hospital declined to identify the patient who lost his dentures.
Man fined $100 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal
Touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal will cost a 19-year-old man $100.
Cameron Cayaban pleaded guilty in federal court to harassing, harming or pursuing an endangered species.
A federal magistrate judged imposed $100 in fines and fees.
Cayaban was charged with slapping a Hawaiian monk seal at Kalaeloa's White Plains Beach.
His lawyer says Cayaban ran up to the endangered animal and touched it.

Cops daughter gives topless massage to undercover deputy

A Lee County woman advertising topless massages was arrested Tuesday after meeting with an undercover Lee deputy and arranging for sex acts.
Rachel Nache Colvin, 24, whose address was not released because she lives with her father who is a retired Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy, was charged with practicing massages without a license and prostitution.
According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report:
The deputy sent a text message to a woman advertising erotic topless body rubs on a website. She sent a text back stating the charge would be $150.
The deputy met with her at an undisclosed location in Bonita Springs, gave her $160 and she put the money in her purse. She told him to get on the bed while she removed her clothing except for panties, straddled him and began giving him a massage.
The two spoke about sex acts and an agreement was reached. She asked him to turn onto his back and remove his underwear. He then gave awaiting deputies a pre-arranged arrest signal.
While deputies spoke to her, she asked for help because she didn’t want to go to jail.

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Bags of vomit left outside Bed, Bath and Beyond store
Police are trying to figure out who left two bags of human vomit in the parking lot of a Delaware County shopping center.
The first bag was discovered on May 29th near a tree in the parking area of the Bed, Bath and Beyond store on Lancaster Avenue in the St. David's section of Radnor Township, Pa.
Another bag was found near the same location on June 5th.
In both cases, police say a biohazard medical waste container, holding the vomit, was inside a white trash bag.
Investigators say the second bag weighed some 30 pounds.
Police say there were identifying markers on the medical waste container, but they are not releasing those details at this time.
The contents were properly disposed.
Police 'prank' could lead to firings
Crime scene investigators took DNA samples from a Dallas city car possibly urinated in by police officers last week, officials said.
An unnamed department official said officers could face a charge of criminal mischief and termination if it can be determined who peed inside the city vehicle assigned to another officer.
At least 20 officers had access to the parked vehicle, which is used by a plainclothes detective on the overnight shift who belongs to the Latino Peace Officers Association.
"It's just nasty," the police official said. "That kind of stuff is just embarrassing. It's so juvenile."
$113 ticket for bus stop drop-off
A British man said he received a $113 parking ticket when a camera car snapped a picture of his vehicle while he was dropping a friend off at a bus stop.
Paul Robinson, 50, of Hartlepool, said he received a fixed penalty notice for parking at a bus stop "from 12:41 p.m. to 12:41 p.m." when he in fact had only stopped "for seconds" to drop a friend off at the stop, The Sun reported Wednesday.
"They're not getting a penny out of me. I'd rather go to court," Robinson said.
The pictures were taken by a camera car, which began touring the streets of the city last month in a bid to catch traffic violators. The car distributed 438 tickets in its first four weeks, Hartlepool Council said.
Jails ask scantily clad visitors to put on T-shirt
New York City jail officials are asking scantily clad visitors to cover up with bright green T-shirts.
The city Department of Correction spent $5,000 on 800 extra-extra-large neon shirts. They're washed daily.
The jail dress code prohibits gang symbols, swimwear, and short skirts, among other attire. The policy requires visitors to wear clothing appropriate for a family gathering, including underwear.
The T-shirts aren't just for women. Men with ripped clothes or T-shirts bearing expletives could also be asked to wear them. Jewelry - besides wedding rings - also is discouraged.
Department spokesperson Sharman Stein says the policy will also help catch visitors trying to sneak in contraband. The T-shirts have no pockets.

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