Friday, September 12, 2008
A dirty tenant turned his home into a rubbish dump by cramming it with more than 1000 burger, pizza and Kentucky Fried Chicken cartons.
Landlord Chris Dowling couldn't believe his eyes, or nose, when confronted with the squalor the man had left behind.
And when Chris made it to the bathroom, he found that the tenant had left a giant heap of cigarette ends on the sink.
"The tenant had also been smoking without opening windows and there were nicotine stains dripping from the walls.
"It smelled like a giant ashtray. I can't imagine how anyone can live like that."
His filthy lifestyle was exposed when bailiffs turned up at the flat to chase him for unpaid council tax. They alerted Chris, who went to inspect the flat.
Police in Madison who videotaped a man having sex with his comatose wife in her nursing home room violated his constitutional rights, an appeals court ruled Thursday.
David W. Johnson, 59, had an expectation to privacy when he visited his wife, a stroke victim, at Divine Savior Nursing Home in Portage, the District 4 Court of Appeals ruled. Therefore, police violated his constitutional rights against unreasonable searches when they installed a hidden video camera in the room, the court said.
FBI Seeking 'Cross-Dressing' Bank Bandit
The FBI is searching for the person who robbed a suburban Chicago bank wearing a large pink sun hat and a pink-and-black dress.
And authorities say he accessorized his outfit with long white gloves and a black metal handgun.
The gunman FBI agents are calling the Cross-Dressing Bandit held up the MB Financial Bank branch in Park Ridge on August 13.
Today, Special Agent Robert Grant asked the public for help in the search.
The FBI made public a wanted poster with photos of the bandit standing at a teller window in his unusual outfit.
The FBI says the robber had an employee place cash in a plastic shopping bag, then herded two bank workers and a customer into a restroom where he used plastic zip ties to bind their hands.
Mine is bigger then yours
Argument over who has bigger genitals leaves three killed
Three men were shot dead and two left injured after an argument between a group of Indian and white visitors to a bar here, allegedly over the size of genitals.
A worker at the bar, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal, said a customer of Indian origin had remarked to a white customer while they were both at the urinal in the bar that his penis was bigger than that of the white customer.
After both men returned to their friends, the two groups began swearing at each other before the group of five Indian men left the scene and all returned with firearms. They opened fire and three guys died on the spot.
Free food and drink on a Virgin Express train
A man sneaked on to a train and cooked himself breakfast and stole 24 miniature bottles of booze.
Mark Armstrong, 34, crept on to a London-bound Virgin Express while it was stopped at Preston's railway station overnight, and helped himself to the freshly restocked buffet.
The drunken thief, who walked on to the unlocked train at around 4.30am on Monday, pocketed five bottles of Beefeater gin, eight bottles of Vladivar vodka and five bottles of Teacher's whisky before downing six more mini bottles of vodka. Then he chose a packet of Linda McCartney sausages and some bacon and cooked it for himself in the buffet cart.
Stunned staff, who had left the train unlocked while they cleaned it, found Armstrong tucking into the breakfast at around 5am and alerted British Transport Police.
Officials plans to cut dead teenager's grave in half
A mother vowed yesterday to sleep by her daughter’s grave — to stop it being cut in half. Grieving Lily Pinnock has been told the 6ft long plot marking teenager Angelene’s resting place breaks health and safety rules. Officials say graves should be only 3ft long and have warned Angelene’s family to shorten hers — or else contractors will do it for them.
Angelene died at 15 in 2007 after a two-year battle with leukaemia and was buried in the cemetery at Pitsea Crematorium in Essex.
Her immaculately tended plot is covered with an ornate marble surround and ornaments which Lily, 53, her husband Jeffrey, 52, and Angelene’s brother and sister Jeff and Dolly lovingly visit every day.
But now Basildon Council is enforcing a rule that graves ought to be just 3ft long to leave access for the elderly and disabled between headstone rows.
Lily, of Bowers Gifford, said: "They are not cutting my daughter in half. I will sleep in the cemetery if I have to but they are not touching her grave."
Picture and More
Scooby appears as witness in murder trial
A dog nicknamed "Scooby" has become the first animal in the world to appear as a witness in a murder trial.
The animal is believed to have been with his 59-year-old owner when she was found hanging from the ceiling of her Paris flat. Police believe it was suicide but her family demanded a murder investigation.
During a preliminary hearing the pet was led into the witness box by a vet to see how it reacted to a suspect. It is said to have "barked furiously".
The aim was to decide if there was sufficient evidence to launch a full murder inquiry and a judge is yet to reach a decision.
French judge Thomas Cassuto praising the animal for his "exemplary behavior and invaluable assistance".
Perfume of a Skunk
Middle School Girl's Perfume Sends 11 Students, Bus Driver to Hospital
It's supposed to turn heads, but some perfume turned stomachs on a school bus in Manchester, N.H.
Eleven middle school pupils and a driver were taken to a hospital Thursday after a girl dropped a bottle of perfume on the bus. The McLaughlin Middle School students and driver complained of nausea and dizziness.
The principal said it's against the rules to bring perfume or glass on campus, so even though it appeared to be an accident, the girl probably will be disciplined.
Peanut Butter & Pastrami Not A Good Reason
Roxbury Township police became suspicious when two New Mexico residents said they drove to New York for peanut butter and pastrami.
Police say they stopped 55-year-old James Garfield and 56-year-old Robin Harrington for making erratic lane changes on Interstate 80.
A search of their pickup truck led officers to a backpack containing three pounds of marijuana.
The pair are each held on $100,000 bail, charged with marijuana possession, possession with intent to distribute and drug paraphernalia possession.
Dad chases nude boy from teenage daughter's room with pipe
An angry Deltona father whacked his teenage daughter's boyfriend with a metal pipe after finding the boy naked in his daughter's room. Authorities say the father, 45, didn't even know his daughter had a boyfriend or that the youngster had been sneaking into the home for more than a year.
When he heard noises coming from his daughter's bedroom Thursday morning and saw a stranger standing naked on the girl's bed, he swung a metal pipe. He then chased the teen out the front door and called police.
The boy was taken to the hospital where doctors closed a head wound with staples.
The father was charged with aggravated battery on a child and bonded out on $10,000.
Male leaves his greasy imprints on Neb. town
Beginning more than a year ago, some male has been skipping from one business to another at night, pressing his naked behind - sometimes his groin, sometimes both - on windows. Store owners, church workers and school janitors have had to wash lotion and petroleum jelly off the windows he selects.
"This is the weirdest case I've ever seen," said police Chief Ben McBride.
Some residents of Valentine, a town of about 2,650 people, find some humor in the strange vandalism and have taken to calling the perpetrator the "Butt Bandit." But they also can't help but cringe when finding his marks.
"We were completely grossed out," said Kalli Kieborz, who works in a downtown building. "One day I walked into the office and an employee said, 'Oh, my God, we've been struck!'"
The police chief is far from amused.