Sunday, July 26, 2009

Three Convicts Escapes In Helicopter Jailbreak

Three prisoners have escaped a Belgian jail in a hijacked helicopter - but left one of their accomplices behind, apparently for lack of space. The escapees fled the prison, near the city of Bruges in Belgium, on Thursday.
They then flew to the town of Aalter, where they seized a black Mercedes from a female driver and robbed a service station before heading for the Belgian coast.
One of the accomplices who flew the helicopter was left behind at the prison, apparently due to a lack of room in the helicopter.
No-one was hurt in the incident, which did not involve prisoners from the high-security wing.
But all three escapees - bank robber Ashraf Sekkaki, Mohammed Johry and Abdel Had Kahjary Mulloul - are all repeat offenders, prosecutors in Bruges said.
They include one of Belgium's most dangerous criminals, Ashraf Sekkaki, who has more than 16 convictions for violence, including kidnappings for ransom.

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Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Assistant principal told to stop unusual form of punishment
Catholic school nuns used to have a reputation for wrapping knuckles with rulers, and some hard-line principals hang paddles with holes in them on their office walls.
But toe popping?
This unique way to get the attention of wayward students appeared to be a favorite of a King High School assistant principal, although whether it is considered corporal punishment is up for debate.
Five students told authorities they had their toes popped by Olayinka Alege after their grades had slipped. None said the toe popping hurt, but some said it did feel kind of weird.
The toe popping ended up under investigation by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and was even reviewed by the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office, both of which concluded there didn't appear to be any criminality involved.
In May, deputies interviewed five students and Alege, who, after he was read his rights, declined to talk to detectives, a report said.
Some of the students, whose names were not released by the sheriff's office, felt the toe popping was strange, but none said it hurt or injured them.
One student told deputies he was called into Alege's office this past school year to discuss the student's declining grades and was ordered to remove a shoe and sock, "and lift up a foot and Mr. Alege popped his toes by pulling them out and bending them down."
Alege told one student that, "He could not hit him so the toe popping was a form of punishment," the report said.
The student told deputies it didn't hurt, but the student "felt it was weird."
Fake Cop Tried to Stop Real Cop in California
Oakland police say a man impersonating a police officer tried to pull over a real undercover officer and was arrested.
Police say 21-year-old Antonio Fernandez Martinez of Oakland was arrested Wednesday in the Fruitvale district after trying to pull over an unmarked police vehicle. Martinez was driving a Ford Crown Victoria outfitted with flashing lights, a microphone and speakers.
Martinez, a convicted car thief, will have his felony probation revoked and could face a prison term.
The officer, Jim Beere, says Martinez probably thought he'd be an easy mark to rob.

150 Dogs Found Dead in Freezers at Mich. Home

150 dogs found dead in freezers at Mich. home and over 110 dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, rescued.
Police on Friday found about 150 dead dogs packed in freezers in the basement of a Michigan house littered with feces and trash where more than 110 live dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, were rescued this week.
Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the 56-year-old man found Wednesday in the suburban Detroit home with the animals may have been living with an increasing number of dogs for up to three or four years.
"The house was in complete disarray, very cluttered and, with 100-plus dogs running around in there, very filthy," he said.

Army Colonel Eats 40-Year-Old Cake!

During his retirement ceremony, an army colonel opens up a 40-year-old can of military "c" rations pound cake and eats it.

False breast and glass eye just some of property left in rented homes

An antique dentist's chair equipped with extraction tools is not the usual thing a landlord expects to find left behind in an average rental property.
But there it was, at the end of the tenancy, after the tenant had packed up and left the house for good.
That is just one of the many bizarre items found in properties.
"There's been the usual crop of dumped hi-fi systems and scrapped Playstations," said Mike Goddard, at Belvoir, "but then comes the bizarre stuff – and every now and again we hear of a new surprise.
Other bizarre leftovers include:
• A Christmas tree decorated in the middle of August, featuring a glass eye as one of the decorations
• A fish tank with two very bemused goldfish, left in the middle of the dining room floor
• A montage of page three models that covered the entire upstairs of a property
• A stuffed sparrow hawk mounted on a plinth• Two surf boards used as "saloon style" doors to get in and out of the kitchen
• A box of 24 out-of-date tins of lager with a fishing rod, kite and false breast
• An external door mounted on bricks and used as a coffee table
A wardrobe full of brand new women's clothes, shoes, jewelry and make-up." Some items were even left as gifts for the landlord," said Mr Goddard.
"One tenant left pickled eggs because he wanted to say thank you and thought the landlord would like them!"

Outrage over risque slogans

Child advocates have slammed a risque range of baby clothes that created a storm of controversy in Australia and are now on sale in New Zealand.
The T-shirts and suits are on sale in Australian chain Cotton On Kids' 17 Kiwi stores and feature slogans including "I'm a tits man", "The condom broke", "I'm living proof my mom is easy" and "Mommy likes it on top."