Thursday, June 23, 2011

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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