Saturday, October 23, 2010
A man was arrested in Old Saybrrok, Connecticut after police said he burglarized three condos then called officers to report that the car he allegedly used in the break-ins had been stolen. Geraldo "Tito" Figueroa reported late Monday that his car had been taken.
An officer responding to the burglaries just hours before said he had spotted Figueroa fleeing the scene with a pillow case full of items. A car linked to Figueroa was left at the condo complex with items inside that had been reported stolen there.
Figueroa was arraigned Wednesday on burglary and larceny charges and was ordered held on $300,000 cash bond. (info from the Associated Press)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Police in Gallatin, Tennessee said Dustin Marshall tried on jeans in a Walmart store and left without paying, but employees found his old jeans and wallet in a dressing room.
The cops caught up with Marshall and a woman companion on Saturday night after they sneaked out of a restaurant without paying their bill. A search of their home turned up evidence of other crimes.
Marshall and his companion were booked on charges of theft, burglary and other counts. (Info from http://www.newschannel5.com/ )
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Police say a woman in Bartlesville, Oklahoma was in triple-trouble because she stole a doughnut from a truck, peed in a parking lot and offered to perform oral sex act on a cop for money.
The woman was being held in jail on charges of vehicle burglary, trespassing, indecent exposure and soliciting prostitution.
The truck owner complained to police that the woman stole the doughnut at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. A convenience store clerk asked police to charge the woman because he said she relieved herself outside the store.
Officer R.S. Detherow says that when he told the woman she was under arrest, she offered to perform a sex act for money.
(Info from: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Prosecutors in Everett, Washington said that a friendly challenge ended in bloodshed when a man teased a woman about having stinky feet.
Dallas Smith is accused of stabbing a man in the back at a party at her ex-boyfriend’s home on Sept. 7. Smith first became upset when she was unable to do a back flip. Smith boasted to party-goers that she was good at doing back flips and that she could do a flip off anything.
A man challenged her to do a flip off the deck. Smith took off her shoes and attempted the maneuver. She couldn’t do it. Then the man laughed at her and told her that her feet smelled.
Smith started to playfully wrestle with the man, rubbing her socks in his face. She started hitting him. After several seconds, he pushed her away.
She grabbed her coat, picked up a steak knife and headed for the door. On the way, Smith walked up to the man and stabbed him in the back. After calls to 911, a sheriff’s deputy found the man sitting on porch with the knife sticking out of his back, with the blade a few inches in. His lung had collapsed from the stabbing, but he is expected to recover from the injury.
Police arrested Smith at her parents’ home. She denied knowing about the stabbing and declined to speak with investigators. A witness told police that Smith came to his house that night and told him that she had hurt someone and she was in trouble. She told him someone had taunted her.
Smith, who has no criminal history, was charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. She posted $50,000 bail and was released. On Wednesday a $250,000 warrant was issued for her arrest after Smith told a detective she was leaving for Australia on Saturday, and planned to be gone for several months. She surrendered her passport to a sheriff’s deputy and the warrant was quashed.
(info from http://www.heraldnet.com/ )
Friday, September 17, 2010
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Police said a New Hampshire woman faces several charges after she broke into a home and told the owners she was a police officer after she was discovered in the kitchen. Police said the woman, 34, said Wednesday she was chasing a burglar from the house.
Police said when the homeowners asked the woman for identification, she said the burglar had fled with it. Police said the woman pretended to call her sergeant and said she had to go to the station and type up her report and left.
The homeowners wrote down her license plate number and called police. The woman was arrested after a car accident.
She wass charged with burglary, impersonating a police officer, driving under the influence and simple assault.
Jose Parada fell through the ceiling of a business in Pico Rivera, California and was captured by sheriff's deputies who were searching for the suspected burglar of three businesses and had .responded to an alarm at William's Boots.
County sheriff Sgt. Debbie Gallego says a responding deputy saw someone inside nearby De La Cruz Jewelry, and called in a K-9 unit for a search. Deputies sprayed pepper spray in the attic of the store shortly before Parada fell through the ceiling. A nearby antique store was also burglarized.
Parada was being held in lieu of $20,5000 bail. (Info from the Whittier Daily News)
Saturday, September 4, 2010
A teenager in Helena, Montana tapped a wrong number on his cellphone and accidentally sent a text message to Sheriff Leo Dutton, saying "Hey Dawg, do you have a $20 I can buy right now?"
A detective posing as dealer scheduled a meeting at a store with the would-be customer. The detective spotted two teenage boys and one of the boy's fathers--who was unaware of what was going on--at the store. When the detective showed the teens his badge, one of the boys fainted.
(info from: Independent Record)
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Sheriff's deputies in Livingston Parish, Lousiana, arrested a man who passed out while trying to break into a mobile home where an 82-year-old woman was calling 911 and holding crowbar for defense.
Derrick Gauthreaux was booked into jail on one count of attempted burglary and remained jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Chief of Operations Perry Rushing said Gauthreaux had been released from the New Orleans jail late on the night before the burglary attempt, and received a summons for an open alcoholic drink about an hour before his arrest at about 11 a.m.. (info from The Associated Press)
Friday, July 16, 2010
Police in Vineland, New Jersey said that a woman lied twice to cover up the theft of a laptop computer, claiming first that she was carjacked and then that her car crashed because she was having sex.
Apparently 23-year-old Sarah Blasse of Vineland initially told police Saturday that she broke her arm during a carjacking. Blasse later claimed her car crashed into a tree while she was performing a sex act on a man she had picked up.
Camden County prosecutor's spokesman Jason Laughlin says Blasse and her boyfriend actually stole a laptop computer from a car and slipped away from pursuing police in her car, but then crashed and attempted to set the vehicle on fire.
Blasse and Henry Goode Jr. face charges including arson, burglary and hindering apprehension. (info from The Associated Press)
Monday, May 24, 2010
A man staying in Room 118 of the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Wenatchee, Washington meant to call room 119, but instead dialed 911. His digit transposition led to the arrest of two people.
Sgt. John Kruse, a Wenatchee Police Department spokesman, said when officers arrived to find out if there was a problem, the man explained the misdialing. Officers asked for the name of the person he was calling in Room 119. They did a background check on the name of the man in Room 119 and determined there was a warrant out for his arrest.
Officers then went to Room 119, arrested the man and discovered a half ounce of heroin and other drugs in the room.
The man was arrested on suspicion of three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
A woman in Room 119 was arrested on suspicion of two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. (info from Wenatchee World)
Friday, May 21, 2010
Police in Thibodaux, Lousiana found Shafiq Mohamed strolling nude around 2 a.m. Thursday.
Mohamed told the cops that "America raped him" and that God told him to walk the streets naked to save his soul.
Mohamed was taken into custody and charged with obscenity. (info from The Associated Press)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
A man in Denver lost his pinky finger as a result of trying to steal an iPad.
Police arrested Brandon Smith for second-degree assault and robbery of Bill Jordan.
Jordan had just purchased an iPad when the suspect followed him down a staircase to the parking garage and accosted him, yanking so hard at the iPad that he stripped some of the skin to the bone on his little finger.
Jordan's finger was so badly damaged it required amputation. (info from UPI)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
A woman in Story, Indiana whose hairspray-coated hair ignited when she lit a cigarette is now her town's official "Village Idiot." Dani Hamm earned the honorary title by getting the most votes from regulars at the restaurant where she's a bartender. The title awarded every April comes with a $100 bar credit.
Hamm was driving to work in February when she lit a cigarette and then heard a "whoosh" as her hair ignited.
She wasn't injured because she used her hands to douse her hair, which she had coated with a liberal layer of hairspray. (info from The Associated Press)
Monday, March 8, 2010
And you thought it was dangerous to text while driving.
A two-car crash on a Florida highway was caused by a 37-year-old woman who was shaving her bikini area while in the driver's seat. Her ex-husband was steering from the passenger's seat.
Megan Barnes and her ex-husband Charles Judy slammed into the back of a pick-up driven by David Schoff after he slowed to take a turn.
Barnes said she was meeting her boyfriend and wanted to be "ready for the visit," trooper Gary Dunick explained.
Barnes and Judy allegedly drove another half-mile before switching seats. When they were pulled over, Judy claimed to have been driving. The trooper noticed burns on Judy's chest from the passenger-side airbag, which disproved their story. The airbag in the steering wheel apparently did not deploy.
Three passengers – a man and two women – were treated for minor injuries.
Barnes had been driving with a suspended license, just a day after being convicted for DUI. She was sentenced to nine months of probation, and her license was revoked for five years.
Now, Barnes is being charged with reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, and driving with no insurance. She could face a year in jail if found guilty of violating her probation.
Judy was not charged in the crash. (info from CBS News)
A woman in jail in Kentucky for public intoxication was accused of assaulting a jailer by squirting breast milk at her. As she was changing into an inmate uniform, she squirted into the face of a female deputy.
The woman now faces a felony charge of third degree assault on a police officer. Her bond was set at $10,000. (info from The Associated Press)
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Ryan Burke, a cook in a restaurant in Evesham, New Jersey, was charged with aggravated assault, food tampering and retaliation for a past official action after an officer said he found "body hair" in a sandwich prepared by Burke last month.
Authorities said Burke was holding a grudge because the officer had previously given him several tickets. Burke says he never intentionally put any hair in the officer's bagel sandwich.
Burke spent four hours in jail before his wife bailed him out.
The officer involved in the incident identified Burke as someone he had encountered previously. Burke said he was arrested by the officer in March 2009, after he failed to pull over for a traffic violation. Burke said the officer had frequented the restaurant many times without any incidents.
Burke said he didn't know of a problem with the sandwich until four officers arrested him in the restaurant's kitchen about 30 minutes after the food was served on Feb. 21.
"At first, (Burke) denied placing anything in his food, but then further investigation provided information that he indeed placed body hair in his sandwich," a police spokesman said.
Burke, a seven-year employee, was fired after the incident and is now unemployed. He said his life has been wrecked.
"I think that this is absurd," he said, standing on the front porch of his home as his wife and 5-month-old daughter watched. "They decided to ruin my life." (info from http://www.courierpostonline.com/ )
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
A jailbreak usually involves someone trying to get out of jail, but police in Medford, Orgon arrested a man trying to break into the County Jail early Monday morning.
At 4:10 a.m., sheriff's deputies at the jail spotted a man scrambling over a tall fence that surrounds a secure lot where arresting officers unload potential prisoners and escort them inside. Jail officials met the man on the ground and contacted police.
The jailbreaker, James DeVore, told police that he was distraught over the death of his mother and that he had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, and went to the jail to ask for assistance. When he didn't get an answer at the front entrance, he decided to go around to the back.
Medford police charged him with disorderly conduct and trespassing.
However, the two criminal charges didn't get DeVore into the jail. He was taken to the county's sobering center, referred to a mental health program and cited to appear in court later. (Info from MailTribune.com)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Robert Smith and Jeanna Mercure were charged with prostitution in Marlborough, New Hampshire on Tuesday after Smith called the police to report that Mercure would not have sex with him after he paid for it.
Police said Smith called the Marlborough Police Department on Monday and reported that he had paid Mercure and another person $150 to have sex with him on Sunday night but he failed to receive the requested service.
Police said they were still investigating the third person. (info from WMUR TV)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Haiti shares the island of Hispanola with the more prosperous Dominican Republic. The island is between Cuba and Puerto Rico. Christopher Columbus visited the island in 1492 and founded settlements.
Even during the best of times, Haiti has been a miserable place to live.
Its people suffered as slaves under French colonists, and after revolting and becoming "free," the country was known for turmoil and frequent government takeovers. The United States occupied Haiti from 1915 to 1934.
In 1937 Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo ordered the Dominican Army to kill Haitians living on the Dominican side of the border.
Later in the 20th Century, Haitians suffered again under the brutal and corrupt regimes of "Papa Doc" Duvalier and his slightly nicer son "Baby Doc."
Haiti is home to a proud people with a rich culture and important history, but the country is pathetically poor, with a very low literacy rate and one of the worst living standards in the world. Many Haitians left the country.
Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion. Haiti is the only predominantly French-speaking independent nation in the Western Hemisphers, and one of just two (with Canada) that designate French as an official language
And now, an earthquake has caused thousands of poorly made buildings to collapes, killing as-yet-uncounted tens of thousands of people.
President Obama, the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense have changed their schedules to deal with the crisis. I changed my blogging schedule to ask readers to donate some money to help, and to encourage others to donate, too.
Google has made it easy to make a donation to help the people of Haiti. Please CLICK to give, and post this information wherever you can.
(Some info above came from Wikipedia)
Friday, January 1, 2010
In the early evening a couple of days after Christmas, an off-duty Chattanooga police officer was attacked by shoplifters when the cop tried to stop the theft.
Officer Josh Wright was leaving a Walmart store after shopping when he saw a man trying to force his way past a greeter with a shopping cart loaded with televisions and a computer. When Walmart loss prevention officers tried to stop the man, he forced his way past them and refused to produce his receipt, according to police.
At this point Officer Wright stepped in, identified himself as a Chattanooga Police officer and showed his badge. The man looked at the badge, declared it to be a fake and tried to get by Officer Wright.
Officer Wright then forced suspect Joseph Hill to the floor and placed him under arrest.
Within minutes the arrest, the suspect’s wife, identified as Lisa Hill, began acting as if she was having a heart attack and stated she did not know the suspect.
A witness then told Officer Wright that she had seen Mr. and Mrs. Hill in the store together. The witness began to leave the store when Mrs. Hill became belligerent and began calling the witness a liar and threatening her. Mrs. Hill followed the witness to the parking lot, grabbed her by her hair, threw her to the ground and began hitting her.
Police said the witness got a pocket knife from her purse and stabbed Mrs. Hill in the arm in order to get her off her. Mrs. Hill was taken to a local hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.
The woman who stabbed Mrs. Hill declined to press charges, and surveillance video from Walmart confirmed the witness’s statements.
Mr. Hill was charged with theft over $1,000 and assault on a police officer. The investigation into Mrs. Hill’s actions still is open. (info from Chattanooga Times Free Press)