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)