Thursday, April 24, 2014

So near yet so far

Firefighter doesn't have his best ever day

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Police release video of box-headed burglar

Police in Bismarck, North Dakota, have released a video from a burglary at Panchero’s Mexican Grill.

The burglary happened around 12:30am on Monday.

A rock appeared to have been thrown through a door to gain entry. The burglar then used a box to hide their identity as they moved through the restaurant.

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There was $1,000 damage to the door and $50 damage to the office door lock. Anyone with information about the box-headed burglar is asked to call the Bismarck Police Department.

Woman attacked by pet duck with 'dangerous propensities' sues owner for $275,000

A pet duck with "dangerous propensities" is at the centre of a $275,000 lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday , (pdf doc), in Clackamas County, Oregon. It claims the plaintiff, Cynthia Ruddell,62, of Washougal, Washington, stepped out of her motor home on property owned by her mother in Estacada on May 7, 2012 when a "domestic duck" attacked her. The woman fell on her outstretched hand, breaking her wrist and spraining her elbow and shoulder.

"I can tell you that when she first contacted me, we both shared a laugh at the circumstances around the accident," said Ruddell's attorney, Gregory Price. "But, unfortunately, the injury was pretty serious." Ruddell had to get a plate and nine screws in her wrist. Further problems required a second surgery. The duck is owned by Lolita Rose. The lawsuit claims she was negligent for failing to maintain proper control of her domestic animal.

Price said the owner has acknowledged that the duck "had issues" before this incident, including prior attacks. The lawsuit states the duck had "abnormally dangerous propensities in attacking people in an aggressive manner similar to how it attacked and injured Mrs. Ruddell." Price said there is no dispute in the case regarding liability, which is the same whether it's a duck or a dog.

Price said there is an "excellent chance" of resolving the claim with the insurance company without any further litigation, resulting in no personal liability for Rose, since it will be paid entirely under her homeowner's policy. The lawsuit states medical expenses for Ruddell have added up to approximately $25,000. The additional $250,000 claim is for "past and future noneconomic damages in an amount to be determined by the jury."

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Man apologises for taking naked midnight stroll through Health and Beauty section at Walmart

A South Carolina man has apologised for walking through a Walmart store while naked. Kevin Hughes, 36, said he was not only embarrassed, but felt as if he was out of his mind when he walked inside a Tega Cay Walmart in the middle of the night, wearing nothing but black shoes.

Tega Cay police said they were called to the store just before midnight on Thursday night after store employees spotted Hughes walking in the Health and Beauty section naked. Police arrived they found Hughes in the electronics section and quickly escorted him outside.

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Hughes said the last thing he remembers is going to sleep at his sister’s house on Thursday night and the next thing he knew, he woke up naked in his truck at Walmart.  He hopped out and walked into the store.

“I’ve had a problem with drugs in the past. I still like to do Ecstasy once in a while,” Hughes said. “I accidentally got methamphetamine instead and it really made me crazy.” He added, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry. It was an accident. It wasn’t something I intended to do.” Hughes was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Jesus appeared on pancake on Good Friday

The owner of a café in Norco, California, believes the face of Jesus Christ appeared on a pancake.

Karen Hendrickson, the owner of Cowgirl Café, said a server initially noticed the biblical figure show up in the breakfast favourite on Good Friday.“He’s got a moustache and a beard,” she said.

Hendrickson said the night before the pancake showed up on the grill, she asked God for something. “I said, ‘Dear God, please just continue to look over the Cowgirl Café,’” she said.

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Employee Edgar Ceja also sees the image of Jesus. “I did see the face. To me, it’s impressive because it was on Good Friday, and I don’t really see that very often,” he said.

Unexplained shadow spotted running through football fans

An unexplained shadow which appeared to run right through football fans at a match in Bolivia has left observers perturbed.

The human silhouette was filmed moving through the terracing during a Fox Sports live transmission of Bolivia's The Strongest versus Defensor Sporting, of Uruguay, in La Paz's Hernando Siles Stadium on Thursday.

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Observers noted the figure appears to go unnoticed by fans seemingly seated in its path.

Local media added that it moves curiously fast given the cramped seating in the stadium which allows only limited room.

Stolen credit card used to buy car battery charger and sex toy with more settings than a washing machine

An alleged thief used an English backpacker's stolen credit card to buy “a big pink vibrator with more settings than a washing machine” and a car battery charger before the card was cancelled. The credit card was allegedly stolen from the wallet of labourer Jack Critch, who ­noticed the card, and $10 cash, missing from his wallet, which he had left in his bag in the lunchroom of a building site at Parap in Australia's Northern Territory.

Mr Critch’s online banking service showed two transactions at nearby stores that morning, one for $169.95 at Sexyland and another for $119 at car accessories store Repco. “That definitely wasn’t me – I hadn’t spent any money that day,” Mr Critch’s said. “Pink’s not my colour. The first place on (the alleged thief’s) list was the dildo shop. He bought a vibrator, mate. Just a big pink vibrator.”

His boss drove him to the stores to investigate as Mr Critch, 26, cancelled his card with the bank’s fraud ­department. The helpful Sexyland staff showed him the exact model. Mr Critch was unfamiliar with brands when asked. “It didn’t have ears so it wasn’t a rabbit. It’s got more settings than my washing machine,” he said. “I had a good look around Sexyland and it’s got a good variety.”

A closer inspection of a photo showed it to be a Nalone Electro, which is where “silicone and metal combine to send waves of powerful vibration and electric pulses to intimate spots and tired muscles for a whole new level of stimulation. With Electro Magnetic Pulse technology, this wand vibrator leads the way in innovative pleasure”, according to the website. Mr Critch was perplexed by the man’s other purchase – a car battery charger. “Whether you can link them I don’t know,” he said.

Justice Ombudsman rules that big muscles aren't adequate grounds for arrest

Police in Sweden who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions.

Two police officers in southern town Lund spotted a man with large muscles working out at a gym.

They took him in on suspicion of narcotics crime, and once at the station made him go through a drugs test. They also frisked the man.

On Thursday, however, the Justice Ombudsman (Justititeombudsmannen - JO) said that big muscles were not adequate grounds for arrest nor to suspect a person of taking drugs to enhance their workout routines.

US Air Force lieutenant fined for snapping tail off topiary dog after being found sitting astride it

A US Air Force lieutenant on an all-day pub crawl ended up astride a topiary dog outside the home of a celebrity dog trainer, a court heard. First lieutenant Christopher Mesnard, 26, started his marathon drinking session at a champagne bar in Paddington Station in London. He had planned to drink half a pint in 26 pubs along the Circle underground line.

But he lost his friends and was found in the early hours on top of the dog sculpture outside the Notting Hill mews home of Lucy Kennedy. When he was discovered by Miss Kennedy, who screamed at him, he fell backwards, snapping off the dog’s tail. On Wednesday, Mesnard was fined £250 after he admitted criminal damage. Mensard initially denied touching the dog but changed his plea to guilty on the day of the trial.

He told Hammersmith Magistrates' Court: "I just want to start off with my sincerest apologies for causing so much angst over the damage to the property and to my fellow servicemen and women for representing them so badly. A apologise for drinking so much. After learning how intoxicated I had become I am embarrassed and feel I cannot fight the case. I acted out of the norm. It sickens me that I have caused Miss Kennedy so much distress.

"I am ashamed that as an officer I behaved in this way and as an officer I face further punishment. I've learned a great lesson from my actions ... I failed everyone and myself this time." District Judge Samantha Bain told Mesnard: "I take into account that your name has been besmirched, which is a serious thing for yourself." She fined him £250, with £150 costs and a £25 victim surcharge and ordered him to pay £995 compensation to Miss Kennedy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Rock and roll

During this teenage talent show the bassist with band 'Casino' finished the set in true rock and roll style.

"What did the guitar do?"

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Whilst this band's drummer, during an all-night cable television marathon, unexpectedly left the stage and began impersonating a dying fly.

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Woman claims she's Virgin Mary's cousin 65 times removed

A woman from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, claims she is the 64th great-granddaughter of Saint Joseph Ben Matthat Arimathaea, who was the paternal uncle to the Virgin Mary. Mary Beth Webb said she began searching her ancestry in 2010 after years of "communicating" with her deceased mother, father and brother. While doing the research on over a two-year period, Webb discovered the connection to Saint Joseph.

Saint Joseph of Arimathaea is written about in the Bible and is credited for providing the tomb in which Jesus Christ's body was placed following his execution on the cross. Webb's ancestry page shows the Virgin Mary is her first cousin 65 times removed. Webb emailed the website to share her discovery, and said a spokesperson replied with scepticism. "They said, 'Well, that's nice, but you probably made a mistake along the way because that's easy to do,'" Webb said.

The journey into her ancestry began in 1999 when her brother, Donald, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given six months to live. Webb claims she and her cousin began communicating with her parents, who had died years earlier. "We would ask questions about Heaven, what it was like when you crossed over. I've gotten a really detailed account of what happened to my brother when he passed," Webb said. "I always asked them what it was like, and they said it was beautiful. Imagine the most beautiful place that you can, a beautiful garden."

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Over the years, Webb's cousin has been the medium for the conversation, and would communicate messages from Webb's parents to her that included details only those three could know, Webb said, adding there is no way her cousin could have known some of those stories. Webb said she understands not everyone will believe her, but she hopes her experiences provide hope for those grief-stricken over a loved one's death. "I know a lot of people are sceptical and want proof and all that. I can only share what happened to me and hope they can learn from it," Webb added.

Colonoscopy patient suing doctors for mocking him while he was unconscious

Doctors mocked an unconscious colonoscopy patient, joking that he has syphilis and talking about firing a gun up his rectum, says a man from Fairfax, Virginia, whose cellphone allegedly captured audio of the entire affair. Plaintiff D.B. is suing Safe Sedation LLC and Safe Sedation Management in Fairfax County Court, alleging defamation and infliction of emotional distress. "On April 18, 2013, during a colonoscopy, plaintiff was verbally brutalized and defamed by the very doctors to whom he entrusted his life while under anesthesia," the complaint states. D.B. claims that Drs. Tiffany Ingham and Soloman Shah, who are not named as defendants, mocked him from the second the anesthesia kicked in. D.B. claims he had inadvertently left his phone in the room, set to record, having neglected to turn it off after recording instructions for post-operative care.

 "The moment that plaintiff became unconscious, Tiffany Ingham, M.D. commented to all of the others in the operating room 'Oh - Oscar Mike Goss.' That is a thinly disguised substitute for the expression 'OMG', which is an expression of both exasperation and mockery, and is a well-known abbreviation for 'Oh my God,'" the complaint states. It adds: "Tiffany Ingham, M.D. started to mock, and then continued to mock, the amount of medicine required to anesthetize plaintiffs. "Referring to plaintiff, Soloman Shah, M.D. commented that a teaching physician known to both him and Tiffany Ingham, M.D. 'would eat him for lunch.' "Tiffany Ingham, M.D. agreed that plaintiff would be 'eaten alive' and also jokingly discussed a hypothetical of firing a gun up a rectum." D.B. claims his phone caught Ingham talking to his unconscious self, saying, "And really, after five minutes of talking to you in pre-op I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit."

The tape allegedly caught the doctors discussing D.B.'s prescription medication and an irritation on his penis. "A medical assistant at GMA touched plaintiff's penis during the colonoscopy," the complaint states. "Although plaintiff's penis is not involved in a colonoscopy, the medical assistant noted there was not 'much of a penile rash.' Tiffany Ingham, M.D. responded, 'No, you'll accidentally rub up against it. Some syphilis on your arm or something.' Solomon Shah, M.D. responded, 'That would be bad. That would be real bad.'" The complaint adds: "Tiffany Ingham, M.D. then stated to all present in the operating suite that, 'It's probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you'll be all right.'" D.B. says he doesn't have either disease. The complaint states that the doctors talked about "misleading and avoiding" him after he woke up. "A female medical assistant at GMA recalled that plaintiff had earlier warned that he passes out when looking at the placement of an IV, to which Tiffany Ingham, M.D. asked 'Well, why are you looking then, retard?' the man claims.

"Tiffany Ingham, M.D. also described plaintiff as a 'big wimp.'" He claims the doctors continued to discuss how to avoid him after he woke up, and mocked him for going to Mary Washington College, suggesting that "it was unsurprising that plaintiff attended a college that at one time was a 'women's college,' a 'girl's school,' and wondered if plaintiff was gay." The complaint states: "Tiffany Ingham, M.D. stated, 'Are you implying that he's gay? Because I know gay men that have more manliness than' the plaintiff. 'And I'm sure I know gay men in the military who just haven't let it be known that they're gay who are manly.'" In a final remark caught on tape, Ingham allegedly said she would make a note on the man's file that he had haemorrhoids even though he didn't. D.B. claims that he and his wife discovered that the procedure had been recorded on their ride home, listening in disgust. "Plaintiff has suffered distress, including embarrassment, loss of sleep, and mental anguish, as a direct and proximate result of the conduct of defendant's agent Tiffany Ingham, M.D.," he says. He seeks $1 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages for defamation, infliction of emotional distress and illegally disclosing his health records.

Police officer bitten while trying to take selfie with drug sniffing dog

A deputy in Murray County, Georgia, is recovering after being attacked by a drug sniffing dog.

Murray County officials along with a drug K-9 unit were serving warrants on Monday. After the warrants were served, a deputy wanted to have his picture taken with the K-9 unit.

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According to a Murray County official, the deputy knelt down beside the dog and put his arm around him for a "selfie." That's when the dog turned and attacked the deputy.

Officials say the dog was probably feeling threatened and was protecting his handler as well as himself. The deputy was taken to the hospital where he underwent emergency out-patient surgery.

Man wielding potato tried to rob store and laundromat

Police in Providence, Rhode Island, say a man carrying a potato unsuccessfully attempted to rob a convenience store and a laundromat on Monday afternoon.

At around 2pm police reported to a convenience store where the store’s manager said he chased the suspect off with a baseball bat after he shouted “give me the money” to the cashier.

The suspect was described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male and was about 5’7” tall. Minutes later, police reported to a nearby laundromat where a female clerk said a man fitting the same description and carrying a potato yelled “I need the money.”

The clerk handed him a counterfeit $20 bill from a decoy cash register before he walked off. She described the suspect as being in his twenties with white lips. She said he was of average height and a thin build. Both locations had surveillance systems, but no arrests have been made.

Woman arrested for driving offences now faces additional charges over loaded gun in her vagina

A Tennessee woman arrested for driving licence offences now faces felony charges, with Kingsport police saying she introduced a stolen, loaded .22-calibre mini-revolver into jail, via an orifice of her body. According to an incident report at the Kingsport Police Department, the discovery was made as jailers processed Dallas J. Archer, 19, into the facility on Monday afternoon.

Archer had earlier been stopped by a patrol officer after her mother claimed to have been assaulted and named her daughter's car as the suspect's vehicle. During that stop Archer was found alone in the car. A police report states a check of her driving status revealed her licence was suspended for failing to satisfy multiple citations.

She was then arrested for driving on suspended and transported to the city jail. During the booking process, a female corrections officer reportedly detected an, "unknown item in (Archer's) crotch." That jailer and a female patrol officer then accompanied Archer to a restroom, according to the report, "and recovered a North American Arms 22 LR revolver (loaded) which Dallas had concealed in her vagina."

The incident report states the weapon was checked through the National Crime Information Center database, coming back as reported stolen during a 2013 auto burglary. Along with the original charge of driving on a suspended licence, Archer was additionally charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility, a Class C felony. As of Tuesday morning Kingsport police had placed no charges against Archer related to the alleged possession of the stolen firearm, or the assault incident originally reported by her mother.

Police damaged own water cannon while testing its strength with eggs and tennis balls

Police chiefs in central Germany are red-faced after spending €900,000 on a water cannon which was damaged by eggs and tennis balls.

The "WaWe 10" water cannon from Austria weighs 33 tonnes and is made of steel, but it failed to stand up to tests by Thuringia Police.

To put their new purchase through its paces officers pretended to be rioters and threw tennis balls, plastic bottles and eggs at the vehicles, rather than bricks, stones, bottles and Molotov cocktails as might be expected during an actual riot.

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The tennis balls and eggs caused dents the size of fists in the armoured glass of the vehicles. A police spokesman said that they were not expecting such widespread damage. A report has been sent to Germany’s interior ministry which has asked manufacturer Rosenbauer for an explanation. The government has ordered 78 of the water cannons.

Mohawked mayor thrown from galloping horse during filming of tourism commercial

Paparazzo-turned-mayor Darryn Lyons was thrown from a bolting black stallion and injured by his mayoral chains during the filming of a tourism commercial. Lyons, who was elected the mayor of the city of Geelong in Victoria, Australia, last year, was tossed from the animal while wearing his full mayoral regalia of robes and chains. Onlookers watched horrified as the mayor tried to get control of the horse as his robes flapped and his gold chains bounced on his chest.

His media officer, Sarah Gleeson, who was on the scene on 13th Beach at the time, said it was very scary with the Mayor lucky to have survived. “No sooner had he got on the horse than it took off,” she said. “It was all very sudden. He’s an experienced rider but the black stallion just took off. We could see the flailing robes and then the horse got into deep soft sand and its front legs collapsed and there was a massive cloud of sand as the Mayor was thrown over (the horse’s) head.”

Ms Gleeson and the film crew ran down the beach to where Cr Lyons was on the ground. “He had blacked out I think and initially he was seeing triple,’’ Ms Gleeson said. “He was very dazed.” The director of the film, Ryan Chamley, said the whole incident had happened at whirlwind pace. “The second he got on the horse it took off,” Mr Chamley said. “It must have been the robes that spooked the horse. It just bolted. He (Cr Lyons) was pretty shaken up and didn’t get up for a while.”

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The mayoral chains, weighing a substantial 5kg, hit Cr Lyons hard in the face, leaving him with cuts close to his eye. The Mayor was not wearing a helmet at the time. The plan had been for the horse to be stationary with the mayor in the saddle talking up the virtues of the Geelong region. “This was purely just going to be a piece to camera,’’ Ms Gleeson said. Once the horse had thrown Cr Lyons it continued galloping along the sand until handlers, who had driven to catch up with the horse, were able to catch and quieten him. The horse did not sustain any injuries. Cr Lyons was checked out by a doctor who diagnosed mild concussion and strained shoulder and neck ligaments.

Middle-aged prisoner broke out of jail to escape constant rap music

An escaped prisoner broke out of jail to escape loud rap music being played 'day and night' on his wing, a court heard. Robert Stevens, 58, a convicted robber, was sick of the music being played constantly by fellow inmates. He escaped from category D prison HMP Leyhill in Tortworth, South Gloucestershire on Sunday, March 9 by climbing over a wall.

The fugitive, who had been serving a six and a half year sentence for robbery, spent 20 days at large in the South West before being caught at a bookmakers in Bridport, Dorset. Prosecuting, Carolyn Branford-Wood told the court that police were alerted by a member of the public and, when approached by an officer, Mr Stevens said: “Thank God you’ve found me, I was hoping this would happen.”

In mitigation, Jamie Porter told Dorchester Crown Court the defendant was also being constantly pestered to purchase drugs by younger cellmates. Mr Porter added: “Stevens has apologised for his behaviour. It was an impulsive act on his part. It is quite clear he does not wish to commit any more crime. He was in a very noisy wing where rap music was being played day and night.” Stevens had been about to hand himself in when he was recognised and arrested, he added.

Sentencing Stevens to serve ten months on top of his existing sentence, Judge Roger Jarvis said the escape was “impulsive and opportunistic.” He added: “The reason for your escape has been explained to me as your unhappiness at people who were with you in prison. I’m afraid that’s one of the prices people pay if they commit crimes and go to prison. Those who escape from prison have to be sentenced in a way that is a deterrent to other prisoners.”