Friday, July 29, 2011

Inmate Takes Money With Jail Phone Glitch

Tavares, Florida - Authorities say a Lake County inmate took advantage of a glitch in the jail’s phone system, eventually banking enough money in his trust account to cover his bond. Lake County Sheriff’s officials said that 32-year-old Larry Stone made a call that didn’t go through in early July, He noticed his inmate account was credited for more money than the call cost. He repeated the process 77 times, accumulating $1,250 in his inmate trust account. He used the cash to bond out of jail.  More  

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Amish Teen Leads Cops On Drunken Buggy Chase

An Amish teenager is accused of leading police on a short buggy chase Monday after deputies observed him drinking beer in the vehicle in western New York.According to authorities, Lewis D. ...Amish Teen Leads Cops On Drunken Buggy Chase

Teen Accused of Killing Parents, Confessed to Friend

tyler-hadleyPort St. Lucie, Florida - A Florida teenager, Tyler Hadley, 17, accused of beating his parents to death with a hammer — then throwing a party while their bodies lay in a bedroom of the family home — told his best friend he had committed the crimes, according to a police report. He told Mandell he contemplated killing his mother for about five minutes as he stood behind her while she was working on a computer. “Then he decided to strike his mother in the back of the head with a hammer,” the affidavit states. After a few strikes from the hammer, Hadley said his mother turned to him and asked, “Why?” Hadley’s father heard his wife scream and came out of the bedroom. “Tyler told MM that he and his father stared into each other’s eyes for a minute. Tyler said he then went after his father and murdered him,” the affidavit states. Hadley said it took about three hours to clean up “all the blood and that it had been more than he had expected,” but it was only when he showed Mandell a bloody shoeprint on the floor of the garage that he began to believe the story.   More  

Man who wore diapers sentenced to prison

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Mark Anthony Richardson II also must serve five years on probation after his release and register as a sex offender. Last year, he fooled two women into baby-sitting him at their Oklahoma City homes, police said. He pretended to be autistic and have the mind of a young child. He used a pacifier, drank baby formula and threw childlike fits. Richardson, 21, pleaded guilty to sexual battery, a felony, for grabbing the breast of a baby sitter’s daughter. The victim, then 18, was asleep. He pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanor counts of outraging public decency for the seven times his diapers were changed.  More  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Man takes up the skirts videos with shoe camera

St. Petersburg, Florida - A man who used a shoe camera to videotape up the skirts of unsuspecting women is going to jail for 45 days. St. Petersburg police say 55-year-old William B. Wright may have videotaped thousands of women before he was arrested. He pleaded guilty to multiple charges of video voyeurism. Investigators said they found 200 video files with images of about 2,300 women on Wright’s computer. He was charged only in the cases in which victims could be identified.  More 

Woman takes 3-year-old to bank robbery

cherilyn-jannette-lopezFlorida - A woman accused of robbing a bank with a toddler in tow has been identified as 24-year-old Cherilyn Jannette Lopez. The woman left a 3-year-old boy in a van while she went in the bank. Somehow, the child managed to get out of the car and was seen in the parking lot. The woman retrieved the boy, went back in the bank, and robbed it, deputies say. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Shortly after the robbery, deputies say the suspect then dropped the boy off at a nearby daycare center. Lopez is addicted to prescription pain pills.  More  

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Man Cuts Son’s Thumb Off Trying to Take Off Cast

Florida - Lawrence Roberts, 33, was charged with aggravated child abuse after cutting off the top of his son’s right thumb while attempting to saw off the teen’s cast. Roberts pulled out a 10-inch circular saw from his work truck and for unknown reasons, he then attempted to cut the teen’s purple cast off his right hand. The saw sliced through the tip of the boy’s right thumb and the middle of his index finger was almost cut off. Robert’s son was rushed to Coral Springs Medical Center and then later transferred to Broward General Hospital for an emergency surgery to attempt to replace the tip of his thumb.  More  

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cat Gets A ride From A Hawk

red-tailed-hawkNew York - A New York woman says she had nearly given up hope her pet cat, Eddie, was still alive after the feline was carried off by a red-tailed hawk. But Eddie, who weighs in at a hefty 15 pounds, was found stunned and disheveled but still kicking in the back yard of an apartment building after the estimated 4-pound bird apparently couldn’t hang on and dropped it. Eddie plummeted an estimated five stories but was no worse for wear. “He checked out fine, other than some minor cuts, scrapes and bruises,” said Eddie’s owner. “The vet says he’s an amazing cat.”  More 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

State should take fat kids from parents

Harvard University - Child obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig’s recent claim that some parents should lose custody of their severely obese children has sparked outrage among families and professionals across the country. The national outcry led one family to share how their personal experience with the matter, they argue, damaged their lives. Ludwig, an obesity expert at Children’s Hospital Boston and associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, shared his divisive idea in an opinion piece that ran in the Journal of the American Medical Association: that state intervention can serve in the best interest of extremely obese children, of which there’re about 2 million across the United States. “In severe instances of childhood obesity, removal from the home may be justifiable, from a legal standpoint, because of imminent health risks and the parents’ chronic failure to address medical problems,” Ludwig co-wrote with Lindsey Murtagh, a lawyer and researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health.  More  

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Butcher Makes Gummi Bear Brats

For those looking for a little something sweet with their grilled meat, the answer is here: the Gummi Bear bratwurst.Grundhofer's Old-Fashion Meats in Hugo, Minn., had a bevy of brat flavors ...Butcher Makes Gummi Bear Brats

Burglar leaves his dog at crime scene

raymond-rhodes Centralia, Washington - Police in Centralia, Wash., say they apprehended a burglary suspect after his dog was found at the scene of the crime. While investigating a string of burglaries that took place in the city, police found a pit bull left behind at one crime scene, Seattle’s KOMO-TV reported. One of the investigating officers recognized the dog as belonging to a 19-year-old man. Police officers went to the man’s home, and allegedly saw some of the stolen items.  More   

Man’s Eyeball Pecked Out by Bird

gannetUK - A Welsh animal lover was blinded in one eye after a seabird he tried to rescue pecked his eyeball out of its socket. Michael Buckland, 38, was walking with his girlfriend on a beach in Gower, South Wales, when the couple spotted a gannet that seemed unable to walk or fly. Buckland lifted the animal away from the incoming tide, but it was startled by a passing dog and began pecking at his face — piercing his right eyeball three times with its razor-sharp six-inch beak. The welder’s left eyelid was sliced in two and his right eye dangled from his face following the attack. Drenched in blood, he then had to walk back along the beach for 45 minutes before he and his girlfriend could reach help.  More   

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Teen Faces Prison For Prank Gone Wrong

 Indiana - When 18-year-old Tyell Morton put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school, he didn’t expect school officials to call a bomb squad or that he’d be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record. The senior prank gone awry has raised questions of race, prosecutorial zeal and the post-Columbine mindset in a small Indiana town and around the country. A janitor at Rushville Consolidated High School saw Morton run away from the school and security footage showed a person in a hooded sweatshirt and gloves entering the school with a package and leaving five minutes later without it. Administrators feared explosives, so they locked down the school and called police. K9 dogs and a bomb squad searched the building before finding the sex doll. More 

School found using bomb as bell

 Uganda - A mine awareness team in Uganda was horrified to find an unexploded bomb being used as a bell when they visited a school to teach children how to spot bombs. The Anti-Mine Network organization saw teachers banging the bomb with stones to call children to lessons in a 700-pupil school in a rural area. “Its head was still active, which means that if it is hit by a stronger force, it would explode instantly and cause untold destruction in the area,” Wilson Bwambale, coordinator of the organization, said. Bwambale said they would explode it in a cordoned off area.  More