Monday, June 20, 2011

Woman Killed By Pet Snake

black-mambaPutnam Lake, New York - Police in the northern suburbs are blaming a pet exotic snake for the death of one of its owners. The animal’s bite is poisonous and almost always fatal. The woman was found in her bedroom by her boyfriend. The prime suspect is a so-called Black Mamba a native of Africa, and one of 75 snakes the couple kept in their home under lock and key. The problem was the snake’s cage padlock had been opened. “When they examined the body they observed one of her forearms where appeared to be fresh, bite marks, snake marks on the arm,” Capt. William McNamara said. The animal we’re talking about is identified by National Geographic as the fastest snake in the world out in the wild and the second deadliest when you look at the neurotoxin power of it’s venom. Of the more than six dozen snakes taken from the home, 56 were poisonous, including a cobra, which is illegal to possess without a permit.  More

‘Die Pig Die’ tattoo identifies robber

richard-hindes1 Baraboo, Wisconsin - Police in Wisconsin said they were able to identify a bank robbery suspect by the “Die Pig Die” tattoo on his neck. Baraboo police said a man wielding a small, black handgun robbed a Wells Fargo Bank at 5:30 p.m. and tellers noticed the tattoo on the left side of the man’s neck, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Lt. Rob Sinden said police had previous contact with the suspect and identified him as Richard Hindes, 31. “The tattoo was the tell-tale sign for us in identifying him,” Sinden said.  More

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Moral police enforce no necklaces for men code

 Iran - Iranian men have been banned from wearing necklaces in the latest crackdown by the Islamic regime on “un-Islamic” clothing and haircuts. Thousands of special forces have been deployed in Tehran’s streets, participating in the regime’s “moral security plan” in which loose-fitting headscarves, tight overcoats and shortened trousers that expose skin will not be tolerated for women, while men are warned against glamorous hairstyles and wearing a necklace. The new plan comes shortly after the Iranian parliament proposed a bill to criminalise dog ownership, on the grounds that it “poses a cultural problem, a blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the west”. The trend was aimed at combating “the western cultural invasion” with help from more than 70,000 trained forces, known as “moral police”, who are sent out to the streets in the capital and other cities.  More

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thief cuts into a power line at a utility substation

danger Alton, Illinois - Authorities in southwestern Illinois say a suspected copper thief was severely burned when he allegedly cut into a power line at a utility substation. Investigators identified the suspect only as a 30-year-old Alton man. Madison County authorities believe he was trying to steal copper from the Ameren substation in Alton when he tapped into a 30,000-volt power line. People who heard his yells for help found him naked and screaming in pain. His clothes either burned off or were blown away.  More

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Woman goes on trip, lawn stolen

lawnCanada - Denise Thompson had a beautiful front lawn, thick and green. It was where her four children and two dogs played, and where she drank coffee on sunny mornings. Then someone stole it. They didn’t even leave a note. “Now my place looks like I’m a farmer who just plowed and is ready to put their seeds down,” she said. Thompson and her children went to visit her husband in Stettler. They returned to their Kilkenny neighbourhood home two days later. The family entered through the back door and everything seemed fine. Then Thompson opened the blinds on the large picture window in the front room. “Oh my God,” she thought. “Where is my grass?”  More

Couple threaten to shoot neighbor over cat poop

harold-rought Schlusser, Pennsylvania - Police in Pennsylvania said a couple, ages 83 and 89, are accused of threatening to kill a neighbor after discovering cat droppings on their property. Investigators said Harold Rought, 83, and his wife, Ruth, 89, of North Middleton Township, called police after discovering the cat feces on their property. The couple told police they had been feeding stray cats in the neighborhood and they believed their neighbor had placed the droppings on their property in retaliation. The Roughts told police they were planning to shoot the neighbor. More

Sunday, June 12, 2011

4 injured in dessert fire at restaurant

bananas-foster-dessert Palm Harbor, Florida - Fire officials say a bananas foster dessert caught fire at a Florida restaurant and four people were burned, including a woman who had severe injuries. Officials with Palm Harbor Fire Rescue say the 151 alcohol poured into the dessert ignited and splashed onto four customers. A 25-year-old woman was taken to a hospital with first- and second-degree burns. A 56-year-old woman also was taken to a hospital with respiratory burns. Two other people were burned but refused medical treatment.  More

Man arrested in 99-cent robbery attempt

christopher-tisley Chicago - A Cook County judge set bail at $50,000 today for a man charged with displaying a handgun to a convenience store clerk who refused to give him 99 cents. According to court records, Christopher Tisley, 34, walked into a convenience store around 3 a.m. and demanded the money. When the clerk refused, he displayed a gun. Tisley exited the store after a customer walked in, allowing the clerk to lock the door. Tisley then returned and repeatedly pounded on the windows of the store. Police found 3 grams of methamphetamine in his possession.  More

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Man plays game of Russian roulette with a dog

russian-rouletteSouth Bend - A game of Russian roulette with a dog ended when a College Street man put a bullet in his own head. Russell Little was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital following the self-inflicted gunshot wound in the backyard of his home. Little’s wife told police he was sitting in the backyard depressed and drinking moonshine when he took a handgun and began playing Russian roulette with the pet dog at about 9 p.m. After a couple of empty clicks aimed at the dogs head, “She said he got tired of that, then put the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger,” said Capt. Jim Andrews of the South Bend Police Department.  More

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Man dies in hospital hall, staff drags body away

Peter Thompson.JPGUK - Two heartbroken parents have slammed ‘inhumane’ nurses who left their dead son lying in the middle of a hospital corridor and stepped over his corpse for more than ten hours thinking he was asleep. CCTV captured staff pulling the lifeless body of Peter Thompson along the floor like they were ‘dragging the body of a dead animal’. Today a coroner said his death was ‘wholly preventable’ and believes he could have survived but for the neglect of nursing staff, three of whom now face disciplinary proceedings. 41-year-old Mr Thompson had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs but instead of taking him to accident and emergency, staff at the Edale House unit at the Manchester Royal Infirmary left him sprawled on the floor, where he eventually died.  More

Monday, June 6, 2011

Drunk sailor: my wife has fallen overboard

boatKalmar, Sweden - Swedish authorities said a drunken sailor who thought his wife had fallen overboard forgot she had never been on the boat. Authorities said the man called emergency services while sailing near Kalmar and said he feared his wife had fallen from his sailboat and drowned, but rescuers soon learned the man was drunk and his wife had not been with him on the boating trip. The man was arrested on a charge of boating while intoxicated.  More

Lawyer says big-breasted paralegal distracting jury

paralegalChicago - A Chicago lawyer has accused his opponent’s young, big-breasted assistant of distracting the jury in a small claims case and asked the judge that she sit away from the counsel’s table in the courtroom. “Personally, I like large breasts,” Thomas Gooch reportedly told the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. “However, I object to somebody I don’t think is a qualified paralegal sitting at the counsel table, when there’s already two lawyers there, dressed in such a fashion as to call attention to herself.” He said his opponent had purposely seated the attractive woman at the attorney’s table to call attention from the “relevant proceedings.” The case involves a used-car dispute.  More

Friday, June 3, 2011

MI6 attacks al-Qaeda magazine with cupcakes

cupcakeThe cyber-warfare operation was launched by MI6 and GCHQ in an attempt to disrupt efforts by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular to recruit “lone-wolf” terrorists with a new English-language magazine. When followers tried to download the 67-page color magazine, instead of instructions about how to “Make a bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom” by “The AQ Chef” they were greeted with garbled computer code. The code, which had been inserted into the original magazine by the British intelligence hackers, was actually a web page of recipes for “The Best Cupcakes in America” published by the Ellen DeGeneres chat show.  More

Crazy glue gets man stuck in jail

abram-perkinsTennessee - Police arrested a man on vandalism charges after he allegedly crazy-glued a woman’s electronics into the wall sockets of her bedroom. Abram Perkins, 40, was held in the Shelby County Jail on $2,000 bond following his arrest in the Whitehaven area. According to an affidavit, Perkins plugged the woman’s electronics into sockets with crazy glue and poured water on some equipment, causing $4,300 worth of damage. After confronting Perkins in her bedroom, which the victim also uses as an office, the woman asked him what happened to her things. Perkins laughed and admitted to the vandalism. He then left, taking some items with him.  More

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Parents make Facebook page for fetus

WHITEHOUSE, Texas, June 2 (UPI) -- A Texas couple said they announced the impending birth of their daughter by setting up a Facebook profile for the girl while she is still in the womb.Parents make Facebook page for fetus

8th graders’ field trip includes Hooters visit

hootersBerwick, Pennsylvania - For one group of central Pennsylvania eighth-graders, a recent field trip to Baltimore included lunch at Hooters - a restaurant better known for its busty waitresses than its food. The Berwick Middle School students were visiting the National Aquarium last week. Chaperones took them to various restaurants for lunch because the group of 100 was too large for a single place. One group of 15 to 20 students ended up at Hooters.  More

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Woman goes swimming, swept over Niagara Falls

niagara-fallsNiagara Falls, New York - Authorities say they’ve recovered the body of a woman who appeared to be swimming in the Niagara River before being swept over the brink of Niagara Falls. Officials say tourists on the Canadian side of the river reported seeing the woman in the water above the falls around 4:30 p.m. Witnesses on the Maid of the Mist tour boat told WIVB-TV in Buffalo that they saw her go over the falls. When a rescue boat reached her in the river below, she was dead.  More

Woman fights for right to live with Chihuahua

phyllis-schleiferFlorida - The senior citizen in Deerfield Beach’s Century Village is so incensed over her condo’s refusal to honor her doctor’s prescription’ that she live with her dog, Sweetie, for emotional support, and the retaliation she says she suffered over her request, she’s made a federal case out of it, literally. Broward County government has taken her cause to the courthouse, and the public is paying for it. Attorneys involved in the case of Phyllis Schleifer versus Ventnor H condo talked late last week about the three-year saga, and how it got farther than any other support-pet case the county has handled. Schleifer said she wishes she could be left alone. A neighbor formed a gun’ with his fingers when she was out walking the condo grounds, she said, and pointed it at her precious Sweetie just days ago.  More