Sunday, July 31, 2011
Steven McHenry, 39, was arrested by Pensacola police at Chimney Park on Thursday on the misdemeanor charges after allegedly masturbating and exposing himself to an undercover police officer.
According to an arrest report obtained by the News Journal on Sunday, detectives with the Pensacola Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested McHenry shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday while patrolling nature trails at Chimney Park, located on Scenic Highway near Langley Avenue in Pensacola.
McHenry, 39, was wearing a pair of “extremely tight spandex pants” and was observed rubbing himself through the pants “in a motion that simulated masturbation,” detectives said.
An undercover detective walked past McHenry multiple times, and after exchanging greetings, McHenry began following behind the plain-clothes detective.
The detective turned around and walked past McHenry again. At that time, McHenry stopped under some trees and began rubbing himself through his pants again in clear view of the detective.
“He then turned away from me as if he was looking around,” the detective said. “When he turned back toward me, he had his erect penis out, in his hand, and was slowly masturbating it. I then began to walk towards McHenry. The closer I got to him, the faster he masturbated.”
The officer then grabbed McHenry by the arm, identified himself as a police officer and escorted McHenry to a waiting squad car, according to the arrest report.
Detectives said McHenry was observed in the park two days earlier behaving in a similar manner, but he did not expose himself to detectives at that time.
He was booked into the Escambia County Jail shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday and was released after posting a $1,000 bond.
Santa Rosa Schools Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said McHenry, who was about to begin his second year as principal, now is assigned to a job in which he will not have any contact with students and teachers.
PNJ: Avalon Middle School principal arrested for indecent exposure
The Louisiana State Police said troopers arrested a Hattiesburg man after he let his 8-year-old son drive on Interstate 12 near Holden.
State police said they received a call shortly after 6:30 a.m. Saturday about a green Chevrolet pickup truck driving erratically on the interstate in Livingston Parish. The caller told police that a child appeared to be the driver of the pickup.
Troopers located and stopped the vehicle, and they said a boy was driving the truck while his father, Billy Joe Madden, 28, slept in the passenger seat.
Police said that Madden's 4-year-old daughter was riding in the backseat.
After interviewing Madden, troopers said they found out that he was intoxicated, and he fell asleep while his son drove from Hattiesburg to Dallas.
State police said they arrested Madden and charged him with two counts of child desertion, parent allowing a minor to drive, open container and two counts of no child restraint and no seat belt.
According to troopers, the two children were not injured, and they were turned over to Child Protective Services waiting for a family member to pick them up.
Madden was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail, and his bond was set at $1,474, police said.
WDSU: Police: Dad Sleeps, Lets Son, 8, Drive On I-12
Thursday, July 28, 2011
And Then She Fu@#in' Eats It...
"I have every intention of (surviving the latest challenge,) It's nothing I'm proud of," said Mayor Bob Ryan on WTMJ partner station WHBL Radio in Sheboygan.
The Sheboygan City Council will be considering a resolution on Monday asking for Ryan's resignation.
"I do not blame the council for asking for my resignation. What I did is indefensible. I'm not proud of it. I'm an alcoholic."
"I've been successful in spite of it, and I will continue to be successful."
Ryan explained the events of the weekend.
"I consequently went out for dinner on a Friday, began drinking and it began a three-day drinking session. I'm not proud of it. That's not me, but that's the alcoholic within me," said Ryan.
"Did I pass out on a bar? Yes I did. I'll admit that. Was I in a scuffle? Yes. Did I start it? No, I did not."
He claims that his job performance has never been affected by his alcoholism.
"Alcohol has never affected the way I do my job. Alcohol has affected my personal life greatly," said Ryan.
"I have never walked into a city meeting or council meeting under the influence of alcohol."
Ryan also detailed his attempts to cope with his alcoholism and his plans moving forward.
"I work every day on it. I do go to group meetings. I have been through treatment. I do meet with doctors. I do meet with psychologists. I will continue to do so. I am going into an intensive outpatient program which will allow me to work on my issues more readily and still continue on my job. That will be an evening and weekend group session, and I will still be able to carry on my duties as mayor."
A past YouTube video detailed Ryan making sexual comments about a relative on a cell phone, and he also faces a sexual harassment accusation from a female employee he fired.
No one living in Sheboygan has filed a formal complaint against Ryan, which would be a necessary step for the Common Council to be able to remove Ryan from office.
If no one resident launches such a complaint, Common Council members, as taxpayers, stand ready to act.
Residents say it's about time for Ryan to battle his demons in private.
TMJ4: Sheboygan mayor Ryan apologizes, refuses to resign
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Clumsy Perverts Always Fail
The man's wife called police to say her husband was sick and tired of waiting to get surgery for his rupture and decided to take matters into his own hands on Sunday evening, said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
When officers arrived at the couple's apartment, they discovered the man, naked and sprawled out on a lawnchair, with a butter knife protruding from his abdomen, Lorenz said. The man was cooperative and even pulled out the knife when asked, he said.
"As an officer, we are told that no call will be the same and to always expect the worst — from the dumbest thing in the world to carnage," said Lorenz, adding. "This falls somewhere in between."
The man, whose name was not released, was admitted into the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center's psychiatric ward.
"Whether they have insurance or not is not a matter anymore, seeing that he is in the care of the county," Lorenz said. "Because of that, he will get the removal or repair of the hernia at taxpayers' expense."
MSNBC: Cops: Calif. man tries to fix hernia with butter knife
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Too Slow! Too Slow!
And You Thought Texting And Driving Was Bad...
Jared Medeiros, 21, was in head first when Ceres police discovered two legs flailing in the air Friday. When police tried to pull him out, his waist wouldn’t budge from the tunnel.
The fire department had to assist to pull him out. When they did, about 40 minutes had passed. They assessed his medical condition and found some minor scrapes and contusions. Police said he was slightly intoxicated but not impaired.
Man drops wallet in manhole, gets stuck
Friday, July 22, 2011
Meanwhile, the driver of the van continued making his turn and pulled into his own driveway nearby, completely unaware that he had a new passenger.
“We’re calling this one a non-injury collision with a twist,” Karen Hunt, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victorville station, said, glad the crash had a happy ending.
Authorities got a call at 3:46 p.m. about a motorcycle crashing into a minivan on Village Drive at Rancho Road, Hunt said.
“Then callers started saying, ‘We don’t know where the rider is,’” Hunt said, afraid he’d slid under the vehicle. “That’s when it started to sound ominous.”
After they got to the scene, deputies pieced together the story.
The driver of the minivan was heading north on Village Drive when he slowed down to turn left on Rancho Road. The motorcyclist following behind him didn’t stop in time and crashed into the rear of the van, shattering the van’s window.
By then, the minivan driver had already committed to the turn and pulled onto his driveway less than half a block away, Hunt said, calling out to his wife that he’d just been rear-ended and needed to get back to the scene.
As he turned around, the man discovered the shocked motorcyclist behind him.
Though there was severe damage to the motorcycle and back of the minivan, Hunt said no charges were filed in the case and neither of the men required any medical attention.
“The helmet sustained most of the impact,” Hunt said, with the motorcyclist only asking for an ice pack for one of his hands.
VVDailyPress: Motorcyclist crash lands in back seat of van; Driver was unaware
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A 36-year-old Vancouver woman was due in court at 9 a.m. Monday after investigators said she tried to sell her infant son at a Taco Bell last week.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office said Heidi Knowles, also known as Heidi Gasaway, approached a woman who was eating at a Taco Bell restaurant on Thursday, handed the woman her her 3-day-old son, and offered to sell the boy for between $500 and $5,000.
The woman called 9-1-1 and investigators later found Gasaway and her son at Kay's Motel on NE Highway 99. She was arrested for outstanding warrants and booked into the Clark Co. Jail, where she is being held on $50,000 bail.
Gasaway was charged with attempted child selling/child buying.
The boy was placed in protective custody during the investigation.
Court documents indicated that Gasaway had been staying at the motel, but had no permanent address.
Detectives said she appeared under the influence at the time of her arrest. She told investigators she had been clean and had not done methamphetamine for a year.
King5: Vancouver, Wash. woman in court for trying to sell baby at Taco Bell
Monday, July 18, 2011
It was an “un-BEE-lievable” site on Highway 20 when a semi-truck carrying more than 14-million bees ran off the road and spilled its entire load Sunday.
The honeybees were on their way to North Dakota from Bakersfield, California, when the semi-truck left the side of the road just north of Last Chance in Island Park.
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says they began to receive numerous 911 calls about the accident around 4:30 Sunday afternoon. Authorities also say everyone on the scene suffered multiple bee stings while assisting with the accident.
Some observers told The Post-Register they saw a strange black cloud and heard a roaring noise above the spill area before realizing it was a massive swarm of bees.
The fire department had to spray fire foam on both the semi-truck and bees before responders could access the scene. Numerous agencies in the area responded to help clean up the accident, which included a large amount of honey being spilt on the highway.
Authorities are warning people that a significant number of bees are still in the area. No one was seriously injured in the accident or while assisting with the cleanup.
KPVI News 6: Semi Accident Spills Millions of Bees on Highway
Midway police bust none other than a lemonade stand, because the three girls running it didn't have a business license. The three girls thought if they sold enough lemonade, they could make money to go to the water park Splash in the Boro. Well they thought wrong. Midway police say, they're breaking city law and have to go.
“It’s kind of crazy that we couldn’t sell lemonade. It was fun, but we had to listen to the cops and shut it down,” 14-year-old Casity Dixon said.
The girls had only been opened for one day before Midway’s police chief and another officer cruised by and saw the stand.
“They told us to shut it down [and we didn't know why],” 10-year-old Skylar Roberts said.
“We had told them, we understand you guys are young, but still, you’re breaking the law, and we can’t let you do it anymore. The law is the law, and we have to be consistent with how we enforce the laws,” Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar said.
By a city ordinance, the girls must have a business license, peddler’s permit, and food permit to set up shop, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day and a total of $180 per year. City officials said it’s their job to keep everyone safe and healthy, and there can be no exceptions to the rules.
“We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, of what the lemonade was made with, so we acted accordingly by city ordinance,” Chief Morningstar said.
“It’s almost like they don’t have anything better to do. I’m going to let it go. I’m trying to teach them good. I don’t think if I keep on, it’ll teach them a good thing,” Amy Roberts said.
So the law wins, and what started out as three girls’ dream of a fun summer business is now just a piece of plywood.
Since the lemonade stand was shut down, the girls have been doing extra chores and yard work to make money for the water park.
The Coastal Source ended up giving the girls four tickets to go to Splash in the Boro after an outburst of support from the community.
TheCoastalSource.com: Midway Police Shut Down Girls' Lemonade Stand
Sunday, July 17, 2011
“I was really excited. For the first time, I actually got to buy a lawn mower, mow my lawn and everything,” said Njoku.
Njoku qualified for the first time home buyer rebate on his tax return.
"It was really important, I had a vehicle I was looking on paying off," said. Njoku. And it wasn’t just any vehicle. “It was a 2001 Infinity I-30, silver…just like my favorite car, “he said.
Njoku signed up to have the rebate deposited directly into his Chase Bank account. But when the IRS rebate arrived, there was a problem. Chase had closed Njoku’s account because of overdrawn checks in the past. The bank deducted $600 to cover what he owed them and mailed him a cashier’s check for the difference--$8,463.21.
But when Njoku showed up at the Chase branch near his house intending to cash the check, he was in for a nasty surprise.
The check had Njoku’s name and address on it and was issued by JP Morgan Chase. But the Chase Customer Banker who handles large checks at the Auburn branch was immediately suspicious.
“I was embarrassed,” Njoku said. “She asked me what I did for a living. Asked me where I got the check from, looked me up and down—like ‘you just bought a house in Auburn, really?’ She didn’t believe that,” he said.
The Customer Banker said the check looked fake, so she took it, along with Njoku’s driver license and credit card, and called Bank Support.
After waiting for about 15 minutes, Njoku said he got impatient and told Chase he was leaving to do an important errand. By the time he got back, the bank was closed. Njoku said he called customer service and asked them what he should do. He says they told him to go back to the bank the next day to get his money.
But when Njoku arrived, it wasn’t the money that was waiting for him.
“They just threw me in jail; they called the police and said this guy has a fraudulent check,” Njoku said.
Auburn police arrested him for forgery - a felony crime.
“I was like - you’re making a mistake, you’re making a mistake, don’t take me to jail, I got work tomorrow. I can’t afford to miss work,” he said.
Njoku was taken to jail on June 24, 2010, which was a Thursday. The next day, Chase Special Investigations, realized it was a mistake. The check was legitimate. The Investigator called Auburn Police and left a message with the detective handling the case, but it was her day off. So Njoku stayed in jail for the entire weekend. Finally, on Monday, he was released.
Auburn Police Commander Dave Colglazier said Chase could have done a lot more to let them know they’d locked up an innocent man.
“We do have a main line that comes into our front office,” he said. “There are ways to reach someone 24/7 at a police department.”
For Njoku, going to jail for five days meant a lot more than just losing his freedom. He said the entire time he was “just stressed out…trying to figure out what was going on with my vehicle. I love my vehicle,” he said.
Njoku’s car had been towed from the bank parking lot and his check seized as evidence.
“I had to wait a couple of weeks,” he said, “and my car got sold, auctioned off."
Njoku says he didn’t have the money to pay the impound fees and fines to get his car back before it was sold. He said he also lost his job because he didn’t show up for work while he was in jail.
After all of that, Njoku said he never heard a word from Chase.
“They haven’t even sent me a letter or apologized,” he said. “It’s been a year we’ve been trying to contact these guys.”
Finally, A Seattle attorney offered to help. Last week, Felix Luna sent Chase a scathing letter. Read the attorneys' letter to Chase
“It’s one thing to make a mistake,” Luna said. “It’s one thing to make multiple errors of judgment like Chase has made and then, once you realize that your error has caused such harm to somebody else, to just ignore it for a year. I think he deserved better. I think all their customers do.”
Like Njoku, KING 5 had a difficult time getting answers from Chase. A week after first contacting them, they sent a two line e-mail.
"We received the letter and are reviewing the situation. We'll be reaching out to the customer," wrote Darcy Donoahoe-Wilmot, from Chase Media Relations.
But on Thursday, Chase issued an apology.
Njoku said that even after he got out of jail, he said was confused and upset. "For a month, two months, I was just down and depressed," he said.
He’s still happy he bought his house, but sad that his experience with his own bank was so humiliating.
“They treated me like a criminal,” he said.
King5: Jailed for cashing Chase check at Chase bank
Saturday, July 16, 2011
The accident happened at an apartment complex in the 10600 block of 14th Avenue SW.
Commander Dick Malo with the North Highline Fire Department said a 2-year-old boy was on a couch next to a window on the fifth floor when he fell out of the window. The boy fell onto the fourth-floor balcony below, hitting his head.
The mother, seeing her child fall out the window, jumped out of the window to save him. She also fell onto the fourth-floor balcony and broke her ankle.
Malo said both mother and child were conscious and alert. The child suffered a bruise on his head. Both were transported to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.
MSNBC.com: Mom jumps out of fifth-floor window to save falling toddler
Friday, July 15, 2011
It happened Monday evening outside a supermarket.
Heather Elliott spotted a 4-year-old boy and his 1-year-old brother inside a car with the windows rolled up. Elliott says the 4-year-old was crying hysterically.
Police later measured the heat index at 97 degrees.
As Elliott approached the children's mother, she allegedly began hitting Elliott.
Twenty-one-year-old Heather Query is charged with neglect of a dependent and battery.
The children were released to their father.
ABC7News: Mom left kids in hot car, beat woman
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
A Garden Grove woman is charged with felony torture and aggravated mayhem for allegedly drugging her husband, cutting off his penis and throwing it in a garbage disposal.
Catherine Kieu, 48 also faces sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and personal use of a knife.
If convicted on all counts, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Her 60-year old husband, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized.
He is said to be "in good spirits" despite his ordeal.
Meantime, prosecutors say the motive behind the attack was an argument over having "friends staying at the residence."
Garden Grove police were sent to the home in the 14000 block of Flower Street around 9 p.m. Monday night after a woman called 911 for a medical emergency, according to Lt. Jeff Nightengale. When officers arrived, they found a man bleeding from the crotch area.
The woman, identified as Catherine Kieu Becker, 48, the victim's wife, had put an unknown type of poison and/or drug into her husband's food to make him sleepy, according to Nightengale.
She then tied him to the bed. When he woke up, she cut off his penis with a knife, investigators said. She then tossed the penis in the garbage disposal and turned it on.
The victim was transported to UCI Medical Center in Irvine where he underwent emergency surgery and is listed in serious condition.
Investigators say the couple was married, but going through a divorce. The initial investigation determined that Becker made dinner for her husband.
He told detectives that he thought there was something wrong with his food.
He went to lie down and woke up tied to his bed.
His wife then grabbed the victim's penis and cut it off.
She called 911 and told responding officers that he "deserved it."
The couple was married on December 29, 2009.
They separated in April and the victim filed for divorce in May citing "irreconcilable differences."
Nightengale said there was no history of domestic violence between the pair.
A search warrant was served at the home and detectives found a knife and a rope.
KTLA.com: Prosecutors Reveal Motive Behind Wife Allegedly Cutting Off Husband's Penis
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
A Hygiene, Colorado Fire Chief William Nelson has been suspended after his arrest Saturday night on suspicion of impersonating an officer and driving under the influence.
Nelson, 57, was driving his personal "volunteer firefighter truck" when he turned on red flashing lights to pull over a vehicle carrying three people at about 10:15 p.m. near North Foothills Highway and Hygiene Road, according to a Boulder County deputy's report.
Deputies arrested Nelson on suspicion of impersonating a police officer, driving under the influence, marijuana possession and a firearm violation, according to an arrest affidavit.
Police found 5 grams of marijuana in the truck cab, along with a loaded .40-caliber handgun in the center console and a loaded .22-caliber rifle slung between the two front seats, the affidavit said.
Kayla West wrote in a police statement that she was driving on 17th Avenue when a gold truck pulled into the street from a driveway, forcing her to slam on the brakes.
As West pulled around the slow-moving truck, she said the truck driver flipped on red flashing lights and began tailing her closely with his bright lights on.
Khrystal Weyhrich, West's passenger, said the woman kept driving and Weyhrich called 911 because they were "scared" the truck driver wasn't a real police officer, according to witness statements. A dispatcher told them to drive toward Lyons and a deputy would meet them.
At one point, Nelson shut off the truck's red lights, and West said she stopped her car and tried to talk with the driver.
But Nelson began yelling and tried to jump in front of West's car as the frightened woman drove off, according to Weyhrich's statement.
Jorge Santiago-Nava, another passenger in West's car, said he got out of the car to talk with Nelson at a stop sign, but the truck driver smelled of alcohol, the passenger's statement said. So Santiago-Nava jumped back in the car and West drove off.
Finally, a deputy's patrol car intercepted the car and the truck.
Nelson told a deputy that he pulled over West's car "because he thought they were drunk," the affidavit said.
But deputies decided it was Nelson who appeared to be driving under the influence, the affidavit said. He smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.
Nelson declined to take a voluntary roadside sobriety test, the affidavit said. After he was arrested, Nelson later agreed to take a blood test.
As Deputy Dave Salaman drove Nelson to jail, the fire chief "continued yelling at me that I was speeding and that I needed to slow down," Salaman wrote in an arrest report. A handcuffed Nelson accused the deputy of speeding about 10 times and shifted his body in the patrol car's back seat to look at the speedometer, wrote Salaman, who noted that he was not speeding.
Nelson was later released from jail Monday on $5,000 bond.
Nelson had a 1996 DUI arrest in Weld County, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of driving while ability impaired. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 24 hours of community service and one year probation.
The Hygiene Fire Protection District issued a statement saying its board of directors suspended Nelson on Sunday pending further investigation. Assistant Chief Bill Eliasen was appointed acting chief.
ABC 7 News: Fire Chief Suspended After Impersonation, DUI Arrest
Monday, July 11, 2011
A toddler caught drinking beer outside his family's Orange County home this weekend will not go back to his family.
State child welfare investigators said Elvin Garcia's 18-month-old son will stay with the Department of Children and Families.
Garcia was arrested this weekend after a neighbor spotted his child playing with beer cans outside the home, and even drinking out of some of them.
Deputies said Garcia was passed out inside his home, which child welfare investigators described as deplorable.
“The only thing we were able to salvage were a pair of sneakers, a T-shirt, and some diapers,” said DCF spokeswoman Carrie Hoeppner.
Hoeppner said the agency will eventually figure out if the child can return to his father.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
A man tried to set fire to a service station because it was out of sausage rolls, according to reports in Australia.
Scott Jason Bryant, 40, allegedly became enraged when he discovered the Caltex Service Station in Northgate, Brsibane had run out of the food at about 12.30am, the Sydney Morning Herald reported
The Brisbane District Court heard that Bryant first threatened console operator Bruce McNeil, telling him he would detonate a bomb in his backpack if not provided with food.
Bryant then allegedly left the shop and used the bowsers to spill petrol on the ground, which he then tried unsuccessfully to ignite with a cigarette lighter.
He was arrested a short time later and charged with one count each of making a bomb hoax, committing acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, and possessing cannabis.
The court heard that Bryant had a history of alcohol and drug abuse and had relapsed shortly before the alleged incident.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Hodge told the court Bryant was drunk at the time.
‘‘It’s a very extreme reaction for not being able to satisfy somebody’s need for the munchies when they’ve had something to drink,’’ Magistrate Alan Taylor said.
The matter will be mentioned again later this month.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Officer Samuel McCoy, 30, was suspended for 84 hours without pay for "conduct unbecoming."
The police investigation revealed that McCoy had 26 pornographic pictures on his laptop, 104 pictures of women in erotic bathing suits or underwear and 23 sexually suggestive videos from YouTube.com.
McCoy, who joined the force in 2004, told investigators that he did not recognize some of the images found on his computer. He looked at the other images, including the videos, while he was off duty, investigators said.
McCoy, who patrols at night, said the photos came to his personal email and he deleted them.
"He's taken responsibility for his actions," said Fraternal Order of Police President Kelly Shifflett. "He has accepted his discipline and he's looking to put the incident behind him and getting back to work."
McCoy told investigators he was looking for jujitsu videos and clicked on other links that "piqued my interest."
The investigation began in December after a city official found out that McCoy, who is married, was part of an adult social networking site for swingers.
It's not the first time this year that McCoy has been under internal affairs investigation. In another investigation, McCoy was also caught in a compromising position.
In April, investigators determined McCoy violated police officer conduct by taking pictures of his genital area while on duty.
He was caught by surveillance video in November at Tyco Retail Solutions' parking lot, at 1 Town Center Road. McCoy told investigators he had a medical condition he had to document.
He said he did not send the photos to anyone and they were deleted. McCoy was suspended without pay for 36 hours in that incident.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
A woman was caught trying to sneak her common-law-husband out of a Mexican prison in a suitcase following a conjugal visit.
A spokesman for police in the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo said that staff at the prison in Chetumal noticed that the woman seemed nervous and was pulling a black, wheeled suitcase that looked bulky.
According to Public Security Secretary Carlos Viviano Villa Castillo the woman had trouble pulling the suitcase.
"We immediately found out. It was a large suitcase with a thin person, 1.6 meters tall, curled up inside," Castillo said.
Prison guards checked the bag of 19-year-old Maria del Mar Arjona and found inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina curled up inside in the foetal position.
Ramirez is serving a 20-year sentence for a 2007 conviction for illegal weapons possession.
Arjona was arrested and charges are pending.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Police arrested a Hurricane man Friday morning on charges of breaking into two local businesses and causing more than $100,000 in damage.
Charles Eddison Tucker, 23, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering and two felony counts of destruction of property after he "wrecked" the Electric Beach Tanning Salon on Teays Valley Road, said Putnam County Sheriff Mark Smith.
Police were dispatched at about 3:15 a.m. to the Mail Room, a mailing and printing service center next to the salon. A vendor for the Mail Room called police after he had come to the store and noticed the front window had been broken.
There, Tucker was found in his underwear at the bottom of an elevator shaft. He apparently had taken off his clothes in hopes of creating a rope into the shaft, Smith said.
When police searched his jeans pockets, they found several gift cards from the Electric Beach, according to the criminal complaint.
Police then went next door to the salon to find that he had broken in there as well, according to the complaint.
Police say Tucker smashed eight tanning beds, the store's windows, a table, several walls and several displays, causing more than $100,000 in damage. He was also found to have smashed a computer monitor in the Mail Room, police say.
He was arrested and taken to Southwestern Regional Jail with bond set at $30,000.
Smith said Tucker had no apparent connection to the businesses and was not sure what he used to destroy the salon. He said at this point police couldn't definitively say it was drugs that caused Tucker to behave that way.
"He was acting strangely; we don't know what his problem was," Smith said. "Whether it was some kind of mental issue or something, it could be anything."
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The woman who sprayed Delaware County sheriff's deputies with breast milk while resisting arrest last weekend has been fired from her teaching job, according to documents obtained by The Dispatch today after a public-records request.
Stephanie Robinette, 30, of Westerville, had been a teacher at Summit Academy on Columbus' East Side. A letter in her personal file dated Wednesday states that she was terminated "as a result of recent developments." The school informed the state board of education yesterday that she had been fired for engaging in "conduct unbecoming" the profession.
She was arrested early Saturday morning at Bridgewater Banquet facility on Sawmill Parkway in Delaware County, after deputies arrived to break up a fight between Robinette and her husband.
Witnesses and her husband told deputies that he and his wife, who was drunk, were arguing and she struck him multiple times, before locking herself in the car.
According to the sheriff's office, Mrs. Robinette began yelling profanities when they approached the car and refused to get out. She then told them she is a breastfeeding mother, removed her right breast from her dress and began spraying deputies and the car with her breast milk.
She pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of domestic violence, assault, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors, in Delaware County Municipal Court.
Monday, July 4, 2011
A teacher in Surprise, AZ has been arrested for stealing and pawning school property.
Surprise police officers discovered that Dean Desaulniers, 43, had pawned a computer and two digital projectors belonging to Western Peaks Elementary School, which is located near Bell Road and Cotton Lane.
Sgt. Mark Ortega said Desaulniers admitted stealing and pawning the equipment when questioned by investigators.
Desaulniers was transported and booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail for three counts of trafficking stolen property and three counts of theft.