This dude just learned an expensive lesson on why it's a bad idea to let propane tanks bounce around in the back of your truck.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says meth was leaking down Davis Williams' leg as he tried to run away from a trooper just after midnight.
The trooper had stopped an SUV for speeding on 221st Street South in Okmulgee County.
After giving the driver a ticket, the trooper began to question the passenger, Davis Williams, about a chemical smell.
The OHP says Williams, 54, then took off running, but the trooper caught him and a struggle ensued.
"After a brief struggle it was determined there was an active meth lab in his pants that burst during the struggle and got all over his body," said OHP trooper Shiloh Hall.
Medical personnel checked out Williams and the road was closed so emergency crews could clean up the scene.
Williams was booked into the Okmulgee County jail on a complaint of manufacture of a controlled and dangerous substance. The driver of the SUV was not arrested.
The OHP says the driver was taking Williams to his semi at the time of the incident.
A portable meth lab is also known as a one-pot lab, where a smaller batch of the drug is manufactured.
Friday, April 27, 2012
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court in Lexington by 71-year-old Lena David of Nicholasville. David claims Dr. W.B. Galbreath told her to try to regurgitate the screwdriver and then sent her for X-rays when that did not work.
Galbreath did not return a message left at his office Friday by The Associated Press.
The lawsuit says that the X-rays showed the screwdriver in David's stomach, and that the dentist discharged her with instructions to "eat a diet high in fiber."
In June 2011, about a month after swallowing the screwdriver, David checked into a hospital with abdominal pain and had to have the screwdriver removed.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
We know that texting while driving is dangerous, but now an embarrassed Bonnie Miller is speaking up about the dangers of texting while walking. The Benton Harbor woman plunged into a frigid Lake Michigan while trying to change an appointment on her phone. Thanks to Miller's husband and 19-year-old bystander Rebecca Van Zant, who both jumped in to keep Miller afloat until the Coast Guard arrived, the contrite texter is OK.
Tweeps are exasperated by the latest "Dumb Texting Tricks" episode, with @GongshowDuncs commenting, "Funny how smart phones keep making people do dumb shit." On the plus side, Van Zant is even more determined to join the Coast Guard after recently failing the entrance exam by two points.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
On Saturday, police arrested Jorge Victorino-Vazquez, 32, following a week-long undercover investigation into the alleged murder plot.
A detailed police report outlines how Vazquez's alleged attempt to recruit and hire a hitman led to his undoing.
On April 15, Vazquez asked an acquaintance if he knew of someone "who would be willing to kill his wife or would sell him a gun," according to a police report.
The acquaintance-turned-informant -- whose identity remains undisclosed -- called the police three days later to alert authorities of Vazquez's alleged intent. The informant said he felt guilty knowing of Vazquez's plans. Police asked him to schedule a meeting with Vazquez.
On April 19, an undercover officer met the suspect at the Triple Play restaurant and lounge on Dacatur and Oakey boulevards, according to the arrest report. Vazquez told the cop he "wanted his wife killed because she was cheating on him, took his money, took his vehicles, wouldn't sign papers for him, and always threatened to call INS to have him deported,” the arrest report said. Price would not be an issue.
Police reports say that the officer gave Vazquez multiple opportunities to change his mind before requesting $2,000 to complete the hit. Vazquez instructed the undercover officer to break into his home sometime around midnight Sunday or early Monday morning to "beat him up, steal his stuff and kill his wife."
At a follow-up meeting on April 20, Vazquez paid the first of two $1,000 installments. He provided the undercover officer with a photograph of his wife, her name, the address and a hand-drawn diagram of his home. In addition, Vasquez delivered "information regarding his wife's morning habits," according to the arrest report.
Police documents also outline the undercover officer's second attempt at persuading Vazquez not to follow through with his orders.
"He never made any hint that he did not want to follow through," officials wrote in the report. "He went so far as to say it would be his birthday present."
On April 21, police conducted a third and final meeting. Vazquez delivered the second $1,000 as the "final payment for the killing of his wife," according to police. After Vazquez confirmed the hit with undercover authorities, at approximately 7:50 p.m., detectives clearly identifiable as police officers detained the suspect and took him into custody.
Vazquez is currently at the Clark County Detention Center. He is charged with solicitation to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder and burglary.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
He eluded authorities for more than ten hours after disappearing in heavy brush. According to police, he almost drove off the cliff with his wife in the car.
She managed to flee moments before the car plunged off the side.
Saturday, Meru Kheop spoke with CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Mike Dinow about the bizarre incident. “I started saying ‘Michael get out of the car…we can handle this.’”
Meru says she has no idea what her husband was thinking. “He said, ‘Get out’ and I opened the door and that’s when the car turned.”
She said she had no idea why her husband of 12 years would have considered such a drastic, and potentially deadly, measure.
“I jumped out right when the car was about to go down,” she said.
Mrs. Kheop escaped uninjured. And she doesn’t know how her husband wasn’t seriously injured after falling more than 200 feet. “I don’t know how he made it out.” Or how he escaped capture, “I was with the cops all day long.”
She credits law enforcement with saving her life. “There must have been eight of them that rushed over to pull me off the mountain.”
Mrs. Kheop returned to the couple’s Malibu apartment — about 5 miles from where her husband was last seen — after the search was suspended Friday evening after 8 p.m.
About 10:30 p.m., she said she heard a knock on the back door. She looked through the peephole saw her husband and told him to go. “I can’t let you in,” she told him, “You’re all over the news. Don’t bring this to the children.”
Police later found Michael hiding in the building’s laundry room. They say he was arrested without further incident.
Monday, April 23, 2012
That's the alleged plot that 52-year-old Mark Abaire hatched on Thursday before he was caught by Florida McDonald's employees and charged with felony theft.
Abaire -- whose aliases include Red, Clown Red and Clown -- entered the Naples franchise at about 10 p.m. and asked for a cup of water. Then he allegedly snuck some pop into the cup, despite a conversation with an employee that he couldn't do so.
The soda was valued at $1.
"Clown Red" allegedly refused to leave the burger joint, so a manager called cops.
Abaire was charged with felony petty theft because he had previous theft convictions, among other crimes. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly conduct. He faces five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
The case has prompted an outpouring of concern that not enough is being done to guard against the negative impact of increasing consumerism in Chinese society, particularly among young people who have grown up with more creature comforts than the generations before them.
Prosecutors in the city of Chenzhou charged the suspects with intentional injury for organizing the removal and transplant of a kidney from a 17-year-old high school student surnamed Wang, the official Xinhua News Agency said late Friday.
A woman on duty Saturday at the Chenzhou Beihu District People's Procuratorate in Hunan province confirmed that prosecutors are handling the case and that the defendants are facing charges of intentional injury.
She refused to give her name and referred further questions to the city-level procuratorate's media office, where phone calls rang unanswered.
The defendants include a surgeon, a hospital contractor, and brokers who looked for donors online and leased an operating room to conduct the procedure, Xinhua said.
It said about 1.5 million people in China need organ transplants, but that only about 10,000 transplants are performed each year, fueling the illegal trade in organs.
Xinhua described one of the defendants named He Wei as being broke and frustrated over gambling debts. It said he asked another defendant to look for organ donors in online chat rooms and someone else to lease an operating room for the transplant, which took place in April last year.
He received 220,000 yuan ($35,000) for the transplant, gave the student 22,000 yuan ($3,500) and shared the remaining money with the other defendants and several medical staff involved in the operation, Xinhua said.
When the student returned home, he was asked how he could afford a new iPhone and an iPad and he told his mother that he sold one of his kidneys, the report said.
The Southern Daily newspaper reported last month that other individuals have sold, or seriously considered selling, their kidneys to earn money for reasons that included paying off large debts, making a payment on a smartphone, or paying for an abortion for a girlfriend.
"Without facing complete hardship, these young people born after the 1990s made rash decisions. In the choice between their bodies and materialism, they resolutely chose the latter," the official Communist Party newspaper Guangming Daily said in an editorial late last month about the Southern Daily report.
"In today's society where desires are infinite and demands are boundless ... blindly competing with others in the pursuit of high-end 'technology' will gradually ruin lives," it said.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
There it was on Facebook for all to see – Michael Baker with a gas can, a siphon hose stuck into a police cruiser in eastern Kentucky and a middle finger raised.
Among those who saw it were Jenkins police, who arrested 20-year-old Baker on Monday and charged him with theft by unlawful taking.
Police didn't laugh. Chief Allen Bormes says that if Baker would steal from police, he'd steal from "just about anybody."
Authorities say they plan to buy lockable gas caps.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Fort Smith police arrested a man for attempted robbery after a convenience store clerk says he chased a customer around the store threatening her with hot dog tongs. Surveillance video caught him using the tongs as a weapon. Police were called to J-Mart convenience store on Midland after a 911 hang-up call. When police were en route, they say they found out the call was for a robbery in progress. Eyewitnesses say a drunk man was trying to rob the store using hot dog tongs as a weapon.
Police say when they arrived, 35-year-old Renee Jackson was outside.Cpl. Steven Dooly with Fort Smith Police says Jackson is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated robbery.
"He attempted to rob the place, but really I guess nobody took him serious enough to actually give him money because of his state of intoxication," says Cpl. Dooly.
The clerk told police Jackson walked into the store grabbing his side and talking about a gun. Then, the clerk told police Jackson reportedly told her to call 911 and tell them the store was being robbed.
While the woman called police, Jackson allegedly chased a customer around the isles with hot dog tongs he grabbed from the food area. Eyewitnesses tell 5NEWS Jackson was threatening her and telling her to give him all her money.
When police pulled into the parking lot, Jackson dropped the tongs and walked outside toward them, police say.
According to a police report, officers say they could smell alcohol on Jackson's breath and his speech was slurred.
Officers say Jackson told police he was from New Orleans and fighting with his wife. The report states Jackson told police he was tired of being disrespected by his family because he always cooks and cleans and is not appreciated.
"Put me in jail," Jackson shouted as officers questioned him on the scene.
The report says Jackson told officers he wanted to go to jail to see how his family did without him.
Police say other than hot dog tongs, Jackson wasn't carrying any other weapons.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander in Paktika province, strolled toward a police checkpoint in the district of Sar Howza with a wanted poster bearing his own face. He demanded the finder’s fee referenced on the poster: $100.
Afghan officials, perplexed by the man’s misguided motives, arrested him on the spot. Ashan is suspected of plotting at least two attacks on Afghan security forces. His misdeeds prompted officials to plaster the district with hundreds of so-called “Be on the Lookout” posters emblazoned with his name and likeness.
When U.S. troops went to confirm that Ashan had in fact come forward to claim the finder’s fee, they were initially incredulous.
“We asked him, ‘Is this you?’ Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’” recalled SPC Matthew Baker.
A biometric scan confirmed that the man in Afghan custody was the insurgent they had been looking for.
“This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the ‘Home Alone” burglars,” one U.S. official said.
Wanted posters are often distributed by NATO forces, but rarely have such a direct impact on the apprehension of an insurgent. In restive Paktika province, civilians are typically afraid to pass on intelligence that might lead to an arrest. And insurgents tend to shy away from the urban centers where they’re being hunted, particularly while carrying evidence of their own transgressions.
Officials have guessed at what the unusual details of Ashan’s arrest might tell us about the state of the insurgency — its desperation, its lack of resources, its defiance of law and order.
But, for now, the consensus has landed on the singularity of Ashan’s act, and the intellectual calculus that led to it.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Dean Cochrun, 28, is asking for $1,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. He also asks in the lawsuit that his foreskin be restored "in the hopes I could feel whole again," though he acknowledged that he didn't expect such a restoration to be anything more than aesthetic.
Cochrun, who is imprisoned in Sioux Falls on a kidnapping conviction, filed the federal lawsuit Friday against Sanford Hospital. Cochrun claims that an "unknown doctor" at the then-named Sioux Valley Hospital misled his mother to believe that the procedure was medically necessary. Cochrun argues that the procedure was unnecessary, unethical and without medical benefit.
"I was recently made aware of the fact that I had been (circumcised) and that ... I was robbed of sensitivity during sexual intercourse as well as the sense of security and well-being I am entitled to in my person," he argued in the lawsuit, adding that neither he nor his partners would "have that sensitivity during sexual intercourse and have a normal sex life."
Cochrun isn't represented by a lawyer in the lawsuit, which includes a letter from Sanford officials responding to a letter requesting that his foreskin be replaced. Patient relations representative DyAnn Smith replied that Sanford would not pay for the procedure.
"There will be no further correspondence about this matter," she wrote.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
On Wednesday, April 12, police received a complaint from an alert citizen, and at approximately 11:30 a.m., arrived to the home in question where Evelyn Belmont, 24, stood outside.
She asked the police if they knew if the property was for rent.
According to the police, it was obvious that her actions were to distract, and give her accomplices an opportunity to exit the residence.
A K-9 officer arrived on scene and gave a verbal warning about sending the dog into the home.
The two men with Belmont, Garadis Moultrie, 20, and Nathaniel Mitchell, Jr., 21, came out of the residence with their hands up.
All three initially gave police different reasons for being at the property.
Moultrie stated that he was in the area looking for a new residence for himself and his girlfriend, because the area has a high law enforcement presence and would be a much safer place to raise a child.
Mitchell stated that he was there to purchase some marijuana from someone who took his money and ran before handing over the marijuana, so Mitchell chased him.
Belmont told police that while she was looking for apartments with the other two, she looked in the windows and saw what she first thought was a person, but then determined it to be a black snake.
She stated that Mitchell is, "a lot like Steve Irwin" and that he always tries to catch things like snakes, so Mitchell and Moultrie went inside to catch the snake.
Police arrested the trio, charged them with Residential Burglary and took them to Polk County Jail.
Belmont and Mitchell were out on bail for snatching the purse of an 86 year-old woman on March 23, 2012.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Around 1:30 Thursday afternoon, Utica Police responded to the Key Bank for a report of an attempted robbery. Officers also were contacted by two other banks that said the man had also entered there and demanded money.
Bank employees say he came in started yelling obscenities, asking them to put money in a bag. Police say he threatened the tellers with the plunger.
Officers in an unmarked car responded to the scene and saw the suspect walking away. When the suspect saw the officers, he ran. Police caught up with him and took him into custody.
Lawrence Deptola, 49, of Cottage Place in Utica is charged with attempted robbery, a class "E" felony.
The plunger was recovered inside Citizen's Bank.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
In a statement, Comcast "sincerely apologized" for the programming interruption, saying they were attempting to correct a technical issue, which caused a series of channels to appear on the local ABC affiliate.
"The issue was a result of human error which has been resolved," Comcast spokesperson Cindy Parsons said.
"I usually watch 'Good Morning America,' and the channel was flickering, so I flipped to another channel," said Clay Clarkson, a recent subscriber to Comcast. "When I flipped back, hardcore pornography was showing on the channel."
Clarkson said he called the cable company immediately, requesting to speak to a customer service representative. Comcast told him they were already aware of the glitch.
The Monument resident doesn't appear to be alone. Several others posted comments about the unwelcome sight on KRDO's Facebook page.
"Of course, we are extremely upset that Comcast would air this material instead of our KRDO material," KRDO General Manager Tim Larson said.
Staff at the TV station told Larson the technical problems seemed to begin around 4:15 a.m.
"We are sure the offending material didn't come from us [KRDO]," Larson added.
The issue was isolated to Comcast cable customers.
"I know it's a tech issue, but I want to know what happened, how it happened and that it won't happen again," Clarkson said.
Comcast said they've taken preventative measures to avoid a repeat incident in the future.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
While U.S. Law enforcement officials began the initial investigation, Toronto police were notified that the suspect was allegedly living in Toronto and began its own investigation along with the OPP and the TPS’s Sex Crimes Unit and Child Exploitation Section.
It is alleged a man connected with a young female victim via the social media website Facebook, pretended to be Bieber, and threatened the young woman into performing sexual acts while in front of her webcam.
After the victim broke off communication, the man allegedly told her he was posting her acts onto a porn site.
On Wednesday, Toronto police arrested a man after he allegedly met with an officer after the latter had posed as a 14-year-old girl from Toronto.
Lee Moir, 34, is charged with several offences, including luring a child under 16, invitation to sexual touching, the making of child pornography, possession of child porn, extortion, and attempting to expose himself to a minor.
Police allege Moir also went under the Facebook handles of Lee Oneel, Justy.Beber1 and Yodayoda001.
Moir is believed to have had contact with numerous children online.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas said he believes the boy took his stepfather's jacket to school on Monday without knowing the drugs were inside it.
"Children bring to school what they find at home," he said.
Police have told the Connecticut Post the boy took 50 packets of heroin out when it came time for a show-and-tell presentation, but Vallas said the boy only waved the heroin around at his cubicle. Police did not respond to messages seeking comment Tuesday.
The boy's stepfather, 35-year-old Santos Roman, went to the school and recovered the jacket, but police had already seized the drugs, officials said. He was arrested when he returned to the school after apparently discovering the heroin was missing, Vallas said.
Roman was arrested on risk of injury to a minor and drug charges. He appeared Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court and was ordered held on $100,000 bail. He wasn't available to comment from jail, and there was no phone number listed for his home address.
The Department of Children and Families placed the boy in the custody of his grandmother, even though his mother went to the school to take him home, Vallas said.
Vallas praised the reactions of the teacher who initially noticed the drugs, worth about $500 on the street, and of others involved in the response.
"I think everybody operated like clockwork," he said.
Monday, April 9, 2012
The grenade, believed to be a relic from the Second World War, was found in a field next to a busy road.
The bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion.
The egg-shaped hand grenade was spotted by father-of-three Stuart Moffatt, 34, at the event organised by a pre-school group.
Mr Moffatt, an engineering consultant, was there with his wife Victoria, 35, and their children Nelly, five, Isla, two, and 11-month-old Freddie.
He said: ‘We were beginning to count up the eggs at the end of the hunt and I saw a boy of three standing on an object.
'It was brown and about 4 inches high. It looked like an Easter egg, but it was a hand grenade.
‘I was shocked. The boy who was standing on it thought it was a rock.'
About 25 children, aged between two and five, had been at the hunt near woodland at Holford, Somerset – just yards from the A39.
Stuart alerted organisers from the Stowey Bears pre-school group.
They then slowly moved the children away from the scene, keeping calm in order not to panic them.
When they arrived on the scene, police officers put a 100-metre cordon in place and alerted members of the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, who rushed straight to the scene.
Avon and Somerset Police later confirmed the grenade had been destroyed.
A spokesman for the force said: 'The Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) attended the scene and destroyed the object in a controlled explosion.
'The cordon has been lifted and the local community are thanked for their patience while this incident was dealt with.'
Lorry driver Paul Gibbard, 40, from nearby Stogursey, who was also on the Easter Egg hunt with daughters Ruby, three, and Jade, two, said: 'It was a bit of a shock.
'Apparently there used to be an American Army base in Holford during the Second World War. I think it has to be something to do with that.'
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
According to an arrest report, the man’s ex-girlfriend, Shanay J. Jackson, 19, of Gainesville, pushed him in the face as he was driving and then opened a bottle of bleach and poured it on his lap.
“(Jackson’s) actions caused the victim’s clothes to be soaked with bleach which produced a burning sensation to the victim’s groin,” Gainesville Police Officer Kimano Edwards wrote in the report. “The victim drove a short distance away and had to pull over onto the side of the road to remove his clothing due to the burning sensation caused by the bleach.”
Edwards wrote that the man’s clothes were “freshly soaked with bleach causing severe discoloration” while there “puddles of bleach” inside his vehicle.
Jackson said she and her ex-boyfriend got into an argument and said she picked up the bottle of bleach and shook it, and that’s how it got on him, according to the report.
She was charged with simple battery, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was being held at the Alachua County jail Thursday.
Friday, April 6, 2012
But the chef, who spent months in hospital after Baillie plunged a 12 inch kitchen knife into his back, was forced to propose through her lawyer after the judge remanded her in custody to await sentencing.
Mr Todd, who is unable to visit Baillie in prison until after Easter, is now desperately waiting to hear if she has accepted his marriage offer.
As Baillie appeared in the dock at Hull Crown Court for a sentencing hearing, her barrister Paul Genney explained that Mr Todd had a special reason for turning up in his best suit.
Mr Genney said: “Mr Todd is in court and has been to see her in prison. He has brought a ring to court to propose to her. Eventually they want to get married. He says he has brought the engagement ring to ask to her marry him today.”
At that Baillie looked across the court room towards the man she admits stabbing and began to cry.
But she gave no indication of her answer, leaving Mr Todd in suspense.
The judge heard how Baillie stabbed Mr Todd in the back in December last year as he slept at their home in Hessle, Humberside.
The attack came around the anniversary of the death of Baillie’s ten-week old son and also came shortly after she had suffered a miscarriage.
Her lawyer said she had been struggling to deal with the grief at the time and could not explain why she had stabbed Mr Todd.
The blade pierced Mr Todd’s liver, spleen and pancreas and doctors said he would have certainly died had it not been for the swift medical intervention.
But once he had recovered Mr Todd did not hesitate in visiting Baillie in prison in order to offer her his forgiveness.
Speaking outside court after the hearing, Mr Todd said: “I love her I want to marry her. She didn't know I was going to propose today but I was.
“I wanted to give her the ring but they won't allow it in prison. I hoped she would get a suspended sentence, so I could propose today. She does not need to be in prison.”
Baillie was initially charged with attempted murder, but has since admitted grievous bodily harm with intent.
Judge Michael Mettyear said he recognised the fact that Mr Todd had forgiven Baillie and wanted to continue with their relationship, but said that may not influence his final decision.
He said: “I want some time to think about it. If he had died, this would have been a life sentence. The minimum term would have been 25 years. If she had been convicted of attempted murder the sentence could have been the order of 15 years. This is a difficult case and the guidelines suggest a prison sentence of some length."
Thursday, April 5, 2012
An officer says he told three men who were walking on the street with a dog to move to the sidewalk, and that one looked like he might run away, so he asked for identification.
Contreras identified himself as Emiliano Velesco, and a police database search found no matches. The officer then had a dispatcher run a check with the birthday he was given and the last name tattooed on the forearm.
Contreras had three warrants for failure to appear on charges including providing false information.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Christine Faith Baker, 47, was walking on a Southwest Florida street last Friday when she was approached by a detective working in the Manatee County Sheriff Office’s special investigations division, according to a sheriff’s office report.
After the undercover detective invited Baker into his car and the talk turned to sex, she said her fee would be two double cheeseburgers from the dollar menu at McDonald’s, the report states.
The detective bought the burgers for $2.75 and then Baker told him that he could also tip her $40 for her services, according to the report. After Baker gave the detective directions to a vacant lot, Baker was arrested by other agents and charged with prostitution, the report states.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
A Farm Bureau Financial Services employee was allegedly caught on video urinating on female coworkers’ chairs, and now West Des Moines police are considering second-degree criminal mischief charges against him.
Police Officer Curtis Russell met with several Farm Bureau employees Monday, including Lauri Strottman, a corporate vice president, who said employees had been complaining about stains on their chairs since October. Farm Bureau had surveillance cameras installed in February to determine who was behind it.
At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the suspect – a 59-year-old Des Moines man – was allegedly caught on tape as he urinated on several chairs, causing about $4,500 damage, Russell wrote in a report on file at the West Des Moines Police Department.
Strottman said the now-fired employee worked in the information-technology department and had access to the employee database, including workers’ photos, and “would pick out attractive females,” according to Russell’s report.
Then, during off-hours, the suspect would come into work and urinate on their chairs, Strottman told police.
She said Farm Bureau terminated the man’s employment Monday, and he left the premises without incident. According to the report, the suspect admitted to Strottman that “I was doing inappropriate things I shouldn’t be doing.”
Strottman told police she would provide them with a list of the females whose chairs had been soiled. Police interviewed some of the man’s coworkers, and they said the suspect has never talked to them and did not make threatening remarks when he was leaving the Farm Bureau campus after being fired.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Lines on some sidewalks near City Hall now designate part of the pavement as "e-lanes" suitable for chronic texters and digital music aficionados – although only through the end of the week.
The April Fools' Day prank is one way city officials, in particular Mayor Michael Nutter, are trying to draw attention to the danger of inattentive pedestrians.
The lines, signage and sidewalk graphics – depicting a pedestrian peering down at a hand-held device – will stick around part of John F. Kennedy Boulevard through the week.
A bogus video released for the new lanes shows Nutter being cut off mid-interview by an oblivious pedestrian, played by Streets Department Deputy Commissioner Steven Buckley.
"Sidewalk safety is important," Nutter noted just after his mock interview was disrupted. The video also features a rowdy band of anti-texting protesters.
All kidding aside, officials said distracted pedestrians are a serious issue the city plans to address.