Damit Russ, this isn't monster truck racing!
A man facing a big bill because he had blown the engine in his 1997 BMW decided to bury his car instead and collect $20,000 from his insurance company by claiming it was stolen.
Matthew Mueller rented a backhoe in October 2002 and buried the car on property owned by his father in rural northeast Ohio.
Police received tips last year and excavated the vehicle.
Mueller, 35, of Akron, was sentenced to a year in prison for insurance fraud, tampering with evidence, falsification and receiving stolen property.
He apologized in Portage County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday and paid restitution to Progressive Insurance along with $15,500 to state officials for their costs digging up the vehicle.
"It was stupidity and completely out of character," he said. "I broke the law and I tried to conceal it."
Sweet move dude... Article here.
"There's a paralegal hobbling around the halls the past two days. She broke her ankle over the long weekend on a ski trip. Why are we paying paralegals enough to go on ski trips? And even worse, why are we providing our paralegals health insurance? She had a perfectly competent cast on her foot, crutches, pain medication, everything. I asked her how much it all cost her and she said it didn't cost her a cent. This is ridiculous.
Woman: Yo, my cousin is going to be on American Idol.
Guy: Wow, she any good?
Woman: No, she's terrible, she sounds like a dying seal.
36th & 7th - OHINY
CSR: You know sometimes when you blow, you can feel it in your throat?
Secretary: No, I don't blow that hard.
CSR: Well, I blow hard and I can feel it sometimes. It sucks.
541 Lexington Avenue New York, NY - OHITO
Don Bertone is not your usual problem neighbor, San Francisco authorities say.
For three years, Bertone, who once worked for the city Housing Authority and ran for the Board of Supervisors in 2000, has wreaked all sorts of havoc in an otherwise quiet community in the southeastern part of the city known as Little Hollywood, officials and his neighbors said Wednesday.
Bertone, 54, doesn't just play loud music, authorities say. At all hours of the day and night, he has blasted police radio broadcasts, shrill oscillating tones, Spanish dance tunes and other noise from speakers he installed on the outside of his home. Police said they could hear the racket from 100 yards away.
Police said he hooked up floodlights and six cameras that swept the block. Inside his home, he could monitor his neighbors' movements on four video screens.
Officers who searched his home Tuesday allegedly found a high-powered assault rifle complete with a flash suppressor, two handguns and 3,000 rounds of ammunition as well as an undisclosed "explosive device.''
Prosecutors charged Bertone with 11 felony weapons counts, two felony drug counts and two felony counts of receiving stolen property -- for two city traffic signs found in his home.
Bertone's two-story home is protected by barbed wire. Milk crates and pallets line the roof on one side. The windows are boarded up, and the wood is painted black. Bertone has at least four satellite dishes and a dozen antennas on the roof with wires leading to trees. His side fence is topped with hubcaps, and his backyard is covered by blue tarps. Bertone says the barbed wire is to keep people from jumping a fence into his property. He says his windows are boarded up because neighborhood kids throw rocks into his home.
Bertone was being held without bail in connection with the alleged explosive device, although he has not yet been charged on that matter. He is to be arraigned Friday.
Who does this guy think he is? Barb wire surrounds his house? Multiple satellite dishes? Does this guy just really want to be apart of the S.W.A.T. team? Maybe we should enlist this guy into the military for his punishment. Article here.
A dog apparently fell from a freeway overpass and crashed through a car windshield, fatally injuring the driver, police said Thursday.
Whiplash the Cowboy monkey is truly a fan favorite, he is an international star and a true cowboy. This 'lil monkey dude is 18 years old, and is a Capuchin Monkey. Whiplash has been riding since he was two yrs old. Whiplash travels the country herding up wild Barbados sheep at rodeos and special events. His riding ability is unmatched and his herding skills unchallenged but whiplash never misses a chance to show his monkey heritage as he rides the dog he will pull the saddle from side to side and even hang off to one side.
Taken from his website:
"Whiplash is an 18yr old capuchin monkey, he has been a part of our family since he was born, he has been riding for 16yrs. he loves country music and he like to watch "animal planet" and "law and order" the original. He likes to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and his favorite fruit are grapes. He sleeps with his blanky every night and is not a morning person."
A South Carolina "deadbeat dad," Johnny Martin, faked his own death 25 years ago to avoid paying child support.
The 58-year-old man has now been recaptured and jailed, and he now owes more than 30-thousand dollars in child support.
Authorities say Martin escaped from a work detail in 1979 while serving time for failing to pay support for two kids. They say he had a relative call Family Court to report he had died during a bar fight.
Investigators say he'd been living in Myrtle Beach and using his real name for about 20 years, and had a third child. They reopened his case after one of his ex-wives tipped them off that he was still around.
Jesus dude. It's your biological kid. The least you could do is send him a check. Article here.