Thursday, June 08, 2006
Man steals car, climbs house, gets KFC?
A man spent all day on a roof lobbing bricks at cops was “rewarded” with a KFC fast food.
Police gave him the meal because of his 'human rights' as the suspected car thief staged his second rooftop siege in seven months. Last night, furious locals blasted his soft treatment.
One, Leanne Roberts, 19, said: “It’s disgraceful. People are starving while he is served like a king.”
Neighbours in the road — which was closed — in Gloucester city centre identified the man as Barry Chambers, 26. He scaled the three-storey house early yesterday after allegedly stealing a car and leading police on a high-speed chase. Up to 50 cops with riots vans were said to be at the scene.
After cops were bombarded by bricks from a chimney for 12 hours, the food and cigarettes were sent up by crane.
He finally came down just before 10pm after 19 HOURS.
Neighbours said Chambers climbed on a roof near a police station last November — and came down after he got food. Article here.
Arkansas dude sets his girlfriend on fire?
A woman who police say was set on fire Sunday by her boyfriend didn’t want to call police or an ambulance for fear the man would get into trouble.
But after talking on the phone for almost an hour with a volunteer from the Women’s Crisis Center, Tracy Long, 46, allowed a friend to take her to Sparks Regional Medical Center where doctors believed her injuries to be life-threatening.
Long’s friend, Alice Franklin, said Long was in critical condition and underwent surgery Monday at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, where she was airlifted Sunday. Hospital officials would not release Long’s condition Monday.
Long’s boyfriend, William Edward Powell, 46, was charged Monday in Sebastian County Circuit Court with first-degree domestic abuse, a felony. He was held without bond in the county jail Monday and is expected to be arraigned Wednesday.
According to Fort Smith police reports, Long suffered second- and third-degree burns on 50 percent of her body. She also suffered injuries to her lungs and throat from inhaling smoke and heat.
The reports said Long and Powell had argued over the weekend and that Powell poured gasoline on Long. She went into the bathroom of their home to wash off the gasoline, but Powell poured more on her and lit it.
Franklin, who lives nextdoor to the couple, said Long appeared outside their home about 2: 30 p. m. Sunday, crying and trembling and with severe burns on her arms, legs, chest and face.
Franklin said Long told her Powell wanted her wedding rings but she refused. She said Long didn’t want to call the police or an ambulance because she didn’t want Powell to get into trouble.
Long had lived with Powell for more than seven years, Franklin said. She said there have been other incidents of abuse during the three years she has known Long. “She loved him. She just couldn’t leave,” Franklin said.
Powell told police that he and Long had been arguing over Long’s suspicion that he was seeing another woman. Powell said Long confronted the woman at a bar Saturday night and that he and Long fought about it at home that night and again on Sunday.
He said he threatened Long and that she said dared him to follow through. He said Long was in the bathtub and that he poured gasoline into the water. When she again called his bluff, Powell said, he set fire to the gasoline.
Powell said after he set the fire, Long dried herself off, cursed him, packed some things and left. Franklin said Long told her she was undressing when Powell set fire to her. She beat the flames out with a towel, grabbed a shirt and shorts on the way out the back door, and left. Article here.
Stepfather impregnates teen with syringe?
An Ohio man who used a syringe to get his 16-year-old stepdaughter pregnant has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
John Goff plans to appeal his convictions for rape, sexual battery and child endangerment. Goff and his wife claim the teen agreed to be impregnated, though he admits to what he calls "the most ill-conceived plan since Enron." He said he did it because the girl's mother could no longer conceive.
The young woman gave birth to a boy in 1999 and helped raise him for a year before placing him for adoption.
Ironically, Goff and his wife once campaigned for tougher rape laws in Ohio after the acquittal of a man charged with molesting the same youngster. Article here.
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Footage of police abusing college girl
This girl's stereo was too loud… so she was arrested and then brought here into the police station. They go overboard and tie her to a chair, about half way through she gets out of the chair the first time. Turns out her dad is a state prosecutor; they are so screwed...
Grey's Anatomy casts gets 200k bonus
After a red-hot second season, the "Grey's Anatomy" cast is getting a 200k bonus.
Sources said Touchstone Television recently handed out $200,000 bonuses to each of the show's principal cast members, including Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, James Pickens Jr., T.R. Knight, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Chandra Wilson, Isaiah Washington, Justin Chambers and Kate Walsh.
Touchstone TV, which declined comment on the "Grey's" bonuses, has a history of giving cash bonuses to the ensemble casts of its hit series. In early 2005, the studio rewarded the principal cast members of "Desperate Housewives" with bonuses said to be about $250,000 each four months into the run of the show. The "Desperate Housewives" actors also received salary bumps. Meanwhile, in January, the "Lost" gang received salary increases, with Matthew Fox also getting a bonus.
200k bonus? Seriously? That’s not at all in-line with the average working American bonus. Whatever. It’s a great show. I’m really pissed they are moving it to Thursday nights though next year. Article here.
H.S. senior prank, glue school doors shut
Right in the middle of finals week, an entire high school campus was virtually shut down Tuesday morning, after somebody glued classroom doors shut.
It appears to be a senior class prank gone overboard at Independence High School in San Jose.
The pranksters used super glue, as well as toothpicks in the locks. The numbers "06" were also painted on school buildings -- tell-tale signs of a class prank as graduation nears.
Principal Judy Blackerby found out early in the morning. "I was at home writing my speech for graduation, which now I am going to change," Blackerby told KCBS Reporter Matt Bigler. "Every classroom [is locked] -- like, 180 classrooms. Very bad."
As a consequence, officials said they would cancel the annual senior class picnic, unless someone comes forward and states who pulled the prank.
As exams were delayed and students and teachers milled about this morning, maintenance crews used blow-torches to melt the glue that was squirted onto classroom locks.
Teachers and even many students were not happy about the delay in final exams. "It's idiotic," one student told Bigler. "Yeah, those stupid seniors ruined our day, and we don't have any classrooms to work on our finals in."
"We were pretty confused actually," another said. "We didn't know what was going on, until we heard about a bunch of seniors going around and super gluing all the locks." Asked if he thought it truly was a senior class stunt, he answered, "Yeah."
One angry teacher suggested that any seniors implicated in the prank not be allowed to walk in graduation ceremonies. But Principal Blackerby said that would be going too far.
Who’s the dumb-ass senior in this interview that actually wanted to take finals? Moron. Oh, and I’m sure the seniors are really bummed that their senior picnic was canceled. They could care less. Article here.
Mom puts kids in car, danced nude on bar
Police said they busted Christie Swing for giving an impromptu show at an Oklahoma City bar.
According to authorities, Swing was dancing nude on a table while her two kids waited in a car in a nearby parking lot.
Police Officer Taylor Shaw reported that he saw the children outside Charlie's Last Stand at almost 1 a.m. The children told the officer their parents were inside the bar.
Shaw said when he went into the bar on May 28, he saw Swing dancing nude on a table and arrested her and bar manager David Jones.
Swing's charged with engaging in an act of lewdness. Jones was busted for allegedly allowing nudity.
The children were released to the custody of their father at the scene. Article here.
Students grab principals ass at graduation
Principal Keith Smith is working to press charges against two students he says grabbed his bottom after they accepted their diploma.
Smith says he's in shock and frankly embarrassed about what the two students did when they took the stage. "They came over to shake my hand," he said. "As they were shaking my hand they reached around grabbed my butt and started rubbing it."
Smith says not just one but two students did that in front of thousands of people at the Clio Amphitheatre Sunday during graduation.
"Unfortunately since they are graduated (and) basically done with school, that's why I contacted police," he said. "I do think of actions and consequence. There should be a consequence for the action."
"If I did this to a student I would be out of a job," he said. "If I did this to a parent I would be out of a job. I don't know why people are upset if this happened to me because I'm a principal. I'm not allowed to file a complaint?"
"I don't think they should press criminal charges," said Robert Carey. "I mean, at graduation, kids have fun. There's no sense wrecking the rest of their life.
But more importantly Smith says he needs to set an example so something like this doesn't happen again. "It's not OK," he said. "If it's OK then what happens next year? Is it OK to grab me in a different way or is it OK to grab a classroom teacher?"
The attorney of one of the students accused in this case, Jeff Clothier, calls the principal's accusations absurd. He says they plan to fight this because there is no way this student grabbed his bottom for sexual purposes. Article here.