Friday, May 11, 2007
Dude puts blue panties on head, tried to rob store.
A thief covered his face with a pair of blue women's underwear and used a pistol-shaped cigarette lighter in a botched robbery of a convenience store, police said. "I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried," State Police Sgt. T.C. Kearns told The Journal in Martinsburg.
The cashier at first thought it was a joke and refused to give the man any money, so he ran to a Jeep Cherokee and drove away at about 4 AM Kearns said. A few minutes later, police stopped a vehicle matching that description and took two men into custody.
Police later charged Steven Clay Stephenson, 34, of Ranson in the convenience story robbery. Kearns said police found a pistol-shaped lighter while searching Stephenson. The underwear was recovered nearby. Article here.
Starbucks doesn't believe in god.
Coffeehouse giant Starbucks is standing by its campaign to put thought-provoking messages on its coffee cups despite a national uproar and threat of boycott over a message some felt was "anti-God."
Controversy erupted this week after a customer became steamed reading a quote that stated: "Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure." Full article here.
3,500 pounds of bat droppings a $25,000 mess
An upstate New York couple didn't think a few bats in the attic were much of a problem when they were buying a house last summer. Months later, they found out how wrong they were -- when they discovered more than a ton-and-a-half of bat droppings up there.
Nick LaBoda and Jenna Caputo say a home inspector informed them about the bats. They called an exterminator, who told them to wait awhile before removing the bats because the babies were too young to fly. Then they forgot about the bats -- until they smelled a foul odor in January. When they checked the attic, they found dead bats and piles of guano.
An exterminator says hundreds of bats had been living in the attic, leaving behind 3,500 pounds of droppings. It cost $25,000 to clean up the mess, and the couple's insurance company wouldn't cover it. They're fighting it out in court. (CNN.com)
[mashup] Golddigger + Beethoven's 5th
Dude on bike out runs cops going 170 MPH
A biker was clocked by a radar trap at 170 MPH - and avoided cops because he was travelling so fast.
Police didn't even have time to take down his registration number as he roared past their handheld speed gun. All they saw was a flash of yellow on his bike. They also think he was wearing a blue jacket. Article here.
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Teacher has sex with 14-year-old, runs off to Mexico with him
A former teacher charged with having sex with a 14-year-old middle school student and running off to Mexico with him pleaded guilty Wednesday to a sodomy charge.
Angela Renee Comer, 28, would serve 10 years in prison under her plea agreement, in which the prosecutor agreed to drop most other charges. Besides one count of third-degree sodomy, Comer pleaded guilty to one count of custodial interference.
[short film] the masturbation intervention (safe for work)
'Prom babys' the new high school trend to avoid college?
I first heard about it while driving my teenage daughter to a lacrosse meet with several of her girlfriends. One girl in the car, "Carrie," said she hoped this year she could have a prom baby. The girls were discussing two former classmates from last year's lacrosse team who had been unable to begin college because they had both become mothers at 17.
Old woman killed by runaway truck tire?
An elderly woman is dead after being hit by a runaway truck tire while taking a walk along a footpath in a New South Wales country town.
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Armless, one-legged driver leads cops on high-speed chase
Authorities were led on a high speed vehicle chase by an armless, one-legged man, and they said this wasn't the first time the 40-year-old eluded police.
Michael Francis Wiley taught himself to drive after losing both arms and a leg in an electrical accident when he was 13. He spent time in prison for kicking a Florida Highway Patrol trooper after an accident in 1996. He led police on a 120 mph chase in 1998.
On Tuesday, Wiley sped off in a Ford Explorer when police approached him at a convenience store. Wiley was arrested the next day on charges of fleeing from police and habitually driving without a license. He also is awaiting trial on separate drug charges and traffic violations. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted. (Associated Press)
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'Little people' enjoying a game of basketball.
Chick drives off with gas hose in tank, then fire sparks gas
In the morning rush to get gas, a motorist became distracted when the credit card machine wasn’t working and ended up driving off with the hose still in her tank, Union Township Fire Prevention Officer Ron Jones said.
“A spark, we don’t know from where, set the gas in the hose on fire,” Jones said. The fire quickly engulfed the plastic housing of the gas pump. When Hebron Fire Department arrived at the scene for the 7:30 a.m. call, they quickly dosed the pump with foam to extinguish the flames before any other damage was done.
“I’ve never been to a gas station fire before,” said Jones, a 30-plus year veteran firefighter. “When we came down from the hill, we could see the black, billowing smoke.” But with the amount of safeguards on gas pumps, fire never reached the fuel tanks. (NewarkAdvocate.com)
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