Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Around the Water Cooler 9/10/2011

Your Pullling My Leg, Right?

In Britain a man named Christopher Lowcock  pulled a fast one on the British police. Arrested for drug and driving offenses, Lowcock was sentenced to wear an ankle monitor to make sure he didn't break house arrest  But Lowcock, being the wily arch-criminal he is, had other plans and a prosthetic leg to help him. He wrapped his prosthetic limb in an elastic bandage when officers came to his house to set up the monitoring equipment. Consequently, Lowcock could simply remove his leg with the monitor on it whenever he wanted to breach the court-imposed curfew.
 Lowcock got caught when he was arrested and taken into custody for a driving offense while still under house arrest. Oops! Actually a big oops for the cops who put the original monitor on him-- they were fired for not following procedure.

First of all...don't you just love the name Lowcock?  Can you imagine him telling the cops "My leg didn't leave the house." How often does having a prostetic leg come in handy?

Bill is a Pain in the A**

Should a drug suspect have to pay the bill for undergoing a court-ordered cavity search that finds nothing?
  1. No, says a New Mexico woman who wants Doña Ana County officials to pay the $1,122 hospital bill she received after undergoing such a search on suspicion she was hiding heroin, The Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
The woman's identity was not being released.
Her lawyer, Michael Lilley of Las Cruces, filed a claim Aug. 30 against the county to justify her demand that authorities pay for her forcible body cavity search, according to the newspaper. Here's what happened, the newspaper said:
  • The Metro Narcotics Agency had "credible information from a reliable source" that the woman had concealed up to an ounce of heroin, which led to a search warrant on July 1, said Metro Sgt. Mike Alba.
  • The woman was searched at Memorial Medical Center, which then billed her for $1,122.
  • No heroin or any other narcotic was recovered from the exam.
  • The woman was not arrested or charged.
  • The woman had no criminal history in New Mexico.
I don't think she should have to pay for a test she didn't order.  AND really, should it cost over $1100 for a protology exam of sorts. 

Library Isn't Kidding When They Want Their Books Returned

The Iowa man, Christopher Anspach, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 days in jail for failing to return books and other items he checked out earlier this year from the local library.
When Anspach, pictured in the mug shot at right, did not respond to repeated attempts to contact him via telephone and certified mail, Newton Public Library officials turned the matter over to police and the city attorney, according to District Court records.
Anspach pleaded guilty August 31 to a misdemeanor theft count in connection with his failure to return 27 separate items (books and other media) that library brass valued at $770.67. Along with being ordered to pay restitution to the library, Anspach was fined $625.
Anspach, a Pizza Hut employee, is currently serving his sentence at the Jasper County jail.

When the other prisoners said "What are you in for?"  did he really say "overdue library books".   I wonder?????

Again, an example of Irony

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Seven dogs starved of food and water for two weeks are suspected of eating their Indonesian owner after he returned to his hometown in Manado from a holiday, local media reported on Tuesday.
A neighborhood guard was curious when he saw luggage lined up at the front of Andre Lumboga's house, days after the 50-year old arrived back home. He approached the house, smelled something foul and called the police, according to a report.
Lumboga arrived home last Wednesday, but his body was just discovered on Monday. "We suspect that the dogs were hungry, so they attacked Andre, because they had not been fed for 14 days," he said.
Lumboga was from northern Sulawesi island, where the local spicy diet is famous in Indonesia for including dogs, bats and forest rats.

"Dog eat dog" as they say.  You have to admit that is an example of  karma when you consider the locals eat dog meat as a regular menu item.
A friend woke meteorologist Brett Cummins, of Little Rock station KARK, on Labor Day. He found the forecaster snoring in the empty whirlpool next to a nude man with a dog collar around his neck, The Arkansas Democrat & Gazette reported.

Christopher Barbour, who found the hot tubbers,  allegedly told police that the victim, Dexter Williams, was blue in the face and lying near Cummins' shoulder. Barbour say the two men were in his home the night before, drinking and snorting drugs. Police haven't determined the cause of death, but a detective allegedly found a ring of blood in the bottom of the empty tub.
Police are waiting for autopsy results and don't consider Cummins a suspect, radio station KUAR said.
KARK announced on Tuesday that Cummins wouldn't be on the air because he's mourning the death of a friend. 

When a story tells you the the night was spent drinking and snorting drugs, we shouldn't be too surprised that there is going to be more to the story. Which leads us to.... while it is never a good thing to wake up next to a guy with a dog collar on waking up next to a dead guy with a dog collar is worse. 

Delivered Right to Your Door

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A would-be carjacker got to take a ride down to the police station. Did I mention that it was ON the hood of the car he tried to jack?

Prosecutors charged 26-year-old Dionnete L. Price  (that's a man's name, by the way) with felonious restraint and unlawful use of weapon.
According to court documents, the incident started when a woman was driving on 71 Highway. She saw Price waving a gun in the middle of the highway. The woman said  she tried to go around him but he jumped on the front of her car. Aiming a gun at her he yelled "Drive" and she did...she hit the gas...sped down the highway right toward the Locust Street Police Headquarters.
She said she was driving fast to try to knock him off but he stayed on. When she got to the sally dock at the police station where prisoners are typically dropped off and booked she honked the horn to try to illicit some help.  With no immediate response she crashed through the garage with the jacker still on the hood of her car.

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged the carjacker with two felonies and have recommended $100,000 bond. 

 It would seem that if you can't get the police to come to your car while being carjacked you can bring your carjacker to the police on you car.  She deserves a medal.
The Good for the Day....
Did you  happen to see Jimmy Kimble's tribute to his Uncle Frank who recently passed away?  Uncle Frank was quite the character.

The Bad for the Day....The bills that you don't deserve or having someone look into that particular area for drugs that you don't have.

The Weird for the Day...
A theme park in China has opened an unlicensed “Angry Birds” attraction that offers visitors the chance to use a real slingshot to knock pigs off of an elaborate structure a la the popular mobile game. Doesn't seem like that would be as fun as the app on the IPhone.


meleahrebeccah said...

Well Lowcock sure is a craft one. I almost wish he had gotten away with it.

I agree, I don't think that girl who was searched should have to pay for a test she didn't order.

And, the story about the man who was sentenced for not returning library books, reminds me of a Seinfeld Episode!

I would really hate to wake up next to a dead guy with a dog collar!

" It would seem that if you can't get the police to come to your car while being carjacked you can bring your carjacker to the police on you car.  She deserves a medal."


bodaciousboomer said...

You are just a cornucopia of the unusual today kiddo. I think the guy with the fake leg was pretty clever. He shouldn't have done it, but it was clever nonetheless.

And no, the woman shouldn't have to pay. She didn't ask for it after all.

Aleta said...

You have to give the guy props for creativity with the leg deal... sly man!

And no, the woman should not be charged. In fact, in this sue happy world, she should sue!

Kudos to the lady for driving the guy to the police station. Lol.

And the angry birds thingie - my husband would be there to play it at the park! He loves that app!

Kgwaite said...

Where do you find these stories? I need to pay more attention to what's going on around me. Glad I paid my library fines today, though.

Nicky said...

Should that woman pay for the drug test she was forced to undergo? You bet your a..well, let's just say no, she shouldn't!!

I was going to leave a comment here yesterday, but I suddenly and very rapidly had to run to the library to return some overdo books I just remembered...

I wonder if the guy returning from his vacation brought home a doggie bag? I guess it doesn't really matter since he became the doggie bag.

Cheryl P. said...

That one would have made a great Seinfeld episode. Perhaps we should send in a idea for a new sitcom and use all the stupid news that keeps apprearing. We would never run out of material.

Cheryl P. said...

I found it surprising that they let the guy know in advance they were going to hook the monitor to him. Why didn't it go on when he got the DUI?

I bet she gets out of the bill as all the negative publicity that the hospital will get for letting a test happen without consent and no drugs were found.

Cheryl P. said...

The guy with the prosthetic was pretty clever. I think the article said someone tipped off the cops that he was out and about.

We will probably never hear how the hospital bill comes out but the fact they didn't find any drugs in her makes it likely that she won't pay the bill.

I love several of those game apps on my phone as well. Great for killing time at doctors offices and such. The picture of the Angry Birds game park doesn't look like that would be fun.

Cheryl P. said...

Haha...thats funny...Just think of the post you could do about being in the tank for the night with your new cellmate friends. I guess they wouldn't allow you to take pictures though.

Cheryl P. said...

Good ones, Nicky! Hopefully, your library isn't that harda**..oops, another reference to the hidden drugs story...The library guy had to pay the $700+ restitution plus $600+ in fines plus 10 days in jail. I would never read another library book if I were him.

That guy becoming dog chow, just amazed me. Who would of thought?