Friday, November 28, 2008

Cardboard cutout robs BANK

Full-size cardboard figure causes NJ bank standoff

Posted: Today at 4:23 a.m.

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A standoff at a New Jersey bank is over after police learned a "person" seen inside was actually a full-size cardboard figure.

Officers went to the PNC Bank in Montgomery Township on Thursday night after an alarm went off. They saw what they thought was at least one person through the windows of the bank, which had its blinds drawn.

The area was sealed off and three nearby apartment buildings were evacuated as a precaution. Meanwhile, authorities used bullhorns and made telephone calls in a bid to make contact with whoever might be in the bank.

After repeatedly failing to get a response, a SWAT team entered the building and discovered the cardboard figure.

It was not immediately clear what set off the bank alarm.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A hole in the sky above TAMPA

AMPA BAY, FL -- It was an odd, but not oddly shaped, cloud formation and it caught the eye of many in the Bay area Monday morning.

ABC Action News viewer Jerry Kessie grabbed his camera and snapped shots of the cumulus ringous and sent them to ABC Action News where we have posted them on our website.

In fact our own photo journalist Scott Eason and Captain Al spotted the unidentified hole in the sky saying, "We had just landed the chopper after doing morning traffic. So we got out of the helicopter and looked up and it was just this strange perfect shape in the clouds. So i got out my camera phone and snapped a picture of it."

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Armless Man steals TV

MOSCOW, November 11 (RIA Novosti) - German police are searching for a man with no arms who managed to steal a 24-inch TV at a store in Munich, the Ananova news portal said on Tuesday.

Police said two accomplices had fixed the TV to the man's body and helped him walk out of the store without being noticed.

After discovering the theft, staff watched CCTV recordings of the crime.

A police spokesperson said: "It's hard to believe that the sight of an armless man walking along with a giant TV clamped to his body did not get anyone's attention.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Police Cam

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Its only a flying saucer that's trying to get away with speeding. OK?

Canadian Police Chase happens every year

See?... no guns, weapons, nobody gets hurt, its all in the way the cops handle things in CANADA. They always get their man.

Friday, November 21, 2008

KIDS kickstart "kick red head day" at school

20 Vancouver Island students suspended for kicking redheads
Judith Lavoie, Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, November 21, 2008
VICTORIA - More than 20 students at a Vancouver Island middle school were suspended for a day after shocked teachers received complaints they were kicking redheads.
The students, boys and girls in Grades 6, 7 and 8 at Journey Middle School in Sooke, B.C., were sent home Thursday after taking part in "National Kick a Ginger Day," an online campaign, started on Facebook by a 14-year-old Courtenay youth.
That youth is now under investigation by Comox Valley RCMP.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Man Cuts Head off with CHAINSAW. Gawd!

The last resident in a block of flats due to be demolished cut his own head off with a chainsaw to highlight the 'injustice' of being asked to move out, an inquest heard today.
Desperate David Phyall, 50, plugged the electric chainsaw into the mains and attached a timer to the socket.
He then wrapped sellotape around the machine's trigger to secure it in the 'on' position and tied the handle of the saw to a table leg to hold it steady;

The block where David Phyall lived and committed suicide. He was being evicted by developers
Mr Phyall rested the saw on his neck and waited for the timer to go off.
The Black and Decker chainsaw sliced through his neck in an instant but kept going for a further 15 minutes.
Police and paramedics found his blood-soaked body at the flat in Bishopstoke, near Southampton, Hampshire, after his father John raised the alarm.
Mr Phyall was the last resident living in an area marked for a mass redevelopment and all 71 surrounding flats were empty.

The inquest heard Mr Phyall, who had lived in the 1960s flat for eight years, was the last resident in the block and had resisted 11 offers of a new home.
The inquest in Winchester, Hampshire, today heard that on July 5 this year Sergeant Mark Carter was called to the flat after Mr Phyall's parents found it was locked from the inside.
Sgt Carter told the inquest he broke into the flat using a crowbar before making his way to the lounge where he found Mr Phyall's body dressed in underpants and a T-shirt.
He said: 'The carpet was covered by a layer of blood and the ceiling above my head was also splattered with blood.
'I could see an electric chainsaw embedded in the man's neck - the blade was three quarters of the way through his neck.
'The handle of the chainsaw had been tied by white string to a table leg and the trigger had been tied up by sellotape.
'The lead was connected to a timer switch which was plugged into the wall.
'I have never come across an incident quite this graphic.'

Detective Sergeant Mark Huxford told the hearing: 'The head was still attached by the right shoulder and his head was lying to the left.
'A large area of carpet had blood splattered all over it because of the way the Black and Decker chainsaw had been spinning around.'

Mr Phyall's father John Phyall told the hearing he had no idea his son had any plans to harm himself.
He added: 'We had seen him a week prior to his death and he had appeared cheerful and had been making jokes. His death was totally unexpected.'

It is believed Mr Phyall killed himself two days before his body was found.
The inquest heard that on April 18 a letter was sent to all residents of the block by First Wessex Housing Group Ltd saying the building would be demolished.
However, Mr Phyall refused to leave his one-bedroom flat and had been taken to court by the housing association.
Two weeks before his death First Wessex Housing Group had been awarded possession of the flat giving them legal entitlement to evict him.
Recording a verdict of suicide, Deputy Central Hampshire Simon Burge said Mr Phyall had killed himself in a bid to 'make a statement'.
He said: 'The scene was clearly an appalling one.
'In the 15 years I have been sitting as deputy coroner it is the most bizarre case I have seen.
'Mr Phyall had thought through how he was going to commit suicide very carefully - he went to a great deal of trouble to rig up the chainsaw knowing full well the result would be fatal.
'It was death in the most dramatic way imaginable.
'I find he did so to draw attention to the injustice he felt at being asked to move out of his flat.'

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Elderly Woman Traveling to Florida Mistakenly Sent to Puerto Rico
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

TAMPA, Fla. — An 83-year-old Florida woman flying back to Tampa after a trip to New York somehow wound up in Puerto Rico instead.

Elfriede Kuemmel had gone to Newburgh, N.Y., to interview for a spot in an assisted living home on Monday, reported.

Kuemmel's family said that an attendant on a connecting flight in Philadelphia accidentally put Kuemmel on a flight to San Juan.

The woman's daughter, Vera Kuemmel, spent Monday night at the baggage claim in Tampa trying to find her mother. Later, a man called her to say her mother was at the baggage claim looking for her.

"He was like, 'I'm in a white shirt. Do you see me?' I said no," Vera Kuemmel told

She soon realized that her mother had flown to Puerto Rico instead of Tampa.

Elfriede Kuemmel spent the night in Puerto Rico and arrived at the Tampa airport Tuesday.

A U.S. Airways representative said the airline paid for her food and hotel and flew her back to Florida first-class.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Only $132 for PUSSY!

That's my cat!' says man with bat

DALLAS — Police are looking for an irate pet lover so intent on liberating his lost cat that he wielded a bat to fend off animal shelter employees.

Dallas Animal Shelter manager Kent Robertson says the man found his missing gray and blue short-haired cat at the shelter, where it had been brought by someone who thought it was a stray.

He blew his stack when told he had to pay a $132 fee to take his cat.

Police say the man returned Monday, loaded his cat into a carrier without paying the fee, and threatened the staff with the baseball bat. No one was injured.

Most people thank shelter workers. Says Robertson: "This was pretty extreme."

The man could be charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

Police Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse says police have a clue - the man signed the shelter guest book before fleeing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Frog in her SPINACH? Bubbling?

VIENNA (AFP) - Whoever said spinach was good for you? Even Popeye's stomach would probably have churned at the grisly find made by a 32-year-old mother from Vienna who decided to cook frozen spinach for her family's evening meal, the daily Oesterreich reported Tuesday.

Martina R. told the newspaper she thought the spinach was a bit "lumpy" as it bubbled in the saucepan.

But it was only when she went to dish out a serving for her young daughter that she noticed there was a dead frog in it.

"My stomach turned. It was almost whole, except for a missing leg which I probably knocked off when I stirred the spinach," the shocked housewife said.

She complained to the supermarket where she had bought the spinach and the manager presented her with a free packet of coffee as compensation, Oesterreich reported.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Man In Wheelchair Allegedly Hides Cash In Leg

Authorities on Florida's east coast have arrested a man in a wheelchair who they say robbed a credit union on Merritt Island and hid the money in his prosthetic leg.

Brevard County deputies say a 45-year-old man was caught Friday afternoon about 10 minutes after they say he robbed Space Coast Credit Union. The man is a paraplegic who uses a motorized wheelchair.

Investigators said he came into the credit union about 4 p.m., told a teller he was armed with an explosive and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man told deputies that two people had threatened him with a gun, told him to commit the robbery and were going to take the money for themselves.

He was charged with robbery, grand theft, threatening to use a hoax explosive device and aggravated assault.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Surfer Whacked in Head with Whale Tail

David Sheridan, of Australia, has had a lucky escape after a whale hit him in the head with its tail while he was windsurfing off the New South Wales coast. Sheridan, 42, surfed over the whale by accident on the 26th of October.

Speaking to press, Sheridan said: "The whale kept coming up. ... I did not know what to expect and I went over its back just past its fin. Next thing I felt was its tail come up and hit me on the back of the head."

He then described his getaway. "Soon after the initial impact the tremendous force subsided and I kite-surfed away with my legs shaking, hooting and yelling filled with excitement and relief."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Man's coffin kills wife on way to cemetery

Man's coffin kills wife on way to cemetery

updated 3:41 p.m. ET, Tues., Nov. 11, 2008
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Police say a woman has died on the way to a cemetery when a traffic accident hurled her husband's coffin against the back of her neck.

Police said 67-year-old Marciana Silva Barcelos was in the front passenger seat of the hearse when the accident occurred Monday in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Barcelos died instantly.

Her 76-year-old husband, Josi Silveira Coimbra, died Sunday of a heart attack while dancing at a party.

The driver of the hearse and Barcelos' son suffered minor injuries.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Man accused of kicking Horse, Horse not dead

McAlestor, Okla. (AP) Attorney Russell Uselton is claiming 24-year-old Justin Williamson is innocent of felony charges of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.

Mr. Uselton has claimed a horse that was found in an empty swimming pool at the local Elk's lodge was injured from a fall into the pool. However, Williamson was seen by witnesses kicking the stranded animal in the head and ribs.

The horse had escaped from a nearby stockyard and Williamson was in the process of retrieving it. Authorities have found traces of blood on Williamson's boots along with a horse's tooth in the pool.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Butcher Carves up Drug Dealers

Ex-butcher gets prison for killing, carving up two drug dealers


Friday, November 7th 2008, 11:52 PM

A butchering drug dealer celebrated his 45th birthday Friday with a present from a jury: He'll get to live a while longer.

A federal jury could not agree to sentence Humberto Pepin to death for slaughtering two rivals and dismembering their corpses.

Because of the impasse, he was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole by Federal Judge Jack Weinstein.

"I'd like to thank the jury for giving me my life back," Pepin said, adding that he's a better man now he's incarcerated.

Pepin, who was trained as a butcher in the Dominican Republic, claimed the 1992 murder of Jose Rosario and the 1995 killing of Carlos Madrid were both in self-defense.

"The definition of depravity is when you can shoot someone six times, slit their throat, then go home and have a hot meal," Assistant U.S. Attorney Walter Norkin said in his closing argument.

Juror Dominick Brunnone of Long Island said outside court that the panel was split, 8-to-4, in favor of execution. "I thought the death penalty was reachable. I felt it was worth going for," he said.

Speeding Drivers Forced to Hop Like Frogs

Drivers made to hop like frogs

Truck drivers who are caught speeding in an Indian state are being made to hop like frogs.

Police in Bihar dish out the humiliating punishments instead of taking offenders to court, reports

For the most popular punishment, leapfrog, speeding truck drivers have to sit on their haunches, hold their ears and hop for almost half a kilometre.

And the drivers are made to chant the name of the political leader they like most while they are being punished.

One policeman was quoted as saying: "If they remember their leader when they are being punished, it's like they are insulting them. If they have any sense, they won't do the offence again."

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dog Drives without INSURANCE

Car impounded after dog drives away from car wash

PRYOR, Okla. — A dog waiting in a car while at a car wash slipped the vehicle into gear and drove in a loop before the car came to a stop. Pryor police officer Brent Crittenden said the dog's owner was washing the vehicle when the 70-pound pit bull jumped on the dash and somehow shifted the car into reverse.

The car backed out of the car wash bay, continued onto a highway and then looped around before coming to a stop at an automated car wash lane.

Crittenden said the vehicle was impounded because its owner was unable to provide proof of insurance.

Because the dog was registered with the city, Crittenden said the owner was allowed to walk the pooch home.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

MAN glued to TOILET

A 35-year-old man has been taken to hospital stuck to a public toilet after a prankster covered the seat with glue.
Toilet trauma: Victim found himself in sticky situation

The stainless steel lavatory was removed from the cubicle in Brierley Hill, near Dudley, West Midlands, with the man still attached.

An ambulance crew and a rapid response vehicle attended the scene, but failed to free him.

An ambulance service spokesman explained: "The man was using the facilities when he became stuck on the seat. It appears as though someone had left glue on it.

"Despite best efforts it was not possible to remove the 35-year-old local man from his position.

"So, with the help of a local authority and the fire and rescue service, the man was removed from the cubicle still attached to the stainless steel toilet."

He was taken to hospital where a doctor used special chemicals to free him while he was inside the ambulance.

"He appeared to be none the worse for his ordeal other than being understandably somewhat embarrassed," the spokesman said.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Teacher Strips for 15 Year old Students

Principal Refuses to Sack Teacher Who Stripped for 15-Year-Old Students

Hungary: The principal at a Zalaegerszeg school has refused to sack a teacher for stripping in front of students, saying that she hadn't revealed any more skin than one could commonly see on the beach and that she is a valuable teacher.

The teacher reportedly joined in a game of truth or dare at a start of term party she was supervising. The 15-year-old students dared her to pole dance. The teacher was down to her bra and had unzipped her pants before another teacher stepped in.

"It is disgusting. What kind of teacher acts that way in front of her pupils. She should be in a lap dancing bar, not a school... She's a pretty woman in her 20s and the children couldn't believe their luck," said one disgruntled parent.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Woman arrested ..WHY? What?

Woman arrested for killing virtual husband

A Japanese woman has been arrested after she allegedly killed her virtual husband in an online game.
The 43 year old was apparently furious at finding herself suddenly divorced in the game Maplestory, reports the BBC.
Police say she illegally accessed login details of the man playing her virtual husband, and killed off his character.
The woman, a piano teacher, is in jail in Sapporo waiting to learn if she faces charges of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating data.
She was taken to Sapporo - where her "husband", a 33-year-old office worker lives - from her home in Miyazaki 620 miles away.
If charged with the offences, and convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

A Sapporo police official said the woman had used the man's ID and password to log into the game last May to carry out the virtual murder.

"I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry," she was quoted by the official as telling investigators.