Tuesday, October 13, 2009
· Four of Five Alexander County, Illinois Police Cruisers Repossessed. To say times are tough economically in this country is an understatement. But the sheriff of Alexander County, Illinois has set a new standard for deprivation. Sheriff David Barkett had his official cruisers repossessed by the local bank in the county seat of Cairo.
· Man Arrested In Pillow Attack On Cop. A man who has numerous diseases was arrested after throwing a pillow at an Edgewater police officer, who feared that the object was a "biohazard," police said. [D]
· Pepsi apologizes for girl-getting iPhone app. US soft drink giant PepsiCo has apologized for a free iPhone application crafted to help men seduce women and keep records of conquests but the program remained available on Tuesday.
· New York Eagle Scout Suspended From School for Keeping Pocketknife in Car. A 17-year-old Eagle Scout in New York has been barred from stepping foot on school grounds for 20 days — for keeping a 2-inch pocketknife locked in a survival kit in his car.
· Teen doused with flammable liquid, set alight. A 15-year-old was badly burned after other teens doused him with a flammable liquid and set him on fire, officials say, and authorities are investigating whether he was attacked because he stopped someone from stealing his father's bicycle a day earlier.
· School fined as girl loses fingers in art lesson. A school in eastern England was ordered to pay $30,140 Monday after a 16-year-old girl lost nearly all her fingers when she put her hands in a bucket of plaster of Paris during an art lesson.
· New York-Based Muslim's Web Site Calls for God to 'Kill the Jews.' A New York bicycle cabbie who last year used his Web site to mock the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl posted a prayer calling for the murder of Jews and exhorting Muslims to “throw liquid drain cleaner in their faces." And there's nothing authorities can do about it.
· Reprieve likely for boy suspended over utensil. A school board member said Tuesday that first-grader Zachary Christie is likely to get a reprieve. He said the board will likely amend the policy Tuesday night and that any change would be retroactive to the beginning of the school year. Board member John Mackenzie said that teachers and administrators need the freedom to use their common sense when it's obvious that a child presents no danger.
· Jon Gosselin ordered to return $180,000 to joint bank account he shares with wife Kate. Jon Gosselin has been ordered to return $180,000 of the funds he withdrew from the couple’s joint bank account that was in violation of an arbitrator's order, TMZ.com reports.
· Mike Tyson says he doesn't want to know how daughter Exodus was killed. Mike Tyson doesn't want to know how his little "angel" died. The former heavyweight champ said "my first instinct was a lot of rage" after his 4-year-old daughter, Exodus, was killed in an accident. "If I know, then there might be a blame for it," Tyson said Monday.
· Tracking Your Taxes: Is Essential Air Service Really Essential? On average, flights are 75 percent empty from cities you've probably probably never visited and may not have even heard of. Critics call it a government charter that you pay for, but never fly. Passengers who use the program typically pay less than $200 a ticket, yet taxpayer subsidies for that same passenger routinely are hundreds -- sometimes even thousands -- of dollars.
· Great-grandma Tasered by cop admits: ‘I lost it.’ Great-grandma Kathryn “Sue” Winkfein comes across as an awfully nice, polite woman. So just how did this 4-foot-11 72-year-old wind up getting Tasered by a cop? “I just lost my temper; I do that maybe twice a year, but that day I just lost it,” Winkfein told TODAY’s Matt Lauer Tuesday about the May 11 incident, when a sheriff’s constable leveled her with a Taser gun during what had started out as a routine traffic stop.
· Man Killed Boy For Not Eating. A 19-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder after allegedly injuring his girlfriend's 2-year-old son and then pouring boiling water on the boy, who later died, Kissimmee police said.
· Man charged after he's found sleeping in a closet with a corpse. A Houston man has been charged with three misdemeanor drug offenses after police found him asleep in a closet with a dead man in a vacant Cypress home Sunday. “There were two guys in the closet. They appeared to be sleeping — one was snoring and the other was deceased,” said Chief Deputy Mark Herman.
· Man's unpaid bar tab leads to child porn arrest. A Brookfield man who left his cell phone at a bar as collateral for an outstanding tab was charged last week with seven counts of possession of child pornography after a bartender allegedly found explicit pictures on the phone.
· Man Arrested for Huffing Gas in Wal-Mart Bathroom in Oklahoma. Police say an officer found 20-year-old Jerrod Greer in a restroom stall with a handgun on his lap about 2:30 a.m. Monday and the store was evacuated. Police say the officer talked Greer into putting the gun on the floor but that he continued inhaling the compressed gas.
· Elvis ranch on market for $6.5 million. It's arguably one of the largest pieces of Elvis Presley memorabilia ever: a 154-acre ranch in Horn Lake, Mississippi, once owned by the king of rock 'n' roll.
· Marge Simpson makes cover of Playboy. "D'oh!" doesn't even start to cover it. Marge Simpson -- the blue beehived matriarch of America's most loved dysfunctional family - is Playboy magazine's November cover, the magazine said on Friday.
· Born with half a brain, woman living full life. Michelle Mack has turned medical thinking upside down. Born with only half a brain, Mack can speak normally, graduated from high school and has an uncanny knack for dates. At 27, doctors determined that the right side of her brain had essentially rewired itself.
· FBI delves into DMV photos in search for fugitives. In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver's license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes.
· 17-Pound, 4-Month-Old Baby Denied Health Insurance for Being Too Fat. Underwriters, the people who are in charge of assessing risk for insurance companies, have decided that baby Alex's pre-existing condition — obesity — makes him a high-risk patient and have denied him coverage.
· Dems scramble after warning from health insurers. Insurance companies aren't playing nice any more. Their dire message that health care legislation will drive up premiums for people who already have coverage comes as a warning shot at a crucial point in the debate and threatens President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.
· Man falls 125 feet in Pa. platform lift accident. A man operating a construction lift to work on a church roof drove over a sidewalk grate, slowly toppling the crane-like machine and sending him 125 feet to the ground.
· Hotels instead of jail cells for illegal immigrants. The United States, criticized for holding illegal immigrants in overcrowded and poorly run jails, on Tuesday announced plans to convert hotels to detain some noncriminal immigrants.
· Cub Scout's "Weapon" Earns him Suspension. A 6-year-old boy's excitement over joining the Cub Scouts may just land him in reform school for 45 days. Zachary Christie was suspended from his 1st grade class in Delaware's Christina School District after bringing a camping utensil - a combination knife/fork/spoon - to use at lunch, prompting calls to reexamine schools' zero-tolerance policy for bringing weapons to school.
· Former flight attendant sues Oprah over sex claim. A former flight attendant on Winfrey's private jet says she was fired after being accused of having sex during a flight in June, and she's filed a federal lawsuit against Winfrey's production company denying the allegations.
· Cirque du Soleil founder returns from space. Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, sporting a foam clown nose, landed back on Earth after a $35 million working vacation at the international space station.
· Mom of Columbine Killer Didn't Know Son was Suicidal. In the first detailed public remarks by any parent of the two Columbine killers, Dylan Klebold's mother says she had no idea her son was suicidal until she read his journals after the 1999 high school massacre.
· 2 die after stay in Arizona 'sweatbox.' Two people died and another 19 were injured at a central Arizona resort after spending up to two hours in a "sweatbox," authorities said Friday. The illnesses occurred during a ceremony led by James Arthur Ray, author of the best-selling book "Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want."
· Cop accidentally shoots homeowner 6 times. When Tony Arambula managed to corner an armed intruder in his son's bedroom he expected police to come to his aid. Instead, a Phoenix police officer confused Arambula for the intruder and shot him six times before realizing his mistake, a moment captured on the 911 call with a simple "F**k."
· Florida man kills fiancee on eve of wedding. A man who thought there was an intruder in his house shot and killed his fiancee the day before they were to be married, police said Friday. "Right now everything points to a tragic accident," Police Chief Kevin Brunelle said.
· Mom Strips in Front of Kids to Avoid Arrest. Police say a Wisconsin woman stripped in front of her children in an attempt to avoid arrest for shoplifting, then scuffled with officers and exposed herself through a squad car window.
· Food Stamps Swapped for Booze, Viagra in Detroit. Viagra and pornography are not staples on the government's food stamp list. But authorities say a Detroit store supplied them during a series of illegal deals.
· Blind Driver Hits 200 mph, Aims for 500 mph. A blind South African man has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records by driving a car...at 200 miles per hour. Hein Wagner hopes his next feat will be to break 500 mph at the helm of a Boeing jet full of passengers flying between London and Johannesburg.