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#207 Mar 11, 2010
New Zealander auctions "ghosts" in a bottle

WELLINGTON (Reuters Life!)– A New Zealand woman sold two vials that she said contained the ghosts of an old man and a young girl for almost NZ$2,000 ($1,410) after a fiercely contested online auction, local media reported.
Avie Woodbury from Christchurch told TVNZ that she captured the spirits after an exorcism session of her house and for which she paid roughly $100.
Woodbury then put the ghosts into holy water and stored them in separate vials before deciding to auction them.
The web page for the sale attracted more than 200,000 views before the auction ended on Monday after a week. Woodbury said all proceeds from the auction, minus the exorcist's fee, would be donated to an animal charity.
"I would get things like the jug boiling itself, touching on the back of my neck, voices from other rooms, and items going missing then turning up in weird places," she said.
"I just want to get rid of them as they scare me. But someone might like these to play with," she said.
Woodbury said she felt a better vibe in her house after the exorcism. "Whether it is psychological or not but I definitely felt a new vibe in the house," she told TVNZ.
The winning bidder was an electronic cigarette company, which local newspapers said was now asking for ideas on what to do with the vials.
(US$1 = 1.418 NZ$)

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#208 Mar 15, 2010
Church burglar wanted porn, not prayer

AMES, IA -- Iowa police charge a man went to church for porn not prayer.

Authorities accuse Charles E. Bentley of breaking into the First Christian Church in Ames. Police say he used electronic equipment in the church to watch pornos.

Investigators say when police arrived, Bentley was trying to haul away a garbage can full of stuff, including food, clothes and a 26-inch flat-screen TV. He's now charged with second-degree burglary.

(Copyright ©2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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#209 Mar 16, 2010
STARBUCKS TRENTA
PHOENIX (AP)- Sometimes a grande just isn't grand enough. Coffee lovers who want even more java can order a new 31-ounce drink at Starbucks called a Trenta. That's Italian for 30. The super-sized drink is being test marketed in 170 Starbucks in the Phoenix and Tampa, Florida areas. The nearly-quart-sized Trenta is available only for iced coffee and iced teas. Sorry, no lattes or mochas available. An iced Trenta coffee goes for $3.30.

CAREFUL WHERE YOU UNZIP
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP)- Unzipping your pants in a bar can get you trouble with the law. Prosecutors in Iowa report off-duty police office Angela Bonor watched as a man unzipped his fly in a tavern. According to authorities, the officer saw the man reach into his unzipped pants and pull out a drug stash. The officer called for backup. Police say suspect Gary Alan Russell had several small bags of cocaine and $1,000. He now faces a drug-dealing charge.

MEXICO-GRAFFITI PUNISHMENT
MEXICO CITY (AP)- The punishment for painting graffiti? A painted butt. The mayor of a central Mexico town has fired a local official for punishing a teenage tagger. The official spray-painted a 13-year-old's rear end. Police caught the teen tagging a wall in the town of San Juan del Rio. The mayor says the government official should have contacted the teen's parents to pay for the damage, not punish the boy himself.

SEC-PSYCHIC CHARGED
WASHINGTON (AP)- Perhaps he should have seen it coming. A man claiming to be a stock market psychic is charged with bilking $6 million from more than 100 investors. Sean David Morton calls himself "America's Prophet." He promoted his supposed psychic powers as a way of predicting stock trends. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit yesterday against Morton and three of his companies. One SEC official says those psychic powers are nothing more than a scam. No comment yet from Morton.

HAPPY FUNERAL HOME
PITTSFIELD, Mass.(AP)- Funeral homes aren't just for funerals anymore. Owners of a Western Massachusetts funeral home want people to think of it as a happy place. So, the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home in Pittsfield is hosting a chili cook-off, a murder-mystery show and free limo rides for couples celebrating their 50th anniversaries. New managing partner Terry Probst says another planned activity is a visit by the Easter Bunny. Probst says the funeral home will also be sending monthly birthday cakes to a local senior center.

CHIMNEY-STUCK DUCK
SANTA FE, Texas (AP)- A lucky duck, indeed. Firefighters in Santa Fe, Texas, came to the rescue of a duck that had gotten stuck in a chimney. Fire Chief Tommy Anderson says the homeowner heard the bird and lit a fire. The woman hoped that would chase the bird away. But the fire plan backfired and the house filled with smoke. Firefighters doused the flames and managed to pull the bird out through the fireplace. The slightly smoked duck was taken outside and it flew away.

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#210 Mar 18, 2010
PITTSBURGH, PA -- Police say a man broke into a
Man finds cold intruder in bed with himWednesday, March 17, 2010

Pittsburgh home and climbed into bed with its owner, apparently because he was drunk and cold following a rap concert.

Homeowner Frank Fontana says he was in bed when the man climbed in about 5:30 Wednesday morning. Fontana says he asked whether it was a woman who has keys to his home -- and he grabbed a baseball bat when a deep male voice answered, "No, it's not."

Police say Fontana kept the man at bay until police arrived but didn't hit him with the bat.

Police say the intruder told them he was looking for shelter after a Tuesday night concert by rapper Jay-Z at the Mellon Arena.

The 33-year-old man faces a preliminary hearing on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

(Copyright ©2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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#211 Mar 18, 2010
Man rejects plea deal in senior fight

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI)-- An 83-year-old New York man accused of beating a 99-year-old man during a dispute about parking rejected a plea deal that would have kept him out of jail.

Gersh Gofman turned down a deal offered by prosecutors Monday that would have resulted in a probation sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree attempted assault, the New York Daily News reported.

Prosecutors said Gofman attacked Steve Pulwers, 99, Jan. 19 after Pulwers asked the younger senior to move his car because it was blocking the driveway to the doctor's office beneath his apartment. Pulwers suffered two black eyes, a broken nose and damaged ribs.

Michael Pate, Gofman's lawyer, said his client is hoping for a better plea deal.

"He's sorry this ever happened and would like to have it behind him," Pate said. "He sustained injuries, too -- he was scratched, bitten and bruised."

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#212 Mar 18, 2010
Unmarked police cars targeted for towing

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI)-- Police detectives in New York said unmarked police cars have been towed by the department on at least 180 occasions.

Michael Palladino, head of the Detectives' Endowment Association, said tow operators with the New York Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau have been meeting their daily quota of four tows by hauling away unmarked police cars, the New York Daily News reported.

Palladino said most of the tows occurred while the cars were legally parked or double-parked out of necessity. He said the tows have taken place while police were working on important business, including the arrest of a murder suspect and escorting a witness to a crime scene.

"It's embarrassing," Palladino said. "It takes our detectives four to six hours, often on overtime, to get the car back. In the meantime, another detective has to be called to come pick up the detectives who are stranded, or that third detective has to drive to court, or wherever, with the other two detectives and wait in the car."

He said the tows appear to be part of a City Hall crackdown on cars bearing city-issued parking permits.

"The department wants us to reduce crime, solve our cases and make arrests, and sometimes that requires us to park illegally," Palladino said. "If the practice continues, escapes and injuries are inevitable."

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#213 Mar 20, 2010
Compelling Explanations

At first, Rev. Fred Armfield's arrest for patronizing a prostitute in Greenwood, S.C., in January looked uncontroversial, with Armfield allegedly confessing that he had bargained Melinda "Truck Stop" Robinson down from $10 to $5 for oral sex. Several days later, however, Armfield formally disputed the arrest, calling himself a "descendant of the original Moro-Pithecus Disoch, Kenyapithecus and Afro Pithecus," a "living flesh and blood being with sovereign status," and someone who, based on his character and community standing, should not be prosecuted. Also, he claimed that any payment to "Truck Stop" with Federal Reserve Notes did not legally constitute a purchase since such notes are not lawful money.[Index-Journal (Greenwood), 1-29-10]

Lame: Glenn Armstrong, 47, had a defense ready when police accused him of taking restroom photographs of boys in Brisbane, Australia, in January. He said he was having an ongoing debate with his wife and was gathering proof that most boys are not circumcised.[News.com.au-Austr alian Associated Press, 1-27-10]

Sheriff's deputies in Austin, Texas, arrested Anthony Gigliotti, 17, after complaints that the teen was annoying women by following them around in public and snapping photographs of their clothed body parts. Gigliotti told one deputy that he needed the photos because the sex education at his Lake Travis High School was inadequate.[KXAN-TV (Austin), 2-2-10]

Fredrick Federley, a member of the Swedish Parliament, said he has always campaigned as someone who does not take gifts from those he is responsible for regulating, but he was called out by the newspaper Aftonbladet in February for having accepted a free travel holiday from an airline. Federley denied that "he" accepted the trip. He reminded reporters that he is a notorious, flamboyant cross-dresser, and thus that it was his alter-ego "Ursula" who received the free holiday.[The Local (Stockholm), 2-10-10]

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#214 Mar 22, 2010
ACCUSED BURGLAR CHECKED MYSPACE PAGE…
March 19, 2010

KENNEWICK, WA -- If you're going to break into a business -- don't use the computer to check your MySpace page.

Police in Washington state report busting a 17-year-old, accused of spending five hours inside Bella Office Furniture. Investigators say they found all the clues they needed on the company's computer.

According to authorities, the teen logged into MySpace and also surfed Internet porn. He was arrested the other day and charged with first degree burglary.

(Copyright ©2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Our nation’s future…
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#215 Mar 24, 2010
Teenager changes name to Captain Fantastic

A teenager has changed his name to Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.


The teenager thinks his new name is 'crazy' Photo: South West News
The record-breaking name, now thought to be the world's longest, was the idea of music graduate George Garratt, 19.
He changed his name by deed poll online for £10 last week.


Captain Fantastic said: "I wanted to be unique.
"I decided upon a theme of superheroes."
Captain Fantastic joins a number of people with unusually long names, including Rhoshandiatellyneshiaunneveshe nk Koyaanisquatsiuth Williams, a girl born in Texas in 1984.
The teenager, from Glastonbury, Somerset, added that while he thought the new name was "crazy", his grandmother was no longer speaking to him.
Last month in Italy, a couple was banned from naming their son Friday - Venerdi - because the name could expose him to ridicule.
Named after the manservant of Daniel Defoe's famous novel Robinson Crusoe, the court ordered the boy's name be changed to Gregorio, named after the saint's day on which he was born.
In February, a judge in New Zealand made a young girl a ward of court so she could change her name from Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.
Other banned names include Sex Fruit, Keenan Got Lucy and Yeah Detroit.
In New Zealand again, last year a couple was banned from naming their baby 4Real, so they chose Superman instead.

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#216 May 21, 2010
AP INVESTIGATION: Texas man faked way into Army

By DANNY ROBBINS, Associated Press Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas – A Texas man with no military experience tricked the Army into letting him enter a reserve unit as a noncommissioned officer earlier this year, a deception that placed an untrained soldier in a leadership position in a time of war, an Associated Press investigation has found.
The revelation comes just months after the Army drew criticism for failing to flag the suspicious activities of the Army psychiatrist now charged with killing 13 and wounding dozens of others at Fort Hood.
The case, detailed in court records and other documents examined by the AP, raises more questions about the Army's ability to vet soldiers' backgrounds as it faces continued pressure from Congress over its screening and records system. While the soldier never deployed overseas, some say the case demonstrates how easily someone could pose as a member of the U.S. military.
Jesse Bernard Johnston III, 26, joined the Army Reserve in February as a sergeant and was assigned to the Corps Support Airplane Company based at the Fort Worth Naval Air Station. But he wasn't qualified to hold that rank, according to military records obtained by the AP. The records show that Johnston's only military experience was attending part of a 12-week Marine officer candidate course for college students in 2004.
Maj. Shawn Haney, spokeswoman for Marine Manpower and Reserve Affairs, said Johnston didn't complete the course's final six weeks. "He was never considered a Marine," she said.
The matter, currently under investigation by the Army, means a soldier received a security clearance and was in position to lead troops in combat even though he hadn't gone through basic training or spent any time in the service. The Corps Support Airplane Company has been deployed in Iraq, providing pilots as well as intelligence and support personnel for an aviation battalion set up to destroy improvised explosive devices.

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#217 May 21, 2010
If it's proven that Johnston gained his Army rank based on a phony Marine record, it would be the first documented case of so-called "stolen valor" in which the military was duped during the enlistment process, according to watchdogs of such fraud. Most cases involve attempts to get veterans' benefits or other forms of financial gain. Congress attempted to crack down on military impostors in 2005 by passing a law that makes it a crime to claim false decorations or medals.
"This just raises some incredibly significant issues at a time when this country is involved in a global war on terror," said Rep. Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican who served with the Marines in Iraq and the first Gulf War. "If this person was able to penetrate the military fraudulently, you have to ask the question: Couldn't somebody who was out to do harm to our country do the same thing?"
Coffman is pushing for the creation of a single database for all military records as a step toward eliminating fraud.
Army officials, citing an ongoing investigation, declined to provide details of Johnston's enlistment or say whether he's suspected of providing false documents or using some other means to make himself out to be an ex-Marine.
Questions about Johnston were raised by an officer who grew concerned when Johnston couldn't satisfactorily explain how he got certain Marine medals and ribbons that he displayed. The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said he contacted Marine and Army legal authorities and learned from the Marines that Johnston never served.
Lt. Col. Maria Quon, spokeswoman for the Army's Human Resources Command, said her database contains an entry showing Johnston joined the military in 2002, but there are no documents to support the 2002 date. She described the lack of documentation as unusual and said it likely means the date was entered this year. The National Personnel Records Center, which collects information on all who have been discharged from the military, informed the AP that it could find no evidence that Johnston ever served.
Since March, Johnston has been stationed at Fort Rucker in Alabama, the primary training base for Army aviation. The Army declined to provide details of Johnston's assignment. Johnston did not respond to phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.
In a recent court proceeding, Johnston's former wife, also an Army reservist, accused him of using falsified documents to make it appear he'd served in the Marines. Melanie Rolfing, 24, made the claim in a sworn statement filed last month in Fort Worth family court when she had her two-year marriage annulled, alleging fraud. Johnston did not contest the annulment.
In her affidavit, Rolfing said she met Johnston in 2006 and that he joined her Army Reserve unit so they could fulfill their dream of becoming Army aviators together. She said Johnston led her to believe he'd served as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He would even attend military functions wearing a Marine dress uniform, and people would come up to shake his hand and ask about his medals, she said.
"I don't know who Jesse Bernard Johnston III is, but I do know he is not the man he claimed to be," she stated in the affidavit. Rolfing, a sergeant in Johnston's unit, said the Army has ordered her not to talk about the case publicly.
The idea that a volatile soldier could be hidden in the Army's ranks has drawn congressional scrutiny since Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in November. After the shootings, evidence emerged that Hasan behaved erratically and maintained ties to a radical Islamic cleric. The Army has refused congressional requests for documents detailing what the Army knew about Hasan's behavior, citing the ongoing criminal case.

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#218 Jun 4, 2010
Man Kills Cat Over Video Game

Cops: Kitten hurled against wall after disrupting Virginian's play

JUNE 2--A Virginia man allegedly killed a kitten after the animal somehow disconnected a video game while he was playing it Monday night, police charge. Bruce Walston, 21, is facing an animal cruelty charge for allegedly killing his girlfriend's black kitten by throwing it against a wall in their apartment, according to the Staunton Police Department report. Walston was arrested after his girlfriend, Bessie Hess, called cops about the incident, which occurred in front of her children. Walston told cops that he was "arguing with Bessie over the cats disconnecting his video game at which time he picked up the kitten and threw it against the wall." When police arrived at the couple's home, the dead pet "was laying on the front porch." Walston was charged with animal cruelty and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. He was booked into the Middle River Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond.

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#219 Jun 10, 2010
Suspect at court tried to sell GPS to owner

VERNON, Conn.– Police say a Connecticut man who appeared at a courthouse to answer a larceny charge broke into several cars in front of the building, took a GPS unit and inadvertently tried to sell it to its owner.
Police say the arrest of 50-year-old Thomas Peno on Wednesday was his 40th.
When he tried to sell the GPS to its owner, an argument ensued, and a bystander called police. He has been taken into custody by judicial marshals.
Peno was being held on $25,000 bail and is to be arraigned Thursday on charge of burglary, larceny and breach of peace. It was not immediately clear whether he has a lawyer.

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#220 Jun 16, 2010
BOISE, ID -- Police in Idaho think they might have solved a yearlong condiment crime spree.

Authorities say a 74-year-old Boise woman arrested after pouring mayonnaise in the Ada County library's book drop box is a person of interest in at least 10 other condiment-related crimes.

Joy L. Cassidy was picked up Sunday at the library, moments after police say she pulled through the outside drive-through and dumped a jar of mayo in the box designated for reading materials.

Cassidy was released from jail and faces a misdemeanor charge of malicious injury to property.

Boise police say Cassidy is under investigation for other cases of vandalism that started in May 2009. Library employees have reported finding books in the drop box covered in corn syrup and ketchup.

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#221 Jun 17, 2010
Pet waste removal worker finds $58 in dog poop

ST. LOUIS – This is why your mother says to wash your hands after handling money: A St. Louis worker found $58 — packed in dog poop. Steve Wilson works for DoodyCalls Pet Waste Removal. On a recent call, he noticed money sticking out from doggie doo. Wilson wasn't sure what to do, but eventually pulled out the bills, sanitized them, placed them in a plastic zip-locked bag and returned them to the customer. It turned out to be $58.
The company said the money was torn, but the serial numbers were identifiable, which means the bills could be returned to a bank and replaced with new money.
The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists says Wilson is the first person in his profession to find and report money in dog poop.

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#222 Jun 21, 2010
Maine man finds lost class ring 27 years later

A Maine man who lost his high school class ring 27 years ago while swimming in a quarry found it right where he thought it was all along.

The owner of the Granite Hill quarry in Hallowell is draining it to restart mining.

When Jason Cottle saw a picture in the Kennebec Journal in Augusta of the draining, he decided to go look for his ring.

The 45-year-old carpenter from Gardiner found it Thursday on a ledge that would have been 35 feet under the waterline -- right where he and his friends used to swim.

He also found other jewelry, clothing, keys, four pairs of glasses, unexploded blasting caps,$3 in change and a safe with a hole cut in the side.

Cottle says he also found the diving mask he lost when he went looking for the ring back in 1983.

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#223 Jun 26, 2010
Parent brawl erupts at kindergarten graduation

VICTORVILLE, CA -- Brawling parents interrupted a Southern California kindergarten graduation ceremony.

School officials placed Puesta del Sol Elementary in desert Victorville on lockdown Wednesday morning after a fight broke out among a group of parents.

San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Karen Hunt says witnesses told deputies several mothers were involved in a verbal argument and it got physical in a field near the ceremony. Several men then jumped into the fray and the incident turned into a brawl.

Hunt says arriving deputies didn't see any physical contact. There were no arrests and no one reported injuries.

No children were hurt.

(Copyright ©2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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#224 Jun 26, 2010
Frenchman who ate cellmate's lung gets 30 years jail

A French convict who killed his cellmate and ate his lung was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday.
Nicolas Cocaign and Thierry Baudry had a fight when Cocaign asked Baudry to wash his hands after he had used the toilet during the night of January 2, 2007. Cocaign strangled Baudry and cut open his chest with a razor blade.
Thinking it was the heart, Cocaign then ripped out a piece of Baudry's lung and ate part of it raw before cooking the rest.
"What I did, I liked doing," said Cocaign, 37, who has a shaved head and whose face is covered in tattoos.
He will have to serve at least 20 years of his sentence.
Aware of his impulses, Cocaign had requested psychiatric help in 1998 and asked to be placed in isolation in 2006.
"It's exceptional to see a psychologically disturbed person say: I have to be treated," said defense lawyer Fabien Picchiottino, noting the "failure of the psychiatric, penitentiary and social system."

Cooking in cells???? Why didn't the system do as he requested and put him in solitary?

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#225 Jul 1, 2010
Police seek mischief maker dressed as leprechaun

BOULDER, CO -- Police responding to reports of a man leaping between cars in a Colorado supermarket parking lot didn't need a detailed description of the suspect.

Boulder Police Sgt. Fred Gerhardt says witnesses on Wednesday reported a man was dressed as a leprechaun and pretending to shoot at people with his fingers.

Witnesses told police the man may have made obscene gestures.

Gerhardt says they likely called police because the man "was acting bizarre."

Officers did not find anyone matching the description of the leprechaun.

Gerhardt says this is the first time Boulder police have received a complaint about a leprechaun.

(Copyright ©2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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#226 Jul 1, 2010
Frenchman who ate cellmate's lung gets 30 years jail

ROUEN, France – A French convict who killed his cellmate and ate his lung was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday.
Nicolas Cocaign and Thierry Baudry had a fight when Cocaign asked Baudry to wash his hands after he had used the toilet during the night of January 2, 2007. Cocaign strangled Baudry and cut open his chest with a razor blade.
Thinking it was the heart, Cocaign then ripped out a piece of Baudry's lung and ate part of it raw before cooking the rest.
"What I did, I liked doing," said Cocaign, 37, who has a shaved head and whose face is covered in tattoos.
He will have to serve at least 20 years of his sentence.
Aware of his impulses, Cocaign had requested psychiatric help in 1998 and asked to be placed in isolation in 2006.
"It's exceptional to see a psychologically disturbed person say: I have to be treated," said defense lawyer Fabien Picchiottino, noting the "failure of the psychiatric, penitentiary and social system."

Cooking in cells??????

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