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Stupid Crimes, Stupid People and Stupid Thing's Part 2
Here is part 2 of stupid crimes email, I only selected several items instead of the 5 pages we get.
Lesson Learned? Hmmm...Maybe
Man could go to jail for writing off-color remark on check
BERKLEY, Mich. (AP) – The parking fine was $10. But the comment Robert Militzer added to the check could land him in jail for 30 days.
The computer programmer from Allen Park got the ticket May 29. When Militzer wrote the check to Berkley District Court, he scribbled on the memo line, "BULL (expletive) MONEY GRAB."
That got Militzer an in-person court appearance -- on a contempt of court charge. He's scheduled to go before a judge Wednesday, accompanied by an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who will argue Militzer's remark is protected by the First Amendment.
Militzer, 38, was ticketed for parking in front of a friend's house overnight. He said he obeyed signs prohibiting parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. during previous visits, but the signs weren't there the morning he was cited.
"I thought they were gaming me, collecting fines without giving people a fair chance to avoid it," Militzer told The Detroit News. "If the sign had been there, I knew what the law was. I would take my lumps and move on."
Militzer said he realized the off-color notation "didn't solve anything." But, he added, "It let them know I felt they were being unfair."
Richard Eshman, Berkley's public safety director, said Militzer could have requested a hearing to argue against the ticket. "There's an avenue for protesting that kind of thing," he said.
ACLU lawyer Elsa Shartsis said Militzer's "choice of words may not be the best, and it may offend some people, but it's not illegal."
Monday's Stupid Car Tricks
Road rager arrested after throwing water cup at car
June 25, 2006
SUMMIT COUNTY - A man called police recently to report a road rage incident on Highway 9 near Breckenridge. A sheriff's deputy spotted the suspect car parked in a handicapped space in front of the Breckenridge City Market. The driver told the deputy he wasn't handicapped, but he felt it was OK to park there because he had seen "two fat ladies" park in the spot and walk into the grocery store.
The deputy then interviewed the original caller, who said the man had tailgated him from Farmer's Korner into Breckenridge, swerving from side to side like a race car warming up its tires. The man then threw an object at his car, the caller told the deputy.
The man parked in the handicapped spot admitted to tossing a full cup of water at the other driver's car. He was arrested for careless driving, improper use of disabled parking and throwing missiles.
Speaking of road-rage incidents involving water, a similar situation occurred the week earlier on Ute Pass Road north of Silverthorne.
A woman called police to report that a bicyclist had pitched a full plastic water bottle at her vehicle, hitting the driver's side window. She pulled over and spoke with the cyclist, who accused her of running him off the road the week before.
A dispute ensued, and the woman ultimately drove to a nearby house to call police because she felt threatened by the cyclist.
The cyclist told the deputy that when he saw the car, he decided to try to stop it to confront the driver who he believed ran him off the road previously.
He was cited for disorderly conduct and throwing missiles at vehicles.
Yes, you can get a DUI on a bike.
Riding a bike home from the bar may seem like a good alternative to getting behind the wheel, but drunken pedallers can find themselves headed for the county jail just as easily as drivers can.
A sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the Keystone area around 1 a.m. recently for an intoxicated person on a bicycle. The deputy spotted the suspect riding his bike the wrong way down Highway 6. He had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. The man said he'd had "a few" to drink and agreed to a sobriety test, which he failed.
The deputy arrested him for failure to ride a bicycle in the right lane and DUI. He spent the night in jail.
• Breckenridge police arrested a man for DUI after spotting his wrecked vehicle in a gravel parking lot on N. Park Avenue at 3:45 one morning. The SUV was sitting on a hillside with its headlights on. The driver was passed out in the driver's side. A strong smell of burning rubber filled the air, and the police officer saw that the car's right rear passenger side rim was missing a tire. The shredded tire was found in the dirt behind the car. Police woke up the driver by continually shaking him, but he said he didn't know where he was or what happened to his car. He failed a sobriety test and spent the night in jail.
• A sheriff's deputy approached a vehicle parked near Breckenridge and noticed the driver was asleep in the driver's seat and the car's ignition was on. The deputy woke up the driver, who smelled of alcohol, and asked him to step outside the car. The driver refused and attempted to put the car in park. The deputy turned off the vehicle and took the keys, at which time the driver finally exited the car. He then unzipped his pants and relieved himself on the side of his vehicle. He failed a sobriety test and was taken to jail.
Police arrest man driving with hood up against windshield
Sheriff's deputies were summoned to the Summerwood subdivision near Dillon recently around 4:30 a.m. on a drugs call. The caller reported that he had been given some bad drugs and was going to drive himself to the hospital. On the way to the man's home, the deputy saw a vehicle driving down the street with its hood up against the windshield. The deputy approached the vehicle, which had stopped, and could tell the driver was either very drunk or on drugs by his behavior. The driver got out of his car and asked the deputy if he was the police. Upon hearing the deputy's affirmative answer, the man jumped back in his car and drove away on Highway 6 with the hood still fully blocking his view.
He continued driving erratically at a speed of about 45 miles per hour with several police officers in pursuit. The driver finally stopped in the center median, and was arrested after a struggle with both police officers and firefighters at the scene.
People at the Summerwood home confirmed the man had done two hits of acid, a hit of ecstasy and a hit of a new designer drug.
"I Killed Someone, Right"
Man spends night in jail after lying to escape jury duty
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Benjamin Ratliffe tried so hard to get out of jury duty that he found himself in jail.
Ratliffe, 21, of Columbus, was ordered to spend a night in jail after claiming he was a heroin addict and a killer during jury selection for a death-penalty case.
Ratliffe filled out a questionnaire for potential jurors and professed to having a "bad jonesin' for heroin." When asked if he had ever fired a weapon, he wrote, "Yes. I killed someone with it, of course. Right."
On Thursday, Ratliffe, who charged with contempt of court and obstruction of justice, apologized to Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Julie M. Lynch.
"He didn't try to defend his responses, and he lied under oath and he was insubordinate," said Lynch, who ultimately removed Ratliffe from the jury pool and dismissed the charges against him. "You do not make a mockery of the process."
Nuts To Him
Charges catch up with man
He was suspected in a Pasco armed robbery in December 2004.[/center
After 18 months, he finally is extradited from Maryland.
June 22, 2006
When a masked man robbed John Quicke at gunpoint, he made off with a 56-ounce Planters Peanut can filled to the brim with change.
During his escape, the robber tripped, giving Quicke a chance to fire a gun in the direction of the jingling can. The bullets hit the robber once in the behind and once in the arm. As he stumbled away, he left a Hansel and Gretel-like trail of change.
The trail led deputies to a home a quarter-mile from Quicke's house. The residents told deputies their grandson had been staying there and had recently gotten into some trouble. As deputies interviewed family members, Crystle Erickson called to tell family members her brother Joseph Erickson had been shot twice and was in the hospital.
That was Dec. 23, 2004.
Despite the bullet wounds and the trail of quarters, Erickson wasn't arrested on a robbery charge until he was extradited Tuesday from Maryland.
According to a sheriff's report, when Erickson was interviewed at the hospital deputies did not have enough information at the time to arrest him.
Quicke told the Times deputies said Erickson had no insurance to have the bullets removed, so they could not match the slugs to his gun.
Erickson was released from the hospital and disappeared.
In February 2005, a Pasco County warrant was issued for Erickson's arrest in connection with the robbery. Erickson was arrested in his hometown of Baltimore in July 2005. Pasco sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said plans to extradite him were made, but never carried out.
Nobody knows why.
In 2006, Erickson was arrested twice in Maryland, but somehow slipped under the radar again. Public information officers for the Baltimore Police Department had no answers as to why the connection was never made or if a warrant check was ever run.
They also could not explain what led to the extradition Tuesday but assumed it was probably during a traffic stop that the warrants were noticed.
Quicke told the Times he was frustrated deputies ever let Erickson leave the hospital in the first place, that he never should have had the chance to get to Maryland.
"At one point he was handcuffed to the hospital bed," Quicke said. "But they just let him go."
Wednesday morning, Quicke was relieved to hear Erickson had finally been caught.
When he spoke about the incident, Quicke said he remembers when the gun was pointed at his head.
"I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. I couldn't breathe," he said.
Quicke said Erickson never had the bullets removed. He said he was glad to have left his mark on the incident.
"If he takes a plea bargain and they don't need them for evidence, he'll always have something to remember me by."
Erickson, who has previous charges in Florida of larceny and shoplifting, is being held in the Pasco County jail on $50,000 bail for the robbery charge.
Lame Excuses Dept. "Police Blotter"
Wash. lawmakers to weigh bestiality ban after man dies from sex with horse
State Sen. Pam Roach wants Washington residents to stop horsing around with their stallions – and other domesticated animals.
Roach, outraged by a Seattle man's death after having sex with a horse, said she is proposing a law that would make having sex with an animal punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
"This is a crime against innocent life, and you know that the animal is not seeking this," Roach said. "This is something a human being has decided to commit against another innocent being."
Roach is planning to introduce the bill at the state's next legislative session in December.
The proposed legislation stems from an investigation into an Enumclaw, Wash., farm, where a 45-year-old man died on July 2 from internal bleeding due to a perforated colon resulting from having sex with a horse.
When the story was published, Roach said dozens of residents sent e-mails calling for legislation to ban bestiality.
"While the horse won out in this instance, there are cases where smaller animals are used for these particular acts and its extremely painful for them," Roach said. "The whole realm of bestiality is cruel to the animal because it is unnatural."
Enumclaw police commander Eric Sortland said the man, whose name was not released, was dropped off at a local hospital by an unknown person. The man died before doctors were able to treat him, Sortland said.
Detectives linked the victim to a Kings County farm. They performed a search and questioned a group of workers there. Sortland said police uncovered videotapes of several people, including the man who died, engaging in sexual acts with animals.
"It's quite astonishing that people would participate in this behavior and do so consistently," Sortland said. "That they would subject animals and livestock to this type of cruelty is flat-out disturbing."
Police also discovered Internet chat rooms and Web sites that posted free clips and advertised the Enumclaw farm as a place for people to engage in bestiality.
Despite the tapes, the Web sites, and a man's death, Sortland said no charges have been filed against the farm because bestiality is not a crime in Washington.
If Roach's legislation passes, Washington would become the 31st state banning sexual activity with animals and the seventh to classify bestiality as a felony.
After the videotapes surfaced, Roach said she felt it was important to also make it illegal to videotape, sell or have intent to sell videos of the 'abhorrent' sexual acts.
"Reproducing this stuff seems to be at the same level as partaking in the act, so I think that should be a class C felony too," she said.
Martin Mersereau, manager of the Domestic animal Abuse Department at People for
the Ethical Treatment of animals (PETA), praised Roach's efforts to punish those who engage in bestiality and animal abuse.
"It's cruel. That's my stance and that's PETA's stance," Mersereau said. "I'll change my tune when Mr. Ed tells me he likes being in his stall by some pervert on a stepstool."
Although bestiality crimes often go undetected, recent cases have cropped up from coast to coast.
Moreover, these incidents have forced prosecutors in several states to find applicable laws to address allegations of animal sexual abuse.
Last week, prosecutors in Tallahassee, Fla., dropped animal cruelty charges against a blind man who was accused of having sex with his guide dog. Florida, like Washington, doesn't have a bestiality statute.
Prosecutors were forced to charge the man with disorderly conduct, alleging he was disturbing the peace by engaging in sexual activity with his dog.
In St. Charles, Ill., 37-year-old Noel Huecias was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 12 months of probation for two incidents involving sexual interaction with a dog.
Ledy Van Kavage, a senior director at The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals said growing instances of abuse show an immediate need for laws in states lacking them.
She said although most legislators are appalled by news of these acts, getting someone to sponsor a bill can be difficult.
"Legislators didn't want to be laughed at on the Senate floor. But it's not a laughing matter. animals do die from this deviant behavior," Van Kavage said. "I show them news headlines and ask, 'Is this what you want your state to be known for?'"
Mersereau said he hopes cases like the one in Enumclaw will force Washington and other states to take a closer look at their legal stance on bestiality.
"animals have no real say in this matter and they most likely are trusting of their human guardians," Mersereau said. "Every day without a law like this means more animals will suffer."
Woman smacks burglar's hands
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Crime Watch is written by Dan Atkinson, based on information from the Newton Police.
1 A John F. Kennedy Circle woman reported her house broken into on Sunday, June 11, at 3:37 a.m. The woman said she was sleeping when she thought she heard a door close. When she got up to look in her kitchen, she reportedly saw her dishwasher moved away from her unlocked back door, and a pair of hands coming through the kitchen window. She reportedly smacked the hands, and the person ran away.
The woman reportedly saw two males wearing grey sweatshirts running away toward Jackson Road. Police reportedly found a missing vase, ceramic mushroom and ceramic dish taken from the kitchen in the woods behind the house. The woman also reported a CD player taken from the kitchen.
2 A Burton Avenue man reported an attempted break-in on Friday, June 16, at 1:30 p.m. The man said he was in his bathroom when he heard someone out back and reportedly saw a white male in a white T-shirt next to his basement window. When he yelled at the male, the male reportedly ran away. Police reportedly found the basement window's screen slashed, and another window broken and its screen slashed.
Hit, then run to drop off girlfriend
3 Police cited a 17-year-old Wellesley male for reportedly leaving the scene of an accident on Lexington Street on Saturday, June 10, at 1:15 a.m. A witness reportedly saw the male make a wide right turn into a Lexington Street parking lot in his blue pickup truck and ram a parked car. The male reportedly got out, looked at the damage and drove away. The witness reportedly got the truck's license plate, and police reportedly contacted the driver. The driver reportedly said he was going to talk to the owner, but did not do so that night because "I was dropping off my girlfriend and it was raining out."
Disorder in front of the house
4 Police arrested Nader Moghadam, 19, of 99 Sumner St., Newton, on Thursday, June 15, at 3:46 p.m. and charged him with disorderly conduct. Police responded to reports of an unwanted person at a Watertown Street residence. A woman reportedly wanted her daughter and Moghadam out of her house, and he reportedly began yelling while out on the front lawn. Moghadam reportedly continued to yell at officers, saying he was on public property and raised his arm in an aggressive manner at a neighbor.
Strict ID policy leads to arrest of legal drinker
5 Police will seek complaints against a 24-year-old Adams Street man for larceny on Wednesday, June 14, at 10:44 p.m. Highlander Farms at 69 Waltham St. reported a man buying beer with a fake ID, and the clerk said the man attempted to buy two 12-packs of Bud Light with a Massachusetts Identification card. When the clerk said he could only take a driver's license, the man reportedly left MONEY on the counter and took the beer to an SUV outside the store. When the clerk reportedly yelled that he was calling 911, the man reportedly brought the beer back to the store, yelled at the clerk and drove away.
Well now here is what I would call the All Around Dumbest and they should win the Meanie Award of the Year!
Bandits strike Kool-Aid stand
Who knew running a successful Kool-Aid stand in False Creek would be such dangerous business?
Three kids, aged 14, 13 and 12, were quenching the thirst of passers-by near the entrance to Granville Island late Sunday afternoon when two men, aged 19 and 20, started trouble, said Vancouver police Const. Howard Chow yesterday. The pair threatened the kids, told them they had a gun, and then punched one of the young entrepreneurs in the face before helping themselves to a cooler full of Kool-Aid Jammer, said Chow.
"This is the ultimate in desperation when they knock over Kool-Aid stands," he added. "The kids were trying to drum up business, and these two guys came along and thought they would cut in, I guess." The suspects, both from Vancouver and well known to police, were arrested soon after the low-blow attack. No names have been released and charges are pending against the man who threw the punch.
Well that it's for this months stupid crimes!