Archive for December, 2009

‘Deadliest Catch’ deckhand wanted in bank robberies

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Date: December 31st, 2009

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warnerEugene, Oregon – Police suspect that a man who was on “Deadliest Catch” last season committed three bank robberies. A news release said that Joshua Tel Warner, a 23-year-old from Oakridge, may have fled to the East Coast, Canada or Mexico. He was a “green horn” deckhand aboard the crab-fishing vessel the Wizard on “Deadliest Catch” in the 2008-2009 season, the release said.  They’ve also linked him to two robberies this year of the Pacific Continental bank branch at 1450 High St. on April 3 and August 28.  More…

 

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Father breaks into wrong house to pick up son

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Date: December 31st, 2009

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happy-birthdayChicago, Illinois – In an apparent case of confused identity, the 49-year-old dad dropped his son off at the Reyes party Saturday afternoon but got lost when he returned to pick him up, police say. Instead of going to Reyes’ house in the 300 block of Farmhill Circle, the dad and an older son went to a home in the 300 block of Indian Ridge Trail, one block away in the same subdivision.But when the bewildered homeowner at the Indian Ridge home insisted he didn’t have the 11-year-old boy, the dad and the 15-year-old son forced their way into his home, and the homeowner shot them, police Cmdr. John Thibault said. The 15-year-old was treated for his wounds and released, but the dad, who was shot several times, remained in critical condition at Lutheran General Hospital on Wednesday.  More…

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Jail Fires Officer for Being KKK Member

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Date: December 31st, 2009

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kkk1Florida – An internal affairs report by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office says Detention Officer Wayne Kerschner defended the KKK as a faith-based organization. Kerschner told investigators that he blogged on a KKK Web site, attended a rally in Tennessee and paid dues to the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He said his wife was also a member. Kerschner was fired Wednesday for violating a department ban on subversive or terrorist organizations. More…

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Smoker stops world’s fastest train

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Date: December 31st, 2009

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trainChina – A cigarette triggered an alarm that forced a two-and-a-half hour stoppage, nearly as long as the train takes to cover the 1,100 kilometer (684 mile) distance between Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, and the central city of Wuhan. Managers of the bullet train, which debuted on Saturday, were unable to catch the smoker who fled the scene before the alarm sounded, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. “Smoking is strictly forbidden on the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed train, even in the toilet,” a spokesman with the Guangzhou Railway Group Corporation was quoted as saying. “It could trigger the alarm and even cause equipment failures.”  More…

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TSA finds leaked documents on the Internet – Again

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Date: December 31st, 2009

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tsa1WASHINGTON DC – As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers who wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident. TSA special agents served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott, demanding that they reveal who leaked the security directive to them. Frischling said the agents threatened to interfere with his contract to write a blog for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines if he didn’t cooperate and provide the name of the person who leaked the memo.  More…

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New state laws limit citizens

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Date: December 31st, 2009

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police9MADISON, Wisconsin – Texting while driving, smoking in public and cooking with artery-clogging trans fats will be that much harder under a bevy of state laws set to take effect around the country on Friday. Faced with huge budget shortfalls and little extra money to throw around, state lawmakers exercised their (inexpensive) power to clamp down on impolite, unhealthy and sometimes dangerous behaviors in 2009. Even toy guns were targeted. Among the most surprising new laws set to take effect in 2010 is a smoking ban for bars and restaurants in North Carolina, the country’s largest tobacco producer that has a history steeped in tradition around the golden leaf.  More…

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Man Kills Dog, Covers Himself in Coffee

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Date: December 30th, 2009

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lopez4California – Bayron Reyes Lopez is believed to have jumped from the third-story window. Around 6 a.m., Lopez resurfaced nearby and allegedly killed a dog. Julie Donnelly, 34, told deputies she was walking her pet miniature Schnauzer, Kokanee, near the 1100 block of Calle del Cerro when a man approached her, picked up her dog, choked it and then slammed the animal into the pavement. A few minutes later, deputies found Lopez at the Rancho San Clemente Tennis Club, lying naked on the ground, pouring coffee on himself.  More…

 

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Email: Picture of Obama shining Palin’s shoes

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Date: December 30th, 2009

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palin2DENVER, Colorado – It’s a reminder that the emails you send at work, can sometimes come back to haunt you. At least one Colorado Department of Transportation employee is being investigated for sending an inappropriate email featuring President Barack Obama and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. When we got our hands on the email Tuesday, we immediately contacted CDOT. They tell us at least one employee could be fired for this. “We’re taking this very seriously,” said Mindy Crane, Spokesperson for CDOT.  More…

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Man reports home is missing to police

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Date: December 30th, 2009

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police6CANONSBURG, Pennsylvania – A Pittsburgh man who bought a house during a tax sale went to check on the property on Christmas Eve, only to discover it had been torn down. Police in Canonsburg confirmed that Billy Joe Sanders walked into their station the night before Christmas claiming his Peco Street home was missing, but Washington County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Bardella said Sanders frequently buys homes in the county and shouldn’t have been surprised. “It was rat infested and the roof had caved in,” said Bardella.  More…

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Secret mobile phone code cracked

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Date: December 30th, 2009

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cell3Germany – Computer hackers this week said they had cracked and published the secret code that protects 80 per cent of the world’s mobile phones. The move will leave more than 3 billion people vulnerable to having their calls intercepted, and could force mobile phone operators into a costly upgrade of their networks. Karsten Nohl, a German encryption expert, said he had organised the hack to demonstrate the weaknesses of the security measures protecting the global system for mobile communication (GSM) and to push mobile operators to improve their systems.  More…

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Funeral Home Cremates Wrong Body

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Date: December 30th, 2009

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casketWaterbury, Connecticut – It was a tough Christmas for the Tuccillo family of Waterbury. Their mother and grandmother, Aurelie Tuccillo 95, passed away on Christmas Eve. Her body was taken to Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home in Prospect. When the family arrived for her wake Tuesday night, they were shocked to find another woman’s body in Tuccillo’s casket. The family called Prospect Police, who together with Connecticut State Police, searched the funeral home and found out Tuccillo’s body had been inadvertently cremated.  More…

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Rush Limbaugh Taken to Hospital With Chest Pains

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Date: December 30th, 2009

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rushHONOLULU, Hawaii – A Honolulu television station is reporting that conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been taken to a hospital with chest pains. KITV reported Wednesday that paramedics responded to a call at 2:41 p.m. from the Kahala Hotel and Resort where Limbaugh is vacationing. The station, citing unnamed sources, said paramedics treated Limbaugh and took him to The Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition.  Update: Tests find ‘nothing wrong’ with Limbaugh’s heart.   More…

 

 

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Girl, 11, and Boyfriend Set Mom on Fire

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Date: December 30th, 2009

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matchFlorida – An 11-year-old Florida girl and her 15-year-old boyfriend are accused of plotting to kill the girl’s mother by setting her bedroom on fire while the woman slept, Florida authorities said Wednesday. Samantha Broadhead and Jack Ault have been charged with attempted murder and arson after the fire Tuesday in Clearwater — about 20 miles west of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast — MyFoxTampa.com reported. Clearwater Police Department detectives say the young couple poured gasoline on Nancy Broadhead’s bedroom floor and bed, and then set the room aflame.  More…

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Woman’s blood alcohol content a record

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Date: December 30th, 2009

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whiskey1South Dakota – A Sturgis woman had a blood-alcohol level of .708 percent, possibly a state record, when she was found earlier this month behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle parked on Interstate 90, according to Meade County State’s Attorney Jesse Sondreal. A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper discovered Marguerite Engle, 45, on Dec. 1 passed out behind the wheel of a delivery truck reported stolen in Rapid City. Her blood-alcohol level was almost nine times South Dakota’s legal limit of .08 percent.  More…

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‘Best Job in the World’ Winner Stung by Deadly Jellyfish

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Date: December 30th, 2009

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bestAustralia – The British winner of the so-called “Best Job in the World” has been stung by a potentially deadly jellyfish. Ben Southall said he had experienced a “crazy 24 hours” after the tiny irukandji struck off the coast of Queensland in Australia. “I was enjoying a post Christmas jet ski session with some friends at a quiet beach on Hamilton Island,” he wrote on his blog. “As I climbed off the back of the ski and onto the beach (I) felt a small bee-like sting on my forearm.” “I was feeling pretty hot and sweaty, had a headache and felt pretty sick too with pain in my lower back and a tightness in the chest and a really high blood pressure.  More…

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Man in underwear and sandals, kills deer with stick

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Date: December 29th, 2009

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deerCLARKSVILLE, Tennessee – Joel Borden, raised in Savannah (population, 7,000), is a true country boy, he says. His friends agree: After moving to Clarksville a few months ago, he was quickly given the nickname “country.” And on Saturday morning, after a wounded deer stumbled into his backyard, he earned the nickname. “I killed it with a stick,” Borden said. “My friends are making a big deal of it because I didn’t have anything on but boxers and a pair of sandals.” Borden hit the deer in the head until it lost consciousness, breaking off an antler in the process. To put the animal out of its misery, Borden cut its throat then called authorities.  More…

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Governor has more cops guarding him than most towns

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Date: December 29th, 2009

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govNew York – Gov. Paterson’s security detail has been doubled in the last year for what are being called “political” reasons, and is now bigger than the entire State Police force patrolling Long Island, troopers have told The Post. “The governor wants to have an entourage — three or four cars — wherever he goes because he thinks it makes him look more gubernatorial, it helps him politically,” contended a senior official with firsthand knowledge of the situation. Thomas Mungeer, president of the State Troopers Police Benevolent Association, said that while Paterson has been cutting the State Police because of Albany’s worsening budget crisis, he’s been increasing protection for himself. Paterson’s security force has grown from approximately 100 officers to over 200 since he took office.  More…

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Antibody finds, wipes out prostate cancer

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Date: December 29th, 2009

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mice1University of Pennsylvania - US researchers have found an antibody that hunts down prostate cancer cells in mice and can destroy the killer disease even in an advanced stage, a study showed Monday.  The antibody, called F77, was found to bond more readily with cancerous prostate tissues and cells than with benign tissue and cells, and to promote the death of cancerous tissue, said the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS).  When injected in mice, F77 bonded with tissue where prostate cancer was the primary cancer in almost all cases (97 percent) and in tissue cores where the cancer had metastasized around 85 percent of the time.  More…

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Prison Guard Sleeping on Job in Front of Inmate

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Date: December 29th, 2009

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rikers-islandNEW YORK – A city correction officer took a cell phone photo of his co-worker sleeping on duty, leading to disciplinary action against both of them. The photo shows guard Nadja Green, in uniform, leaning back in a chair with her arms folded on her chest, eyes closed and mouth open. An inmate is standing next to her, making a “peace” sign. The photo, published in the New York Post on Tuesday, came to the attention of Department of Correction officials last week, said Deputy Commissioner Stephen Morello. Once it was authenticated, Green was transferred from her post at the Rikers Island infirmary and removed from supervising inmates. The department also did the same to Claudel Barrau, the officer who took the photo.  More…

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Death penalty for being in a gang

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Date: December 29th, 2009

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deathBEIJING, China – A court in western China on Tuesday sentenced two men to death for involvement in gangs and handed jail terms to 19 others ranging up to life imprisonment. Their trials, which started in late November, are part of a massive government crackdown in the city of Chongqing on organized crime, known as “black societies,” which has exposed deep ties between police and criminals. Among those sentenced to death was Chen Zhiyi on charges of organizing and leading a gang and committing intentional injury. Chen was also fined $4.5 million.  More…

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Parents Try To Sell Baby For $30

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Date: December 29th, 2009

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ellingstonPENSACOLA, Florida – A couple was charged Friday with trying to sell their 2-month-old baby for $30 in a store parking lot, authorities said. Robert G. Ellingson, 23, approached two people in the PetSmart parking lot and offered them a beer. When they refused, he offered to sell his child, Escambia County Sheriff’s officials said. “At first they thought it was a joke,” sheriff’s spokesman Glenn Austin told the Pensacola News Journal. “But then the mother yelled to the group that they were trying to sell the baby. And one of them called us.”  More…

 

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Two teachers ordered to return $148,000

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Date: December 29th, 2009

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teacherLos Angeles, California – Two former Los Angeles teachers face a court order to return salary overpayments of more than $148,000, part of an increasingly aggressive push by the Los Angeles Unified School District to retrieve $9.4 million from employees who were inadvertently caught up in its malfunctioning payroll system. The judgments were approved this month in Los Angeles Superior Court against Adalberto Castro, who allegedly received an unanticipated windfall of $96,482, and Christina Garcia, who allegedly was overpaid $52,345. ”Defendants have either failed or refused to pay these unearned funds, despite multiple demands for repayment,” the lawsuit says.  More…
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Texas Tech Coach Suspended

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Date: December 29th, 2009

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mike-leachLUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech suspended Mike Leach on Monday while the school investigated complaints from receiver Adam James and his family about how the player was treated after a concussion. A person with direct knowledge of the complaints told the AP that James, while unable to practice with a concussion, twice was forced to stand in a small, dark place for hours while the team practiced. James was injured Dec. 16 and the next day was diagnosed with a concussion by team doctors, the person said. According to the person, James was sequestered at two consecutive practices.  More…

 

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Charlie Sheen held wife down, threatened to kill her with knife

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Date: December 28th, 2009

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sheenColorado – Sheen became enraged when Mueller told him she wanted a divorce and would take their children away, states the report filed by responding officer Rick Magnuson of the Aspen Police Department. (Mueller talked to a female officer at the scene, who relayed her statements to Magnuson.) When Mueller said this, Sheen straddled her on the bed and grabbed the upper part of her throat, she told police, adding that he then put a knife to her throat and said, “You better be in fear. If you tell anybody, I’ll kill you.”  More…

 

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Thief steals $40K in cheesecakes

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Date: December 28th, 2009

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cheesecakesOrlando, Florida – A thief with a sweet tooth made off with more than $40,000 worth of stolen cheesecake and a refrigerated truck on Dec. 26, police said. Orlando police said the truck’s owner had parked the semi-tractor trailer at 8440 Tradeport Drive at about 3 p.m. The victim said he turned off the ignition, left the refrigerated trailer running and walked away from the vehicle. When he returned, the semi and trailer were missing. More…

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Son, 26, mad over having to make own lunch

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Date: December 28th, 2009

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werry2PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida – An apparent family disagreement over lunch and name-calling turned into a violent confrontation involving a candleholder, guns and a bite to the arm, according to records released Monday. Jason Matthew Werry, 26, faces felony charges of aggravated domestic battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the 10:52 a.m. Sunday incidents at his parents’ home, which is also his listed address, in the 2200 block of Southeast Carnation Avenue. Jason Werry hurled a candleholder at his father, hitting him in the head.  More…

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