Montana man told police a hunter ‘mistook him for Bigfoot’ and shot at him, cops say

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Date: December 23rd, 2018

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bigA Montana man was out target shooting when he became a target himself — and it was because a man “mistook him for Bigfoot,” he told authorities.

The 27-year-old from Helena told dispatchers on Monday that a day earlier he had been putting up targets on public lands outside the city when bullets started flying toward him, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said in a phone interview with McClatchy.

The man said one bullet hit three feet to his left on Sunday and another whizzed past him on the right. He explained that he ran into the trees for cover as more gunfire came his way. Eventually he came out to confront the man in a black Ford F-150 who shot at him, he said.

“I thought you were Bigfoot,” the shooter told the victim in the victim’s telling of the story, according to Dutton. “I don’t target practice — but if I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it.”

The man said he responded that he’s not Bigfoot. The shooter advised the man to wear orange in the future, and the man said he told the shooter that was a good point, according to Dutton.

Local law enforcement are now looking for leads on who the person in the black F-150 might be, though Dutton said “there was some question about the veracity of the report” because it was called in the day after the alleged near-death incident, and because the man couldn’t describe the alleged shooter. The man also said he didn’t want to pursue charges and didn’t want to talk to deputies, Dutton said.

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Women charged in ill-timed theft at Target store filled with cops

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Date: December 23rd, 2018

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womenTwo women were caught allegedly stealing $1,900 worth of electronics from a Target in Michigan on the same day the store was packed with police for a Shop with a Cop event.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Bloomfield Township Police Sgt. Dan Brown said.

About 15 police officers were at the Target on Wednesday night, helping 22 disadvantaged children pick out Christmas presents for their families.

Keiana Wilson, 40, of Burton and Dana Johnson, 18, of Flint were also there.

Brown said store security officers watched on cameras as the women loaded a cart with two Apple watches, two iPads and a Nintendo gaming system. At about 7:30 p.m., they walked past the registers without paying.

They never made it to the parking lot.

“The loss prevention (officers) actually apprehended them, then they asked for police assistance,” said Sylvan Lake Police Sgt. Michael Mondeau, who organized the Shop with a Cop event. “The police officers were only about 20 feet away when they tried to walk out of the store.”

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Police: Naked man tears down neighbor’s holiday decorations

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Date: December 23rd, 2018

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holidayInvestigators say a 61-year-old Wisconsin man was arrested for tearing down a neighbor’s Christmas decorations while drunk and naked.

The Green Bay Gazette reports that Gregory Brannigan faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

A criminal complaint shows Brannigan’s neighbor called police Wednesday after to report that he was naked, kicking her door and tearing down her decorations. The neighbor told police Brannigan appeared intoxicated.

Officers say the Green Bay man was stumbling and told officers he needed to take care of supposed drug dealers in a neighbor’s apartment.

Investigators say a breath test estimated his blood alcohol level at 0.21, more than twice the legal limit for driving.

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Indian teen’s 5-foot, 7-inch hair sets Guinness record

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Date: December 23rd, 2018

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hairA 16-year-old girl who had a bad haircut 10 years ago has been growing out her hair ever since and now has a Guinness World Record.

Nilanshi Patel, of Gujarat, India, was awarded the Guinness World Record for longest hair on a teenager after her brown locks were measured at 5 feet, 7 inches long.

Patel said she started growing her hair out after a bad experience with a hairdresser when she was 6.

“I got my hair cut, a really bad haircut. So, then I decided that I won’t cut my hair. I decided that when I was 6 and have not cut it since,” she said.

Patel, whose friends nicknamed her Rapunzel, said her parents are supportive of her style.

“People think that I face so many problems with my hair, but I don’t face any problems, I do sports and all the things with my hair. It’s a lucky charm for me!” she said.

“I style it is as a long braid or as a bun on the top of my head. When I am going to an occasion, or when I am playing table tennis, I bun my hair on my head so that it is comfortable for me,” Patel said.

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Man defecates on FedEx Forum hallway floor during sold-out game

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Date: December 21st, 2018

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fedexWhile the Memphis Tigers basketball team took on the No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers, a man at the sold-out FedEx Forum took care of his number two business and was subsequently arrested.

A security guard was making her way from a stairwell and saw the man, later identified as 46-year-old Royce Thomos Lodholz, squatting behind a concession stand. She went over to Lodholz and found that he had his pants off his body, exposing himself to several people walking nearby, and was defecating on the floor.

The security guard called for her partner, who saw the same thing.

Lodholz told police officers that people in the restrooms were taking too long to clear out, so “he had to do what he had to do,” according to a police affidavit.

Lodholz was taken to 201 Poplar Ave. on a charge of indecent exposure.

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Escape Plot to Blast Hole in North Carolina Jail Falls Apart When Plans Mailed to Wrong Person

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Date: December 21st, 2018

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personAn escape plot to blast a hole into the Alamance County Detention Center in North Carolina was thwarted when an inmate mailed the plans to the wrong person, KTLA sister station WGHP reports.

A woman received a letter from the Alamance County jail on Dec. 6, according to the sheriff’s office. Thinking it was a letter to her, she opened it.

Inside, she found a detailed drawing of the Alamance County Detention Center, instructions for making a bomb and a plan for explosives to be planted on the south side of the detention center to create an escape route.

That’s when she alerted law enforcement.

Sean Damion Castorina, 43, of Graham, was already in the detention center, serving time on a first-degree murder charge, and now faces new charges for the plot.

He allegedly conspired with Shannon Douglas Gurkin, 23, of Graham, and Dakota Lee Markek, 24, of Burlington, according to arrest warrants. The sheriff’s office reports Gurkin and Markek may have been “followers” of Castorina.

If the bomb had gone off according to the mailed plans, it would have injured other inmates and some of the administration.

Detectives found additional evidence of the plot in Castorina’s cell and conversations recorded on phones at the detention center.

Castorina was charged with an attempt to escape a county jail, two counts of manufacturing/assembling a weapon of mass destruction and four counts of felony conspiracy.

Gurkin and Markek were both charged with malicious use of an explosive to damage property.

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Drunk school teacher swims underwater and bites 14-year-old girl’s butt while she plays water volleyball

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Date: December 21st, 2018

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buttIn a shocking incident, a former middle school teacher is about to serve 30 days in jail and four years on probation after he got drunk, swam underwater, and ended up biting a 14-year-old girl on her buttocks.

Jonathan William Helbert, the 30-year-old Georgia native, reached a plea agreement with Georgia prosecutors on Friday as a first offender plea to charges of battery, public drunkenness, and bribery, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Herbert — who is from Dacula, Georgia — was initially charged with sexual battery. But “The DA’s office dropped the sexual battery charge because “the sexual intent behind the sexual battery and the evidence is very different than other sexual assault cases,” giving prosecutors worry that a jury may not have convicted on that charge, according to the nolle prosequi, a notice filed by prosecutors detailing why they won’t pursue a charge,” writes the AJC.

According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Herbert was swimming at the Lake Lanier Island beach in Buford, Georgia on the evening of July 4, and managed to swim underwater before biting the teen’s buttocks while she was playing volleyball.

Investigators have revealed that Herbert had no connections to the girl or her family, and several different beachgoers and passersby who had witnessed the account had reported it to the police themselves. At around 8:30 pm, Herbert was taken into custody, and he was allegedly drunk at the time of arrest. Following that, Herbert had also tried to bribe a deputy with $200, but clearly, that didn’t work as he was indicted on coming August 13.

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Woman Left Brain Dead After Drinking Liter of Soy Sauce to ‘Cleanse’

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Date: December 21st, 2018

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soyIn an internet hoax gone terribly wrong, a woman was left brain dead after subjecting herself through a “soy sauce colon cleanse.”

The 39-year-old woman, identified only as CG, reportedly drank a liter of soy sauce within two hours after she reportedly found the dangerous “health trend” online.

According to the YouTuber, the incident caused the woman to go into cardiac arrest, leaving her with irreversible nerve damage. Immediately after drinking a liter of soy sauce in two hours, the woman reportedly felt her heart beating faster.

“She resisted all urges to drink any water. Over the next 30 minutes, while driving home, CG stopped on the side of the road and began to cry,” the doctor said.

CG’s husband, Julio, would later find her collapsed in their home and immediately dialed 911 for help. As she was being rushed to the hospital, CG went into cardiac arrest.

Doctors later discovered that she was suffering from acute hypernatremia, which indicated a high amount of sodium in her blood.

Bernard explained that the soy sauce challenge, which claimed that it would cleanse a person’s colon by “evacuating the entire body of toxins,” was based on half-truths.

“The correct part is that wherever sodium is, water will flow towards it,” he said.

“CG was told the soy sauce would stay in her colon. Toxin-filled water would then flow in and she’d be cleansed, but that’s not how it happens.”

He noted how the soy sauce brought huge amounts of salt into her stomach, which began sucking water from her muscles and organs. When the salt reached her brain, it caused it to shrink, resulting in permanent brain damage.

Despite attempts to bring the sodium levels in her blood back to normal, the rise became so rapid that it resulted in her being left brain dead.

Doctors diluted CG’s blood with glucose-laden water. After the sugar was absorbed by her cells, CG began to show signs of stabilization, although she continued to drift in and out of consciousness.

She was able to open her eyes four days later but remains unable to move, swallow or speak.

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Bridgeport man injured in explosion while inflating air mattress

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Date: December 21st, 2018

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airA senior citizen was injured in an explosion while inflating an air mattress with a can of ‘fix-a-flat,’ police say.

Juan Roberto was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center where he was treated for a collapsed lung.

The victim’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.

Police say an explosion ripped a giant hole in the side of the house sending a picture window sailing across the driveway and shards of glass flying through the air.

They say Roberto was using the aerosol product to inflate an air mattress when fumes came in contact with a burning candle in the room, triggering the explosion.

Neighbors tell News 12 it sounded like a bomb went off when the explosion took place.

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Worth the sting: Cuba’s scorpion pain remedy

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Date: December 20th, 2018

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painOnce a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains.

His natural remedy is no longer seen as very unusual here.

Researchers in Cuba have found that the venom of the blue scorpion, whose scientific name is Rhopalurus junceus, endemic to the Caribbean island, appears to have anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties, and may be able to delay tumor growth in some cancer patients.

While some oncologists abroad say more research is needed to be able to properly back up such a claim, Cuban pharmaceutical firm Labiofam has been using scorpion venom since 2011 to manufacture the homeopathic medicine Vidatox.

The remedy has proven popular.

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Cow steals spotlight at student’s graduation photo shoot

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Date: December 20th, 2018

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cowUniversity of Missouri students were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot.

The Columbia Missourian reports that senior animal sciences major Massimo Montalbano brought the 3-year-old cow, named Amelia, to campus on Thursday to join his commencement photo shoot.

Montalbano worked with cattle throughout his undergraduate studies with the university’s Foremost Dairy Research Center.

Montalbano initially presented the idea to Jim Spain, the vice provost for undergraduate studies. Spain referred Montalbano to the university’s operations department, which ultimately approved the request.

Spain says it’s not the first time a student has asked him to bring a cow to campus. But it was still a rare sight to unsuspecting bystanders.

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Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

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Date: December 20th, 2018

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preacherA Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer.

David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents have called one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

“The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste,” said Don Trotter, the prosecuting attorney in Lawrence County.

Berry, his father, two brothers and another man who helped them had their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked temporarily or permanently. The men have paid a combined $51,000 in fines and court costs — but the judge ordered a special addition to Berry’s sentence for illegally taking wildlife.

Court records show he was ordered by Lawrence County Judge Robert George to “view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter” while at the county jail.

Berry was also sentenced to 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation.

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Inmate hitches ride with officer, goes back to jail

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Date: December 20th, 2018

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inmateA jail inmate who escaped from authorities and tried hitchhiking along a highway didn’t enjoy freedom for long because the motorist he flagged down was a law enforcement officer.

Greenup County Jailer Mike Worthington told The Independent that 31-year-old Allen Lewis was being transported on Tuesday to face charges in another county when he told the officer his handcuffs were too tight. The officer pulled over and Worthington said after one handcuff was released, the two struggled and Lewis got free.

The jailer says Lewis made it to a nearby highway and tried to flag down passing cars for a ride. Worthington says the person who stopped was a campus officer at Morehead State University who saw handcuffs hanging off one wrist. Worthington says Lewis was taken back to jail and now faces an escape charge.

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Woman reunited with lost ring more than 50 years later

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Date: December 20th, 2018

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ringA Texas woman was reunited with her Texas A&M University ring more than 50 years after she lost it in Colorado.

Judy Lavois said she and her husband, who gave her the sweetheart ring, were playing in the snow in Colorado five decades ago when the ring came off her finger.

“I was pregnant with my second child and my husband gave it to me so I would have a boy,” Lavois told KTRK-TV. “And I did. I had a boy for him.”

Lavois said she had long since given up hope of seeing the ring again when she was contacted by a man named Jerry.

Jerry told Lavois that a family member had found the ring while vacationing in Colorado and he was able to track her down online.

“He’s an Aggie. He found me and brought it to me from San Antonio,” Lavois said.

Lavois said she met Jerry for lunch and was reunited with the ring.

“I’m going to wear it on a finger that will not fall off,” Lavois said.

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St. Louis police searching for woman’s stolen tiny home

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Date: December 19th, 2018

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tinyIt shouldn’t be hard to spot the property stolen from St. Louis resident Meghan Panu.

She’s looking for a 12-foot-tall tiny home that was stolen sometime Saturday.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Panu spent the past two years and about $20,000 working on the 20-foot cedar home.

The house was parked outside Refab, a popular spot for home remodeling supplies, when it was taken. Panu says she’s gone through surveillance cameras from nearby businesses to try and spot the thief.

Panu, a recent graduate of Webster University, planned to finish the interior and move in this spring.

Some Facebook posts reported seeing the house being pulled by a pickup truck on Interstate 70 west of St. Louis.

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