An Indiana homeless man has pleaded guilty to killing four other homeless men and stuffing their bodies down manholes because they had allegedly taken scrap metal that he'd planned to sell.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
A convicted car thief escaped from a privately-run prison in Houston and was found hiding out behind the county jail, police said. A university police chief was running on a jogging trail there when he spotted the escapee. When the escapee noticed he was being watched, he started running ... right toward the jail, where he's now being held.
One interesting tidbit from a meeting between KCPD and Westport residents: Security says the big crowds started showing up earlier than normal this year, in April. Police plan to start their typical summer crowd-control presence this weekend. They'll be going after noise violations in particular.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Some community activists from New Jersey thought their local police were getting too much overtime, and they found an interesting way to prove their point. They went to a police auction and bought some of the department's old computers -- where they found porn, memos about golf tourneys and other non-work-related business.
Hat Tip: Thanks to Greg Peters!
From The AP: The no-holds-barred scene at Party Cove — technically known as Anderson Hollow Cove near the Grand Glaize Bridge — has helped make Lake of the Ozarks one of the Midwest’s top summer getaways, drawing visitors from Kansas City, St. Louis, Des Moines, Chicago and beyond.
Yet the alcohol-fueled excesses in one corner of the sprawling lake have some boosters fearful that the tolerant approach to public drunkenness could wind up tarnishing the place tourism types tout as “mid-America’s premier vacation, golf and fishing destination.”
... In 2006, the lake accounted for more than 73 percent of all drunken boating arrests by the water patrol, and more than half of all boating accidents statewide.
Fifty alcohol related accidents were tallied last year, the most in nearly a decade. Ten people died on the lake in 2006. This year, just days into the peak season for water recreation in Missouri, three have already lost their lives.
Wired has a great story about a guy who documents pretty much his entire life on the Web so the FBI won't haul him to jail. The guy, who was born in Bangladesh, is a little paranoid ever since he ended up on the watch list. He hopes his site, which includes photos and debit card transactions, will be the perfect alibi.
(The creepy part? He's checked his site's log, and the government really is watching him.)
A Brooklyn woman is accused of running over her boyfriend, who was riding a bicycle, then backing up and running over him again. After she pulled the ruined bike from under her SUV, she took off, witnesses told police.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, Blondie!
From the KCK police statement: The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department on May 28, 2007 at about 7:50 p.m. received information from Janda Gillespie (mother) that her daughter, Kynissan Gillespie, white female 11-17-1998, 8 years of age was not returned by her father Michael Gillespie white male, 12-03-1979 from his weekend visitation which began 05-25-2007 through 05-27-2007 at 5:30 p.m..
The female juvenile is 48 inches tall, weighs about 64 pounds, she has medium brown hair and blue-gray eyes, it is unknown what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.
The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department Missing Persons Unit has issued a Wyandotte County Warrant for Mr. Gillespie. If anyone has any information of either individual listed please contact the Kansas City, Kansas Police Departments Missing Persons Unit at 913-573-6020/913-596-3000 or the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.
Over $122 in unpaid bills! The story's from New Zealand. Her family said they got no cutoff notice and tried to tell the technician, even offered to show him the oxygen. Didn't do any good. Now the police are getting involved.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, Blondie!
Remember the kid who shot the Honda-size pig in Georgia recently? Well, the family is speaking out against various naysayers (me, Blondie, most of the Open Thread) who suggested the photo was doctored. The animal's been turned into breakfast sausage already, but they say they've still got its skull. The family's site, www.monsterpig.com, says they're going to have video soon -- maybe that will help convince some of the doubters.
A Connecticut teenager allegedlly sneaked out to meet her boyfriend ... and was shot in the knee when she tried to sneak back in. Her dad, a policeman, thought she was a home invader.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, onetime!
"It's not my time. I went head to head against a semi back in October and today I went up against a 9 mm and I'm here. I'm just a tough old bird."
Michael Devlin's old landlord says he's ready to rent out the apartment where Devlin allegedly held two Missouri boys captive, one of them for several years. The landlord says he expects the apartment to rent pretty quickly, actually.
A New Jersey couple has been charged with aggravated manslaughter after they left their 16-year-old daughter's newborn baby -- their grandson -- in a toilet for almost two hours.
KSHB had one surprising detail on the retired Independence teacher accused of making kiddie porn. Authorities say a Best Buy technician, who was working on the man's machine, allegedly found the offending material in a file called "Child Porn." (It's not clear if there were any signs or neon lights pointing to the folder.)
He allegedly broke into schools to steal the girls footwear. "He liked to smell them," police said. Also? It happened in Wisconsin.
Hat Tip: Thanks, Doc!
A 2-year-old girl from Atchison is at Children's Mercy Hospital after she was somehow shot in the stomach, television station KQ2 reports. Police said a handgun fell and went off, hitting the toddler.
Two Pakistani men have pleaded guilty to marrying two women simply so they could stay in the United States, U.S. Attorney John Wood's office reports. They also said they lied on immigration paperwork when they claimed to live with their wives.
A Raymore city councilman says his son's school, Eagle Glen Intermediate, didn't take a death threat against his son and other students seriously enough, KSHB reports. It took officials a few days to interview the alleged perp, which was too long, he said. In the future, he wants all threats to be completely investigated in one day.
From the school: "Threats occur in schools, I don't want to say on a daily basis, but they do occur," he said. "And those threats have to be evaluated as to their credibility in each instance. You can't make a blanket statement in that regard."
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Here's something I didn't know ... It's a federal crime to steal body parts off dead whales. We now know this because Oregon police are looking for whoever stole skin and baleen off a beached whale there. Baleen used to be used in women's corsets and buggy whips, so I'm not sure what the profit motive is here.
You've got to feel a little bad for Matt Koch, a policeman in Carlisle, Iowa. Koch, age 20, just got busted for minor in possession; he pleaded guilty and was suspended for four days without pay. But a city councilman now wants him to lose his job.