The Washington Post has a story about wrongfully convicted inmates who, even though they've been freed from jail, are still haunted by their convictions because they haven't received official pardons from the governor. For many, it means they can't apply for compensation for their time in prison. Others are barred from pursuing certain jobs, such as teaching.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Missed this from last week ... The families of three Kansas City women -- Beverly Garrett, Beulah Hunter and Anita Gibbs -- will receive $18 million in a settlement with a trucking company. These women (and a fourth passenger) were killed near Columbia after a tractor-trailer failed to stop for traffic that had stopped for a wreck. Snip from the Tribune:
Plaintiffs in the federal case alleged that Albright had not had the required amount of rest the night before the wreck and was on medication that could have made him drowsy, said Danny Thomas, a Kansas City lawyer representing the plaintiffs.
Thomas said Albright had only rested as much as six hours the night before the collision - less than the required 10 hours - based on subpoenaed cell phone records. He said the truck driver had been prescribed eight medications that warned of possible drowsiness.
Great story from Montana, where a 24-year-old man allegedly went into a Taco John restaurant with a Glock replica and demanded free food. The clerk refused. So the man demanded cash instead, which the clerk also refused, police say.
The suspect eventually placed an order, paid for it and ate the meal in the restaurant, police say.
Interesting story from Weston, where a man reportedly caged his neighbor lady's cat after it crossed into his yard and then drove about 50 miles to St. Joseph, where he released it. (It's important to note that, while the police have been called, nobody's been charged with a crime here.)
Mr. Roebling admitted that he found the cat in his cage, placed it in his car truck, and deposited it at the 169/I-29 junction while en route to another destination. He also admits to caging other cats that have wandered into his yard.
The cat owner, Marsha Martin, has put ads in the paper, posted signs and asked nearby shop owners if they'd seen Hal The Cat, who was let go near I-29 and U.S. 169. Complicating matters? Hal had a breakaway collar and is feral, the News-Press reports.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, Jim!
In Cape Girardeau, the big story is whether a convicted murderer might actually be innocent of the 1992 slaying that earned him a 60-year sentence. New DNA tests show the man, Joshua Kezer, isn't a match for any of the crime-scene evidence. Bridget DiCosmo of the Southeast Missourian has more here.
He says he hasn't been fed enough. Keep in mind, the plaintiff weighs about 300 pounds and used to be 413. Snip:
"If we are in a small pod all day (and) do next to nothing for physical exercise, we should not lose weight," the suit says. "The only reason we lost weight in here is because we are literally being starved to death."
Speaking of killing people, the plaintiff's in jail because he's accused of helping beat a guy to death and then setting the man's house on fire.
Hat Tip: Many thanks to the Invincible Patty PV!
Tomorrow will be the first anniversary of the Ward Parkway Center shooting, which took the lives of Luke Andrew Nilges and Leslie Noble. Their families had a memorial this weekend, which Sara Shepherd writes about here. Memorial funds have been established to honor both Nilges and Noble:
To donate, mail contributions to:
•Luke Andrew Nilges Memorial Fund c/o Jo Ann Nilges 955 S. 73rd Place Kansas City, KS 66111
•Leslie Elizabeth Noble Memorial Grant c/o Carolee Noble 11215 W. 77th Terrace Shawnee, KS 66214
A woman was shot in the abdomen late Saturday after she showed up intoxicated at a relative’s house near West 67th Terrace and Ward Parkway, opened the garage door and began rifling through a vehicle.
Kansas City police said a 58-year-old resident of the house fired three rounds at the woman, who then fled. She showed up later at a hospital.
Police said the 33-year-old woman had called the home 40 minutes earlier and told the residents “lives are going to come to an end tonight.”
The woman told police she had been drinking heavily all night and had been at a restaurant, where she argued with her husband and threw a glass of water in his face. She “could not remember leaving the restaurant,” according to a police report.
What an unusual case. The victim here is a (so-far) unnamed Navy petty officer, 1st class, who hit a tree while racing in KCK's Rosedale Park on Saturday. Apparently, he was planning to compete in an organized, but "outlaw" race on Sunday. Instead, the race was canceled because of his death.
Felt compelled to pass along this story about a swingers club that's selling all of its used mattresses, bed and "purple-felt wall space coverings" over the Internet. (Perfect for recent graduates looking to decorate their first apartment!)
BEST PART: "The owner of an adjacent business, the Christian Wedding Planning Center and Site Library, said he is happy the spouse-swapping club is moving out."
Hat Tip: Many thanks, JUNGLE JIM!
An inmate doing time for statutory rape has won a lawsuit requiring the Missouri prison system to feed him kosher meals -- something that officials don't want to do since he has several white-power tattoos and was once caught with Adolph Hitler photos. (The court, however, found that he NOW faithfully practices Judaism.)
Fun Fact: It costs Missouri about $2 per day to feed an inmate. They're worried that kosher meals would cost two or three times that and would lead to "slow meal lines and encourage pushing and shoving."
A mentally-disabled man has sued two Mississippi policemen who reportedly put a lampshade on his head and tried to convince him that it was a lie-detector machine. I bet they laughed pretty hard -- right up to the point where his lawyer demanded $2 million.
USA Today has a followup on the FLDS raid and whether authorities needed to remove all 462 children, especially the kids under 5 and the teenage boys, who theoretically weren't at risk of being married off.
No studies, no data, no honest or open inquiry into how such plants and shrooms might actually expand our consciousness and provide insights or help deepen an individual's experience of life. Just one disturbed teenager, and the entire thing becomes illegal for everyone.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
From KCPD: The Kansas City Missouri Police Department conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint on April 25, 2008 from 2300 hours to 0400 hours at 3719 Independence Avenue . Eastbound traffic was checked with total of 377 vehicles stopped.
A total number of 8 DUI arrests were made , along with 1 Possession of Methamphetamine, 4 Driving While Revoked, 1 hazardous moving violation, 5 other traffic violations, and 17 city warrants.
Great story from Portland, where some cheeky fellow mailed fake letters to parents on school stationery, giving them advice on keeping students safe during prom season:
The fake letter also suggested that parents open up their homes as safe places for students to party after the dance and advised them to provide liquor, such as Hennessy Cognac, for students to share.
Each letter also contained a condom ...
This is the case where a Pennsylvania man had a U.S. wife and a second, younger wife in Morocco. The first, older wife has now admitted to killing him shortly before a trip where he planned to visit No. 2.