Tuesday, June 30, 2009
From Christine Vendel: Kansas City police today identified the man fatally shot and run over in front of his home Monday as Anthony Barnett, 24.
Police said Barnett went outside to meet some people in a vehicle in the 2000 block of Kensington Avenue. An occupant of the vehicle fatally shot him. The vehicle ran over his leg as it sped away. ... Detectives were investigating robbery as a possible motive.
"She" said that her husband had been laid off and that they needed the money for their children, the Denver Post reports. Story is from Boulder.
So the guy wouldn't wet his pants. That's true friendship. I'm pretty sure there's a Precious Moments figurine showing something like this. Story is from Washington state.
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Virginia police say a burglar broke into a Suffolk home and, instead of ransacking the joint, spent a few comfortable hours eating snacks and watching porn. He tried to use the victim's cellphone, which was actually an old one that had a dead battery and didn't have service. The burglar apparently searched through the house to find a charger and, once it was ready, tried to dial out.
The phone didn't make calls. But it did take pictures. The burglar took a self-portrait ... which police have plastered over the local news.
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Dispatch: “Are you sure you haven’t taken something sir? Because you’re not making a whole lot of sense.”
Caller: “I’ve been smoking marijuana.”
Dispatch: “You’ve been smoking marijuana?”
Dispatch: “Do you want a deputy to come and take you to jail?”
Dispatch: “You just told me on a taped line you just got done smoking marijuana.”
Caller: “Awww. Are you serious?”
A Wisconsin woman learns that, for two years, her neighbor has been sneaking into her house to urinate in her laundry basket, use her shower and be creepy, police say.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, JUNGLE JIM!
From Mark Morris: Jackson County Family Court officials said today that they had located a 15-year-old Kansas City girl, whom they described last week as “missing and endangered.”
Ashley Snow left a hospital against her doctor’s advice on June 5 and had not been seen since, according to a Friday statement from the court asking for media coverage.
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She didn't have her hearing aid in her ear, so when she couldn't understand what he was trying to say, he allegedly threw a fan at her. Police say he was also drunk at the time.
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A Washington woman is accused of stealing money from her ex-husband's bank account -- something she was forced to do, she says, after her dog got into her purse and ate all of her personal checks, the AP reports.
The Wall Street Journal points out an interesting fact about yesterday's sentencing of Bernard Madoff: Until a few years ago, victims of nonviolent crimes didn't have the right to address the court during sentencing.
Victim-impact statements are standard in cases involving murders and violent crime. But it took the 2004 Crimes Victims Rights Act to extend that to people who were victims of, say, billion-dollar Ponzi schemes. The WSJ says that Madoff's victims -- and their statements -- played a big part in getting him 150 years instead of a lighter sentence.
If you haven't already, be sure to read what the victims had to say. Many of Madoff's investors were high-rollers, but some were folks of relatively modest means. The fraud has completely ruined some of them. One woman says she's been forced to scavenge from Dumpsters after her food stamps run out.
In this courtroom sketch, Bernard Madoff, center, is seated in front of some of his victims that spoke during his sentencing in Manhattan federal court in New York, Monday, June 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Christine Cornell)
Because of increased enforcement in Mexico, cocaine deliveries to Canada are disrupted, which forces dealers in British Columbia and other places to fight, the paper says. It's led to a series of homicides, though they are "only" in the double digits, relatively low compared to Mexico, where cartel-related deaths measure in the thousands.
Illegal immigrant accused of threatening to kill cop's family, blow up police HQ and federal courthouse
Cape police were interviewing Pedro Quino-Teodoro over the weekend during an assault investigation when Quino-Teodor, an illegal immigrant, threatened to kill an officer and his family if they contacted ICE.
Naturally, the police decided to contact ICE, who said, yep, Pedro is here illegally. Quino-Teodoro allegedly continued to make broad promises of violence and destruction on the way to jail, including blowing up the Limbaugh Federal Courthouse.
There's probably more to the story. The victim, a St. Louisan who was pulled from the river about three miles downstream, says he's known his attackers for a few months, but couldn't remember their names, police say.
Not remotely crime-related, but it cried out to be shared. I also love this remark from the hospital, the very model of British understatement:
"This is something we would advise men never to attempt," a medic said, "The results can be quite horrific and long-lasting and have quite an affect on a man's sexual performance.
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