Friday, July 31, 2009
Melissa Wayne, who works in KCPD's accounting unit, is charged with one count of forgery, Jackson County prosecutors say. Wayne is accused of creating a duplicate check, identical to a real one that she got for tuition reimbursement. The fake one was written for more than $2,300. According to court records, Wayne allegedly forged the fake check because she was getting evicted and needed extra money.
Mom was late for work, but the kiddos were only 4 and 5 years old, police say. Also: I can't tell if her mugshot is "sultry" or "angry."
From the U.S. Attorney's Office: David Brown, 36, Kansas City, Mo., has been charged with one count of bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said today.
According to a federal criminal complaint, on July 24, 2009, Brown robbed the Country Club Bank at 13451 Briar Street in Leawood, Kan. He entered the bank about 9:15 a.m. wearing a ski mask or bandana. He vaulted the counter and told a teller to open the drawer, removed the money and placed it in a bag. Then he vaulted the counter again and fled. Bank employees recognized him as a customer of Country Club Bank, which led investigators to a silver Mercury Sable that Brown was driving during the robbery.
From KCPD: JOSSETTE J. BEEKS, B/F, 40 YOA, 5’6”tall, 156#, black hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing lite blue T- shirt, blue and white checkered shorts and flip flop shoes. She left 12th and Woodland on 7-29-2009 about 2025 hours in a gold 1997, Jeep Grand Cherokee, temp tags, to go to Speedy’s at 9th and Prospect and hasn’t been seen since. Banks is reported to suffer the effects of several strokes and may appear confused or dazed. If located, notify Missing persons at 816-234-5136 or relatives at 314-243-3695.
Diet Pepsi fan determined to keep drinking Diet Pepsi, despite allegedly finding a mouse in a can of Diet Pepsi. Pepsi says this could NOT have happened during their production process.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, Searching!
In Ohio, two police chiefs are accused of a scheme involving a surrogate mom working for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. One of them allegedly stole items from the woman's house, proving she was the surrogate for the stars. Prosecutors say they planned to sell the goods to celebrity photogaphers.
Police are searching for Robert Harrod, who married his childhood sweetheart a few weeks ago. (They'd been apart for 59 years.)
From Mark Wiebe: Gov. Mark Parkinson has offered a $5,000 reward to help solve a nearly 14-month-old murder case in Kansas City, Kan.
The amount is the maximum allowed by a Kansas statute that gives the governor the authority to issue a reward “whenever a heinous crime has been committed in the state,” a release from Parkinson’s office said this morning.
The case dates to April 9, 2008, when Kansas City, Kan., resident Jeffrey Rogers was found shortly after midnight suffering from multiple gunshot and stab wounds in the 8400 block of Tauromee Avenue.
Rogers, 25, had called 911 for help, and when officers arrived he told them that three to five men had broken into his house. A struggle ensued, and the men fled.
Gary G. Blackmon, 35, is accused of leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a revoked license and operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner. Jackson County prosecutors say he hit an elderly woman in a wheelchair back in February near 63rd and Woodland, but didn't stop. She was trying to cross the street.
It's not clear why the woman was in the wheelchair in the first place, but she is now a paraplegic.
Blackmon wasn't arrested until yesterday. He said he thought he'd hit a grocery basket, court records state. When he realized the truth, he was too scared to turn himself in, he reportedly told police.
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Story is from Utah. Criminals: Remember, your getaway is just as crucial, if not more so, than your actual criminal activity.
Great piece here from Joe Lambe, and yet another reminder of the odd things that police get to handle on the job.
John Preston and his scent-tracking dog were supposed to be "infallible." I guess "untrustworthy" might have been a better adjective. More here from Reason's Hit & Run blog.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, Keith G in PV!
Story is from Turkey. The owner tried to tell some customers they couldn't smoke inside because of a new law. He was shot four times after taking away their cigarettes, Reuters reports.
We've written about this before: Because Miami-Dade has some of the strictest rules in the country on sex-offenders and where they can live, a group of RSOs has started their own tent city under a bridge. The state even grudgingly went along with things because, well, there was nowhere else for the RSOs to go, and at least they knew where all of their "charges" were.
Critics went on about something called "basic human dignity." Now, the authorities have almost got things fixed so the sex offenders can live indoors again. The campers say they're very happy where they are, though, the Miami Herald reports.
Which could be counted as a misuse of government computers or an official invasion of privacy. The cops, who work for DeKalb County, Ga., were put on paid administrative leave while the matter is investigated.