Monday, August 31, 2009
If they've been waiting an unreasonable amount of time because the machines controlling the stoplight don't "see" their ride. Also, there can't be any other traffic, and they have to have come to a complete stop. Police are a little puzzled because there's no definition for a "reasonable" amount of time.
From OPPD: Anyone interested in law enforcement, police work and police service is invited to attend the Overland Park Citizen Police Academy. An applicant must be at least 18 years of age, and have no criminal record. Applicants need not be residents or work in Overland Park, anyone may apply. This Academy should not be confused with the police academy for recruit officers.
The Academy will begin on Tuesday September 29 and end on Tuesday November 17, 2009 for a total of 8 weeks. The time of the Academy is from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Tuesday. Applicant may apply through www.opkansas.org on the Citizens Academy page. There is no fee to attend this academy.
According to the U.S. Attorney for Western Missouri, the defendants -- one from Kingsville, one from Lawrence, one from Nevada -- have ties to the sovereign citizen movement. They allegedly sold the credentials by telling customers that owning one would prevent the police from arresting or stopping them. Also, they wouldn't have to pay taxes. (Doesn't say anything about granting the bearer to turn invisible or fly.) More after the jump!
From Christine Vendel: According to police ... The suspect (age 33) allegedly kicked in the front door in the 7400 block of Walrond Avenue about 1:10 a.m. (Sunday). During a struggle on the living room floor, the boyfriend was stabbed once in the chest and cut on his back.
The estranged wife woke up and saw the fight. The suspect allegedly chased her outside and tried to force her and their children, ages seven to 11, into his vehicle. The boyfriend emerged from the house with a shotgun and fired it once in the air, scaring the suspect away.
The Big Gulp defense, in a nutshell, argues that a driver was less intoxicated when he was driving than when he was given a Breathalyzer test. (Because it theoretically took time for the booze to be absorbed by his body.) Alaska had a law that banned this defense in court, but their state supreme court has thrown that law out.
Morons ignore sheriff's evacuation order, decide to "ride out" major fire in their hot tub.
He said the two residents "completely underestimated the fire" and that the hot tub provided "no protection whatsoever."
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Kansas City police have arrested Anthony C. Washington, who is accused of cheating a senior citizen out of $4,000, Jackson County prosecutors report. Washington allegedly promised to help a 78-year-old man out of a reverse mortgage, only to bilk him and steal his checks. Officers with Kansas City's fugitive apprehension unit arrested Washington when he appeared for a bond-revocation hearing on Friday. His bond has been set at $150,000. (Here's a story I wrote about Washington last week.)
From Olathe PD: On August 29th at approximately 9:39 pm officers from the Olathe Police Department were dispatched to 1000 N. Ridgeview (Two Trails Park) in reference to a reported aggravated robbery. Upon arrival officers contacted several victims/witnesses who advised the following; earlier, two male subjects approached the victims at the park offering to sell them some electronic equipment. The victims declined at which point one of the male suspects displayed a handgun and subsequently took personal items belonging to the victims. Both suspects fled on foot.
Because he was afraid his three children, whose mother is African, would be the victims of racism in Munich. (He reportedly told Mom that he was taking the kiddos to an amusement park. Instead, they flew to the Loo.) A U.S. judge has ruled the kids belong in Germany.
He claimed that people would use cigarettes to burn his children on the street, that a teacher taught his daughter a derogatory song and that a neighbor had hit his son.
He's going to be charged with first-degree murder. The police say the boy told them that he killed Dad because Dad disciplined them too much. The boy's 6-year-old sister reportedly saw the shooting happen. State officials had checked on the family more than seven times after getting reports of neglect and abuse, but there was never enough evidence to justify removing the kids.
A while back, Missouri legislators passed a law that would set up a statewide electronic database of people who bought cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine. That way, it would let police see if one person was buying more cold medicine than necessary and, thus, might be using it to make meth.
The only problem? The legislature didn't set aside any money to pay for it.
Now, a trade group that represents makers of over-the-counter medicine says it'll pay to set up the system, an $800K investment. It sounds like they're rattled by places like Washington, Mo., which recently voted to require prescriptions for the sale of pseudoephedrine-containing meds. The Post-Dispatch quotes a police sergeant who says a prescription rule would be more effective in fighting meth. (Though it could put a crimp in sales of cold medicine.)
According to the Missourian, they're going to use Platte County jurors for the trial of Keyonda Lumpkins, a Columbia woman facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of her son, 2-year-old Cortez Johnson. (Cortez's dad was charged, too, but his trial won't start for a few months.) The little boy died from blunt force trauma, though his body showed signs of several burns, suggesting that he'd been abused over a long period of time.
Levi A. King pleaded guilty to murdering Orlie McCool, 70, and his 47-year-old daughter-in-law, Dawn McCool in Pineville, Mo., back in 2005. He got life in prison for that crime, but now he's being tried for killing a family in Texas, just hours after the McCools were murdered. Texas is pursuing the death penalty, and if King loses his case, the Texas death sentence will take precedence.
In Brunswick, Ga., police are investigating a mass killing at a trailer park over the weekend. They found seven bodies, plus two survivors, one of whom later died. They've arrested a 22-year-old man who called to report the slayings, but they're not calling him a suspect. (He also lived in the trailer.) He's accused of lying to police, tampering with evidence and drug possession. Investigators have not released many details.
(AP Photo/Lewis Levine)
Weird sidenote about the Jaycee Lee Dugard case: The suspects apparently had a home business that specialized in printing, and customers say they regularly dealt with someone named "Allissa" -- who they now believe was actually Jaycee. They say she would email about print jobs, quotes, etc. (Though keep in mind, Jaycee had been a prisoner since she was abducted at age 11 -- it's not fair to judge her and say that she should've used her "job" as a way to call for help.)