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December 8, 2008

Man arrested after crack found in vomit

*This strange story was taken from Yahoo! News. I could not find a second source, but the story speaks for itself at how absurd it really is.*

Yahoo! News

A 25-year-old Detroit-area man literally spilled his guts to police and was arrested on a drug charge after officers found crack cocaine in his vomit. Police said the man swallowed the drugs after a short car and foot chase Tuesday about 20 miles northeast of Detroit.

Clinton Township police caught and were questioning the man when he threw up the crack cocaine and other contents of his stomach. The drugs were picked from the mess.

The man was jailed after being arraigned Wednesday on a controlled substance charge. He has requested a court-appointed attorney.

November 19, 2008

Driver loses control after sneeze, hits river

Andrew Hanson, 42-year-old Weymouth man near Boston, told authorities that a sneeze caused him to lose control of his pickup on Soldiers Field Road and plunge into Boston's Charles River on Tuesday (Yahoo! News).

Hanson was able to wade to shore after escaping from the truck, which was partially submerged in 4 feet of water. He was not seriously injured but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Lawrence Callahan of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation said Hanson told him that after he sneezed, "the next thing he knew he was in the river."

November 17, 2008

Beer truck driver arrested for suspicion of driving drunk

A beer truck driver has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his rig flipped over in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Police said the man, 56, was eastbound on Colorado 58 about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when he took an exit ramp for eastbound Interstate 70 too fast. The truck and its 45,000-pound trailer full of beer overturned (Yahoo! News).

Wheat Ridge police spokeswoman Lisa Stigall said the beer remained enclosed inside the trailer. Authorities had to remove the entire load in order for the trailer to be set upright.

The wreckage blocked the ramp until about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No injuries were reported. Stigall says the man was booked and taken to a detoxification facility.

November 10, 2008

Victim drives sleeping rapist to police station

*I could not find a second source, but this story was interesting enough...*

A New Zealand rape victim drove her rapist to a police station when he fell asleep in his car after assaulting the woman, local media reported on Wednesday (Yahoo! News).

Vipul Sharma, 22, was found guilty of abduction and two charges of rape by the Auckland District Court Tuesday, court officials told Reuters Wednesday.

The New Zealand newspaper said Sharma met the woman at an Auckland bar in 2006 and later drove her first to a park where he raped her in the back seat of his car.

After the attack Sharma allowed the woman to drive and fell asleep in the passenger seat, so the woman drove him to Auckland Central police station where he was arrested, said the newspaper.

"She showed a lot of bravery and common sense. I have nothing but respect for what she has endured," police detective Simon Welsh told the newspaper.

November 2, 2008

Naked pumpkin runners ticketed in Colorado

Boulder police have ticketed about a dozen people running naked on the street while sporting freshly gutted pumpkins on their heads as part of an annual Halloween event (Yahoo! News).

Fans of Friday night's annual Naked Pumpkin Run aren't happy that 12 runners were cited for indecent exposure, but Boulder police are defending their actions as necessary to maintain order (The Daily Camera).

Police rarely ticketed naked runners in past years, but the event has now grown to attract hundreds of participants, said police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley.

"We were getting concerned about the large number of participants," Huntley said Saturday. "We were very well staffed (Friday) night. We had the resources to enforce this"(The Daily Camera).

The citations for indecent exposure Friday night came as dozens of other costumed revelers, including a man with a red cape and a sword, chanted to police officers to let go of the streakers and "find real criminals."

The event known in Boulder as the Naked Pumpkin Run has been held for 10 years. This year it drew a huge crowd, prompting concern from police.

Boulder police Chief Mark Beckner says officers "wanted to do something before (the event) got out of hand."

While Boulder resident Sam Rosenberg didn't run, he believes the citations will "fuel the fire" for next year (The Daily Camera).
"I think the number of runners will continue to grow as it gains popularity," he said. "This kind of adds to the excitement and thrill of the run."

October 27, 2008

Dog risks life to save kittens from fire

A dog in Sydney, Australia, was hailed as a hero on Sunday after it risked its life to save a litter of newborn kittens from a house fire, rescuers said (Yahoo! News).

The terrier cross named Leo had to be revived with oxygen and heart massage after his ordeal. Fire broke out overnight at the house in Australia's southern city of Melbourne, where he was guarding the kittens.

Fire fighters who revived Leo said he refused to leave the building and was found by them alongside the litter of kittens, despite thick smoke.

"Leo wouldn't leave the kittens and it nearly cost him his life," fire service Commander Ken Brown told reporters.
The four kittens also survived the fire and Sunday Leo, who fire fighters nicknamed 'Smoky', was again back at the house (The Times of India).

October 19, 2008

Former Blink-182 drummer released from burn center

Travis Barker is out of a Los Angeles burn center where he was being treated after surviving a plane crash (Yahoo! News).

The former Blink-182 drummer was released Friday from the Grossman Burn Center. He had been there since Sept. 29 with second- and third-degree burns.

The burn center says the 32-year-old rocker will continue being treated at home and is expected to fully recover over the next few months.

Barker was initially treated in Georgia after the Sept. 19 crash in South Carolina. Disc jockey Adam Goldstein, also known as DJ AM, survived as well.

Two pilots and two other passengers died.

October 9, 2008

Customer opens fire at Tenn. mall, killing worker

A customer opened fire in a crowded shopping mall Wednesday afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn., killing a clothing store employee before he was shot and wounded by police officers, authorities said (Yahoo! News).

Witnesses said the gunfire sent people "stampeding" for cover.

The employee was shot multiple times around 4:20 p.m. after a confrontation with the man at Knoxville Center Mall, police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said. The store employee died at the scene.

Two uniformed Knoxville Police Department officers confronted the customer as he left Reno Menswear store and exchanged gunfire, hitting him once in the arm and once in the leg, DeBusk said. No one else was hurt, and police recovered the suspect's handgun (Yahoo! News).

The suspect was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center and was in stable condition. Police didn't release the names of the customer or the suspect.

The mall, owned by Simon Property Group of Indianapolis, closed early because of the shooting.

*I realize that I did not include another source in this posted blog. I find this story interesting to note because of how huge Mall of America is, right in our backyard, and something like this has not happened yet.

October 5, 2008

Body found near Watertown is UWM student

A missing University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student may have been the victim of foul play, the Dodge County Sheriff's Department said Saturday.

According to the Associated Press, authorities in the Watertown area found the vehicle of Haroon Khan in a storage unit in southern Dodge County. On Saturday afternoon they worked to remove a body from a shallow grave about 220 yards away, Sheriff Todd Nehls said.

Khan's family last saw him at his parents' home in Mequon around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, when he left to go to his house on Oakland Ave. in Milwaukee to show his car to possible buyers - people he had never met before, Zaidi said.

He had earlier placed an ad to sell his 2006 silver Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Khan was supposed to come back to his parents' house by 7:30 or 8 p.m. to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

When Khan never showed up for dinner, several family members and friends tried to call him. When he didn't pick up, they went to his house on Oakland. They found the lights on, the door open and his wallet still inside. The car was gone. That's when they reported him missing (Oshkosh Northwestern).

Authorities in Dodge County began investigating Friday night after two teens approached Watertown police, saying their 20-year-old friend told them he killed someone.

Investigators executed several search warrants in the City of Watertown and the Town of Emmett just north of Watertown, identifying three suspects, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

One suspect, a 20-year-old Watertown man, shot and killed himself late Friday night as authorities approached his home, Nehls said.

The other two suspects, a 20-year-old woman from Delafield and a 20-year-old male from Watertown, were in custody and cooperating, the sheriff said.


*It is interesting to note how the articles stated different ages; one of the suspects was 20 in one article, 21 in another*

September 27, 2008

Driver allegedly rapes mentally impaired woman

A man driving a medical transport van in Minneapolis picked up a woman, stripped her and raped her, knowing she was mentally impaired, according to a criminal complaint.

According to the StarTribune, and article stated that Vladimir A. Yulchinchuk, 40, of Rogers, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Yulchinchuk denied the allegations and said he did not know the woman.

The woman was described by the director of her treatment center as having "mental disorders, including paranoia, mild retardation, an IQ of 80 and a brain injury."

According to the complaint: on June 18, Yulchinchuk picked up the woman after her appointment at Hennepin County Medical Center and drove into an alley behind her Minneapolis treatment facility about nine blocks away.

Yulchinchuk began touching her sexually and pulling at her clothing. He ordered her into the back of the van, where he stripped her and engaged in a sex act with her.

The complaint says DNA semen samples taken from the woman match the DNA profile taken from Yulchinchuk.

September 17, 2008

World's smallest man meets woman with world's longest legs

On Tuesday, the shortest man who can walk met the woman with the longest legs.

He Pingping, of China, was born with a type of dwarfism. He, 20, stands precisely 2 feet 5.37 inches tall.
It is rumoured he is now so protective of his image, he refuses to have his photo taken unless he is paid a substantial fee (Telegraph).

Pankratova, 36, who is Russian but lives in Spain, has legs that are more than 4 feet long (Yahoo! News).

According to Yahoo! News, the pair met in London to publicize the release of “Guinness World Records 2009,? which the popular book will be out Wednesday.

He called Svetlana Pankratova's legs "very beautiful? (Yahoo! News).

Pankratova said she liked her legs, though they can complicate things. "It's hard to find clothes, especially pants," she said (Yahoo! News).

At 6-foot-4, Pankratova isn't the tallest woman on record. Sandy Allen, of Shelbyville, Indiana, who died recently, held that title at 7 feet, 7 inches, according to the book (Yahoo! News).

September 15, 2008

Teacher crashes into bear

A middle school teacher suffered some bruising and a big scratch on his back after he struck a bear while riding his bicycle to school.

"I've come close to them this time of year,? Jim Litz said, clutching his side and grimacing. “I know bears. The entire creek bottom is just hammered by bears. That's the beauty of living here. But typically, they're crossing the road and I have plenty of time to avoid them" (Missoulian).

According to Yahoo! News, Litz said he was traveling about 25 mph Monday morning when he came upon a rise and spotted a black bear about 10 feet in front of him. He didn't have time to stop and T-boned the bruin. He tumbled over the handlebars, his helmet hit the bear's back and the two went cartwheeling down the road.

The bear rolled over Litz's head, cracking his helmet, and scratched his back before scampering up a hill above the road (Yahoo! News).

“I didn't have time to respond. I never even hit my brakes,? Litz said (Missoulian).
Litz's wife drove by shortly after the crash and took her husband to the hospital.

He hoped to be able to return to teaching science at Target Range Middle School on Friday.