The crime spree of 19-year-old Cameron Sands has come to an end in Grand Prairie, Texas, without the help of police. Cameron kicked in the door of a house and pulled a gun out of his pants to shoot the homeowner. The homeowner was uninjured as Cameron pulled the gun and promptly shot himself. He dropped the gun and ran out of the home and made it as far as the driveway before he died.
The Kentucky Theatre in Lexington set up a donation box to raise money to restore their Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Sadly, seeing numerous $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills inside a Plexiglas box in the lobby was too tempting for thieves, who broke into it, destroying the box and grabbing all the money. Alas, they came away empty handed as they were somehow fooled by the black and white photocopies of bills glued to the Plexiglas. As for the real money inside, they were out of luck there, too, as the box had just been emptied.
Three Central Florida deputies responded to a call about an alligator on the loose. Deputy Keith Baughman threw a towel on the 8-foot gator, jumped on its back and tried to wrestle it. Tried was the operative word as Baughman was thrown off the gator’s back and then bitten. Witness Carlos Martinez said, "His pants ripped up and blood was gushing out and everything. He started limping away and the alligator was laughing at him. The dude then shot it twice in the head." Not laughing was the deputies’ commanding officer who reprimanded the men.
After a Canadian father grounded his 12-year-old daughter for disobeying his orders to stop chatting on Internet websites and caught her posting inappropriate pictures of herself online using a friend's computer, he grounded her. The kid didn’t get mad, she got even. She took her father to Quebec Superior Court. Not only that, she won her case as the court overruled her grounding saying the punishment was ‘too severe.’ The father's lawyer said the disciplinary measures were for the girl's "own protection" and is appealing the ruling.
CRIME WATCH UPDATE
The Botox Bandit has been arrested. Kellie Thomas, 23, has been charged with grand theft after she allegedly received Botox treatments from a Port St. Lucie, Florida cosmetic surgeon and then split without paying. Before and after pictures taken at the clinic did her in. Botox at 23?
NOT EXACTLY ARMED CRIME WATCH
In Deland, Florida, Gelando Olivieri was arrested shortly after he tried to rob a liquor store armed only with a palm frond. "The man came in with the branch. I have never seen anything like this," the storeowner told his local paper. Another customer, armed with a barstool, chased Olivieri from the place and cops picked him up a short time later.
In Ferryville, Wisconsin, Penny Gilman, 45, was determined to shoot a woodchuck that had been disturbing her vegetable garden. As she stalked the critter, she shot herself in the foot.
London's Daily Mirror says Queen Elizabeth, 82, stunned guests at a Windsor Castle party by strutting her stuff to Abba's "Dancing Queen".
UPDATE: That sixth foot found along the shore in British Columbia this week turned out to be a hoax.
Headline of the week, courtesy of Britain's Daily Mail: "Killer stingray found off British coast as experts warn of mass invasion due to global warming"
The Tindall family of Manhattan, Kansas was quite lucky last week after a tornado hit their neighborhood. Their house was the only one on their block left standing. On Wednesday morning of this week, it was struck by lightning and went up in flames.
PRICE HILL, OHIO. Two men who were robbing a Domino's Pizza
store panicked when they saw a police cruiser pull up outside.
They tried to escape by running through what they thought was
the back door. It wasn’t the back door. They ran into a
freezer, locking themselves inside.
PHILADELPHIA: Police say some students who moved out of an
apartment near the University of Pennsylvania left a human skull
behind. There is no indication any crime occurred, but Lt. Frank
Vanore says even for police it is "kind of a weird story."
Vanore says the skull may have been a learning tool for medical
students. Or it may have been left as a prank. Jeff Moran of the
Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office says a forensic
anthropologist will check out the abandoned headbone to see if
he can learn more.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA: Police have a message for joggers: A thong
is wrong. They recently arrested a man for running on a bike
trail in his thong underwear. The 26-year-old man was charged
with indecent exposure. Officers say he was wearing socks, shoes
and a very revealing thong.
The Ultimate Travel Experience
In Tampa, a group of over 100 teenagers, all recent high school graduates, had booked a weeklong trip through the Massachusetts tour operator GradCity, which bills itself as offering "the ultimate travel experience". Turns out it was. The 75-foot catamaran they were on began to sink right after dropping anchor between Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Within minutes everybody was in the water living a real life mini-Titanic adventure. Some made it to shore while others were picked up by a passing pleasure boat. Tragically, one 18-year-old girl suffered heart and lung failure after nearly drowning and was later declared brain dead and put on life support. A preliminary report by Mexican authorities said the catamaran was carrying 126 people at the time of the accident, far more than its 80-passenger capacity. And now the lawsuits will surely begin. (St. Petersburg Times)
This is probably not what was intended when Take Your Child to Work Day was instituted. In Tampa, 30-year-old Theodore Hall took his daughter to work. Unfortunately, Hall’s job was allegedly that of cocaine salesman. Hall was arrested while making a transaction in the parking lot of a restaurant with his 1, 3, and 4-year-old children in the car with him. Hall was charged with three counts of child neglect along with assorted drug charges.
We may now know why Amy Winehouse’s hair is piled so high. A British woman was arrested by customs agents in Norway after they noticed something peculiar about her hair. They removed the woman’s wig to find 2.2 pounds of cocaine glued to her head. In fact, the cocaine was glued so firmly to the woman's real hair that she had to be taken to a local hospital to have it removed.
Back in March, two Boynton Beach, Florida, high school girls were busted for stealing money from a Girl Scout selling cookies at a supermarket. If that wasn’t low enough, the girls then told a TV reporter on camera that they were "pissed" because they got caught and had to give the money back. Stefanie Woods was one of the girls and she decided to go to trial. For prosecutors, the conviction was as easy as stealing cookies from Girl Scouts and she’ll be sentenced in June. In the meantime, Stephanie also pleaded no-contest to a $28 dine-and-dash at Denny's. Stephanie now says she’s sorry for the theft, but adds, "I still don't think it gives the public the right to be screaming things at me" around town. "People scream things at me every single
day, and it's getting really hard."
18-year-old Justin Wydur entered a construction site in Blaine, Washington, recently, swiped a steamroller and went on a joyride. Alas, the joy was eliminated from the ride when he drove the steamroller up a dirt pile. The steamroller overturned and crushed him to death.
YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG CRIME WATCH
In Fort Worth, Cameron Sands, 19, is no longer with us after his attempt to burglarize a home. He kicked in the door of the house and then shot himself in the stomach as he pulled a gun out of his pants to shoot the homeowner.
WHO KNEW? CRIME WATCH
Police in Lincoln, Nebraska arrested an unnamed 26-year-old guy after he was seen jogging down a public bike trial wearing only shoes, socks and thong underwear. That's indecent exposure in Lincoln.
YOUNG LOVIN' CRIME WATCH
Former Detroit teacher Stephanie Stein, 32, was found guilty yesterday of having a sexual affair with a 15-year-old former student. The mother of two faces up to 15 years in the slammer.
BAD HABIT CRIME WATCH
Christina Szele, 35, of Woodside, New York, could get 20 years in prison for her behavior on a JetBlue flight. She fired up a cigarette, and then proceeded to punch a flight attendant, forcing the plane to divert to Denver.
Vancouver Foot Update: there has now been a sixth human foot found on the shore of British Columbia. Since last August four right feet and one left foot have been found. This one was a righty.
Score this: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is out with a hard-hitting investigative report that finds people who don't like their jobs take more sick days. Who knew?
Several people called 911 yesterday to report a bear cub that was strolling through the drive-through lane of a South Brunswick, New Jersey McDonalds. He didn't order anything.
In Quebec, a father grounded his 12-year-old daughter for breaking house rules and the kid took him to court. There, believe it or not, Justice Suzanne Tessier found her punishment too severe and overruled the father.
NAPLES, FLORIDA: Patricia Nicola is suing a bird sanctuary. She
was injured when she slipped on bird droppings at the outdoor
bird sanctuary in Naples. Her lawsuit claims the owners did not
keep the bird sanctuary free of bird droppings and did not post
warnings that there might be bird droppings in a bird sanctuary.
EDMONTON, AB: Police are hunting a man who allegedly robbed
money from a bank to buy a used truck -- while the truck
salesman waited outside. Marcel Perrot took the truck for a test
drive. The salesman tagged along and the two went to a bank,
where he waited in the truck while Perrot went inside. The
salesman didn't know it, but Perrot passed a note to a bank
teller demanding cash. He got the cash and left. He climbed
inside the truck and told the salesman he wanted to show the
truck to a friend before buying it. During a stop at a gas
station the salesman became suspicious, took the keys from the
truck and called 911. Perrot then fled on foot.
MOSES LAKE, WASHINGTON: Police say a man drove into a
security gate at the Moses Lake police parking lot, then asked
to be jailed. The un-named man was arrested for investigation
of first-degree malicious mischief, driving under the influence
of alcohol and hit-and-run with property damage. A police
spokesman said "He wanted to go to jail. He told us he did it
Is That a Lobster in Your Pants Or...
Maybe Raymundo Flores was just trying to beat the heat. Nevertheless, the restaurant cook from Brooklyn, New York has been arrested and accused of stealing frozen lobster tails by stuffing them down his pants! Co-workers called police to report the crustacean caper after seeing Flores stuff his pants at the walk-in freezer at Junior's Restaurant. Police found lobster tails that Flores allegedly had hidden in his pants and inside bandages on his legs. (New York Post)
52-year-old Macrida Patterson, of Los Angeles, is suing Victoria's Secret, claiming that a decorative metallic piece flew off her low-rise v-string as she was putting it on, striking her in the eye, causing damage to her cornea. Patterson was forced to miss a few days of work and her lawyer says the injury will be affecting her for the rest of her life.
When a 19-year-old Frankfurt, Germany, man was caught breaking into a supermarket late at night, a security guard handcuffed him to a railing. However, the young Houdini managed to escape. That escape would have been much more successful had he not run into a nearby police station to get the cuffs removed. They had already received a call from supermarket security and a police spokesman says, "It was stupid of him. They took the cuffs off, but they kept him."
Johnathon Shane May has escaped from the Curry County Detention Center in New Mexico. Unlike the daring escapes you see on Prison Break, May simply told the judge he had a dentist appointment and asked if his mother could take him. The judge agreed but ordered May to return immediately after. He didn’t.
A Terre Haute, Indiana, crook pulled off a brazen daylight robbery - of a girl’s lemonade stand. Unfortunately, after he grabbed her loot, young Dominique Morefield gave chase until the thief ducked into a nearby home. Dominique called police, who spent nearly an hour trying to coax the man into surrendering. The crook went to all this trouble for a whopping $17.50.
Here’s a note to bad guys. Pythons apparently don’t make good guard animals. Bridgeport, Connecticut, police received a call that 21-year-old Victor Rodriguez was threatening his girlfriend with his python, which wasn’t a euphemism for something else. When they arrived at the apartment, Victor ordered his 9-foot snake to attack the two officers. The snake apparently wasn’t very well trained and police arrested Victor on charges of threatening police and disorderly conduct.
A crowd gathered in Wichita, Kansas, when two young men began arguing. The argument was over who would get to go by the nickname "C-Thug." The winner was apparently the 44-year-old woman who stepped in and stabbed one of the men in the back with a butcher knife, sending him to the hospital.
Hopefully the students at Awbridge Primary School near Romsey, England are smarter than their janitor. Anthony Gower-Smith was injured when he fell off a six-foot stepladder. Anthony is now suing the school for $100,000, claiming he wasn’t properly trained how to use the ladder, despite the fact that he admits using other ladders for at least 30 years without mishap.
Oregon City fourth grader Madison McFadden missed her last day of school on Friday after breaking school rules. While cleaning out her desk the day before, Madison found a medicated, over the counter, lip cream called "Abreva." It’s a cold sore medication and can numb up an area and when a couple of classmates asked her to share, Madison obliged. Pretty soon, the two classmates didn’t feel well and told the teacher, who traced it back to the cream. All three students ended up in the principal’s office and were suspended and missed the last day of class.
What if they had an election and nobody came? That’s what happened in the town of Pillsbury, North Dakota, this month. None of the town’s 11 residents bothered to vote, including those on the ballot. As fate would have it the town’s mayor and two aldermen ran unopposed and will keep their jobs.
AS LOW AS IT GETS CRIME WATCH
Dominique Morefield, 18, is in the slammer in Terre Haute, Indiana after robbing a little girl's lemonade stand. He made off with a whopping $18 and went into a house down the street. That's where police slipped the cuffs on him.
REPTILIAN CRIME WATCH
Victor Rodriguez, 21, was arrested in Bridgeport, Connecticut after a domestic dispute that saw him threaten his girlfriend with his 9-foot-long albino python. When cops showed up, he also threatened them with the critter. The police report says he repeatedly told the snake, "Get them!" The snake didn't follow orders.
Los Angeles' Macrida Patterson, 52, is suing Victoria's Secret. She says she was putting on a thong she had purchased from one of their stores when a decorative metallic piece flew off thing and struck her in the eye.
In an earth-shattering expose, "Good Morning America" revealed that bacteria could be found on the bottoms of our shoes. So score that.
In China, a 71-year-old woman had to seek medical attention after her plot to get revenge on her downstairs neighbor backfired. It seems a clogged pipe started the feud that led to the older woman skipping rope at midnight each night to annoy the downstairs neighbor. This caused her blood pressure to shoot up and that led to a trip to the doctor, reports the newspaper Modern Express.
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA: Police are looking for a woman who
received Botox injections from a cosmetic surgeon -- and left
without paying. The doctor told officers the woman said she was
going out to her car to fetch her credit card after receiving
$1,225 worth of injections and never came back. Police released
a description of the woman to local news media -- her
description includes numerous punctures on her face.
VANCOUVER, BC: The severed foot saga continues. A fifth
human foot has washed ashore near Vancouver -- and this time
it's a left one. Four other feet have washed up on nearby
shorelines in the last year; all have been right feet wearing
socks and shoes. Police spokesperson Sharlene Brooks said while
the similarities to the other found feet is strong, there's no
immediate indication this foot is related to the other cases.