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  • Lawyer Shot With BB Guns Helps Nab Teens

    (AP) BURTON, Mich. - Two teens learned the folly of shooting a BB gun at an attorney, especially when the lawyer is a longtime rugby player who goes by the nickname "Dr. Death."

    Michael J. Breczinski was walking to his car Tuesday night outside a Burton, Mich., mall when he heard a loud pop and felt a sting on his neck.

    The 54-year-old turned to see the smirking teens, ages 14 and 15, hiding their hands.

    The teens ran when he asked if they shot him with a BB gun, Breczinski told The Flint Journal.

    As he gave chase, one of the teens pulled a BB gun and shot at him again. Pellets pinged him in the arms and torso, but Breczinski tackled the teen in a parking lot.

    The youth got away from the lawyer’s grasp, but both teens were later arrested by police in a nearby restaurant. They are expected to face felonious assault charges.

    A pair of BB guns were found in the woods near the mall, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit. Police also found the teens had CO2 cartridges used in BB guns and $30 in candy that police believe may have been stolen.

    Breczinski had to get a tetanus shot for the pellet wounds, but said it was the teens who got off lucky. He had taken target practice earlier Tuesday and decided not to carry his .45-caliber Ruger to the mall, he told the newspaper.

    He said there was no guarantee he would have known the teen had pulled only a BB gun.

    "I think God was looking out for them and me," Breczinski said.

    (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


    • Mooning Links Activist to Older Crime

      (AP) TORRANCE, Calif. - Mooning a police officer was community activist Steven Lee Myrick’s undoing. Myrick, 41, was convicted by a jury Tuesday of raping a Hawthorne woman during a burglary seven years ago.

      The crime was unsolved until he exposed his bare buttocks years later and a DNA sample collected by officers linked him to the rape.

      Jurors deliberated less than a day before finding Myrick guilty of residential burglary and two counts of rape.

      He faces multiple life terms when sentenced Nov. 5 because jurors found true special allegations that a gun was used, the burglary was gang-related and the rape occurred during a burglary while the victim was tied up, Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jodi Link said.

      "Thank goodness for DNA," Link said.

      Defense attorney James Cooper wouldn’t comment on the verdict.

      After Myrick was convicted of mooning officers outside his Watts housing project during a demonstration, he was required to submit a DNA sample for a law enforcement database.


      Information from: Daily Breeze, http://www.dailybreeze.com

      (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


      • Charges Dropped in Sherry Enema Death

        (AP) ANGLETON, Texas - Negligent homicide charges have been dropped against a former Lake Jackson woman who had been accused of killing her husband with a sherry enema that led to alcohol poisoning.

        Court records show the charge against Tammy Jean Warner, 45, of Texas City, was dismissed Aug. 31 because of insufficient evidence, the Houston Chronicle reported in its online edition Wednesday.

        Michael Warner, 58, died May 21, 2004. An autopsy showed he had been given an enema with enough sherry to have a blood alcohol level of 0.47 percent, almost six times the legal limit of .08 percent in Texas.

        Tammy Warner has told the newspaper that her husband was addicted to enemas and often used alcohol in them to get drunk.

        (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


        • Originally posted by DaSharkie View Post
          As I say,

          Stupid people equals job security.
          Thats why I do this. Their is never a lack of stupid people!... lol
          "Courage is the resistance to fear, the mastery of fear, not the lack of fear." Mark Twain
          "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Uknown


          • More stupid things people do...

            "AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- As drug mules, bugs don't carry much. And they didn't get by customs in the Netherlands. A customs officer who took a close look at a consignment of more than 100 large, dead bugs sent from Peru to the Netherlands discovered cocaine had been stashed in their backs.

            "We see a lot of things, but this was a first for us," customs spokesman Kees Nanninga said Thursday.

            "It looked like they were cut open, the drugs hidden in their backs and then they were glued back together again," he said.

            The insects held only about 10 ounces of cocaine, worth about $11,000, Nanninga said."

            Ingenuity or insanity?


            • More stupidity

              "Woman Sues Kmart Over Toilet Paper Tax
              22 hours ago

              PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman has sued Kmart for allegedly collecting a 7 percent state sales tax on a nontaxable item: a 12-pack of toilet tissue. Mary Bach alleges a Kmart department store in the Pittsburgh suburb of Monroeville improperly collected the tax on the $3.99 item, charging her $4.27 — or 28 cents too much.

              Although most paper goods are taxable under Pennsylvania's sales tax code, toilet tissue is listed as a nontaxable item by the state Department of Revenue.

              Bach told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette she was overcharged for the item at the same store twice before she filed the small claims suit last month in district court in Monroeville.

              She is seeking $100 in damages plus court costs for the alleged violation of the state's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. Under the law, plaintiffs can sue for the amount of the damages or $100, whichever is greater, said Bach, of Murrysville.

              A Kmart spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.

              Kmart stores are operated by Illinois-based Sears Holdings Corp.

              Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com"

              She's either bored or bonkers..........or both!


              • Brain Found In Bag In Suburban Virginia

                POSTED: 1:20 pm EDT October 9, 2007

                RICHMOND, Va. -- A brain was found in a bag near an apartment complex Tuesday morning, and the state medical examiner's office was trying to determine whether it was human or animal, police said.

                The brain, or portion of a brain, was discovered in an area next to a suburban Richmond apartment complex under construction and near a mall, Richmond police spokeswoman Karla Peters said. She believed the people who discovered the organ were construction workers, but said she had not confirmed that information.

                Police were called to the scene and the brain was turned over to the medical examiner's office, which will determine whether the brain once belonged to a human or an animal, Peters said.

                Peters said she had no additional information.

                "We're waiting for the medical examiner to determine how we should proceed," she said.

                Stay with News4 and nbc4.com for more information.
                Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.
                If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.


                • 6-Year-Old Crashes Car Cruising For Food. Police: Boy Was In Child Seat While Driving

                  POSTED: 7:49 pm EDT October 9, 2007
                  UPDATED: 1:05 pm EDT October 10, 2007

                  BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- A small power outage in Broomfield, Colo., was blamed on a 6-year-old boy who decided he was hungry and wanted to drive his grandmother's car to a nearby restaurant while sitting in his child seat.

                  Hungry 6-Year-Old Driver Crashes Car

                  He didn't get that far.

                  The car came to a stop after striking an electrical box around 8:30 a.m.

                  The boy was not hurt in the crash.

                  Police said the boy grabbed the keys to his grandmother's car, moved his booster seat from the back into the driver's seat, started the engine and put the car in reverse.

                  He wanted to go to Applebee's.

                  After 49 feet, he struck a curb, then went nearly another 30 feet before hitting the electrical box. Shaken, the boy ran back into the townhome complex and told his grandmother about what he did.

                  By the time both the boy and woman went back outside to the scene, police officers were there, responding to a call of a hit-and-run.

                  Officers questioned the boy and the 6-year-old fessed up in a manner that was very matter-of fact and yet very adorable, said Broomfield police spokeswoman Colleen O'Connell.

                  The power outage affected about 200 people.

                  Distributed by Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
                  If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                  "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                  "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                  Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                  impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                  IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.


                  • What is it with people and body parts???

                    "Louisiana prosecutors want the death penalty in the first trial for accused serial killer Sean Gillis, but to get that for an individual murder, state law requires an "aggravating circumstance" beyond the murder, such as kidnapping or robbery. At an August hearing, a prosecutor said Gillis had actually "robbed" his first victim, in that he had absconded with one of her arms and part of a leg. Gillis' lawyer argued that that was not "robbery," in that those parts were merely "left over" from the homicide. [Town Talk (Alexandria, La.)-AP,]"


                    • By Associated Press
                      WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The Chelan County sheriff's office says a man seeking a ride was critically wounded while harassing a driver who stopped at a Highway 2 rest area.

                      The sheriff's office says 45-year-old Jay Kneer of Renton was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Wednesday night with a head wound.

                      Investigators say 66-year-old Dennis Shaw of Lynnwood and his wife had stopped at the Nason Creek rest area 14 miles west of Leavenworth where Kneer asked him for a ride.

                      When Shaw refused, Kneer became angry, followed Shaw to his car and struck his vehicle window with a glass bottle.

                      Shaw told investigators the attack continued when he pointed a handgun at Kneer. Shaw says he fired in an attempt to scare Kneer and hit him in the head.

                      The Shaws were not injured.



                      • Bondage 'Playroom' Death Raises Questions
                        Body Found In Woods

                        POSTED: 5:22 pm EDT October 11, 2007
                        UPDATED: 5:36 pm EDT October 11, 2007

                        LYNN, Mass -- Adrian Exley was wrapped tightly in heavy plastic, then bound with duct tape. A leather hood was put over his head with a thin plastic straw inserted so that he could breathe, and he was shut up in a closet.

                        That, apparently, was the way Exley liked it. But the way it ended - with Exley suffocating - was not what he had in mind when he traveled from Britain for a bondage session with a man he had met through a sadomasochism Web site.

                        Exley's body was discovered in the woods last year, two months after he was bound up in the bondage "playroom" Gary LeBlanc had built in the basement of his suburban Boston home. LeBlanc, a 48-year-old Gulf Oil sales executive, detailed his responsibility in the fatal bondage session in a five-page suicide note, just before he put a gun to his head and killed himself.

                        Now the question is: Since Exley consented to the sex play, can LeBlanc be held responsible for his death?

                        Exley's family is suing LeBlanc's estate for unspecified damages, claiming wrongful death. Many bondage enthusiasts are watching the case closely, seeing it as lesson in where to draw the line of responsibility on consensual but dangerous sex.

                        "There's definitely the whole spectrum of thought on what really happened - whether it was a consent issue, or negligence or misunderstanding," said Vivienne Kramer, a board member of the New England Leather Alliance. "Everybody has their own ideas on what should have happened."

                        Exley and LeBlanc met through an online forum for gay men into rubber, leather and bondage. Exley, a 32-year-old stripper, used the screen name "Studpup," while LeBlanc called himself "Rubrman" and built a chamber with rubber mats on the floors and walls, chains, leather restraints, rubber suits and a hospital gurney.

                        Exley arrived at LeBlanc's house in Lynn in April 2006 after the pair had exchanged e-mails in which they discussed plans for LeBlanc to play the "master" and Exley his "slave," according to the lawsuit.

                        John Andrews, a lawyer for LeBlanc's estate, said Exley knew the risks going in. "What occurred was an act or actions between two consenting adults, both of whom knew what they were doing, and it had a tragic end," he said.

                        The lawsuit describes a three-day bondage and discipline session that ended when a third man, Scott Vincent, discovered Exley was not breathing. Exley had been put in a closet while bound in plastic up to his neck and left alone for several hours, according to the lawsuit.

                        In his suicide note, LeBlanc admitted that Exley at one point had trouble breathing. But he said that after "cooling him down," Exley improved. LeBlanc said that he went to sleep about 3 a.m. but was woken up a few hours later by Vincent, who told him Exley was not breathing and was turning blue and cold.

                        LeBlanc said he panicked, and he and Vincent drove to Rhode Island, where they buried the body and threw away Exley's clothing and identification.

                        The Rhode Island medical examiner determined that Exley suffocated. Vincent said in a sworn statement that the straw had fallen out of his mouth in the closet.

                        Vincent, a flight attendant who is also being sued, is charged with failure to report a death in Rhode Island. But he has not been charged in Massachusetts.

                        In his note, LeBlanc said he was "responsible for a horrible tragedy," adding: "Had I dealt with the first crisis responsibly, he would likely have returned home safely."

                        Lawyers for Exley's estate acknowledge that Exley wanted to participate in a bondage session, but say he did not know about LeBlanc's reputation as an "extreme edge player" in the world of bondage and sadomasochism.

                        "Just because you are agreeing that you will allow someone to tie you up temporarily as part of role-playing doesn't mean that you are consenting to be killed or to be left alone or to be abused," attorney Randy Chapman said.

                        Several people who came forward after Exley's death told police that LeBlanc had restrained them and left them alone for long periods, or ignored their requests that he curtail a bondage session.

                        Both actions go against the bondage protocols, which say participants must stop if their partner uses a prearranged "safe word" or "safe signal" and must not leave anyone who is bound alone, said Susan Wright, a spokeswoman for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.

                        Brian Plant, a bondage and sadomasochism practitioner from Kansas, said: "Nobody goes into these things saying, `Oh, well, I'm going to die because of it.' You reach a point when the line is crossed, and it is no longer consensual."

                        Kathy Jo Cook, a lawyer who specializes in wrongful death cases, said that when you take away the sensational details of the Exley case, the claim being made by Exley's estate is the same made in many other wrongful death cases.

                        "The law says if a person causes the death of another person by an act which is either negligent or reckless, that person is liable," Cook said. "You have a duty to behave reasonably. I think it's the same thing here, albeit a very strange set of facts."

                        It was Exley's mother, Maggie Horner, who decided to sue LeBlanc's estate.

                        "We decided that we didn't want Gary's last wishes being granted when Adrian's couldn't be," she said. "Why should Gary be able to kill my son, bury my son, shoot himself and still get his own way?"

                        Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.
                        If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                        "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                        "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                        Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                        impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                        IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.


                        • Bad cat.....

                          GREENVILLE, Maine (Oct. 10) - Thumper, a black Labrador retriever, is getting credit for saving a Greenville man when a fire swept through his home.

                          Roland Cote said his wife and their 7-year-old grandson were away when the blaze started early Sunday in a converted two-story garage. He said Thumper grabbed him by the arm to wake him, leaving just enough time for him to dial 911 before fleeing the fast-moving fire.

                          While the dog is the hero, a cat is the bad guy in this story.

                          Cote said the fire marshal investigator believes the blaze was started when Princess, the family cat, tipped over a kerosene lantern. Cote says he and his pets escaped safely, but he says Princess did get her tail singed by the flames.


                          • Posted: 2007-10-15 12:02:26
                            Filed Under: Weird News, World News
                            KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Oct. 15) -- A Palestinian man managed to stow away in a wheel well of an airplane flying from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, prompting Malaysian officials to order a probe into how he breached security, reports said Sunday.

                            A Singapore Airlines jet taxis along the tarmac at the Changi Airport in Singapore in February. Authorities are investigating how a stowaway managed to hide in the wheel well of one of the airlines' jets on a flight from Malaysia. The man was not injured.

                            Osama R.M. Shublaq stunned the ground crew at Changi Airport when he fell out from the wheel well of the Singapore Airlines aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, shortly after it landed late Thursday, The Star, a Malaysian daily, reported in its online edition.

                            It said Shublaq was dizzy from a lack of oxygen after the 55-minute flight, but was otherwise unhurt. Shublaq was detained by Singaporean police and charged with entering the island illegally.

                            Malaysian Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy expressed dismay at the breach of security at Malaysia's main airport.

                            "I am very unhappy," Chan was quoted by The Star as saying. "Such an incident should not occur, as the airport area has tight security."

                            The government has ordered an investigation, Malaysian national news agency Bernama said. Chan and other transport ministry officials couldn't be reached for comment Sunday.


                            • Something for Halloween

                              Bram Stoker's Dracula - more Irish than Transylvanian?
                              It has inspired more than 1,000 movies and after the bible it's the biggest selling book of all time. But does Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula owe more of its inspiration to Ireland than to Transylvania?

                              Was Count Dracula really a bloodsucking Irish landlord who preyed on his19th century tenants? And were the undead and the gaunt haunted figures that fill the pages of Stoker's famous book straight out of Ireland's Great Famine?

                              These are the claims of director of the Bram Stoker's Dracula Organisation Dennis McIntyre, who says that very few people know that Stoker was in fact an Irishman.

                              "A lot of people are under the impression that Bram Stoker was an American, an Englishman, or a Romanian, but he wasn't. He was very much an Irishman," McIntyre said in an interview with Ireland's RTE Radio 1.

                              First published in1897, the took has never been out of print and has been translated into over 50 different languages. But while the story of Dracula is known by every generation throughout the world, many moviegoers and readers are unaware of its origins.

                              It's widely believed that Bram Stoker's Dracula tells the story of the 15th century bloodthirsty Romanian Prince Vlad Dracula III, better known as Vlad the Impaler.

                              The Transylvanian prince earned this name because of his reputation for impaling his enemies and watching them slowly and painfully die.
                              But according to Dennis McIntyre there the similarities end, and with the exception of the setting the story is a very Irish one.

                              He points out that the name Dracula comes from the Irish word "Droch Ola", which means "bad blood". Stoker's mother was from the West of Ireland and she told Bram about a cholera epidemic in 1832 when she witness large graves and people being pushed into them with wooden poles while they were still alive.

                              "They were literally buried alive. Did he get the idea of the undead being one of these?" McIntyre asked. If you committed suicide in Stoker's time it was actually believed that you became a vampire unless you got the stake through the heart treatment, he added.

                              There was a suicide burial plot in Clontarf, Dublin, where Stoker lived. As a boy the author used to spend hours playing in that graveyard and St. Michan's Church, where the Stoker family had a burial vault. "By some atmospheric freak in this church bodies are preserved by a natural mummification or they were in the past," said McIntyre.

                              Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847 at the height of the Great Famine. This was one of the most catastrophic events in Irish history, with hundreds of thousands of people dying from starvation and disease or emigrating in 'coffin ships' to America.

                              The famine may have inspired the visual characteristics of Count Dracula and also his infamous obsession with bloodsucking, McIntyre believes. "So metaphorically speaking we think that Count Dracula might be the landlord up at the big castle sucking the blood of the peasants."

                              Stoker's Dracula is also full of Irish symbols - storms, fog, rats, gypsies, castle, abbey, etc.

                              Stoker was educated in Trinity College Dublin, spend 10 years working as a civil servant in Dublin Castle and lived his first 31 years in Dublin before moving to England. But he has been the forgotten man of Irish literature, McIntyre believes.

                              "In Ireland we rightfully sing the praises of Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Wilde, Shaw, O'Casey, Swift, Goldsmith, Synge, Behan and Kavanagh - but where is Bram Stoker?"

                              His Dublin based organization was set up as a global focal point for the study of Stoker, and to gain for author the international recognition his work and achievements s deserve.

                              "Sadly and shamefully the author is totally neglected in his own birthplace, by his own people," the organization's website claims.


                              • PORTLAND, Ore. - Bomb-sniffing dogs being used for a TOPOFF exercise in northeast Portland on Thursday detected the real thing, prompting police to cordon off a hotel, close nearby streets and shut down the MAX.

                                According to Brian Schmautz with the Portland Police Bureau, as officials were doing a sweep of the Doubletree Hotel located near the Lloyd Center, bomb-sniffing dogs got a hit on several vehicles in the vicinity.
                                Police immediately cordoned off the area so they could investigate. They later discovered that the dogs had detected traces of explosives in police and military vehicles that were involved in the exercise that was being staged. The bomb residue is something common in those type of vehicles.


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