It seems 47-year-old Cambodian prankster Chin Chean is up to his old tricks again. Not familiar with Mr. Chean’s hijinx? Well, according to The Daily Mail, “Chin Chean was known to take drugs and commit unusual acts, such as running around the local pagoda naked.” Classic Chin!
In his latest antic, Chin Chean attended the funeral of a 17-year-old village girl only to return to the site of her grave the following day to… um… finish paying his respects. Ugh. At 10pm the night following the bereavement services of the victim, Chean began to attempt exhuming her body with the intent of committing necrophilia. Upon reaching the deceased’s coffin, Chin found it was too small to enter. Dumb luck!
All of that digging apparently tired poor Chin out. Instead of, you know, climbing out of the Earth and taking the fit issue as a sign that desecrating the dead was a terrible idea that he should leave alone forever, Chin remained 6 feet under and fell asleep in the coffin on top of the victim’s body. And that is exactly where Cambodian police found him the next morning – taking a necro nap.
Several people in the village surrounding the cemetery spotted a foot poking out of the ground, which is – needless to say, pretty weird. The witnesses notified the police and the family of the departed. Fortunately for Chean, Cambdonian authorities have elected to question him regarding his actions rather than send him directly to court for his transgressions.
Still, I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear from Chin Chean.
Midwest City Police say the man they arrested for trying to rob IBC Bank told them he was up for four days using methamphetamine prior to the incident.
Christopher Fulton was arrested Friday, one day after the attempted robbery at IBC Bank on N. Air Depot Blvd in Midwest City.
According to court documents, on Thursday Fulton entered the bank and handed the teller a personal check with the personal information scribbled out and a threatening note written on it. The note read “You know what to do or we all die, I will shoot you first $500 $100 $50 $20 $10″.
Police say Fulton thought the bank had triggered the hold up alarm and ran from the bank. He climbed into a black sports car and left the scene.
The next day, the FBI contacted Midwest City Police and said Fulton was confessing to the crime. According to the report, Fulton said he saw the robbery suspect’s picture in the newspaper and it looked like him.
Police say he told them he thought it was his body in the bank, but not his mind. He then told police that he was up for four days and using methamphetamine.
Fulton told police he stole the check from his mother. He also said a friend owed someone $1,400 for two ounces of methamphetamine and that his girlfriend influenced him to commit the crime. According to Fulton, the plan was to rob the bank to get the money to pay back the debt.
He told police that he chose IBC Bank because he had previously banked there.
He was booked into the Midwest City Jail on robbery charges.
Michael Luecke, a 72-year-old substitute teacher at Westhill High School, was jailed Wednesday after he was allegedly discovered masturbating in a school hallway.
According to police, Luecke’s activity was discovered at about 7:30 a.m. when a school paraprofessional who was walking the hall noticed a man laying on the floor.
Thinking that the man might be hurt, the paraprofessional moved in for a closer look. That’s when she realized that Luecke’s hand was in his pants “manipulating his penis,” according to the arrest affidavit.
The woman immediately alerted school officials who removed Luecke from the class he was teaching and then contacted police.
Investigators reviewed school surveillance video which reportedly shows Luecke masturbating in a school stairwell while staring at a group of students in a nearby courtyard. Luecke is then seen laying on his back and masturbating as six students pass by his location.
Luecke was booked into jail and charged with public indecency, breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor.
No big deal? Really? Too bad it was not her thug son. Donald Douglas has the story
At the Mirror UK, “Mum of single punch killer Lewis Gill claims her son’s crime was ‘no big deal’“:
Sherron O’Hagan, 41, said of Andrew Young’s death: “It was just an accident. It’s not a big deal. All of this will be forgotten about by tomorrow.”
The mother of a yob who killed an autistic man with a single punch callously claimed last night that his crime was “no big deal”.
Andrew Young, 40, died from a blow to the head by Lewis Gill, 20, in November last year after challenging the killer’s friend for riding a bike on the pavement in the Charminster area of Bournemouth.
Wow, I guess we have a mom of the year nominee on our hands.
California State Senator Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, have been indicted on political corruption charges resulting from an FBI investigation, the Los Angeles Daily News/Whittier Daily News reported Friday, citing what officials call “the largest insurance fraud case to date in California.
“Sen. Ron Calderon was charged… with fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns,” the report explains. “His brother, Tom Calderon, a former Assemblyman, was also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering.
“The charges seemed certain to tarnish the Calderon clan, a political dynasty that’s long held power in southeast Los Angeles County,” the report predicted.
That power within the Calderon’s “political web” is further elaborated by The Los Angeles Times in a report yesterday detailing “The Calderon family’s connections,” and featuring not just Tom and Ron, but also brother Charles, a former assemblyman and state senator, and his son Ian, 27, “who became the assemblyman representing Whittier in 2012.”
In a development tangentially related to the corruption charges, a $25,000 contribution last year by “Yes We Can,” a political committee tied to the California Latino Legislative Caucus, a group Thomas Calderon was vice chair of, to Californians for Diversity, a nonprofit group that in 2011 listed him as president, was “raising eyebrows around the Capitol,” The Los Angeles Times reported in October. Not only had Calderon’s group not filed tax returns for 2012 at the time of that report, but concerns were raised over the inordinate amount of expenditures for “travel and food and beverages [and] entertainment for public officials.” That prompted Kathy Feng, executive director of the “progressive” advocacy group California Common Cause, to assess “that Californians for Diversity is a nonprofit that does not have a clear charity or social benefit purpose. I am also concerned that this nonprofit may have been created just to serve as a pass-through for money.”
One connection “Authorized Journalists” writing for “mainstream” outlets have not, and will not explore, is the affinity the Calderon clan has for using their political power to impose citizen disarmament edicts.
Among his many anti-gun votes, Ron Calderon supported prohibiting semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, expanding the list of crimes to disqualify individuals from firearms ownership, prohibiting lead ammunition for hunting, and expanding loaded firearm restrictions.
When he was in power, indicted brother Thomas earned an “F” rating from NRA, a “0%” score from Gun Owners of America, and a “100%” approval from the Jack Berman Advocacy Center, a group “created… to work on violence reduction and gun control.” Likewise, brother Charles was given an “F” by NRA in 2010, and young Ian also appears to be insatiable on the gun issue, supporting magazine capacity limits and all the other restrictions Uncle Ron demands.
While the charges have yet to be proven in a court of law, and while the Calderons deserve a presumption of innocence, there’s a pattern emerging here that is familiar to gun owners, especially those who have noticed an unmistakable connection between the politically powerful, the connected, the special interest panderers and the corrupt, and how many of those types always seem to take the lead in demanding “ordinary citizens” be disarmed.
That such types always appear to have a lock on power in their districts, no matter how they conduct themselves and in spite of all the red flags they raise, points to factors other than strictly politics in play. It more than hints at cynical, self-interested exploitation of human issues to advance the larger agenda for what Barack Obama calls “a fundamental transformation,” currently blocked in part by a major obstacle “progressives” need to overcome: an armed citizenry that will not be ruled by men such as these.
Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union are charged with conspiring to commit extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault to force construction contractors to hire union workers, according to the FBI.
The FBI this week said the members of Ironworkers Local 401 collaborated with allies who sought out construction sites that employed non-union workers, threatening personnel there with “violence, destruction of property or other criminal acts unless union members were hired.”
So-called “goon squads,” including a group calling itself “The Helpful Union Guys” (or THUGs) went into action. Some “set a crane on fire and cut steel beams and colts” at a Quaker Meeting House construction site in 2012, according to the indictment. In 2010, union members assaulted non-union workers with baseball bats at another construction site.
In 2013, they “threatened the contractor of an apartment complex… if he did not hire Local 401 members,” the indictment said. As a result, “the contractor relinquished his profits and turned the job over to a union-affiliated contractor.”
Experts say such incidents go both underreported and unprosecuted. National Institute for Labor Relations Research has documented over 9,000 reports of union violence since 1975, of which “barely 3 percent… have led to an arrest and conviction.”
The institute noted that in many cases, police and company reports “indicate that the actual number of assaults, threats and property damage is tens of times greater than the news reports collected” document.
In the Ironworkers Local 401 case, four of the 10 defendants face minimum prison sentences of 35 years if convicted of all charges.
The director of public safety at Concordia University Chicago has been charged with two misdemeanors because, police say, he masturbated into a shoe belonging to a female employee of the school.
The alleged masturbator is Tim Margis, reports Oak Leaves, a local suburban newspaper.
Police say the incident occurred on Feb. 10 at approximately 9:30 p.m. somewhere on the campus of the private Lutheran school.
The unidentified female employee saw Margis, 38, leaving her office. He was buttoning up his pants, she said. He was fastening his belt.
The woman told police she asked Margis why he was in her office. He explained that he was merely checking things out because the door had been left ajar.
Later, the woman claimed, she found a mysterious “clear liquid” on the inside of one of the shoes she had left in the office.
Two days later, on Feb. 12, police detectives interviewed Margis at his home and, they say, he confessed to entering the employee’s office and leaving the “clear liquid” there.
Margis faces two charges: public indecency and disorderly conduct. Both are misdemeanors.
He is also out of a job. On Feb. 12, school officials suspended Margis and banned him from campus.
“We cooperated fully with the investigation and he was terminated on Feb. 13 for misconduct, less than 24 hours later,” Concordia spokesman Eric Matanyi told Oak Leaves.
Concordia University Chicago isn’t actually in Chicago. It’s in River Forest, a suburb one suburb over from Chicago that is filled with huge old mansions and the occasional Frank Lloyd Wright house (or Frank Lloyd Wright knockoff).
The highly religious school is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The campus is dry. Students and faculty members are encouraged to attend a short chapel service each weekday.
On its website, Concordia describes itself as focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ. “The life of Christ is lived-out [sic] in countless ways at Concordia: from the classroom, to the dorm room, to the practice field, to the concert hall, our students are being formed to lead and serve with ‘integrity, creativity, competence and compassion’-all in His name.”
Federal authorities say 25 people have been charged in a wide-ranging scheme to obtain millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicaid payments from the District of Columbia government.
U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen calls it the largest health-care fraud case in the city’s history. It involved bogus claims for home care services, a category of Medicaid claim that has grown dramatically in the city over the past eight years. Machen says fraud is largely responsible for the increase in those claims. The uptick in billings for home care – from $40 million in 2006 to $280 million last year – was part of what tipped off authorities to illegal activity, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said.
“We concluded that much of the growth was due to aggressive networks of fraudsters paying kickbacks to beneficiaries to manufacture false claims for nonexistent services,” Machen said, later adding: “Medicaid fraud in the District of Columbia is at epidemic levels.”
Among those charged Thursday was Florence Bikundi, 51, of Bowie, Md., the owner of a home care agency in suburban Maryland who had lost her nursing license and was ineligible to receive Medicaid payments. Authorities say that by using different names, she was able to bill the city for $75 million in Medicaid payments.
Prosecutors say many of the defendants persuaded patients to fake illness or injury so they could bill Medicaid for home care they didn’t receive. Some of those patients received kickbacks, authorities said, although no patients have been charged.
Machen said it wasn’t clear whether any of those payments went to legitimate home care services, but Bikundi was able to amass significant personal wealth, authorities said. Among the property seized from her were millions of dollars from 46 bank accounts, a 7,300-square-foot home valued at $927,000 and five luxury vehicles.
No attorney was listed in court records for Bikundi, who is in custody, and no one answered a call to her home Thursday afternoon.
Machen said there wasn’t any particular weakness in the district’s Medicaid program that made it vulnerable to bogus claims, and he noted that similar schemes have been perpetrated in other cities, including Detroit and Miami. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities said it was impossible to put a dollar amount on the fraudulent billings, although the indictments not involving Bikundi outlined schemes valued at less than $500,000.
“These numbers could likely grow. This is what we know so far,” Machen said.
A dozen people were charged in five federal indictments that were unsealed Thursday. Thirteen others were charged with fraud in D.C. Superior Court. All but three were in custody Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Many of those charged are immigrants from Cameroon in west Africa, but authorities did not go into detail about their nationalities.
Former Democrat Representative and child sexual predator Mel Reynolds was hoping to run for Jesse Jackson Jr’s seat in Congress.
He told reportersin Novermber, “Nobody’s perfect.”
Then he went to Zimbabwe instead.
Mel Reynolds was arrested this week for staying illegally in Zimbabwe and shooting 100 porn videos.
A Former USA Congressman was arrested for staying illegally in Zimbabwe and shooting porn with local girls. Assistant Regional Immigration Officer Francis Mabika has confirmed the arrest of former United States Congressman for Chicago Melvin Jay Reynolds for allegedly violating immigration laws and possessing pornographic material.
Reynolds, was in 1995 convicted on 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography which led him to resign from his seat in the USA, had come to Zimbabwe last year actin as a middleman for foreign investors.
Reynolds had been living large in Zimbabwe and had raked up an incredible bill of US$24500 at the Bronte Garden hotel he had been staying at. Detectives and immigration officials descended on him for the alleged offences.
Officer Mabika said “He has been picked up. Investigations are still underway and revealing information will jeopardise investigations that are underway,” he said.
Reports from the state media are that an aide identified as Sunny,blew the whistle on Reynolds who was in possession of pornographic material he shot on various occasions with a local model (name supplied) and several other girls in his hotel rooms.
“His travel documents were not up to date and he used to bring beautiful women at different times. He employed five of us including a personal assistant and a driver. He currently has unpaid hotel bills of more than US$24 500 accrued at two local hotels,” he said.
Another closely placed source said Reynolds shot more than 100 pornographic videos and a further 2,000 nude pictures while he was in the company of at least 10 women including famous models.
Miranda Barbour, who along with her husband is facing the death penalty for killing a 42-year-old man she met on Craigslist, claimed in a jailhouse interview that she has killed at least 22 other people as a part of her involvement with a satanic cult.
A Pennsylvania newlywed accused of meeting a man on Craigslist and then stabbing him to death with her husband’s help said she killed more than 20 more people as part of her involvement in a bloodthirsty satanic cult.
“When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” 19-year-old Miranda Barbour told the Sunbury, Pa., Daily Item newspaper in a chilling jailhouse interview Friday.
“I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them,” she boasted. “I remember everything. It is like watching a movie.”
Barbour’s claims of serial killer infamy came as she and her husband, Elytte, 22, are facing the death penalty for stabbing Troy LaFerrara to death on Nov. 11 in what investigators called a “thrill kill” to mark the couple’s three-week wedding anniversary.
Miranda lured the lonely 42-year-old with a Craigslist ad offering “companionship,” and the two met in the parking lot of a shopping mall before driving to a spot in Sunbury, authorities said.
Elytte Barbour hid beneath a blanket in the Honda CRV’s backseat and, after receiving a signal from his wife, jumped up and wrapped a cord around the LaFerrara’s neck, prosecutors said.
Miranda then stabbed him 20 times. LeFerrara’s body was found in an alley the next day.
Initially, Barbour told police she stabbed the passenger because he groped her and tried to choke her.
But on Friday, she admitted to the killing, claiming that LaFerrara “said the wrong things and then things got out of control.”
“I can tell you he was not supposed to be stabbed,” Barbour told the Daily Item. “My husband was just supposed to strangle him.”
Speaking through a jailhouse phone, Barbour told the newspaper LaFerrara was just the latest victim in a multistate killing spree that began at 13 when she joined a satanic cult in Alaska.
The cult’s leader let her tag along on a hit on someone who owed him money, she said.
The unnamed leader shot the man and then handed her the gun to finish him off, she claimed.
“I couldn’t do it, so he came behind me and he took his hands and put them on top of mine and we pulled the trigger,” Barbour said.
“And then from there I just continued to kill.”
The deranged young mom, who has a daughter from a past lover, claimed to have bodies stashed in California, North Carolina and Texas, as well as Alaska, where most of the murders took place.
Her victims, she told the Daily Item, “did bad things and didn’t deserve to be here anymore.”
“I would lure these people in. I studied them. I learned them and even became their friend,” she said.
On Saturday, Sunbury police said they were aware of Barbour’s claims and were looking into them with help from investigators in other states and the FBI.
So far, there were no reports of any evidence linking Barbour or her husband to any other killings.
Barbour said she had no regrets about killing LaFerrara – or any of the other alleged victims.
“If I were to be released, I would do this again,” she told the newspaper.
The director of Colorado’s health exchange has been placed on administrative leave after the state discovered she had been indicted for stealing from a non-profit, the Denver Post reports:
[Christa Ann] McClure, 51, pleaded not guilty Feb. 6 in federal District Court in Montana to eight counts of theft and fraud from a nonprofit housing agency in Billings.
She was indicted Jan. 16 and notified her current Denver employer, the state-sponsored health exchange, on Monday, a few days after the story broke in Montana media, Connect for Health spokesman Ben Davis said in a telephone interview.
Connect for Health performed a criminal background check and checked references before hiring McClure in March, Davis said.
“She was completely clean,” he said. Her position as executive director of Housing Montana of Billings, he said, made her well-qualified for her post as Connect for Health’s director of partner engagement – she was liaison with state and federal partners, such as Medicaid officials. The job pays $130,000 a year.
…McClure, who has not been convicted of any charges, should have informed Connect for Health much earlier of the accusations she was facing, Davis said.
McClure was released pending trial, now scheduled for June. Each of the counts in the indictment against her carry potential penalties of five, 10 or 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
The 12-page indictment alleges that, while serving as executive director of the federally funded Housing Montana, McClure, between 2008 and 2010, paid herself “significant sums” for consulting services, although she was already on the payroll as a full-time employee.
She also made payments to her family and used federal money for personal travel, to pay family bills and to buy consulting services, the indictment alleges.
She also is accused of charging homeowners for a $750 warranty that did not exist, converting a laptop for personal use, inflating the hours she was to be compensated and writing herself a $21,000 check to which she was not entitled.
The indictment did not specify the total amount she allegedly embezzled.
H/T The Right Scoop
A jury convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Wednesday on 20 of 21 federal corruption counts, including bribery, marking a stunning fall for the feisty official who gained a national profile following Hurricane Katrina.
The 57-year-old Democrat, who led his city through the aftermath of the 2005 storm, was found guilty of charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office.
He will remain free on bond while he awaits sentencing. Each of the charges carries a sentence from three to 20 years, but how long he would serve was unclear and will depend on a pre-sentence investigation and various sentencing guidelines. No sentencing date was set.
Nagin sat quietly at the defense table after the verdict was read and his wife, Seletha, was being consoled in the front row. Before the verdict, he said outside the New Orleans courtroom: “I’ve been at peace with this for a long time. I’m good.”
Nagin, who left office in 2010 after eight years, was indicted in January 2013 on charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of local businessman Frank Fradella.
He also was charged with accepting thousands of dollars in in payoffs from another businessman, Rodney Williams, for his help in securing city contracts.
Nagin is best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, flooding much of New Orleans and plunging the city into chaos.
Nagin testified that key witnesses lied and prosecutors misinterpreted evidence including emails, checks and pages from his appointment calendar linking him to businessmen who said they bribed him.
The defense repeatedly said prosecutors overstated Nagin’s authority to approve contracts. His lawyer said there is no proof money and material given to the granite business owned by Nagin and his sons was tied to city business.
The charges against Nagin included one overarching conspiracy count along with six counts of bribery, nine counts of wire fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy and four counts of filing false tax returns. He was acquitted of one of the bribery counts.
Each charges carries a sentence from 3 to 20 years, but how long he would serve was unclear and will depend on a pre-sentence investigation and various sentencing guidelines. No sentencing date was set.
Prosecutors say he took hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of bribes including money, free travel and granite for Stone Age LLC, a family granite business.
They allege the corruption spanned the time before and after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.
The charges resulted from a City Hall corruption investigation that had resulted in several convictions or guilty pleas by former Nagin associates by the time trial started on Jan. 27.
Fradella and Williams, both awaiting sentencing for their roles in separate bribery schemes alleged in the case, each testified that they bribed Nagin.
Nagin’s former technology chief, Greg Meffert, who also is awaiting sentencing after a plea deal, told jurors he helped another businessman, Mark St. Pierre, bribe Nagin with lavish vacation trips. St. Pierre did not testify. He was convicted in the case in 2011.
Nagin said he did not to know his vacation trips to Jamaica and Hawaii were paid for by St. Pierre. He also said he wasn’t told that a family trip to New York was paid for by a movie theater owner who, prosecutors said, received help with a city tax issue after Katrina wiped out the theater.
A Buffalo, N.Y. community activist who is well known locally for pushing for a highly restrictive 2013 gun control law has been arrested for – wait for it – carrying a gun illegally at a public elementary school.
The arrested gun-control advocate, Dwayne Ferguson, caused quite a scene at Harvey Austin Elementary School, reports local CBS affiliate WIVB.
At about 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, police acted on a pair of anonymous 911 tips. A battalion of cops quickly swarmed the school. The brigade included over a dozen squad cars, the SWAT team and K9 units. The Erie County Sheriff’s Air One helicopter and what appears to be an armored vehicle also turned up.
The school was immediately placed on lockdown. Parts of two streets were closed.
About 60 students who were still on campus participating in after-school activities were funneled to the cafeteria.
Cops searched the school room by room and would not let parents on campus until they were satisfied that no shooting threat existed.
Ferguson, 52, was at Harvey Elementary because he works as a mentor in an after-school program for disadvantaged students.
He said he frequently carries a pistol. He has a license but the license does not matter under the strict state law Ferguson helped pass.
Among much else, the 2013 law, deemed New York’s SAFE Act, made it a felony to carry a gun on school property, according to The Buffalo News.
While it was always illegal to carry a gun on school grounds, the new law bumped the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The community activist has claimed that he forgot he was carrying his gun in a felony gun-free zone he helped create.
Rev. James E. Giles, Ferguson’s friend and the president of Buffalo’s Back to Basics Outreach Ministries, vouched for this claim.
“I’m sure Dwayne went into the school not thinking he had the gun on him,” Giles told The Buffalo News.
Giles said Ferguson even asked police on the scene what was going on.
“Dwayne’s reaction was to get his kids – he had about 50 of them – and make sure they were safe,” Giles explained.
Ferguson was eventually busted when police were patting down the people at the school so they could evacuate. He was wearing the gun in a holster. Throughout the duration of the terrifying lockdown, the community activist never bothered to tell the cops that he was carrying a gun.
“He had opportunities,” local chief of police Kevin Brinkworth told the News.
“I will say he had no ill intent to harm these students,” Brinkworth noted. “I don’t know why he had it on him.”
Ferguson is the head of the Buffalo chapter of MAD DADS, a national group that opposes gang violence and illegal drugs. MAD DADS is an acronym for Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder.
The father of three also belongs to Buffalo Peacemakers, a separate anti-violence group that stands athwart gang-related crime.
Still more, Ferguson is something of a professional vigilante in Buffalo. He can be seen patrolling local malls and city streets in an effort to stop gang violence.
Ferguson now faces two felony charges of criminal gun possession.
He faced his first court hearing on Friday, reports local NBC affiliate WGRZ. Prosecutors had asked Judge Jeanette Ogden to set bail at $10,000. However, Ogden allowed Ferguson to walk out of her courtroom on his own recognizance, citing his community involvement and his squeaky clean criminal record.
Ogden did order Ferguson to submit all of his guns to authorities and to stay away from Harvey Austin Elementary until his criminal case has been resolved.
Former McGruff the Crime Dog actor, John R. Morales, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison following his guilty plea three years after police seized 1,000 marijuana plants, 27 weapons – including a grenade launcher, and 9,000 rounds of ammunition from his home.
The man who played the famous “Take a bit out of crime” dog was arrested in 2011 after Galveston police and drug-sniffing dogs pulled over the McGruff actor for speeding, the Houston Chronicle reports. Authorities found diagrams of two indoor pot-growing operations sitting on the front seat, and multiple pot seeds stored in the trunk of his Infinity.
Police raided Morales’ home and found the multitude of marijuana plants, ammunition and weapons, which included a grenade launcher, according to court documents obtained by News Fix Now.
On Monday, the now 41-year-old former actor pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Morales insisted that he was nonviolent, but U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore stated that, “Everything I read about you makes you seem like a scary person.”
McGruff the Crime Dog is a cartoon bloodhound that was created by global advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi and the Ad Council in the early 1980s for the National Crime Prevention Council used by U.S. police in spreading crime awareness. The dog is often played by actors wearing the character’s rain-coat costume as McGruff visits schools, does commercials and engages children through educational videos.
I will be upfront, I hate Woody Allen, I hate his movies, which, in my opinion are all garbage. I have always chalked up Allen to one of those people that get credited as a “genius” when in fact they are pretty much without any talent whatsoever. Sort of like Bill Maher or Kanye West. But the accusations from Dylan Farrow are just that, accusations, and I do believe in innocent until proven guilty. Even for whiny little no talents like Woody Allen who, Stacy McCain points out might use the same defense as scumbag and accused rapist Roman Polanskis defenders use.
When the rape case against Roman Polanski made headlines a few years ago, the film director’s defenders commonly made the argument that he shouldn’t be judged by his crime because, after all, he was considered a genius in France. As a euphemistic synonym for “celebrity pervert,” A Genius in France applies equally to Woody Allen:
Allen’s defenders correctly note that he denies the allegations, has never been convicted and should be presumed innocent. People weighed in on all sides, but one person who hasn’t been heard out is Dylan Farrow, 28, the writer and artist whom Allen was accused of molesting. . . .
That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up. I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls. I was terrified of being touched by men. I developed an eating disorder. I began cutting myself.
That torment was made worse by Hollywood. All but a precious few (my heroes) turned a blind eye. Most found it easier to accept the ambiguity, to say, “who can say what happened,” to pretend that nothing was wrong.
This video is actually from last summer, but I saw it for the first time this week and thought it was too awesome not to share here.
According to The Chronicle-Telegram’s story from August, the woman in the video is 32-year-old Ebony Burks, and she was being arraigned on domestic violence charges. Burks was appearing via video from Lorain County Jail and actually was pretty composed when she pleaded not guilty. But things took a turn for the worst when she realized that terms of the restraining order imposed by Elyria Municipal Court Judge Gary Bennett included her avoiding all contact with the two alleged victims, meaning she couldn’t go to the home she shared with her grandfather.
As soon as Burks puts it together that she can’t go home, the fireworks begin. I mean she just brings out the A+ attitude. She tells the judge “I bet I do” go home as if she’s the boss, and then she just can’t shut up as the judge continues to hit her with 30-day contempt of court charges. It starts off at 30 and escalates all the way up to 300, which was a record for Bennett, thanks to a couple of hearty F-bombs at the end. She was just like that kid trying to be cool in elementary school while the teacher is threatening with detention. Only this was real life, and jail is much worse than detention.
Well done, Burks, well done. I guess if you’re going to go hard, might as well go all the way.
He’s At It Again! Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Is Ticketed For Jaywalking And Public Drunkenness In Vancouver, Telling Police Officers He’d Thought They Were ‘Cooler’ On The West Coast – Daily Mail
Just as you thought things could not get any worse for Rob Ford, Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor was ticketed Friday night for jaywalking and public intoxication in Vancouver.
Canada’s most notorious public official was in town for the funeral of a family friend when he was stopped by police for crossing the street on a red light.
Eyewitness Ian Currie told Global News that he overheard the mayor tell police officers: ‘I f-ed up, boys… I thought it was looser on the West Coast, I thoughts you were cooler over here.’
The News reported that the mayor was walking on North Road when he was flagged by an officer outside a Shell gas station.
According to the news site, Ford, who has been battling drug and alcohol addiction, may have ducked into a nearby pub called Foggy Dew earlier in the evening.
Ford’s latest run-in with police drew a sizable crowd in Vancouver, with the hapless public servant pleading with onlookers not to take pictures of him because he is ‘going to get in a lot of trouble.’
The incident comes just days after the embattled mayor was named in a lawsuit filed by his sister’s ex-boyfriend for allegedly conspiring to have the man beaten in jail to prevent Ford’s illicit behaviors from becoming known.
A lawsuit submitted Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre alleges the mayor was behind an assault at a Toronto jail in March 2012 that was intended to keep MacIntrye quiet about Ford’s abuse of alcohol and drugs.
The lawsuit alleges MacIntrye was threatened with ‘dire consequences’ if he did not remain quiet. He was in jail after being charged with threatening the mayor, for saying he would expose his ‘unsavory activities,’ the lawsuit says.
MacIntrye alleges Ford conspired with Payman Aboodowleh, who coached football with Ford, to have one of their former players, who was also in jail at the time, to beat MacIntyre up.
Ford and Aboodowleh arranged for staff members at the Metro West Detention Centre to ‘ensure there was no supervision or surveillance of the area’ where the alleged assault occurred, the lawsuit says.
Ford’s lawyer, Dennis Morris, said the allegations are ‘without fact or foundation.’
When questioned further if the mayor had conspired in any way to harm MacIntyre, Morris said, ‘The answer is no.’
Ford offered no comment when reporters asked him about the lawsuit.
The mayor acknowledged last year that he had smoked crack, but he has rebuffed pressure to resign.
The lawsuit also names Ontario’s Ministry of Correctional Services, which is responsible for the province’s jails, Aboodowleh and Aedan Petros, the former football player who MacIntyre alleges attacked him.
A 33-year-old Minnesota woman stopped for shoplifting Monday night at a West Side Walmart found herself in bigger trouble after she asked arresting police officers if she could do some heroin, police said.
Edith Hancock, of the 3000 block of Riverwood Drive in Hastings, Minn., was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor retail theft, police said.
Hancock, who told police she was three months pregnant, was seen going into a changing room at the Walmart at 4650 W. North Ave. with a pair of jeans, leggings, and a black shirt and then leave the changing area wearing those items, according to police.
After taking some cosmetics and placing them in her purse, she tried to leave the store without paying and was stopped by security, according to police. Chicago police were called and she was taken to the Grand Central District station where she was arrested at 7 p.m., according to police.
While she was being processed, she “continually asked” officers for “just one blow,” a street name for heroin, from her purse because she was “getting dopesick,” according to a police report.
Officers found multiple bags of heroin in her purse, and she continued saying that she “only wanted one” of the bags “because she had ten of them and she thought they might be more than a gram although a couple were very light because she had already used from a least a couple,” the report said.
Hancock was released on a signature bond during a hearing today before Judge Donald Panarese at the Leighton Criminal Court building. She is scheduled to appear in court next on Feb. 18.