Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Woman Accused Of Killing Neighbors Over Bad Cookies Found Insane

From WKMG Orlando

A 55-year-old Port Orange woman who said she killed her neighbors because their "green mothball cookies" made her sick was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity, according to a judge.
A judge signed an order committing Linda Sue Anderson to a Florida Department of Children and Families facility.
Anderson told Port Orange police that she hated her neighbors, Robert Goerlich, 70, and his wife, Shirley, 68, because their cookies sickened her.
Both were found shot to death by a neighbor at their home located at 110 Gregory Circle.
A short time after the shooting, Anderson was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder.
During questioning, Anderson told police, "I didn't see any blood or bullet holes in their clothing. …They are over there watching TV aren't they? I was shooting blanks."
Anderson also said, "They make me cookies with green mothballs in them and I get sick."

Jason's snark: Ok, why GREEN mothballs? Now if she'd just said mothballs, well, that sounds pretty sane.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Potential juror’s excuses that he’s racist, homophobic and a habitual liar could bring charges

From The Associated Press

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A Cape Cod man who claimed he was homophobic, racist and a habitual liar to avoid jury duty earned an angry rebuke from a judge on Monday, who referred the case to prosecutors for possible charges. ‘‘In 32 years of service in courtrooms, as a prosecutor, as a defense attorney and now as a judge, I have quite frankly never confronted such a brazen situation of an individual attempting to avoid juror service,’’ Barnstable Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson told Daniel Ellis, according to a preliminary court transcript of the exchange. Ellis, of Falmouth, had been called to court with about 60 other potential jurors for possible service on a 23-member grand jury. On a questionnaire that all potential jurors fill out, Ellis wrote that he didn’t like homosexuals and blacks. He then echoed those sentiments in an interview with Nickerson. ‘‘You say on your form that you’re not a fan of homosexuals,’’ Nickerson said. ‘‘That I’m a racist,’’ Ellis interrupted. ‘‘I’m frequently found to be a liar, too. I can’t really help it,’’ Ellis added. ‘‘I’m sorry?’’ Nickerson said. ‘‘I said I’m frequently found to be a liar,’’ Ellis replied. ‘‘So, are you lying to me now?’’ Nickerson asked. ‘‘Well, I don’t know. I might be,’’ was the response. Ellis then admitted he really didn’t want to serve on a jury. ‘‘I have the distinct impression that you’re intentionally trying to avoid jury service,’’ Nickerson said. ‘‘That’s true,’’ Ellis answered. Nickerson ordered Ellis taken into custody. He was released later Monday morning. Ellis could face perjury and other charges.

Jason's snark: "I'm frequently found to be a liar, too." Yeah. That's a great way to get to know the judge.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

5-year-old pins rabid fox during family cookout to protect brother

From The Associated Press

KINGSTOWN, N.C. — A 5-year-old boy grabbed a rabid fox by the neck and pinned it to the ground during a family cookout, protecting six other children before his stepfather could kill the animal. ‘‘I wanted to protect my little brother,’’ said Rayshun McDowell, who battled the fox in the front yard of his home Sunday in Kingstown, a town about 50 miles west of Charlotte. The fox bit Rayshun in the leg, but the 61-pound-boy held the animal down for more than a minute. Animal control officials said Tuesday that test results confirmed the fox had rabies, which is fatal unless treated before symptoms appear. Rayshun is undergoing treatment. ‘‘I looked out the window and Rayshun had the fox by the neck and was pushing it into the ground,’’ said his mother, Shinda Linder. ‘‘I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.’’ Rayshun’s stepfather, Ryan Thompson, pulled the boy off the animal and kicked it. A neighbor fired a handgun three times but the fox continued to advance. Thompson, wearing a cast because of a broken leg, said he used a stick and his crutch to beat the fox to death. Rayshun, meanwhile, asked only for a Band-Aid and didn’t complain of any pain. ‘‘Rayshun was really calm and wasn’t upset,’’ his mother said. ‘‘I couldn’t believe he would do something like that. He was so brave, and I was a wreck.’’ Rabies attacks the nervous system and is transmitted through saliva. It often makes animals aggressive. A 6-year-old girl who was attacked by a fox the same day at her home nearby also is being treated.

Jason's snark: This kid is going for the Olympic Bearhanded Critter Wrasslin' gold.

Detroit employee sues city over co-worker’s perfume, saying strong fragrance stops her work

From The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — An employee in the Detroit planning department who claims she is severely sensitive to perfumes and other cosmetics has sued the city, saying a co-worker’s strong fragrance prohibits her from working. Susan McBride’s lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, says the work environment is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She wants a ban on such scents at work — and unspecified damages. City spokesman Matt Allen declined to comment, telling The Detroit News the city does not normally comment on litigation or personnel issues. McBride, who joined the planning department in 2000, says problems started a year ago when the co-worker, who isn’t identified in the lawsuit, transferred into her department. ‘‘This employee not only wore a strong scent, but also plugged in a scented room deodorizer,’’ the lawsuit states. ‘‘Ms. McBride was overcome by the smell almost instantly, causing her to go home sick.’’ The co-worker later agreed to stop using the room deodorizer, but kept using perfume, the lawsuit states.

Jason's snark: That stinks.

Thieves truck off 4,800 golf balls in middle of night

From Kansas.com

BONNER SPRINGS - Nearly 4,800 fluorescent yellow golf balls are missing from a suburban Kansas City golf course after someone raided its driving range.
Sunflower Hills Golf Course head professional Jeff Johnson said it would have taken someone hours Sunday night to pick the balls up from the range, where they were scattered after being hit earlier in the night.
He has no idea whether the theft was an expensive prank -- with an estimated loss of $2,700, the crime is considered a felony -- or if the culprits intend to try to sell the balls, with their big stripe and about half with Dr Pepper logos on them.
"That or they are some really bad golfers who need some range balls to practice with -- a lot to practice with," Johnson said.
He discovered the theft Monday morning when he went to set up the driving range and noticed that there were no balls in the landing area.
Someone had apparently driven a vehicle onto the range. The balls, Johnson said, would have filled a pickup truck's bed.
"It by far is not the weirdest thing I have seen," said Bonner Springs Police Detective Jay Oliver. "It is definitely offbeat. It is not a common occurrence."

Jason's snark: Yup, that heist took a lot of balls.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Roof ride nets charges

From Yahoo News

AMSTERDAM - Police officers in the Dutch city of Alkmaar were surprised to see a car passing by with a man sitting on a bicycle on its roof.
The driver and his wife, when stopped by the police, said they heard a noise while waiting at a traffic light, but did not realise they were taking on an extra passenger.
The 26 year-old man who took the free ride was fined for public drunkenness, not carrying an identity card and providing a false identity to the police.

Jason's snark: How can a driver not notice a bike and rider on the roof? Oh, yeah. It's Amsterdam.