True, and there are photos of it on the Washington City Paper site, which you can see if you click here. And check out the video above.
In Oklahoma City, it’s illegal for a minor to possess a “broad-tipped” permanent marker. Here’s the ordinance:
§ 35-201. – Prohibition on possession of aerosol spray paint by minors.
No person under the age of 18 years may possess an aerosol spray paint container or broad-tipped indelible marker on any public property unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, employer, teacher or other adult in any similar relationship and such possession is for a lawful purpose.
This is not academic, at least for one 13-year-old boy. As reported by The Oklahoman:
A 13-year-old was arrested Friday in Oklahoma City, accused of violating a little-known city ordinance that prohibits possession of a permanent marker in some circumstances.
The teen was caught using a permanent marker at Roosevelt Middle School by a teacher, according to the crime report filed with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
Delynn Woodside noted the marker had bled through a piece of paper onto the desk and reported to a police officer that she also had seen the teen writing on the desk with the marker, the report said.
Woodside, a seventh-grade math teacher, made a citizen’s arrest on the teen, and the police officer transferred the student to a Community Intervention Center that houses juveniles who have been arrested. The name of the minor was not released.
A citizen’s arrest under that law? And sending the kid to Juvie? Why go all “Gomer Pyle” on the kid (see above) instead of just sending him to the principal’s office for defacing school property? Here’s the source.
Not many Orders merit a block quote on Legal Juice. This one, from the case of Kissel v. Schwartz … out of Kentucky, most definitely does. So, without further ado:
“And such news of an amicable settlement having made this Court happier than a tick on a fat dog because it is otherwise busier than a one-legged cat in a sand box and, quite frankly, would rather have jumped naked off of a twelve foot step ladder into a five gallon bucket of porcupines than have presided over a two week trial of the herein dispute, a trial which, no doubt, would have made the jury more confused than a hungry baby in a topless bar and made the parties and their attorneys madder than mosquitoes in a mannequin factory; IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED AND ADJUDGED by the court as follows: 1. The jury trial scheduled herein for July 13, 2011 is hereby CANCELED.”
You like Kenton Circuit Judge Martin J. Sheehan, right? One more thing:
“4. The Clerk shall engage the services of a structural engineer to ascertain if the return of this file to the Clerk’s office will exceed the maximum structural load of the floors of said office.”
Nicely done sir! Here’s the Order
Burglary is one thing, but punching an elderly woman in the process? Not cool, and in this case, not effective either. Turns out granny can take care of herself, and then some. As reported by thisisnottingham.co.uk:
Joan Parmenter, 79, discovered Luke Clay with his brother, Lee Clay, in her front room at 11pm on Friday, February 18.
Luke hit her right temple and she responded with an “almighty punch” to his jaw. He landed face down on her couch amongst her collection of toy animals from her travels around the world, she said.
The Clays then fled from her home, but ran into the path of a car, which had to make an emergency stop.
Miss Parmenter ran out of her house after the burglars and shouted “stop him!” Sophie Buckthorpe, who had been in the car, called police. Both men were later arrested and admitted they were the burglars.
You can read more (a fair amount) and see a photo of our heroine here.
If you’re this lady, you plunder her home! And then do it again! The plunderer’s timing wasn’t the best, as reported by The Tampa Bay Times:
At first, on Wednesday, she helped herself to some craft supplies. And a knife. A purse. One hundred CDs. The window curtains.
Shellie Leonard wanted more, authorities said, and on Thursday she went back to her neighbor’s house on Dalwood Drive with plans to steal a computer and electronics. Her neighbor was incarcerated at the Pasco County jail.
But, and this is a big “but” …
But Thursday happened to be the day the neighbor came home — and caught Leonard stealing, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.
Leonard, 43, of 4004 Darlington Road in Holiday, was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary.
Leonard remained Friday at the Pasco jail in lieu of $10,500 bail.
Should be an extra charge for hitting someone when they’re down.
If you went to law school, you probably read the title of the post and thought, hmm, that sounds like a question on a law school exam. If you’re a normal person, you probably thought “finders, keepers.” So, who gets the money? As reported by azcentral.com:
An Arizona court says a man’s heirs are entitled to $500,000 cash that was found in the walls of his former home years after he died.
The Court of Appeals ruling Thursday upholds a judge’s decision that the money, stashed in ammunition cans inside the walls, belongs to Robert Spann’s estate.
Spann died in 2001. According to the ruling, his daughters found stocks, bonds, cash and gold hidden in his suburban Phoenix home before they sold it seven years later.
The couple who bought the home in Paradise Valley claimed the cash after a worker found it in the walls during kitchen and bathroom remodeling.
We’re rich! We’re rich! No? Exactly how is that money not the property of the current homeowner?
The Court of Appeals said that legally, the money was only mislaid, not abandoned, so it still belonged to Spann’s estate.
Lawyers: Yes, of course. Normal folks: WTF are you talking about? Here’s the source.
Hey, younger drivers are going to make mistakes, especially after they’ve had something to drink. Here’s the latest installment of “Yikes” as reported by The Hamilton Spectator (Ontario):
A Burlington teen faces careless driving charges after crashing into a home. Halton police say ‘miraculously’ no one was injured when the 19-year-old left the roadway at 10 p.m. Wednesday night.
You’ve got to see the pictures. (Click here.)
The novice driver in a Ford Taurus and a male passenger left the west side of the roadway before crossing the front lawns of two homes. The car struck the front of a house with such impact police say the vehicle’s entire front end was lodged inside.
Think the homeowner was pissed?
“I ran right to the guy (driver) and started yelling at him,” homeowner Kathy Thring told the Burlington Post. “He kept telling me he was sorry. I told him he could have hurt someone.” Thring, her husband Darrin, and two daughters, Taylor, 13, and Sutherlin, 10, were home at the time.
The car remained in the house Thursday morning. Police say main support systems of the home looked to be significantly compromised.
Mitchell Bolduc, 19 is charged with careless driving and having a blood alcohol concentration above zero. The accused is a novice driver which under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario, restricts drivers from having any alcohol at all.
Here’s the source.
For real. Apparently it wasn’t the first time Michael Rainey’s cat mistook neighbor Joseph Loflin’s yard for a litter box. As reported by Click2Houston.com:
“‘Your cat has been back there defecating in my back yard,’” [former police officer] Loflin said he told his neighbor. “I used the slang word, the four-letter word to describe what the cat was doing.”
The “slang word?”
Both men agree that Loflin used the “s” word. Rainey said his 13-year-old daughter was nearby.
Not the S-bomb! Now it’s on.
“I said, ‘Look, I’ve asked you twice. This is the third time. Don’t use that language in front of my daughter,’” Rainey said he told Loflin. “That’s when he responded, ‘There’s nothing wrong with the word, and if I want to use the word, I’ll use the word.’”
Uh huh. So there’s a 13-year-old out there who hasn’t heard the word “shit” before? He probably thinks his daughter isn’t on Facebook … So how did the police get involved?
“I didn’t call him a filthy name,” Loflin said. “I didn’t call him … I didn’t use any profanity towards him. I used it as a noun, then I used it as an adverb to describe what his cat was doing. I think it was greatly taken out of context.” After Loflin threatened to get a trap, Rainey called the police. The police wrote Loflin a ticket for disorderly conduct because of language.
Let’s just say this lady does not take criticism well, especially when she’s behind the wheel. What did she do when her husband took exception to her driving? As reported by The Argus Leader (South Dakota):
A Sioux Falls woman tried to run down her husband with a Chrysler New Yorker Thursday night for questioning her driving skills, police say.
Shazam! You might be wondering about the logistics of running someone down for “backseat” driving. The Juice will explain.
The officer had responded to a report of a dispute in the street near the intersection of West 29th Street and South Lake Avenue, where neighbors reported that a man had been hit with a vehicle after arguing with the driver.
Iron Heart sped away quickly when the officer tried to pull her over near 33rd Street and West Avenue, Clemens said, and the pursuit ended due to high speeds near 33rd and Willow Avenue.
The officer returned to the scene of the dispute and spoke with Iron Heart’s husband, who told him he’d upset her when he complained about her erratic driving and demanded to get out of the car. She apparently followed him with the car when he got out, and he later told the officer he’d “bounced” off the hood at one point during the ensuing argument.
Lady, are you high? Well …
Police caught 37-year-old Crystal Lee Iron Heart at the Arena Motel at around 8 p.m. … Iron Hawk was charged with DUI, aggravated assault and aggravated eluding. She also was charged with one count of hit-and-run for allegedly tagging a parked car at 33rd and West.
[HT to a lawyer-source who prefers to remain anonymous. Can you blame him?]
Hawaiian mom Ijeva Matavele had not been pleased when her 14-year-old daughter failed 2 classes. The girl agreed to get tutoring, and things … did not improve. As reported in the Honolulu Advertiser:
The daughter… skipped tutoring classes and hung out with friends. On the day her report card was due, the daughter — even though she was reminded by the mother to bring it home — said she forgot it at school, but eventually disclosed her grades included four C’s, one D and one incomplete.
When the mother demanded to know why the grades hadn’t improved, the daughter refused to answer. The mother then grabbed a plastic backpack containing a school folder and jacket and hit the daughter on the left arm as the girl tried to block the blow.
The daughter disclosed she had not been going to tutoring. When the mother demanded to know where she had gone instead, the girl refused to answer, prompting the mother to hit her with a plastic hanger about five times.
When the girl said she had been hanging out with friends, the mother felt deceived, got a small car brush and hit the daughter on the top of the left hand and on the knuckles with a plastic handle of a tool.
Ms. Matavele was charged with child abuse. So what happened? Hung jury. Then conviction. Then conviction affirmed by appellate court. Then conviction tossed by a 3-2 vote of the Hawai’i Supreme Court.