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Regular readers know that The Juice scours the globe to find stories. This one comes to you from Guyana, via the Guyana Chronicle:

A South Ruimveldt man was on Tuesday placed on $12,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewarnine-Beharry for damaging his girlfriend’s sister’s phone. Erick Forde, of Lot 25 Shopping Plaza, South Ruimveldt Gardens, pleaded not guilty to the charge that alleged that on 18 February at Lot 186 Thomas Street, Kitty, he unlawfully and maliciously damaged a Samsung cellular phone valued $152,000, property of Tracy Miller.

According to Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru, Forde was dating Miller’s sister and on the day in question, there was an argument over a text message that came through Miller’s phone when the defendant became annoyed and broke the phone.

Bail was granted after no objection was raised by the prosecutor. The matter was transferred to Magistrate Annette Singh for Tuesday, June 16,2015.

Okay, so $12,000 Guyana dollars is $58 US. Still, bail? Is he going to flee the country?  You’ll find the source here.

 

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Question: Do you think that cashing a check and wiring money is a “professional service”? If so, you and your money will soon be parting ways too. As reported on nj.com:

A [Mount Laurel] township man said a fictitious company stole more than $1300 from him through an email scam, according to police.

Officers were called to the man’s home Tuesday afternoon, and he said a company called Travel Agency Settlement contacted him through email offering to pay him $400 for professional services.

Police said the company mailed him a check for $1,750 and told him to cash it, keep $400 and wire the rest to someone else.

You know that old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true …”

The man followed the directions, but several days later, his bank informed him that the check was fraudulent.

Police said investigation revealed that Travel Agency Settlement was a fictitious company.

No! Fictitious? Who would have guessed that?

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Isn’t the goal of recycling to recycle as much as you can, thus reducing our consumption of the resources that go into making the discarded items, and reducing the amount of trash that goes into landfills? So while it may not result in the greatest yard sale, more power to this gent. As reported by The Northwest Florida Daily News:

Police were called on May 26 for reports of a man going through garbage cans.

A woman called police around 3 a.m. on May 26 to report that a man was going through her neighbor’s garbage, according to the call log. She thought it was strange and wanted a Niceville Police officer to figure out why he was going through the garbage.

Officers spoke to the man on a bicycle, who said he was going through the cans trying to find things to sell at a yard sale, the log said. He was told to keep it quiet and not go up to garbage cans next to houses.

Officers were called again around 9 a.m. for a man going through garbage cans, but it is unknown if it was the same man. The caller did not want any follow up, according to the log.

Now that’s recycling! Here’s the source.

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This so strange, you probably just assumed it happened in Florida.  Alas, this odd series of events took place in Ireland. As reported by The Irish Times:

A prisoner in Mountjoy Prison was stranded on a roof of the prison campus for nearly seven hours on Tuesday after climbing up the building to retrieve a bag of drugs.

The Irish Prison Service is investigating how the man, who is serving three and half years for producing an article during the course of a dispute, managed to gain access to the roof area of a building in the Mountjoy Prison Campus.

The man climbed the building to retrieve a package of drugs which was caught in the netting over the prison’s exercise yard but was unable to get back down.

A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service confirmed there was no risk that the inmate could have gained access to the perimeter of the prison as the building in question is located in an internal yard on the campus.

Nice plan. And if you’re thinking “Hmm, a man alone on a roof for seven hours with his drugs …”

The man, who was removed from the roof at around 8pm on Tuesday, is believed to have been heavily under the influence of drugs having consumed all of the contents of the package.

You were apparently correct! Any more time for that?

The prisoner will be subject to internal disciplinary procedures. An investigation has been launched to try to ascertain how the man accessed the roof and who was responsible for throwing the drugs in from outside the prison walls.

Maybe not. Who knows what “internal disciplinary procedures” means. Click here for the source.

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Who would have thought anything of importance would happen because of an online comment? Well, it did! As reported by arstechnica.com (from a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office press release):

A Florida woman used the comments section of a Pizza Hut order made from her smartphone on Monday afternoon to alert authorities that she and her children were being held hostage. When police responded to her message, arriving at the location, she and her children were quickly released, unharmed, and the kidnapper was arrested.

According to a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office press release, Cheryl Treadway, a woman from Avon Park, about 85 miles southeast of Tampa, had been arguing most of the day with her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, who carried “a large knife.”

Well done madam! Here’s a link to the article, and a link to the press release.

(Psst! Legal Juice is brought you by, well, The Juice, who is a personal injury lawyer practicing in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. He will not be quitting his day job, which includes handling bicycle, pedestrian, and automobile accidents, to bring you more Juice.)

 

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Tarzan was raised by apes, and looked how well he turned out! Case closed! Maybe, but not so fast. As reported by The Grand Island Indepedent (Nebraska):

A situation in which two monkeys were playing with a baby, as shown in a Facebook video, does not violate state standards for child neglect or abuse, said Sgt. James Laudenklos of the Merrick County Sheriff’s Department.

The video was shot in a Merrick County home not far from Grand Island. After seeing the video on Facebook, someone reported it to the state Department of Health and Human Services, concerned about the safety of the child.

Laudenklos, who spoke to the people involved, said the situation does not meet the criteria for neglect or abuse.

Because the child does not live with the owners of the monkeys, it appears to be a one-time incident, he said. The owners of the monkeys have been advised not to let the monkeys play with the child, he said.

The Department of Health Human Services will not pursue the matter, Laudenklos said.

You’ll find the source here.

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Dishonesty is just so, so tiresome. Just tell the truth. Make The Juice happy. But no, this gent, like just about everyone else who gets busted for an alcohol-related offense, only had “a couple of beers.” He’s either a cheap drunk or a bald-faced liar. What do you think? Per The Moultrie News police blotter:

Happy hour ended early for one man who was found about 6 p.m., passed out behind a department store, a police report said. According to the report, police arrived and found that the man reeked of alcohol and had “soiled his pants.” He said he only had a couple of beers at the bar around the corner and was trying to walk to his house in a nearby neighborhood which was actually about 8 miles away.

Emergency personnel told police the man had fallen in the bushes and was disoriented and confused, according to the report. They said he was not making any sense. He was arrested for public drunkenness and his father was called to come pick up his belongings.

A proud day for dad. Here’s the source.

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Carpooling is fantastic. It’s even better when your passenger is a real person! As reported by The New York Daily News:

 “The Most Interesting Man in the World” may be good company, but he’s a bad carpool passenger.

A Washington State trooper couldn’t resist snapping a photo — and issuing a ticket — after he pulled over a man in the HOV lane Tuesday using the famous face as a phony passenger.

“The trooper immediately recognized it was a prop and not a passenger,” Trooper Guy Gill told the Daily News. “As the trooper approached, the driver was actually laughing.”

That’s because the HOV cheat used a cardboard cutout of the Dos Equis beer pitchman, adorned with a polo shirt and wearing his seat belt.

You’ll find the source, and a photo of the “passenger,” here. 

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People are always going on about how loyal dogs are. Well, I’ll will go with this guy over the loyalest of dogs. Why? Well, as reported by The Colorado Springs Police Department:

On Saturday 03/21/2015 at approximately 0123 hours, Officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Eddington Way reference an animal complaint. The reporting party advised that he had shot three pit bulls that were attacking his dogs. Officers arrived on scene and found the three pit bulls deceased in the RP’s garage. Investigation revealed that the pit bulls entered the garage from the back yard via a dog door and attacked the RP’s dog. The RP, who was asleep inside, heard the commotion and went to the garage. He then retrieved a handgun and shot the three pit bulls.

Yes,  your author is also wondering what three pit bulls were doing just roaming around the neighborhood.

(Your author, The Juice, is a personal injury attorney who handles, among other things, dog bite cases, in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia.)

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Sure, it seems like a stupid defense. But it does seem to work every now and then. Anyway, as reported by The Florida Times-Union (at jacksonville.com):

A Jacksonville police officer disciplined for a widely circulated picture of him in uniform closely embracing his girlfriend is in trouble again.

This time Officer Irving Diaz let a “scantily” dressed woman in “short shorts” drive his police car to a Southside Hooters in October.

You can read a lot more, and see a photo, here.