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Of course watchdogs guard and watch over your property. But have you ever heard of a watchcat? Well, you have now. As reported by The Review (East Liverpool, Ohio):

The husband of Rosemary Stover, Tomahawk Drive, Negley, reported his cat was acting strangely upon entering the house so he used a spotlight to check the garden and driveway, where he saw a young man standing by his van, wearing all black. The man ran down the driveway and east on Tomahawk Drive. Her husband chased the man but did not locate him. Entry was not made to the van. Deputies also did not locate him.

Give that cat some treats. Oh, and how about changing the litter too?

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A long con is usually intricate and takes a long time to set up. This didn’t take long to set up, but man was it long! It went on from the late 1980s until 2013! At a law firm! As reported by The Beacon-News:

Four people, including two sisters and a North Aurora man, were indicted Friday for embezzling $7 million since the late 1980s from a Chicago law firm, prosecutors claim.

7 million clams! The players?

Oak Brook residents Patricia Lapinski, 66, and Deborah Acuna, 61, each face one felony count of theft exceeding $1 million, according to a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said two others came in on the scheme later: 62-year-old James Bauer of North Aurora; and 57-year-old David Leisen of Frankfort. They are each charged with one felony count of property theft.

The scheme?

Lapinski was office manager at the Vedder Price law firm in Chicago, where she was responsible for choosing vendors to supply goods and services to the firm.

In the late 1980s, Lapinski and Acuna created a company called DAS Designs to supply services to the law firm, prosecutors say. Acuna helped control the DAS bank account and served as the president, and Lapinski allegedly used a fake name as a signatory.

The sisters would profit by using DAS to sell furniture to the firm, prosecutors said.

Vedder Price paid millions to DAS throughout the 1990s, which was made easier through Lapinski’s position at the firm. In 2002, Lapinski shifted orders to a different company, but continued to bill Vedder Price for services DAS was no longer providing, prosecutors said.

A bulk of the profits were made between 2002 and 2013, when Vedder Price paid about $6.4 million to DAS, prosecutors said.

The profits were used by the sisters for personal purchases, including “lavish homes, numerous vacations and other amenities,” prosecutors said.

In 2011, Lapinski contacted Bauer and Leisen, who were longtime vendors of the law firm. The men agreed to use their companies to pilfer even more money from Vedder Price by using fake invoices for supplies and labor, prosecutors claim.

Bauer and Leisen were paid a total $950,000 for services they never provided, prosecutors allege.

Lapinski! (Imagine Jerry saying “Newman!”)

The law firm discovered the scheme in early 2013.

All four defendants were indicted Friday in Chicago. All four are free on bond, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

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Of course the robber didn’t say it was a garden hose nozzle he was sticking in the manager’s back, but it was. As reported by WZVN (Florida):

Akeem Rendell Arnold, 23, of Naples, allegedly tried to steal over $14,000 shortly before [the CVS closed], according to a police report.

Police say Arnold wearing a mask and dressed in black approached the store manager, who is his brother, while he was outside taking the trash out.

Sticking up your brother? Not cool.

Arnold allegedly put what felt like a gun or knife to the manager’s back and told him to re-enter the store against his will at 294 9th street South, according to the police report.

Once inside the store, Arnold is accused of hitting the manager over the head with the garden hose nozzle, taking money from the store’s safe, and hog-tying him with a roll of plastic wrap.

So much for putting family first.

Arnold then made a run for it, and police apprehended him along US-41 with a backpack containing the money, the garden hose nozzle, a mask, bandana and multiple pairs of gloves.

Reports show it took two pepper sprays and handcuffs to get Arnold under control.

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No, The Juice is not referring to Mayor Rob Ford.  There’s a very reasonable explanation as to why this Mayor is legally prohibited from drinking. As reported by wdrb.com (Louisville, Kentucky):

Kelvin Green, 18, will soon become the mayor of Archer City, Texas.

No one filed to run for the city’s open mayoral position, so he ran unopposed. He’ll be the town’s youngest mayor since it was founded in 1888. His friends and teachers say they’re not surprised he volunteered, and he’ll be perfect for the job.

“I really think he’s going to do an outstanding job, and it’s exciting to see somebody his age step up,” said Jeff Pirkle, Green’s economics teacher.

“It’s really crazy, actually, but I should have seen it coming because if he sets his mind to something, he’s going to do it,” said Tyler Scrogum, Green’s friend.

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On your birthday, you get a little leeway. A little.  As reported by wlsam.com:

Will County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Precise Stone in the 14000 block of West Illinois Highway on April 30 when the owner reported a former employee trying to steal property.

Uh-oh.

En route to the scene, officers were told that the suspect was driving on Illinois Highway in the stolen forklift, according to a police report. Officers were quickly able to spot the vehicle, pull it over and arrest the driver.

Someone is in a mess of trouble.

Javier Villasenor-Arreola of East Chicago, Ind., who had turned 43 the day he was arrested, was charged with felony counts of burglary, theft and aggravated DUI; and a misdemeanor count of damage to property. He was also cited for operating a vehicle with expired registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, according to police.

The business owner told police Villasenor-Arreola had been terminated about two weeks earlier, and when he was leaving about 3:20 p.m. he saw Villasenor standing in front of the business, apparently intoxicated, the report said.

He drove around the block and when he returned, the front door window of the shop had been shattered, the garage door was open and Villasenor-Arreola was driving the forklift out of the garage onto the street, the report said.

Yikes.

He is being held in the Will County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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Are you insinuating, sir, that I am not gainfully employed? Well, let me tell you something … Per wfmj.com:

School authorities report to police that the fifteen year old boy was caught in the school with five packages of pot on Tuesday. The assistant principal told officers that the boy confessed that he intended to sell the marijuana to another student.

Uh-oh.

When officers questioned the teen, they asked the student if he was employed.

Good question.

The student, who was wearing blue jeans and tie-dyed Jimi Hendrix tee shirt replied,”Well, I sell weed.”

Bam! Best answer in the history of Boardman Township, Ohio, ever, in any setting.

He faces charges in juvenile court of trafficking marijuana in school.

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Hey, The Juice wasn’t born yesterday, or the day before that, or …  this gent clearly thinks the police were. He “fell asleep” at 3:10 a.m. on the subway? As reported by brooklynpaper.com in the police blotter for the 84th Precinct (Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown):

A thief swiped a sleeping man’s wallet on a Coney Island-bound N train on April 6, according to the authorities.

The victim said he went out for drinks in Manhattan and that when he boarded the train at Herald Square at 3:10 am, his wallet was in his front pocket. He said he fell asleep immediately and did not wake up until the train reached the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center stop, at which point he discovered that his billfold had been lifted, cops said.

Just so it’s clear, the guy goes out drinking on Saturday night, and is on the train at 3:10 a.m. on Sunday morning when he “falls asleep.” Really? He must be one sound sleeper, not waking up as someone took his billfold from his front pocket. Please. Does anyone really believe the dude was not 100% passed out? It was in his front pocket! Anyway, as for what the perp got …

The wallet contained debit and credit cards, a MetroCard, and $100 in cash, according to a police report.

Hey, it could have been worse (iPhone, watch, clothes [like he would have noticed?]).

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If it’s a “he said/she said” occurrence, the party who has the burden of proof is usually going to lose, even more so in a criminal case because of the higher burden of proof. So if a person alleges that another person threatened him, that will be a tough case to prosecute, right? Generally, yes. But what if, oh, say the threat was made to a police officer? Doh! As reported by The Times And Democrat (Orangeburg, South Carolina):

“On Wednesday, March 26, a deputy sheriff responded to Gregory Complete Auto where Randall Dale Gregory indicated batteries and tires had been stolen from vehicles at his auto shop. While the deputy sheriff was taking the report, Gregory began making statements that ‘the OCSO is going to catch hell from him’ and that ‘he is going to drive a tank up the Sheriff (sic) Office and blow it up,’” Williams said. “Gregory continued making threats including against Chief Kinsey and saying that he would go to his home and steal all of his things. Gregory told the responding deputy sheriff ‘that if he observes any deputy sheriff or Sheriff Leroy Ravenell on his property if he is there ‘he will shoot them,’” Williams said.

Talk about stepping on your, er, that is, shooting yourself in the foot.

Gregory, 54, of 2045 Indigo Drive, was arrested Friday without incident and charged with threatening a public official and threatening public property.

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There are lots of times in a person’s life when the best course of action is to just keep quiet. This would seem to be among the most obvious example of just such a case, but not to this gent.  As reported by The Star-Ledger (via nj.com):

Thomas Arahill, 55, was arrested and charged first with threatening a man with a crowbar during a dispute Monday afternoon, said Capt. Thomas Dellane.

Officers responded to Gaff Road in reference to a fight call at 2 p.m., where they made contact with a man who said Arahill had attempted to use a metal bar as a weapon, the police said.

Arahill was arrested, charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and taken to police headquarters for processing, authorities said.

All you have to do is just keep quiet and you’ll be out of there in no time…

However, after he was released, Arahill saw two of the officers who had arrested him in the town hall lobby, and began threatening them, Dellane said. Arahill refused to leave the area, the captain added.

Doh!

Arahill was taken back into custody and charged with a disorderly persons offense for the loud and threatening behavior, Dellane said.

No release this time.

Arahill was taken to the Ocean County Jail, where he was held on $1,500 bail, authorities added.

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