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cigarette butt

If you’re thinking this story is about a smoker who did something with a cigarette butt that caused a HUGE amount of damage, you would be right. Per The Star-Ledger (via nj.com):

Middlesex County acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said investigators believe that [school custodian] Jerome C. Higgins, 48, of East Brunswick, tossed an unfinished portion of a cigarette into a trash can inside the school before he left the building sometime Saturday.

Uh-oh.

Carey said the contents of the trash can, located in a custodian’s office, caught fire and the blaze spread throughout the building at about 7:45 p.m.

The result was an inferno that consumed the 50-year-old building that held 450 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Poof. Just like that, the building was gone. There must be some serious consequences for that, right? Well …

Higgins is charged with a petty disorderly persons offense for smoking inside the school.

Well, it’s not like anyone will be inconvenienced or anything …

[Edison Board of Education President Gene] Maeroff said the school’s students and staff will not return to school until Wednesday when they will be placed in temporary quarters at Middlesex County College in Edison until more permanent facilities can be found.

All of the children will have to be bused to the college, which is several miles away from the school.

“We’re doing this so they will all stay together,” the board president said. “After a few weeks, they will go to more permanent facility once we find one.”

Um. Sorry? Click here for the source, some photos, a video, and some additional information on this unfortunate event.

 

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Okay, so this gent is probably a good U.S. Marshal. Still, ain’t no way Raylan Givens would have done this. Yeah, yeah. The Juice knows it’s a television show. But hey, it’s a damn good one.

As reported by The Northwest Florida Daily News:

An off-duty U.S. Marshal left his loaded gun in a dressing room at the Silver Sands Outlet Mall on Sunday afternoon.

A customer at Kenneth Cole found the gun in the dressing room.

She alerted a store clerk who then called the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

By the time deputies arrived, the law officer had realized he had left his gun behind and was walking back in to retrieve it, said Catherine Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

“He felt pretty awful about it,” she said.

Would have felt worse if the gun had walked off and, say, was used in a crime. As for why the Marshal may have let his guard down …

The officer is a U.S. Marshal out of Atlanta who is vacationing in the area, Rodriguez said.

You’ll find the source here.

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too good to be true scam

Yeah, this was a job alright – a con job. How do people not see through these schemes? This one is out of the 62nd Precinct (Bensonhurst—Bath Beach) as reported by brooklynpaper.com:

The [22-year-old] victim said she applied for a position listed on the website Craigslist from her home in between 15th and 16th avenues and got a call from the schemer that she had gotten the job. The con man sent her two checks for $6,291.87, and told her to deposit them in her personal account and write and deliver checks to three of his vendors, she said.

The victim complied, and signed three checks totalling $4,799.10 and personally gave them to the supposed employees — only to get a call at 2 pm on Feb. 8 from a bank stating that the checks she had received were fraudulent and she was out the four grand in dough, police reported.

Who pays their bills that way? Why would the “employer” not just pay the “vendors” directly, by mail or otherwise? Like he needs you to do that? Doh!

 

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Craigslist is a fantastic marketplace. You can literally buy and sell anything, or so these gents thought. As reported by The Colorado Springs Police Department:

On 02/01/14 at approximately 1700 hrs. Officer M. McCormick, was dispatched to the 1600 block of Loraine St. to investigate a reported burglary. Upon arrival he contacted the Victim who stated that between approximately 2200 hrs. on 1/31/14 and 1000 hrs. on 02/01/14 that an unknown person illegally entered his open attached garage and removed his Cannondale brand mountain bike valued at approximately $5,000.00. The Victim stated that his bicycle was very unique in that it was comprised of parts that he specifically purchased to put on the bicycle.

Not to digress,  or say anything negative about a fellow cyclist, but you left the garage door open? Oh well. The damage has been done. Or … has it?

The Victim immediately began a search on Craigslist in an attempt to see if he could locate an ad containing his stolen bicycle. The Victim located an ad for a Cannondale bicycle that was posted approximately 12 hours after he initially reported the burglary.

That’s my bike! That’s my bike! But the police will never believe me. Or … will they?

The Victim then contacted Officer Brian Kelly, with the Colorado Springs Police Department and showed him the photographs of the Cannondale brand mountain bike. On 02/03/14 at approximately 1500 hrs, Officer Kelly contacted Detective Strachan and explained that the Victim was confident that the photos on the Craigslist ad were of his bicycle. Officers established telephone contact with the party on the Craigslist ad and a meeting was arranged at the Safeway store located at 624 W. Highway 105 in Monument Colorado. The Monument Police Department was notified and present as Detectives and Officers took part in a coordinated plan to meet with the party selling the bicycle. At the pre-arranged meeting, Officers checked for the serial numbers and were able to recognize the bicycle as the same one in the ad from the upgraded parts.

Four individuals that were posing as the sellers of the bicycle were detained. William Fortune (20), and Tyler Fraser (22) were taken into custody and transported to the Gold Hill substation. At the time Mr. Fortune was taken into custody he was in possession of a .40 Caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun. The handgun was concealed on his person in the back waistband underneath his shirt and pants. Mr. Fortune does not have a valid Concealed Carry Permit and is only 20 years old.

Mr. Fortune confessed to removing the Cannondale bicycle from the open garage. Mr. Fortune took the bicycle back to his residence and contacted Tyler Fraser and asked him for assistance selling the bicycle on Craigslist for $2,000.00.

William Fortune was charged with Second Degree Burglary, Theft (Felony) and Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Tyler Fraser was charged with Theft (Felony). Both were transported to the Criminal Justice Center.

Bam!

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There can’t be many boys out there who never played “doorbell ditch.” A few Missouri boys have definitely played this game out. In fact, they may never ring ANY doorbell again. As reported by The News-Leader (news-leader.com:

Police say the boys angered the female resident to the point that she tried to run one down with her van, punched another three times while holding a knife to his chest and threatened to kill the boys and others, all while shouting racial slurs.

Ashley D. Crossland followed one boy to the house where the boys were having a sleepover, police say, and illegally entered the home. Confronted by a father of one of the boys, Crossland allegedly “threatened to slit his throat and everyone’s throats in the house, including the babies.”

You can read a lot more, and see the perp’s mug shot here.

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The Juice does not think he’s brilliant, which means, of course, that he is! Flipping the script, this gent was so confident he was smarter than the cops that he actually taunted them on Facebook. Guess how that ended up? Per The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania):

The Freeland Police Department posted a photo of [Anthony James] Lescowitch at 9:19 p.m. Monday, noting that Lescowitch, 35, was wanted for aggravated assault and numerous other charges. The post asked that anyone knowing Lescowitch’s whereabouts to call police at 570-636-0111 or 911.

It turns out that the person who responded is the only one who ALWAYS knows where Lescowitch is – Lescowitch!

Less than two hours later, Freeland police posted another photo of Lescowitch, this time with the caption: “CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER.”

So how did they bust him so quickly?

Police said they noticed that Lescowitch shared their post about him on his Facebook page minutes after they posted it on theirs, and that he taunted police in his post as well. So, undercover officers used a Facebook profile of a fictitious attractive woman to engage in online conversation with Lescowitch through Facebook, pretending to be interested in meeting him.

Lescowitch initially declined an offer to meet for a drink, but when an officer asked him where he was and said, “The least you can do is come out and have a cigarette with me,” Lescowitch agreed, police said.

Sure enough, when undercover officers pulled up in a car at the location he specified, Lescowitch came out and was promptly arrested.

Bam!

Freeland police said they wanted Lescowitch for an assault back in the summer, and he had been ducking them since the fall. He was also wanted by Luzerne County Probation.

Here’s the source, including a photo of Mr.Lescowitch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Many, many kids ignore it, but they know that when they put something on Facebook, it’s out there.  At least the kids have an excuse: they’re kids! But what about these gents? As reported by TCPalm.com

FWC [Fish and Wildlife Conservation] officers linked Darella and Roberts to the dead alligators by obtaining a search warrant to look at information they posted on Facebook, Johnson said. Officers found several photographs and posts connecting Darella and Roberts to taking alligators, hogs and other wildlife illegally.

Doh! You can read a lot more about this here.

 

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jail break

Of course prison is really, really bad. So what could be worse? Well … as reported by wdrb.com (Loiusville, Kentucky):

An inmate realizes he picked the wrong night to escape from prison.

Officials say 42-year-old Robert Vick turned himself in after escaping from a facility in Lexington on Sunday.

Why would he do that?

As temperatures dipped into the single digits yesterday, officials say Vick walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call police so he could escape the frigid air.

Vick was checked out by paramedics before returning to prison.

Officials say he would have been only wearing prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and jacket when he escaped in the cold.

Oops.  Here’s the source, including Mr. Vick’s mug shot.

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license plate

Regular readers know that The Juice is a personal injury lawyer. During the course of his career, he has had several cases with the same key fact as this one, brought to you via the Hunterdon County Democrat (New Jersey).

A Pittstown man was charged with numerous offenses after a hit-and-run accident reported Dec. 27, at approximately 8:15 a.m. Patrolman Sean Ross was dispatched to Riverbend Road in the area of Moebus Place for a report of property damage. He found damage to a front lawn, a mailbox and bushes.

Unfortunately for the scofflaw, that’s not all the victim found.

The homeowner also provided Ross with a New Jersey license plate that was found among the damage. The license plate returned to a black 1992 Ford Mustang. Officers soon located the vehicle, which contained obvious damage, at a nearby residence. Ross thereafter charged Cody Papa, 21, with numerous motor vehicle violations, including reckless driving, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash, and failure to report a crash.

Doh! Here’s the source.

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The Juice often blogs about the misuse of Tasers by the police, but not this time. No, this time the use appears to have been justified – it’s just that the officer’s aim was abysmal! As reported by The Orlando Sentinel:

An unusual injury followed a confrontation in downtown Orlando last month when police tried to disarm a man outside One Eyed Jack’s sports bar, records show.

Rather than shoot Travis James Rodriguez for not dropping a Glock pistol on Dec. 8, a police officer used an electronic stun gun that delivers 50,000 volts through prongs tethered by tiny wires. One prong punctured Rodriguez’s right eyeball as the Taser automatically discharged a five-second shock, according to Orlando police.

Of course the bar was called One Eyed Jack’s.

“Rodriguez had removed the gun from his waistband and was holding it up at chest level, parallel to his body,” Officer Jason Portilla wrote of why he triggered his stun gun. “As a result of Rodriguez turning his body…one of the Taser prongs struck Rodriguez in the right eye. The other Taser prong struck …his left side.”

Rodriguez, 22, was admitted afterwards to Orlando Regional Medical Center for an undisclosed period of treatment. He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm and resisting arrest.

Rodriguez gave police a false address and could not be reached Friday. The incident report was recently released after a request by the Orlando Sentinel.

You’ll find the source, including a mug shot, here.

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