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Hey, just like homeowners associations, all clubs have rules. The Mile High Club is no exception, and this mischievousness doesn’t cut the mustard. As reported by The Prince George Citizen (Halifax, Nova Scotia):

A flight attendant told the trial of a woman accused of committing an indecent act on a Toronto-to-Halifax flight that she and a man used a coat to cover their laps to fondle each other.

That’s a different club, right? Anyway …

The trial for 25-year-old Alicia Elizabeth Lander got underway Wednesday at Dartmouth provincial court.

Lander has pleaded not guilty to committing indecent acts, assaulting a police officer, committing an act of mischief and causing a disturbance at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport last Jan. 24.

John Dunn, who was service director for Air Canada Flight 610, testified for the Crown that Lander had asked if she could change seats to sit with her friend after boarding the plane in Toronto.

Dunn said about an hour into the flight, a passenger had told him the people sitting in 14A and 14B were about to join the “Mile High Club.”

He testified that he approached Lander and the man and found them with a jacket over their laps but said he could tell what was happening underneath.

He said he could see Lander’s thighs and pink thong.

“Her pants were down around her ankles,” said Dunn. “I said, ‘I want you to stop this now. It’s inappropriate.'”

Dunn said Lander’s hand was in the area of the man’s crotch making an up-and-down motion.

He said he asked Lander to get dressed and she eventually pulled up her pants, although she initially denied not being clothed.

Dunn said Lander was then asked to go back to the seat she was originally assigned in row 26, where she slept for the remainder of the flight.

He said he notified the captain of the incident, who arranged to have RCMP officers meet them at the gate.

Jason George Chase, 39, was also charged with committing an indecent act in connection with the same incident and had originally pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday.

You’ll find the source here.

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If you can believe the police shows and movies, the worst jobs are probably desk jobs and traffic. This unit ain’t nothing like that! As reported by countercurrentnews.com:

A police officer in Arkansas recently lost his job after he exposed a massive scheme that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes and then arrest them for servicing the undercover cops.

So much for having your cake and eating it too.

The way that Former Fort Smith Police Department Sgt. Don Paul Bales’ department had it set up, cops would “prove” that they weren’t really police officers, by having sex with prostitutes. The cop who had just broken the law himself would then follow up by arresting the women.

Now, a lawsuit that was obtained by local KFSM, reveal that an officer was fired for exposing the twisted police work.

The suit was just filed in Arkansas’s Sebastian County Circuit Court. The officer in question says he just wants his job back, as he did nothing but expose criminal activity among fellow officers.

This all started when Bales received a photo of an affidavit that had been filed back in April of 2014. That affidavit stated that an undercover cop in the “Street Crimes Unit” had engaged in what it termed “misconduct.”

You’ll find the source here.

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This is certainly not your run-of-the-mill door-to-door salesman story… It started when the former Derry town administrator answered the door in the nude. It ended with a jury trial. Per The New Hampshire Union Leader:

A jury found ex-Derry town administrator John Anderson not guilty on Thursday of indecent exposure for inviting a DirecTV salesman inside his home and conversing with him while in the nude. The verdict marks a sudden reversal for Anderson, 51, who had initially been found guilty in August on the Class A misdemeanor by a 10th Circuit Court judge. This week’s trial in Rockingham County Superior Court was an appeal of that verdict…

Before the verdict, John Anderson spent Thursday on the witness stand answering questions about why he decided to use his underwear to clean up spilled water, or answer the door in the nude.
Assistant County Attorney Annaliese Wolf argued to jurors that Anderson’s behavior was “flat-out strange,” including his decision to strip off his underwear and mop up a glass of spilled water after being awoken by the salesman at his door.

There’s a lot more to the story, which you can read here.

 

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Have you ever had a cold streak, where it seems like your bag is always among the last to emerge and plunk onto the baggage carousel? Well, be glad that you got it at all.  A boatload of folks in Seattle and Portland never got their luggage thanks to these two miscreants. As reported by highlinetimes.com (Burien, Washington):

Police believe that they have identified two individuals responsible for the theft of thousands of dollars in baggage in at least two international airports. According to Port of Seattle documents, two individuals, a man and a woman were caught on camera at SeaTac International Airport stealing 18 bags in early 2014. Each theft is carried out in a similar way with one of the individuals casually approaching an activate baggage claim conveyor-belt, picking up one or more bags, and nonchalantly exiting the baggage claim area. The 18 bags that have been connected with the suspects through security footage have a combined estimated value of over $40,000. The suspects are also wanted in connection to the theft of another 13 bags from Portland International Airport valued at an estimated $18,000. An unidentified tipster helped police identify the two suspects as Kervan Reed and Silvia Brooks, both from Chicago. Reed has since been arrested in Florida for unrelated charges but police are still on the lookout for Brooks as they are unsure if she still in the Pacific Northwest.

Tipster huh? Think someone had an axe to grind?

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Sure, there are many possible explanations. But The Juice is going with this one:  Someone had a REALLY bad day in court at some point in his or her life. As reported by WISC TV (at channel3000.com):

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said changes are needed to protect employees at the City-County Building after Madison municipal court workers arrived at work Wednesday morning to find one of the courtroom walls covered with excrement.

Kelly McConnell, a judicial support clerk, sent an email and photo to Soglin, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval and many other public officials detailing her frustrations.

“So THIS was found in the courtroom this morning as we were trying to get ready for court!” McConnell wrote. “Someone has been in the courtroom, AGAIN, and defecated in the courtroom itself. When will SOMEONE do something about what is going on in this building???!!!”

Yikes! You can read more, and see a video, here.

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If you’re neighbor asks you to turn down your window-shaking music and you don’t, you’re just a jerk. If a cop asks you and you don’t? You’re just not real smart.  As reported by The Review (East Liverpool, Ohio):

Sgt. Steve Boyd was called to 28290 Buffalo Road, Kensington, at 10:13 p.m. Saturday for a report of music so loud it was shaking nearby windows. Boyd stopped on the roadway and the music shook the windows of his patrol car. Steven J. Paul, 47, and Dawn Marie Johnson, 43, were arrested for persistent disorderly conduct after Boyd warned them to turn the music down and they did not.

Hey, maybe they couldn’t hear the officer! Huh? What?

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It’s often better for everyone if you can keep the family together. However, it’s also often better for everyone if the family, as a unit, ends. This case, and The Juice means “case” in two senses of the word, appears to fall in the latter category.  As reported by The Argus Leader:

An Iowa jury has found a father and daughter guilty of one count of false imprisonment in a case involving a lock up of the woman’s husband in a Lyon County grain bin.

Well, there was some good news.

Oriana Groppetti and her father, Craig Olson, now face up to one year in jail on the misdemeanor charge. The jury found the pair not guilty on two felony kidnapping charges, and on charges of assault while committing a felony.

You might be wondering what motivated Mr. Olson and his daughter.

[Derek Groppetti] had flown into Sioux Falls to see his wife on July 21. Oriana Groppetti been visiting her family in Canton, where Craig Olson lives, when her husband arrived and told her he wanted a marital separation.

That night, McAllister said, the whole family stayed up drinking, and the wife found messages about her husband’s affair on his phone. She broke his phone, then smashed her own across her husband’s face.

Derek Groppetti went to sleep that night, McAllister said, and hoped to fly home to California the following day.

“What Derek Groppetti didn’t know was that (his family) had spent the night coming up with a plan,” McAllister said.

That plan would have kept him in a grain bin for two to three days, the prosecutor said. He noted messages from Oriana Groppetti to her father that urged him to make sure her husband had water. Water and cereal were found in Olson’s truck, McAllister said.

“Would have” because …

Derek Groppetti pushed his way out of the first grain bin and was picked up by his wife, who took him to another farm with another grain bin. They met Olson there, and Olson said “we can do this the easy way or the hard way” just before his son-in-law ran to a neighboring farm house and dialed 911 with a borrowed cell phone.

Said the prosecutor:

“This was not a family dispute,” McAllister said. “These were crimes committed by these defendants against a family member.”

Said the victim:

Derek Groppetti, the alleged [“alleged”? – they were convicted] victim, testified last week that he didn’t feel he was kidnapped and that he wasn’t intimidated by his wife or father-in-law.

Really? Even in light of this evidence?

McAllister told the jury that the evidence was clear: Olson and Oriana Groppetti conspired to hold Groppetti against his will. Rhinehart and Willett both noted that the first bin wasn’t locked and that Derek Groppetti got out quickly, but McAllister suggested that the father and daughter didn’t expect him to escape.

He held up a text message from Olson to Oriana Groppetti, sent shortly after Olson drove away from the first bin site to make his point.

“Houdini couldn’t get out of there,” Olson wrote.

When Oriana saw her husband on the road, she sent her father a message from her iPad that read “he’s out,” then another that asked him to come quickly.

Houdini huh? You can read the full story here.

 

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You, a former judge, enter into a plea deal.  Your lawyer says it is a good plea deal. Then you reject it because it might impact your pension? Check this out, as reported by The Phladelphia Enquirer:

Former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. on Thursday rejected a proposed guilty plea on conflict of interest charges after learning that it could imperil his state pension.

“It’s a shame, it was a good deal, but we just can’t risk the pension,” said Samuel C. Stretton, a lawyer for the 72-year-old former judge.

Stretton publicly announced Berry’s decision at a status hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Erdos.

With the plea off the table, Erdos transferred the case to trial Judge Donna Woelpper and set a pretrial hearing for Jan. 7.

Stretton said Berry, who retired two years ago, was to have pleaded guilty to charges he used his judicial office and court staff to operate his private real-estate business.

In return, Stretton said, Berry would have been sentenced to probation and would have agreed to pay restitution of $50,000.

A good deal? If you read the rest of the article, you’ll see that it was a great deal. Which leads one to wonder, does the former judge think he’s going to do better at trial? The reason it was such a good deal is because of the mountain of evidence against him! And he was going to get probation!

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The Juice has never heard of anything happening like this in the United States nor does he expect to, ever.  However, this was in India, as reported at dnaIndia.com:

A 24-year-old man allegedly slapped actress and model Gauhar Khan and assaulted her at the sets of a musical reality show, India’s Raw Star, on Sunday. The man was allegedly against her wearing short clothes.

The incident happened on Sunday evening when Khan, the host of the show, was shooting for its grand finale episode. According to the police, a member of the audience, Akil Malik, 24, walked up to the stage, allegedly misbehaved with her and then slapped her. The incident happened at Studio number 9, Filmcity in Goregaon East.

A police officer said, “Malik told the actress that he was against her wearing short clothes before slapping her. He touched her inappropriately as well. Following this, guards deployed at the show intervened and stopped him. He was immediately handed over to the police. We took him in custody and have sent him for medical examination. He will be arrested soon.”

At the time of going to press, the Aarey Colony police was in the process of registering a case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) under the Indian Penal Code. “We will be taking statements from the actress. Currently we are interrogating the accused. Investigations are on,” said Punjabrao Ugale, DCP of Zone 12.

You’ll find the source, including a photo of Ms. Khan, here.

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It wasn’t hard to prove that this was an inside job! You might ask yourself how a security guard could possibly be unaware of security cameras in the store where he worked. It’s definitely a head-scratcher.  As reported in The Brooklyn Paper’s Police Blotter (90th Precinct – Southside–Williamsburg):

The owner of a Varet Street jeans and sneakers store said that a security guard stole merchandise between Nov. 11 and Nov. 14.

The proprietor of the establishment between Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street reported that he caught the rent-a-cop on video taking several pairs of sneakers from between Nov. 11 at 5 pm and Nov. 14 at 11 am.

Um, er, uh.