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You could go online and get red and blue lights and put them in your grill. Presto, you are now driving an unmarked cop car. That’s the game this guy was playing. (Hopefully it was just a game, and not something nefarious, not that the judge is likely to care.) Anyway, if this gent ever saw Casablanca, he would be Humphrey Bogart (he wishes), saying “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” As reported by khou.com:

Flashing red and blue lights on the front grill of a truck caught one officer off-guard Wednesday afternoon, on SH 249 in Tomball.

“I thought it was an unmarked police vehicle,” said Sgt,. Rebecca Carlisle, with Tomball Police.

It almost fooled Carlisle, when she saw them in her rear view mirror.

In case you missed it, that was “Sgt. Rebecca Carlisle” the wannabe pulled over.

“My initial instinct was oh my God! What am I doing to get pulled over?” said Carlisle.

But the sergeant, who was in her full uniform, quickly knew something was wrong.

“Well I’m not speeding. I’m in the city I work in, and I don’t recognize the vehicle.”

Carlisle told KHOU 11 News that she rolled down her window and waived the suspect over.

Uh-oh. You in trouble now.

Tomball police say when 21-year-old Bennjair Pina-Torres pulled his white truck alongside, something spooked him and he sped off.

Carlisle followed and called for backup. She said the suspect was speeding at times, faster than 100 mph, running red lights and running people off the road.

“It scared the death of out of me.”

At one point, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Precinct 5 Constables Office were notified.

“He still got his red and blues on the grill. A precinct five constable initiates a traffic stop and they take him into custody,” said Tomball PD Captain, Rickey Dorre.

And if you think this guy is a serial offender … you would be wrong.

Pina-Torres is charged with impersonating a peace officer, a 3rd degree felony. According to Tomball PD, he has no prior record.

Here’s the source, with video.

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Hey, if you make a threat and you don’t follow through with it, people won’t take you seriously, right? Sure, but maybe you shouldn’t make the threat in the first place. As reported by ksdk.com:

Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigated an animal cruelty call in Godfrey, Ill. Monday night.

Cat lovers might want to skip this post and come back to Legal Juice tomorrow.

A teenage occupant of the home on the 5000 block of Victor Drive answered the door. She told the deputy that she found her dead cat in the family’s freezer. The deputy asked the girl and her grandmother, Josephine E. Bell, what happened to the cat. Bell interrupted saying that she killed the cat and its four kittens. The 71-year-old grandmother told the deputy that she had previously told her grandchildren that they would lose their animals if they didn’t clean their rooms.

She sure showed them. How does someone do that – to the cats, and to her kin?

Bell said that she didn’t feel she had to take care of the pets and killed them with a hammer.

The kittens had been disposed of and the deputy could not locate them.

Godfrey Animal Control was called to the home and took custody of the dead cat.

Bell was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail. She will remain in custody at the jail pending formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. Bond is set at $15,000.

Stone, stone cold. Here’s the source, which includes mug shots. 

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It’s not exactly “the dog ate my homework,” but it’s in the same family of lame excuses. As reported by The Beacon-Times:

An Aurora man who said he was exhausted from taking care of a puppy was charged with DUI after falling asleep in a fast food restaurant drive-through lane Saturday morning.

Police found Matthew Gunderson, 29, 4100 block of Landing Drive, asleep behind the wheel of his car at the Steak and Shake restaurant in the 4300 block of Fox Valley Center Drive around 2:17 a.m.

A restaurant employee called police after she noticed Gunderson asleep. According to police reports, it took officers several attempts to wake the sleeping Gunderson. When he finally woke up, police said he complained of exhaustion. Gunderson said he had a new puppy and was tired from trying to take care of it, police said.

Gunderson was charged with drunken driving after police said they noticed he showed signs of intoxication.

How considerate of him to make the bust so easy! Click here for the source.

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If you live in a western democracy, you probably take a lot of things for granted, like being able to dress how you want to. In Kuwait, not so much. As reported by The Arab Times:

Police have referred three Kuwaiti cross-dressers — 25, 27, 29 years old respectively — to the Criminal Investigations Department, reports Al-Anba daily. The cross-dressers were seized by patrolmen when they were driving in Dasman.

Why not live and let live.

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Just about everyone knows that when you are being robbed, just give them the money because your life is worth more than whatever is in the register. Remember that The Juice said “just about everyone.” That does not include a certain Popeyes franchisee in Texas. As reported by khou.com:

The pregnant Popeyes manager, who was fired less than 36 hours after a robbery, has been offered her job back.

Marissa Holcomb, who is a mother of three with a fourth child on the way, had a meeting with Z & H Foods owner Amin Dhanani on Wednesday, a day after our original story aired of her firing.

“He just apologized and pretty much offered me if I wanted to go back to his business and work there again,” she said.

Okay, so maybe now Mr. Dhanani gets it. Maybe. So what happened?

Surveillance video shows a man run into the restaurant with a beanie over his face while waving a gun. He forced all employees to the floor, then turned his attention to Holcomb.

“By the back of my shirt, he pulled me up and he pushed me to the front,” she said. “He told me to give him everything out of my safe.”

But the only thing she could open were the registers. … The unidentified robber got away with nearly $400.

Obviously she did the right thing. What happened after that?

Holcomb claimed after the robbery one of her managers gave her an ultimatum: Pay the money back or lose her job.

Her response?

“I told them I’m not paying nothing,” Holcomb said, who said she was fired because she refused to pay the money back. “I just had a gun to me, I’m not paying the money.”

“I don’t think it’s right because now I’m struggling for my family because what I had to do to keep my life,” she said.

KHOU “contacted the Popeyes corporate office in Georgia.”

They initially referred us back to the local franchisee, but the CEO Cheryl Bachelder released the following statement Wednesday evening.

“We recently became aware of a story in Houston involving a Popeyes restaurant and employee. The restaurant is operated by an independent franchisee of the Popeyes brand. We have spoken to the local franchise owner of the restaurant, and he has taken immediate action to reach out to the employee to apologize and rectify the situation. While the facts are gathered, we will closely monitor this until it is appropriately resolved. We deeply regret the distress this situation has caused.”

And after that …

Holcomb is not only being offered her old position, but $2,000 in back pay. For the pregnant mother of three, the decision is tough.

“I do need a way to support my kids,” she says. “I don’t want to go back to a business where I’m treated the same and I just get pushed back out if something else happened.”

What? No, take the money! The dude is under a microscope now! He won’t mess with you. Here’s the source, including a video of the story.

 

 

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Missy, I am crossing you off my list of babysitters! What did this woman do to deserve such a fate? Plenty, as reported by The Northwest Florida Daily News.

A Crestview woman is accused of picking up a knife and ordering a child she was babysitting to “go outside,” leaving the child afraid and crying.

The child, whose age is not reported, walked .5 miles to a friend’s house, crying and upset, on March 31, according to the arrest report. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called around 5 p.m. by the friend’s mother.

Investigation found that 37-year-old Alicia Erin Rivera was babysitting the child when she got upset because he wouldn’t obey her and he “intentionally broke a light bulb,” the report said. Rivera told him “several times” to go outside and play, but the child refused and “began cursing” at Rivera.

She grabbed a knife with a six inch blade and told him, while holding the knife, that “he needed to go outside,” according to the report. She allegedly said she picked up the knife to scare the child into going outside.

He got scared and began crying before leaving the residence to walk to his friend’s house, the report said. Other children in the home reported seeing Rivera “display the knife towards” the child and “tell him to ‘get out’ of the residence.”

Yikes! So what is Ms. Rivera looking at?

She is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and child abuse without great bodily harm.

Here’s the source, which includes a mug shot.

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You can’t make this stuff up. As reported by Counter Current News, and found at MintPressNews.com:

His story quickly went viral after a rural Oregon man was slapped with fines for collecting rain water on his own property. But now, as of last Wednesday, Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and more than $1,500 in fines, all because he had three reservoirs on his own property, that he used to collect and use rainwater.

Harrington says he plans to appeal the conviction in the Jackson County Circuit Court. That conviction revolved around nine misdemeanor charges that come from a 1925 law. That archaic ordinance bans what state water managers called “illegal reservoirs.”

You can read A LOT MORE about this interesting case (well, not “interesting” to Mr. Harrington) here.

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Everyone knows that, with each passing day, more surveillance cameras go up pretty much all over the place. One would think police officers are well aware of this since they often use surveillance footage in their investigations. One would appear to be wrong, at least as far as this officer goes. As reported by abc7.com:

It was an NYPD raid to crack down on the illegal selling of untaxed cigarettes, but the manager of a Brooklyn deli says the day after police raided his store, he discovered that he had been robbed.

Now, he’s accusing one of the detectives, and he has surveillance video as proof.

The plainclothes detectives entered the Bedford-Stuyvesant deli last Friday night and immediately arrested two workers for selling loose cigarettes. The store’s elaborate 12-camera security system captured every second of the police raid.

One day later, deli manager Ali Abdullah noticed nearly $3,000 in store rent money missing from a box he kept hidden under the counter.

“I was thinking it was robbery, because I never seen the video,” he said.

He thought maybe one of his workers stole the cash, so he looked at the surveillance video and was stunned when he saw detectives had found the box during the raid. He says the video clearly shows one of the detectives grabbing the stack of money, hiding behind the counter door and out of view of his supervisor, before putting what appears to be the money in his coat pocket.

“When I come and look at my security system, I see this officer took the money and put it in his own pocket,” he said. “It’s crazy.”

The NYPD Internal Affairs viewed the surveillance video after WABC-TV, our sister station in New York, started asking questions. An NYPD spokesman now says one detective has been suspended pending the outcome of a joint investigation between Internal Affairs and the District Attorney’s Office. The supervising sergeant during the raid has also been placed on modified duty.

You didn’t see any of the 12 cameras? Here’s the source.

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We get it. You’re mad at your boyfriend. So sure, bust his TV. But the goldfish? That’s just mean. As reported by The Orlando Sentinel :

An Orlando-area woman is facing charges after she was accused of trashing her boyfriend’s home in Pine Hills and using bleach to kill his goldfish, a report alleges.

Angela Garcia, 32, was charged with felony criminal mischief and animal cruelty on Saturday, according to a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy was called to a house on Pipestone Court, a half mile southwest of Silver Star and Hiawassee roads, at 1:35 p.m.

The alleged victim’s son told deputies Garcia destroyed electronic devices and poured bleach into his father’s fish tank, killing five goldfish.

You can read more, and see Ms. Garcia’s mug shot, here.

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Seriously, it’s a dispute over one spot in a line, and you’re going to brandish a gun? You’re a cop! As reported at fusion.net:

A 911 recording has captured a Tennessee sergeant losing it over a RedBox movie rental.

In the call, obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel, Sgt. Paul Story, an off-duty Knox County Sheriff’s Office employee, can be heard yelling and threatening a man, Timothy Nelson, after Nelson claimed the sergeant was cutting him in line. According to the KCSO’s own report, the newspaper said, Story was brandishing his gun during the heated exchange.

“You’re a bitch. You threatened me in front of my son,” Story is heard saying. He requested an on-duty officer come to the RedBox, and then called 911 on Nelson, creating the audio that we hear.

“I ain’t done nothing to you. … Are you going to arrest me over a Redbox rental?” Nelson asked.

“Yeah, you did, shit,” Story yelled. “Now that you find out I’m a police officer, you want to back up.”

“Why are you doing this?” asked Nelson.

“Because you’re a bitch,” Story said. “You think you’re somebody. You’re not… Just shut the hell up. I’m done talking to you. I want someone else to come out here and talk to your dumb ass. I’m going to put you in jail is what I’m going to do.”

“For what?” Nelson asked.

Story responded: “For assault, dumb ass. I worked all damn night. So what? You should have got out and stood in line like me. You should’ve waited in line.”

Nelson threatened to file a $25,000 lawsuit concerning the incident, but the department agreed to pay a settlement of $2,500. Story was never officially investigated for the incident, since an official complaint was never submitted. No disciplinary action has been taken.

Yikes. You’ll find the source here.

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