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What’s worse: A suspect gets away, or an innocent person is injured or dies during  a car chase to apprehend the suspect? The latter, of course.  But if you’re on the lam, don’t you now have an incentive to punch it? As reported by The Belleville News-Democrat:

The man who led police on a high-speed chase earlier in the week still has not been located.

Stephen K. Anderson, 34, whose last known address was in the 3400 block of Hollywood Heights Road, has been charged with aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.

According to police reports, an officer tried to pull over Anderson on Tuesday because he knew Anderson had an active warrant for driving with a revoked license. Instead of stopping, Anderson allegedly made a run for it.

The chase started in the 7900 block of North Illinois Street. Police said Anderson disobeyed several traffic signals and reached speeds in excess of 100 mph before the officer broke off the pursuit near the Illinois 111 and Interstate 64 interchange because of safety concerns.

Police posted a photo of Anderson and an appeal to the public to aid in their search Wednesday, but according to Caseyville Police Sergeant Gerard Spratt, he was still on the loose Thursday evening. Because Anderson allegedly exceeded posted speed limits by more than 21 mph, the charge against him is a class 4 felony.

Anderson’s bail has been set at $50,000. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Caseyville Police Department through CENCOM at 618-277-3500.

Think his time on the lam will be brief? Most likely. Here’s the source.

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You may think that this could not happen in the United States. You would almost certainly be right. (The “insulting words” were not disclosed.) It happened in the United Arab Emirates. As reported by 7days.ae:

The Federal Supreme Court has ordered a retrial for a man convicted of swearing at a colleague in a WhatsApp message, after prosecutors said the fine handed out was far too lenient. The Arab was fined Dhs3,000 by a court of first instance but prosecutors appealed the verdict, saying he should face a fine of up to Dhs250,000 or imprisonment.

The UAE’s most senior court backed prosecutors in a judgment issued this week.

Court documents showed that the man, whose nationality was not stated, was prosecuted after his colleague complained to police that he swore in a message and also threatened to harm him.

The victim had presented his mobile phone to prosecutors showing that the defendant had sent “insulting” words to him. The documents did not state what exactly had been said.

Prosecutors charged him under recently introduced cyber crime laws. “The message from the defendant, which contained insulting words, was found in the victim’s mobile phone”, said prosecutors. The defendant had denied the charges.

Both the first instance and appeal courts found the man guilty of committing a cyber crime and ordered him to pay Dhs3,000. He was cleared of threatening to harm his colleague.

As 7DAYS reported last month, police and lawyers warned that sending a middle finger emoji sign – such as the one featured in Microsoft’s new mobile operating system – could land the user in court under the same laws.

A date for the new trial is yet to be confirmed.

Yikes. Might cause some folks to move the UAE down on their “countries to visit” list. Here’s the source.

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Nobody just walks into a dentist’s office and does this, except this guy. As reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

King County prosecutors claim James Pfitzner, Jr., provided his name, date of birth and Social Security number to an office manager at Aurora Dental Care, located in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. Pfitzner, 43, is alleged to have started masturbating moments later.

Describing the May 20 incident, a Seattle Police Department detective said the office manager then shouted at Pfitzner and called 911. Police responded but couldn’t find Pfitzner.

The office manager identified Pfitzner after reviewing a photo montage, according to charging papers. She later recalled that Pfitzner helped her pronounce his last name while checking in.

Pfitzner, who appears to have been living in a Seattle homeless shelter, was arrested the day after the incident and has been jailed since.

Pfitzner has been charged with felony indecent exposure. He was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of the same crime in December after pleading guilty.

Yikes. Sounds like he needs some help, not jail time. Here’s the source.

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Did you have any idea that there are almost 5,000 KFCs in China? Yup, and they are owned by YUM Brands, who takes rumors about their food very seriously. As reported by bbc.com:

The fast food chain KFC is to sue three Chinese firms it accuses of using social media to spread false rumours about its food, including that it used eight-legged chickens.

KFC is seeking compensation of 1.5m yuan ($242,000, £159,000) and an apology.

One of the posts said chickens used by the company were genetically modified to have six wings and eight legs.

A case has now been filed before a court in Shanghai.

KFC says the rumours appeared in posts on the WeChat app.

You can read more at the source by clicking here.

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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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… a turkey baster. This is a good example of why you put things in writing. People rarely think things will go wrong, especially when dealing with friends. But making babies is serious stuff, and should be treated accordingly as the mother in this case now appreciates. As reported by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (via ap):

A woman who used a turkey baster to impregnate herself is on the losing side of a legal battle over parental rights.

You really can’t make these cases up. If you tried, people would say “That’s absurd! That would never happen!”

The Virginia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the child’s biological father is more than a sperm donor and is entitled to be a part of his son’s life.

The case hinged on an informal agreement between two longtime friends: a woman who wanted to get pregnant and a man willing to supply the sperm to make it happen. According to court filings, Joyce Rosemary Bruce impregnated herself with a turkey baster, believing that Robert Preston Boardwine would not have any parental rights — including a say in the boy’s education and other decisions — because they did not have intercourse.

Said the court: “The path to fatherhood may have been unconventional,” … but it doesn’t remove Boardwine’s parental rights.

Bruce could appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia . Neither her attorney nor Boardwine’s returned telephone messages seeking comment.

Here’s the back story:

The appeals court’s narrative recounts a woman’s quest for single motherhood, the crumbling of a friendship and a man’s persistence in seeking involvement in his child’s upbringing. It also shows what can happen when two people, even trusting friends, do business without putting it in writing.

It began with Bruce’s desire to have a child to raise on her own. She turned to her friend Boardwine, who agreed after some trepidation to provide the sperm. They discussed a written contract but never signed one.

Boardwine would stop by Bruce’s home and give her a plastic container of his sperm.

“Bruce used an ordinary turkey baster to inseminate herself,” the court said. “No other person was involved. They did not go to a doctor’s office or to a medical facility.”

It didn’t work. Bruce turned to a fertility doctor, and two inseminations with sperm from anonymous donors also failed.

So it was back to Boardwine and the turkey baster. After several visits from Boardwine in June 2010, Bruce learned the next month that she was pregnant.

Everything went well for a while, with Boardwine visiting and bringing a stuffed bear and baby clothes. But their expectations for the future were different. Bruce testified in the lower court that she wanted Boardwine to be only as involved as her other friends. He envisioned a more active role — attendance at the boy’s sporting events someday, and a voice in major decisions.

The relationship soured when Bruce rejected Boardwine’s suggested name for the child. They didn’t speak for about five months, until the boy was born and Boardwine showed up at the hospital. Later visits to Bruce’s home were “sort of strained,” the woman said, and she eventually told Boardwine to stay away.

When that happens, there’s really only one avenue of recourse.

That’s when the father went to court.

Bruce argued that Boardwine had no rights because, under the state’s assisted conception law, he was merely a sperm donor. But the law defines assisted conception as a pregnancy resulting from “medical technology,” and that definition doomed her argument.

“The plain meaning of the term ‘medical technology’ does not encompass a kitchen implement such as a turkey baster,” Judge Stephen R. McCullough wrote for the appeals court.

How bizarre is it that the gent’s claim hinges on whether a pregnancy resulting from a turkey baster is one that resulted from “medical techonology”? Here’s the source.

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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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A cautionary tale: If anyone offers you flakka, DON’T TAKE IT! As reported by clickorlando.com:

A Florida man believed to be high on flakka, a drug that authorities say is sweeping the state, attacked a Brevard police officer after twice being shocked with a Taser while he repeatedly saying he was God, according to officials.

Kenneth Crowder, 41, of Melbourne, was arrested Friday on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence and assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer.

According to a Melbourne police report, Crowder was spotted by witnesses running naked through a Melbourne neighborhood, yelling that he was a god before committing a sexual act on a tree.

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

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Normally when a woman finds her husband appetizing, that would be a good thing, right? Not this time! Per The Palm Beach Post:

City police say a woman poured barbecue sauce on her husband and went after him with a knife in each hand Tuesday, according to an arrest report made public Wednesday.

Viven Palmer, 30, faces charges of battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer. She was released late Tuesday from the Palm Beach County Jail on $5,000 bail.

On Tuesday morning, police were called to the 1300 block of West 37th Street, south of Silver Beach Road near Avenue O, where a 30-year-old man was waving and yelling from his front door, “Help, police!”

Officers say they heard a woman, later identified as Palmer, yelling from the home, but when she came outside, she refused to speak with them. Instead, she just put items into a parked car outside the home. Police noted to children, ages 4 and 9, were seen in a car, according to the report.

Though she refused to speak with police and told them to leave her home, her husband said the two were arguing about getting a divorce. He said things turned violent and his wife came after him, damaging property along the way. Police noted the home appeared to be ransacked in their report.

He said his wife ripped off his shirt, poured barbecue sauce on him and hit him. When he fought back, he realized she had grabbed butcher knives from the kitchen, so he ran outside.

Yikes! You’ll find the source, including Ms. Palmer’s mug shot, here.