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Cab Driver Tewfik Boukhelal jumped out of his cab – while it was moving! This was not okay with his two passengers, especially the one who was knocked unconscious as she too jumped out of the moving cab. Why did he do this? Because Mr. Boukhelal thought the passengers (1) had released a substance, and (2) were going to steal from him. Say what? I’m having a really hard time reconciling these thoughts. Headache coming. (See below.)

The Judge hearing the case remarked that it was “the most bizarre case of dangerous driving” he’d ever seen. The penalty? No more driving for Mr. Boukhelal, at least for the next 18 months. He was also put on probation for 12 months, given 160 hours of community service, and must retake the driving test. No worries, though. He found a new job as a translator. You will find the rest of the story here.

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He’s a 38-year-old former lay minister at a Lebanon County (Pennsylvania) church, and here are his priors, per the Lebanon Daily News:

[In] October 1997, he was arrested and charged with exposing himself to a Lebanon Valley College student in a college parking lot. He was convicted in November 1998 and was sentenced to 15 months probation.

He pleaded guilty to invasion of privacy and disorderly conduct in May 2000 and was sentenced to two years probation for taking pictures of a partially nude girl in a changing booth in a store at the Harrisburg East Mall.

In January 2001, he was charged with loitering outside a North Cornwall Township home and was sentenced to one to 12 months in county prison.

Krpata was sentenced in March 2001 to county prison for six to 12 months for violating terms of [the November 1998] probation.

He pleaded guilty to attempted invasion of privacy for trying to peek at customers in changing booths at the Jubilee Shop in Lebanon on Oct. 11, 2002. He was sentenced the following April to three months to one year in county prison for that offense.

In May 2007, Krpata was sentenced to 11 months in Lebanon County prison for violating conditions of his parole for walking onto a school bus in April at a Hummelstown-area gas station and talking to a woman. At the time of his sentencing in 2007, Krpata was on parole for a conviction on charges of loitering and peeping into a neighbor’s home on April 29, 2006. He was sentenced for that offense in January 2006.

And most recently …

Christopher Krpata … was sentenced Monday to three years of probation and ordered to complete sex-offender treatment for an obscenity-law violation, said Jennifer Gettle, deputy Dauphin County district attorney.

Krpata of 211 W. Park Ave. violated the obscenity law by viewing pornography on a laptop computer at work, and someone who entered the room saw it, Gettle said. The offense happened when he worked at Coca Flats Hotel in Hummelstown in December 2007.

Here’s hoping the treatment works.

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So this dude is riding his bike in St. Charles Parish (in Louisiana) with a 3-foot-long alligator around his neck. And yes, it was alive. Per the Times-Picayune, when the police approached 38-year-old Terron Ingram and the gator …

Ingram dropped the reptile and his bike and ran off, but was apprehended a few blocks away.

Good news for the gator …

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18-year-old burglar Jake Ormerod could have called any cab company. But he didn’t … As luck would have it [bad luck, that is], the burglary victim was a cab driver. And one of things Mr. Ormerod stole from his house was a cell phone – the very phone he used to call the cab company. You’ve probably figured out that the cab company he called was the victim’s! Doh! As reported by The Sun:

Don [Smith, age], 53 – whose home was raided by Ormerod – said: “He must be the unluckiest burglar in the world. He could have chosen any cab firm to ring, but he called mine.

“If that wasn’t bad enough, he happened to get the one controller on duty who would recognise my mobile number immediately.”

Mr. Ormerod pleaded guilty. Here’s the source.

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You be the judge. Mr. Moyer “was accused of touching the woman’s chest and buttocks in the Toontown area of the Magic Kingdom.” As reported by clickorlando.com:

“I’m not guilty,” Moyer told the judge. “I haven’t, as the prosecution says, molested or grabbed — maybe unintentionally touched, but that’s as far as it went.

The defense [said] that there were nine other people in the room, including Moyer’s family and other Disney employees who are assigned to watch over the characters, and none of them witnessed anything inappropriate.

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Clifton Williams could tell you why yawning in Judge Rozak’s courtroom is not a good idea. Per the Chicago Tribune:

As Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak handed down [Mr. Williams’s] cousin’s sentence — 2 years’ probation — Williams, 33, stretched and let out a very ill-timed yawn.

Williams’ sentence? Six months in jail — the maximum penalty for criminal contempt without a jury trial. The Richton Park man was locked up July 23 and will serve at least 21 days.

Shazam!

“I really can’t believe I’m in jail,” Williams wrote his family in a letter. “I done set (sic) in this [expletive] a week so far for nothing.”

… In the two-story brick home where Williams had been living with his aunt Cheryl Mayfield and caring for his 79-year-old grandmother, family members said they were in shock over the sentence but were unable to afford an attorney to appeal.

“This is ridiculous — you’ve got all these people shooting up kids, and here this boy yawns in court [and gets 6 months]. It’s crazy,” she said. “This could happen to any one of us.”

Of course there are 2 sides to every story.

Chuck Pelkie, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office, said the prosecutor in the courtroom that day told him that “it was not a simple yawn — it was a loud and boisterous attempt to disrupt the proceedings.”

… and …

Observers describe Rozak as running the type of strict courtroom that was common a few decades ago. Defense attorneys say Rozak is “tough but fair” and runs particularly well-managed trials. Rozak has been elected in 2000 and 2006, both times with recommendations from the state bar association.

To read more (a lot), click here.

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From the case of Salinero v. Pon, 124 Cal.App.3d 120, 177 Cal. Rptr. 204 (1981):

The owner of a six-story apartment building hired an independent contractor, the plaintiff’s employer, to wash the windows of the building. No safety devices – from which window washers could be suspended – had been installed on the building. So the owner and the contractor agreed that the windows would be washed by means of a ladder extended over the edge of the roof from which the workers would be suspended in a boatswain’s chair secured to the roof by a weighted sand bag. Brilliant! While the plaintiff was suspended in the chair some 35-40 feet above the ground, a fellow worker mistakenly removed the sand bag anchoring the plaintiff’s chair, causing him to fall and suffer injury.

Doh! You can read the entire opinion by clicking here.
[13 pages!] Spoiler alert – Salinero, the falling guy … [see below]
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Prosecutors said a man in the Chita region of Russia killed two friends he found dismembering his pet dog so they could prepare a meal.

The regional branch of the Prosecutor General’s Office said Alexander Yermilov took an ax to his friends whom he found butchering his Great Dane when he returned to his home in Natsigun in December, The Moscow Times reported Thursday.

After Yermilov struck Irina Maryasova and Nikolai Sedunov several times, killing them on the spot, he called the police and confessed, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the reason why the two killed the dog or wanted to eat it was unknown.

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“I find it rather strange because since becoming a (syariah) judge, this is the first time where all three wives not only allow their husband to marry another woman but are very supportive of it,” he said during the hearing of Mohamed Nor’s application.

Do you think the Judge allowed the marriage? Nope. His concern? How can a truck driver making RM 1,500 per month (US $468.75) take on another wife? So Mr. Nor has to answer this question to the court’s satisfaction before the marriage will be approved.

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After dinner, all members of the pledge class were taken into the party room and offered shots of Old Crow whiskey for about one and a half to two hours. They were then taken into the chapter room and given champagne to drink out of the “loving cup,” which is a ritual at the fraternity, according to a police affidavit.

Shots of whiskey for 1.5 – 2 hours? It’s no wonder, then, that one of the pledges had a blood-alcohol level of .505, more than 6 times the level of legal impairment (.08) in Pennsylvania! Incredibly, the kid didn’t die, though he and another pledge (.31) were in the hospital, unresponsive and breathing through ventilators. (Last year a Rider University student with a .426 blood-alcohol level died.)

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