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emergency 911

While everyone knows 911 is only for emergencies, not everyone respects this fact.  As reported by The Indiana Gazette:

State police said Travis J. Turner, 26, will be charged with obstructing emergency services in connection with an incident Sunday that occupied EMS responders while there was a real medical call elsewhere.

Turner was charged with similar crimes in December 2014 when first responders told state police that Turner had fled the scene after placing an emergency call, causing the Citizens’ Ambulance crew to spend time looking for him. The charges were later withdrawn.

Troopers said Turner placed a 911 call at 1:49 p.m. Sunday saying he was having chest pains and difficulty breathing at his residence along Oakland Avenue. Medics were dispatched from Citizens’ Ambulance, but when they arrived, they found Turner was not having medical issues, but merely wanted the medics to help him fix his air conditioning.

Meanwhile, police said, a legitimate medical call came in from Fortune Buffet at 475 South Ben Franklin Road, White Township, and Turner’s call “endangered the welfare of a true medical patient.”

Turner has placed 63 calls to the 911 center and state police barracks over the past three years for minor and harassing complaints “where no legitimate emergency existed,” police said.

63 calls in 3 years! Seriously, how is this guy not in jail, or at least doing a LOT of community service? Click here for the source.

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car thief stolen auto

This guy must have played Grand Theft Auto, because what he did could have come straight out of the game. As reported by kaj18.c0m (Montana):

The day-long crime spree happened on May 23, 2013.

And what a day it was.

It started around 7:55 a.m. when the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office got a call that a vehicle had been stolen from Hulbert Road West, between Four Corners and Belgrade. The suspect was described as a man around 30 years old with shaggy collar-length blond hair, wearing jeans and a black shirt and appearing to have a leg injury. The caller said his wife saw the man approach the house, ring the doorbell then drive away in their 2006 blue Chevy Silverado, court papers state.

A deputy found the truck at around 8:36 a.m. on Rocky Mountain Road, but the driver fled, leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour along gravel roads, court papers state.

[Matthew] Brandemihl [31] reportedly drove the vehicle into a ravine behind a residence on Sherman Drive then broke into the home, took a woman’s phone and four bottles of beer then drove her Ford Explorer through the closed garage door.

Montana Highway Patrol troopers began pursuing Brandemihl again. He led them through the county, driving 95 mph on Frontage Road toward Belgrade, then jumping the railroad tracks, driving through a fence on Interstate 90 where he drove the against traffic before crashing the stolen Explorer into a ditch near Business Hub Drive at around 9:30 a.m., court papers state.

Officers surrounded the area but then found that a resident in the area was missing a GMC truck.

At around 12:11 p.m., dispatchers received a call that the truck was spotted between Pony and Harrison. Law enforcement tracked Brandemihl onto Forest Service land near Pony on foot.

Several hours later, he came out of the woods and surrendered. He was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for a leg injury.

Are you dizzy too? The outcome?

Brandemihl … pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft, one count of felony criminal endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass to property. In exchange, prosecutors dropped an additional felony charge of theft.

Next case … wait – not so fast.

Gallatin County District Court Judge Holly Brown initially told Brandemihl she would not accept his guilty plea because she wasn’t confident he understood what happened that day. This arose after he said he didn’t clearly remember where he was that day, or what his intentions were.

After sitting down with his attorney and discussing the matter, Brandemihl entered his guilty plea and admitted to the judge he stole three different vehicles, drove erratically, entered a home, took beer and led police on a high-speed chase.

Brandemihl will be sentenced on Feb. 25.

UPDATE (per The Bozeman Daily Chronicle):

Mr. Brandemihl was sentenced by Gallatin County District Judge Holly Brown on Tuesday morning. On Friday, Brandemihl will have served 303 days in the detention center and will be released after attending Treatment Court.

As part of the conditions of his sentence, he must complete the Treatment Court program, Brown said. Gallatin County Deputy Attorney Erin Murphy described Brandemihl as having “very serious chemical dependency issues.”

In addition to jail time, for which he will receive credit for time already served, Brandemihl was also sentenced to a 10-year suspended sentence in the Montana State Prison on each of three charges, including felony criminal endangerment and two counts of theft. That time will run concurrent. If he violates the conditions set by Brown, he could be sent to prison.

Brandemihl apologized before receiving his sentence.

“I can’t really explain what got into me,” he said. “I just want to tell everybody that I’m really sorry. I do apologize.”

He must also pay $58,379.64 in restitution.

 

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frog jump jumping

Plenty of people eat frogs legs. Be forewarned, though, if you live in California, there are some frogs legs you can’t legally eat? Huh?, you must be wondering. Well, as set forth in The California Fish and Game Code:

6883.  Any person may possess any number of live frogs to use in
frog-jumping contests, but if such a frog dies or is killed, it must
be destroyed as soon as possible, and may not be eaten or otherwise
used for any purpose.

Truth. Here’s a link to this code section.

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surgeon doctor

When you read this story, you might find yourself wondering how this gent got into medical school. Although justice is not often meted out for offenses like this, it was here.  As reported by kelownanow.com:

A doctor in Victoria has been disciplined after he texted a photo of an unconscious patient without the patient’s consent.

Dr. John Francis Joseph David Kinahan, who is a specialist in urology, admitted to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia that he engaged in unprofessional conduct. According to the College, Dr. Kinahan took a photo on his personal cell phone of an unconscious patient’s catheter site. This photo was taken without the consent of the patient.

The Victoria doctor further violated the patient’s privacy by forwarding the photo in a text to a third party who wasn’t involved in the patient’s care. The photo was also accompanied by a joke.

The Inquiry Committee of the College received a report from Island Health about the privacy breach, as well as a formal complaint from the patient. Dr. Kinahan admitted to the misconduct and has agreed to the disposition.

As his discipline, Dr. Kinaham is suspended from practicing medicine for six months, starting January 1, 2016 for the transfer of patient care to colleagues. The College says that they will stay four months of the suspension if Dr. Kinahan completes the following conditions at his own cost before returning to practice: finishing a multidisciplinary assessment program; attending clinician-patient communication program; participating in continuing education on ethics, boundaries, and professionalism; and meeting with the Board to discuss his conduct.

The doctor also has to pay a $20,000 penalty to the College and has been formally reprimanded in writing.

Once Dr. Kinahan returns to practice, he will have to comply with all limits and conditions, and he will continue to be monitored.

Accompanied by a joke? Oh right, I forgot that catheter sites are just hilarious!  Here’s the source.

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doughnuts

People say the darnedest things! Take this New Jersey gent. (Too late – the cops already did.) As reported by NJ Advance Media for nj.com:

A township man caught with cocaine and a loaded handgun tried to explain away the powder on his face by telling police that he had just eaten a doughnut, authorities said Wednesday.

Police pulled over the Jeep Grand Cherokee that 30-year-old Octavio Delasuaree was driving after it cut off their patrol car Sunday night on Route 23, according to Capt. Laurence Martin.

Officers Joseph Rooney and Robert Fernandez noticed Delasuaree was having labored breathing, while his hands were shaking uncontrollably, Martin said.

Delasuaree also had powder around his nostrils and mouth, Martin added.

“Mr. Delasuaree attempted to explain his condition by stating he had just eaten a doughnut,” the captain wrote in an e-mail. “The officers observed a clear plastic bag on the floor that was suspected cocaine.”

Police discovered 17 oxycodone pills and a Sig Sauer 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the passenger seat-area, Martin said. The gun was loaded with four hollow point bullets.

Delasuaree told police the gun was for his own protection, according to authorities. He was arrested on charges including possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and drug offenses.

Police said Delasuaree was ordered held on $100,000 bail, with no 10 percent option.

100,000 simoleans? That’s a lot of dough. Here’s the source.

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The fact that someone stole this car kind of makes you wonder what the other choices were. As reported by The Indepedent Record (Helena, Montana):

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a 2003 Red Dodge Neon, which was reported stolen Thursday at 4:07 p.m.

“The car was taken between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. yesterday,” said Sgt. Brian Robinson. The four-door passenger car, with license plate 5-08162A, has tinted windows, damage to the rear bumper and custom black and chrome wheels.

Vehicle sightings can be reported by calling 911, Robinson said, adding, “Do not approach the vehicle.”

Here’s the source.

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As crimes go, this could have been a lot worse. In fact, it’s $5 away from not being a crime at all.  As reported by The Highline Times (Burien, Washington):

When the pastor of Highline United Methodist Church arrived to their location in north Burien on February 25th, she called 911 and let police know that she believed someone had broken into the church. She told police that she saw someone and heard footsteps though no one, other than herself, was scheduled to be there for work at the time. When she called out to whomever might be in the building, she heard them flee the building. Police arrived at the church a short time later and found that the only thing that was taken from the church was an estimated $5 worth of chocolate from the kitchen. Police found no damage to the building and nothing else missing.

Whew!

 

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highway

Driving on the interstate can get pretty boring. Not this day. As reported by fosters.com:

A Massachusetts woman was arrested Friday evening after she allegedly “mooned” several drivers on Interstate 93.

Bow police Sgt. William Graham was driving a marked police cruiser northbound on the interstate at approximately 7:35 p.m., when he reported that his attention was drawn to a female passenger in the car in front of him.

The female, later identified as Stephanie K. Sherburne, 22, of Billerica, Mass., was standing in a crouching fashion on the passenger’s side front seat of the car, with her backside to the open passenger’s window. She then, allegedly, lowered her pants and exposed her genitals.

Since it was the weekend of the NASCAR race in Loudon, traffic was heavy there were several cars in the vicinity when Sherburne exposed herself, Graham reported.

The police sergeant stopped the vehicle Sherburne was riding in and arrested her on a charge of indecent exposure and lewdness. She was released on personal recognizance bail to appear on Sept. 4, in Concord District Court.

Here’s the source, which includes Ms. Sherburne’s mug shot.

 

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When a drug deal goes south, doesn’t everyone head to the police station? Well, that depends. In this case, it sure looks like the right call. Per the website of The City of Tampa, Florida:

Milton Coley and Louis Xavier Ruiz-Machado arranged to meet at 109th Avenue and Lantana Avenue to conduct a drug deal around 12:40pm on 1/11/13. Coley walked up to Ruiz-Machado who was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram pick-up truck. Ruiz-Machado handed over the marijuana, but Coley refused to pay. Ruiz-Machado fired a shot and Coley fled on foot. He then called a friend to pick him up. As Coley got into his friend’s Nissan Altima in the 2200 block of Bougainvillea Avenue, Ruiz-Machado began chasing them in his pick-up truck. The friend feared for his safety and drove to the Tampa Police Department’s District 2 Office for help.

The pick-up truck chased them twice through the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Ruiz-Machado fired at least one shot and then fled as officers exited the district office with guns drawn. A short time later, officers boxed in Ruiz-Machado on the University of South Florida campus at Bull Run Drive and Elm Drive. USF Police, Florida Highway Patrol and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office helped detain the suspect. They recovered a 9 mm inside the vehicle. At District 2, witnesses saw Coley throw two large baggies with 59 grams of marijuana into the parking lot. He was charged with possession of marijuana. His friend who was driving did not face charges. Officers recovered one 9 mm shell casing in the parking lot.

Yikes.

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library books overdue

Do you really need a law criminalizing the failure to return a library book? Rhode Island thinks you do, and they have one!

TITLE 11
Criminal Offenses
CHAPTER 11-41
Theft, Embezzlement, False Pretenses, and Misappropriation
SECTION 11-41-14

§ 11-41-14  Failure to return book or other library property. – (a) Any person who shall take or borrow any book or other library property from any of the libraries or collections as defined in § 11-44-15(b), and who, upon neglect to return it within the time required and specified in the bylaws, rules, or regulations of the library owning the property, after receiving notice in writing by the librarian or other proper custodian of the property that it is overdue, shall upon further neglect to return it within sixty (60) days from the date of the notice be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), the fine to be for the use of the library. A written or printed notice given personally or sent by mail to a last known or registered place of residence shall be considered a sufficient notice. In addition, if the book should be lost, destroyed, or not returned, the person shall within sixty (60) days after being so notified pay to the custodian the replacement value of the book, including all reasonable processing costs, as determined by the governing board having jurisdiction.

(b) All library users shall be notified of the penalties provided in subsection (a) of this section at the time they obtain or renew their library privileges. The final notice provided for in subsection (a) of this section shall also contain notice of the penalties.

So it’s only $25, but it’s still a crime, which is just absurd. And do you really think, as required in subsection (b), that new users are told that about this? Unlikely. Here’s a link to the text of the law.

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