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You do know that when you fire a bullet in the air, it will land somewhere, right? One man in particular is keenly aware of this. As reported by the Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office:

According to reports, [Richard John] Smeraldo, his wife and friends were watching the fireworks display near the Safety Harbor Spa and Marina when something struck him in the face. He told deputies that he first thought he had been struck by a rock. But one of his friends found a bullet on the blanket next to her – and then Smeraldo realized he had been struck by the bullet.

Yikes.

Smeraldo was transported by ambulance to Mease Countryside Hospital. There deputies learned that the bullet evidently went through the bill of Smeraldo’s cap, into the bridge of his nose – out his right nostril, through the upper portion of his bottom lip and exited though his lower chin.

The bullet then struck a metal medallion Smeraldo was wearing on a chain around his neck – then bounced off the back of his friend and onto the blanket.

Smeraldo’s injuries required stitches and he was released from the hospital after treatment.

Freaky. And the shooter?

Deputies launched a search and investigation in an area just south-southwest of the Safety Harbor Marina. No arrests have been made as yet. The investigation continues.

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Some things you can chalk up to just having a bad day. But this? Nope. Gotta check yourself way before your fist approaches the meter maid’s face. As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times:

A west suburban man has been charged for allegedly punching a female meter maid in the face after she wrote him a ticket Friday evening in the River North neighborhood.

Hasan Perryman, 37, of the 800 block of South 19th Street in Maywood, was charged with one count of felony aggravated battery of a government employee, police said.

Perryman is accused of striking a Traffic Management Authority employee in the face about 5 p.m. Jan. 14 at in the 110 block of West Grand Avenue, police said.

The woman was writing a ticket when the man approached and repeatedly struck her in the face, police said. He fled but was found by a responding police officer.

Repeatedly? Dude. What about the meter maid?

The TMA employee was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said.

Here’s wishing her well. (Hey, scofflaws, it’s nothing personal for the meter maids. It’s just business.)

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Good things come to those who wait? So maybe that wouldn’t have been the case here, since our perp was waiting in line at the KFC/Taco Bell drive-through… Still, patience is a virtue. Impatience, at least when manifested this way, is criminal. As reported by tampabay.com:

Jennifer Lynn Betterly was angry at how long the woman in front of her was taking to order food in the drive-through lane Saturday evening.

Sure. It happens.

So after screaming at her, police said, Betterly repeatedly rammed her Ford Focus into the woman’s car, then drove off.

Yikes.

Betterly, 24, was arrested at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, about an hour after the incident at the KFC/Taco Bell at 1648 Missouri Ave. S, according to an arrest report. She was driving with a suspended license, and police found a prescription pill bottle containing a single pill of the sleep aid Ambien. The label was torn, and she was unable to prove the pill was prescribed for her, according to the report.

The charges?

Betterly faces felony charges of aggravated battery and possession of a controlled substance, in addition to misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash.

Crazy, right? It’s not like she was at Wendy’s …

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The answer is “yes,” one man can stop a speeding locomotive. Is it a good idea? Nope. As reported by TCPalm.com:

A 26-year-old man accused Thursday of standing on railroad tracks in the area of Northeast Palmetto Drive and causing a train to make an emergency stop was arrested, according to an affidavit released Friday.

Joseph Robert Fabrey was arrested by a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy on a felony unauthorized person interfering with railroad train charge and a misdemeanor trespass on property charge.

The train conductor pointed to Fabrey and said he stood in the middle of the railroad tracks as the train approached. The engineer repeatedly used the horn and had to stop the train.

A worker identified as an assistant road master said Fabrey was standing on the tracks and stepped off “at the last minute,” according to the report.

Yikes. A felony. And the defense?

Fabrey … denied standing on the tracks.

No doubt that defense will prevail against the engineer and the assistant road master … Here’s the source, including a mug shot.

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It’s just a fact that some folks will complain, whether they have good standing to do so or not. This dude is clearly one of those folks. As reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

A man who robbed a Wendy’s at gunpoint Saturday night apparently was so upset with his haul that he twice called the restaurant to complain, Atlanta police said.

“Next time there better be more than $586,” he said during one call. He made “a similar threat” in the second call, police said.

About 11:15 p.m., a man wearing a ski mask and holding a gun walked up to the drive-through window at the Wendy’s at 1940 Piedmont Road, police said. He told an employee to put the cash drawer on the counter.

After grabbing the drawer and running away, the robber discarded the drawer in the bushes at the nearby InTown Suites. Police dusted the drawer for fingerprints. However, the robber was seen wearing yellow gloves at Wendy’s.

Police also are checking to see if the robber shows up on hotel security cameras.

Dude would probably complain that the security camera makes him look fatter or older or shorter than he really is …

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This gent didn’t wait to see if he was convicted and sentenced before breaking out. As reported by The Toronto Star:

Toronto police are searching for a 32-year-old man after he escaped the College Park courthouse before his court appearance Thursday morning.

It is alleged that Steven Gonyea was before the courts at the Ontario Court of Justice, 444 Yonge St., on charges of criminal harassment and break and enter when he escaped custody sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Police are still trying to determine how the suspect managed to escape, but it is believed that he fled the cell area somehow. They said similar incidents have happened in the past.

Sounds like maybe someone else should be running the detention facility in the courthouse? Here’s the source, including a mug shot.

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When you go around shooting a gun willy-nilly, well, who knows what (or who) you might hit. As reported by The Orlando Sentinel:

Brandon Rapé was in a pickup truck with two friends Thursday about 11 p.m. when they pulled to the side of Sylvan Lake Drive near  Sanford so that Rapé could answer the call of nature, a Sheriff’s Office report states.

The men saw a large snake in the road, and Jared Hemphill, also 18, decided to shoot it with a semiautomatic rifle that belongs to Dustin Downer, 21.

This was a very bad decision.

Hemphill heard a noise in the bushes and assumed it was the snake, so he fired the Remington Speedmaster and accidentally struck Rapé in the left thigh, he told investigators.

Hemphill threw down the rifle, and he and Downer put Rapé in the truck, started driving to a hospital and called 911, according to the report.

A dispatcher told them to stop, so they pulled into the parking lot at Wilson Elementary School, 985 S. Orange Blvd., where deputies and emergency medical technicians met them.

It looks like young Mr. Rapé will have something other than memories of serious pain to commemorate this night.

Doctors at Orlando Regional Medical Center decided to leave the .22-caliber bullet in Rapé’s leg, the report states.

The charges? None.

Rapé, a cashier at a hardware store, did not want to press charges, and no one will be arrested, sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said.

Interesting, since it does seem like a scenario where, just maybe, alcohol could have been a factor. Here’s the source.

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Of course vehicles get stolen all the time. You report it to your insurance company. They send you a check… This gent probably did that, but he didn’t stop there. He’s pissed! As reported by www.kens5.com (San Antonio, Texas):

On March 10, Daryl McClain’s truck was stolen from his home in the 5700 block of Clearwood. So what did he do?

He tagged his own house, and neighbors say he did not keep the message clean.

“I speak my mind,” McClain boasted outside his tagged garage door. “Most people keep it in.”

What does it say?

“To the mother f—– that stole my truck. You are a dead man. 2K NQA.”

That last part means that Mr. McClain is offering a $2,000 reward, no questions asked (NQA). Some neighbors are not happy, especially with the “word” f—–.

“What is wrong with the guy across the street?” asked Roy Patty. “It’s like a parade route. Everybody comes by. I take pride in my house.”

“I’d never come home and do something like that because I was mad,” said Patty. “Children shouldn’t be able to read something like that.”

But McClain sees it differently. “That’s why I didn’t spell it out,” he said. “Code Compliance says I’m not doing a thing wrong.” Then he said, “It’s freedom of speech.”

Is Mr. McClain correct? Yup.

According to the San Antonio Police Department, McClain is not breaking the law.

SAPD spokesman Matt Porter said McClain did not use profanity, because he did not spell out the expletive. Also, he says according to homicide detectives, McClain did not threaten anyone specifically. Finally, the city is not allowed to regulate what people paint on their homes.

Here’s the source, including a photo of the tagged garage doors, and a video news story.

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Yes, this is actually on the books in Michigan:

It shall be unlawful for any person to display or permit to be displayed on his or her motor vehicle any emblem or insignia of any organization, association, fraternity, lodge, club or order, unless the owner of such motor vehicle be a member of the organization, association, fraternity, lodge, club or order, the emblem or insignia of which is so displayed: Provided, That the provisions of this act shall not apply to the owner or owners of any motor vehicles upon which such emblem or insignia is displayed solely for the purposes of participation in any public parade, or at any public fair, exhibit, or carnival.

So, maybe it has been declared unconstitutional, and repealed by the House. But it’s still on the books, though not for long. You can read a lot more about the history of this law here.

HT: The Atlantic Cities

 

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In the annals of history, this has got to be the first report of a harmonica beat down. Yeah, I said “a harmonica beat down.” Here’s the story, per The Tulsa World:

According to Decai Liu’s arrest report, his roommate was in the bathroom getting ready for work when Liu, 52, burst in and started beating him with the instrument.

Liu was charged Thursday with assault with a dangerous weapon in the attack Saturday in the 4500 block of West Norman Street in Broken Arrow, records show.

When officers arrived about 9:30 a.m., the roommate was covered in blood from cuts on his head and face. Medics took him to St. Francis Hospital, the report states.

Police tried to arrest Liu, but he allegedly resisted and head-butted one officer. Police eventually subdued him with pepper spray, according to the report.

Liu’s roommate told police, “I don’t know what his problem was,” the report indicates.

Prosecutors also charged Liu with resisting an officer and assaulting an officer, court records show. Liu is in the Tulsa Jail in lieu of $6,500 bail.

 

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