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Yes, what we as a society want is for people not to trust police officers. That’ll foster a great police/citizen relationship. This ruse used by police in Ohio will not only undermine the ordinary citizen’s trust in the police, it won’t do jack in the “war on drugs.” As reported by The Cleveland Plain Dealer at cleveland.com:

Police are not allowed to use checkpoints to search motorists and their vehicles for drugs. So, in Mayfield Heights, officers are trying the next-best thing — fake drug checkpoints.

Brilliant! And such a great use of police resources.

Police gathered in the express lanes of Interstate 271 on Monday after placing signs along the freeway warning motorists that a drug checkpoint lay ahead.

There was no checkpoint, only police waiting for motorists to react suspiciously after seeing the signs.

Hell, The Juice would rather see the cops set up a DUI checkpoint, even though they are unconstitutional, regardless of what the Supreme Court said. But I digress. So are these legal?

The fake checkpoints are legal, experts say. A 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling said actual checkpoints are not legal and that police can randomly stop cars for just two reasons: to prevent illegal aliens and contraband from entering the U.S. and to get drunk drivers off the road.

If you’re wondering how the operation went down:

On Monday, Mayfield Heights police placed a series of signs along the northbound I-271 express lanes that said: “Drug Checkpoint Ahead,” “Police K9 Dog In Use” and “Be Prepared to Stop.” Officers then watched how motorists reacted after seeing the signs.

Vitantonio said there were arrests and drugs seized. He said Thursday that four people were stopped and searched. Three of the motorists crossed through the grassy median or at emergency vehicle crossings, evasive actions that gave police reasonable suspicion to stop those cars.

You can read more about this, and about Mr. Peters’ encounter, by clicking here.

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It’s unlikely you’ll ever read another story like this. An inmate trying to stop guards from fighting? Actually, there’s a simple explanation: the dude liked the guards. As reported by The Buffalo News:

An inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility lost a tooth last week when he intervened in a fight between two corrections officers scrapping over a bag of chips, prison personnel told The Buffalo News.

A bag of chips?!

[Undersheriff Mark] Wipperman said the disagreement began over “what appears to be the dissemination of food products.” A source familiar with the event said a bag of potato chips somehow sparked the fight. He asked to remain unidentified because he lacks permission to disclose information about the facility.

Wipperman said the inmate told internal investigators that he got involved because he likes both officers and didn’t want them to lose their jobs.

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You did not just bust that man for writing a message in sidewalk chalk did you? You did? Not cool at all. As reported by lancasteronline.com (PA):

Adanjesus Marin wanted to leave his mark on the debate over Medicaid expansion, but he had no idea it would get him arrested.

Armed with a few pieces of blue and pink sidewalk chalk, the Lancaster city resident joined a number of other activists Wednesday evening outside the governor’s mansion.

That’s where Marin wrote in chalk, “Corbett has healthcare, we should too.”

The message refers to Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision that Pennsylvania — for now — won’t take part in the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act that kicks in next year.

Just moments after writing the comment, Marin was arrested at 10:22 p.m. by Harrisburg police and charged with disorderly conduct.

According to the citation: “The above did engage in an action that served no legitimate purpose in that he did write derogatory remark about the governor on the sidewalk.”

Setting aside the question of how a governor can refuse 100% federal funding of Medicaid expansion in his state (yes, it will go down to 90%) so that many thousands of needy folks won’t get health insurance under Obamacare, is this really a good use of police resources?

Troy Thompson, spokesman for the Department of General Services, which manages the Capitol Police, said Friday afternoon that the citation was issued as a means to collect restitution for clean-up costs.

“There was a considerable amount of chalk used throughout the Capitol complex, and it did take some of our resources to clean that up,” he said.

You sure about that?

However, Thompson said the department has “withdrawn the citation” since it cost less than $100 to remove the chalk.

Um. Er. Uh. You can read more, and see a photo of Mr. Marin’s message, here.

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Mr. Weusi McGowan was on trial in San Diego. It’s clear that he was dissatisfied with both his lawyer and the jury. How do we know this? Per 10news.com:

At the mid-morning break, McGowan produced a plastic baggie filled with fecal matter and spread it on [his attorney’s] hair and face, then flung the excrement toward the jury box, hitting the briefcase of juror No. 9 but missing the juror himself.

Ooooooh. What then? The jury was dismissed (whew) and the trial was postponed until another lawyer could be appointed. And in case you think this was the first time …

The prosecutor said the defendant had previously wiped human feces on himself and was examined by doctors to ensure he was mentally competent to stand trial.

What do you Mr. McGowan was alleged to have used in the case he was on trial for? Wrong! Not feces.

The prosecutor said the defendant hit a man with a rock in a sock as the victim came out of his home to investigate a commotion on Oct. 17, 2007. McGowan allegedly ransacked the man’s apartment then stole some of the victim’s belongings and took off in the victim’s car.

Here’s the source.

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Graduation from anything is a milestone to be celebrated (except elementary and middle school, unless of course you also like participation trophies). That celebration didn’t go down too well in this family. As reported by The Observer (Dunkirk, NY):

At about midnight [on Sunday], Marlena L. Hemenway reported harassment. She and [Timothy D. Dulmus [40] got into a argument over their son’s graduation money. Hemenway told Dulmus she hid the money since he was known to take money.

Certainly a reasonable precaution to take … unless you’re viewing it from the standpoint of the person who is “known to take money.”

Dulmus became angry and reportedly grabbed Hemenway by the neck. Their son saw this and tried to separate them. Dulmus reportedly punched his son in the nose, causing the nose to bleed.

Yikes. As for Mr. Dulmus:

[He] was charged with two counts of second-degree harassment by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office … [and] remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $500 cash bail. He is to appear in the Village of Ripley Court at a later date.

Here’s the source.

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It’s really nice when siblings hang out together. After this stunt, they’re going to be doing something else together that’s not so nice. As reported by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (Florida):

Two sisters from Miami were both arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday night because after being stopped by deputies, they switched seats in the vehicle they were traveling in.

That there was some quick thinking. Why settle for one DUI when you can get two?

Deputy Juan Martin-Reyes followed the Volkswagen northbound from the 23 mile marker to the 30 mile marker of the highway just before 11 p.m. He observed the vehicle swerving, increasing and decreasing speeds and braking suddenly. He turned on his lights and siren and the car stopped suddenly in the lane of traffic. Through the back window he could see the driver and passenger quickly switch seats.

Deputy Spencer Curry arrived as back up. The deputies had both 18 year old Steffany Miranda and 24 year old Vanessa Miranda perform field sobriety exercises. Both girls had trouble performing the exercises and were, according to the deputies, visibly impaired and smelled of alcohol.

And if you’re wondering how the second sister could get a DUI since the car was stopped …

Because both girls were, at some point, in control of the vehicle behind the steering wheel with the keys in the ignition, they were both charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Here’s the source.

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Don’t get me wrong. As a daily bicycle commuter, The Juice really likes bicycles, just not this much. Read this, from thelocal.se, and you’ll be clicking below to read the entire article.

Östersund police are investigating whether there is any connection between the recent spate of masturbation bike attacks with similar incidents from 2007.

 

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Yup. As Miami Herald reporter Fred Grimm so artfully described it:

Jenne, as sheriff and chief jailer in Broward County, has launched a crackdown on self-abusing miscreants. It’s no longer enough to warn hairy-palmed drooling deviants that self-indulgence risks stunted growth, blindness, sallow skin, slackened jaws, amnesia, shrunken testicles, impotence and, for Catholics in particular, eternal damnation. Jenne wants jail time.

So, Terry Alexander, who is serving a 10-year sentence for robbery, was charged with masturbating in his cell. The case was tried, before a jury, who convicted him. Alexander got 60 days tacked on to his time. What a brilliant use of resources. If Sheriff Jenne keeps this up there won’t be any revolving door, because nobody will ever get out!

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No need to think twice about sticking out your tongue, either in the United States, or probably almost everywhere except … Italy. You may not believe this but, as reported by UPI, “Italy’s highest court of appeal affirmed the illegality of insulting someone by sticking your tongue out at them.”

The case brought before the Cassation Court involved a farmer whose tongue gesture was captured by a cellphone camera held by the neighbor with whom he was arguing.

The farmer, Carlo O., had been convicted by a justice of the peace of insulting the neighbor, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The Cassation Court let stand the conviction and ordered Carlo O. to pay his neighbor’s court costs of $1,863.81. He will also have to pay damages, which will be set in a different trial, the news agency said Friday.

Italian courts often find people guilty of offending someone’s honor, ANSA reported.

Wow. And to think the U.S. insurance and business lobbies complain endlessly about frivolous lawsuits…

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There’s nothing wrong with grown men liking toys, be they iPhones, sports cars, or … plastic action figures … A man in Japan was perhaps a little too attached to his toys, based on what he did when his mommy threw some of them away. As reported in the Japan Times:

A man charged with torching his home in Kasai, Hyogo Prefecture, admitted Tuesday he did it out of anger because his mother threw away some of his plastic figures from the “Gundam” animation franchise.

Oh, they were “Gundam” action figures? Now it all makes sense!

“Plastic figures of Gundam are like my life partners. I thought I would rather burn to death with them than have them thrown away,” said Yoshifumi Takabe, 30, who pleaded guilty as his trial began at the Kobe District Court. Nobody was injured in the blaze [although his mom was in the house!].

Takabe told the court he piled 200 to 300 boxes of Gundam plastic figures up to near the ceiling in his room.

Very uncool, especially since his little brother, mother and grandmother also lived in the 2-story house he torched . Here’s the source.

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