Why is this not your average dog bite case? Well, because a man bit a dog. And not just any dog, but a police dog. Yikes. As reported by NBCConnecticut.com:
West Haven officer Scott Bloom was on patrol with his K-9, Onyx, near the Rite Aid on Elm Street early Thursday morning, when he noticed Roderick Lewis walking toward him.
Lewis yelled out “I need a bag of dust,” referring to Angel Dust, according to police.
That’s when things went south, for all parties concerned.
Lewis, 23, walked toward the officer and reached into his waistband. The officer grabbed Lewis’ arms and told him to stop. That’s when Lewis punched officer Bloom in the face, according to police.
Woof, woof! [Dog-to-English translation: Oh no you din’t!]
Onyx, the police dog, jumped from Bloom’s cruiser and attacked the suspect, latching onto his leg, according to police.
But then Lewis did his own chomping, biting into the dog’s side, police said. Lewis didn’t let go until the officer had to physically pull him off the dog, police said.
… assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals.
Here’s the source, which includes a mug shot.
Sadly, it’s often not the case that “as ye sew, so shall ye reap.” The latest case involves a Canterbury, New Zealand doctor. He began treating a 13-year-old girl, who then began babysitting his children. When the girl was 16, she was raped. Not surprisingly, the girl’s mother took her to this doctor after the rape. As reported in The New Zealand Herald:
A sexual relationship developed with the doctor and lasted for about three months in 1985.
So this man preys on his patient, a 16-year-old rape victim whose mother placed her trust in him. Surely this man had his medical license revoked? Nope. After being found guilty of “disgraceful conduct,” his license wasn’t even suspended! And, his name will remain a secret! Here’s his “punishment”:
… he has been censured by the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal which fined him the maximum $1000.
The GP was also required to be mentored by a health professional for three years and ordered to pay $62,666.86 in costs.
How could he get off with a slap on the wrist for this abominable conduct?
The tribunal in its decision said there was no evidence the doctor had behaved inappropriately before or since.
It said the “proved conduct of the charge (was) entirely out of character” and granted the doctor permanent name suppression.
The victim, Ms. A, has it exactly right:
“The argument seems to be that seeing as he got away with it for so long, he might as well get away with it forever.”
May fate serve up a dose of justice for the doctor. Here’s the source.
Everyone does things they regret (or should), including doctors. That’s why there are a variety of sanctions available when a doctor violates the applicable code of conduct, including the permanent loss of one’s medical license. Check out the actions of Dr. Gregory James Wilks (Victoria, Australia) as reported by Adelaide Now:
The Victorian Medical Board had found that in 2004, Wilks made inappropriate comments to two young women during consultations and later propositioned one of them in a text message.
Bad stuff, right? But, absent aggravating circumstances, probably not something that should be punished with a lifetime ban. How about this?
He later entered into a sexual relationship with another female patient, while the woman and her husband were consulting him about sexual issues.
Flat-out despicable. Though he should have been banned for life, he wasn’t.
…[in 2007] Wilks was banned from registering in Victoria until December 17 this year  …
Not being able to work in Victoria, the good doctor sought work in South Australia. Incredibly, he was offered a job at a hospital in Cooper Pedy. So he applied for a medical license in South Australia. Displaying much better sense the the aforementioned hospital …
The SA Medical Board refused that application, and Wilks appealed to the Supreme Court.
Dr. Wilks represented himself, but guess who helped? The woman he victimized when he was treating her and her husband! And he’s still in a relationship with her! He lost, big time.
In dismissing the appeal, Justice Thomas Gray said allowing Wilks to register in SA before the Victorian ban ended would “shock the public conscience”.
“There is a need to protect the public from unprofessional medical practitioners, particularly those who are indifferent to basic professional standards,” Justice Gray said.
“The doctor-patient relationship is one of trust and power, and one that demands both neutrality and professionalism.”
Amen. This guy is a predator. Here’s hoping the authorities recognize this when his ban ends on December 17. Here’s the source.
So maybe, maybe when the police find a body, they miss a small stab wound. But, and this a big “but,” what if the knife is still in the body? Could they miss it? Yup. As reported in The Medway Messenger:
Police failed to spot a dead pensioner had been murdered – until undertakers found a knife in his back, an inquest heard.
Officers were called to the home of Antoine Denis, in New Road, Chatham, after neighbours raised the alarm.
The 66-year-old was pronounced dead by a police nurse when he was found slumped on his bedroom floor.
But an inquest was told the weapon and a stab wound were only found by undertakers as they prepared to move his body on January 9.
DC [Detective Constable] Linda Robb told coroner Roger Sykes the knife was missed because it was dark in the flat and Mr Denis was lying on his back.
What, you expected that a police officer would turn the body over? Don’t be ridiculous.
Recording a verdict of unlawful killing, Mr Sykes said Mr Denis had died from a single stab wound, which penetrated his lung due to “the unlawful act of a person whose identity has not yet been established”.
The perp? Still at large.
Kim Albone, of Luton Road, Chatham, was charged with murder on January 21, but was later released after a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service. Officers are still hunting Mr Denis’ killer.
Here’s the source.
A handcuffed man (behind the back!) escapes from your patrol car, and you’re going to include a charge of stealing handcuffs? Are you sure that’s a part of the case you really want to highlight? Pick one: “Fugitive escapes!” or “Handcuffed fugitive in back of patrol car escapes, and steals $29 handcuffs that are supposed to be restraining him, under the nose of the officer who should be watching him.” As reported by The Daily News (Washington State):
A DOC officer arrested Eric Mitchell Lair on a felony warrant Oct. 1, according to a Longview police report. On the way to Cowlitz County jail, “Lair was able to open the back of (an) unmarked DOC caged vehicle and flee,” the report said.
“Lair was handcuffed behind his back at the time of escape,” the report said. Officers from multiple agencies conducted an “extensive search” of the area, but couldn’t find Lair.
Sorry, but it’s that “Ellen” thing. That’s essentially why Heartland Inns of America fired Brenna Lewis, according to Ms. Lewis. But Ms. Lewis may have the last word, as reported by Courthouse News Service.
An Iowa hotel clerk who describes herself as “slightly more masculine” can sue her former employer for allegedly firing her because she wasn’t pretty enough and she lacked “the Midwestern girl look,” the 8th Circuit ruled.
Here’s the background:
Lewis said she was fired in 2007 for not conforming to sex stereotypes and for questioning recent policy changes.
Lewis has “an Ellen DeGeneres kind of look,” according to her former manager, Lori Stifel. “Lewis prefers to wear loose fitting clothing, including men’s button-down shirts and slacks,” the ruling states. “She avoids makeup and wore her hair short at the time. Lewis has been mistaken for a male and referred to as ‘tomboyish.'”
BFD. Apparently it was, to Ms. Barbara Cullinan, director of operations…
Cullinan allegedly said Lewis lacked “the Midwestern girl look,” and stressed the importance of having a “pretty” desk staff.
When Cullinan told Stifel to move Lewis to the night shift, Stifel allegedly stuck up for Lewis, saying she had been doing a “phenomenal job at the front desk.”
Well done, madam.
The next week, Cullinan asked Stifel to resign and implemented stricter hiring rules, explaining that “hotels have to have a certain personification and appearance,” Lewis claimed.
No good deed goes unpunished. But Judge Diana Murphy had the last word, at least for now.
“Cullinan’s criticism of Lewis for lack of ‘prettiness’ and the ‘Midwestern girl look’ before terminating her may … be found by a reasonable factfinder to be evidence of wrongful sex stereotyping,” she wrote.
Here’s the source.
I doubt a beat cop ever goes an entire shift without being flagged down by a citizen in need. How often, though, do you think a cop is flagged down by a citizen who wants to know if there are any warrants for her arrest? At least once. It happened in Ohio, as reported in The Cincinnati Enquirer.
… in Lockland when 44-year-old Selma Elmore stopped Officer Dan Lyons on South Wayne Avenue about 2:30 a.m. Friday, police said.
Elmore asked the officer: Is there a curfew for adults in Lockland?
No curfew, Lyons responded.
Second question: Is there a warrant for my arrest?
Yes, in fact there is a warrant, the officer told her after a quick check.
Here’s another question: WHY WOULD YOU ASK THAT?
Lyons had discovered Elmore was wanted for allegedly failing to pay a fine as a result of a drug-related conviction, said Sgt. Patrick Sublet.
Ms. Elmore didn’t take the news very well. Not only did she bolt, but when Sgt. Sublet caught her, she shoved him into a building. Brilliant! And now …
She faces a new charge of resisting arrest.
Doh! Here’s the source, including a photo of Ms. Elmore.
Should a judge be allowed to clearly flout the Constitution with impunity? The Juice certainly hopes not, because Mississippi Chancellor [a Judge in the Chancery Court] Talmadge Littlejohn deserves, at a minimum, to be reprimanded. Why? A lawyer in his court would not recite the Pledge of Allegiance. And when Judge Littlejohn tried to force him to recite it, attorney Danny Lampley held his ground.
If you think that a judge would know that you can’t force someone to say the Pledge, you would be wrong. Perhaps in his reading of the Constitution, Judge Littlejohn skipped the first amendment? So what happened to Mr. Lampley for asserting his constitutional right in a court of law? Per The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal:
At 10 a.m., Lampley was in jail garb. By 2:30 p.m., Littlejohn ordered his release and return to the Lee County Justice Center to continue their business.
4 1/2 hours in jail! Here are Mr. Lampley’s choice words for the Judge:
Lampley said he was worried the judge would send him back to jail.
Simply put, the attorney said he and the judge have a “different point of view” about things, like loyalty oaths and the pledge.
“I have a lot of respect for him,” Lampley said, “I’m just not going to back off on his.
“I don’t have to say it because I’m an American,” he said about the 31-word pledge. “I hope he’s not too angry with me.”
“It’s a problem, but it’s for the judge and me to work out.”
Yeah, different “points of view.” One based on the law, one not. Don’t blame Mr. Lampley for not taking on the judge. The man has to represent clients in that courthouse, and before that judge, for years to come. But that doesn’t mean the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance should let this slide. What did Judge Littlejohn have to say about the incident?
After the hearing, Littlejohn’s assistant said the judge had no comment on the matter.
Perhaps the decisions get better as the day goes on… You can read more here.
So this woman was walking her dog in Belmont, Massachusetts when, according to her, a car came speeding by. What did she do? As reported in the Belmont Citizen-Herald:
According to a police report, an officer on Oct. 1 met with a Belmont man who stated he was driving down Stone Road the previous morning when an object came through his open window and hit him in the face. He soon realized the projectile was “a flying bag of dog feces that splattered across his face, and the remaining matter soiled the front of the car,” the report said.
The Juice’s first thought: Helluva shot! Second thought: If the car is going so fast, how does she pull that off? Backstory:
The day before, on Sept. 30, an officer was dispatched to Stone Road to take a report from a woman about a speeding complaint. The woman reported she was walking her dog down Stone Road and threw a bag at a dark-colored sedan that was allegedly speeding down Stone Road, almost hitting a person on a bicycle.
The woman told police she ran to hid in a neighboring yard after throwing the bag, which she admitted was filled with feces, because the vehicle remained in the area.
… assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, vandalism to property and disorderly conduct …
Yes, a “dangerous weapon” … Click here to read more.