Taken from my local newspaper (Timesunion.com)…
Shotgun drawn after brothers argue about sandwich
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – New Jersey police said a shotgun was brandished after two brothers argued about a sandwich for their mother. The argument began in Anthony Pilla’s Bridgewater house, where the mother lives. Police said Pilla’s brother threw his cap and glasses at the 49-year-old old.
According to an affidavit, Pilla went to the basement and returned with a loaded shotgun. Police said the brothers wrestled, Pilla dropped the shotgun and their mother took it out of the house Wednesday.
Pilla is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Police did not release the name of his brother or say what kind of sandwich was at the center of the dispute.
Seattle bank teller chases robber, loses job
SEATTLE – A Seattle bank teller has lost his job because he ran down a would-be bank robber and held him until police arrived. Jim Nicholson, 30, who had worked for more than two years at a Key Bank branch near the Seattle Center, says he understands the bank’s strict policy that employees comply with robbery demands and avoid confrontations.
But he told The Seattle Times that instinct took over when a thin man in a beanie cap, dark clothing and sunglasses pushed a black backpack across the bank counter on Tuesday and demanded money.
Nicholson threw the bag to the floor, lunged toward the man and demanded to see a weapon. The man bolted for the door with Nicholson in pursuit.
He chased him several blocks before knocking him to the ground with the help of a passer-by. Nicholson then held the man until police arrived.
On Thursday, Nicholson was fired. Key Bank spokeswoman Anne Foster declined to comment on Nicholson and his actions.
Police and the FBI discourage such heroics. Bank tellers are trained to get robbers out the door quickly and are advised against possibly escalating a situation over money that’s federally insured.
Nicholson said he understands why he was fired.
“They tell us that we’re just supposed to comply, but my instincts kicked in and I did what’s best to stop the guy,” he said. “I thought if I let him go he would rob more banks and cause more problems.”
Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said the best course for citizens is to be good witnesses to crimes.
“When confronted by a violent criminal, it is best to comply unless they feel their personal safety is in jeopardy. It is possible that taking action and confronting the criminal may lead to the injury of the victim or other bystanders.”
“You want tellers to be proactive, but you want them to do it safely,” said FBI Special Agent Fred Gutt.
The would-be robber, a 29-year-old transient, has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for theft and robbery, according to court records. Charges in the attempted robbery were not immediately filed.
Nicholson said he has run after shoplifters while working at other retail jobs.
“It’s something I almost look forward to. It’s a thrill and I’m an adrenaline-junkie person. It’s the pursuit,” he said.
Florida inmates make, sell their own hot sauce
TAMPA, Fla. – A group of Tampa inmates is offering a taste of what it’s like jail – no locks, bars or handcuffs required. But you’d better have an tough stomach to use more than a dash of their “Jailhouse Fire Hot Sauce.” Minimum-security Hillsborough County Jail inmates offer it in “Original,” “Smoke” and “No Escape” varieties, all made from their jail-grown peppers.
They came up with the recipe and started selling it in 2005. Since then, horticulture instructor Allen Boatman estimates they’ve made $10,000 on the sauce. Each bottle is $7.
The income is used to keep up the greenhouse and buy basic supplies.
Man faces $30,000 bill for falsely reporting crash
DURANGO, Colo. – A man who authorities said was drunk when he called 911 to falsely report a plane crash in southwest Colorado faces more than a hangover. La Plata County sheriff’s officials said they plan to recover from the man $30,000 in estimated costs that authorities spent responding to the report.
The man, 59, was arrested on suspicion of false reporting after 50 emergency workers responded to a call Thursday from a man who said his arm was severed in a plane crash. The caller said up to 12 other people on the flight died.
Investigators said they traced the call to the suspect.
The man told an investigator Friday that he believed he was talking on the phone with his friend, not an emergency dispatcher.
Tenn. inmate sues, saying jail lost his leg
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A state prison inmate has sued, claiming Davidson County jailers lost his prosthetic leg. Jerry Ray Brock was held in the jail at Nashville, awaiting transfer to state prison. The Tennessean reported Brock has a criminal history of burglaries.
Brock said when he was extradicted from Georgia and brought to the jail a year ago, he was wearing an older prosthetic leg, but had a new one with him. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Brock claims a jail guard refused to let him take his new prosthesis and cane or swap for the new one.
Metro Nashville legal department offical Mike Safley said he had not seen the lawsuit, but confirmed Brock earlier filed a claim, seeking return of the artificial limb, which could not be located.
The lawsuit seeks $18,000 reimbursement and $500,000 in punitive damages.
Drunk police intern arrested for impersonating cop
MADISON, Wis. – A Madison police intern has been arrested after he allegedly impersonated an officer to detain three people. A police report said the 20-year-old intern was drunk early Friday morning when he approached three men. The man allegedly flashed his police intern badge, claimed he was an undercover detective, pantomimed a gun with his thumb and index finger and ordered the men to the ground.
Police said he talked into his cell phone saying he needed backup.
Authorities said he eventually let the men leave, saying they were lucky.
Police arrested the man on tentative charges of impersonating a police officer, disorderly conduct and underage drinking.
The police report notes, “It is anticipated his internship will be ending.”
Scientist: ‘Finger’ was neither human nor animal
BRIELLE, N.J. – Authorities say a human finger wasn’t dropped on a deck at the Jersey shore after all. A forensic anthropologist has determined the object, which resembled a decaying finger with an acrylic french-manicured nail, is neither human nor animal.
Brielle police were called July 30 after a homeowner made the discovery. Officials suspected it may have been dropped by a bird.
The Monmouth County medical examiner could not verify whether the object was a human finger.
State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones says a forensic anthropologist X-rayed it and determined it was made of an unidentified substance.
Hypnotist fined for stealing a kiss on a date
SKorean hypnotist is fined for kissing woman on a date, thinking he had put her in a trance
SEOUL, South Korea – A South Korean hypnotist has been fined for stealing a kiss on a blind date with a woman he thought he had successfully put in a trance, news reports said Thursday.
The 32-year-old man suggested hypnotizing his 27-year-old date during their first meeting arranged by a matchmaking agency in August last year, according to the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper and Yonhap news agency.
The woman was eventually persuaded, and the hypnotist chanted: “Black hole! You will plunge deeper into a trance. You will feel thrilled all over your body and if my hand touches your body, you will feel intense pleasure.”
When the man, identified only by his surname, Park, thought his technique had worked, he went to kiss her.
But the woman was fully alert, though her eyes were closed, and she pushed him away. Later, she filed accusations that he had sexually harassed her, the reports said.
The Seoul Central District Court fined Park 3 million won ($2,453), they said.
Obese Texas inmate hides gun in his flabs of fat
HOUSTON – An obese inmate in Texas has been charged after officials learned he had a gun hidden under flabs of his own flesh.
Twenty-five-year-old George Vera was charged with possession of a firearm in a correctional facility after he told a guard at the Harris County Jail about the unloaded 9mm pistol. The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that Vera was originally arrested on charges of selling illegal copies of compact discs.
The 500-pound man was searched during his arrest and again at a city jail and the county jail, but officers never found the weapon in his rolls of skin. Vera admitted having the gun during a shower break at the county jail.