FEBRUARY 9–Felony snowball throwing charges have been leveled against two Virginia college students for allegedly pelting a city plow and an undercover police car during Saturday’s blizzard. Charles Gill and Ryan Knight, both 21, were nabbed by cops in Harrisonburg, where they attend James Madison University. According to police, the pair first targeted a city plow last Saturday afternoon. The driver responded by calling cops to report the frosty fusillade. When police responded to the scene in a bid to identify the assailants, their unmarked vehicle also came under an icy assault. Gill and Knight, a guard on JMU’s basketball team, were then apprehended and booked into jail for throwing missiles at occupied vehicles, a felony. If convicted of the felonious snowball tossing, the men each face between one and five years in prison, and a maximum $2,500 fine.
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A police inspector faces punishment for hitting a sergeant on the head with a truncheon after finding officers napping at a police box during working hours, it has been learned.
The Metropolitan Police Department is questioning the 54-year-old inspector, whose name has been withheld, over the incident. He has reportedly admitted overstepping his authority.”I was offering instructions, but I went too far. I’m sorry,” the inspector was quoted as saying.
Investigators said the inspector called on a police box outside Akabane Police Station in Tokyo’s Kita-ku shortly before 9 a.m. on Feb. 12. Officers at the police box were supposed to have been working outside that morning, but the inspector found two officers napping.
“When the inspector told them off, a 52-year-old sergeant stood in front of him and attempted to offer an explanation, but the inspector pulled out a 70-centimeter-long truncheon and clubbed the sergeant on the head.
The sergeant was taken to a hospital for examination, but he was not injured in the incident. The inspector was transferred from his position in May. Police said they would punish the inspector after deciding whether to form a case against him.
MANCHESTER, NH—More than 36 hours after the disappearance of 13-year-old Heather Jordan, Manchester police hired local psychic Lynette Mure-Davis to help waste their valuable time Monday. “I see a river… and along the banks is an outcropping with five lilac bushes,” said Mure-Davis, who then paused a full 90 seconds to “collect vibrations” from Jordan’s scarf. “I also see a man… tall, but stocky, wearing… a hat. And an animal, perhaps a dog.”
As of press time, Jordan was still trapped under a collapsed utility shed three blocks west of her house.
One of Finland’s richest men has been handed a record 170,000 euros speeding ticket, thanks to the country’s policy of relating the fine to your income. Jussi Salonoja, the 27-year-old heir to a family-owned sausage empire, was given the £116,000 ticket after being caught driving 80kph in a 40kph zone.
Helsinki police came up with the figure after tax office data showed that Mr Salonoja earned close to £7m in 2002. If his penalty stands it will beat the previous record of almost 80,000 euros. That figure (£54,000) was paid in 2000 by Finnish internet millionaire Jaakko Rytsola, when he was caught speeding.
A US woman has been sentenced to three months house arrest after being spotted breastfeeding her child while driving. Catherine Donkers, 29, was nursing her baby daughter on an Ohio highway while driving at 65mph.
She said she did not stop because she was talking on the phone to her husband and taking notes on the steering wheel. Donkers is said to belong to a sect which requires her to follow her husband’s orders. She was convicted of breaking child restraint laws.
Donkers, who was driving from Pittsburgh to Detroit at the time of her arrest, was also found guilty of driving without a licence and failing to comply with officers. She drove for three miles without stopping despite officers demanding she pull over. She finally pulled off the road and stopped near a toll booth, she said, because she felt it was safe there.
“When I haven’t done anything wrong, why would I… sacrifice my principles?” she told local radio, adding she felt her civil rights had been violated. Donkers reportedly said she fed the baby on her husband’s orders to save time. Donkers and her husband are believed to be members of an organisation called the First Christian Fellowship for Eternal Sovereignty which instructs that the husband is the head of the family and a wife can submit to punishment only from him.
The fellowship, thought to have been founded in the state of Nevada in the 1990s, is said to have a history of challenging US government laws. Donkers now has 30 days to decide whether she intends to appeal against her sentence.
Man nabbed for 1,300 fake emergency calls in 1 month
NAGASAKI — A man who made over 1,300 prank emergency phone calls to police in one month to vent his pent-up feelings has been arrested, law enforcers said.The man, Kazuya Nishimoto, 41, was arrested by Nagasaki Prefectural Police for obstructing officials from carrying out their duties. He has reportedly admitted making the false emergency calls.”I did it to vent my frustrations,” he was quoted by police as saying.
Police said Nishimoto began making prank emergency calls from about February last year. In August this year, he was allegedly making between about 30 and 120 calls a day, and more than 1,300 were reportedly recorded in one month, before his arrest on Wednesday.Between 8:24 p.m. and 11:01 p.m. on Aug. 26, he made 98 fake calls to police from his mobile phone, saying things like, “I’ve been stabbed,” and “I’ve got drugs,” investigators said.