May 2, 2013
Cartel-Linked Man Arrested
On The Dance Floor
Albuquerque, NM (AP) Federal officials say a suspected drug trafficker affiliated with the deadly Sinaloa Cartel couldn’t dance his troubles away.
Omar Cota was taken into custody early Friday off a dance floor at Route 66 Casino’s Club Envy in New Mexico. Officials say federal agents and police in Laguna arrested the 28-year-old after receiving a tip that he liked to go to the casino.
The U.S. Marshals Service says Cota had an outstanding federal arrest warrant for drug trafficking and had eluded federal agents since February 2012.
Authorities say agents found a large amount of cash and suspected drugs with Cota, who is believed to be a member of the Brew Town gang.
It was unclear if Cota had an attorney.
Ex-Congresswoman Presiding Over ET Hearings
Detroit (AP) Ex-U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Detroit and six other former Congress members are presiding over hearings on the existence of extraterrestrials.
The 30 hours of congressional-style hearings kicked off Monday and are scheduled to run through Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Those testifying hope to prove that aliens contact Earth and that the government is trying to keep it secret.
Kilpatrick tells The Detroit News she’s been researching the topic and is “looking forward to the week’s activities.”
The News says Kilpatrick, who is being paid $20,000 plus expenses, will chair the panel on Tuesday.
Kilpatrick is a Democrat who served in Congress from 1997-2011. Her son, ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is awaiting sentencing after being convicted on two dozen counts of corruption.
Judge Tells Police To
Tacoma, WA (AP) Police in Tacoma could soon be in real trouble over pot.
The department could be found in contempt if they continue to refuse to return a small amount of marijuana seized from a man after a traffic stop. Municipal Court Judge Jack Emery repeated an order to police Thursday to return the drug to Joseph L. Robertson within seven days or they could be found in contempt.
“Appeal or comply,” Emery told assistant city attorney John Walker. “Or next week, show up, and I would advise you to bring counsel.”
It was seized in May of last year when an officer pulled over the Tacoma man for speeding. He was cited for driving without a license and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Prosecutors dismissed the drug charge in December, after state voters decided to legalize small amounts of the drug.
Robertson then asked for his pot back, and provided proof of medical marijuana authorization. The city refused, which led to Emery’s Feb. 28 order. If the matter is not settled by the May 2 hearing, it could go to higher courts.
The pot is now in the possession of the Pierce County sheriff’s department, which operates the property room for seized evidence. Deputies won’t give it to Robertson.
Man Arrested For Letting
9 Year Old Son Drive Ferrari
New Delhi (AP) Police in India have arrested a man who allowed his 9-year-old son to drive his Ferrari.
Mohammed Nisham was arrested on charges of endangering the life of a child and allowing a minor to drive, said Inspector Biju Kumar. He was released after posting bail of 5,000 rupees ($92), Kumar said.
Nisham’s wife filmed the boy driving the sports car on his 9th birthday two weeks ago with his 5-year-old brother in the passenger seat.
The video was widely watched on YouTube and created an outrage across India, causing police to file charges.
Police Inspector M.V. Verghese said the boy’s father, who has a thriving tobacco and real estate business, owns 18 cars worth an estimated $4 million.
Nisham turned himself in at a police station near the port city of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala, Kumar said.
Police have impounded the Ferrari, but it will be returned to him in a few days after police complete the paperwork for the case, police said.
The boy’s parents were unabashed. “I am proud of him. He’s been driving since he was 5,” said his mother, Amal Nisham.
“It was his 9th birthday, and since he was insisting for months, we allowed him to drive the Ferrari.
He is a cautious and confident driver,” she told television channel NDTV. “It’s not easy for a child to achieve such a feat at this young age,” she said.
80 Year Old Woman
TAMPA, FL (AP) The idea behind the Tampa Women’s Club charity event was simple. For $20, you could buy a flute of champagne and a chance to win a one-carat, $5,000 diamond. Organizers of the Saturday event placed $10 cubic zirconia stones in the bottom of 399 of the 400 champagne glasses. The prized diamond, donated by Continental Wholesale Diamonds, was placed in the last. The problem? Eighty-year-old Miriam Tucker accidentally swallowed it.
Tucker told local news media that she didn’t want to put her finger in the champagne, so she drank a bit. While laughing with women at the table, she realized she swallowed it. Embarrassed, she had to tell jewelers who were frantically searching for the winner. Already scheduled for a colonoscopy on Monday, she had a doctor recover the jewel.
Wanted: Polar Bear Spotter
On Norwegian Islands
Oslo, Norway (AP) Do you enjoy the outdoors and have strong vocal cords? If so, Norway might have a summer job for you: three weeks in the Arctic wilderness spotting polar bears.
The governor’s office on the remote northern islands of Svalbard is seeking a polar bear spotter to warn researchers doing projects in the region.
The job starts July 8 and also requires previous experience with the outdoors, good polar bear spotting skills and a competence with firearms.
But Helge Solli from the governor’s office says the successful candidate likely won’t have to use a gun “just as long as they have a loud voice” to scare off any bears.
There are an estimated 3,000 polar bears in the Svalbard archipelago, which has a human population of about 2,400.
Stilt Walker Trekking Around Michigan For Charity
Ann Arbor Township, MI (AP) Neil Sauter (SAW’-ter) walks 9 feet off the ground. But he’s more concerned with distance than height these days.
Sauter plans to trek 400 miles across his home state during the next month as part of an effort to raise money for the United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan nonprofit.
The 29-year-old Deerfield resident has mild cerebral palsy.
His “Walk for No Limits” kicked off April 12 in Ann Arbor. His journey is scheduled to end May 19, not far from his southern Michigan home.
Five years ago, Sauter stilt-walked 830 miles across the state and raised about $85,000 in the process. This time, he’s looking to walk less and raise more.
Sauter says that when he looks back, he’s “going to be really proud of these trips.”