January 30, 2014
Man Shares Wanted Photo, And Cops Really LIKE Him
Freeland, PA (AP) Police in one northeastern Pennsylvania town really “liked” this Facebook post.
Officers in Freeland arrested 35-year-old Anthony Lescowitch on Monday night, less than two hours after he shared a wanted photo of himself and taunted police for not being able to find him, the (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader reported Tuesday.
Lescowitch shared the wanted bulletin minutes after Freeland police posted it on the department Facebook page Monday night, authorities said. He was being sought on assault-related charges.
An officer pretending to be an attractive woman then messaged Lescowitch, according to police. Lescowitch refused the offer of a drink but eventually agreed to meet for a cigarette, and was arrested at the agreed-upon location.
After the arrest, police posted this message: “CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER.”
Lescowitch, of Drifton, remained in the Luzerne County Jail Tuesday. Court records don’t list a defense attorney for him, but show he faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 29 on charges including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident July 14.
Another Unwise Notion From A Guy On The Run
Coloradon Springs, CO (AP) A man wanted by Colorado authorities is in custody after he fell through a ceiling while being chased by police and took refuge in a bathroom.
Colorado Springs police say 27-year-old Andrew Stiern burst into Comfort Dental on Thursday and attempted to escape through the roof. But the attempt failed when he fell through the ceiling.
Police say he then barricaded himself inside a bathroom and refused to surrender. After negotiating with police, Stiern turned himself in.
Officers say they were trying to take Stiern into custody for three active felony warrants. Police say he’s now facing additional charges.
Static Electricity + Methane = Exploding Cow Shed
Berlin (AP) A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.
Police in Hesse state said in a statement that a static electric charge apparently triggered the detonation, and a spurt of flame, on Monday at a farm in Rasdorf. The roof was slightly damaged and one cow suffered light burns. No people were hurt.
Police say 90 cows are kept in the shed and it wasn’t clear why quantities of methane had built up. Bovine belching and flatulence releases large quantities of the gas.
Blow-Dart Suspect Offers Undeniable Defense
Colfax, WA (AP) A man accused of shooting a woman and man with a blow dart in two separate attacks in Washington state has made his first court appearance on assault charges.
KREM-TV reports 18-year-old Joseph Gillies of Tacoma appeared in court Thursday in Whitman County. He was released from jail until his next court appearance at the end of the month.
Gillies is accused of shooting a woman with a blow dart Jan. 12 on the Washington State University campus. He’s also accused of hitting a man with a dart two days later while walking in Pullman.
Police say they suspect Gillies of several similar blow dart assaults in Ellensburg.
Gillies told KREM he’s sorry for the dart attacks but offered no explanation other than saying, ``I’m a moron.’’
Tips and surveillance video led to Gillies’ arrest Wednesday in Ellensburg.
Attention Deer Hunters: Sneezing
Just Right Brings ‘Em In
Jackson, MS (AP) The deer hunter figured sneezing had blown his chance at a deer, but blowing his nose brought a big buck running.
Ron Manning of Hinds County said he’s hunted deer for 54 years and had never seen anything like what happened earlier this month—though he did once see a deer that tried to eat grape bubble gum and got gum all over itself, he told The Clarion-Ledger.
On Jan. 16, he said, he suffered a volley of nine sneezes in 10 minutes. He tried to muffle the noise in his elbow, but figured he had no chance of seeing a deer for an hour. So he went for the honk.
The next thing he knew, ``a 17-inch, 8-point came roaring in,’’ Manning said. ``He had his ears laid back, his eyes glazed over and the hair standing up on his back. Obviously, I said something to upset him because he came to fight. He wasn’t cautious. He came in running.’’
``He was wide open, coming to me,’’ Manning said. ``I shot him at 25 yards.’’
Manning joked that instead of a grunt/wheeze call, this deer was fooled by a cough/sneeze.
``I wish I knew exactly what I did so I could duplicate it,’’ Manning said.
CD Lost In Tornado Returned To Amazed Owner
Kokomo, IN (AP) A central Indiana woman whose Kokomo business was destroyed by a November tornado has been reunited with a photo-filled CD the storm swept off her desk and spit out 30 miles away.
Michael Muchmore found the largely unscathed data CD last month while he was working in a wooded area near the Grant County town of Sweetser. When he loaded it on his home computer, he found it was filled with photos of people in military uniforms and 1920s-style outfits.
The final image provided a clue to the CD’s origins. That photo showed a woman presenting an oversized check for $10,000 to Nicholas Kanable, principal of Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick School in Kokomo.
Muchmore looked up the school’s phone number and left a message for Kanable, who discovered the voicemail over Christmas break.Kanable then returned the CD to its rightful owner, Margi Moore, the owner of Moore Title and Escrow and the mystery woman seen presenting the check to Kanable in the photo. Although Moore’s business was destroyed by the Nov. 17 tornado that hit Kokomo, her client records were in a vault at the time of the tornado, secure from the storm. But many of her personal office possessions were lost.
``It’s frightening what the tornado can do, but it was nice to get that back,’’ Moore told the Kokomo Tribune. ``We’re thankful for concerned and caring people because these little things can mean a lot.’’
Fake, ‘Krispy’ Pot Is Not A Big Money Maker
Lakehurst, NJ (AP) It was a case of snap, crackle and pot.
Police say a New Jersey man mixed Rice Krispies and oregano and sold it as marijuana to a 17-year-old for $210.
Lakehurst Police Sgt. Ron Heinzman tells the Asbury Park Press the teen told her mother she had taken the money to pay for half an ounce of marijuana. Police were called when the mother and girl confronted 22-year-old Richard Erving on Wednesday.
Erving is charged with distribution of imitation marijuana.
The girl is charged with a drug offense.
Weird Rumor Starts & Security Nips It In The Bud - Nips It!
Bethlehem, PA (AP) An eastern Pennsylvania casino is trying to dispel a bizarre online rumor: The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem says patrons aren’t being bitten by snakes.
Casino spokeswoman Julia Corwin tells The Express-Times that there have been no reported snake encounters at the Sands. She says if there were snakes, the critters would have been captured by the casino’s sophisticated surveillance cameras.
The rumor circulating on Facebook claims someone went to their doctor with some kind of bite, and the doctor diagnosed a snake bite and asked immediately whether the patient had recently visited the Bethlehem casino.
State police operate a station at the casino. Trooper William Ortiz reports “absolutely zero snakes” inside.