July 31, 2014
Strip Club Endorses Pastor For Congress
Phoenix (AP) An Arizona strip club has endorsed a Democratic candidate for Congress. And the candidate, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, says he’s happy to have the support of The Great Alaskan Bush Company of Phoenix.
The Arizona Republic reports the strip club recently announced its endorsement on a sign that reads: “Jarrett Maupin for Congress ‘The Rev.’”
Maupin, who calls himself a member of the Progressive Christian Coalition, says employees voted to back him because he supports affordable student loans and all-day kindergarten.
Maupin is running in a close race for the 7th District seat against three other Democrats to replace retiring longtime Rep. Ed Pastor.
But he can’t vote for himself because he was convicted in 2009 of lying to the FBI in a case involving then-Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.
Trio Of Naked Thieves Only Take Hamburgers
Bonita Springs, FL (AP) A southwest Florida waitress has dubbed the trio of naked hamburger thieves who broke into an eatery “dumb, dumber and dumbest.”
Waitress Nancy Sansevieri was still laughing after police released surveillance video Wednesday showing the college-aged men, two naked and one clad in underwear‚ stealing 60 hamburgers from Doc’s Beach House in Bonita Beach.
Police say the men broke in early Sunday and left a trail of red peppers on the beach.
Doc’s general manager Lou Bangert told the News-Press of Fort Myers that he’s never witnessed such a crime in the restaurant’s 27-year history. Thieves have broken in and taken money from the cash register, but he says no one has ever slammed through a door completely naked looking for beef.
Police Collide After Officer Runs Red Light
Syracuse, NY (AP) Authorities say a Syracuse city police officer was looking at the computer inside his patrol car when he ran a red light and collided with an unmarked police vehicle. Police tell The Post-Standard that 35-year-old Officer Robert Harrington was driving a marked car late Tuesday morning when he failed to stop for a red light at an intersection and drove into an unmarked vehicle driven by 51-year-old Detective Edward MacBlane. Police say Harrington was distracted looking at his computer when the accident occurred. Officials say Harrington was responding to a suspicious person complaint and didn’t have his vehicle’s siren or emergency lights on.
Man Run Over By Own Truck During Road Rage
Gainesville, FL (AP) A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver’s window.
It happened Tuesday evening in Gainesville, Florida.
The Gainesville Sun reports 48-year-old Joseph Carl had been drinking and drove into a vehicle stopped at a red light. He got out of his truck without putting it in park and began banging on the window of a woman’s car.
When the frightened woman drove away, there was nothing holding his truck in place.
The truck rolled into Carl. A police report says he was taken to the hospital where he was treated for fractures in his hand and foot.
He’s charged with DUI and DUI property damage. It isn’t known whether he’s obtained a lawyer.
Toddler Crashes Jeep, Runs Home To Watch Cartoons
Myrtle Creek, OR (AP) Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons.
Authorities say the 3-year-old boy who was wearing only a diaper climbed into the Jeep Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house, causing minor damage.
KPTV reports an officer found the boy on a couch watching TV as if nothing had happened.
He said his parents weren’t home and another relative was sleeping.
Police cited 22-year-old Brennan Pennington for failing to supervise a child.
Couple Marries In Omaha’s Largest Cemetery
Omaha, NE (AP) A Nebraska couple chose an unusual venue for their wedding: the largest cemetery in Omaha.
Janyl Jumadinova and Oliver Bonham-Carter exchanged vows Saturday in Forest Lawn Cemetery. They were surrounded by family, friends and more than 100,000 souls buried in the 349-acre cemetery.
The bride, who is from Kyrgyzstan, said her culture holds a firm belief in spirits. Some of the groom’s ancestors are buried in the cemetery, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
“It’s not at all creepy,” Bonham-Carter said. “We have thousands of witnesses‚ both alive and dead!”
The couple married earlier this year in a small ceremony in Pennsylvania, but they wanted to hold another wedding so friends and family could bear witness. Relatives of the couple traveled more than 6,000 miles from three different continents to attend.
The ceremony took place in an ornate 101-year-old chapel decorated with granite, marble, brass, stained glass and mosaic tiles. It was designed by John McDonald, an Omaha architect who helped construct Joslyn Castle and the Joslyn Art Museum with his son Alan.
McDonald, his wife and son are interred in the walls of his Forest Lawn Cemetery chapel.
No Ticket For Shrek Over Loud Musical
Portsmouth, NH (AP) A musical being performed in a New Hampshire park has drawn some noise complaints, but the deputy police chief says he’s “not giving Shrek a ticket.”
“Shrek the Musical” is enjoying a summer run in the seacoast city of Portsmouth, but some neighbors want the volume turned down.
City police and City Councilor Esther Kennedy say they’ve been getting complaints about noise from the shows.
But Deputy Police Chief Corey MacDonald tells the Portsmouth Herald and its Seacoast Online website he has no plans to ticket the green ogre.
Kennedy says she’d like to outfit police officers with decibel meters so they can get an objective reading of how loud sounds are. MacDonald says police are waiting for more direction from the community before engaging in any crackdown.