Archive for March, 2010
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A pit bull mix in Tennessee has been sentenced to obedience training after his dogged attack on a local police car.
Winston didn’t bite anybody, but he mauled a Chattanooga police car in what might have been a confused attempt to take a bite out of crime. The persistent pooch managed to tear off a section of the front bumper and damage the tires.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that a judge ruled that Winston had been a very bad dog. He was sentenced to obedience and canine good citizen classes, and he’ll have to wear a tag that says he is “potentially dangerous.”
Charges against his owner will be dismissed if the classes are completed successfully.
Owner Nancy Emerling said Winston got out of a fenced-in area at a welding shop March 14.
The Associated Press
Friday, March 26, 2010; 9:27 AM
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
ANAHEIM â€“ – A woman in her 70s mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake and plowed her car into an optometry office, police said.
The accident occurred at 2:30 p.m. Monday at 1105 N. State College Blvd. Anaheim Sgt. Rick Martinez said the woman was driving a green Honda Civic when she went through the front plate-glass window and door.
The woman was uninjured and the office was closed, he said.
Martinez said there was no structural damage to the building, but the window and door were smashed.
Be part-man, part-machine and all awesome and buy the original Robocop Ford Taurus for around $19K.
The Volo Auto Museum outside of Chicago is putting the greatest Detroit P.D. car ever to roam the streets of Dallas, Texas (where most of the externals were shot) up for auction. When the producers of Robocop wanted to look to the future they chose the most forward-looking sedan to come out of Michigan in a generation: the 1986 Ford Taurus.
For some reason the car is listed as a 1988 Taurus even though we think the film used a 1986 MY Ford. Also, there are no exterior shots of the vehicle other than ones from the movie. And while there is a fake assault rifle, we’d maybe call before we plopped down the $18,998 bid for the Robocopcar thinking we’ll get any actual firearms. Otherwise, it’s a steal of a deal, right?
On the road to eternal peace, a body left inside a funeral home minivan wound up at hell on earth: the city tow pound.
The unscheduled stop came after a police tow truck hooked the illegally parked vehicle outside Redden’s Funeral Home on W. 14th St.
The dearly departed was soon heading for a lot off the West Side Highway, with the truck driver handling the last rights – and a few lefts – on the ride through Chelsea.
Funeral director Paul DeNigris said he nearly died after walking outside the business Monday afternoon to find his client no longer resting in peace.
“I was just a wreck,” DeNigris told the Daily News. “I was frantic. When something like that happens, you go into panic mode.”
The corpse was finally rescued after 90 undignified minutes in Manhattan‘s most miserable locale, trapped amid scofflaws and irate out-of-towners.
DeNigris had parked his silver 2002 Dodge in a “No Parking Anytime” zone outside the funeral home. The body, in a white cardboard box, was headed for Newark Airport and a flight to Miami for cremation.
DeNigris said he stepped inside to pick up some paperwork, took a phone call, and returned to find … nothing.
“The car was just gone,” he said yesterday.
The NYPD said the van was ticketed at 9:22 a.m. – and then towed nearly three hours later, at 12:07 p.m.
“There was nothing to indicate it was more than just an illegally parked car,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.
The terrified DeNigris was at the pound within minutes, explaining his improbable plight and showing his funeral home paperwork.
“I tried not to be too loud,” he recounted. “I didn’t want to scream, ‘I’m the guy from the funeral home with the car with the person in the back.’
“We try to be discreet.”
He declined to provide any information about the victim.
DeNigris said the minivan had a windshield placard reading “Funeral Director on Official Business,” but acknowledged it had fallen flat and was hard to detect.
The van’s tinted windows helped obscure the box packed in its rear, he said.
Redden’s will start putting signs identifying its vehicles in the rear and side windows to prevent a repeat.
The tow pound, in a show of respect despite the bizarre circumstances, waived the $185 fee when returning the minivan.
DeNigris said he planned to fight the $115 parking ticket, claiming a funeral business vehicle transporting a body is immune to parking regulations.
If he loses, DeNigris said, that’s the cost of doing business in the city.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “It’s aggravating. But this is New York City. Things like this are not uncommon.”
A man who led cops on a high-speed car chase managed to escape from guards while in hospital
He was found hiding in a tree in a suburban backyard, after more than seven hours on the run.
Police said Little and a 21-year-old woman stole a car yesterday after threatening the occupants with a hammer.
During the pursuit, police said the suspect forced the driver out of another car and tried to do the same with three others. The chase ended after Little rammed a police cruiser and rolled the stolen car.
Video of the chase shows a vehicle, allegedly driven by Little, zigzagging around traffic, darting past a police blockade, and swerving off the road into a park.
At that point, a man jumps out, races into the street, forces a driver of another car out of his vehicle, and jumps in. The man then nearly runs over a police officer before driving off again.
The woman accused of being Little’s accomplice was also arrested. She faces two counts of stealing a motor vehicle.
On Wednesday police in Austin, Texas arrested a 20-year old man on suspicion of remotely disabling more than 100 vehicles sold through his former place of employment, Texas Auto Center.
Wired reports that more 100 drivers in Austin had their cars disabled or had their car horns start to honk uncontrollably after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system used by Texas Auto Center.
Webteck Plus, offered by a company called Pay Technologies, is used to remind customers who are late on their car payments that they’re falling behind. A small black box is installed under the dashboard and it responds to commands issued from a central website.
When 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez was laid off, he allegedly broke into the system and disabled or tampered with over 100 cars sold through his employer’s dealerships.
“We initially dismissed it as mechanical failure,” Texas Auto Center manager Martin Garcia said. “We started having a rash of up to a hundred customers at one time complaining. Some customers complained of the horns going off in the middle of the night. The only option they had was to remove the battery.”
The problems stopped once the system was reset and all the passwords changed, however, IP logs from PayTeck traced the breach to one Ramos-Lopezâ€™s AT&T internet service. The ex-employee accessed the system through another employees account and began tampering with and disabling vehicles via specific name searches. Once Ramos-Lopez realized he could pull up a list of all the cars equipped with the technology (more than 1,000), he began going down the list, disabling cars in alphabetical order.
The 20-year-old faces computer intrusion charges for gaining unauthorized access to the system.
A woman and her husband got in to a heated argument as they drove on a busy Illinois interstate. An out-of-control discussion about taxes and an alleged affair ended in a beating, then shooting.
Yolanda L. Morris-Sheegog, and her husband (whose name has been withheld) were driving along the heavily traveled Illinois Interstate 57 over the weekend. The County Club Hills couple had been arguing incessantly about their finances. Morris-Sheegog had also accused her spouse of being unfaithful, which sent her in to a tailspin.
The 53-year-old woman allegedly pulled her red Chevrolet vehicle over to the shoulder of the road and proceeded to beat up her husband with a phone book, according to county prosecutors. Morris-Sheegog’s husband tried to defend himself but all of his efforts proved useless. Illinois State Police records indicate that the incensed woman then pulled out a gun and allegedly shot her husband. The bullet ripped through his genitals, then lodged in to his right leg.
Illinois State Police District Chicago Master Sgt. Joe Stangl says that when his troopers approached the parked vehicle, there appeared to be no sign of a crash. The officers saw the 56-year-old husband lying in the passenger seat, apparently injured, and the only other person in the vehicle was Morris-Sheegog.
The husband was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital.
Morris-Sheegog was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated battery with a firearm. She is also being held on a $200,000 bond.
Wrote Goodbye Letter Before Rescue
A 67-year-old country musician from Montana who spent four days in his car stuck on a remote mountain road was weak and losing hope when an Idaho couple out for a drive in their four-wheel-drive vehicle came upon his car.
Louis Rogers, of Lakeside, said Tuesday he had written a goodbye letter and was preparing himself for death when Scott and Penny Kalis of Coeur d’Alene stopped to help on Sunday.
“She said, ‘Well, what are you doing way up here?’” Rogers said. “I said, ‘Dying, and if you don’t believe it, here’s the proof, and I showed her the letter.’
“I was serious because I thought I was a dead man,” he added.
Rogers – who has played guitar for big names in the country music business, including Merle Haggard and George Jones – left northwestern Montana’s Flathead region Thursday to make a trip to Calder, Idaho. He decided to take the remote Gold Creek Road across the Bitterroot Mountains, a route he had taken several times before and one he knew could shave more than an hour off the trip.
After about nine miles and with dusk setting in, the road got too snowy for Rogers’ 1996 Cadillac STS, which was loaded with musical equipment, so he decided to turn around – and got stuck in a snowbank. He checked his cell phone – no service.
“That is very rough country up there. There’s nothing but big, steep mountains all around you,” he said.
Rogers has health issues, including diabetes, liver troubles and a history of heart problems, so he decided to wait for help. He melted snow to drink and occasionally turned the car on to run the heater at night.
He slept very little the first night. On Friday morning, Rogers said he looked out the window and saw a silver wolf staring back at him 100 yards away. The wolf moved to within 75 yards of him before bounding down the mountainside.
Other than the wolf, he didn’t see another living soul. Rogers said he spent his time praying and thinking about the mistakes he’d made in his life, but his thoughts kept going back to the wolf.
“The Indians say if a man ever gets in trouble, that is your guardian angel and he’s there to make sure he watches you until you get out of danger,” he said.
One night, Rogers repeatedly flashed his headlights at an airplane that was flying low directly above him and believes he got the pilot’s attention, “but nothing came of it.”
In the meantime, more than 200 friends and relatives spent the weekend searching for Rogers along with several law enforcement agencies. His sister, Iva Mather, 68, said rescuers searched for Rogers in Flathead County and in Idaho’s Shoshone County, where he had been heading. She and her 50-year-old son participated in the search along with friends from the Flathead area and Idaho.
“You don’t know what kind of a hell it is until you experience it,” Mather said. “We were so happy, but I’ll tell you what, it was a nightmare.”
Worried that he would soon lose his bearings or begin hallucinating, Rogers wrote the letter to say his last goodbyes to his friends and relations.
“I told them to have faith in the Lord and don’t go cracking up because we are going to see each other again,” he said Tuesday.
But then the Kalis’ arrived and drove him to St. Regis, Mont. Rogers did not require hospitalization and felt better after getting something to eat.
There is no phone listing in Coeur d’Alene for Scott and Penny Kalis and the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately return a message for comment.
Rogers said he backed Haggard, Jones and a slew of other country stars from 1964 to 1967 when their tours brought them through California, where he was living at the time. He later moved to Washington state and back to Montana about 12 years ago, where he still writes music and performs.
Rogers is grateful to his rescuers, the service that towed his car for free, and for all the people who searched for him.
“I want to thank everybody who was looking for me and saying prayers for me. I love them all,” Rogers told The Daily Inter Lake, which first reported the story. “You never know the friends that you have until something like this happens. I just feel really fortunate to have these friends.”