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Man with dead marten (not weasel) attacks another man

So, uh, what?

The victim asked, “Why are you carrying a weasel?” Police said the attacker answered, “It’s not a weasel, it’s a marten,” then punched him in the nose and fled.

The attacker was apparently looking for his girlfriend and had gone to her former boyfriend’s apartment Monday where the victim was a guest.

My favorite part is how the article calls the animal a weasel the entire time.

Surprise! Police don’t find dead bodies after psychic tip

A psychic called the police in rural Texas and said there were multiple bodies in a house. The psychic had details of the inside of the house so local law enforcement and the FBI went into the house.

Guess what? They found nothing.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Capt. Rex Evans said there was no indication of bodies being anywhere on the property about 70 miles northeast of Houston. Officials ended their search Tuesday night and went home, with the focus of the investigation now turning to the tipster who led local law enforcement and FBI agents to the home.

The sheriff’s office had received two calls from the person, officials said. Evans said authorities took the tip seriously in part because the caller had details about the interior of the house that only someone who had seen it could have known.

He said authorities were working to track down the tipster and determine how she had such detailed information on the house. He said authorities had a name and number for the woman.

Asked if authorities thought the tip was a hoax, Evans said only that they found no bodies or anything to indicate a homicide had occurred there.

Its almost as if psychics are frauds.

UFC fighter pays bond for man accused of hiring man to kill his son

So, yeah, this story is a pretty crazy one. Out of Las Vegas, of course.

Tito Ortiz, a UFC fighter, paid the $500,000 bond for Keith Harriman. Harriman is accused of hiring a man to kill Dominick Harriman, his son.

Ortiz, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion, apparently has a relationship with Keith Harriman’s brother, Wayne Harriman, a used car dealer in Las Vegas.

According to published reports, Wayne Harriman helped bridge a rift between Ortiz and UFC chairman Dana White that led to a six-fight contract.

Ortiz, who I have to admit is one of my least favorite fighters, unsurprisingly chose not to comment on the story. 

In case the situation wasn’t out-there enough, Ortiz is dating porn star Jenna Jameson.

Anyway, Ortiz probably just created a pretty big PR gaffe. Someone had to have promised him that the bond would be kept anonymous, but the prosecution wanted to know where the bond money came from since Keith Harriman claimed he did not have enough money for representation.

Plane full of cocaine crashes into lake

Well, someone had a bad day. Not only did he crash his Cessna 310 into a lake in New Mexico, the plane was full of cocaine.

So far divers have recovered 23 bundles of cocaine, body parts, a laptop computer and small pieces of the plane.  The main wreckage of the aircraft has not yet been found.

It’s a pretty bad day when crashing a plane is not the worst thing that happens to you.

Man arrested after fighting over ‘Game of Thrones’

So it looks like Game of Thrones has already had some effects on the people watching the show, as a man was arrested after an argument and fight over the show Sunday night during its second episode.

The Smoking Gun, as always, has the details:

As will happen during shows “based on medieval times,” Podniestrzanski and his cousin “got into a verbal altercation” over which of the cable program’s characters was going to win, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.


With the argument between Podniestrzanski and Joshua Ross escalating, Podniestrzanski allegedly “took a swing at” his kin. After scuffling for a bit, Podniestrzanski’s cousin “ended up getting thrown in to the front window during the altercation.”

No word on whether one character or the other “won.”

How one private detective caught a serial rapist

Vanity Fair has an incredible article about a tenacious private detective whose story seems too unbelievable for a movie. Just based on his sense of justice and his feeling that he was right he managed to catch a serial rapist.

[Detective Allen] Foote was not pleased. It was usually a pain in the ass to have a private detective snooping around one of his cases. Brennan was right out of central casting—middle-aged, deeply tanned, with gray hair. He was a weight lifter and favored open-necked shirts that showed off both the definition of his upper pecs and the bright, solid-gold chain around his neck. The look said: mature, virile, laid-back, and making it. He had been divorced, and his former wife was now deceased; his children were grown. He had little in the way of daily family responsibilities. Brennan had been a cop on Long Island, where he was from, and had worked eight years as a D.E.A. agent. He had left the agency in the mid-90s to work as a commodities broker and to set up as a private detective. The brokering was not to his taste, but the investigating was. He was a warm, talkative guy, with a thick Long Island accent, who sized people up quickly and with a healthy strain of New York brass. If he liked you, he let you know it right away, and you were his friend for life, and if he didn’t … well, you would find that out right away, too. Nothing shocked him; in fact, most of the salacious run-of-the-mill work that pays private detectives’ bills—domestic jobs and petty insurance scams—bored him. Brennan turned those offers away. The ones he took were mostly from businesses and law firms, who hired him to nail down the facts in civil-court cases like this one.

He had a fixed policy. He told potential employers up front, “I’ll find out what happened. I’m not going to shade things to assist your client, but I will find out what the truth is.” Brennan liked it when the information he uncovered helped his clients, but that wasn’t a priority. Winning lawsuits wasn’t the goal. What excited him was the mystery.

The job in this case was straightforward. Find out who raped and beat this young woman and dumped her in the weeds. Had the attack even happened at the hotel, or had she slipped out and met her assailant or assailants someplace else? Was she just a simple victim, or was she being used by some kind of Eastern European syndicate? Was she a prostitute? Was she somehow implicated? There were many questions and few answers.

Crime Posted 11/20/10 @ 5:00 PM #

Wesley Snipes headed to jail for tax charges

A federal judge rejected an appeal by actor Wesley Snipes and the actor will now head to prison for 36 months for “failing to file federal tax returns.”

Snipes, 48, an Orlando-born star of “Jungle Fever,” “White Men Can’t Jump,” and “The Fugitive” sequel “U.S. Marshals,” was convicted in 2008 of three misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file federal tax returns.

Prosecutors contend he obstructed the IRS and attempted to avoid paying millions of dollars in federal taxes.

"It is just shocking," Snipes’ Atlanta-based lawyer Daniel Meachum said in an e-mail to the Orlando Sentinel. "Wesley is very disappointed but staying strong and positive."

Snipes has been the subject of a number of jokes but the best one (and one that I do not think mentioned his tax troubles except in passing) was when Wesley Snipes showed up as a love interest (kind of) for Tina Fey’s character Liz Lemon.

No, not the tax-evading Wesley Snipes, but British actor Michael Sheen. When Lemon says that it is “insane” that he is named Wesley Snipes he responds:

This is insane? You know what’s insane? That the actor is named Wesley Snipes! If you were shown a picture of him and a picture of me, and were asked “who should be named Wesley Snipes”, you’d pick the pale Englishman every time! Every time, Liz! 

Good times. Not so much for the “White Men Can’t Jump” Wesley Snipes, however.

Woman arrested for pretending to be doctor, giving breast exams

A woman in Idaho was arrested for pretending to be a doctor and giving breast exams at local bars. 

The two women told Boise officers they believed Ross was a physician because of her apparent medical knowledge, and they agreed to undergo what they thought were breast exams, which happened at the bars.


As part of her ruse, Ross gave the women the telephone number of a real licensed plastic surgeon in Boise, the state capital, authorities said.


Staff at that medical office became alarmed at the number of calls they received from women in recent weeks attempting to confirm appointments or surgeries with a Berlyn Aussieahshowna, according to charging documents.

So, uh, yeah. Stay classy, Idaho. 


It was actually a woman who did it. 

Debt collection agency forced to shut down fake court

Imagine you get a summons to go to a court for unpaid debt. If you don’t go, you are told, you will go to jail. I’d guess that would get you to go to the court.

But what if it was a fake court constructed by a debt collection agency and, of course, the threat of arrest was also fake? That’s what happened in Pennsylvania

The state attorney general’s office says Unicredit used people appearing to be sheriff’s deputies to deliver hearing notices to consumers and used fake court proceedings to get money from them. Authorities say a person dressed in black would preside from behind a raised bench at the front of the room.

The state has also filed a civil suit against Unicredit alleging unfair trade practices. That suit seeks civil penalties for hundreds of affected consumers.

As you can tell from the blockquote above, this practice is illegal. 

Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Tom Corbett, said in a press release that Unicredit’s actions were “an unconscionable attempt to use fake court proceedings to deceive, mislead or frighten consumers into making payments or surrendering valuables to Unicredit without following lawful procedures for debt collection.”

Mayor in California resigns after purse-snatching incident

So you think your mayor is bad? Well, he’s got nothing on Albert Y.M. Huang, the now former mayor of San Gabriel. This mayor resigned after he was arrested for… well, I’ll let KTLA tell the story:

Detectives say Huang and the woman were arguing over money outside a restaurant in the 300 block of West Valley Boulevard.

The unidentified woman says Huang grabbed her purse, which contained her car keys, cash and personal items, and got into her car. She reached into the vehicle through a window and tried to prevent Huang from leaving, Whitney said.

Huang allegedly pushed the woman, got out of her car and into his own SUV with the woman standing on the vehicle’s running boards, Whitney added.

She then hung onto the vehicle’s mirror while Huang drove a quarter of a mile down a residential street at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, police say. A security guard saw the incident and managed to get Huang to stop his vehicle. He detained Huang until police arrived. The woman was not hurt.

What a trooper. She hung on to the car window while a car went 45 miles per hour. I’m pretty sure that is not safe.

Oh, and all of this happened at 1:15 am. Nothing good ever happens after midnight — especially to politicians.