February 2002

Old Ravers Never Die, They Just... Get Old - February 25, 2002 - Mike
81-Year-Old Charged with Ecstasy Smuggling

MIAMI (Reuters) - An 81-year-old woman in a wheelchair was arrested at Miami International Airport on charges of trying to smuggle nearly 10,000 Ecstasy tablets into the United States, Customs inspectors said on Friday.

The suspect, who was arrested with her 56-year-old boyfriend, told U.S. Customs inspectors she knew the pills were hidden in her luggage but thought they were Viagra, Miami television station WSVN reported.

Customs inspectors found 9,931 of the illegal pills hidden in a suitcase full of books during a routine X-ray of luggage coming off a British Airways flight that arrived in Miami from London on Wednesday night. They waited by the luggage carousel to see who claimed it.

"We were surprised when she and her boyfriend claimed the luggage," Chris Maston, the airport's chief Customs inspector, told the TV station.

He said drug smugglers were recruiting "people they think we wouldn't normally suspect" as couriers.

Bail was set at $250,000 each for the suspects, Stella Michetti and Hans Hirschi.

We Need Old West Justice - February 22, 2002 - Mike
Man Admits Stealing at WTC Site Dressed as Fireman

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man admitted in a plea deal on Thursday he posed as a firefighter at ground zero the day after the Sept. 11 attack and stole expensive watches and gems from a World Trade Center store.

Johnny Dunham, 26, of the Bronx, faces up to seven years in state prison when he is sentenced on March 21 by Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Herbert Altman.

Dunham, who had been arrested previously for impersonating police officers, admitted to stealing as many as 20 Tourneau and Cartier watches and $2,500 cash from Tourneau's watch store that was on the first sub-level of 5 World Trade Center.

Tourneau officials had told police that the wholesale value of the missing merchandise was $1.3 million. Had Dunham refused the plea deal, prosecutors said, they were prepared to add additional felony charges against him. Dunham was indicted on charges of burglary, fraud, petty larceny, possession of stolen property and criminal impersonation.

After Dunham's arrest, police found photographs of him taken at the disaster site wearing firefighter's gear including an Emergency Service badge around his neck, police pants, a blue siren, a gun holster, a bulletproof vest and a walkie-talkie.

Arrested along with Dunham was his neighbor, Jacquelin Delgado, 34, an unemployed emergency medical technician who is charged with possessing a stolen $15,000 diamond-encrusted Cartier watch that Dunham gave her.

Charges against Delgado are pending.

I've Heard of Late Fees... - February 14, 2002 - Mike
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's largest phone company Telecom Corp. of NZ on Wednesday apologized and offered compensation to a customer after charging him a "penalty for being an arrogant bastard".

Telecom has ordered an investigation into how Auckland businessman James Storrie received the $140 charge shown on his monthly mobile phone bill.

"How can they speak to their clients like this? It's downright rude," Storrie told the New Zealand Herald newspaper, which carried his photograph holding the objectionable bill.

Telecom spokesman Martin Freeth said the company was appalled and embarrassed by the rude statement and had made an offer of compensation.

"We've apologized and taking steps to stop anything like this...it's an aberration," Freeth told Reuters.

Its a New Movie Review!! - February 11, 2002 - Mike
That's right, you read that correctly! I've FINALLY done a new movie review and you can read it by clicking RIGHT HERE. Well, that actually takes you to our "honesty age check". Most of the movie reviews have "bad words" in them, so we don't want easily offended or young eyes seeing them. But rather than make things overly complicated here, we're simply telling you about it and leaving the decision up to you. No age verification, no credit card checks and no visits by men in dark suits.
So, you can GO HERE and visit La Cerveza for a second and then click the button, or not. In any event, we appreciate your honesty in not clicking HERE if you're a kid. You can click HERE, but not HERE. Okay?

Two News Updates and... - February 8, 2002 - Mike
Yep, there's TWO funky news updates down there for you to enjoy. And nope, I'm not pulling these stories off of the Weekly World News website - they are legit from normal newspapers.
Plus, I've upgraded and improved things a little here. There is a new Guestbook (so go sign it!) and a new and vastly improved "BBS". This one has different topics and everything, so go check it out and start posting some stuff there.
The "WTF?!?" links are gone for now until I can find a better way to display them. I want to avoid making a section that I have to fool with too much - ideally I can load a bunch up and they'll display on a daily basis. I THOUGHT I had something like that, but it wasn't working 100%, so it's back to the drawing board. I may just look at the code for the thing I was using and see if it can be modified to work exactly the way I want it to.
That's it for now. Enjoy your weekend and root for the AFC team in the NFL Pro-Bowl!

Babe 3: Pigs on Patrol?!? - February 8, 2002 - Mike
Man Sentenced To Stand On Corner With Pig
Cleveland, Feb. 6, 2002

A man who hollered "pigs" to police officers will soon find himself on a street corner standing next to a pig, according to The News-Herald.

Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael A. Cicconetti is known for his creative sentencing. His latest was handed out to Steven H. Thompson, 44, who made obscene hand gestures when police were in his neighborhood on a disturbance call. He also yelled "pigs."

He will have to stand with the pig for two hours or spend three days in jail. The pig that will stand next to Thompson will be wearing a sign that reads: "This is not a police officer."

A Former "Cats" Cast Member, Maybe? - February 8, 2002 - Mike
Appleton man jailed after nude stunt at Fox River Mall

A 25-year-old man was jailed Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly handcuffed himself to a railing at Fox River Mall ?while he was nude.
Grand Chute police said the man was cuffed to a railing in the upper mezzanine when they were called about 12:15 p.m.
Police said he was wearing only leg warmers, a wig, slippers and a “tiger-striped hat with ears?when they arrived.
Officers said he gave no explanation for his actions.
He was identified as Lucas M. Gabrilska, who police said is homeless and lists an address at 400 N. Division St., the Emergency Shelters of the Fox Valley. He was being held in lieu of a $150 bond for a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

Darwin Was Right - February 5, 2002 - Mike
Saturday, February 2, 2002

DETROIT -- Police on Saturday were trying to identify a man who died when he came into contact with a power line.

The man had climbed a metal ladder with automotive jumper cables in his hand around 7:55 p.m. Friday, said Detroit Police Officer Alecia Thomas.

"He was trying to steal power off of the power line with the jumper cables," Thomas said. "He fell off of the ladder and the power line fell on top of him."

The man, who appeared to be about 45 years old to 50 years old, was squatting in one of the vacant houses in the same block, Thomas said.

A Couple Things - February 4, 2002 - Mike
We just found out that not only am I going to audition for Jeopardy!, but Dave is as well. No date or anything for him yet, but you'll read it here first. And speaking of which, I'm going to make a journal documenting MY audition day which I'll post here.

On a totally different note, I'm making some minor adjustments to the site today. I've changed the pictures page (yet again), but I am finally happy with the way it looks and works. The pictures aren't in any kind of order, but future additions should be on the first page of the "gallery" with older ones being pushed back and so on.
I'll also be adding or tweaking some other things around here, so poke around and see what's going on for yourself.

More later as it happens.

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