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Monday, April 11, 2016

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Today in History

1512 The forces of the Holy League are heavily defeated by the French at the Battle of Ravenna.
1713 The Treaty of Utrecht is signed, ending the War of Spanish Succession. France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain.
1783 After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on 13 March, Congress proclaims a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.
1814 Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba.
1898 McKinley asks Congress for declaration of war with Spain.
1941 Germany bombers blitz Conventry, England.
1942 Detachment 101 of the OSS–a guerrilla force–is activated in Burma.
1945 After two frustrating days of being repulsed and absorbing tremendous casualties, the Red Army finally takes the Seelow Heights north of Berlin.
1951 President Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur as head of United Nations forces in Korea.
1961 Israel begins the trial of Adolf Eichman, accused of war crimes during WWII.
1961 Folk singer Bob Dylan performs in New York City for the first time, opening for John Lee Hooker.
1968 President Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
1974 The Judiciary committee subpoenas President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry.
1981 Reagan returns to the White House from hospital after recovery from an assassination attempt.
1986 Dodge Morgan sails solo nonstop around the world in 150 days.
1991 The U.N. Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq.
1996 Forty-three African nations sign the African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty.

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Muslim infant searched by airport security after being placed on terrorist watch list

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A 7-month-old baby was allegedly placed on an FBI terrorist watch list and searched at an airport.
OK, folks, there has to be some sense shown! - A 7month old terrorist? - Has the paranoia really gotten THAT bad?

Cop drank poison in court as jury foreman read guilty verdict for molesting 9-year-old family member

Faced with the prospect of life in prison for molesting a 9-year-old family member, a former DeKalb County police officer drank poison as the jury foremen read his guilty verdict.

Man traveling across Oklahoma while dressed as a tiger found to be in possession of marijuana

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents made an unusual discovery when making a stop on Thursday morning.
OBN Public Information Officer Mark Woodward says the OBN K9 Interdiction unit working along I-40 in western Oklahoma pulled over a vehicle.
When the agents approached the driver they discovered he was dressed as a tiger. Despite the costume, Woodward says the agents realized the man was acting unusually.
After a search of the man's vehicle, the agents found a small amount of marijuana. Woodward says when agents asked the man about his costume he told them he "wanted to travel across Oklahoma comfortably". Woodward says the man is from California. He will likely face a misdemeanor charge.

Tidy intruder broke into gym to work out

A man was willing to risk jail time, just to spend a night alone inside a gym according to the facility's owner. "The police had never heard of anyone breaking into a gym just to work out for the evening," said Cheryl Schneider, the owner of No More Excuses Fitness in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, said. Schneider walked into the studio for her Monday morning class to find traces of an intruder. The main breaker had been tripped, and the security alarms deactivated. Someone had picked the lock on the back door, and made their way inside overnight, Schneider said. But it soon became clear, this wasn't a typical break-and-enter. Pricey gym equipment and office computers were untouched.
The only items missing were a T-shirt branded with the gym's logo, an agility ladder and a step counter. Mud-caked construction boots had been placed carefully outside the front door, men's work overalls were folded in the foyer. Equipment had been moved around, and a cardboard cutout of Jon Bon Jovi, which the gym displays as a mascot of sorts, had been moved across the room - and turned to face a wall. "He certainly kept it very clean, just moving different things, putting things into very neat piles" ... "It was a very bizarre scene," Schneider said. She found a pair of cycling shoes and a water bottle by the spin area. And the microphone used for fitness classes was out. To her, it seems he made himself "right at home."
After his work-out, the bandit appears to have used one of the gym's signature mint-scented towels to wipe down, placed it in the laundry basket, and refueled with a chicken wrap from Tim Horton's, carefully dusting the crumbs and wrapper into the wastebasket. "It was very strange," said Schneider. "I think it was drug-induced." Within two hours, Schneider was showing a police officer around the ever-so-neatly stacked studio equipment and supplies that the burglar had left behind. As they made their way to the back of the studio, Schneider turned around to find her uninvited guest had returned. "I look up and there he is, inside the studio, behind the door, and of course I screamed and thought: 'Holy crap! How did he get back in?' ... everything was locked as we were showing the police around, so either he had broken in again or had been hiding the whole time."
The intruder was wearing ladies gym wear that he appeared to have rummaged out of the gym's lost and found bin. Schneider thinks he came back to retrieve his work clothes. She said the intruder was calm and cooperative as police handcuffed him and escorted him through the gym, to a police car waiting outside. But wouldn't leave before wiping his feet on the mat, so he wouldn't sully the studio floor. "The police officer was shaking his head, just saying 'this is crazy.'" Schneider says charges are pending against the gym interloper. She's since beefed up security at the gym, replacing the locks and adding new deadbolts to all the doors. And despite the hassle, Schneider says she has has to give the intruder some credit for good manners, and a dogged determination to get fit. "I've never heard of someone breaking in to work out at a studio. I guess we must be pretty good," Schneider said.

Jail for would-be burglar who had to be freed by police after getting finger stuck in door chain

A would-be burglar was caught red-handed by police when his finger got stuck in a door chain on the house he was trying to burgle.
Christopher French managed to get a finger stuck in the security chain of the home in Colchester, Essex, on February 25 this year. Police were alerted by the resident who was at home at the time - and officers arrived to find French still attached to the chain.
French, 32, of Colchester was arrested at 11.30pm before officers used a screwdriver to remove the chain. He was later charged with attempted burglary. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 33 months' imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Investigating officer DC Chris Leslie from Colchester CID, said: "Despite being caught in the act, French initially claimed he was trying to gain entry after hearing a woman in distress inside. Thankfully he saw sense and admitted his guilt. I'm pleased he is now serving a prison sentence and hope he uses the time behind bars to think about the consequences of his actions."

Police called in to break up fight over sausages at Daimler shareholder meeting

An annual shareholder meeting at Mercedes was halted after police were called to defuse a fight over sausages. Over 12,500 sausages were provided by Daimler, the owners of Mercedes-Benz and other car brands, to roughly 5,500 attendees in Berlin, Germany.
Shareholders were meant to be celebrating the company's highest-ever dividend payout - a total of £2.8 billion. But the celebrations were overshadowed when a woman complained a man was helping himself to too many sausages from a buffet table.
The man was confronted as he wrapped up sausages to take home, which quickly escalated into a war of words. “We had to call the police to resolve the matter,” Manfred Bischoff, the chairman of the Daimler board, explained to shareholders.
Police were called to calm the situation, after which the woman filed a complaint having allegedly been insulted. "Either we need more sausages, or we get rid of sausages completely," Mr Bischoff added. Potato soup, sandwiches, and cakes were also available on the buffet table.

Driver charged after using seatbelt to buckle up beer instead of children

Police in Western Australia have charged a suspended driver after he allegedly had cartons of beer buckled into a car seat while children were unrestrained in the foot wells.
Officers said they made the discovery on Wednesday during a traffic patrol of the Great Northern Highway near Broome. Police said several children, including a baby less than a year old, were lying on the laps of adults and in foot wells while cartons of Emu Export and Victoria Bitter were securely strapped in.
Two other adults in the car were also wearing seatbelts. A 27-year-old man has been charged with no authority to drive and failure to restrain a child. Kimberley District Superintendent Allan Adam said he was not surprised by the incident. "We do have problems up here in the Kimberley," he said. "
It shows some of the attitudes of some of our road users in the way they see their priorities. "We are doing our best to stamp it out through enforcement but we are also about to embark on public education, which is obviously needed in remote communities."

Driver who performed burnouts outside police station faces charges

A man has been charged over a brazen hooning incident outside a police station in Queensland, Australia. Police allege 32-year-old Wade Tyron Summers from Ipswich performed burnouts and made rude gestures in a Nissan Skyline just before 1am on Wednesday outside the Surfers Paradise Police Station.
The station was open at the time but police did not arrest him. That night he allegedly continued his hooning behavior, this time on Surfers Paradise Boulevard, revving his engine and creating noise. On Thursday he allegedly did the same thing. Police were able to use the City of Gold Coast Safety Camera Network to help track down Mr Summers, who was arrested on Thursday night.
Senior Sergeant Laurie Shevlin of Surfers Paradise police said the cameras were important to the investigation. "The incidents were captured on the City safety cameras and subsequent police investigations resulted in the offender being identified, located and arrested without further endangering the public," he said.

"Surfers Paradise police are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our community and this type of behavior won't be tolerated, especially in built-up areas where pedestrians and other road users are put at risk." Mr Summers faced Southport Magistrates Court on Friday charged with eight offenses including dangerous driving, trespass and willfully making noise. His matter was adjourned until May 3. His car was also impounded for 90 days. If Mr Summers is convicted and he does it again, next time the vehicle could be crushed.

Man almost arrested for stealing his own car arrested for alleged 4th drunken driving offense

A man from Madison, Wisconsin, who called police early on Thursday morning to report that his car had been stolen was almost arrested for car theft later on, when police spotted the car with the man behind the wheel.
He forgot to call police again to say he had found his Mercedes-Benz, but that was minor compared to being arrested for his alleged fourth drunken driving offense.
Brian Primm, 39, was arrested at about 1:45am after being spotted by UW-Madison police going over 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. The incident started at about 1am when Primm reported his car had been stolen Downtown.
When officers spotted the car later, they were ready to make a high-risk traffic stop, thinking the car was stolen. "When asked why he didn't call back to let authorities know he located his Mercedes, he shrugged his shoulders," said Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

Man arrested for assaulting wrong car

An altercation between a man and a Ford Taurus on the Winona State University campus in Minnesota has resulted in felony charges filed against the man.
WSU security notified Winona police that a man was punching, kicking and screaming at a blue Ford Taurus parked on King Street on the WSU campus. On arrival, police found Mikhail Igrevich Belenky, 19, of Howard Lake, Minnesota, assaulting the unresisting automobile.
Asked to explain his bellicosity toward the inanimate object, Belenky told officers that it was his car and it had been giving him trouble, court documents state. Officers observed that Belenky appeared intoxicated, an observation confirmed by a breath test that indicated a .197 blood alcohol content. Belenky was then cited for underage drinking.
Unfortunately for Belenky, the Taurus he had assaulted wasn't a Taurus he owned, a fact that he realized by the time officers spoke with him. According to the complaint filed against him, Belenky did $1,886.35 worth of damage to the defenseless Ford, resulting in a felony charge of first-degree criminal damage to property. No court date has been set.

Naked lawn-watering man arrested for throwing knife and beer bottles at police officer

A man from Kingsburg, California, watering his lawn while naked on Wednesday evening, was arrested by Fresno County sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of indecent exposure and assault with a deadly weapon on an officer. A deputy was called at around 7pm for a call about a naked man, who was identified as Robert Lopez, 37.
A Kingsburg police officer was requested to assist because Lopez is known to be hostile toward law enforcement, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy and the officer found Lopez drinking beer in his yard. When the deputy told Lopez to put on some clothes, Lopez refused, cursed at the deputy and threw a glass bottle at him, which hit a fence.
Lopez threatened to get a gun and shoot the deputy, the sheriff’s office said. Lopez put on a pair of shorts and went into the house, emerging a few minutes later holding an 8-inch knife. The man took about 10 steps toward the deputy, who ordered Lopez to stop and drop the knife or be shot. Lopez dropped the knife but continued making threats. He picked the knife up and threw it at the deputy.
The knife hit a fence in front of the deputy. Lopez walked closer to the fence and threw a beer bottle. An assisting deputy fired a bean bag round at Lopez, striking him in the stomach. The suspect fell to the ground, and deputies put him in handcuffs. Lopez was taken to a hospital for evaluation, then booked into jail.

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