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Posted by on Jun 17, 2008 in Jurisprudence, Tomfoolery | 0 comments

Mamma mia!

ROME (Reuters) – An Italian man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend from a pub, taking her home and forcing her to iron his clothes and wash the dishes, police said on Monday.

The 43-year-old man dragged the woman out of a pub in the port city of Genoa, shoved her into a car and took her to his home where he made her iron and wash dishes after threatening her, they said.

Police arrived at his house after being tipped off by a friend of the woman who watched the scene at the pub.

The man, who was apparently furious at his ex-girlfriend for leaving him, was arrested on charges of kidnapping, police said.

Who’s doing laundry now, prison boy?

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2008 in Jurisprudence, Tomfoolery | 0 comments

Not always the ‘best medicine’…

A British man who was so amused with BBC1’s “Have I Got News for You” that he fell off his couch in a fit of laughter was not so happy when it got him arrested and pepper sprayed.

Christopher Cocker, 36, collapsed on the floor after laughing at a joke on TV, but his neighbor who heard the thud thought something bad had happened and called the police, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

According to police, Cocker initially was cooperative but quickly became “aggressive” when asked his name and personal information. Cocker tried to shut his door on the officers, at which point he was pepper sprayed through a crack in the door.

Cocker then was handcuffed, arrested and taken to court, the Daily Mail reported. An unidentified police spokesman told the Mail that, given Cocker’s aggression, they acted appropriately.

“Within the circumstances, we feel we used reasonable force,” the officer told the Mail.

Cocker, of Blackburn, England, eventually pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer and was given a conditional discharge for six months following the May 20 incident, the Mail reported.

Cocker is shocked at the outcome of what he describes as minding his own business.

“I can’t believe it — I was thrown in the back of a police van before being stripped naked and put in a cell,” Cocker told the Mail. “I was handcuffed behind my back and my ankles bound with plastic ties before six of them carried me to the van.”

Cocker told the Mail he never thought he would end up in court for laughing at his favorite comedian

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Posted by on May 7, 2008 in Jurisprudence, Tomfoolery | 0 comments

Scholarship dollars at work.

96 college students busted for selling drugs.

Obviously, they weren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer. To start, they were selling drugs. But the idiocy didn’t stop there:

The DEA said a member of the Theta Chi fraternity sent out a mass text message to his “faithful customers” stating that he and his “associates” would be unable to sell cocaine while they were in Las Vegas over one weekend.

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2008 in Excursions, Jurisprudence, Military | 0 comments

Two Navy Sailors Dead in Ghana

Still no answers.

Back when I was in Uncle Sugar’s Canoe Club, they always warned us not to go ‘over the hill’ when visiting foreign ports. ‘Over the hill’ being any area dangerous to Americans. These treacherous slums are especially hazardous for young sailors with a few beers under their belts and American dollars in their pockets.

So far, no foul play has been discovered.

I suspect this will change in the near future, and a botched robbery will surface.

More later.

UPDATE:  Alcohol poisoning, perhaps.

Sorry, I don’t buy it.   One death, maybe.  But two?  There may be some extenuating circumstance, such as bad booze, or a narcotic taken intentionally, or unintentionally, if you read me.   But I hardly believe tequila shots and Jello shooters are to blame.

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