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April 17, 2013

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Walking the walk

IONIA, Mich. - A Michigan judge whose smartphone disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom has held himself in contempt and paid $25 for the infraction. 

The Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and report Judge Raymond Voet has a posted policy at Ionia County 64A District Court. It states that electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will result in the owner being cited with contempt. 

On Friday afternoon, during a prosecutor's closing argument during a jury trial, Voet's new smartphone began to emit sounds requesting phone voice commands. Voet says he thinks he bumped the phone, and the embarrassment likely left his face red. 

During a break in the trial, Voet fined himself. He says if he can't live by the rules he enforces he has no business enforcing the rules. 

TME And here we thought all judges were naked under their robes.

Value meal?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It appears that this happy meal didn't end with a happy deal. 

KOB-TV reports that a New Mexico man is facing charges after Albuquerque police say he tried to trade a meal from McDonald's for sex. 

Donald Jones was arrested last week at an Albuquerque park after officers saw a woman pulling up her pants in his car. 

According to the criminal complaint, the 58-year-old Farmington resident picked up the woman in an area known for prostitution, ordered food at a McDonald's drive thru window and headed to the park. 

The complaint says the woman told police she agreed to have sex with Jones in exchange for McDonald's. 

Police also found prescription narcotics in the car. 

It was unclear if Jones had an attorney. 

TME These are the times when we really miss super sizing.

4-carat cocktail

PORTLAND, Maine - An upscale Maine restaurant is offering the ultimate cocktail at the ultimate price. 

Beginning June 1, The White Barn Inn in Kennebunk will start selling the Ruby Rose cocktail, a concoction with a 4-carat ruby and a $40,000 price tag. 

Matthew Swinford, the matre d'htel, tells the Portland Press Herald that the inn is marking its 40th anniversary, and ruby is the gemstone for a 40th wedding anniversary. Swinford says for certain guests, price isn't an issue - it's the experience that counts. 

Besides the ruby, the drink is made with Hangar 1 Vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, pomegranate and a spoonful of rosewater. For those who want the drink without a precious stone, it'll cost $18. 

TME We particularly look forward to the first $40,000 bowel movement.

So much for loyalty

EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - It's not supposed to work this way. Police in East Wenatchee, Wash., say a dog named Buddy willingly left his home with a burglar who fed him pudding. 

The Wenatchee World reports that Buddy's owners came home Saturday to find a strange man in their kitchen, feeding pudding to their black Lab-pit bull mix. 

East Wenatchee Assistant Police Chief Dan Reierson says the intruder told the couple he was looking for a man to kill, but the residents told him that person did not live there. 

A short time later, Reierson says the stranger walked out the front door, calling to the dog. Buddy went with him. 

The man had told the homeowners his name and he was arrested a short time later - alone. 

Animal control officers picked Buddy up after a motorist reported nearly hitting the dog. His owners took him back. 

TME In Buddy's defense, pudding really is delicious.

Chainsaw chronic

PUYALLUP, Wash. - Prosecutors have filed a theft charge against a man accused of arming himself with a chain saw to steal about $2,600 worth of medical marijuana from a Puyallup, Wash., dispensary. 

The News Tribune reports that an employee at Power Plant Health ran out the back when he saw the chain saw blade coming through the door on March 23. When the dispensary owner looked at surveillance footage from the break-in, he reportedly recognized the intruder as a former client. 

The owner called 911 on March 27 to say the same chain saw-wielding man was walking toward the dispensary. This time the owner blocked the man from leaving until deputies arrived. 

TME We're pretty sure this is the plot for 'Pineapple Express 2.'

Belt buckle bullet

PHILADELPHIA - Investigators say a man was saved by his belt buckle when he was hit by a stray bullet during a shootout outside a Philadelphia grocery store. 

WPVI-TV reports it happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Police say a man was shot in the stomach on the street and a bullet also hit an employee inside 8 Brother's Supermarket. 

The 38-year-old employee, Bienvenido Reynoso, says he was about to take a hand truck outside when shots started flying. He hit ground and surveillance video shows a snack cake being shot off the shelf above his head. 

He says he didn't realize he'd been hit until someone pointed out he had a hole in his shirt. That's when he found the bullet in his belt buckle. 

TME The guy is actually lucky that someone shot at his crotch.


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