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February 13, 2013

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Motherly love

PENN YAN, N.Y. - Police say an upstate New York woman passed drugs to her son while kissing him when she visited him in jail. 

Sheriff's deputies in Yates County tell local media outlets 54-year-old Penn Yan resident Kimberly Margeson was visiting her son last week when she hid oxycodone pills and passed them from her mouth to his while giving him a kiss. 

Police haven't said how the drugs were discovered. 

Margeson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband. She's free after posting bail. 

Authorities say her 30-year-old son also was charged with promoting prison contraband. He remains in jail on an unrelated felony weapon possession charge, and a lawyer for him couldn't be contacted. 

TME No drug is worth Frenching your mom.

Who was that masked judge?

CHICAGO - A federal judge in Chicago says he dressed as a nun to help him find a defendant guilty of bank robbery. 

Navahcia Edwards and her fianc, Lyndon Wesley, were accused of robbing a Palos Heights bank in May 2011 wearing nun masks. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that bank tellers said they could see the robbers' skin through the masks' eyeholes, and identified them both as African American. 

Edwards is African American. Edwards' attorney Charles Aron claimed Wesley robbed the bank with a white accomplice who blackened her face. 

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly noted that when he wore a similar nun mask in his chambers, the white skin around his eyes was clearly visible. 

Kennelly also pointed out that Edwards had purchased nun masks online. 

TME Chicago justice second to nun.

An eye for an eye

PHILADELPHIA - An assault trial over a fight that cost a man his left eye ended in a mistrial Wednesday when his prosthetic eye popped out as he was testifying, startling jurors. 

John Huttick was weeping on the witness stand as he testified about the impact of losing his eye in the August 2011 fight in the parking lot of a bar called the New Princeton Tavern, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. 

Suddenly, the $3,000 prosthetic blue eye popped out. Huttick caught it and cried out as two jurors gasped and started to rise. 

'I couldn't believe it just came out,' Huttick said. 

Judge Robert Coleman, who called it an 'unfortunate, unforeseen incident,' granted a mistrial motion by defense attorney Eileen Hurley. He scheduled a new trial for March 4. 

TME We did not see that one coming.

Can you hear me now?

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A Springfield man has been sentenced to up to four years in jail after being found guilty of biting off part of a youth basketball coach's ear. 

Timothy Forbes was convicted Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and mayhem. 

Prosecutors say the 34-year-old Forbes attacked Jose Feliciano after a championship game between teams of fifth-and sixth-graders last March. 

Feliciano was coach of the winning team. Forbes' two children played for the losing team. Feliciano testified that the attack was unprovoked. 

A doctor who performed reattachment surgery on Feliciano's ear said about two inches of the total five inches of the ridge of the ear was gone. 

Forbes' attorney said his client did not mean to bite off the ear. 

TME It's always nice to hear about adults keeping youth sports in proper perspective.

Meanwhile, in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. - A bipartisan group of North Carolina lawmakers have introduced a bill that would give the state the explicit authority to allow the organizer of a New Year's Eve Possum Drop to use a live animal. 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals successfully sued the state Wildlife Resources Commission over a permit allowing the organizer of the annual event in Brasstown to trap a wild possum. Traditionally, the fuzzy marsupial was suspended in a clear box adorned with tinsel and gently lowered to the ground at midnight, then released. 

The bill introduced Monday would grant the commission the ability to issue permits for wild animals to be held captive for 'scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes.' Among the bill's sponsors is House Speaker Thom Tillis, who has attended the Possum Drop.

TME This is only fair - why should Punxsutawney Phil get all the glory? 

Lascivious lieutenant

TUCSON, Ariz. - A Tucson police lieutenant has been demoted after allegedly taking sexually explicit photos and videos of herself wearing her police uniform. 

Police said Monday that Lt. Diana Lopez used her personal cell phone to send videos and photos to a subordinate officer with whom she was in a relationship. They say Lopez was reduced to the rank of sergeant following an investigation that began last August 2012. 

The Arizona Daily Star says anonymous letters sent to the police department about Lopez prompted the probe. 

A police report says Lopez's boyfriend apparently showed the videos and photos to other officers from May 2011 through August 2011. 

Police say Lopez violated several department regulations, code of ethics and professional standards. They say a recommendation was made to reduce her in rank. 

TME On the plus side, 'Sexy Sergeant' makes for a far better headline.


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