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February 29, 2012

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Ill-gotten dinner

MADISON, Wisconsin - A U.S. man who claimed to be the new manager of a chain restaurant and cooked himself a cheeseburger and fries is facing charges.

Police say 52-year-old James Summers, wearing a tie and carrying a briefcase, claimed he was sent by the Denny's corporate office Tuesday to be the new manager at a restaurant in Wisconsin. The current manager told him he must have the wrong restaurant. Summers told her she apparently had not received the memo about the change in leadership.

Authorities say the manager called her supervisors while Summers helped himself to a meal. WISC-TV says police were summoned and took Summers into custody. Officers say they found a stun gun on his belt.

Summers is charged with disorderly conduct, drug possession and possessing an electric weapon.

TME - That seems like an awful lot of work just for a Denny's cheeseburger.

Deja vu

PARIS, Maine - Police in Maine say a Turner woman crashed the same vehicle twice on the same road over the weekend.

The second crash at about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday landed the woman in the hospital.

Police say 54-year-old Maria Alleano drove her SUV into a snow bank on Route 117 in Buckfield just before 2 p.m. Sunday. She was apparently unhurt, because about 45 minutes later she fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line and crashed into a tree in Paris.

Police tell the Sun Journal that Alleano was taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital after the second crash.

Police are still investigating, but believe her medication played a factor. Police say she told them she had no memory of striking the tree.

TME - In her defense, the tree was totally asking for it.

Party on the roof!

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The mystery of who installed - then removed - a hot tub from the roof of a building on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor has yet to be solved.

Computer Science and Engineering building spokesman Steven Crang told AnnArbor.com Friday that a group of students are believed to be the culprits.

Initially reported by the Michigan Daily campus newspaper, the hot tub first was noticed Saturday, had visitors the next two days and was gone Monday night.

Students called it the Bob and Betty Beyster Bubbler after the couple who donated $15 million to the school. The building is named after them.

Crang said those responsible are close to the department 'because they were able to gain access to the building and install the tub.'

TME - This is what happens when computer geeks get drunk.

Who watches the watchmen?

DEER PARK, Texas - A sting operation by a suburban Houston police department netted one of their own when surveillance cameras caught an officer repeatedly stealing colleagues' food and drinks from the refrigerator in the station's break room.

Deer Park police Officer Kevin Yang was charged with misdemeanor theft and suspended for 30 days without pay. Deer Park Police Chief Greg Griggs tells KTRK-TV of Houston that a class C misdemeanor conviction would not keep Yang from returning to duty.

Griggs says he authorized the video sting because the thefts have been going on for too long. Even though the items being stolen may be of trivial value, Griggs says theft is theft.

Yang tells KTRK that he was merely taking it upon himself to keep the shared refrigerator clean.

TME - Any man who'll steal another man's Lean Cuisine deserves whatever he gets.

Flowing like a harpoon

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City man told police he used a harpoon to defend his home from two intruders on Wednesday morning.

At 6:25 a.m., the man reported two men wearing ski masks forced their way into his house in northwest Oklahoma City. Two residents were injured in the alleged home invasion, but police found no evidence any suspects were struck with the harpoon.

Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow says police have little information about what the suspects look like. She says anyone with information should call police.

Under Oklahoma's Make My Day law, residents can use can use deadly force to defend their homes if they fear they will be killed or suffer serious injuries.

TME - Some reports state that one of the suspects may have been an enormous white whale.

Bus brouhaha

KENNESAW, Ga. - Georgia authorities say a commuter bus driver is recovering after being stabbed repeatedly with a pen when he tried to break up a fight between passengers that involved a dispute over a cell phone.

Police say the melee on the Cobb County Transit bus occurred Monday afternoon in Kennesaw, about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the driver went to the back of the bus to keep the quarrel from escalating, and a woman pulled a knife.

Authorities say other passengers were able to get the knife away from the woman, but police say she grabbed a pen from the bus driver's pocket and stabbed him several times.

The bus driver's condition was not immediately known.

TME - It might not beat the sword, but the pen is definitely mightier than the knife.

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