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March 28, 2012

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Wrong kind of hawk

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A 49-year-old Grand Junction man who said he shot a woman in the head when he mistook her large red Mohawk for a fowl that had been harassing his cats has been sentenced to five years probation.

Derrill Rockwell told police he fired one shot at what he thought was a bird sitting on a hill near his home Oct. 5, and soon after, he heard a woman moaning in pain.

Prosecutors say the 'bird' turned out to be a 23-year-old woman who may have been sleeping on the hill. Her injury was not life threatening.

The Daily Sentinel reports Rockwell was sentenced Friday for felony possession of a weapon by a prior offender. Prosecutors say the woman, who is believed to be a transient, has left Colorado and could not be reached to testify.

TME Noted Mohawk enthusiast Mr. T pities this fool.


Adventures in pocket dialing

COVINGTON, La. - A Covington man was arrested after he accidentally pocket-dialed 9-1-1, allowing police to overhear a conversation about smoking marijuana.

The Times-Picayune reports officers said they listened as 21-year-old Jared Schlore argued with his girlfriend.

As the dispute escalated, police reported hearing discussions about marijuana.

Police traced the phone to a parked vehicle near Louisiana Highway 25.

Officers arrived while the dispatcher continued to listen to the conversation and update police. When police found the pair in a pick-up truck, the dispatcher could hear the officers' voices on the phone. Police said that confirmed Schlore was the unintentional caller.

Police said they found marijuana and pipes in the vehicle. Schlore was arrested for simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

It was unclear whether he has an attorney.

TME Let that be a lesson: your iPhone is a narc.

Oh rats!

WESTLAND, Mich. - For those looking for a few good rats, the Michigan Humane Society has just what they need.

The animal care group is hosting a rat adoption event Saturday in suburban Detroit.

Entitled 'Oh, Rats!' it's to be held Saturday at the Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland.

The Michigan Humane Society's director of animal welfare, Linda Reider, says 'rats are highly intelligent animals who love to interact with humans.'

She says organizers are hoping to find homes for at least a dozen rats that are being cared for at the society.

Rat experts and volunteers are to be on hand at the event to answer potential adopters' questions.

Adoption fees are $10 for a single rat, $15 for a pair and $20 for three.

TME Fingers crossed that we get one that turns out to be a chef. Or a kung-fu master.

That's hot!

SEDAN, Minn. - Talk about hot fashion.

A couple of Minnesota volunteer firefighters wore flouncy long dresses with spaghetti straps as they fought a truck fire.

The men and other members of the Sedan Fire Department were on a float wearing gowns, wigs, long gloves and jewelry on Saturday as they waited for a St. Patrick's Day parade to start in Padua. They were dressed to promote the fire department's annual 'beauty pageant' fundraiser this summer.

Just before the parade was to begin, someone shouted fire. The West Central Tribune reports Ben Terhaar and Ted Aubart jumped off the float and into the fire truck lined up for the parade.

TME - Dress to impress, dress for success. Even when stuff is on fire.

I am the law!

HONOLULU - It got personal for a judge in Honolulu when he put a man in a chokehold for jumping onto his bench and breaking a flagpole bearing the state flag, authorities said.

District Judge Lono Lee knocked down Steven Michael Hauge and restrained him Monday after the man caused a ruckus in Lee's courtroom, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hauge had been going from courtroom to courtroom in the Honolulu District Court building screaming, State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha said. 'He was quite upset about something,' Tsuha said.

It was not clear why Hauge was in the building. Court records show a criminal record dating to 1977 with more than 50 convictions on charges including, burglary, fraud and assault.

Hauge was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of government operations and fourth-degree criminal property damage. Tsuha said Hauge allegedly broke the flag's staff while swinging it.

TME Judge Lee = Judge Dredd. Nuff said.

Making it right

ASPEN, Colo. - A Colorado man whose bike was stolen says he bears no grudges against a remorseful person who returned it with a handwritten note of apology that was signed 'Drunk.'

Aspen resident Jay Maytin says he's just happy to be back on his Trek.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says the bike was left near the sheriff's office and police department with a note that said: 'Sorry. I stole this bike. I rode it home. Please give it back _ Drunk.'

Police tell the Aspen Times there were no witnesses.

TME Sure he made a mistake, but Steve Drunk is solid. The Drunks have always been good folks.

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