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Weird National Briefs (02/19/2020)

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DUI (Quality)

LAKE TOMAHAWK, Wis. - A 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after striking at least 13 vehicles in the town of Lake Tomahawk, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Allen Johnson, of Thunder Bay, Ontario, was issued several citations for the Friday night incident, s including reckless endangerment, unsafe lane deviation and operating a motor vehicle under the influence, WSAW- TV reported.

The vehicles were all unoccupied and parked.

Authorities say Johnson posted bond of more than $7,000 and was released from custody. He is expected to make his initial court appearance Monday.

TME – Any job worth doing is worth doing well.

DUI (Quantity)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island State Police have arrested 11 people on driving under the influence charges since Thursday, including a man who was pulled over twice on Valentine’s Day, officials said.

Patrick Cahill, 61, of Warwick, was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. Friday and charged with driving under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, first offense. Police said they pulled him over while he was driving the wrong way in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Warwick.

Officials said Cahill pleaded no contest to the charge later in court later in the morning but was pulled over again Friday night on Interstate 95 in East Greenwich and charged with DUI, second offense.

Cahill is being detained as a probation violator pending a court hearing on Monday, police said. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

Col. James Manni, the state police superintendent, said impaired driving arrests on state roads have increased 157% since state police formed a traffic safety unit in November. Troopers in the unit have charged 109 motorists with driving under the influence to date.

TME – If at first you don’t succeed …

Flock fracas

MIAMI - A pack of peacocks that has wreaked havoc on a Miami neighborhood will be relocated after city commissioners voted Thursday night to side with residents and agreed to have the birds taken away.

It was a big win for many residents who have complained that the birds have taken control of a Coconut Grove neighborhood, mating into the night, pooping in large piles and scratching cars as they travel in packs of 20 to 40 or more, the Miami Herald reported.

Andrews Candela told commissioners before Thursday night’s vote that he once felt lucky to live in North Grove, but the massive infestation of peacocks have ruined the quality of life for him and his wife.

“I don’t want to remain forgotten in a filthy, dirty peacock land as hostage to a group of birds,” Candela said. “I think that is more than unfair.”

Commissioners unanimously agreed to amend the city’s charter to allow for trapping and removal of excess peacocks. The proposal was introduced by Commissioner Ken Russell in October. It seeks to lessen the peacock population by using a humane management plan implemented by Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

The commission did not specify how many peacocks would be relocated to another location, or when it would happen.

Russell said the birds have caused tremendous property damage. He showed the crowd a photo of a city employee’s Toyota Prius that had deep scratches on all sides. He said the peacocks see their reflection on the side of the car, mistake it for a rival and attack with their beaks.

“When it came to property damage that’s when I knew we had to take some kind of action here to regulate,” Russell said.

TME – Honestly, the fourth paragraph of this story is far funnier than anything I’ve got.

Wedlock(ed up)

BATON ROUGE, La. - A case of mistaken identity caused a Louisiana woman to leave her honeymoon in handcuffs and spend 36 hours in the New Orleans jail before it was sorted out.

Sara Saucier of Ponchatoula was on a cruise ship returning from a trip to Cozumel with her new husband when U.S. customs agents pounded on her door, accusing her of not returning a leased vehicle in November 2017, according to a report from WVLA-TV.

But officials had the wrong person.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office detective who filed the warrant logged the birth date of the wrong Sara Saucier. The mistake went unnoticed for 36 hours, as Saucier sat in the Orleans Parish Jail.

“I thought they would realize the mistake, and they would let me go,” Saucier said in a Thursday interview. “At one point when no one was listening to what I was saying, about me being innocent, I was like, `Oh my gosh, I’m really going to be in here for a while.’”

Sheriffs’ deputies realized the confusion Tuesday, as they relocated Saucier - and they released her that afternoon. She had been in custody since Monday morning.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux apologized for the error.

TME – Talk about the ol’ ball and chain.

Larcenous list

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Authorities in Tennessee say they busted a well-organized burglar after he allegedly dropped a notebook during a break-in that contained a list of other places he planned to target.

Robert Shull Goddard, 49, is accused of smashing a glass door and breaking into a Nashville area home on Jan. 29, stealing a TV and a gun from the residents, according to records filed in Davidson County court.

But prosecutors said Goddard left something behind that allowed authorities to solve the case _ a notebook that listed multiple addresses, including one for another home a few miles away that had been burglarized that same day, The Tennessean reported. Investigators were able to identify the suspect, in part, through notes his daughter left in the journal, along with her address.

Goddard was caught on video kicking in the back door of another house the next day, court records state.

He was arrested last week and was being held on a $15,000 bond for felony burglary and theft charges, jail records showed. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.

TME – Organized, ambitious – this fellow’s going places. Jail mostly, but still.

Last modified on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 08:18

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