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May 27, 2004 (CANTON, Ohio) — It was probably the worst wrong number ever for one Ohio woman.
Canton police say Amy Logue accidentally called authorities as she tried to buy crack.

According to officials, the 27-year-old called three times asking for drugs, and never realized she was talking to a officer.

One call went as follows:
Caller: "Do you have any?"
Police Dispatcher: "Have what?"
Caller: "Any?"
Dispatcher: "Uh, probably."
Caller: "Is it good?"
Dispatcher: "Yeah."

Police said they then set up a meeting with Logue and arrested her when she showed up. She now faces drug felony charges.

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Motel guest loves Vaseline too much

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May 27, 2004 (BINGHAMTON, NY) — A Virginia man was arrested after police allegedly found him covered head to toe in Vaseline.

The 44-year-old man's unique brand of lubrication would not be illegal if he was not accused of using the Vaseline to damage a hotel room. Police told ABCNEWS affiliate WPVI in Philadelphia, Pa., that the man — whose name was not released — coated almost his entire Motel 6 room with petroleum jelly. The cleaning crew found Vaseline on the television set, the mattress, furniture and carpeting and motel officials say the damage is more than $1,000.

The well-lubricated suspect has been charged with felony criminal mischief.

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Loogie burger leads to assault charge
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March 25, 2004 (RIO RANCHO, N.M.) — A Rio Rancho fast-food worker faces assault charges for allegedly serving a police officer a loogie burger.

Marcus Calderon, 19, was arrested last weekend and charged with altering food and assaulting a police officer for allegedly spitting in the law enforcement official's hamburger.

The officer noticed that some thing wrong with his burger after he took a couple of bites. After further inspection, the officer found that someone had spit in his food, Department of Public Safety officials said.

Restaurant officials fired Calderon and said their other employees were clean and courteous and that they had never experienced similar incidents.

According to police, Calderon says he was ill and may have accidentally coughed or spit on the officer's burger. Calderon was jailed on $2,000 bond and had provided blood and saliva samples to be tested for HIV and hepatitis.


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Police: Woman tried to pass fake $1M bill

March 10, 2004 (COVINGTON, Ga.) — A woman was caught trying to use a fake $1 million bill to buy $1,675 worth of merchandise at a Wal-Mart, and was later found with two more of the bills in her purse, police said.
The United States Treasury does not make $1 million bills, but people can buy souvenirs of such a bill at some stores, police said.

"It looks real, but of course there's nothing real about this," Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton said Tuesday. "People do crazy things all the time. I think it's just another example of some odd things that occur."

A clerk at the store immediately noticed the bill was fake when 35-year-old Alice Regina Pike handed it to her on Friday, Cotton said.

Pike then tried to use two gift cards with only $2.32 of value on them to buy the merchandise, but when that didn't work she again asked if the clerk could cash the $1 million bill, Cotton said. The store then called police.

Pike, of Porterdale, was charged with forgery. There was no listing for her phone number in directory assistance, and she could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Covington is 32 miles southeast of Atlanta.

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Haven't posted any of these in a while, so here ya go.
 

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Puppy pulls trigger on owner ready to kill him

Police say this puppy shot a man who was trying to kill it, after the man had shot and killed three of its litter mates.
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September 9, 2004 (PENSACOLA, Fla.) — A puppy facing death along with the rest of his litter took matters into his own paws, police said.
Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, of Pensacola, allegedly had decided to kill seven puppies he had because he could not get rid of them any other way, Escambia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ted Roy said.

"He said that he could not give them away. He tried to give them away and he was unsuccessful so that was the alternative he used," Roy said.

Bradford allegedly shot and killed three of the puppies — 3-month-old shepherd-mixes, but when he tried to finish off the rest they wouldn't sit still for him.

The man told authorities he was holding one dog in his left hand and one dog in his right hand, but he couldn't control them, Roy said.

When the puppy in his left hand began to wriggle free, it put its paw on the gun's trigger, causing it to fire and the bullet hit the man in the wrist, Roy said.

When Bradford went to a hospital emergency room to get treatment, a doctor called authorities about the gunshot wound, the sheriff's department said.

The three puppies Bradford allegedly shot were found in a shallow grave with bullet wounds in their heads, Roy said.

The remaining four puppies and their mother are safe now at the Escambia County Animal Shelter.

"They're doing great," said Bruce Rova, a spokesman for the shelter. "The puppies are in good health. They're friendly."

Bradford is facing felony animal cruelty charges, Roy said.

"He was not arrested due to the fact he had that gunshot wound to the arm and the warrant will become active and he'll have to go to court and plead his case," Roy said.

Rova said he doesn't understand why anyone would think they had to shoot a dog just because they could not find a home for it.

"If it's someone you need to take care of that animal and take responsibility off of them as a burden we're definitely here," Rova said.

As for the future of the dogs, the mother may be returned to the Bradfords, but the puppies will be put up for adoption, authorities said.

ABC News affiliate WEAR-TV in Pensacola, Fla., contributed to this report.
 

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Woman injected with olive oil on mistake

September 9, 2004 (STEYR, Austria) — Oops! A medical intern at a western Austria hospital goofed.

Instead of injecting an elderly patient with antibiotics, he shot her up with olive oil. The woman was in the hospital to get her appendix removed.

Officials at Steyr Hospital say vials of the medicine and oil had been left at the bedside and the intern picked up the wrong one. The olive oil was supposed to have been used for a massage.

While the mix-up could have proved serious, officials say the patient is o-k. She's in stable condition and senior doctors say she won't suffer any serious complications.

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Man charged for stiffing on tip

September 13, 2004 (LAKE GEORGE, N.Y.) — Being cheap and obnoxious can get you busted.

Humberto Taveras faces a misdemeanor theft of service charge after allegedly stiffing on the tip at an upstate New York pizza place. He and his party of eight others recently ate at Soprano's Italian and American Grill in Lake George. Taveras says he didn't know about the mandatory 18 percent gratuity for parties of six or more and only left about ten percent.

But restaurant owner Joe Soprano says all the menus have the notice and the waitress told them, too. Soprano says he's not pressing charges because of the money. He contends Taveras was rude.

Taveras counters they weren't satisfied with the food or the service. He plans on fighting the tipping point in court.

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Humanity is indeed a disappointment. And as for that restaurant, I thought when there were parties of 8 or more they just automatically added in the tip? If they didn't and I only left 10 percent, and then they tried to have me arrested for it?... lets just say I'd be more than displeased with their service, and I'd tell them to go f*ck themselves until instructed by a judge to do otherwise. ****, even after that I'd boycott the place. Seriously, anyone who would have another person arrested over what was probably less than 20 dollars worth of missed income should reconsider their business plan, and their take on customer service. This story actually makes me want to boycott this sopranos place just because of this crap they're pulling.
 

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This story actually makes me want to boycott this sopranos place just because of this crap they're pulling.
yeah, me too.
 

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I was wondering about that myself. Yes, the establishment posts something about automatic gratuities for large parties, AND they calculate it for you into the bill. So IF they expected more than what was required, then the establishment should be investigated for attempted fraud and theft. Sounds like the customer did nothing wrong but give a little extra and got stiffed himself. Now THAT is BS! I'd be pissed!
 

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I'd rent billboard space accross from the restuarant, and put up a sign that said, in huge letters: "SOPRANO'S PIZZA WILL HAVE YOU ARRESTED IF THEY ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE TIP YOU LEAVE. TAKE MY ADVICE, EAT ELSEWHERE."
 

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Gotta love that freedom of speech! America has taken it 1 step further: You have the right to steal thy neighbor by overcharging for everything.

That's especially true in your state, isn't it? It is in mine...
 

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<span style="color:darkblue">Thieves Rob Bus Full of Policemen

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Forty-six Brazilian policemen traveling to a sports competition were caught with their guard down this week when four Brazilian thieves robbed the bus carrying them to the event.

The bus with 46 unarmed policemen from northeastern Paraiba state was headed to the city of Salvador in Bahia when two cars with armed robbers forced them to stop on the country's main interstate highway on Tuesday.

"The robbers took their cameras, cellular phones, wallets and even the sports uniforms and sneakers," a police spokesman said.

The suspects, who escaped, apparently did not know the bus was full of police when they stopped it, he said.

"We are looking for them, but I cannot say there's any particular ardor here due to the fact that policemen have been robbed." </span>
 

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Man shows up to court drunk to face DUI

September 23, 2004 (BROOKINGS, S.D.) — Lorn Halstead flunks another breath test -- this time in court.

That's what authorities in Brookings, South Dakota, are saying. Halstead was in court to plead guilty to his fourth drunk driving conviction. But the judge suspected he might be under the influence. So, Judge Rodney Steele ordered Halstead to take a breath test.

Authorities say it showed Halstead had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal driving limit. The judge order Halstead arrested for violating his bail.

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Man legally changes his name to 'They'

Sept. 23, 2004 (BRANSON, Mo.) — A Branson man has put a face to the anonymous references people often make to "they" by changing his name to just that: "They."

The former Andrew Wilson, a 43-year-old self-employed inventor, was granted legal permission last week by a circuit judge to change his name.

It's just They, no surname.

He also has changed his driver's license to reflect his new name.

They said he did it for humor to address the common reference to "they."

"'They do this,' or 'They're to blame for that.' Who is this 'they' everyone talks about? 'They' accomplish such great things. Somebody had to take responsibility," he said.

Now, his friends are getting used to his new name.

"They call up and say, 'Is They there?'"

He acknowledged the name could drive grammarians crazy.

"Not only is he making a statement about his name, but he's messing with the entire English language," friend Craig Erickson said.

They holds 14 patents including Ground-Effect lighting, used to create a neon glow beneath vehicles and patented in 1987.

His newest product is "Shades Eyewear," which have a built-in visor over each sunglass lens. The visors protect the eyes from glare without having to wear a hat, he said.

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Priests brawl over opening of door in basilica

Sept. 27, 2004 (JERUSALEM) — Greek Orthodox and Franciscan priests got into a fist fight Monday at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Christianity's holiest shrine, after arguing over whether a door in the basilica should be closed during a procession.

Dozens of people, including several Israeli police officers, were slightly hurt in the brawl at the shrine, built over the spot where tradition says Jesus was crucified and buried.

Four priests were detained, police spokesman Shmulik Ben-Ruby said.

Custody of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is shared by several denominations that jealously guard territory and responsibilities under a fragile deal hammered out over the last centuries. Any perceived encroachment on one group's turf can lead to vicious feuds, sometimes lasting hundreds of years.

Monday's fight broke out during a procession of hundreds of Greek Orthodox worshippers commemorating the 4th century pilgrimage by Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, to Jerusalem. Tradition says that during the trip, Helena found the cross on which Jesus had been crucified.

Church officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that at one point, the procession passed a Roman Catholic chapel, and priests from both sides started arguing over whether the door to the chapel should be open or closed.

Club-wielding Israeli riot police broke up the fight, witnesses said. Afterward, the procession continued.

Greek Orthodox priests, dressed in black robes and donning elaborate headdresses, marched out of the church as bells rang loudly. Carrying gold staves and roses, they marched through the church courtyard and down a narrow stone alley as Greek Orthodox Christians clapped and cheered.

In 2003, Israeli police threatened to limit the number of worshippers allowed to attend an Easter ceremony if the denominations did not agree on who would lead the ceremony. Police brokered a last-minute deal and the ceremony passed peacefully.

But a year earlier, the Greek patriarch and Armenian clergyman designated to enter the tomb exchanged blows after a dispute over who would be first to exit the chamber.

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