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Police Blotter of the Day: Woman allegedly drives through church, stabs husband on altar for ‘worshiping NASCAR’

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Stephanie Hamman

(WCYB-TV)

A Church Hill woman is accused of attempted first degree murder after police say she tried to kill her husband with a kitchen knife after accusing him of “worshiping” the NASCAR race at Bristol.

The victim told Church Hill police his wife, Stephanie Hamman, crashed her vehicle through the walls of Providence Church. He told officers when he went to check on his wife, he found her lying in front of the altar. As the man checked on her, he says she stated, “The devil is in me,” and stabbed him on the right side of his chest with a large kitchen knife.

Full story (WCYB-TV of Kingsport, Tenn.)

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March 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

OF COURSE it’s Florida: Zoning board member gives Nazi salute at planning meeting

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(Screenshot by Palm Beach Post)

Marcia Radosevich gave the Nazi dictator’s one-armed salute and said “Heil Hitler” while the board was discussing the powers of village staff members during the monthly Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board meeting March 5.

Full story (Palm Beach Post)

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March 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Suspect eats hundreds of dollars in cash

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Leosvel Cordova Parrado (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

In — where else? — Florida:

The victim told deputies they were at a party earlier and Parrado became angry and demanded they return home. She said once they were at home, he pushed her around in their residence and the two of them struggled over her wallet, which he took from her by force. The wallet contained $750 in cash. …

Parrado was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car. As Sgt. Slough was driving to the detention center in Marathon, he heard a strange noise in the back of his car. When he looked in his rearview mirror, he saw Parrado with his mouth full of cash. He was literally chewing — and choking on — the cash he had stolen from his girlfriend.

Sgt. Slough pulled over and attempted to recover the money Parrado was eating, but when he counted the remaining cash he found $277 missing from the whole amount the girlfriend said he stole. Some of the money was found in his underwear and deputies think that is where he hid it prior to eating it.

Full police statement.

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March 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

And sometimes you do a story just for the headline

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An 18-year-old Florida woman was only slightly injured when she was shot by her friend’s oven, police said.

Yes. An oven. She was trying to cook waffles and didn’t know her friend was storing ammunition in the oven. So we got to write this totally straightforward headline:

Woman shot by oven while trying to cook waffles

Full story at NBC News

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February 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Life on general assignment

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In the new world at NBC News, I’m now doing general assignment after many years covering various beats. That yields a certain variety to one’s work week.

At 1 o’clock this morning, I was hunched over a spreadsheet calculating word-frequency counts for President Obama’s State of the Union address. Ten hours later, I was writing this:

One of the busiest interstates in the U.S. remained closed Wednesday, hours after a semi-trailer transporting French vanilla coffee creamer overturned in Phoenix, coating more than 150 feet of the highway with a white slick of delicious-smelling traffic hazard.

You never know what life on GA will bring next.

Grab your coffee mug: French vanilla creamer closes busy Arizona interstate (NBC News)

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February 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Sometimes, you do a story just for the picture

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(Jody Taylor/Sixty5 Media via NBC San Diego)

Driver stuck in midair after car rams California clinic (NBC News)

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February 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: ‘Marijuana’ in undercover deal was sandwich

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A Graham man was charged Monday with selling an undercover police officer a bag that he said contained an ounce of marijuana.

Instead, the bag contained a half-eaten chicken sandwich.

(Dustin Rockwell Davis, 23, was charged with selling and delivering a counterfeit controlled substance — which is also a felony.)

Full story (Burlington, N.C., Times-News)

Written by Alex

February 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

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