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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

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (Cont’d)

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Rule No. 40: If a person owns more than one gun, he or she “possesses an arsenal.”

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March 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Angry cross-dresser attacks car with chunks of concrete

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Of course it’s Florida.

Orlando police are looking for a man last seen dressed in women’s clothing and a wig for allegedly throwing concrete at cars on Tuesday.

According to police, one of the victims, a 21-year-old woman, saw the man while she was stopped at the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and Amelia Street.

The man, who was dressed in a blue dress, black heels and a wig, saw her looking, became angry and threw a drink at her car, police said.

Full story (WESH-TV of Orlando)

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March 12, 2014 at 11:24 am

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Police Blotter of the Day: Police arrest protesters protesting a bill to give police new powers against protesters

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“The bill, which passed the Upper House early this morning, will extend police powers to move on protesters who are blocking buildings or who are suspected of turning violent.”

Full story (ABC News Australia)

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March 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

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

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IMAGE: Leosvel Cordova Parrado

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

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)

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February 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Kaboom! Oddly named man’s walking stick leads to evacuation

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An aluminum pipe with the word “Kaboom” written on it led to the evacuation of Akron City Hall on Wednesday. Turns out it was a walking stick, and “Kaboom” was the owner’s name. Really.

Full story (NBC News)

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October 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

Shepard Smith apologizes for the wrong thing

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Shepard Smith apologizes (YouTube via TPM)

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After Fox News broadcast a man’s shooting himself in the head near Salome, Ariz., after a hundred-mile car chase Friday, anchor Shepard Smith abjectly apologized to his viewers:

“Sometimes, we see a lot of things that we don’t let get to you, because it’s not time appropriate, it’s insensitive, it’s just wrong. And that was wrong. And that won’t happen again on my watch. And I’m sorry.”

Hats off to Smith for the apology, which was richly merited — but not for the reason he gave.

What Fox viewers should have heard was an apology for the network’s having devoted any time at all to a local police chase involving some random guy whom nobody besides his friends and family have heard of.

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September 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Be on the lookout for me

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Lithonia Police Chief Washington Varnum Jr. is accused of attempting to serve his own eviction notice.

“He basically provided a sworn statement to the courts that he himself could not be found,” said Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) spokesman Ryan Powell.

Full story (WSB-TV of Atlanta)

Written by Alex

August 2, 2012 at 10:22 am