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Blue underwear mask? (Today’s dumb crook)

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A thief covered his face with a pair of women’s blue underwear and used a pistol-shaped cigarette lighter in a botched robbery of a convenience store, police said.

“I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried,” [West Virginia] State Police Sgt. T.C. Kearns told The Journal in Martinsburg.

The cashier at first thought it was a joke and refused to give the man any money, so he ran to a Jeep Cherokee and drove away at about 4 a.m. Wednesday, Kearns said. A few minutes later, police stopped a vehicle matching that description and took two men into custody.

Police later charged Steven Clay Stephenson, 34, of Ranson in the convenience story robbery. Kearns said police found a pistol-shaped lighter while searching Stephenson. The underwear was recovered nearby.

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How Not To Collect Scrap: Lesson One

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A [Lake Luzerne, NY] man was hospitalized Saturday after he accidentally discharged a round of ammunition into his abdomen using a screwdriver and a hammer, police said.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office was called to 2073 Call St. at 5:05 p.m. Saturday, where they determined that Damion M. Mosher, 18, had been discharging .223-caliber rounds by placing them in a steel vice, putting a screwdriver on the primer, and striking the screwdriver with a hammer, police said.

The round went about a half-inch into his abdomen, police said. Mosher was treated at Glens Falls Hospital and was released, police said. Police said Mosher told them he was trying to empty the rounds so he could return the brass casings for scrap. He had set off approximately 100 rounds before being struck, police said.

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“Stoner”? Really?

A Florida man was recently arrested for operating a marijuana growing operation in his home. His name? Stoner. No — really.

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Private enterprise. Maybe too private?

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A Chinese man is facing a trial over claims he dug a tunnel from his house to an abandoned coal mine.

Police in Beijing city say they found the secret operation during a routine door-to-door search for migrants. “We heard loud factory machine noises from the house. Upon entering the yard, we found a lot of coal-mining tools, and several huge piles of coal,” says a police spokesman.

After a search of the premises, police found an opening in the garage to a tunnel which connected to an abandoned coal mine nearby, reports the Beijing Times. The tenant of the house, Mr. Song, allegedly admitted that he rented the house because it was only 10 metres from the old mine.

Police say the tunnel extended more than 100 metres, and that Song mined more than 1,300 tonnes of coal without a licence.

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Boy! Did she have a headache!

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A Chinese grandmother who went to hospital with a headache was found to have had a bullet in her head for 64 years. Jin Guangying, 77, of Shuyang town, Jiangsu province, went to to Shuyang Leniency Hospital for an x-ray.

“We were surprised to learn there was a bullet inside her head,” her son, Wang Zhengbang, told the Yangtse Evening Post.

Jin remembers that she was shot in 1943 during the Second World War by the invading Japanese army when she was taking supplies to her guerrilla father. “I was 13, living along the railways in Xuzhou city. One afternoon in September, my mother asked me to take a meal to my father and his colleagues who were fighting the Japanese,” she said. “I was spotted by the Japanese army. They ran after me and opened fire. A bullet passed through the corner of my right ear. I hit the ground and lost consciousness.”

When Jin regained consciousness, she was already back home in bed. Her mother applied herbal medicines to the wound. Amazingly, she recovered after three months.

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