Monday, June 19, 2017

Polygamist Accused Of Fraud, Arrested After Nearly A Year On The Run

The FBI announced recently they’ve arrested Lyle Jeffs – the leader of a radical polygamous off-shoot of the Mormon Church. Jeffs has been on the run for a year. In 2011, he took over this sect after his brother was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting his underage wives. Then last year, there was a plot twist: Jeffs was charged for allegedly running a food stamp fraud scheme. He was on house arrest while waiting for his trial to start. But apparently he had other ideas. Last summer, he disappeared and has been MIA ever since. The FBI said he might’ve used olive oil to get his GPS tracker off. As one does. His lawyer said he might’ve just “experienced the miracle of rapture.” Earlier this week, authorities finally found him in South Dakota, where he’d been living out of his car. Miracle, not granted. (NPR)


No 1. courthouse problem: People urinating in the elevator

Officials in an Arkansas county have a plea for courthouse visitors: Please stop urinating in our elevator. Craighead County officials hope new security cameras will deter the steady stream of culprits who have been relieving themselves in the courthouse elevator in Jonesboro, a college town about 115 miles northeast of Little Rock. Maintenance workers say the problem has persisted for years — even though the restrooms are only about 25 feet from the elevator. Officials say that the cameras, installed last fall, have caught three men in the act, one of whom has been cited for disorderly conduct and fined $105. A third instance was recorded Monday, and county officials say they plan to issue a citation. (Yahoo)


Do you have what it takes to be a breatharian?

A husband and wife live a ‘food-free’ diet and claim they survive by only eating vegetable broth or fruit a handful of times a week. Akahi Ricardo, 36, and Camila Castello, 34, who live between California and Ecuador, said they have forgotten what hunger feels like and believe humans can be sustained solely by the ‘energy that exists in the universe and in themselves’. Mother-of-two Camila even practiced a ‘breatharian’ pregnancy, only eating solids five times during the nine months she was carrying her first child. ‘Humans can easily be without food, as long as they are the connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing,’ Camila said. Ms Castello said she feels ‘healthier’ and ‘happier’ as a ‘breatharian’, claiming it has helped regulate her weight and eliminated any symptoms of PMS. The couple, who teach courses on breatharianism, claim their ‘food-free lifestyle’ has improved their health and allowed spend the money they save on grocery bills on other passions. (Daily Mail)


Taiwan police agency recruits fleet of month-old puppies

A new batch of law enforcers are joining Taiwan’s police force in the form of a litter of newborn puppies. Taiwan’s National Police Agency on June 8 shared photos of the six puppies – named Lucky Star, Schumann, Feida, Brother, AJ and Full Moon — that will be put through training in hopes of becoming part of the country’s K-9 Unit. The puppies, each only a month old, posed alongside an officer, on top of a police car and next to the sash they will wear if chosen to join the force. Once their training is complete the puppies will join the NPA’s Anti Bomb and Drug unit in Taipei where their mother worked. (Facebook)


LGBTQ petition demands permanent ‘rainbow crosswalks’ in cities across the country

LGBTQ activists in cities across the country are calling for city officials to create “rainbow crosswalks” to “honor the LGBTQ community.” “Rainbow crosswalks” are public crosswalks that have been repainted in rainbow colors, which have been adopted by the LGBTQ community as a symbol of greater acceptance and rights for LGBTQ causes and beliefs. Activists are urging local lawmakers to create the crosswalks through the use of petitions. Currently, one of the cities targeted is Chicago. A petition is now circulating there that has garnered more than 4,000 signatures. According to the petition’s text, “Some cities, like San Francisco, have made LGBTQ people feel more at home by creating permanent rainbow crosswalks to honor the LGBTQ community. … This is one small thing that could be done to signal to one of the most marginalized communities in the country that we are here for them, we see them, and we support them.” Washington, D.C., already installed temporary rainbow crosswalks honoring transgender persons earlier this year, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced this week the city will make its rainbow crosswalks permanent following the circulation of a petition that amassed more than 22,000 signatures. (The Blaze)


Couple Looking for Nanny Willing to Work in a Haunted House 

A family of four from Scotland is offering a $64,000 to a professional nanny willing to work in a haunted house and put up with supernatural occurrences that have so far driven away five other nannies in the last year alone. According to the ad posted on a popular childcare job site, the “friendly family of four with 2 children ages 5 and 7 living in a small village in the Scottish Borders” have been having trouble finding a stable nanny to look after their young ones. They apparently live in a “lovely, spacious, historic property” that offers “spectacular views” of the surrounding countryside, but that hasn’t been enough to keep previous nannies working there long-term. That might have something to do with the place being haunted, the person who posted the ad says. (Child Care)


Man beats his mother in a fight over a Cheeseburger

An argument ‘over a cheeseburger’ between a Florida mother and her son Monday night has resulted in a domestic battery charge against the young man. Cops allege that Noah Sullivan-Lincoln got into a physical dispute with his mother, Cheryl Sullivan-Lincoln in the family’s kitchen of their St. Petersburg, Florida home. According to the complaint/arrest affidavit from the Pinellas County court, the 19-year-old ‘spat in the face of the victim as there were arguing in the kitchen of their home over a cheeseburger’. Noah then apparently ‘smacked the cheeseburger out of the victims hand’ in the process hitting his 57-year-old mother on her arm and hand.  The boy confessed to the attack after he was detained. Noah was charged with domestic battery which is a misdemeanor and spent half-a-day in the county jail.  He was released Tuesday afternoon with his own recognizance. In the report, it seems that there may have been an indication of drug influence in the altercation. The window replacement firm worker has been ordered by a judge not to have contact with his mother. (Daily Mail)


Monday Brings Us:

*Garfield the Cat Day 
*International Day For The Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 
*Ride To Work Day (Motorcycles)  (Third Monday)
*World Sickle Cell Day 
*World Sauntering Day 

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