Thursday, October 20, 2016

Man Allegedly Cons Women Into Buying Him Lamborghini, Corvette, Shelby Mustang

A Missouri man has been accused of convincing a woman to buy him a Lamborghini and a Corvette as part of an online dating swindle that stretched across several states and encompassed at least three women, according to authorities. The 28-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with one count of impersonating a federal officer and four counts of identity theft. According to police, Rossell was engaged in a con in which he would convince women to buy cars for him, drive them for a time, and then secretly sell them while telling the women the vehicles were stolen. Rossell had been living with his 27-year-old fiancee in Union, Missouri, under the identity of deputy U.S. marshal Austyn Gardner. During their time together, Rossell convinced her to purchase him a Cadillac Escalade, a Shelby Mustang, and a Can-Am Spyder; he also opened several credit cards in her name, racking up tens of thousands of dollars in debt. When Rossell’s bride-to-be found the credit cards and several federal I.D.s for him under a different name, she confronted him—only for him to flee in his white 2015 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo.

The Lamborghini, it turned out, had reportedly been purchased for Rossell by a 27-year-old woman from Ft. Meyers, Florida, who he had also dated. She told police she had also bought Rossell, who she knew as deputy U.S. marshal Austyn Labella, a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and had also loaned him $27,000. Rossell was ultimately captured by authorities in Effingham, Illinois, where he was reportedly captured at the bus station trying to buy a ticket after the Lamborghini blew a tire. Rossell reportedly met both women, as well as a third victim from Pennsylvania, on the dating website Plenty of Fish. Rossell’s criminal record contains a litany of offenses across several states under numerous identities. A January 2014 article from Pittsburgh-area news outlet Trib Live reports Rossell has previously been charged with auto theft and impersonating both Pennsylvania and Missouri state law enforcement personnel. (KMOV TV)


This Town Is For The Rats

Chicago has re-claimed a title it held in 2014: The “rattiest” city in America, so determined by Orkin pest control. The No. 1 ranking is based on the number of rodent control treatments the company has performed — both residential and commercial. Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation wouldn’t respond directly to Orkin’s rat ranking. But spokeswoman Jennifer Martinez did say the city itself has gotten more calls so far this year than the previous time frame last year. We have received about 30 percent more calls for rodents, this year over last,” she says. Martinez says the city believes a mild winter allowed a lot of rats to survive.  The city has been trying a new approach: dry ice. “So the dry ice –you actually place it into a rodent’s burrow. And you close up the burrow,” Martinez says. The dry ice becomes carbon dioxide gas, and it’s toxic to the rats. And they die. Streets and Sanitation is trying the new dry ice approach in four parks and in planter boxes downtown. (CBS 2 Chicaco)


Waitress rescues elderly U.K. woman stuck in bathtub for four days

A waitress at a U.K. restaurant helped rescue an elderly woman who had been trapped in her bathtub for four days. Sonia Congrave, a waitress at Tomassi’s cafe, became concerned when regular customer, 86-year-old Doreen Mann, did not show up for her routine slice of cake. “It was her birthday on the Wednesday and she came in like normal. She didn’t come in for a few days and then she didn’t come in on Saturday like she always does, but I thought perhaps her cousin from Chelmsford was visiting her”.  Congrave then took it upon herself to call the police after Mann failed to show up at the beginning of the following week. Police arrived at Mann’s home to hear her shouting for help as she had been stranded in the bathtub for four days. “I went to turn over onto my knees to get out of the bath, and I couldn’t. My body wouldn’t turn over,” Mann told the BBC. “I don’t understand how calm I kept. It wasn’t natural. Something kept telling me ‘keep calm.'” Mann had managed to survive by refilling the tub with hot water, drinking water from the tap and covering herself with bath robes and towels. Congrave said Mann had given her a house key and she planned to buy the beloved customer a cell phone and check in on her periodically. (BBC)


Two to get comfy coffin for overnight stay in Dracula’s castle

On October 31st, two people will be allowed to sleep in velvet trimmed coffins in the seclusion of the count’s crypt and will spend the rest of the night in the Carpathians castle completely alone, says vacation rental marketplace Airbnb. The company launched a promotional contest via Airbnb on Monday to pick the castle’s first ever overnight guests since Romania’s post-World War Two communist regime expelled the owners, the Habsburg royal family, almost 70 years ago. In 2006, a democratic government that replaced the fallen communists restored the 14th-century Bran fortress, known as “Dracula’s Castle”, to Habsburg descendents. Situated in the wooded foothills of the Carpathian mountains, it is now a museum and major tourist attraction in European Union member Romania. The castle was never part of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula,” although Romania’s notorious 15th century ruler Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), whose life inspired the book, may have set foot there briefly. “No garlic or garlic-scented items allowed, including perfume,” read the house rules of Count Dracula’s castle to ensure that Halloween night guests cannot avoid the vampire. (Reuters)


Man locks keys in house, gets stuck in chimney for four hours

Firefighters in Arizona shared photos from the rescue of a 26-year-old man who was trapped for four hours in his own chimney. The Tucson Fire Department said in a Facebook post crews responded to a University area home Sunday morning after a neighbor reported hearing a man shouting for help. Firefighters found the man’s feet were touching the floor of his house, but his body was wedged in the fireplace due to its decreased diameter toward the bottom. The crews lowered a rope and were able to hoist the soot-covered man to safety. The 26-year-old man told firefighters he had been trapped for about four hours after he accidentally locked his keys inside the home and tried to get back in through the chimney. “He did not appear to be injured, but was medically evaluated at the scene by paramedics,” the fire department said. (Tuscon FD Facebook)


The workers at the Jim Beam production facility are on strike

Employees at two plants operated by distiller Jim Beam have gone on strike, saying they are overworked amid a nationwide revival of interest in Kentucky bourbon. 252 employees of the world’s largest bourbon producer ceased production at two of its facilities in Clermont and Boston, Kentucky and entered a strike following months of failed contract negotiations. Janelle Mudd, a Jim Beam employee and union representative, said Sunday that union leaders had been meeting with the plants’ managers since April to discuss a contract that expired in August. And while a spokesman said the company offered a competitive proposal with salary raises, Mudd said the group had not reached an agreement that would improve workers’ quality of life. A key issue is a demand that the company hire more workers so that current employees don’t have to work up to 80 hours a week and can spend more time with their families.(USA Today)


Gas station employee stabbed over ‘bad chicken’

A man accused of stabbing a Memphis gas station employee over a piece of “bad” chicken was in court this week facing aggravated assault charges. Police said the victim was stabbed in his lower leg by the suspect during an argument over the chicken. Police say the worker, Ibrahima Sene, was cleaning the parking lot when 60-year-old David Haslett came up to him, complained that he had sold him bad chicken and he wanted his money back. An argument broke out, at which point police said Haslett produced a knife and stabbed the victim. Police say they found Haslett standing in the middle of Jackson Avenue when they arrived. He had been sprayed with a fire extinguisher and they say he was still armed with the knife. He surrendered and was taken to the hospital. David Haslett is charged with aggravated assault and has a $40,000 bond. (WREG TV)



Make Today Count Because It’s:

*Birth of the Bab
*Conflict Resolution Day  Link (3rd Thursday)
*Get to Know Your Customers Day   ( January 21,  April 15, July 21 and October 20 = 3rd Thurs. of Each Quarter)
*Get Smart About Credit Day  (3rd Thursday)
*International Credit Union Day  (3rd Thursday)  Link
*Miss American Rose Day
*Spirit Day  Link  (3rd Thursday)


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