Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Alarm Clock Stuck In Wall Goes Off Every Day For 13 Years 

All is calm in a quiet house on a peaceful street in the tranquil township of Ross – until the walls come alive with the sound of a 13-year-old alarm clock. A homeowner says he dropped a clock, tied to a string, through an air vent. Set to go off ten minutes later, it would let him know where to punch a hole in the living room wall to pass a wire through for a TV hookup. He couldn’t pull it back up, but figured, “Maybe, three-four months it’ll run out of battery. That was in September of 2004. It is still going off every day. And during daylight savings time it goes off at ten minutes ’til eight. And during standard time it goes off at ten minutes to seven at night.” Jerry’s wife, Sylvia, says the sudden ring can come as a jolt to unsuspecting guests.“It starts with a soft ‘beep beep beep beep’ and it gets louder and closer together, and that will set people like, ‘What is that?’” (Pittsburg CBS)


Indiana man and woman starved 5-year-old boy as punishment

Two people were arrested Thursday amid allegations they starved a 5-year-old boy as punishment. The boy was so hungry that he ate ”guinea pig and cat poop,” Tipton Circuit Court records state. The 5-year-old told police he wore a diaper because he wasn’t allowed to leave his upstairs bedroom. He weighed 32 pounds at the time he was taken to the hospital, which is about one-third less than a typical boy his age, according to the Tipton Police Department. Bruises, scrapes and sores covered the 5-year-old’s body. The parents were charged with felony neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury while being accused of using surveillance equipment and an audible door alarm to confine the boy and keep him from sneaking food. An anonymous caller contacted police and the Indiana Department of Child Services on June 5 to report suspected child abuse. The caller said the boy “looks like a skeleton.” The 5-year-old was transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and treated for severe malnutrition. Another child in the home said the 5-year-old hadn’t eaten for two days and had been “crying and screaming a lot,” so the parents let the other children kick and punch him if he tried to take their food or blankets. A total of seven children shared two bedrooms, according to police. One of those bedrooms was equipped with an audible door alarm, and the other was equipped with a padlock system. The parents told police the cameras and alarms were set up to watch the 5-year-old because he “steals food.” They claimed the boy “eats all the time” and “hoards food.” The boy has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, police said. (Indy Star)


Baby born on flight to India gets free plane tickets for life

Jet Airways said it will give free flight tickets for life to a boy who was born on one of its flights between Saudi Arabia and India. The child’s mother — whose identity the airline didn’t reveal out of respect for her privacy — went into labor prematurely on Sunday at an altitude of 35,000 feet, Jet Airways said. The flight, bound for the southern Indian city of Kochi, was diverted to Mumbai, where the mother and baby were taken to a local hospital and are now “doing well,” according to an airline spokeswoman. Members of the flight crew helped deliver the baby alongside a trained paramedic who was among the passengers. The airline didn’t disclose the nationality of the boy born on its flight, but he’ll have plenty of travel options in India and beyond. The carrier is one of the country’s biggest, flying to 65 domestic and international destinations. (CNN Money)


A fake mug shot has garnered a lot of social media attention

“I was very surprised. I think we are up to 6,000 shares,” said Officer Russell Graham with the Moulton City, AL Police. On Tuesday, he posted this photo along with other mug shots on the police department’s Facebook page. Graham wrote on the photo’s caption that “Barry Larry Terry” was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a wild raccoon and no headlamp on bicycle.  He said the other mug shots he posted were real, but this one was just a joke. But what’s not entirely satire about the post, “There’s actually a law possession of wild animals. I don’t think it specifically says wild raccoon, but I just added that in there and here we are.” Graham says the post was intended humanize the badge. He says he’s seen other law enforcement Facebook pages do similar posts. The photo has been taken off the Facebook page, but the viral idea isn’t going away so easily. A Facebook user-created a page called “Free Barry Larry Terry” that is bringing voice to the convict and his furry friend. (WHNT 19 TV)


Supreme Court strikes down law banning use of Facebook by registered sex offenders

The Supreme Court unanimously struck down a North Carolina law that bars the use of commercial social networking sites, including Facebook, by registered sex offenders. A lower court upheld the law, but lawyers for Lester Gerard Packingham — who is a registered sex offender — say it is too broad and swept in their client even though his Facebook posting concerned the fact that his parking ticket was dismissed. “No fine, no court costs, nothing spent… Praise be to God” he wrote. After the office came upon the posting, Packingham was found guilty of violating the law that says “it is unlawful for a sex offender who is registered …to access a commercial social networking site where the sex offender knows that the site permits minor children to become members or to create or maintain personal Web pages on the commercial social networking site.” North Carolina argues the law was passed to “confront the threat sexual predators pose to children.” (CNN)


Judge finds Michelle Carter guilty of manslaughter in texting suicide case

A Massachusetts judge ruled that 20-year-old Michelle Carter is guilty of encouraging her boyfriend’s suicide. Their texts and call history show that she pushed him to go through with his plan. Now, she could get 20 years in prison when she is sentenced August 3rd. And this case could set a new precedent for how texts can be brought into the courtroom. Experts believe there could be a number of implications that range from the far-fetched to the heart-wrenching. Just something as simple as somebody says, “Go jump off a bridge.” If they do it, could you be charged with manslaughter?  (Newsweek)


Three Men Arrested on Suspicion of Grand Theft of Avocados Worth $300,000

A trio of California men were arrested this week after allegedly stealing $300,000 worth of avocados. The suspects were employees of the Mission Produce ripening plant in Ventura County, California. Investigators said they believe the suspects were stealing the avocados over the course of several months and selling them on the side for their own profit to unsuspecting customers. Company officials said the trio got the opportunity when they stopped permitting customers from picking up avocado orders, instead delivering them. But some customers continued to travel to the distribution center. The suspects sold the customers the avocados, but then pocketed the cash. Typically, the trio sold the avocados, usually about $50 per box, for $20 or $30 to keep the unsuspecting customers from asking questions. Eventually, it was one of those customers who alerted the company last month something seemed amiss. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said part of the reason the men were able to get away with so many sales with no one raising a red flag was because of the fruit’s recent spike in popularity. (KTLA 5)


Two-sday Has:

*American Eagle Day
*Flitch of Bacon Day 

*Lambrusco Day 
*National Hike With A Geek Day 
*National Kouign Amann Day 
*World Productivity Day 
*World Refugee Day 

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