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Police call off plan to force teen to pose nude

  • 4:22 pm Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by George Mathis
Genarlow Wilson, Morehouse Man (JOHNNY CRAWFORD / JCRAWFORD@AJC.COM)

UPDATE: Police have called off their plans to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old in an effort to prove a sexting case against him.

The Associated Press reports police and prosecutors faced a wave of criticism following media reports that they had obtained a warrant to take photos of the teen’s erect penis. Police wanted the pictures to compare against photos he is accused of sending to his 15-year-old girlfriend at the time. On Thursday, Manassas Police Lt. Brian Larkin said the Police Department will not proceed with the plan to take the pictures and will let a search [More]

Dog dies in hot car as woman shops 13 hours

  • 4:26 pm Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by George Mathis

As we’ve all been reminded, hot cars kill.

In Florida, where it gets even hotter, a woman faces only a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after leaving her dog in a car while she shopped for 13 hours at Wal-Mart.

Another shopper spotted the pet, Waldo, dead in the car of 49-year-old Cassaundra Rasmussen and alerted police in Crestview, Florida.

Rasmussen was found “browsing” in the store. She said she forgot about Waldo, left inside an oven of a car with no water.

I’ve been in some big stores, but they can’t make one big enough to keep me shopping for 13 hours. [More]

The high price of legal marijuana

  • 12:45 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014 by George Mathis

Tuesday morning, Washington state will become the second state in the U.S. to have marijuana stores.

Demand is so high for ‘mind-altering bud’ that, despite high prices, stores are expected to sell out within hours or days.

Photos: Washington weed retailers prep for opening

“What do you do when your shelves are empty? Do I just send everybody home? Do we try and stay open? I can’t pay people if we aren’t selling anything,” says one excited retailer in a Reuters article.

I’ve never operated a marijuana store, but I think if you sell out of everything in one day you should [More]

Store uses military uniforms to sell beer

  • 5:25 pm Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by George Mathis

Should uniforms of the various branches of the U.S. military be used to sell beer?

The 4th of July is just around the corner, and if you are like most people you are already planning a cookout, viewing fireworks and waving the U.S. flag.

Drinking beer and shooting guns is optional, but America loves both.

In Alabama, a lawmaker wants to declare independence from taxes on ammunition.  “Holding a firearms sales tax holiday at the anniversary of our nation’s birth is the perfect way to celebrate the rights and independence that we hold close to our hearts as Americans,” says lawmaker Becky [More]

Man agrees to vasectomy for less prison time

  • 4:16 pm Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by George Mathis

The punishment is supposed to fit the crime, but some judge’s rulings sound more like social engineering.

The Roanoke Times brings us the tale of Jessie Lee Herald, 27, who has agreed to get a vasectomy to reduce his prison sentence by 5 years.

Herald, who has fathered at least seven children by at least six women, was sentenced to one year and eight months for child endangerment after a hit-and-run crash that injured one of his children. The 3-month-old boy was not seriously injured in the wreck.

Herald’s uncle said his nephew works as a roofer and in a poultry plant [More]

Cop admits running teen prostitution ring

  • 12:56 pm Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by George Mathis

Police officers, being human, make mistakes.

But at least one police officer in Washington D.C. turned his mistakes into a side business of finding and prostituting teen girls.

Officer Linwood Barnhill Jr., 48, admitted in federal court that he forced girls to have sex with strangers in his D.C. apartment.

Barnhill, a 28-year-veteran of the police force, admitted he cruised malls and streets for girls he could pimp for $80. The girls, who were promised Victoria’s Secret undergarments, ranged in age from 15 to 17 and paid Barnhill $20 for arranging “dates.”

The police officer would typically approach the girls in his [More]

CIA, G.I. Joe inventor made ‘demon’ bin Laden dolls

  • 5:35 pm Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by George Mathis

At age 77, Donald Levine may have been past his prime, but the figure behind G.I. Joe sprung into action when the CIA came calling.

The Washington Post reports Levine, a Korean War vet who created the popular toy soldiers in 1964, was, in 2005, asked by the CIA to develop a doll that looked like the infamous al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

The CIA’s goal for “Project Devil Eyes” was to “spook children and their parents, causing them to turn away from the actual bin Laden,” the Post writes.

Levine was retired, but still had a Kung Fu grip on [More]

Macon man holstering .45 shoots self in …

  • 3:41 pm Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by George Mathis

We’ve all experienced the pain at the pump.

But none of us have felt it quite like an unnamed Georgia man who allegedly shot himself in the privates as he was holstering his .45.

13wmaz.com in Macon reports the man was stopped at a Sunoco gas station on Zebulon Road last Thursday when the incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m.

Somehow, the man was able to drive to a friend’s house nearby where he, according to the news station, he “took off his pants and saw that he had ‘shot himself in the penis and that the bullet exited out of his [More]

ID thieves buy, sell ‘street’ guns

  • 4:47 pm Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by George Mathis
Stolen credit card information was used  to illegally buy and sell guns, police in Birmingham said. (Image from al.com article)

Identity theft seems to be unstoppable.

In 2012, it cost Americans about $25 billion, almost twice as much as all other thefts (car theft, burglary, robbery) combined.

USA Today says “most local law enforcement lacks the expertise to investigate smaller crimes and the FBI is only interested in massive cases involving hundreds of victims or more.”

“Police don’t want to be bothered,” says one expert. “It’s a difficult crime to investigate, and the feeling is, ‘Oh, we’re never going to catch these guys.’ “

The FBI is supposed to investigate ID theft, but the biggest victim of such chicanery is the federal [More]

Mom kidnaps daughter to stop vaccination, ‘brainwashing’

  • 1:08 pm Monday, June 16th, 2014 by George Mathis
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Childhood diseases once thought vanquished in this country are back, in large part because people like Megan Elizabeth Everett exist.

Everett, a mother from Sunrise, Fla., is sought on federal charges after kidnapping her 2-year-old daughter, allegedly to prevent the girl from being vaccinated and ever having to learn “black history.”

Everett, 22, was last seen on May 6, when the girl’s dad, Robert Baumann left Lilly with her mom in compliance with a shared custody agreement, reports the Sun-Sentinel. Everett was supposed to return Lilly to her dad a week later but she’s not been seen since.

The dad said Everett [More]

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