Oddities
Contempt charge for saggy pants in court dismissed PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 18 July 2014 09:40
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a contempt-of-court citation against a man who was fined $50 for wearing saggy pants in court.
The (Easton) Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1kCc0Qu ) reports that Lehigh County Common Pleas Judge William Ford on Thursday dismissed the charge against 18-year-old Adam Dennis of Macungie.
District Judge Wayne Maura had fined Dennis $50 for his attire at a May hearing. Defense attorneys appealed, saying a criminal contempt charge was inappropriate in this case.
Attorney Kimberly Makoul cited a previous Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that failure to stand when a judge enters doesn’t support a criminal contempt conviction.
Maura’s office door bears a sign directing people to “pull your pants up” and showing a cartoon of three people wearing baggy pants. He declined to comment on the ruling.
 
Couple pilfers replica of baby dino from museum PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:51
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police are looking for a man and a woman caught on video stealing a baby dinosaur replica from a North Carolina museum.
The theft at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences happened Monday.
A statement from police says a young couple passed through the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit while other visitors were in the area. They returned three minutes later, and the man jumped the exhibit barrier, picked up the dinosaur casting, climbed out and put it in a large purse carried by the woman.
The stolen polymer resin model of an Edmontosaurus hatchling is about 12 to 14 inches long and worth about $10,000. .
Police say the two are also suspects in a similar offense on the same day at the Museum of History.
 
Police: Arrested man ordered 5 pizzas to station PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:53
CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — Police in southern Kentucky say they got a surprise delivery after charging a man with shoplifting — five pizzas showed up at the station.
Officers say 29-year-old Michael Harp asked to make a call on his cellphone Tuesday afternoon while being booked in Corbin. A short time later, police say, a pizza delivery driver showed up to deliver to “Officer Wilson,” the name of the officer who arrested Harp.
Police say they linked the call to Harp by tracking his cellphone number. Harp told Lexington statioin WKYT-TV (http://bit.ly/1mjWJ6t) it’s all a misunderstanding and that “about 10 people” used his phone.
Harp now faces additional charges including theft of identity, theft by deception, and impersonating a police officer. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.
 
Scientists name Puerto Rico water mite after JLo PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 17 July 2014 06:43
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico.
The music of the Bronx, New York-born entertainer who has Puerto Rican roots was a hit with the group while they wrote about their findings, biologist Vladimir Pesic said in an email Wednesday.
“The reason behind the unusual choice of name for the new species is ... simple: J.Lo’s songs and videos kept the team in a continuous good mood when writing the manuscript and watching World Cup Soccer 2014,” said Pesic, who works at the University of Montenegro.
Pesic calls it a small token of gratitude for the singer of hits such as “Ain’t It Funny,” “I Luh Ya Papi” and his personal favorite, “All I Have.”
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Argument over LeBron spurs Ohio jailhouse fight PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:30
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James’s return to Cleveland is a hot topic just about everywhere.
Authorities say a northern man convicted of killing a 3-year-old boy ended up with a broken nose in a jailhouse fight that started with an argument over the NBA star’s return to Cleveland.
The Sandusky Register (http://bit.ly/1tQvhXB ) reports that 25-year-old Michael Milner was treated for injuries following the fight in the Erie County jail on Friday. The 19-year-old inmate who allegedly punched him likely will face charges.
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