News and Blues
by Roland Sweet - Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Compiled from the nation’s press.

Curses, Foiled Again

Robert Johnson, 69, pleaded guilty to shooting his wife in the back of the head at their home in O’Toole, W.Va. Prosecutors said Johnson then shot himself under the chin, but his dentures deflected the bullet, saving his life for the trial.

(Bluefield’s WVVA-TV) Dylan Aufdengarten, 27, an inmate at Nebraska’s Lincoln County Detention Center, escaped from his work-release job and was picked up by his girlfriend, Jennifer Harmon, 29, and a getaway driver. They hadn’t gone five miles when Aufdengarten and Harmon started arguing, and she kicked him out of the car.

She then told police where to find him, and they did. (Associated Press)

Cookie Dough

The Girl Scouts organization reminded a San Antonio troop that it owed $2,147 for cookies it ordered and warned that unless it paid, the debt would be turned over to a collection agency. Troop 1497 wanted 500 individual boxes, but the troop leader ordered 500 cases. Each case includes 12 boxes. After the troop leader resigned and two troop members dropped out of the Girl Scouts over the incident, an anonymous donor bought the remaining 49 cases and donated them to a local food bank. (San Antonio’s KENS-TV)

Lighter Than Air

India’s GoAir airline said it would begin hiring mostly female flight attendants because they weigh 30 to 40 pounds less on average than men, thereby saving up to $500,000 a year in fuel costs. The airline currently has four male flight attendants for every six female ones. (CNN)

It Happens

City officials in Abbotsford, British Columbia, apologized for spraying chicken manure on a makeshift camp to drive away homeless people. After homeless advocate James Breckenridge complained about “the dumbness of using chicken manure in light of bird flu” and the fact that the homeless people wind up tracking the manure “all over the place in the city,” city manager George Murray said the city would remove the manure from the site. (Canada’s QMI Agency)

Nude Behavior

After a British court imposed an anti-social behavior order on naked rights activist Stephen Gough, 54, stating that he must cover his buttocks and genitalia in public, he was arrested leaving the courtroom wearing only boots and socks. He refused to take clothes offered to him by police and was charged with flouting the order. Gough, who has been convicted 28 times for public nudity, received an 11-month sentence this time. (BBC News)

Second-Amendment Follies

Authorities said Patrick Stapleton, 22, decided to pull a prank on a 21-yearold friend who was asleep at a home in Lothian, Md., by shooting him in the buttocks with a BB gun. The weapon turned out to be a .40 caliber handgun. The victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, and Stapleton was charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. (Baltimore’s WJZ-TV) Police investigating the shooting of a man riding a bicycle in Herndon, Va., said that John E. Albers, 49, was loading his gun inside his home when it accidentally discharged, striking the passing cyclist in the stomach. (Associated Press)

Things That Go Kaboom

German police warned rail travelers that automatic ticket machines might explode. Hesse state police official Udo Buehler explained that criminals have successfully blown open 10 of the Deutsche Bhan’s ticket machines by taping over all the holes, filling the machines with gas and igniting them. They then steal any money and blank train tickets inside. In six cases, however, the attempts have failed, leaving the explosive gas inside, where an unsuspecting customer could ignite it. (Associated Press)

Drinking-Class Hero

After police stopped Erin James, 58, for speeding and driving under the influence in Riverside, Ill., she explained that she had been out celebrating the imminent return of her driver’s license from an earlier drunk-driving conviction. (Chicago Tribune)


Compiled from the nation’s press. To contribute, submit original clippings, citing date and source, to Roland Sweet in care of The New Times.