News and Blues
by Roland Sweet - Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Compiled from the nation’s press.

A man with a knife tried to rob Dorothy Baker in Baytown, Texas, by hiding in her minivan and threatening her and her sons, ages 5 and 2, as she drove off. When she ignored his instructions to make a turn, he moved to the front row. Having secretly dialed 911 on her cell phone, she then grabbed the knife from his hand and began punching him in the face, all while continuing to drive. She said she ordered him out of the vehicle, and he complied, but she realized “if he gets away, he can do this to somebody else.” She began pursuing and ended up running over him. Police identified the suspect as Ismael Martinez, 53, after he was airlifted to the hospital. (Houston’s KHOU-TV)IT HAPPENS The town of Brunete, Spain, reported a 70 percent drop in unscooped poop since it enlisted volunteers to track down dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets. The 20 volunteers patrol the town, and when they observe owners who fail to pick up after their pets, they approach them under the guise of casual conversation to learn the dog’s name. They check the name against a pet database to find names and addresses of the owners and mail the excrement to them in an official box marked “Lost Property.” (Britain’s The Telegraph)MIND YOUR MANNERS

Larry R. Garner, 49, was using a public restroom at Nebraska’s Branched Oak Lake when Christopher Wilson, 30, opened the unlocked door. He closed it after Garner told him the restroom was occupied but chided Garner afterward about his poor restroom etiquette.

According to Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner, the confrontation escalated when Wilson pushed Garner, prompting Garner’s 19-year-old son, Jamie Lee Huber, to punch Wilson in the face. Three women with Garner then attacked Wilson’s roommate, Rachelle Friesen, 27. Deputies cited Wilson, Huber and the three women for assault. Garner wasn’t cited, Wagner said, because “he’s the poor guy who’s just using the restroom, minding his own business.” (Lincoln Journal Star)


Homeowners called police after Thomas Edwards, 22, showed up at their residence in Casselberry, Fla., and started taking off his clothes on the back patio. Edwards explained that he had come to the address his girlfriend had given him to propose to her, but the homeowners said she wasn’t in their house and that they had never heard of her and didn’t know Edwards. When officers arrived and asked Edwards to put his clothes on, he spit on them, prompting them to shock him with a stun gun and arrest him. (Orlando’s WKMG-TV)


After a woman with her grandson at Florida’s Walt Disney World reported finding a loaded gun on a ride, the owner of the weapon, Angelo Lista, told authorities he discovered it was missing minutes after leaving the ride. Noting he has a concealed-carry permit, he explained he didn’t know the park banned weapons and thought the security checkpoint at the park entrance was only so guards could check bags for bombs or explosives. (Associated Press)


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