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Don’t Tell

Posted by Boghound on March 30, 2010

Would-be teen robber asks clerk not to tell mom

Police said a teenager who botched a robbery at a Salt Lake City convenience store asked the clerk not to tell his mom. Salt Lake City police said the teen went into the store early Saturday morning and approached the counter with several items. As the clerk rung them up, the teen tried to sneak behind him and hold a knife to his neck. The clerk spun around with his hands up and smacked the teen in the face, knocking him to the floor.

The teen then asked the clerk not to call the police and then added “Don’t tell my mom” before he fled.

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Baby Blues

Posted by Boghound on March 29, 2010

Woman allegedly tosses baby into SUV to block repo

A woman is accused of throwing her year-old son into her SUV in a failed attempt to stop the vehicle from being repossessed in Dallas. Krystal Gardner of Tool was jailed Wednesday on bail of nearly $3,800 on charges including child endangerment related to abandonment, no driver’s license and no insurance. Electronic records at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center did not list an attorney for the 28-year-old mother, who was booked Monday.

Recovery agent Luke Ross told KTVT-TV that he was in the Ford Expedition when he saw Gardner toss the baby through an open window. He said the baby landed on the seat “like a kid bouncing on a bed.”

Texas law bans a vehicle from being repossessed if a person is inside.

Police were called. The uninjured baby was removed, for placement with his father. Ross then repossessed the SUV.

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Oh Rats!

Posted by Boghound on March 28, 2010

Firefighters blame rat’s nest for truck blaze

Firefighters said a nest built by rodents on part of a pickup truck’s engine heated up and started a fire under the hood as the driver pulled into a parking lot. Ossipee Fire Chief Mike Brownell said a woman was driving the pickup Wednesday morning. It hadn’t been driven in a while. WMWV-FM radio reported police and workers in a garage used fire extinguishers to put the fire out. No one was hurt.

Brownell said the nest was built on top of the pickup’s engine manifold.

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Call Ahead!

Posted by Boghound on March 27, 2010

Robbers ‘called ahead to bank to get money to go’

The pair called the People’s United Bank branch in Fairfield, Connecticut, threatening to create a “blood bath” if there was not a bag of money waiting for them when they arrived.

But they were intercepted by police, who were already waiting on the scene when the young men arrived.

Police arrested 27-year-old Albert Bailey and an unidentified 16-year-old boy on robbery charges on Tuesday afternoon.

Sgt James Perez said the two Bridgeport residents turned up at the bank about 10 minutes after making the call and were met by police in the bank’s car park.

Sgt Perez told the Connecticut Post that, in his opinion, the suspects were “not too bright”.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” he told the newspaper. “They literally called the bank and said to have the bag of money ready on the floor because they’re coming to rob the place.”

It is not clear whether Mr Bailey and the teen have lawyers.

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I’ll Raise The Money!

Posted by Boghound on March 26, 2010

Drug-funded wedding

A British woman paid for her daughter’s wedding with profits from her drug empire.

Leanne Walker – who bought and sold $128,000 worth of drugs in five months – involved some of her children and their boyfriends in the drugs operation which paid for her daughter Jamie-Lee Hurle’s wedding dress, ring and cake.

Police swooped on the 41-year-old mum’s London home the day before her daughter’s wedding ceremony and seized the items.

A judge later jailed the mother-of-eight for four years.

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Eat Your Greens!

Posted by Boghound on March 25, 2010

Man, 77, ate hidden pot stash in squad car

Police in Iowa City accused a 77-year-old man they arrested on traffic charges earlier this year of swallowing his hidden marijuana stash while seated in a squad car. Authorities served an arrest warrant on misdemeanor marijuana charges Thursday on Howard Switzer, and later released him on his own recognizance.

Police said they observed Switzer making an illegal left turn on Jan. 31 and arrested him for driving with a revoked license. They say that while Switzer was in the back of the squad car, he reached into a coat pocket, pulled out a plastic tube containing marijuana and swallowed most of the contents. They said he also dropped the tube and a glass marijuana pipe on the floor of the car.

Authorities said Switzer has two previous marijuana convictions.

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Fly Me!!

Posted by Boghound on March 23, 2010

Woman accused of stealing plane and ditching it

A Santa Rosa woman was arrested for allegedly stealing her landlord’s airplane, then abandoning it in a field after it ran out of gas. Authorities said a 27-year-old woman had access to the Piper Cherokee because she had been borrowing it for piloting lessons. But she allegedly took the plane without permission Tuesday from a hangar at the Sonoma County Airport.

Authorities said she landed it in a Modoc County ranch field when she ran out of gas, didn’t report the incident and hiked to a nearby hotel to spend the night.

Curious residents called authorities about the abandoned plane, and deputies arrested the woman the next morning on suspicion of grand theft and aircraft theft.

Modoc County Undersheriff Gary Palmer said the woman was found with keys to the plane and admitted to taking it.

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Get Ahead!!!!

Posted by Boghound on March 22, 2010

Bald man paints head rather than wear wig

Philip Levine came up with the idea when he first noticed his hair was receding. He says he wanted to try something different because he didn’t want to look like all other blokes with a shaved head.
And the 28-year-old doesn’t, he thinks of designs and gets a professional body painter to realise them on his head –  they regularly take over two hours to complete.

He says he’s had things raging from a smily face to giant wave on his noggin —  though he’s not had a short back and sides painted on yet.

Speaking of the designs Philip, from London, said: “I wanted to express some part of my personality no one could see.

“I thought why not use my head as a canvas, paint and attached things to my head in the border of why my hair would be.

“Unlike a wig where you are hiding what maybe seen as a deformity what I do is tell people feel special, original and embrace what could be looked at as a weakness and turn it into a strength.”

Philip says the designs by painter Kat Sinclair normally wow people but that some have more of an impact then others – such as when he had 1,000 Swarovski crystals individually glued on.

“Many people see it as an original art form and I aim to carry on inspiring and wowing people for years to come.”

He is now planning a art exhibition showing off over 100 of his head designs including visual art films and busts of his head designs.

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Bottle It!

Posted by Boghound on March 21, 2010

Online ghost auction

A New Zealand woman has sold two “bottled ghosts” for $2,000.

Avie Woodbury from Christchurch allegedly trapped the spirits of an old man and a little girl – who lived in her house during the 1920s – inside glasses during an exorcism.

The auction, which attracted more than 214,000 page views before the winning bid was made, also sparked outrage within some communities who rubbished her claims.

One angry fan posted on the auction site: “I have two spirits in bottles at home. I think they are called Jim Beam and the other is Johnny Walker.”

Since the exorcism at the property Avie claims there has been no further spooky activity in the house.

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Posted by Boghound on March 20, 2010

Coffee powered car completes 210 mile trip

A car which is powered by coffee beans has completed a 210 mile journey from London to Manchester, just.

Dubbed “car-puccino” the vehicle used the equivalent of more than 10,000 espressos to make the trip – interrupted by filter cleaning and coffee refuelling stops every 70 miles.

The 1988 VW Scirocco was converted by BBC Bang Goes The Theory host Jem Stansfield, to turn coffee grounds into flammable gasses that can be used in the engine instead of petrol.

As the car arrived in Manchester cab driver tooted their horn and people waved and shouted at the car… they were probably trying to order a cappuccino

Jem said of the car, built to promote The Big Bang fair in Manchester: “It’s important for kids to understand that power is not something that is mystically there, simply at the flick of a switch or by pushing a pedal.

“With the energy challenge that is facing the world, the more we encourage children to think about alternative fuels, where energy is stored and how it can be released, the better!

“This is one of the aims of The Big Bang and something that our Bang Goes the Theory team wanted to show in action. 

“Everyone recognises that coffee can give a person a bit of a boost, but many probably had no idea it had enough energy locked away to power a car!”

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