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A drunken priest is facing 12 years in jail after running over one of his own parishioners in his car as she walked home from a church service. The incident took place in the town of Lowicza, about 40 miles west of Warsaw. Katarzyna Pawlak, 41, was taken to the hospital with a concussion after being hit following mass. A spokesperson for the priest’s diocese said, “With great regret and deep sorrow we received the news about the incident in which the victim was a woman hit by a car being driven by a priest after drinking alcohol.” The 66-year-old priest was charged with drunk driving, and his license was confiscated. He was not arrested. The woman is expected to make a full recovery.
An Indianapolis man stands accused of stealing brains from the Indiana Medical History Museum and selling them on eBay. According to the Indy Star, museum officials reported several break-ins over the course of the past year. Police were tipped off about a possible suspect after a California-based buyer purchased six jars of brains for $100 apiece off the internet and later suspected the transaction might have been illegal. “The consumer did his due diligence and saw they were possibly stolen and contacted us,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Chris Wilburn told FOX59 News. “I mean, he was trying to sell six jars of human brain matter. ... It’s very bizarre.” Police nabbed 21-year-old David Charles during a sting operation after he agreed to meet undercover officers outside an Indianapolis Dairy Queen on Dec. 16. Investigators say Charles posted a note on Facebook on Oct. 14, saying, “Yo I got a bunch of human brains in jars for sale hmu [hit me up] for details u know u want one for Halloween.” The missing brains come from deceased psychiatric patients from the now-closed Central State Hospital. The Indiana Medical History Museum stands on the grounds of the former hospital, which operated from 1848 to 1994. The museum’s executive director, Mary Ellen Hennessey Nottage, told the Indy Star newspaper that much, though not all, of the stolen material has been recovered. The glass jars filled with human brain tissue were valued at approximately $4,800. Charles was charged with theft and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Hey, at least it was a gift she could use. An 18-year-old woman is accused of stabbing her boyfriend with a fillet knife he gave her for Christmas. The day after Christmas a 25-year-old man, unidentified in media reports, stumbled into a grocery story in Everett, just north of Seattle, bleeding from the neck. The man reportedly had an 11-inch gash across his throat that included a cut to his trachea. He was also stabbed in the chest and had cuts on both hands. The woman told police the man had threatened to hurt her several times while returning from a fishing trip. She said she acted out of fear by removing the knife from its sheath and repeatedly stabbing him. From his hospital bed, the man denied making any threats. “He said he had no idea why she would do it,” police wrote in their report. “He said he did not make any threats to her. He said it happened in an instant.” According to The Herald of Everett, the woman was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree domestic violence assault.
A small brewery in the suburbs of St. Louis responded to a cease and desist letter from Starbucks by sending the multimillion-dollar chain a check for $6. Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in Cottleville said the $6 covered all the profits it had gained from selling its “Frappicino” beer. The Seattle-based Starbucks coffee chain maintains that it owns a trademark on the word “Frappuccino,” which differs from the Exit 6 beer by two letters. A letter from an attorney for Starbucks warned the owners of Exit 6 that the “phonetically identical” products are “likely to cause confusion, mistake.” Pub owner Jeff Britton responded by sending Starbucks the $6 check and a letter saying he “never thought that our beer drinking customers would have thought that the alcoholic beverage coming out of the tap would have actually been coffee from one of the many, many, many stores located a few blocks away.” Exit 6 has since renamed the seasonal brew “The F Word.” After posting the letter on his brewery’s Facebook page, Britton says the new batch of F Word sold out in less than three hours. “I’m getting emails and Facebook messages from Germany, China, England. People are just clamoring for it,” Britton told reporters.