Odds & Ends
Dateline: North Carolina
Revenge is sweet. A man who beat police in a doughnut-eating contest was arrested soon after on breaking and entering charges. According to the Daily Advance, 24-year-old Bradley Hardison of Elizabeth City entered the doughnut-eating contest on Aug. 5 as part of an anticrime event hosted by the city’s police department. Hardison defeated several police officers and others in the community by devouring eight doughnuts in two minutes. Hardison’s win caught the attention of Camden County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Max Robeson, who said detectives had been trying to interview Hardison for about nine months in connection to break-ins at two local businesses. The very next day, Hardison was brought in for questioning. “I said, ‘Congratulations on your win last night,’” Robeson told the newspaper. Hardison was eventually arrested on criminal charges of breaking and entering and injury to property.
A runaway teen lived undetected for two days inside a 24-hour Walmart after fleeing his aunt’s home in Corsicana, 50 miles south of Dallas. The 14-year-old boy was eventually spotted by a store employee as he was stepping out from behind some boxes in the baby apparel aisle. When the employee searched behind the boxes, piles of food wrappers and other trash indicating the teen had been there for some time were discovered. The boy apparently stole food and drinks from the store and switched out his wardrobe periodically to avoid detection, KTVT-TV in Dallas reported. Corsicana police said in a statement the boy’s parents were out of town, and he was staying with his aunt when he did a walkabout on July 28 and took up residence in the Walmart. Walmart does not intend to press charges against the trespasser. Police said the boy has a history of running away from home.
Dateline: New York
A riot broke out inside New York’s infamous Rikers Island prison after inmates were sent to bed early, forcing them to miss their favorite TV shows. The Department of Corrections instituted a new 9pm curfew earlier this month in an effort to stem late-night violence at the prison. That cuts out two full hours of prime-time TV viewing. “The inmates are flipping out because the new curfew is going to cut into their time watching ‘Law & Order,’ ‘The Hunt with John Walsh’ and Spanish novelas on Telemundo,” a Rikers employee told the New York Post. “They only watch the Spanish novelas for the hot chicks. They can’t watch porn, so this is the closest thing to it. Most of the inmates can’t even understand a lick of Spanish, but they will be upset and refuse to lock in at that time.” More than 60 inmates at the prison’s George R. Vierno Center refused to abide by the rule the day it went into effect. Guards were reportedly forced to use pepper spray to get the inmates into their cells. No serious injuries were reported.
A New Orleans woman has been charged with fraud after she allegedly attempted to check in to the Slidell Memorial Hospital while posing as her dead sister. The kicker: She was wearing a memorial t-shirt of the dead woman at the time. Diondre Jones, 26, allegedly attempted to pass herself off as her deceased sister, Delores Jones, by using her social security number and birthday. When hospital staff entered the information into the computer system, an error message told them “Date of Death Precedes Date of Service.” By the time they received the message, however, Jones had been treated and fled the scene. A Slidell Police officer was able to catch up with her in the parking lot. When asked where the name Delores came from, Jones allegedly pointed to her t-shirt, which had a picture of her dead sister and the message, “We just can’t stand to see you leaving.” She was still wearing the shirt in her mug shot. Jones faces one count of Medicaid fraud.
A rural Georgia man was arrested—not so surprisingly, really—after he flagged down a police officer while wearing a sword and carrying two meth pipes. According to the Rockdale Citizen, 37-year-old Ryan Paul Coleman flagged down Rockdale Deputy Sheriff Bradford Lockridge on the night of Aug. 12, waving his arms wildly as if he were in distress. “He was talking very rapidly and incoherently,” Lockridge stated in his incident report. “The subject stated that a bug flew into his eye, and he bent over to look at his eye in the mirror on my passenger side.” Coleman asked the officer to examine his eye. The officer asked the man to produce some identification. Coleman was unable to locate his wallet, but the officer did spot the stem of a meth pipe sticking out of the man’s waistband. Coleman attempted to smash the pipe on the ground, and there was a brief struggle. After handcuffing Coleman, the officer searched him and located a second meth pipe. “I also located a 2-foot, total length, silver sword tucked into his pants. The sword ran down his leg from his waistband,” the deputy stated. Coleman was taken to Rockdale County Jail and charged with possession of drug-related objects, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
Compiled by Devin D. O'Leary. Email your weird news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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