Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Devin D. O'Leary
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Dateline: Canada

Fredrick Tennyson Davis, 49, is accused of committing an indecent act and two counts of failure to comply with probation after he was caught in a Toronto library masturbating with one hand and holding a cucumber in the other—for the second time. Police say the first act occurred at Agincourt Library on April 7. At the time, the suspect got away. But according to the Toronto Police Service, Davis showed up again on May 31. Employees recognized him and called police immediately. Before they arrived, Davis allegedly sat down next to a woman at a table, opened his laptop computer and “began to commit an indecent act while holding a cucumber.” When asked by
Sun News if Davis threatened anyone in the library, Constable David Hopkinson said, “I don’t think he had any free hands to make any threats.”

Dateline: Alabama

Officials at the Life Savers Ministries have admitted that it might not have been a good idea to use a quote by Adolf Hitler on their new billboard supporting children’s education. The large sign, depicting a group of racially diverse children, was erected outside the Village Mall in Auburn and is accompanied by the quote, “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” The quote is fully and properly attributed to “Adolf Hitler” on the sign. The quote was made during a 1935 speech at the Reichsparteitag encouraging young people to join the Hitler Youth. James Anderegg, founder of LSM, told the
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that the ministry would take down the billboard, saying the group “certainly never intended to cause confusion.”

Dateline: Michigan

The manager of a Family Dollar store in the Flint-area city of Saginaw was fired after he attacked an alleged shoplifter with a bottle of Febreze fabric deodorizer. Former manager Gavyn Edlinger told WNEM TV5 News a group of customers “weren’t really buying anything, so eventually I asked them to leave the store. They were acting very suspicious.” Believing one of the women shoplifted some items, Edlinger followed her into the parking lot and confronted her. The two got into an argument which ended with Edlinger spritzing her with Febreze. “I just lost it. In a bad way,” Edlinger said. Family Dollar refused to comment on the specific incident, but did say that the employee in question had been fired “due to the incidents that had occurred.” Asked why he chose to Febreze the woman, Edlinger told WNEM, “That was the only item that she gave me back out of her bag.”

Dateline: Florida

A judge has agreed to seek anger management counseling after instigating a courtroom brawl with an assistant public defender. Video footage shows Brevard County Judge John Murphy challenging lawyer Andrew Weinstock to some back alley fisticuffs. Weinstock’s boss, Public Defender Blaise Trettis, said the judge became infuriated after Weinstock refused to waive his client’s constitutional right to a speedy trial. Under Florida law, defendants have the right to a trial within 90 days for a misdemeanor and 175 days for a felony. When Weinstock refused to reschedule his client’s trial date past the mandatory deadline, the judge told him, “If I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now. Stop pissing me off. Just sit down.” When Weinstock refused to back down, Murphy suggested they take their differences outside. “If you want to fight, let’s go out back and I’ll just beat your ass,” Murphy hollered from behind the bench. “According to the lawyer,” Trettis said of his employee, “the judge grabbed him about the collar as soon as he walked into the hallway and began punching him in the head.” Deputies eventually came into the hallway and pulled the judge off the lawyer. “Judge Murphy has agreed to seek anger management counseling and treatment during a temporary leave of absence,” 18th Circuit Chief Judge John M. Harris said in a statement. No charges have been filed.

Dateline: Florida

A West Palm Beach man is facing charges of repeatedly calling 911 to report that his wife had thrown out his beer. Police told WESH that Carlos Bueno Mir, 49, allegedly phoned 911 seven times in four hours on the night of Sunday, June 1. Officers arrived after the initial complaint and informed a visibly intoxicated Bueno Mir that his situation did not constitute an emergency. He was advised not to call 911 again. He did anyway, telling dispatchers that two of his beer bottles got broken when his wife threw them out. Bueno Mir faces charges of misuse of the 911 emergency system by making a false alarm or reporting false information.

Compiled by Devin D. O'Leary. Email your weird news to devin@alibi.com.

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