Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Devin D. O'Leary
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Dateline: Montana

After an exotic dancer refused to have sex with him in a strip club, 53-year-old William McDaniel called 911 to tell police he was a disappointed consumer. KTVQ reports McDaniel called police around 10:30pm on Saturday, Aug. 16, to report he had paid a dancer at Sagebrush Sam’s in Rocker—a suburb of Butte—$350 for a private dance and did not get any sex. Since it’s illegal to offer money in exchange for sexual favors, McDaniel was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution.

Dateline: Virginia

A man named Stoner is facing drug charges after police in Orange County found more than $10,000 worth of marijuana plants in his home. Paul Scott Stoner, 42, of Unionville is charged with growing marijuana and having a firearm while in possession of more than a pound of marijuana. Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force detectives executed a search warrant for Stoner’s property on Aug. 14, after the Orange County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Stoner was selling pot to children.

Dateline: Connecticut

The UK’s
Mirror newspaper is reporting an American man has weaseled out of his impending marriage by faking his own death. Tucker Blandford, 23, met Alex Lanchester, also 23, in August 2012, when Lanchester was studying abroad at the University of Connecticut. “He was such a gentleman. He showered me with jewelry. We would go out for a posh dinner on the 10th of every month to celebrate the day we got together,” Lanchester told the newspaper. “I’d never been in love like that before. I met his family, and they treated me like a daughter. His mum and I became so close.” Lanchester eventually returned home to Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England, prompting Blandford to propose long-distance. According to Lanchester, the two talked every day and were starting to plan their wedding in Connecticut. Lanchester even purchased her wedding dress. A few months later, however, she got a call from a man who said he was Blandford’s father. “He told me that Tucker had been deeply depressed and wanted to die, so had thrown himself in front of a car,” Lanchester was quoted as saying. “I couldn’t breathe. It was absolutely devastating.” The bride-to-be eventually called Blandford’s family back, but got a very different story from his mother. “She said Tucker was absolutely fine. But she also thought we’d split up,” Lanchester told Reveal.co.uk. “She knew nothing about the wedding.” Blandford admitted the deception, telling the Daily Mail, “I’m a terrible, awful person. I know I shouldn’t have told her I was dead. But I didn’t know what else to do.” Blandford allegedly texted his former fiancée that he is sorry and paid her back half the $1,200 he owed her for wedding-related expenses, but Lanchester has refused to have any further contact with him. The two were set to be hitched on Aug. 15.

Dateline: New York

A pizza delivery man is facing charges after allegedly faking a gruesome homicide because he couldn’t get there in 30 minutes or less. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said 18-year-old Mason Requa called 911 and told deputies he witnessed a homicide around 9pm on Wednesday, Aug. 21. According to court documents, Requa told police he watched three Hispanic men murder a 7-year-old girl by cutting her head off with a machete. Deputies, US Border Patrol and New York State Police joined in the manhunt, which lasted about four hours. At that point Requa recanted his story, admitting he made the whole thing up because he was afraid he would be fired from his job for a late pizza delivery. He was charged with falsely reporting an incident and held in Monroe County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.

Dateline: Tennessee

Police in Murfreesboro arrested a man on May 20 who allegedly tried to have sex with a bar’s ATM. The
Daily News Journal reports 49-year-old Lonnie Jackson Hutton “pulled down his pants and underwear exposing his genitals” and then attempted to make sweet love to the cash machine inside the Boro Bar and Grill. According to the police report, he “then began to walk ‘nude’ around the bar thrusting his hips in the air.” Police were called, and Hutton was told to wait outside of the bar at a picnic table. By the time police arrived on the scene, Hutton had “again exposed himself and engaged in sexual intercourse with the wooden picnic table.” Miraculously, he was only charged with public intoxication.

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

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