Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Devin D. O'Leary
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Dateline: Australia

Authorities in northern Australia are warning players of the hot new mobile game Pokémon GO that they do not actually need to enter the Darwin Police Station in order to “catch ’em all.” The augmented reality game, released earlier this month, is played on smartphones and other mobile devices and requires players to move around in the real world in order to capture the game’s digital monsters. For example, in order to capture water Pokémon, players need their phone’s GPS to be near a river, lake or ocean. Evidently the Darwin Police Station is a great place to capture a Sandshrew, but players are now being advised not to physically enter the police station. Posting on its Facebook page, the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services told “budding Pokemon Trainers” out there that “whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature a Pokestop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs. It’s also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast. Stay safe and catch ’em all.”

Dateline: Florida

An Orlando woman is accused of battering her boyfriend—with her infant son. The
Daytona Beach News-Journal reports police were called to a disturbance at the Daytona Beach boardwalk on Monday, July 4. Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Officials told police 18-year-old Tatyana Allen had been arguing with her boyfriend because he refused to walk with her to the bathroom—at which point she assaulted him by using her 6-month-old child as a weapon. Witnesses told investigators they saw Allen walk up to her boyfriend, the baby’s father, and punch him several times in the face. She then grabbed her baby and swung him “like a bat.” Family members corroborated what witnesses said but refused to provide written statements. “She just beat her, like, 3-month-old baby, if that, against her boyfriend and threw him in the sand facedown,” a caller told a 911 dispatcher. “She is going freaking insane,” the caller added. Allen told investigators that her boyfriend had abused her in the past. She was charged with battery and infliction of physical/mental injury on a child. The child was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for evaluation and is expected to be OK.

Dateline: North Carolina

A couple were taken into police custody after authorities say the two assaulted one another with pizza rolls. The
Gaston Gazette reports that 24-year-old Brad Scott Beard and 21-year-old Samantha Brooke Canipe, who share an apartment in Gastonia, are charged with assault on a female and misdemeanor simple assault, respectively, after engaging in a Fourth of July food fight. Gastonia police said the couple got into a fight about 1am at their apartment off Spring Valley Drive and began hurling hot pizza rolls at one another. According to FOX-46 in Charlotte, it was “unclear how the fight started, how many rolls were thrown or the brand of rolls that were used.” Police said Beard faces up to 60 days in jail, while Canipe faces up to 30 days in jail.

Dateline: Tennessee

Police in Nashville arrested a burglary suspect after they caught him in bed with a $5,000 lingerie store mannequin. An assistant manager at the Hustler Hollywood store told Metro police she saw the suspect, 55-year-old Christopher Wade, make off with the mannequin just after midnight on July 4. According to
The Tennessean, the employee walked into the parking lot and argued with the man for several minutes until he put the well-stacked store display into the bed of a white Toyota Tacoma pickup and drove away. Using the truck’s license plate, police traced the vehicle to the 500 block of Jones Pointe in Old Hickory. Inside the home they found Jones “in bed’ with the mannequin, which was still wearing the brown bob wig, pink spandex dress and rhinestone stilettoes it was sporting at the store. Unfortunately, the fiberglass woman had lost her left arm in the parking lot as she was tossed into the pickup truck. Wade, who had an active warrant, was arrested on charges including theft and booked into Metro jail. The mannequin was taken away as evidence, but is expected to be reunited with its lost arm and returned to the Hustler store soon.

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

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