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Thieves Steal 100 Onions That 5th Graders Grew For Charity

September 11, 2014 Hilary Hanson 0

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.

When students at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville went out last week to harvest the yellow onions planted last spring, they found that all 100 had been stolen. Their plan was to give half the onions to a homeless shelter and half to the school kitchen to be used in school lunches.

Student Ashley Harwood called the theft “kind of depressing.” Student Hannah Hall says the class was sad.

Teacher Mary Dunn says she plans to turn the theft into a lesson anyway, about coming together when things don’t go as planned.

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Man Stabs Coworker Who Ate His Meatball: Cops

September 9, 2014 Hilary Hanson 0

OK, but who’s the real criminal here?

A 31-year-old employee at a Fallston, Maryland business is accused of attacking a fellow employee who ate one of his meatballs, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Cops say they were called to the scene at around 11:10 a.m. Thursday, after they say the man stabbed his lunch-pilfering coworker in the arm.

The victim was taken to a hospital but has since been discharged.

Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Cristie told The Baltimore Sun that charges are pending.

It’s starting to seem as if “comfort foods” are horribly misnamed and actually do nothing but incite violence. In January, an Iowa man was accused of pulling a knife on his brother during an argument about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Last year, a Florida man allegedly stabbed his younger brother after his macaroni and cheese went missing.

H/T: Gawker

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Cameo Crispi On Trial For Allegedly Setting Fire To Ex’s Home With Bacon

August 27, 2014 Hilary Hanson 0

VERNAL, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend’s house will stand trial on arson charges.

Police say Cameo Adawn Crispi, 32, repeatedly called and texted her former flame from his home in March, where she left the bacon over a lit burner.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/VR1bDA ) the man wasn’t home and called police saying he wanted Crispi out of his house. Officers arrived and saw smoke flowing out the front door. Inside, they found hot coals on the floor around an open wood stove and the burned bacon.

Charging documents say Crispi’s blood-alcohol level was 0.346, four times the legal limit.

Crispi is due back in court in October to face arson, burglary and other charges.

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Sweet Tea Laced With Lye Leaves Woman In Critical Condition

August 14, 2014 Hilary Hanson 0

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) — Police say a woman was in extremely critical condition after drinking sweet tea laced with an industrial cleaning chemical at a Utah restaurant.

South Jordan Police Cpl. Sam Winkler says the 67-year-old woman was eating at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Sunday when she poured herself a glass of tea from the beverage bar.

Winkler says the woman took a sip and her mouth started burning.

She was taken to University Hospital with severe burns in her mouth and throat.

Investigators determined the chemical was 67 percent sodium hydroxide, also known as lye. It’s used to clean grease from fryers.

Police are trying to determine how the lye ended up in the tea. Winkler tells KSL the incident appears to be an accident, but police aren’t 100 percent sure.

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Burger Joint Ransacked By Naked Thieves

July 25, 2014 Hilary Hanson 0

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida waitress has dubbed the trio of naked hamburger thieves who broke into a southwest Florida eatery “dumb, dumber and dumbest.”

Waitress Nancy Sansevieri was still laughing after police released surveillance video Wednesday showing the college-aged men — two naked and one clad in underwear — stealing 60 hamburgers from Doc’s Beach House in Bonita Beach. Police say the men broke in early Sunday and left a trail of red peppers on the beach.

Doc’s general manager Lou Bangert told the News-Press of Fort Myers (http://newspr.es/1pevKLk) that he’s never witnessed such a crime in the restaurant’s 27-year history. Thieves have broken in and taken money from the cash register, but he says no one has ever slammed through a door completely naked looking for beef.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com

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Building Evacuated Over Smelly Fridge

July 25, 2014 Hilary Hanson 0

BERLIN (AP) — Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn’t expect: a fridge full of rotting food.

Police in the central city of Braunschweig said Thursday that the fire service evacuated an apartment block in the city Wednesday night after being alerted to the smell of gas by a resident. They then searched for the source and traced it to a fridge in the apartment of the 35-year-old woman who had alerted authorities. It wasn’t plugged in and was full of rotting food.

Residents were allowed back into their apartments after half an hour.