Ironman triathlete Jaroslav Bobrowski, 30, of Landshut, Bavaria, was banned from Running Sushi, an all-you-can-eat restaurant, for eating too much sushi. Bobrowski, a former bodybuilder, ate close to 100 plates of sushi, which sent the restaurant into a panic and caused the owner and chef to tell him he was banished. “He eats for five people,” the owner complained. “That is not normal.”
Least Competent Criminal
Taiheem M. McKay, 23, of Riverhead, N.Y., made it easy for Suffolk County officials to track him down. He was suspected of breaking into 10 different homes over the course of seven months, stealing cash, jewelry and designer accessories. The Suffolk County Department of Probation traced McKay to the burglary locations through his GPS ankle monitor. He was wearing it as a result of a second-degree reckless endangerment conviction. McKay has additional pending indictments in other burglaries.
Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction is footing the bill for a possible $46,000 reprint job after a recent graduate found a typo on his diploma. Alec Williams, former editor of the school’s newspaper, was examining his diploma when he found a line reading “Coard of Trustees,” instead of “Board of Trustees” under one of the signatures. “There was this moment of laughing at it … and the more I thought about it, the more frustrated I got, because I’m sitting on $30,000 worth of debt and they can’t take the time to use spellcheck,” he said. CMU President Tim Foster told The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel that the school will send out corrected diplomas to 2018 grads. However, the typo goes back to 2012 diplomas. Those graduates can request a new diploma if they want to. “This mistake is all ours,” he said.
People With Issues
In what the Porter County, Ind., coroner later called “a blatant disregard for human life,” two men posted a video of themselves “horseplaying” with 21-year-old Kyle Kearby. He was slumped over, suffering from an apparent drug overdose. The video shows one man tying cords to Kearby’s hands and manipulating his arms like a puppet. The other man was pumping Kearby’s chest and moving his mouth while singing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” Kearby’s father said that his son returned home about 5:30 am and went to bed. He later discovered him not breathing and covered with vomit. Kearby died at a hospital. Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds said he does not suspect foul play.
— While shopping at a Peoria, Ill., Walmart, a 30-year-old woman put a few items in her backpack: leggings, pencils, a quart of oil and a “Jesus Calling” Bible. After she paid for the items in her cart, a loss prevention officer stopped her before she left the store. Peoria police were summoned, and the woman explained to them she was hoping the Bible could help her spiritually. “She told me that it sounds strange, but she was trying to be more Christian,” an officer reported. She was charged with misdemeanor theft.
— A Washington State Patrol officer tried repeatedly to pull over a Toyota Prius with expired tags on I-5 near Marysville, Wash. He finally caught up to the car at an intersection and told the unnamed 42-year-old woman driver to pull over. “I will not. I drive a Prius,” was the woman’s reply. The officer then asked her to step out of the vehicle, which she also refused to do. So he forced her out. “I will own your bank account,” she told him. “I will own your house.” When he asked her name, she responded, “None of your business.” Finally, she was arrested for failing to obey instructions, failing to identify herself and obstruction.
Oh, What A Web They Weaved
It’s been a banner year for the spider population of Aitoliko, Greece. Fueled by a huge increase in the numbers of lake flies, which the spiders eat, they have reproduced unusually fast. They covered coastal trees, bushes and low vegetation with blankets of thick, sticky webs. The webs run along a few hundred meters of the shoreline and, according to residents, have the unexpected advantage of keeping mosquitoes away.
No Good Deed
Tammie Hedges of Goldsboro, N.C., founded the nonprofit Crazy’s Claws N Paws in 2013 to help low-income families with vet bills and pet supplies. So it was natural for her to take in 27 animals displaced by Hurricane Florence. Hedges treated many animals, found in the streets or surrendered by fleeing residents, with antibiotics and painkillers. She was arrested for practicing veterinary medicine without a license, after an official from Wayne County Animal Services visited the warehouse where the animals were housed. Kathie Davidson, a volunteer with Claws N Paws said, “If she hadn’t done what she did, then they’d be charging her with animal neglect and cruelty. What was she supposed to do?” Hedges was released on bond, and the charges were later dropped.
Knox County, Ky., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a house call where Kenneth Ray Couch, 35, had reportedly stolen a handgun. As they searched for Couch, they learned he had been transported to the hospital after staging a heart attack at nearby Dixon’s market. When police arrived at Baptist Health, they found Couch in the cafeteria, which had apparently been his goal all along. Couch was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and falsely reporting an incident.
Patricia Ann Hill, 69, of White Hall, Ark., called 911 to report she had shot her husband, Frank, 65. Patricia told Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators that she had previously disagreed with her husband’s purchase of a pornography channel on Dish Network. She canceled the channel, telling Frank that if he reordered it, he’d have to leave. That day, the Dish bill arrived, revealing that the channel had been re-added. Patricia confronted Frank in his “man cave” and told him to go. When he refused, Patricia fetched a .22-caliber pistol from the house and shot him twice, killing him. Hill was charged with capital murder and held without bond in the Jefferson County adult detention center.
The Passing Parade
Known for his blond mullet and numerous social media rants, zoo owner Joe Exotic (real name: Joseph Maldonado-Passage) of Wynnewood, Okla., has been cooling his heels in a Florida jail. He allegedly attempted to hire two people to kill a woman. One of those “killers” was an undercover FBI agent, and Exotic was indicted on federal murder-for-hire charges. It all started “many, many years” ago, said Carole Baskin of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, who claims to be the woman Exotic was hoping to off. She said Exotic has threatened her repeatedly and even posted a video of himself shooting an effigy of Baskin. Tangentially, Exotic also was a candidate in a libertarian primary run for governor in Oklahoma this summer. He finished third.
What Was Your First Clue?
Romance novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy, 68, was arrested on charges of murdering her husband, Daniel Brophy, 63, in Portland, Ore. She was apparently following her own advice, written in a 2011 essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband.” In the essay, Crampton Brophy suggests that hiring a hit man is “never a good idea” and poison is traceable. Instead, she allegedly shot her husband at the Oregon Culinary Institute where Daniel was a chef. Police did not release a motive, and a neighbor said Crampton Brophy “never showed any signs of being upset or sad.” She pleaded not guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court, and is awaiting trial.