Outside the North Fork Correctional Unit in Sayre, Okla., Kerri Jo Hickman was arrested for delivering contraband to prison inmates. Hickman employed a T-shirt gun, used by sports team mascots to shoot promotional shirts at fans. Hickman, however, launched methamphetamines, cellphones, ear buds, phone chargers, digital scales, marijuana and tobacco to criminals on the other side of the wall. Police discovered the gun and another package in her car, and she was booked on charges of introducing contraband into a penal institution, conspiracy and drug trafficking in Beckham County.
A 43-year-old man in Nimbin, Australia, has the proliferation of modern technology to thank for his life. On March 13, the man arrived home only to find a 39-year-old man “who was known to him,” waiting outside with a bow and arrow. As Man A raised his mobile phone to take a picture of Man B, Man B “engaged the bow and was ready to fire,” according to a police report. Man B “fired the arrow at the resident, which pierced the man’s mobile phone, causing the phone to hit (Man A) in the chin. It left a small laceration that didn’t require medical treatment.” Man B was arrested at the scene.
Government in Action
Residents of Fall River, Mass., voted to recall Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II because he was charged last year with 13 counts of wire fraud and filing false tax returns. But of the five people vying for the mayor’s job on the ballot, Correia won a plurality — 35 percent of the vote. Looks like he can unpack his banker’s boxes and hang his pictures back up — at least until September, when a mayoral primary will give other candidates another chance.
Insult to Injury
The last thing Ohio defense attorney Aaron Brockler remembers after hearing the judge pronounce a 47-year sentence for his client, David Chislton, was a “swoosh” sound. That was the sound of Chislton’s fist speeding through the air toward Brockler’s face. Chislton had pleaded guilty in Cuyahoga County to domestic abuse, aggravated arson, felonious assault and cruelty to a companion animal. Common Pleas Court Judge Nancy Margaret Russo handed down his sentence as he stood handcuffed next to his lawyer. But before Brockler could tell him that he would try to get the sentence reduced, Chislton had knocked him to the floor. “All I remember is waking up on the floor underneath the table,” Brockler said. Brockler suffered a concussion and a broken nose. Chislton faces additional charges.
Filipino medicine man Angelito Oreta has an unusual method of protecting himself and his home from thieves and attackers. He and his followers raid fresh graves near Manila to steal the kneecaps from corpses. Oreta uses a scalpel to remove the patella, then soaks the bone in coconut oil for several days to dissolve the skin. Once dried, the bones can be found scattered around his home or worn around his neck. “The benefit that the guardian angels from the patellas will bring is that they will help your livelihood,” Oreta explained. “The kneecaps are used for protection. Or they also work as a shield.” Oreta gives the bones to his trusted friends and followers.
A Manchester, England, woman named Joan has a unique project in mind for a custom clothing designer. It seems Joan is anticipating having her leg amputated because of peripheral arterial disease. So she posted on Sewport.com, requesting help to “create something beautiful and useful” — a handbag, using her own skin. She has budgeted $3,900 for the project, which she envisions as a “medium-sized handbag with a short strap and a section down the middle that will be made from my skin,” she explained in the post. “I know it’s a bit odd and gross … but it’s my leg, and I can’t bear the thought of it being left to rot somewhere.” There are no laws against her keeping the limb, although there is paperwork to fill out. Boris Hodakel, the founder of Sewport.com, reports that no designers have come forward yet to help with Joan’s request.
What’s in a Name?
Unfortunately named Johna Martinez-Meth, of Clearlake, Calif., was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter stemming from a delivery she made to Adrian Sepulveda, an inmate at California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Sepulveda, who died, while serving a life sentence for second-degree murder when Martinez-Meth visited him. An autopsy showed that shortly after her visit, Sepulveda swallowed multiple balloons filled with methamphetamine. A subsequent search of Martinez-Meth’s home uncovered meth and balloons. She pleaded guilty to the charges and will serve two years.
San Juan County (Washington) Sheriff Ron Krebs is in the hot seat after Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring accidentally discovered a disturbing video. Loring was sitting at the desk of the court administrator when she noticed video from a courthouse camera on the computer screen. As she watched, the camera panned and zoomed in on the jury box and counsel tables — settling on Juror No. 3’s notes and a legal pad belonging to Public Defender Colleen Kenimond — right in the middle of a misdemeanor assault and trespassing trial for Lopez Island resident Dustin Schible. Loring alerted Superior Court Judge Donald Eaton to the video, and Eaton dismissed the charges against Schible, citing government misconduct. Krebs, who controls the cameras, said he was concerned about the defendant, who had threatened to stab a Lopez Island grocer. He claimed he didn’t pass on anything he saw with the camera, and County Prosecutor Randall Gaylord said no one in his office received any information from Krebs. “We are independently elected officials,” Gaylord said, distancing himself from Krebs.
— Neighbors of Michal Prasek of Zdechov, Czech Republic, were rightly concerned about the animals living on his property. In 2016, Prasek bought a full-grown lion, and two years later added a lioness, for breeding purposes. He built enclosures for them, defying government regulations, and would not allow authorities onto his property to investigate. On March 5, it was reported that Prasek’s project had met a tragic end: He was discovered by his father in the lion’s cage, mauled to death. The father said the cage had been locked from the inside. Police who were called to the scene killed the two lions in order to reach Prasek’s body. Presumably grasping for a silver lining, Zdechov Mayor Tomas Kocourek commented: “Today’s incident will perhaps finally help to resolve this long-term problem.”
— Judith Streng and her son, Rod, traveled to Iceland, where they visited Diamond Beach, in Jokulsarlon. The tourist attraction features huge chunks of ice that have broken off a nearby glacier. The Texas grandma saw other visitors having their pictures taken on a beached iceberg that was shaped like a throne, so she climbed aboard for her turn. That’s when a “sneaker wave” swept in and took Streng out into the lagoon. “A very large wave came in and kind of made the throne kind of rock,” she said. Streng was rescued by a boater, Randy Lacount of Florida, who happened to be nearby when she drifted away from shore. “You know I always wanted to be queen,” Streng said. “That was my chance.”
Least Competent Criminal
As Trinidad J. Garcia of Forest Lake, Minn., motored his BMW north on snow-slick I-35, police say he fired a stolen gun, without provocation, into the passenger door of a pickup truck that was passing him on the left. He then veered into the median ditch. Luckily for him, a state trooper was close by and stopped. Garcia, who had stuffed the loaded gun in his front pocket, was arrested. He was charged with second-degree assault, drive-by shooting and being a felon in possession of a firearm.