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-Lurid Crime Tales-
'Gangster granny' stabs Houston home invasion suspect
A woman police call, the 'Gangster Granny,' fought back a home invasion suspect.

73-year-old Margaret Jackson had just gotten home Friday afternoon when her dog heard something outside.

She said he kept running back and forth. She looked out the back window and said she saw a teen trying to break into her home, so she came up with a plan. She grabbed a pair of scissors, a big BBQ knife and went to the backdoor.

"I opened the door like this. Real fast. And he was back there. And he came from back there. And he pushed me. We were struggling," said Jackson as she demonstrated the fight.

She said the teen then tried to get away.

"He was trying to get away. He was pushing on me. He turned around. And when he turned around. That's when he messed up. I got him right in the neck," Jackson told Local 2.

She said after she stabbed him in the neck, he took off running south on Wayside from her home on Lynette in northeast Houston.

"I don't want 'em in here. Cause they come one time and see what's in here and they're coming back. Well he gonna go tell all his friends so they don't come here. Don't go there because you're subject to get killed with a fork!" Jackson said.

After she fought off the burglar, she said she was too tired to call police. She let her daughter call 911. When police arrived, she said they called her the 'gangster granny.'
Posted by: Fred || 08/18/2012 13:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Got him in the throat with a BBQ knife. Way to go Granny!!!
Posted by: Raider || 08/18/2012 17:47 Comments || Top||

2 dead, 18 wounded in overnight shootings across city
Twenty people were shot, two fatally, across the city Friday night and Saturday morning.

The weekend's violence started about 6:20 p.m. Friday when two men sitting in the back seat of an Oldsmobile were shot in the 500 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood by someone who walked up to the vehicle, police said.

One victim, 22, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
He's dead, Jim!
just after 7 p.m., and the other, 18, was shot in the upper back and was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospitalof Cook County, officials said. The dead man, Richard Johnson, lived in the 1600 block of Plum Street in Aurora, a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

The other homicide happened about 12:15 a.m. in the 11500 block of South Wentworth Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood. Two men were shot and one didn't survive. Police said an 18-year-old was found dead with a gun in his hand and a second man, 25, was dropped off at Roseland Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg. The 18-year-old affiliates with a gang but it's not clear if he fired his gun before he was struck, police said. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the dead man as Derrick L. Baker, of the 11600 block of South Yale Avenue.

A woman in her late teens was shot in the head in 2100 block of West 35th Street in the McKinley Park neighborhood about 5:05 a.m., Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said. She was inside a vehicle with at least one other person when someone walked up and opened fire, he said. She's at death's door at Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head, and it appears she was the only one maimed in that attack.
Posted by: Fred || 08/18/2012 13:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  earning their bones before the next school year starts.
Posted by: Water Modem || 08/18/2012 13:54 Comments || Top||

Today's Idiot
A Charleroi man was arrested Saturday night for allegedly stealing a bag of hemp that had been seized as evidence from the Charleroi Regional police department.
Stealing Mary Jane from cops? Dumb dumb-dumb dumb/Dumb dumb-dumb dumb DUMB!
David Allan Thompson, 27, of 426 Fallowfield Ave., reportedly stopped at the cop shop at 338 Fallowfield Ave. about 8 p.m.

Officer David Kimball, who had been working on reports from other incidents that day, took Thompson to a room to speak with him. Kimball left the room to retrieve his Handy, as the Germans say, telling Thompson he would be right back, according to the affidavit by police filed with District Judge Jay Weller. Kimball went to the patrol room to get his phone, noticing Thompson had followed him into that room.

Thompson was escorted out of the patrol room and back into the original room by Kimball. After Thompson finished talking with the officer, he left the station.
"Fine, you're done, and there's nothing in my pocke-YEOW! Bhy liphs!"
Kimball, according to the complaint, returned to the patrol room to finish the report and log evidence, including the cannabis, which he noticed was gone. After checking to see if another officer had bagged it, Kimball searched the desk.
"I could have sworn I left it right--wait a minute. That guy followed me..."
Kimball told the other officer what happened, and the two went to look for Thompson. Five minutes later, Kimball spotted Thompson walking past the police station and asked him “What did you do with the weed?” Thompson held out his left hand and placed the bag in the officer’s hand, according to the affidavit. Police arrested him and said they also found a suspected marijuana pipe in his pants pocket.

Police said that back inside the station, Thompson apologized repeatedly to police, telling them, “I just couldn’t help myself. That bud smelled so good.”
Either someone's sniffer is off or the fire changes the smell; I was bringing shopping carts into the store once, and I thought there was a roadkill skunk in the parking lot. A coworker told me no, someone was toking.
He reportedly told police that he initially stopped by to help them out and couldn’t believe he was in trouble for “taking a little bit of weed.” The affidavit didn’t specify what help Thompson intended to provide Officer Friendly.

Thompson was arraigned before Weller on charges of making off with what ain't his, receiving stolen property, tampering with or fabricating evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 23 before District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Posted by: Korora || 08/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like a future Spox in support of Medical Marijuana + Legal Drug Use, which would be ironic because AFAIK many users desire to maintain their drug habit(s) while also NOT paying any higher public taxes that are likely to occur due to legalized consumption.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/18/2012 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  ...I thought there was a roadkill skunk in the parking lot.

Driving on Maui, with a friend who's a longtime resident:

Me: Phew! Someone hit a skunk! Er, are there skunks on Maui?
Friend: Heh heh. No.
Posted by: Angie Schultz || 08/18/2012 5:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Some time ago, I did need to buy a good car for my business but I didn't earn enough cash and couldn't buy anything. Thank goodness my brother suggested to try to get the business loans at reliable creditors. So, I acted that and used to be satisfied with my bank loan.
Posted by: Monroe || 08/18/2012 22:27 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
samovar tea leaves (CSTO) care of Alyaksandr Lukashenka
Posted by: Water Modem || 08/18/2012 13:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lukashenko.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/18/2012 14:38 Comments || Top||

Islamic cult members live in 'anthill' eight stories deep
Posted by: ryuge || 08/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What heavier than air gasses do we know?
Posted by: Pliny Dribble6111 || 08/18/2012 1:58 Comments || Top||

Nebraskans Don't Like the Pipeline
When TransCanada said its $7 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas would pass about two miles from this tiny town in central Nebraska -- crossing 92 miles of the state's ecologically sensitive Sand Hills and parts of the vast Ogalla Aquifer -- it stirred opposition throughout the state.
But few are worried about the Sand Hills or the Ogalla - except the WaPo.
Political boundaries crumbled as the pipeline proposal united Nebraskans across party lines and divided them within. Ultimately, it became a political litmus test in the presidential race. Its route riled Nebraskans who fear water contamination and resent the ability of a corporation -- especially a foreign one -- to wield the right of eminent domain.
I bet a lot of property owners don't care for eminent domain. Even though you are supposed to get "fair market value".
So when President Obama rejected TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline proposal, saying his administration needed more time to weigh the environmental impact of the route through Nebraska, he was practicing his own version of "triangulation" politics, playing to environmental groups and making common cause with people in a solidly red state. "I was really impressed with that," Bernt said of Obama's decision in January. "He showed more backbone that I thought he had."
I had to leave that part in. Maybe Champ can use it in his campaign.
Refusing to make a decision equals more backbone? What an odd definition. One wonders if Mr. Bernt is one of those legendary professional Man Of The Street types who too often people MSM reports these days...
At the same time, Obama must tread carefully in an election year in which Democrats as well as Republicans are seduced by the promise of jobs -- even if it may be an illusion.
What about reducing oil imports? Isn't that a concern to the WaPo?
Is that a rhetorical question?
Actually, the jobs have proved surprisingly real. For some this is a problem.
Deb Fischer, a state senator from a Sand Hills region and a favorite of the tea party, was among the legislators in Nebraska to vote unanimously against the pipeline initially, but she now supports it.
Changing your mind is OK by me.
But she is attuned to the eminent domain issue, which rankles Nebraskans, violating their sense of propriety. In 2006, she introduced a bill that became state law to limit the effect of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2005 and restrict the use of eminent domain if it were for "an economic development purpose" or on agricultural land.

There was no mention of pipelines, however, which she now places in a different category. "I understand the feeling of people who face a similar thing whenever a road is built in an area or a transmission line," she said. "Would I want it? No. But that's what we do in the United States."

Asked about the extra greenhouse gases that would be emitted extracting the heavy oil sands crude that will flow down the pipeline, Fischer said simply: "I'm not going to get into a discussion of climate change."
Too bad, but that's why we have Democrats.
That, however, is where Kerrey starts. In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald, he said that climate change was a key issue that propelled him into the race.
On the other hand ...
But Kerrey also told the Omaha newspaper that he had not thoroughly reviewed the pros and cons of tapping Canada's oil sands. "It may be that that genie's out of the bottle already," he said, "and if you're down to a choice of summarily shipping it West and having it end up being sent to China or shipping it south and used by the United States, it's probably difficult to oppose it at this point. But I haven't reached an absolute decision on it."
Perhaps this suggests he can still be bought?
"Bob has taken the position that if they're going to build it, it is better to send [the Canadian oil] to the United States than to China," his campaign manager, Paul Johnson, said in an interview. "If the appropriate authorities approve it, that's fine with him."

About six in 10 Americans said the government should approve the pipeline while fewer than two in 10 oppose it, according to a Washington Post poll. Even among Democrats, 48 percent say it should be built; while 26 percent say it should not be built. Even among those who think the pipeline would cause significant environmental damage, there is a 39 percent to 42 percent split on whether it should be built.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/18/2012 13:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Refusing to make a decision equals more backbone? What an odd definition.

Indeed. Dude obviously never listened to that Rush song.

As for the 'environmental impact', if you have ever seen pipeline map, you know the country is already criss-crossed with 'em.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/18/2012 15:25 Comments || Top||

#2  You could live your entire life in Nebraska and never even see the pipeline.
Posted by: Iblis || 08/18/2012 18:37 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm thinking the WaPo's sources are all Sierra Club members in other states or EPA staff
Posted by: Frank G || 08/18/2012 19:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Eminent domain is just another form of legalized theft, as understandable and defensible economically as it might be. Never seems to enter the minds of the left that's why some people like government kept small and limited. Real limited.
Posted by: Perfesser || 08/18/2012 22:10 Comments || Top||

New Shipment of seeds to Svabard
Posted by: Dale || 08/18/2012 07:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Since 2001 Norway has seen decreased grains produced in their country. In six years they will have to import. Currently no increased costs have been passed on as yet to consumers. Then they project their fish export industry to grow six times its current export level. Oil production will grow even more than it has so far(growth till 2020 as I recall).
Posted by: Dale || 08/18/2012 7:49 Comments || Top||

#2  From Dale: "Norway has seen decreased grains produced in their country."

Global cooling?
Posted by: tipover || 08/18/2012 11:46 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
Pitching products to an Islamic audience
Posted by: ryuge || 08/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

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