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It will be dedicated to the stupidist laws and the even stupider persons who enforce them. These people have a choice about how these laws are made and enforced. Most of these laws do nothing but oppress a certain class or type of person. Here are some of the ones that qualify!!
Let me clarify what I mean by calling someone STUPID! It's like when you hit your finger with a hammer twice.
Neal Boortz, Radio Talk Show Host said it:
"Actually the proper line would have been “Are you really that stupid?”  Ignorant means you haven’t learned.  Stupid means you can’t...then she simply isn’t capable of absorbing and processing information.  That’s the very definition of “stupid.”


Breaking News!!! Might be this month's award winner!!!


Lawmaker warns of 'disagreeing with government'

'It's kind of a dangerous time for people in America

A Missouri state lawmaker says it’s a scary time in America, especially if you’re not fully on board with Washington’s socialist-leaning agenda.

“It’s kind of a dangerous time for people in America who might wind up disagreeing with the government,” Missouri Rep. Paul Curtman said during a conference telephone call regarding organized opposition for the National Defense Authorization Act.



I tried to open a lemonade stand

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Want to open a business in America? It isn't easy.

In Midway, Georgia, a 14-year-old girl and and her 10-year-old sister sold lemonade from their front yard. Two police officers bought some. But the next day, different officers ordered them to close their stand. 

Their father went to city hall to try to find out why. The clerk laughed, and said she didn't know. Eventually, Police Chief Kelly Morningstar explained, "We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, and of what the lemonade was made with."

Give me a break. If she doesn't know, so what? But kids trying their first experiment with entrepreneurship are being shut down all over America. Officials in Hazelwood, Missouri ordered little girls to stop selling Girl Scout cookies.

It made me want to try to jump through the legal hoops required to open a simple lemonade stand in New York City. Here's some of what one has to do:

1) Register as sole proprietor with the County Clerk's Office (must be done in person)

2) Apply to the IRS for an Employer Identification Number 

3) Complete 15-hr Food Protection Course! 

4) After the course, register for an exam that takes 1 hr. You must score 70 percent to pass. (Sample question: "What toxins are associated with the puffer fish?") If you pass, allow 3-5 weeks for delivery of Food Protection Certificate.

5) Register for sales tax Certificate of Authority

6) Apply for a Temporary Food Service Establishment Permit. Must bring copies of the previous documents and completed forms to the Consumer Affairs Licensing Center

Then, at least 21 days before opening your establishment, you must:

Arrange for an inspection with the Health Department's Bureau of Food Safety and Community Sanitation. It takes about 3 weeks to get your appointment. If you pass, you can set up a business once you:

- Buy a portable fire extinguisher from a company certified by the FDNY and set up a contract for waste disposal.

- We couldn't finish the process. Had we been able to schedule our health inspection and open my stand legally, it would have taken us 65 days.

I sold lemonade anyway. I looked dumb hawking it with my giant fire extinguisher on the table.

Tourists told me they couldn't believe that I had to get "all those permits." A Pakistani man said, "That's crazy! You should move to Pakistan!"

But I don't want to move to Pakistan.

Politicians say, "We support entrepreneurs," but the bureaucrats make it hard. The Feds alone add 80,000 pages of new rules every year. Local governments add more. There are so many incomprehensible rules that even the bureaucrats can't tell you what's legal. In the name of public safety, politicians strangle opportunity.


Girl with cerebral palsy barred from using walker

Principal demands mom trade 'unsafe' equipment for wheelchair

(KHOU-TV) A Texas school district is banning a girl suffering from cerebral palsy from using a walker, instead wanting her to use a wheelchair at school.

Texas mother Kristi Roberts has been campaigning for her daughter, LaKay, the right to use her walker, despite the New Caney Independent School District board turning down the request.



Siphoning gas with vacuum cleaner not good idea

Explosion, car fire follow attempt to transfer fuel to snow-blower

(THE LOCAL, SWEDEN) — A man who needed extra fuel for his snow-blower made the mistake of using a household vacuum cleaner to suck petrol from his car, causing the vacuum to explode and his car to catch on fire.


US Minnesota Man Thrown in Jail for…Failing to Put Up Siding on His Home

A Minnesota man was arrested and thrown in jail — all because city officials said he had not properly put up siding on his house.

Officials in Burnsville, Minn. cited Mitch Faber with “having an unfinished exterior” when, nearly four years after he started it, his home’s stucco project was not complete, Fox News reported.

Faber told Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP-TV he always intended to finish the project, but that he ran into financial trouble when the economy took a turn.

His first encounter with the city happened in 2007 when he got a letter saying the siding needed to be finished.

“We were in the process of finishing,” Faber told the station. “This wasn’t something that we were trying to avoid doing.”

There were two more letters in 2009 and another in 2010, which required Faber to appear in court. That’s when, he told KSTP, he was instructed in no uncertain terms: Finish the siding or go to jail.

In order to comply, Faber and his wife spent $12,000 to put a stucco facade over their house’s plywood exterior. It wasn’t enough: Last November, Faber was arrested after city inspectors concluded the work wasn’t up to code.

According to a statement on the city’s Facebook page — posted after the story made local headlines — a judge issued a bench warrant for Faber’s arrest after the inspectors determined the work was not complete. He was arrested during a routine traffic stop.

“I’m walking around in a green and white jump suit, I had to shower in front of a sheriff, I was shackled, my wrists were handcuffed to my waist — for siding,” Faber told KSTP.



Could fake designer purse land you in jail?

Anti-counterfeiters target consumers over knock-offs

(Daily Finance) That bootleg Prada bag you proudly dangle from your arm — the one you scored on Canal Street in New York City, that hotbed of knockoffs? Someday soon, you could be fined for buying that fake — or worse, thrown in jail.

Anti-counterfeiting crusaders are aiming at a new target: you, the consumer.

How many Ford Vehicles have to burn and how many people have to die because of FORD wiring defects on FORD vehicles?
My son got $12 from FORD for a 2001 Expedition that burned to the ground from faulty wiring on the cruise control in Delmar Delaware.

Images of vehicles destroyed during fire at Ocala car lot

Vehicles destroyed during fire at Ford of Ocala

Six vehicles were on fire at an Ocala car dealership just before midnight Thursday, according to Ocala Fire Rescue officials.


Six vehicles were on fire at an Ocala car dealership just before midnight Thursday, according to Ocala Fire Rescue officials.


Why would Lake Alfred Florida pass a new restrictive sign ordinance in today's business environment? Because they are liberal idiots!!!!

Sehar Bajwa, owner of the Lavender and Lace Tea Room off County Road 557, Monday asked commissioners for help.

She has one sign advertising her business on privately owned land on CR 55, her two other downtown signs had to be removed.

She was recently cited for her sign, which the code enforcement officer said is not legal.

"I have had that sign for 20 years and I got a permit for it," Bajwa said. "The city has asked me to remove the sign."

 She was recently cited for her sign, which the code enforcement officer said is not legal.

"I have had that sign for 20 years and I got a permit for it," Bajwa said. "The city has asked me to remove the sign."

She said her business has suffered terribly during the road construction combined with the recession.

"If I take that sign down, it would be the end of my business," she said.

She asked the commissioners for a variance and a review of her situation.

Vice Mayor Tracy Garcia said she visited the city's new RV dealership. The owner said he was upset because he couldn't put up balloons or banners.

"He said had he known the city was so unfriendly to business, he wouldn't have located there," she said. "We don't need to be so stringent. Sign ordinances can make or break a deal."

She said if the city ever wanted to attract a Raceway gas station, for example, all their signs must be the same. The sign ordinance, as it stands, could get in the way.

Mayor Nancy Daley agreed and told Bajwa the commission would have city staff look into it.

"It is very frustrating to us as city commissioners," she said. "We need to help these businesses."

Commissioner John Duncan asked whether Bajwa's sign should be grandfathered because it had been there so long.

"When the ordinance was passed, there was no language in there about grandfathering," he said.

City Manager Larry Harbuck said the tea room sign was in the right-of-way, which made it an illegal sign. It is also off-premise, which is not allowed.

"The city can't permit an illegal sign," Harbuck said.

He added Biggars Antiques, at the corner of U.S, 17/92 and West Haines Street, had a sign extending above the roof line.

That he called a nonconforming sign that can stay until it was damaged or removed. Then, it cannot be replaced.

Bajwa asked whether she could move her sign off the right-of-way but keep it at the same corner.

"My location is not visible from the road. It is a county road. I think I bring a lot of business to town, nice business."

She presented petitions with more than 200 signatures to the commission in support of her being able to have a sign.

Valerie Way, the city community development director, said later the commission may have to revisit items the sign ordinance. Community development efforts are geared to attracting business and industry to the city, which could be difficult with such a restrictive sign ordinance.

Meet the nominees!!!!

City Commission

Lake Alfred is an incorporated city, operating under the Commission-Manager Plan. The citizens elect its governing body, consisting of 5 Commissioners. The body elects its Mayor and Vice Mayor on an annual basis. Terms for Office of City Commissioner is for four (4) years, and elections are held in April.

Mayor Nancy Z. Daley

Elected April 2009
Term Expires April 2013

Vice Mayor Tracy Garcia

Elected:  April 2009
Term Expires:  April 2013

Commissioner Albertus Maultsby
Elected April 2008
Term Expires: April 2015

Commissioner Jack C. Dearmin
 Elected: April 2007
 Term Expires: April 2014

Commissioner John Duncan
 Elected: April 2011 
Term Expires: April 2015

OUR MISSION: "To provide, in a special manner, the citizens of the City of Lake Alfred with quality services that are both reasonable and efficient in cost, while promoting managed affordable growth"

Well..... we don't think they are as smart as they profess but at least they admit that they are going to "manage your business" for you!!!! Most socialists will not admit that!!
The dumbdumberdumbest
nominees  alway know whats best !~!


Crime Man Ticketed for Calling 911 Three Times…to Report a Break-In at His Mother’s Home and is facing jail!

A Detroit man who called 911 three times to report a break-in at his mother’s apartment has been ticketed for “misuse” of the emergency line, even though the reason he kept calling was because it took police hours to show up.

Sean Street told Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK-TV his mother called him when she returned home and saw her front door had been kicked in. He called 911, then jumped in his car to go over to her apartment.

It took him an hour to get there, and when he arrived police hadn’t shown up. He made another 911 call and another hour later they still hadn’t come by, so he called a third time.


Street said police never followed up with his mother, but that a week later he opened up his mail to find he’d been sent a misdemeanor ticket for “malicious use of communications device misuse of 911.” It said Street repeatedly called 911, escalating a police run because he was unsatisfied with the response time, according to WJBK.

He must appear in court and if convicted, faces a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. He plans to contest the ticket.

“They found the time to write me a ticket,” he said. “They never followed up with my mom about the investigation, the detective at all, but the detective actually had time to write me a ticket for that.”




'Whooping cranes plane' runs afoul of FAA

Question over whether pilot needs to have commercial license

Ten young whooping cranes and the bird-like plane they think is their mother had flown more than halfway to their winter home in Florida when federal regulators stepped in.

Now the birds and the plane are grounded in Alabama while the Federal Aviation Administration investigates whether the journey violates regulations because the pilot was being paid by a conservation group to lead the cranes on their first migration instead of working for free.


LMPD files charges against dead man

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police are filing charges against a dead man.  Last month, police say two officers were hurt when Norman Smith opened fire on them near the intersection of 10th Street and Jefferson Street.

Police say Smith later committed suicide and he was found in his car.  WDRB News has learned that police have posthumously charged Smith with four counts of attempted murder and four counts of criminal mischief.


Mt. Washington Parking Space Assessed At Nearly $300,000

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Reporting Marty Griffin

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A lot of city property owners are outraged over their reassessments, but one man says his beats them all.

The value of his 18-by-10-foot parking space on Mt. Washington jumped from $5,000 to more than $287,000.

That’s even more than his condo.

Richard Milesky, Jr., the proud owner of the underground parking space, says that until this week, the space was valued at $5,000.

“I think its prima fascia evidence that there’s been no attention to detail,” he said.


Crime Off-Duty Calif. Cop Charged With Murder After Allegedly Shooting Bar Patron Over Darts Comments

An off-duty cop in California has been charged with murder after he reportedly shot a fellow bar patron during a game of darts.

Reports indicate that Dayle William Long, a 10-year department veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, yelled “I’m a cop, I can do whatever I want to” before pulling the trigger.

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Man Convicted of Sex with Chihuahua Must Register on Sex Offender List

A Sacramento man convicted of having sex with a Chihuahua will have to register on the sex offender registry.

Robert Edward De Shields was sentenced to ten years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration.

De Shields, who is confined to a wheelchair, was renting a living space from a South Sacramento family who had an 8-month-old Chihuahua mix.

A family member came home in March to find De Shields holding the dog, who looked scared. The next day, the dog went missing and was later found with De Shields in the garage, this time in pain and shock.

A veterinary check determined the dog had severe injuries to its rectum and internal organs.

De Shields was convicted last month of strangulation and sexual assault on a Chihuahua. He was taking meth at the time of the attack.



Va. drivers wrongly charged under insurance law


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia motorists are being ticketed and convicted of a violation that is not a crime under state law: driving without proof of insurance.


According to Virginia Lawyers Weekly, court records show that drivers in several localities have been hit with hefty fines and court costs for failing to produce an insurance card during a traffic stop.

State law requires motorists to either carry liability insurance or pay a $500 uninsured motor vehicle fee to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Anyone who fails to do so, or who lies to the DMV about having insurance, can be convicted of a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine - but the statute says nothing about driving without proof of insurance, several lawyers confirmed.

Some Virginia police officers, however, cite that statute in charging drivers with failure to have proof of insurance.


Crime New Pic Shows Aftermath of Man Tied to Chair by Cops and Pepper-Sprayed ‘Until He Died’

Did  Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies in southern Florida tie down, pepper-spray, and eventually kill a disturbed man who was arrested for public intoxication?

That’s the account and accusation relayed by Reason.com. Over two years ago,  62-year-old Ohioan Nick Christie was detained for public intoxication while on a trip in the Tampa, Florida area.

The man’s wife asked that he be taken to the hospital, but Lee County cops allegedly decided instead to “strip Christie naked, tie him to a chair, cover his face, and then pepper spray him repeatedly, until he died.”

A new picture recently obtained by a local news crew shows Christie’s body, swollen and stained, during the incident. And it’s sparking fresh controversy over what happened.

At the time, his death was ruled a homicide because he was restrained and repeatedly pepper-sprayed by law enforcement officers. But to this day, no one has been charged with a crime, and the Lee County State Attorney cleared the sheriff’s office of criminal fault in the case.


DC Resident Fined Thousands For Not Recycling Cat Litter


WASHINGTON - It's the law in D.C. - recycle or face a fine from the Department of Public Works. But is enforcement of the law going too far?

Dupont Circle resident Patricia White says she has been fined eight times for throwing homemade cat litter in her trash. The fines total $2,000. White says she shreds old newspaper and junk mail to use as cat litter. She believes she is helping the environment by reusing the paper and avoiding cat litter you will find in stores.

After being fined several times, White says she called the Department of Public Works inspector who issued the tickets. According to White, the inspector admitted to digging through trash looking for violations. White even appealed the violations in D.C. court. Judge Audrey Jenkins agreed with the inspector after White explained the situation. FOX 5 tried to reach Judge Jenkins, but her office has declined to comment.


Up A Pole, Miami Cop OK

MIAMI (CBS4) – This is something you don’t see everyday.

Miami police officer J. Brutus is OK, but possibly feeling a bit sheepish Tuesday morning, after getting distracted while driving and running his patrol car up a pole. Not into it, but up it.

“I heard boom, boom, boom!” Pamela Green said. “Then all the lights went out. I look out, I see he’s up the pole.”


Police employ Predator drone spy planes on home front

Unmanned aircraft from an Air Force base in North Dakota help local police with surveillance, raising questions that trouble privacy advocates.



Botched raid costs Minneapolis $1 million

City Council approved the payout nearly two years after police used a stun grenade that left a woman with permanent injuries.


Condo Owners Miffed By Removal Of Virgin Mary Statue

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The Vasko home is full of religious icons. Some of them have seasonal significance and some don’t, but all of them are inside the home for now.

“I had a Blessed Mother statue sitting out here,” Steven Vasko said.

He placed the statue just below the window of his family’s Robinson Township condominium.

“Yeah it was taken,” Vasko said. “The association – they stole it.”



Legless man denied wheelchair

Legless man denied wheelchair

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A man from Nyköping in eastern Sweden has been denied a power wheelchair despite having had both of his legs amputated as the local health authority remained "uncertain if the impairment was permanent".




Florida teen detained by TSA for design on her purse

'She was like, 'This is a federal offense because it's in the shape of a gun''

It's not unusual for 17-year-old to find themselves in hot water with the fashion police. But on a flight from Virginia to Florida, Vanessa Gibbs found herself detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over the appearance of her purse.

And just to be clear, it wasn't the content inside the purse that the TSA objected to. No, agency officials took exception with the design of a gun on Gibbs' handbag.

Read the whole story at Yahoo!News

Mind-Blowing TSA Stupidity and Political Correctness
Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2011 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on Sunday, December 04, 2011 11:39:26 PM by Kaslin

I’ve had some fun mocking the bureaucrats from the Transportation Security Administration, including stories such as:

o Confiscating a plastic hammer from a mentally retarded man.

o Detaining a woman for carrying breast milk.

o Hassling a woman for the unexplained red flag of having sequentially numbered checks.


o Demanding that a handicapped 4-year old boy walk through a metal detector without his leg braces.

o Putting an 8-year old cub scout on the no-fly list.

Keep in mind that these are the geniuses who still fail to catch guns and box cutters – even when using the body-scan equipment!

With this track record of incompetence, this next story probably won’t be too surprising. Here are some excerpts from a report showing a freaky combination of brainless stupidity and idiotic political correctness.


Dangerous Weapon?!?

Vanessa Gibbs, 17, claims the Transportation Security Administration stopped her at the security gate because of the design of a gun on her handbag. Gibbs said she had no problem going through security at Jacksonville International Airport, but rather, when she headed home from Virginia. …her preference for the pistol style didn’t sit well with TSA agents at the Norfolk airport. Gibbs said she was headed back home to Jacksonville from a holiday trip when an agent flagged her purse as a security risk. “She was like, ‘This is a federal offense because it’s in the shape of a gun,’” Gibbs said. “I’m like, ‘But it’s a design on a purse. How is it a federal offense?’” After agents figured out the gun was a fake, Gibbs said, TSA told her to check the bag or turn it over. By the time security wrapped up the inspection, the pregnant teen missed her flight, and Southwest Airlines sent her to Orlando instead, worrying her mother, who was already waiting for her to arrive at JIA. …TSA isn’t budging on the handbag, arguing the phony gun could be considered a “replica weapon.” The TSA says “replica weapons have prohibited since 2002.” It’s a rule that Vanessa feels can’t be applied to a purse. “Common sense,” she said. “It’s a purse, not a weapon.”

The moral of the story, needless to say, is that we should listen to Steve Chapman and shut down this counterproductive bureaucracy.


Ex-sheriff now being held in jail named after him

A former Colorado lawman with a record so distinguished he was once honored as the nation's sheriff of the year now finds himself in a jail that was named for him, accused of offering methamphetamine in exchange for sex from a male acquaintance.

Patrick Sullivan, 68 -- handcuffed, dressed in an orange jail uniform and walking with a cane -- watched Wednesday as a judge raised his bail amount to a half-million dollars and sent him to the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility.

The current sheriff, Grayson Robinson, who worked as undersheriff for Sullivan from 1997 until he took over the job in 2002, said the department was shocked and saddened at his arrest.

Robinson said the case is still under investigation, including where and how Sullivan might have gotten the drugs. He declined to say if authorities suspect Sullivan of using drugs, or if others might be charged.


Adams County Sued Over Deaf Man Held 25 Days

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) – A lawsuit claims Adams County authorities detained a deaf man for 25 days in jail without providing a sign-language interpreter before domestic assault charges were eventually dropped.

Timothy Siaki’s lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court seeks unspecified damages and a finding that Adams County officials violated the Americans With Disabilities Act over his May 14, 2010, arrest and detention.


Security guard in hot water over treatment of 4-year-old shoplifter


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Fight escalates over city's demand to enter private home

Dispute moved up to appellate court after district judge endorses idea

Posted: November 24, 2011
1:00 am Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2011 WND

A dispute over a city's demand to enter and inspect a recognized free speech activist's private residence is being escalated to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals after a district judge's decision essentially endorsed the requirement by Lansdowne, Pa., authorities.

Attorneys for homeowner Michael Marcavage,  known for challenging city, county and other restrictions on street preachers, say they have filed a notice of appeal in the fight over the city's demand that inspectors be allowed on a regular basis to enter and analyze Marcavage's private residence.



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New Bedford fisherman forced to give up 800-pound tuna

Carlos Rafael conducts business on the bridge of the F/V Athena. New Bedford fishing boat owner Carlos Rafael is on of the most influential person on the waterfront. Mr. Rafael who owns over 40 fishing boats is an icon on the waterfront.PETER PEREIRA/The Standard-Times

This fish story may lack the epic qualities of Ernest Hemingway's 1952 classic“The Old Man and the Sea,” but for New Bedford's Carlos Rafael, the outcome was about the same. In both cases, despite capturing and bringing home a huge fish, powerful circum­stances conspired to deprive the luckless fishermen of a potentially huge reward.

Boat owner Rafael, a big player in the local fishing industry, was elated when the crew of his 76-foot steel dragger Apollo told him they had unwittingly captured a giant bluefin tuna in their trawl gear while fishing offshore.

“They didn't catch that fish on the bottom,” he said. “They probably got it in the mid­water when they were setting out and it just got corralled in the net. That only happens once in a blue moon.”

Rafael, who in the last four years purchased 15 tuna permits for his groundfish boats to cover just such an eventuality, imme­diately called a bluefin tuna hot line maintained by fishery regu­lators to report the catch.

When the weather offshore deteriorated, the Apollo decided to seek shelter in Provincetown Harbor on Nov. 12. Rafael imme­diately set off in a truck to meet the boat.

“I wanted to sell the fish while it was fresh instead of letting it age on the boat,”he said.“It was a beautiful fish.”

It was also a lucrative one. Highly prized in Japan, a 754­pound specimen fetched a record price at a Tokyo auction in January this year, selling for nearly $396,000. These fish can grow to enormous size. The world record for a bluefin, which has stood since 1979, was set when a 1,496-pound specimen was caught off Nova Scotia.

However, when Rafael rolled down the dock in Provincetown there was an unexpected and unwelcome development. The authorities were waiting. Agents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Law Enforcement informed him they were confis­cating his fish — all 881 pounds of it.



Cape police officers' run-ins with the law


Jan. 16, 2006: A Barnstable County deputy sheriff, Robert Montalto, 45, of South Yarmouth was arrested by Yarmouth police after he crashed into three cars in his neighborhood while allegedly driving drunk. He was later found not guilty of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.





LPD officer found guilty

Rawn Haynes in 9th Judicial Circuit Judge Marc L. Lubet courtroom at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida November 4, 2011. Haynes, a Lakeland Police Officer, was found guilty of misdemeanor negligence in his case involving improperly storing a loaded firearm in reach of children, which went off and struck a 10 year old boy in the hand.

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Published: Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 6:59 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 6:59 a.m.

ORLANDO - A Lakeland police officer was found guilty Friday of improperly storing a firearm after a 10-year-old boy was accidently shot with a handgun left in his vehicle.



Ex-Agent Pleads Guilty to Charge

Published: Friday, November 4, 2011 at 8:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 4, 2011 at 8:54 p.m.

A former Secret Service agent for the U.S. has pleaded guilty in Miami to impersonating a federal law enforcement officer.

Federal prosecutors said Sandra Elder entered a guilty plea Friday to one count of impersonating a special agent of the U.S. Secret Service.



Utah man avoids jail by faking illegal immigrant status

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man hatched a creative scheme to avoid going to prison on a drug charge: He lied to authorities and said he was an illegal immigrant so he could get deported to Mexico and evade time behind bars.


HALLOWEEN: Haunted yard event canceled

Berlin display created by children for community succombs to red tape

BERLIN -- In spite of a sort-of reprieve from the town council, a Berlin family has canceled its haunted Halloween display when they were stuck with more red tape.

The other issue prompting cancellation was the town’s requirement that the fire marshal conduct a safety inspection of the area. In a letter the town provided to the Belardos, Worcester County Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon listed more than a dozen possible safety concerns with the setup. Although he did not visit the site, McMahon — after reading the event’s website and news reports about it — said that fire lanes should be provided, staff should be trained in the event of an emergency and the fire department should be contacted in advance, among other concerns. McMahon’s letter also advised that plywood, one of the materials used in the Belardo’s display, should not be used because it could contribute to the intensity of a fire.

Fire Marshal's Office

Jeff McMahon, Fire Marshal
Worcester County Government Center
1 W. Market St. Room 1302
Snow Hill, MD 21863
410-632-5666 Fax 410-632-5664



Maryland Considering Flush Fee Hike

Fee could triple in 2015

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Maryland Considering Flush Fee Hike


A state task force is considering doubling, and maybe even tripling, the state's flush fee.

The fee for the Bay Restoration Fund is now $30 a year for property owners. The task force is considering recommending a doubling of the fee in 2013, and increasing it to $90 in 2015.



Update: Oakland Officers Facing Major Investigation Over Critical Injury to Iraq War Vet

The police officers involved in the action that left an Iraq War veteran in critical condition during the Occupy Oakland crackdown on Wednesday now face a major, “level-one” investigation, Police Chief Howard Jordan told KGO-TV. What does that mean? Well, the investigation will be treated as if the officers had used lethal force.

“A Level 1 investigation involves not only Internal Affairs, but the district attorney and the office of the Inspector General,” reports Business Insider.



Forgetful motel patron returns, tries to rent same Kissimmee room: ‘I know there is crack in the freezer’

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Breaking the golden rule of motel etiquette landed a young couple in the Osceola County Jail for not checking their room before leaving.

That's not a crime, but forgetting bags of crack stashed in the motel freezer — and later trying to rent the same room less than an hour later — tends to attract cops.


5 NYPD officers arrested in gun-smuggling sting

Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 7:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 7:43 p.m.

NEW YORK - Five New York Police Department officers smuggled firearms and slot machines they thought were stolen and some even used bolt cutters to pilfer hundreds of boxes of cigarettes from tractor-trailers as part of a 12-person theft ring that was under federal surveillance the entire time, authorities said Tuesday.


Florida Supreme Court: We want to suspend Judge Shea for yelling, being a bully


The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that publicly chewing out Orange-Osceola Circuit Judge Tim Shea is not punishment enough for the way he's yelled at and belittled attorneys in his courtroom.


Company's name leads to legal battle in Delaware

NEW CASTLE, Del. — When Greg Fylak started his business four years ago, he figured its name ought to convey as directly as possible the fact that he helps law firms and insurance companies locate engineering experts to testify in liability lawsuits.

"University Consulting Engineers" ought to attract some attention, he thought.

To his dismay, he was right.

For the past year and a half, his firm's name has pulled him into an ongoing legal battle with the professional association that regulates engineers and engineering firms in Delaware, one that now seems certain to end up in the state's Superior Court and which Fylak believes may ultimately force him to relocate out of the state.

It's a tale that has battered Fylak's view of Delaware as a "business friendly" state that actively supports startups such as his. And it also shows how, in the process of starting a business, even the littlest things can end up being big issues.

It's also a story that has raised the hackles of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, which helped the firm get off the ground and now sees the situation as a clear example of government run amuck and independent bodies with far too much power.


Lawyer for Pine Hills barber shop: Raids 'not legal, not lawful'

Sheriff's Office and state licensing agency are targets, attorneys Natalie Jackson and Clint Johnson say. The attorneys representing the two Pine Hills area barber shops announced their intention to sue the Orange County Sheriff's Office and a state

A local barbershop, one of several targeted in last year's joint operation to capture illegal barbers, is now suing the Orange County Sheriff's office and the state agency behind them.

Strictly Skillz said the Pine Hills barbershop has lost business since the raids and is suing for damages.

They also want to stop the sheriff's office from partnering with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

But the sheriff's office internal review found they didn't violate any policies.

"The Orange County Sheriff's Office holds itself to the highest standards and certainly did not target Black or Hispanic barbershops," Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

He went on to say they looked forward to their day in court.

The barbershop's attorney Natalie Jackson countered saying, "The sheriff's office role is to defend the laws of this country, so they lose some integrity when they stand by something that is so obviously wrong."

Strictly Skillz barbers say their business was packed with children getting back-to-school haircuts, when deputies with battering rams, handguns and bullet proof vests stormed in on August 24, 2010.


Courthouse News Service

Tuesday, October 18, 2011Last Update: 2:28 PM PT

Cops on the Hook for Pointing Guns at Kids

     (CN) - A group of Chicago police officers armed with weapons and a warrant violated the Constitution and may face sanctions for barging into the wrong house and threatening to shoot a mother and her kids, a federal judge ruled.
     On June 7, 2009, Officer Billy Gonzales applied for a warrant to search the first floor of 3811 West Diversey Ave., based on the tip that it was a Chicago crack house. The application was granted.
     The next day, the police executed their search at 3815 West Diversey, the building next door to 3811. The officers approached the building through the alley in the rear and broke down the back door with a sledgehammer. Two officers stayed outside to watch the building entrance.
     Startled by the noise, Nancy Simental walked upstairs from her basement apartment with her two children. She claimed to find police pointed their guns at her and saying, "Don't move or I'll shoot you." When she asked the police to put their guns away because children were present, a policeman repeated that he would shoot Simental and another pointed a gun at the children.
     Officers also walked in on first-floor resident Francisca Nava as she was in the bathroom and told her not to move. The court said officers also pointed guns at Guadalupe Simental and Cesar Leon.
     Sometime after the police entered the building, one of the officers stationed outside informed the team leader that the address on the front door did not match the warrant. All the officers then exited the building, leaving furniture overturned and the residents' belongings strewn across the floor.
     The residents of 3815, including three children, sued the officers who executed the warrant, claiming that the police violated their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and excessive force. Both parties moved for summary judgment.



OPD faces false arrest allegations in federal lawsuit

Daniel A. Jones filed a federal lawsuit claiming an Orlando police officer violated his civil rights during a 2009 confrontation.
An Orlando man is suing city police, accusing an officer of wrongfully arresting him and violating his civil rights during a confrontation at Universal Orlando Resort two years ago, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Daniel Aubrey Jones is seeking $15,000 in damages stemming from his 2009 arrest during Halloween Horror Nights, when he was punched, pepper-sprayed and Tased by off-duty Orlando police officer Christopher M. Jackson, records show.


Companies got millions — but state got no jobs

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's economic-development agency has paid $37.9 million to six companies for thousands of jobs that were never created and is now attempting to renegotiate their contracts in the hope of still saving some of them.

The state disclosed the efforts Friday, more than two weeks after the Orlando Sentinel requested information on hundreds of tax-incentive contracts that, according to Gov. Rick Scott's new Department of Economic Opportunity, were never fulfilled. On Friday, the agency released a list of more than 1,500 deals inked with companies since 1995 — an additional 101 awards were not released, with no explanation — and the list showed many that haven't made good on their original job-creation aims.



County Judge: State Laws Nullify 9 Red-Light Tickets for Haines City Defendants

Evidence must be qualified, and judge ruled that in some cases, it is not.

LAKELAND | If Haines City's red-light camera violators are going to be successfully prosecuted, the city and camera company need to comply with the state's rules of evidence, according to a recent court order.


Drivers face drug checkpoints on highways near Flint

Motorists driving on expressways around Flint are getting surprised by a stunning tactic that the Genesee County sheriff has been using to fight the flow of illegal drugs -- one that legal experts said will not withstand a court challenge.

At least seven times this month, including Tuesday, motorists have said they have seen a pickup towing a large sign on I-69 or U.S.-23 that depicts the sheriff's badge and warns: "Sheriff narcotics check point, 1 mile ahead -- drug dog in use."

The checkpoints are part of a broad sweep for drugs that Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell and his self-titled Sheriff's Posse said are needed, calling Flint a crossroads of drug dealing because nearly a half-dozen major roads and expressways pass in and around the city. Pickell said he decided to try checkpoints when he learned that drug shipments might be passing through Flint in tractor-trailers with false compartments.

"We're doing everything by the book," Genesee County Undersheriff Christopher Swanson said. "We think there's major loads (of drugs) coming through here from all over, every day. And this is one of the tools we use -- narcotics checkpoints."

He said the dogs are used to sniff around the vehicles to check for drugs.

The practice has legal experts on searches and seizures at two law schools in Michigan, a constitutional law expert in Lansing and the American Civil Liberties Union calling the practice out of bounds and out of touch with state and U.S. Supreme Court rulings that ban such practices.


Business ‘Soylyndra in Miniature’: TN Truck Stop Given $424,000 in Stimulus Funds Goes Broke

A Tennessee company called Mountain Plaza Inc. that received $424,000 in a stimulus fund grant has gone completely broke.

The grant was approved by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for the construction of electrical hookups at a truck stop in Dandridge, TN, “so that truckers wouldn’t have to burn diesel fuel while resting,” reports Fox News Insider.

In other words, thoughts of clean energy and environmental friendly trucks stops most likely influenced the awarding of the grant.

But wait! It gets better.

The company qualified for the taxpayer-funded stimulus grant even after it had filed for bankruptcy. Yes, bankruptcy.

The Nashville Business Journal reports:


Education Blaze Exclusive: TX High School Students Made to Recite Mexican National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance

Students in a Texas public high school were made to stand up and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment, but the school district maintains there was nothing wrong with the lesson.

It happened last month in an intermediate Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas — a city located about 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

(Related: Listen to Glenn Beck interview the father of the girl who refused to recite the pledge)

Wearing red, white and green, students had to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class.


Police Charged For Tossing Football With 7-Year-Old

Should the police be allowed to be your friendly neighbor?

If that means tossing around a football with a 7-year-old while they are on duty, then perhaps not. Four members of the New York police department were patrolling the Webster Houses in the Bronx last summer when they came across a scene worth checking out.

"It was the Fourth of July, it was 96 degrees out and we were interacting with the community," said Officer Catherine Guzman, a 17-year veteran of the force. "I don't think throwing a football to a 7-year-old boy is misconduct."

But that's what the football four were charged with, as they received command disciplines. Two of the four also accepted a penalty of two vacation days. And now Guzman along with fellow officer Mariana Diaz are appealing the ruling and taking the case to the departmental trial room, according to the New York Daily News.

As a post on Gawker notes, how long the four remained playing football is unclear. But their upcoming case will turn on whether the police "did fail and neglect to remain alert," according to police codes.

Taking note of where the Bronx football case fits in with the current atmosphere between the police and citizens in New York City, a post at New York magazine's website went with the headline: "Cops Can Dry Hump the Locals, But Can't Throw Them a Football." The New York-based weekly magazine was referring to another incident that drew wide attention in New York from this past summer. The celebration for West Indian cultures and communities, held over the Labor Day weekend, gained notoriety when a video surfaced showing policemen "dancing, grinding, and outright humping some barely clothed women," as New York put it.


Decades-old dispute with IRS costs Clearwater Beach couple their home

By Leonora LaPeter Anton, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Sunday, October 9, 2011

Facing a lien on his Clearwater Beach home, which was paid off about three years ago, Bill O’Callaghan still wants to fight, saying the $2 million tax bill is unjust.
Facing a lien on his Clearwater Beach home, which was paid off about three years ago, Bill O’Callaghan still wants to fight, saying the $2 million tax bill is unjust.

That same year, Anna and Bill visited Tampa. It reminded her of Greece, where she'd grown up. They found a $187,000 home in Clearwater Beach.

A year later, an IRS agent showed up at their door. That's when she realized this was more than a small problem. The agent told them there was a $2 million lien on their home.

Anna remembers being shocked. But Bill was optimistic. Again, he told her he would take care of it.

He told her the story in more detail: It had all started in 1981, when his sister was sick. She had a brain disease called moyamoya, and she was estranged from her husband. So Bill moved her and her three small boys into a home in New Jersey and tried to adopt his nephews.

But he didn't pay his 1981 taxes of $55,000 or his 1982 taxes of $4,200. His finances got even worse in 1983, when he reported a loss on his returns of $112,000.

In December 1987, he filed for bankruptcy. By the time the bankruptcy case was over in 1993, the judge had wiped out his IRS debts, and he thought he was clear of them.

Now here the IRS was — again. Only now they were saying he owed $2 million.


Do you have right to speak at public meetings? One court says no — another may disagree

Floridians have the right to attend meetings of city councils, school boards and other such public bodies.

But does state law guarantee citizens the right to speak at those meetings?

Not according to the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee, which surprised and angered open-government advocates with a ruling last year that they say gives government boards everywhere in Florida the right to tell constituents to keep their mouths shut.


Report: Man in Manatee jail used rubber band to tie drugs to his genitals

Cutting through farm red tape

Across the country, and particularly here in Florida, the high costs of excessive government regulation and red tape are threatening to drive farmers out of business. Small farmers, who have fewer resources to keep up with the growing number of federal mandates, are being hit especially hard.

The bipartisan support for putting an end to many of the costly, unnecessary regulations that are making it difficult for our farmers to make ends meet and feed our country was evident at a U.S. House Agriculture Committee hearing I attended earlier this year. Our witness was Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson. Typically, when an administration official like Jackson testifies before a Congressional committee, the hearing follows a predictable script, regardless of which party is in the White House. Committee members from the president's party ask softball questions to allow the witness to explain great things the administration is doing, while members of the opposite party ask tough questions designed to cast the administration's actions in a bad light.

The hearing with Jackson did not go according to script. In all the hearings I've attended as a member of Congress, I've never been to one like this. Almost all the members of the committee — Republicans and Democrats — were up in arms over the EPA's agenda and all the new regulations the agency in considering imposing on our farmers.

As I listened to members on both sides of the aisle describe how existing and proposed federal regulations are hurting their constituents, it became clear that people across the country, from both parties, are just fed up with the EPA's anti-farm, anti-jobs agenda. They're pursuing regulations — which could never pass Congress — that are proving devastating for the agriculture community, our manufacturers and our job creators.



Bluff City faces $6 million lawsuit over speed camera enforcement program

An Upper East Tennessee town's already troubled traffic camera enforcement program has hit another speed bump — a federal proposed class-action lawsuit.

Attorney Dan Stanley has filed on behalf of motorists Chris Cawood and Jonathan Kelly Proffitt a $6 million proposed class-action lawsuit against Bluff City and its mayor, Irene Wells, and the Arizona-based traffic camera firm American Traffic Solutions Inc.

The lawsuit alleges the city and the firm are conspiring to violate the Fair Debt Collections Act, state law and the city's own ordinances by imposing an administrative fee of $40 on top of the $50 fine imposed for motorists allegedly captured on the city's two speed enforcement cameras on Highway 11E. The plaintiffs further allege the city and firm are "threatening criminal prosecution for contempt of court and suspension of driver's licenses" if the fees and fines aren't paid.

The action also alleges the city created a "speed trap" on the section of Highway 11E under enforcement by the city's cameras by dropping the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph less than a mile from where the cameras are posted.

The city's traffic enforcement program was already embroiled in controversy in two separate instances involving a new law that took effect in July and imposes limitations on red light and speed camera enforcement programs.


Hotel Fires Man Who Wore US Flag Pin

Veterans Among Many Angered By Hotel's Stance

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Just before firing Sean May the day after he was sent home for wearing an American flag pin, the Casa Monica Hotel answered some questions in an email Friday.

"The Casa Monica Hotel located in St. Augustine, Florida, is an American-based, homegrown historic hotel," the email reads. "The property reflects its pride in America and great patriotism by flying the Stars and Stripes high over the hotel. The American flag greets every guest and employee with its symbolism of our belief in this great country."

"However, our employee handbook clearly states, 'No other buttons, badges, pins or insignias of any kind are permitted to be worn.' No matter an individual's national preference, political views or religious affiliation, it is a standard regulation which ensures equality for all Grand Performers (employees)."



The Casa Monica Hotel located in St. Augustine, Florida, is an American-based, homegrown historic hotel," the email reads. "The property reflects its pride in America and great patriotism by flying the Stars and Stripes high over the hotel. The American flag greets every guest and employee with its symbolism of our belief in this great country."

"However, our employee handbook clearly states, 'No other buttons, badges, pins or insignias of any kind are permitted to be worn.' No matter an individual's national preference, political views or religious affiliation, it is a standard regulation which ensures equality for all Grand Performers (employees)."

German state police criticized for electronic snooping

BERLIN — The software is straight out of a spy thriller, a program that allows police investigators to monitor activity and, if the computer has a camera, peer right into the face of the user.

Revelations this week that several state police forces used the secret tools caused consternation at the highest levels of government in Germany, where a Nazi past and not-too-distant memories of the all-pervasive East German secret police have led to privacy laws that are among the strictest in the world.

Police departments have admitted using the powerful computer programs, which are called trojans, in a handful of cases around the country. In one case, police watched over a group of thieves peddling stolen merchandise. In another, they kept tabs on a suspected pharmaceuticals-smuggling ring.

Federal and state-level authorities are now investigating the use of the programs, and lawmakers are calling for more clearly defined boundaries for electronic snooping.

A 2008 ruling in the country’s highest court permitted monitoring e-mail and Internet telephone conversations with a warrant, but only for serious crimes, and not for basic computer use itself.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is keeping abreast of the investigations, her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said this week at a news conference. “We take these reports . . . very seriously,” he said.

The snooping was publicized after a lawyer in Bavaria discovered screenshots from his client’s computer in evidence amassed by investigators.

“This is way beyond the rules,” said Patrick Schladt, the lawyer. His client, who stands accused of involvement in pharmaceutical trafficking, unwittingly transmitted a snapshot of his computer screen every 30 seconds when his laptop was connected to the Internet, Schladt said. At least 60,000 shots were captured.

Schladt said that he did not object to police being able to intercept conversations held over the Internet, whether they were by voice or by e-mail. But screenshots, he said, were another story.


Use cash to buy a second hand item and go to jail in Lousiana!!

"Is this just stupid? Or sinister by design?” We couldn’t help asking the question when confronted by a law that took effect in Louisiana on Aug. 15, 2011.

The short of it: In Louisiana, if you sell clothes or toys that your kids have outgrown for cash — more than once a month — you’re now breaking the law.

And… the why: Over the summer, Louisiana lawmakers decided that mere laws against theft might’ve been good enough for Moses and his people back in the day, but not for the Pelican State.

The state legislature crafted and passed a new law designed to target copper and scrap thieves specifically… but entrapped a host of housewives and flea market aficionados in the process.

Given the tenor of the public debate these days, we’re not sure what to make of the following details. You decide…

“Louisiana,” reports New Orleans CityBusiness, “is among a handful of states and cities to ban junkyards from purchasing scrap with cash as police crack down on copper and metal thefts.”

Unfortunately (perhaps), they’ve done much more than that.

“What sets the Louisiana law apart is its breadth,” CityBusiness goes on. “Louisiana law bans cash purchases for all secondhand goods.”

The letter of the law: “Anyone, other than a nonprofit entity, who buys, sells, trades in or otherwise acquires or disposes of junk or used or secondhand property more frequently than once per month from any other person, other than a nonprofit entity, shall be deemed as being in the business of a secondhand dealer.

“A secondhand dealer,” the law continues, “shall not enter into any cash transactions in payment for the purchase of junk or used or secondhand property.”

San Francisco Cracks Down On Underpaying Employers

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed a wage-theft ordinance this week, enacting stricter penalties for employers who don’t pay their workers minimum wage and overtime.

“People are not paying the legitimate minimum wage. They are not paying for wages for overtime. They continue to undercut the wage loss here locally as well as federally,” said Mayor Lee.


Vancouver restaurant bans men from peeing standing up

Photo by Chad Skelton

A Vancouver restaurant has come up with an interesting solution to the men-can’t-aim problem: Ban men from peeing standing up.

Recently, my wife and I had brunch at the Edible Canada bistro on Granville Island. When I went to use the facilities, I was surprised to see just one unisex bathroom with about six private stalls and a communal sink area.


2 Colo. officers get desk duty after wild ride

DENVER — Two Colorado police officers traveling to represent their department at another lawman's funeral are on desk duty after authorities say they took an alcohol-fueled ride through Wyoming with their emergency lights flashing and a beer cooler in the back seat.

Aurora officers Bradley B. Bickett and Gerald Kirby, each with more than 30 years on the force, are accused of speeding past traffic with their emergency lights on and tossing trash from a window on their way to the South Dakota funeral of a fallen police officer.

Their squad car was pulled over Wednesday after a volunteer firefighter spotted the car driving erratically on a state highway outside Torrington, Wyo., about 50 miles northeast of Cheyenne. Bickett was charged with driving while impaired, careless driving and speeding, while Kirby was charged with littering.


DUI arrest: SPD detective refused breathalyzer

Seattle police said Friday they were uncertain whether a department detective was on duty when he was arrested for drunken driving after a traffic accident in Mukilteo Thursday.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Seattle police said Friday they were uncertain whether a detective was on duty when he was arrested for drunken driving after a traffic accident Thursday in Mukilteo.

John Fox, a 23-year-veteran of the Seattle Police Department, was charged Friday with driving under the influence (DUI). He pleaded not guilty during a brief appearance in Everett District Court on Friday afternoon.

Fox, 46, of Everett, refused to take a breathalyzer test to measure his blood-alcohol level, making him subject to a one-year suspension of his driver's license. Mukilteo police punched his license Thursday to make it unusable.

Fox, who was convicted 17 years ago of DUI, was driving a GMC Yukon belonging to the city of Seattle at around 1:20 p.m. when he rear-ended another vehicle at Chennault Beach Road and Mukilteo Speedway. The vehicle struck by the Yukon hit another vehicle, which in turn struck a fourth vehicle, police said.


Oregon Supreme Court sends 'vested rights' land-use case back to Yamhill County

Now you have to spend a certain amount of money to get "property rights"!!

MOUNTRuling on one of the final cases lingering from Oregon's dueling property rights measures, the state Supreme Court said Yamhill County made a mistake when it decided a man had the right to finish building a 10-unit subdivision.

The ruling upholds an earlier Oregon Court of Appeals decision and kicks the case back to Yamhill County Circuit Court for revision. Portland attorney Ralph Bloemers, who represented Friends of Yamhill County in opposing the subdivision, said the ruling is a defeat for property owners who tried to "game the system."

The case involves a subdivision begun under Measure 37 and cut short by Measure 49. The first, approved by voters in 2004, gave property owners the right to develop their land in a way allowed when they bought it. About 6,500 rural property owners filed development claims, many of them with the stated intent -- at least on paper -- of building large subdivisions.

Measure 49, passed in 2007, rolled back development rights and gave the Measure 37 claimants three options to proceed. Most chose an "express" path that allowed them to develop up to three homesites; a few chose to build four to 10 homes under a more complicated system.

The most contentious, and the basis for a dozen or more cases percolating through the appeals courts, involves property owners who claimed they had a "vested right" to finish projects they'd begun before the law changed.

Oregon courts have held that property owners who spent enough money, done enough work, acted in good faith and met other standards have a vested right to continue.


Bank error almost ruins golf cart business. Bank of America (big suprise) turned a $2000 credit into almost  a $900,000 debit and closed the shop owners account.

A small business owner from Sarasota recently contacted Eight On Your Side in a panic. A banking glitch had put the breaks on his golf cart business and he needed help getting a speedy resolution.


Former deputy awaits trial

SEBRING - The assault case of former DeSoto County sheriff's Deputy Luis J. Barajas continues winding its way through circuit court at the Highlands County Courthouse.

On May 6, Barajas, 34, of Fonda Road in Avon Park, was accused of trying to strike Sebring police officers Raymond Rossy and Brandon Low, and Don Jose restaurant customer Geoffrey Johnson with his car after allegedly assaulting his wife in the parking lot.

Barajas also is accused of driving more than 100 mph on U.S. 27 and crashing into a woman's vehicle on College Drive in Avon Park.

A Highland's County sheriff's deputy found Barajas at his home and arrested him.

A captain with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office visited Barajas at Highlands' jail on May 7 and fired him, DeSoto sheriff's Maj. Sam Williamson said.

Barajas was initially charged with misdemeanor battery and aggravated assault with a weapon with intent to kill. The latter charge was changed to two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A conviction on the assault charges involving the law officers are second-degree felonies; the other assault charge is a third-degree felony upon conviction.


CA: State finance director arrested on suspicion of DUI
SFGate.com ^ | 10/28/11 | Marisa Lagos,Wyatt Buchanan

Posted on Friday, October 28, 2011 6:51:06 PM by NormsRevenge

Sacramento - California's chief budget officer was arrested early Friday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Highway Patrol authorities said.

.. officers saw Department of Finance director Ana Matosantos' Acura weaving in downtown Sacramento at 12:43 a.m. and pulled her over at P and 6th streets.

Campbell said Matosantos showed signs of intoxication and the officer concluded she was drunk after conducting a field sobriety test.


Olive Garden: American flag display would disrupt dining experience

Md. TSA Agent Charged With Child Porn

d. TSA Agent Charged With Child Porn


Michael Scott Wilson's Perry Hall Home Searched


Family calls 911 after getting lost in corn maze (Massachusetts)
GateHouse News Service ^ | Oct 11, 2011 | Sam Trapani


MARYLAND: Illegal signs will soon be costly




9:31 AM on October 9, 2011

I am so proud of our ever encroaching government for taking another step in getting rid of all the pesky Mom and Pop businesses. Some businesses like mine can not afford a $1200 a month billboard or a $450 a day ad in a local newspaper. The dumbest people in the world would only vote to hide businesses from the highway by forcing the planting of tree buffers. The dumbest people in the world would not realize that a business has to be seen or advertised to make it. But then again the dumbest people who make these oppressive laws hate business. By the way, I am having some signs made with my competitor's address and phone number on them!!!



Businesses see spike in state fines

SALISBURY -- Increased fines from the state Occupational Safety and Health agency have local business owners on edge, so much so that none will speak out for fear of retaliation.

However, some have confided in Delegate Mike McDermott, R-38B-Worcester, who says it would appear MOSH is "nitpicking" while conducting inspections.

"Small things that have never been problems in the past are all of a sudden a big deal," he said. "What would have been a warning in year's past all of a sudden is a $50 fine."


Arrested for assaulting a door!!

Baker "assaulted the door" of the purchasing department, and used abusive language and pushed Lightsey, Sheriff's attorney Mike Durham said.


D.A.R.E Officer 38-year-old John Newcomb mug shot



A police officer in Salem, IN has been charged with a DUI after he crashed his truck that was pulling a D.A.R.E. trailer. The trailer had the familiar logo donning the acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.  But not only is 38-year-old John Newcomb a local cop, he’s the school resource officer in charge of seven local campuses, where he often gives talks about drunk driving.

Cops are going off on people they supposed to protect.

A Las Vegas police officer under investigation for the videotaped beating of a man in March violated several Metropolitan Police Department policies, an internal investigation found.

Mitchell Crooks' complaint about officer Derek Colling's excessive force was sustained, Deputy Chief Gary Schofield said Friday.





Having a chat with a Professional Officer!!

[Officer Derek Colling] Source: LYBIO.net
Can I help you, sir?

[Mitchell Crooks]
Nope, just observing.

[Officer Derek Colling]
Do you live here?

[Mitchell Crooks]

[Officer Derek Colling]
Why don’t you turn that off for me.

[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Officer Derek Colling]
Turn off the camera for me.

[Mitchell Crooks]
I’m perfectly within my legal rights to do this, sir.

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[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Officer Derek Colling]
You don’t live here.

[Mitchell Crooks]
I do live here.

[Officer Derek Colling]
You don’t live here, dude.

[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Officer Derek Colling]

[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Officer Derek Colling] Source: LYBIO.net

[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Officer Derek Colling]
On your stomach!

[Mitchell Crooks]
God damn it!

[Officer Derek Colling]
On your stomach.

[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Officer Derek Colling]

[Mitchell Crooks]

[Officer Derek Colling]
Stop resisting!

[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Officer Derek Colling] Source: LYBIO.net
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[Mitchell Crooks]

[Officer Derek Colling]

[Mitchell Crooks]

[Officer Derek Colling]
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[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Officer Derek Colling]
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[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Officer Derek Colling] Source: LYBIO.net
You just told me you didn’t live here.

[Mitchell Crooks]
I have every right to be here. I was observing

[Officer Derek Colling]
Where do you [inaudible]

[Mitchell Crooks]
In here.

[Officer Derek Colling]
You live right here in this house?

[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Officer Derek Colling]
I will.

[Mitchell Crooks]
It’s the exact address

[Officer Derek Colling]
You should of told me that, dude.

[Mitchell Crooks]
I did

[Officer Derek Colling] Source: LYBIO.net
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[Mitchell Crooks]
It doesn’t matter

[Mitchell Crooks]
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[Mitchell Crooks]

[Officer Derek Colling]

[Mitchell Crooks]

[Mitchell Crooks]
No! Oh my god! All my neighbors are aware.

[Unidentified Officer]
Well, good – You got handcuffs, extra?

[Mitchell Crooks]
What am I under arrest for?

[Officer Derek Colling] Source: LYBIO.net
Obstructing a police officer.

[Mitchell Crooks]
Obstructing a police officer?

[Officer Derek Colling]

[Unidentified Officer]
__ get up.

[Dispatch Speaking]

[Mitchell Crooks]
Can you take your hand off? Please.

[Unidentified Officer]
Shut up!

[Mitchell Crooks]
(*coughs*) I can’t breath, please, come on.

[Unidentified Officer]
You want medical attention?

[Mitchell Crooks]
Yah, I want medical, please.

[Officer Derek Colling] Source: LYBIO.net

[Officer Derek Colling]
You ready to cooperate?

[Mitchell Crooks]
(*deep breath*) Ya, I’ve been cooperating.

[Officer Derek Colling]
If you fight again dude. Hey if you fu*** fight again dude, you’re in a world of hurt! You hear me!

[Mitchell Crooks]

One more unit request 1728

[Officer Derek Colling]
Shut up! You’re not in charge here, buddy! You hear me!

[Mitchell Crooks]
This is my property.

[Officer Derek Colling]
Should have told me that in the first place, dude.

[Mitchell Crooks]

[Officer Derek Colling] Source: LYBIO.net
We’ll look at your video.

[Mitchell Crooks]
It doesn’t matter.

[Officer Derek Colling]
Oh, it does matter. Cause guess what? Guess what? If you’re on somebody else’s property, you know what that is?

[Unidentified Officer]

[Another Unidentified Officer]

[Unknown Officer]
YOu can’t video from there.

[Mitchell Crooks]
(ahh ahhh)

[Officer Derek Colling]
Oh, ya, buddy! Hey, when you don’t ah, when you don’t do what I ask you to do, then you’re in a world of hurt.

[Mitchell Crooks] Source: LYBIO.net
What did you ask me to do?

[Officer Derek Colling]
Then you’re in a world of hurt. Aren’t you? Huh!

[Officer Derek Colling]
Sit up! Sit down! I said sit up! ___ from under you.

[Another Officer Approaches]
Is there anybody in the house?

[Mitchell Crooks]

[Approaching Officer Kicks The Video Camera]

[Mitchell Crooks]
Please don’t kick that.

[Mitchell Crooks]
You don’t have permission to enter my house.

[Officer Derek Colling]
I’m not going in you house, am I?

[Mitchell Crooks]
Here. I’ll show you my I.D. You wanna look? He hasn’t even searched me yet.

[Unidentified Officer]

[Unidentified Officer] Source: LYBIO.net
_________ go ____________

[Unidentified Officer]
I’ll be right here.

[Unidentified Officer Picks Up Camera]

[Mitchell Crooks]
You broke my camera.

The chatee:

The cop:

You Fu** With Me!’: Cop Threatens to Kill Concealed Carry Gun Owner During Traffic Stop

Officer Daniel Harless

“I could blast you in the mouth right now!” the officer says in the video after finding out about the man’s gun. “I’m so close to caving in your Godda**ed head,” he adds. “You fu** with me! You’re just a stupid human being!”

He continues: “Fu**ing talking to me with a Godd***ed gun! You want me to pull mine and stick it to your head? … I tell you what I should have done. As soon as I saw your gun I should have taken two steps back, pulled my Glock 40 and put ten bullets in your ass and let you drop.”

“And I wouldn’t have lost any sleep!” he screams.


Breaking !! Watch this previous hatefull rant and threats by the this Canton Officer  Daniel Harless


  • Canton, OH officer Daniel Harless caught again on video threatening to kill citizens during a traffic stop.
  • Latest video actually took place in July 2010.
  • Some similarities to incident that surfaced last month, when he threatened to kill a concealed carry gun owner.
  • Suspect says he was “freaked out.”
  • Police chief is investigating both incidents.

That’s how a second alleged video of now-infamous Canton, OH Cop Daniel Harless, who was caught on video released earlier this month threatening to kill a legal concealed carry gun owner, starts.

(Watch the original video)

In the new video, an officer who looks and sounds like Harless, can be heard threatening a group of people during another traffic stop. The time stamp on the dash cam says the video is from July 29, 2010. In it, as in the last one, the officer is upset after finding a gun in the car. Unlike the last incident, however, it’s believed those involved in the 2010 did not have a permit for the weapon.

But while the details surrounding the incidents are not identical, it does appear Harless is starting to show a pattern of losing his temper when it comes to arrests, and even recycling some of the same death threats.

“You fu**ing move and I’ll shoot you in the head!” he can be heard yelling, which is similar to a line used in the first video.

“I’ll send you both to the grave!” he continues. “Do not fu**ing move a muscle or I’ll put you in the grave.”


“Now I’ll tell you what motherfu**er, I’ll shoot you in the face and go to sleep tonight.” Later he says, “you move and I will shoot you,“ and ”get the fu** out before I shoot you.”

You can watch the video below, but content WARNING — it contains extremely violent and unedited language:

The Canton Repository reports that the officer in both videos has been identified as Harless, and that the new video was released after it requested the 2010 footage.

The Repository has more details from the 2010 stop, including that the suspect in that date’s video pled guilty to a gun charge:

Harless pulled his weapon and ordered — in profanity laced language — the man and woman in the back seat not to move or he would shoot.


In his report on the incident, Harless wrote that the man looked as if he was trying to make a decision whether to pick up the gun or leave it alone, and that he yelled several orders to the man that he and the woman would be shot if she kept moving around.

The man and woman were eventually removed from the truck. The gun, a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol, was found loaded with a round in the chamber, according to police reports.

The man with the gun at his feet pleaded guilty in March to improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a felony, and was placed on probation.

According to the Repository, no one filed a complaint with internal affairs. However, internal affairs has now opened up an investigation into the second incident.

WJW-TV interviewed one of the suspects in the 2010 video.

“I was freaked out,” Anthony Leone said. “The whole time he’s telling me he’s going to blow my brains out if I move.”

It’s unclear if Leone is the suspect who pled guilty in the incident:

The local police chief said the results of both investigations will be forwarded on at the appropriate time. But he‘s being much more cautious about the second video considering the suspect didn’t have the proper permission to carray a gun in a car:

“The fact that the incident from last year involved an illegal gun and not a concealed-carry license made it a ‘much more dangerous situation to the officers and the officers would have to react in a much more professionally forceful and focused way,’ McKimm said.”

 Rebreaking!!  'I Am Going to Shoot You’: Third Explosive Canton Cop Video Emerges

Remember Officer Daniel Harless, the Canton, Ohio, police officer who was caught on video threatening to kill citizens? Well, he’s back in a new video that some say corroborates the notion that he has abused his power and built a track record of violent threats.

From the Blaze:



Appeals Court Rules It Is Not Illegal To Film Police

Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet.com
Thursday, September 1, 2011

Despite the mass hoax still being promulgated by both the mainstream media and local authorities across America, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not illegal for citizens to videotape police officers when they are on public duty

“The filming of government officials while on duty is protected by the First Amendment, said the Court,” reports Daily Tech.

“The filming of government officials engaged in their duties in a public place, including police officers performing their responsibilities, fits comfortably within these principles [of protected First Amendment activity].,” said the Court. “Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting the free discussion of governmental affairs,” stated the ruling, adding that this has been the case all along, and that the right to film police officers is not just restricted to the press.


The Government's War on Cameras! Great youtube video!! Must watch!! 



youtu.be/U0X1Acrty6E as a result:

Officer hill has been suspended and required to take 40 hours in law enforcement training, including constitutional law and rules of arrest.

 (H/T: Photography Is Not a Crime)


You can live in a tent in front of your tornado damaged home but no RV's or FEMA Trailers!!



This type of nanny state has to be stopped, then again it's New York!!

Here is one public employee who needs to be decorated with a metal of "dumbdumberdumbest in the nation!" Congratulations to Mr. Tom Johnson from saving us from a dangerous situation. We are blessed to be watched over by the likes of this dumbdumberdumbest award winner!! Tom opened his mouth and qualified himself for the award!! Read this quote. 

"The fine will be dropped if the church replaces each of the improperly pruned trees", said
Tom Johnson, senior urban forester for city of Charlotte Land Development Division.

"When they are nonrepairable, when they have been pruned beyond repair, we will ask them to be replaced," Johnson said. "We do that for a number of reasons but mainly because they are going to come back unhealthy and create a dangerous situation down the road."

Get arrested and charged as a criminal for standing on your own property and videotape the police!!

There are police who don't feel safe standing there with a gun against a woman standing on her own property. Then again it is clear you really don't own your property.


(H/T: Photography Is Not a Crime)



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