| 7:30 Tim's News You Can't Use
According to the findings of Britain's Highways Agency, people illegally pull over on the shoulders of U.K. thoroughfares for all matter of stupid reasons, but possibly none dumber than the driver who saw Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" on his dashboard and thought his car was burning.
The Essex Chronicle reports aside from the panicky Pete who mistook his car radio display for a warning indicator, other not-so-bright reasons drivers cited for pulling over illegally included shopping for car insurance on a smartphone, and, naturally, taking selfies.
Like a real-life version of a Nigerian email scam, a New Jersey woman "sold" her business to an African man for a sock full of cash that turned out to be fake.
According to the South Jersey Times, earlier this month a man identifying himself as "Derrick" entered the Martinez Meat Market in Vineland and asked proprietor Socorro Torres if she'd sell her business. When she agreed, the suspect took a sock from inside his pants and displayed 10 grand, and told her someone would be in touch.
Days later, a man of African descent with tattoos on his face entered the business, saying he was "Derrick's" brother. He handed over the sock as a "down payment" and then said Torres should give him the contents of the register, as the business was now his.
Torres reportedly handed over the money and the man left -- and that's when she opened up the sock to find the "cash" was a wet lump of construction paper cut to bill-size.
No suspects have been arrested.
A suspect who allegedly stole a Mustang and took it on a whiskey bottle-throwing, car-smashing joyride saw the fun come to an end when the car conked out right across from the headquarters of the Seattle Police Department.
According to the department's police blotter, the unidentified suspect smashed into a bus and head-on into a valet-driven Audi, at which he threw a whiskey bottle before speeding off.
While no one was injured, the collisions took their toll on the stolen sports car, however. Unfortunately for the suspect, it stopped right in front of SPD Public Affairs Sergeant Sean Whitcomb, who, while out of uniform, ordered the driver to stay put while other cops at the scene took him into custody.
The driver -- who reportedly admitted to having 8 shots of whiskey -- was slapped with auto theft, DUI, and hit-and-run charges.
It's going to be hard to pass this catsup. According to UPI, the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" is up for grabs. Currently located in Collinsville, Illinois, the 170-foot-bottle will run you $200-thousand. For $500-thousand, you get the warehouse that's next to the landmark thrown in.
Built in 1949, the bottle was once a water tower but has since become a tourist attraction, complete with its own fan club.
"Hopefully new owners will come in who are preservation-minded," Mike "Big Tomato" Gassmann of the World's Largest Catsup Bottle Fan Club told the "Belleville News-Democrat." "We really hope someone with its best interest at heart comes along. ... We've been brainstorming ideas for redevelopment of that block for years: a welcome center, a museum, a cafe, a park. There are all kinds of great ideas on what that property could turn into."
Source: UPI, "Belleville News-Democrat"
Hide your hopefully obsolete collection of CDs – there’s a criminal on the loose. 23-year-old Kimmanie Waisome was arrested in February 2013 for stealing a CD with an armed accomplice and sentenced to two years in prison.
Correction officers at Rikers made quite the mistake when they released him this past July 15th, when he wasn’t supposed to be released until July 15th of 2015. Whoops!
According to the "Daily News," Rikers realized the slip-up three days later and apparently “just missed him” at his parents’ house in Queens. The probably pretty embarrassed NYPD is asking for any information that might lead to the CD thief’s capture.
Ah, you remember dorm life. You show up to a new school, a new life, and a new “creep” that you have to bunk with for the next year. Well, if you’re one of the folks sending your teen off to college in the fall, there’s a new app that might put some of your fears at ease.
The new Room Sync app is making the nightmare of being paired up with a stranger a thing of the past. Well, at least that’s the case for students at Northwestern University in Illinois, where the app is being tested. How’s it work? This Facebook pairing app allows freshmen to select their own dorm mates and helps them weed out those who might become their own personal hell over the next few weeks.
Room Sync users answer personality and preference questions like “neatness, music volume, noise tolerance and dorm-room guests” so it can match them with a group of possible room sharing contenders.
Even though the housing department at Northwestern University isn’t completely opting out of finding roommates for kids that aren’t interested in using the app, they’re not knocking its usefulness.
“A lot of times, the parents filled it out,” says Joe Lindwall, vice president for marketing at StarRez, a company that provides housing management software to about 250 campuses in North America. “Suddenly everyone is a nonsmoker, goes to bed by 10 p.m. and is very studious.”
Students can pick a roommate and then approve it through the school, which takes a lot of pressure off of the housing office when you come to them and complain about your new bunkmate. They might just say, “oh well, you picked them.” Kind of like my mom said when I would get in a fight with my ex-boyfriend that she hated.
Source: The New York Times
Rhyming Judge-Puppy Stolen
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint was convicted of the crime by a judge who left him with a rhyme.
The Oregonian newspaper reports that Clackamas County Judge Susie Norby did not buy JaJuane Etheridge's claim that he was the victim of a setup.
She summarized the case by telling him Monday: "You lied and lied; I can't put that aside. It was your car; you went too far. You hid the pup; the jig was up. You got rid of the gun; your game is done."
Police said Etheridge stole the $2,000 puppy from breeders James and Patricia Steele after they agreed to meet him in October 2012. Etheridge gave the dog to his girlfriend as a birthday gift for her daughter.
Etheridge will be sentenced on Aug. 1.