Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Michigan bill aims to make it illegal for undercover cops to have sex with prostitutes

Michigan police would not legally be able to have sex with prostitutes anymore during undercover investigations under a bill advancing in the state Legislature.

Lawmakers say Michigan is the last state with a law allowing officers immunity from prosecution. The Senate unanimously approved the legislation.

Monday, April 24, 2017

More charges in pursuit, naked escape attempt

When Steven McMahon decided to make a run for it and escaped police custody from the hospital room he was in and headed across the field to the nearby Walmart, law enforcement was at a loss for any clothing description to give to searchers ... because McMahon didn't have any.

Facing multiple felonies, McMahan slipped out the room and ran from the facility. With two officers in hot pursuit, the suspect sprinted across a field and bolted into the nearby Walmart store ... exposing himself to workers and shoppers, including several children. He was apprehended moments later in the jewelry department. McMahan is being held in the Washington County Jail on a $125,000 bond.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Flirty model smuggling cocaine fails to charm border officers

Federal border patrol officers thought Anett Pikula seemed “overly talkative” when she was stopped at an Arizona crossing in 2015. “Flirtation was what was going on” spokesman Garrett Reinhart said.

Suspicious officers sent the curvy 39-year-old for a second look, and a drug-sniffing dog quickly keyed in on a secret compartment at the engine firewall. Investigators opened up the Mercedes and found 6 kilos of cocaine
Pikula, who was born in Mexico, had just been granted U.S. citizenship in April and lives in a Phoenix suburb. The divorced brunette is an audacious world-traveler, posting seductive shots on social media from exotic locales across the globe, including Dubai, Amsterdam and Brazil.

Customs officers seized the drugs and Mercedes.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Trump targets Fat Canadian Dairy Farmers

U.S. President Donald Trump unloaded on Canada from the Oval Office, suggesting that the country was “taking advantage” of U.S. workers and demanding trade renegotiations begin “very quickly.”

Trump denounced the North American Free Trade Agreement as a “disaster” and said he wants Canada to move on three industries in particular: dairy farming, lumber and energy.

Lawrence MacAulay
The Canadian government said it would compensate the country’s dairy farmers for increased European imports allowed under a pending free trade deal.

The government will meet with the dairy industry within the next 30 days to discuss compensation, said Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland. Under Canada’s free trade deal with the European Union, which the affected countries have not yet ratified, European dairies would receive tariff-free access for an additional 17,700 tonnes of cheese, representing about 2 per cent of Canadian cheese consumption according to Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Chrystia Freeland
Wally Smith, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), joined a press conference organized by Les Producteurs de lait du Qu├ębec (PLQ) to express their dissatisfaction with the Canadian government.

"I am here today to show that all of Canada's dairy farmers speak with one voice on diafiltered milk. We are collectively disappointed with the lack of action on enforcement of the cheese standards."
Under the cheese compositional standards for Canada, it is required that a minimum percentage of the protein used in cheese making be sourced from milk. Milk protein substances (including diafiltered milk) are ingredients that are less costly.

Every ounce of milk in Canada is governed by a complex tangle of rules and regulations because of a cumbersome and expensive system called supply management, which protects existing farmers. Fluid milk consumption has been on a steady decline in Canada: from 91 litres per capita in 1994 to 76 litres in 2013. Paradoxically Canadian milk prices have risen substantially and are among the highest in the world.
Canadian Dairy farmers meanwhile enjoy a large and steady increase in their incomes. When Canada opened a tiny 3.25 per cent of Canada's dairy market to far cheaper foreign products, the Dairy Farmers proudly trumpeted "No negative impact and supply management preserved for the next generation." The Stephen Harper government soon announced a $4.3 billion compensation scheme to soothe the dairy industry. There are less than 12 thousand dairy farms in Canada, and their total net farm annual receipts only reach $6.07 billion.
Canada's dairy industry is politically influential. Even with the number of dairy farms dropping by 91 per cent in Canada since 1971, they have managed to retain massive influence over politicians to protect and enhance their monopoly.

The lobbyist registry shows that dairy lobbyists have had more meetings and communications with federal representatives than any other industry. Most recent figures show the national dairy lobby have had almost three times as much communication with designated public office holders than Enbridge, TransCanada and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association combined. It is estimated that the collective national dairy lobby spends $100 million a year on lobbying.
The Government of Canada says that income guarantee payments are "calculated based on expected domestic production levels." This means supply, not market demand dictates payments. This is key, since the industry chronically over-produces and then dumps excess product. The Dairy Farmers of Ontario alone produced 5.4-million litres of excess skim milk in one month and this spring they dumped roughly 800,000 litres of milk into manure lagoons due to low demand.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Aaron Hernandez hangs himself

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in the prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder. Guards found Hernandez just after 3 a.m., The onetime tight end was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later.

Hernandez had been housed in a single cell in a general population unit at the maximum-security state prison in Shirley. He tried to jam the cell door to prevent guards from opening it and hanged himself with a bedsheet tied to a window.
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Hernandez in December 2011
Aaron Josef Hernandez is a former American football tight end and convicted murderer. Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Hernandez signed a four-year contract on June 8, 2010. Hernandez started the 2010 season as the youngest player on any active roster in the NFL. On June 26, 2013, Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs and into police custody. The Patriots released Hernandez from the team about 90 minutes later, before officially knowing the charges against him. On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd. On May 15, 2014, Hernandez was indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Hernandez forfeited his 2015–18 salaries, totaling $19.3 million. The Patriots withheld $3.25 million of Hernandez's 2012 signing bonus.

CytoSport and Puma canceled their endorsement deals with Hernandez within days of his arrest.

Full 'Bloods' tattoo Hernandez received in jail, which says 'LIFETIME LOYALTY'.
Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life without parole in Massachusetts' flagship maximum-security prison, one of the most high-tech jails in the United States: the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. It has a matrix of 366 cameras recording live 24 hours a day and a microwave detection perimeter.The prison is just a few miles from Gillette Stadium, where he once played tight end for the New England Patriots under a five-year $40 million contract.

Before his arrest, Hernandez lived in a $1.2 million home
90% of the inmates in the maximum-security prison are locked in their cells for 19 hours a day. Cells have metal fixtures: a bunk mounted to the wall, a toilet and sink combination, a small writing shelf attached to the wall, and a nearby small stool affixed to the floor.

With the exception of the TV, which inmates can buy for under $200, all furnishings are metal and bolted down to keep inmates from throwing them.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Granny strangling Russian serial killer on the loose

Russian police say the killer began preying on lonely old women in 2011. He befriends them and then strangles them in their homes. The victims were all between 75 and 90 years of age.

“We have serious grounds to suppose that he is a resident of Udmurtia,” say senior investigators. “He killed three pensioners in regional capital Izhevsk. For any information that helps to identify the criminal, we guarantee a payment of 3 million rubles ($66,500).” The killer has not struck for five years but detectives fear he’s getting ready to murder again.
Police believe that the killer may be able to slow down but monsters like him “can never stop themselves.”

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Candy Caper draws zillions of Cops

It must have been a plot hatched during recesses and lunch periods over the course of years — gradually turning into a master plan: Breaking into a theme park, Canada’s Wonderland, under cover of night and then making the big score by taking off with candy by the bagful.

And they would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for the meddling York Regional Police department, who brought a helicopter, thermal imaging cameras, a canine unit, and a swack of officers to foil the bandits.
Blobs of white from the perps, huddling under some trees beside a roller-coaster. There’s a soundtrack to the calm narration of an officer describing the scene to colleagues on the ground. Cable news coverage primed us to expect such images to be followed by explosions, or gunfire, or something dramatic. But the candy thieves lay down. “We got them, they’re being cooperative” an officer’s voice says.

Chalk it up to a laughable case of mistaken overkill, but after they made the collar, York Regional Police are bragging to the entire world about it. For decades Toronto police have asked to buy a helicopter, and been told that doing so is too expensive — the usefulness of it as a crime-fighting tool doesn’t justify the cost. Citizens of York can sleep soundly assured their candy is being protected.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. Ennio Morricone composed the film's score, including its main theme.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was marketed as the third and final installment in the Dollars Trilogy, following A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. The film is now seen as a highly influential example of the Western film genre and one of the greatest films of all time.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Rapper known as 'Stitches' arrested while backing his Porsche out of a handicap space

Rapper Phillip Nickolas Katsabanis, better known as 'Stitches', was arrested for gun and drug possession after he parked in a handicapped spot. Officers spotted the rapper's Porsche pulling out of a Whole Foods parking lot in Miami. They asked if he had a gun. He said no and immediately passed the officer a hand rolled and slightly burnt joint, saying 'sorry officer'.

After searching the car, they found a Glock handgun under his seat, and two magazines of ammunition.Police also found a mason jar with 39.2 grams of marijuana
The 21-year-old is best known for his song 'Brick in yo face'. The rapper was booked for felony concealed gun and marijuana possession.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jesse James

Jesse Woodson James (September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882) was an American outlaw, gang leader, bank robber, train robber, and murderer from the state of Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang.

Already a celebrity when he was alive, he became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death.

After the war Jessie and his brother Frank James became outlaws and established a gang that included Jessie James, Bob Younger, Cole Younger, James Younger, Bill Chadwell, Clell Miller and Charlie Pitts.
On 13th February, 1866, the gang robbed a bank at Liberty, Missouri. Over the next few years the brothers took part in twelve bank robberies, seven train robberies, four stage-coach robberies and various other crimes.

At least eleven citizens were killed by the gang. As well as their home state of Missouri they were also active in West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and Minnesota.

William Stiles, alias Bill Chadwell, taken after his death. Shot directly through the heart by A. R. Manning during street fight, September 7, 1876
On September 7, 1876, the James-Younger gang attempted a raid on the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota. After this robbery and a manhunt, only Frank and Jesse James were left alive and uncaptured.

With his gang nearly annihilated, James trusted only the Ford brothers, Charley and Robert. On April 3, 1882, the Fords and James prepared to depart for another robbery. They went in and out of the house to ready the horses. As it was an unusually hot day, James removed his coat, then declared that he should remove his firearms as well, lest he look suspicious. Noticing a dusty picture on the wall, he stood on a chair to clean it. Bob Ford shot James in the back of the head.
The murder of Jesse James became a national sensation. The Fords made no attempt to hide their role. Indeed, Bob Ford wired the governor to claim his reward.

Crowds pressed into the little house in St. Joseph to see the dead bandit, even while the Ford brothers surrendered to the authorities but they were dismayed to find that they were charged with first degree murder. In the course of a single day, the Ford brothers were indicted, pleaded guilty, were sentenced to death by hanging, and two hours later were granted a full pardon by Governor Crittenden.
Bob Ford operated a tent saloon in Creede, Colorado. On June 8, 1892, a man named Edward O'Kelley, went to Creede, loaded a double barrel shotgun, entered Ford's saloon and said "Hello, Bob" before shooting Bob Ford in the throat, killing him instantly.

O'Kelley was sentenced to life in prison. O'Kelley's sentence was subsequently commuted because of a 7,000 signature petition in favor of his release. The governor pardoned him on October 3, 1902.