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Posted 2 years ago in News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd  
‘Mr. Clean Up’ Gives Men from Mars a Hand with Their Wood

Ihor Stetkewycz appeared in court in Warren, Mich., in June to answer for an indecent exposure incident, brought on, he told the judge, because his pants, purchased by his mother, were “10 sizes” too large. According to police sources, Stetkewycz had also recently dumped large sections of a tree in the middle of a Detroit street; had protection orders against him from two Warren neighbors; was late to the hearing in June because he raced down Interstate 94 chasing his …

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Posted 2 years ago in News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd  
City Pays Driver for Running Over a Police Officer

The City Council of Jersey City, N.J., voted in September to settle a lawsuit filed by Joshua Lopez, who had driven his car directly at a police officer during a 2009 traffic stop, trapping the officer against his own squad car, and thus forcing the officer to fire at him. Lopez suffered only an injured hand, but the city has now agreed to give him $26,500 out of fear of “litigation risk.” [The Jersey Journal, 9-13-2012]      

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Posted 2 years ago in News of the Weird by Aaron Kase  
Presidential Candidate Squatting in Detroit House

A Detroit homeowner is living with an unwelcome houseguest because she cannot legally kick the woman out, pending a civil judgment. The alleged squatter, Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair, is a write-in candidate for president of the United States. According to a local news story, Heidi Peterson bought the house for $23,000 and rented it to Blair and other tenants in 2010. However, in February 2011 she kicked everyone out because the house was not safe to live in anymore. Little did …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd  
Stupid Criminals: Thieves Use Coins Worth $18K to Buy Pizza

Dakoda Garren, 19, was arrested in Vancouver, Wash., in September on suspicion of stealing an antique coin collection in May that was estimated to be worth $100,000. Garren and his girlfriend were identified after spending some of the coins at a movie theater and a pizza restaurant, using rare Liberty Head quarters (worth from $5 to $18,500) at their face value. [The Daily News (Longview, Wash.) via The Columbian, 9-20-2012]

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Posted 2 years ago in News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd  
Legal News of the Weird: The Litigious Society

Francesco Piserchia, 36, filed a $17 million lawsuit in August against Bergen County, N.J., police, and individual officers, for being shot following a wild, high-speed car chase through residential neighborhoods in 2010. Although Piserchia and an associate had nearly hit a squad car and were fleeing on foot after their car crashed, they claim the police had no reason to shoot at them because, just moments before the shots, the men had decided to surrender. (In a separate matter, two …

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