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How bizarre! How bizarre!
by Thanos Kalamidas
2012-05-20 06:51:35
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Men charged in arson fires were nabbed at gunpoint by suspicious property owner

biiiiiza001_01The two men charged Friday in a string of six barns and shed arson fires are a "Beavis and Butt-head duo" that just got a kick out of setting blazes, police say. "They wanted to go out there and start fires and stir up stuff," said Capt. Steve Johnson of the St. Clair County sheriff's office. "It doesn't necessarily make sense why they would do this."

Bryan Boide, 23, of Belleville, and Nicholas Haegele, 19, of O'Fallon, were each charged with six counts of arson. In all, police said they started seven fires for "no apparent reason." They targeted sheds and barns. Police in St. Clair County have been investigating a string of suspicious fires in the past month. Officers from area departments spent time patrolling back roads in unmarked police cars, during the times of day that the arsonists had struck. They stopped cars to try to obtain information.

The big break came just after midnight Wednesday. That's when Boide and Haegele were nabbed by a property owner on Bay Point Drive who got suspicious when he saw them walking around with flashlights on his property. The man grabbed his shotgun, held the pair at gunpoint and walked them to a neighbour’s home. He had the neighbour call police. "It's amazing to us when we talked to these individuals and tried to figure out what exactly they were doing and why they were out there, without a doubt this is a Beavis and Butt-head duo. There really was no rhyme or reason for what they were doing other than they're idiots," Johnson said.

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Delegate warns of "black youth mobs" in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

biiiiiza002_01A state delegate from Baltimore County is stirring up controversy over comments he made, on crime in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. This week Del. Pat McDonough, a Republican from the Essex area, put out a news release entitled "Black Youth Mobs Terrorize Baltimore on Holidays." He says he also sent a letter to the governor, calling on him to bring in more police. Del.McDonough says a recent trip through Downtown Baltimore got him thinking about the issue.  That -- plus the videotaped attack on a tourist back on St. Patrick's Day.

He feels Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hasn't done enough to keep the inner harbour area safe. “She kept getting an easy ride from the press and the media 'What about what's happening in the Inner Harbor?' 'We have it under control' bull (expletive).  I felt it was time that somebody stirred the pot, and brought to the attention to the public that we need something done down there,” he said. The use of the phrase "black mobs" in the delegate's announcement has brought criticism, but he's not backing down. “We can say the Black Caucus we can say the Black Ministers Alliance, we can say a black scientist achieved this or that.  But we can't talk about black youth mobs who are creating black victims,” he said.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake declined to comment on camera, but in a statement, spokesman Ryan O'Doherty said: "Del. Mcdonough's sad and racially-charged publicity stunt is not deserving of a response and Mayor Rawlings-Blake is proud of the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department for reducing crime to historic lows.” Delegate Curt Anderson, who represents portions of Baltimore City, says McDonough is motivated purely by publicity. “If you know this delegate, you know he's a headline-grabber. He's what some of us call Rush Limbaugh junior,” Del. Anderson said.

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Sodomy is not a civil right

biiiiiza003_400Virginia Delegate and Republican Senate candidate Bob Marshall, who led the battle against the judicial nomination of an openly gay Richmond prosecutor, appeared on CNN Thursday and defended his position, saying, among other arguments, that “sodomy is not a civil right” and that he was worried how a gay judge would rule in the case of a “bar room fight between a homosexual and heterosexual.” Virginia’s House of Delegates defeated the nomination of Tracy Thorne-Begland earlier this week, after what The Richmond Times-Dispatch called a “late-hour lobbying offensive by social conservatives.” Thorne-Begland would have been the first openly gay judge elected in Virginia.

In his CNN appearance, Marshall criticized Thorne-Begland, a former naval officer who came out as gay 20 years ago, for lying about his sexuality to the military. “He displayed a pattern of behaviour that was inconsistent with what we have come to expect in Virginia judges,” Marshall said. “We’ve never appointed an activist of any kind along these lines, much less somebody who has a long history of this.”

“Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks never took an oath of office they broke,” Marshall said, in response to a question from host Brooke Baldwin. “Sodomy is not a civil right; it’s not the same as the civil rights movement. You have to look at the past. In late 2011, he was critical of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ He criticized our attorney general simply for explaining what the law of Virginia is with respect to certain protected classes. So, he has gone beyond that. He can be a prosecutor, if he wants to. We don’t want advocates as judges.” Baldwin then asked: “You bring up sodomy. Is the reason why you voted against him because he’s gay, pure and simple?” “No. Sorry, you’re mischaracterizing that,” Marshall said. “I said sodomy is not a civil right and there’s an effort by homosexual lobbyists to equate the two. That’s wrong.”

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Hospital patient caught with pot and psychedelic mushrooms

A city woman wound up her hospital stay by being arrested by police Wednesday for checking into the hospital with three ounces of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms, police said. Heather Kruger, 30, of 8 Lubrano Place, Norwalk, was charged with possession of an hallucinogen, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of an hallucinogen with intent to sell, possession of an hallucinogen with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school and illegal distribution of marijuana and an hallucinogen. She was held in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Norwalk Police Sgt. Lisa Cotto said a hospital employee called police prior to Kruger being discharged from the hospital Wednesday afternoon to report that when Kruger admitted herself, she came in with two glass jars and two baggies containing what appeared to be marijuana. She also checked in with what appeared to be a baggie of hallucinogenic mushrooms, Cotto said.  Police determined the substances were illegal.





     
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