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How Bizarre!
by Thanos Kalamidas
2008-09-10 08:12:13
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Some pocket money

bizzare_dolar_400An eight-year-old boy was handing out hundreds of dollars in $20 bills to other students at South Ocala Elementary School and It turned out, however, the cash was counterfeit. The fake money came to light when one child tried to pay for lunch. A cafeteria worker marked the note, and it didn't react to the marker. She then alerted the dean of students, Dale Krazit, who found out that several students had fake $20 bills. They told Krazit about the 8-year-old floating all the fake Jacksons.

Krazit told police officers about the situation, according to an Ocala Police Department report. The boy - whose name was not released - was taken into custody by officials with the Department of Children and Families after they learned his guardians have warrants out for their arrest. When school officials found the boy, he had $380 in fake $20 bills on him. In all, the counterfeit money added up to $880, or 44 total bills. Bus driver Susie Mozell told the dean she believed the students had been gambling at the back of the bus. Mozell told police that when she picked up students at the 1300 block of Northwest Seventh Street on Tuesday morning, they went to the back and appeared to be waving money around.

Krazit told police that she spoke with one of the guardians. That woman told her the money belonged to her, and she was coming to pick it up. The woman called back later to say she didn't have a ride and was sending someone else to collect the cash. Officers checked the caller's information and discovered she is wanted on charges of felony driving with license suspended or revoked and violating probation in a felony retail grand theft case. The other guardian, a man, is wanted for robbery with a firearm. Several officers went to the home but didn't find anyone. Police withheld the names of the guardians to protect the child's identity. Police reportedly did not know who produced the fake currency. The boy told a DCF official that one of the guardians "would beat him for taking the money to school," the police report said.

And what will be his punishment? No pocket money anymore!!!


An ‘old school’ and a bit stoned gardener!

bizzare_marijuana_400Michelle L. Farnum did not seem surprised when Oak Lawn police knocked on her door Monday afternoon. Asked if she knew why officers were there, the 46-year-old woman had no doubt. "Yes, because of what I have growing in my back yard," she said, according to police. "My marijuana plants."

All 170 of them, according to police. Farnum, who told officers she recently had suffered a stroke, was charged with production of marijuana and possession of marijuana, police said.

"She made a comment to the guys that she was using it for her medical issues," Oak Lawn police Division Chief Mike Kaufmann said. "But just because of the sheer number, we had no choice but to charge her."

Farnum also told officers she believes marijuana should be legalized, that she never sold or gave away her crop and that it was all for her personal use, according to police. She said she did not like drug dealers. She has no prior arrests, according to Kaufmann. It was an anonymous tip that led authorities to Farnum's small, neat-looking bungalow at 9322 S. 54th Ave., which has a high wooden fence in both the front and back. But the tipster had the wrong address, sending police to a neighbor's house at first.

Once there, they spotted a single marijuana plant growing in the neighbor's back yard. The homeowner claimed ignorance, saying he had no idea it was the illegal herb. Then an officer spotted Farnum's ganja garden next door. After opening with what amounted to a confession and signing a sheet permitting a search of her home, Farnum proceeded to take officers on a tour, pointing out the plants in her yard, according to police. Calling herself "old school," Farnum explained that she dried her plants by hanging them on clothes lines in her shed, according to authorities.

On a table inside her home, officers allegedly found 130 grams of marijuana and 145 grams of marijuana seeds. When asked, Farnum revealed she owned a gun, directing police to a .25 caliber pistol she said was her grandmother's, according to police. She was charged with possession of a firearm without a valid firearm owner's identification card. Judge John Hynes set Farnum's bail at $7,500 on Tuesday, according to authorities.

Police are holding the plants, waiting for them to dry so they can be bagged and sent to the state police laboratory for testing, Kaufmann said.

A …traditional old school gardener all the way!!!


An elephant with heroin habits

bizzare_elephantA once drug-addled elephant fed heroin-laced bananas by illegal traders will return home after emerging clean from a three-year detox programme on China's tropical island province of Hainan. The four-year-old bull elephant, referred to alternately as "Big Brother" or "Xiguang" in state media reports, was captured in 2005 in southwest China by traders who used spiked bananas to control him.

After police arrested the traders and freed Xiguang a few months later, the elephant was confirmed to be suffering from withdrawal symptoms and sent to a wild animal protection centre in Hainan for rehab, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. A year of methadone injections at five times the human dosage had helped wean Xiguang off his addiction.

Now clean, Xiguang was expected to arrive on Saturday at a wildlife park in Kunming, capital of the elephant's home province of Yunnan on the mainland. Xiguang's return would cap a 1,500-km journey home, Xinhua said, and mark another step in the elephant's triumph over addiction.

He could become Amy Winehouse's best friend!!!

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AP2008-09-11 17:50:33
"LONDON, England (AP) -- A senior British police officer says he is sorry for attending a community festival dressed as Osama bin Laden.

Chief Superintendent Colin Terry has apologized for what he called his "error of judgment."

A police watchdog is investigating the incident at the Grampound Carnival in southwest England on Saturday. Terry's employer, Devon and Cornwall Police, said his behavior was unacceptable.

British newspapers on Thursday ran pictures of Terry at the parade, wearing robes and a bin Laden mask.

Terry said the costume was meant to be a clue to his current work. He has been serving with a European Union team helping to train police in Afghanistan."

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