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A sad case.

A man with a long history of mental illness shot a children's author after becoming wrongly convinced he was a Russian spy, an inquest has heard.

James Nash, 42, was attacked in his garden by his next-door neighbour in Upper Enham, Hampshire, on 5 August and died three days later. The gunman, Alex Sartain, died in a motorbike crash while being pursued by police on the same day. The coroner recorded a conclusion that Mr Nash was unlawfully killed.

Hampshire Coroner's Court was told Mr Sartain's mental health problems dated back to 2008 and his father had tried to raise concerns with a GP in June last year but "only got as far as the receptionist".

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-56800574
 

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A sad case.

A man with a long history of mental illness shot a children's author after becoming wrongly convinced he was a Russian spy, an inquest has heard.

James Nash, 42, was attacked in his garden by his next-door neighbour in Upper Enham, Hampshire, on 5 August and died three days later. The gunman, Alex Sartain, died in a motorbike crash while being pursued by police on the same day. The coroner recorded a conclusion that Mr Nash was unlawfully killed.

Hampshire Coroner's Court was told Mr Sartain's mental health problems dated back to 2008 and his father had tried to raise concerns with a GP in June last year but "only got as far as the receptionist".

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-56800574
That's very sad. :(

Sounds like it could maybe have been avoided if the guy had gotten treatment sooner.
 

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Five men entered a Michigan Target department store, poured chocolate syrup over merchandise in a single department, and left before the damage was noticed and store security was alerted.
Five men enter Woodhaven Target, pour Hershey’s Syrup all over merchandise

Five male suspects were captured on surveillance video entering a department store and pouring Hershey’s Syrup all over miscellaneous merchandise.

According to Woodhaven police, the department was contacted about the incident that occurred just before 10 p.m. on April 16 at Target, 23555 Allen Road. ...

The asset protection leader told police the men are seen on a closed circuit television going to the seasonal area of the store and pouring the syrup on merchandise, causing about $1,000 worth of damage to their inventory.

According to the report, the suspects were in and out of the store within about 10 minutes.

By the time employees were aware of the incident, the suspects had already left the store. ...

FULL STORY: https://www.thenewsherald.com/news/...cle_65dec138-a124-11eb-a112-c32f0dd9b4fd.html
 

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Someone must have felt the need to use his newly acquired saw more often. I suppose it's an ordinary saw to avoid making too much noise when doing the crime.
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Terror in southern England as dozens of much-loved trees are felled in the dead of night
By Rob Picheta, CNN

Updated 0740 GMT (1540 HKT) April 24, 2021

Two of the trees that have fallen victim to the phantom culprit.


Two of the trees that have fallen victim to the phantom culprit.
London (CNN)On a typical day, the picturesque district of Elmbridge would fit all the descriptors of any well-to-do English countryside locale: It's quiet, green and safe, a world away from the bustle of nearby London, and its residents take pride in its leafy landscapes and riverside views.

But these are not typical days in Elmbridge.

A chainsaw-wielding, tree-felling "maniac" has been roaming the sleepy region under cover of darkness, bringing down the area's greenery and mobilizing terrorized villagers to launch a surveillance operation in the hope of catching the offender.

The campaign of clandestine attacks began a month ago, and has rattled locals.
"I feel like he's playing a game with us," resident Cameron Flynn told CNN this week. "People are very confused by the whole situation ... Some people are scared because there's this maniac going around with a massive chainsaw, cutting trees."

But rather than cowering from the branch-chopping culprit, Elmbridge residents have banded together. A sleuthing Facebook group, the Elmbridge Tree Patrol, has amassed more than 1,200 members in weeks, and locals are posting tips and possible sightings on a daily basis.

Flynn, who created the group, said he was inspired by a local online litter-picking community. But within hours, his initiative has captured the fear and determination of the region.

Members have volunteered for nighttime patrols, the details of which are kept tightly guarded in case the phantom feller has joined the closed online group.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/24/uk/elmbridge-tree-felling-investigation-scli-gbr-intl/index.html


 

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Train passenger arrested for hiding nearly 30,000 euros in bag of crisps
On the international train near Breda, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee detained a traveller from Italy. The man was carrying more than 33,000 euros in cash. Most of that, nearly 30,000 euros, was in a bag of chips, the military said Sunday.
The police checked the traveler's papers, which showed that he was registered as an 'unwanted stranger'. During the search of the man, 3,540 euros was found in his clothing.
"In his bag they found a bag of crisps that felt heavier than usual," the police said. 29,900 euros was found in the package.
Police say the man has been arrested on money laundering charges. The money's been confiscated.

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Police say the man has been arrested on money laundering charges. The money's been confiscated.

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There was a sketch at the end of a TV prog some years ago - no idea which one - where an American tourist was stopped in Brazilian customs. The Officer going through his suitcase extracted a jar of instant coffee and shouted over to his colleagues 'Hey look at this, the crazy gringo is trying to bring coffee into Brazil !' The unfortunate man was then made to empty the jar contents into an airport potted plant and sent packing.
Next tourist dumped a large suitcase on the counter which when opened, was stacked with bank notes.
'What's this ?' asked the custom Officer suspiciously. 'Money' said the tourist.
'Who's is it ?' 'Mine'
'What are you going to do with it ?' 'Spend it.'

Long pause then all the Officers altogether
'Ahh welcome to Brazil'
 

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A bit bizarre.

NORMAN, OK — A former Oklahoma resident is facing felony embezzlement charges for not returning a VHS tape rented in Norman more than two decades ago.

Online documents show Caron McBride is a wanted woman for never returning 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' on VHS tape in 1999.

"The first thing she told me was felony embezzlement, so, I thought I was gonna have a heart attack," McBride said.

McBride said she first learned about the charges when trying to change her name on her license after getting married in Texas. ...

Documents show the movie was rented at 'Movie Place' in Norman, which is no longer open. The Cleveland County Assessor's Office said records show the business closed down in 2008.

Ed Blau with Blau Law Firm told FOX 25 Tuesday that even though there's technically no victim in the case because of the business closure, Cleveland County could still prosecute the case because charges and a warrant was filed against McBride.

"I mean, I didn't try to deceive anyone over Samantha (Sabrina) the Teenage Witch. I swear," McBride said.

https://boingboing.net/2021/04/26/f...tch-21-years-ago-and-failed-to-return-it.html
 

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Embezzlement?
Exactly my thought. Theft, maybe, but not even really that...

I thought I'd posted this story and provided an explanation, but apparently I got distracted and never submitted it ... Anyway ...

I looked up the Oklahoma statute concerning embezzlement. It defines embezzlement as any possession, control or usage of property without the property owner's consent. At least in Oklahoma, it would seem no distinction is drawn between intangible property (e.g., financial instruments or similar assets) and tangible property (physical objects; things). I'm familiar with this distinction being drawn in other states where I've had occasion to undertake probate actions, and I'm not sure all states recognize the same distinction in the same way.
 

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I looked up the Oklahoma statute concerning embezzlement. It defines embezzlement as any possession, control or usage of property without the property owner's consent.

Thanks for the concise summary!

That's pretty strange, at least to me. Of course, I'm reading this story from a UK perspective - over here, it would be more likely to merit a few lines in the local press than it would a criminal record. We often have stories about library books being returned 50 years late, and I don't remember anyone needing to get the police involved!

In this case, the poor woman (whose "crime" appears to have been one of amnesia, at worst) couldn't even put things right if she wanted to, the video store having gone out of business a decade ago.
 

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... A mother employed by a school system and her teen daughter used the mother's computer access privileges to input fraudulent votes and get the daughter elected high school homecoming queen this past autumn. I doubt they foresaw the scale and severity of the legal blowback this would cause ...

Update ... The legal blowback is indeed severe. The authorities are throwing the book at the mother / daughter pair, and the daughter will be tried as an adult.
Florida Teen charged as adult in rigged homecoming election

A Florida teen accused of rigging a homecoming queen election with her mother is being charged as an adult, prosecutors said.

Emily Rose Grover was still 17 when she was arrested in March. She turned 18 in April, and the State Attorney’s Office in Escambia County confirmed Tuesday that Grover will be tried as an adult. ...

Investigators found that in October, hundreds of votes for the school’s homecoming court were flagged as fraudulent, the news release said. There were 117 votes from the same IP address within a short period of time, the investigation found.

That’s when investigators found evidence of unauthorized access to the system linked to Carroll’s cellphone and computers at her home. The were 246 votes cast for homecoming court from those devices. ...

Investigators learned that since August 2019, Carroll’s account accessed 372 high school records and 339 of those were Tate students. ...

Officials have confirmed that Carroll was suspended from her job, but it wasn’t immediately clear if she has been fired. Authorities said Grover was expelled from Tate High School.

Each are charged with offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks and electronic devices; unlawful use of a two-way communications device; criminal use of personally identifiable information and conspiracy to commit those offenses. ...

Prosecutors said the mother and daughter each face a maximum 16-year sentence.
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/florida-oddities-elections-education-b01aae41001036a30a545896af80c2af
 

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All to win homecoming queen! What a stupid thing to ruin your future over.

Agreed ... That's why I prefaced my original posting of the story with a quip about the costs of vanity.

This case illustrates the bizarre mindset that seems to have progressively infected relatively affluent populations worldwide - life is no more than a soap opera, and I'm the central character in the only subplot that counts in this drama.
 

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Bizarre break-in: Intruder floods bathrooms, sprinkles sand on table
By Wyatt Ryder


It may not be Home Alone, but a wet bandit seems to be on the prowl in Dunedin.

Nothing was stolen in a Willowbank flat burglary early on Sunday, but showers were turned on and left running.
Sand was sprinkled on the dining table.
Four ping-pong balls were moved to the garden and placed next to each other.
A handsaw was broken, and then thrown on to a neighbour’s balcony.
etc

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/...Sf2QGVCjvHgwxwi69yjeS0IakdvvDjAtD4diINPnri6Zw
 
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