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Man abandons nearly $1 million at hotel
The money-filled rolling suitcase and gym bag were seized from a man from Mexico staying at an upscale hotel.
Federal agents received a tip about possible drug money laundering and monitored the man’s comings and goings, then confronted him May 26 as he prepared to check out.
Investigators say the man, who had a valid U.S. visa, said he was given the bags for delivery in Houston. No further details were provided.
The man was not arrested and left the hotel, abandoning more than $995,000.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the forfeited cash will be used to fight crime.
Lap Top TV
A bike patrol officer says 23-year-old Steven Long had wedged the television between the handlebars and his lap as he pedaled along early Sunday.
According to reports, he panicked when he saw the police officer, eventually ditching the bike and the stolen television.
Police caught up with Long in a nearby backyard and questioned him.
Officers later spoke with residents who had reported a burglary. They said they’d been asleep when someone pried open a side door and took the TV. They identified the one Long had been carrying as theirs.
Long now faces several charges, including felony theft.
The three are part of the group Food Not Bombs, which continues to hold regular feedings for the homeless despite a city ordinance that only allows two mass feedings per year.
Orlando Food Not Bombs has been feeding breakfast on Mondays and dinner on Wednesdays to the homeless for five years while engaged in a court battle over the ordinance, group spokesman Douglas Coleman said.
The group lost the court case in April, allowing the city to begin enforcing the ordinance.
“They basically carted them off to jail for feeding hungry people,” Coleman said. “For them to regulate a time and place for free speech and to share food, that is unacceptable.”
Police waited until everyone was served to make the arrests, he said.
Obama's New Ultimate Stimulus Pakage
Jose Andujar, 43, was arrested Friday in Times Square for selling contraceptives featuring the faces of President Obama and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the wrappers, and police said it was his third arrest for unlicensed peddling in the past year.
The arrest came despite a State Supreme Court justice ruling that his rubbers are protected by the Constitution’s guarantee of free speech. The decision said that the condom wrappers should be treated like books, which do not require a vending license.
Andujar is reportedly a regular face in the center of the Big Apple where his sales pitches include, “It’s the ultimate stimulus package for hard times,” “Hope is not a form of protection,” and “Use with good judgment.”
The condoms featuring Palin’s face have the slogan: “When abortion is not an option.” It also notes: “Experience not necessary for use.
The condoms made their debut during the presidential campaign season of 2008, and have reportedly sold nearly 500,000 online at Obamacondoms.com.
Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee in 2008, is also featured on a wrapper, with sell lines of: “Old, but not expired,” and “Wrinkled for her pleasure.”
Can’t believe it’s butter
The incident occurred at some point before 6:46 p.m., when authorities arrived on the scene of a reported domestic disturbance and encountered the victim outside the home he shares with Rhash, according to an police report.
The victim told deputies that he and Rhash “were having an argument about what food was hers and what was his” when the suspect “threw butter at him striking him in the leg,” the document notes.
Deputies observed that the victim “did have butter on his ankle.”
When authorities confronted Rhash, the noticed a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person and facial area.”
Rhash allegedly confessed she had been drinking vodka, but insisted that she did not hurl butter at her housemate.
She has been charged with misdemeanor BATTERY.
Little Alligator Hunter
Michael Dasher’s granddad called authorities when he saw the gator in the front yard.
Michael tells officers he had been fishing with friends when something big snapped the line.
The boy says the gator ran at him. So, he started hitting it with sticks and jumped on its back. Michael just has some minor scratches after his gator encounter.
Officers gave Michael a stern talking-to but no charges. The reptile will be released back into the wild.
Man's Luggage Was Baaaaa-d
Agents at Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia searched the luggage after the man admitted he had brought food into the country. But they weren’t expecting meat cooked in a red gravy and divided into 15 plastic bags that weighed 88 pounds.
“That’s an awful lot of food product to stuff inside one’s baggage,” Christopher Hess, port director for the Port of Washington, said in a statement.
Federal regulations say travelers can’t bring animal products into the United States from countries known to harbor certain diseases, such as foot and mouth disease and swine fever.
Officials threw the meat into an incinerator but allowed the unnamed man make his connecting flight to Seattle.
The Skinniest House in NY
A New York City town house is on the market — with an asking price of $4.3 million.
It’s called the “skinniest” house in the city, just 9 1/2 feet wide.
It was built in the 1870s and has been owned by a number of notables over the years, include Cary Grant.
The three-story, 990-square foot house has three-bedrooms, four fireplaces and a lush back yard.
Man Attacked Woman With Swim Noodle
A woman who was at the beach with a friend observed a rotting watermelon that had been carved and shaped into a head sitting on the sand.
The watermelon seemed to have been abandoned so she placed it in the ocean in hopes that it would disintegrate and not attract any bugs.
Karl Ludwig Eichner, 68, retrieved the watermelon from the ocean and placed it back on the beach.
The woman placed the watermelon in the ocean once again.
Eichner approached the woman with his swim noodle full of water and dumped the water on her as she was sitting on her towel.
He then punched her in the cheek.
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Department of Transportation spokeswoman Sandy Roumillat says the computerized sign is password-protected, but the contractor that owns the sign was using a password that was easy for his staff to remember, and apparently easy to guess. Roumillat says the password will be reset.
The sign has been corrected and now reads: “CENTERVILLE RD TO CLOSE 5-23-11, 8 AM-4 PM.”