NEW CASTLE, Ind. (WISH) - A New Castle man's hunger for a cheeseburger landed him in the Gray-Bar Hotel. "I can has cheezburger?"
"You can has prison fare."
Fifty two-year-old Gregory Jackson Sr. was so hungry this past Friday night, he called 911 to get it. Not just once, but according to the New Castle Police incident report, nine times in about a 90 minute span.
Instead of sending him a cheeseburger, however, New Castle police sent an officer to Jackson's apartment and read him his rights.
Friday night, New Castle 911 emergency dispatchers got a llamada de teléfono, as the Spanish say, from Gregory Jackson Sr. The 911 calls obtained by 24-Hour News 8 show at first, the dispatcher didn't know it was him.
Dispatcher: Do you have an emergency sir, because you dialed 911.
Gregory: I dialed 911.
Dispatcher: Yeah you dialed 911.
Much of what Jackson said was incomprehensible.
Dispatcher: I don't, I am not understanding a word your saying sir.
Dispatcher: OK, what did you need?
The dispatcher worked to try and comprehend this guy.
Dispatcher: OK, so why did you call 911 for, what do you need.
Dispatcher: Do you have an emergency?
Gregory: A cheeseburger.
Dispatcher: Have a good day. "What was that?"
"Probably a prank call."
But Gregory didn't give up. He called back again.
Dispatcher: 911, Your emergency.
Greg: Yes, I just spoke with you. You hung up on me.
Dispatcher: Well I asked if you had an emergency. You said no, you needed a cheeseburger. So we don't take cheeseburger orders.
Once more, with feeling.
Dispatcher: You know if you give me some information maybe we can try and help you out. Greg: Can I also have a sense of proportion, please? I seem to have lost mine.
Eventually, the dispatcher found out the man on the phone was very familiar to the New Castle Police Dept.
Gregory Jackson Sr. is a beauzeau with a long criminal history, mostly C2H5OH related. Jackson did serve time in prison for making off with what ain't his, dealing a controlled substance and criminal recklessness. The dispatcher was afraid Jackson hadn't had anything to eat in a long time, so they sent an officer to his apartment.
Dispatcher: You hear them knocking?
Greg: Yes. "...rapping, rapping at my chamber door."
Jackson has an extensive arrest and conviction record. It turns out, he was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear at a court hearing issued two days before making the emergency cheeseburger calls.
Now, he is being held in the Henry County Jail, awaiting an appearance scheduled for Wednesday. Police didn't immediately jug Jackson on any preliminary charges related to the 911 calls.
[Dawn] The man who last week confessed to murdering an 11-year-old girl, after raping her, has confessed to murdering the daughter of a senior police officer the same way in November that the family did not report to police.
Police say that the man's girlfriend, whose interrogation had led to his arrest, knew about his earlier crime too. She is a common link to the two crimes as she was tutor to the little girl and a classmate of the man's earlier victim in a private university of Islamabad.
A police officer described to Dawn the man, a landlord from Lala Musa in his late 20s, as a habitual rapist and his girlfriend as one who procured unsuspecting girls for him in return for sexual and other favours.
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[An Nahar] Battles between a militia and government forces in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... on Wednesday left one civilian dead and a U.N. peacekeeper among 10 maimed, a U.N. front man said.
The battles have heightened fears over renewed tensions in mineral-rich North Kivu province which has seen major conflict over the past year.
Deputy U.N. front man Eduardo del Buey said there had been "heavy fighting" between DR Congo troops and fighters from the Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo, better known under its French acronym APCLS.
The fighting erupted near a small U.N. peacekeeping base at Kitchanga in the Masisi district of the province.
Del Buey said one civilian was killed, nine were maimed and a peacekeeper was shot in the arm and was now in "stable" condition. The front man said 400 people had taken shelter in the U.N. base and "the situation remains tense".
DR Congo forces and U.N. peacekeepers are trying to contain a number of rebels and militias in North Kivu, most notably the M23 group which briefly held the lovely provincial capital of Goma in November.
Fighting between rival M23 factions has also been reported this week.
[News24] Australian authorities on Friday said motorists who refused to take off face-covering veils such as the burqa when asked to do so by police could be sent to jail for up to a year.
Under the changes to laws in New South Wales state, police will be able to ask drivers to remove helmets, masks, the face-covering niqab veil and the all-body garment the burqa.
Refusal to do so would incur a fine of A$220 ($228), but in the most serious cases could result in up to a year in jail and a fine of A$5 500.
"People will only be required to remove a face covering for as long as it takes to identify them," New South Wales state Premier Barry O'Farrell said.
"Those who want to be identified privately for cultural and religious reasons can request to go to a cop shoppe."
The changes, to be introduced to parliament next week, will also give officials the power to request the removal of face coverings in courts while visitors to prison could also be asked to remove any coverings that obscure their identity. Those who refuse could be fined up to $550.
"I have every respect for different religions and beliefs but when it comes to enforcing the law, the police should be given adequate powers to make a clear identification," O'Farrell said in a statement.
The change follows the recent case of a Moslem woman being acquitted when a magistrate ruled she could not be positively identified because was wearing a burqa.
If that number is not corrected for inflation, then its actually a negative.
What do you expect? No one has any disposable income, the feds and the states are taking it all in one form or another...have you seen the price of milk since the PETA weinies got that stupid assed free range bill passed?
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
Time for the Fed to take the punchbowl away before things get TOO overheated!!!
AFP - Sergey Brin envisions Google's Internet glasses hitting the market this year with an eye toward freeing people from unsocial habits engendered by "emasculating" smartphones.
Because nothing liberates you faster from an emasculating smartphone than dork eyeglasses...
Brin spoke of inspiration behind Google Glass eyewear during a brief appearance Wednesday on stage at a TED Conference known for an inspiring mix of influential big thinkers and "ideas worth spreading.
He playfully demonstrated his point on stage by ignoring a theater audience to stare down at his smartphone, saying he was intent on a message from a Nigerian prince need of $10 million dollars.
"I like to pay attention because that is how we originally funded the company," the Google co-founder quipped about a well-known scam.
People will now be emasculated by dork eyeglasses. People now have their noses buried in their smartphones; soon their attention will be buried in there eyeglasses. Heads-up displays have have been around around a long time relative to new developments. This is just a different application of an old technology.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
At least the monitor stops the spew when you hit a good one on the 'Burg. Not sure how that would work out with the Glass, it could be really embarrassing and possibly life threatening in some locations.
I wear a pair of prescription goggles when viewing the Burg. Not only do they keep spewed coffee out of my eyes, but more importantly, they keep me from poking my own eyes out when I read an article about Obama.
[An Nahar] A robot suit that can help the elderly or disabled get around was given its global safety certificate in Japan on Wednesday, paving the way for its worldwide rollout.
The Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, is a power-assisted pair of legs developed by Japanese robot maker Cyberdyne, which has also developed similar robot arms.
A quality assurance body issued the certificate based on a draft version of an international safety standard for personal robots that is expected to be approved later this year, the ministry for the economy, trade and industry said.
The metal-and-plastic exoskeleton has become the first nursing-care robot certified under the draft standard, a ministry official said.
Battery-powered HAL, which detects muscle impulses to anticipate and support the user's body movements, is designed to help the elderly with mobility or help hospital or nursing carers to lift patients.
Cyberdyne, based in Tsukuba, northeast of Tokyo, has so far leased some 330 suits to 150 hospitals, welfare and other facilities in Japan since 2010, at 178,000 yen ($1,950) per suit per year.
"It is very significant that Japan has obtained this certification before others in the world," said Yoshiyuki Sankai, the head of Cyberdyne.
The company is unrelated to the firm of the same name responsible for the cyborg assassin played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1984 film "The Terminator".
"This is a first step forward for Japan, the great robot nation, to send our message to the world about robots of the future," said Sankai, who is also a professor at Tsukuba University.
A different version of HAL -- coincidentally the name of the evil supercomputer in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" -- has been developed for workers who need to wear heavy radiation protection as part of the clean-up at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.