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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Today's Idiot
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.
Gregory: (unintelligible)
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.
Posted by: Korora || 02/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Go answer the door. They've got a prize for you."
"A cheeseburger!!?"
"No, a nice pair of bracelets."
Posted by: Muggsy Mussolini1226 || 02/28/2013 11:23 Comments || Top||

#2  I do so love the rare Korora Post.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/28/2013 16:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Looks like he got New Castle and White Castle mixed up, doodz.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/28/2013 16:23 Comments || Top||

Rapist-killer, girlfriend unmask each other
[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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Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Islamabad...which sort of explains a lot.

But then it could have been Hollywood as well... they are into things like that. Or even Washington DC when things get slow in the Senate.
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823 || 02/28/2013 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Serial Child murderers always seem to be a man and women "team".
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/28/2013 9:54 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Al-Azhar cracks down scholars forging credentials
[Egypt Independent] Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb said Wednesday that the religious institution is cracking down on teachers guilty of forging Al-Azhar accreditation and contracts.

According to an ongoing investigation, 350 teachers have been found guilty of faking documents to get employment within Al-Azhar or its educational institutes so far.

After questioning, the teachers were referred to Public Prosecution to be charged formally.

Some of the fraudulent contracts were not stamped or signed, while others had provided fake documentation of their past work and accreditation or had dodged military service.
Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [389 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Africa Subsaharan
Peacekeeper Shot as DR Congo Militia Battles Troops
[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.
Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [400 views] Top|| File under:

Dennis Rodman: Kim Jong Un is a 'friend for life'
Posted by: tipper || 02/28/2013 15:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [504 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You certainly deserve one another.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/28/2013 16:16 Comments || Top||

#2  It occurs to me that the Hated Confederacy only had some 3 million or so slaves at the time of the Civil War, but the current population of North Korea is some 24,451,285.

Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/28/2013 16:50 Comments || Top||

#3  What's Rodman care if the world's got problems
What's Rodman care if the land's not free.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/28/2013 16:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Good. Go live with him then, you waste of skin.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/28/2013 17:50 Comments || Top||

#5  well Hey ... Pudgy finally got one signature in his autograph book that came from outside N. Korea.
Posted by: Raider || 02/28/2013 18:09 Comments || Top||

#6  In a Hennessy drinking contest Kim-Jong-il and Dennis Rodman would likely tie at 12 bottles each.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/28/2013 18:15 Comments || Top||

#7  He hit his new "friend" up for money yet?
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/28/2013 21:18 Comments || Top||

Down Under
Jail threat over Muslim burqa
[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.
Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [503 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Finally, some sense.
Not much, but some.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/28/2013 9:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Please explain why it is legal to drive at all, with one's field of vision so restricted?
Posted by: mom || 02/28/2013 16:16 Comments || Top||

#3  They oughta be hell on wheels in women's fencing.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/28/2013 16:21 Comments || Top||

U.S. economy grew 0.1% in fourth quarter
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/28/2013 09:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1146 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Woohoo!! We are growing now!!!
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/28/2013 9:48 Comments || Top||

#2  And that appears to be the annualized rate, so it's even more blah still.
Posted by: charger || 02/28/2013 11:27 Comments || Top||

#3  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 || 02/28/2013 11:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Time for the Fed to take the punchbowl away before things get TOO overheated!!!
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 02/28/2013 12:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Gee, right up until November all the economic news was good...
Posted by: Iblis || 02/28/2013 13:39 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Dino Shomomp7692 || 02/28/2013 15:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Some things are destined designed to fail from their inception.

Posted by: junkiron || 02/28/2013 18:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Good lord, junkiron. That is distressingly creative.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/28/2013 21:21 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Imagine Reading Rantburg on a Heads-Up Display on your Glasses
Brin sees Google glasses hitting market this year

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.

A video intended to capture what it feels like to use Glass was online at googlecom/glass/start/..

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/28/2013 02:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1516 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Glasses don't fix the problem he's pretending to fix.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/28/2013 8:17 Comments || Top||

#2  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: JohnQC || 02/28/2013 8:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Data (Of Star Trek) LIVES.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/28/2013 9:01 Comments || Top||

#4  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.
Posted by: KBK || 02/28/2013 9:28 Comments || Top||

#5  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.
Posted by: junkiron || 02/28/2013 10:21 Comments || Top||

#6  DS & TP anytime, anywhere? Sounds good.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/28/2013 10:25 Comments || Top||

#7  Imagine Reading Rantburg on a Heads-Up Display on your Glasses

Probably not a good idea resulting in a lot of coffee being spewed across the cubical/lunch table at work.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/28/2013 11:04 Comments || Top||

#8  Does it come with an Opti-Grab?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/28/2013 11:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Oh sorry... I wasn't leering at you I was -er- reading GolfBravoUSMC's Good Morning comment!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/28/2013 13:00 Comments || Top||

#10  But but but.... Men Who Bathe love Google Glasses !

Posted by: junkiron || 02/28/2013 14:15 Comments || Top||

#11  LOL, your best and worst so far JI.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/28/2013 16:22 Comments || Top||

#12  This is going to be most excellent for them that want to google and drive........
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 02/28/2013 21:55 Comments || Top||

Japan Robot Suit Gets Global Safety Certificate
[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.
Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah-h-h riiight, dats what dey ALL say!

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/28/2013 1:34 Comments || Top||

#2  And a SUPER Army suit.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/28/2013 9:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Cyberdyne, eh?
Either someone is really funny, or not the least bit funny at all.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/28/2013 9:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Joint venture with the UK's milsat comms system?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/28/2013 9:43 Comments || Top||

#5  They should call the suit for Fukashima the HEV suit...

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/28/2013 9:45 Comments || Top||

#6  "Whadda ya mean, no built-in machine guns? What kind of cheap-jack super-suit is this?"
Posted by: Muggsy Mussolini1226 || 02/28/2013 11:25 Comments || Top||

#7  Piece of crap.
I want the one with super-duper neodymium magnets that can leap over a tall building....etc, etc, etc.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 02/28/2013 12:57 Comments || Top||

#8  I wonder how well it would work for people who are crippled? I have a buddy who lost the use of his legs in a motorcycle accident. I wonder if it would help him?
Posted by: Secret Master || 02/28/2013 16:39 Comments || Top||

#9  The hell with a suit like that.

Where are my Elementals?!?!?!?

Posted by: DarthVader || 02/28/2013 18:42 Comments || Top||

#10  Unfortunately, a look at the picture makes me doubt that, SM. It looks more like a leg brace - I expect you'd need the use of your legs for it to work.

But that's just a guess.
Posted by: Barbara || 02/28/2013 18:48 Comments || Top||

#11  I think you're right Barbara. Too bad. It would be great to see my friend walk again - and a hell of a lot of other people as well. Maybe in a few years, who can say?
Posted by: Secret Master || 02/28/2013 21:36 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Indonesian mum kills son over penis size
An Indonesian woman has drowned her nine-year-old son in the bath, claiming she was worried that his "small penis" would affect his prospects for the future, police say.

The 38-year-old woman from Jakarta told police her son had had a small penis prior to being circumcised, but that it appeared to shrink further after the operation, police spokesman Rikwanto told AFP.

"She told police investigators that she killed him as he would have a bleak future with his small penis," Rikwanto said.

"She drowned her son in a bathtub filled with water. She then dressed him and laid him on a bed. After that, she went to a nearby police office to report her crime."

Rikwanto said the woman was fully conscious of what she had done, but police ordered a psychological test to assess her mental condition.

Posted by: tipper || 02/28/2013 05:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...then she should be taken in front of a firing squad and shot.
Posted by: Raj || 02/28/2013 7:34 Comments || Top||

#2  No problem with that Raj, but I'm betting the police psychologist finds issues...
Posted by: Steve White || 02/28/2013 7:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Boy howdy, am I glad she wasn't MY mom....
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 02/28/2013 8:15 Comments || Top||

#4  She should (At the least) Be "Fixed," and any other children Institutionalized.

It gets shorter and longer as needs be.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/28/2013 9:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Hey!
I thought we all agreed size doesn't matter!!!!!
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 02/28/2013 9:12 Comments || Top||

#6  I came here to find out if she thought it was too long or too short. Who can tell with these people?

I'm reminded of the old joke with the punch line, "Aw, Maw, I only pulled out enough to win."
Posted by: KBK || 02/28/2013 9:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Meanwhile, Indonesian police officers were keeping their pants firmly zipped up :-)
Posted by: Raider || 02/28/2013 18:11 Comments || Top||

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  Syrian Rebels Say They Killed Hezbollah Deputy Chief
Wed 2013-02-27
  Syria Rebels Push into Police Academy as Jets Strike
Tue 2013-02-26
  Over 50 killed in battle for Syria police academy
Mon 2013-02-25
  Taliban suicide bombers hit Afghan cities, Kabul attack foiled
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