Man blames mushrooms for home break-in

LIVINGSTON (AP) — A Park County man pleaded guilty to three felonies for breaking into a house in March 2011, but told District Judge Nels Swandal his memory of the event is blurred due to the hallucinogenic mushrooms he ingested.

The Livingston Enterprise reports 28-year-old Garrett Douglas Genescritti pleaded guilty Monday to burglary, criminal mischief and assault on a minor after a woman reported a man barged into her house, took of his clothes and threatened to gouge out the eyes of her 3-year-old son.

Court records say the woman called 911 and her husband before fleeing the house.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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Man who swung light sabers at Portland Toys R Us gets jail

A 33-year-old man who struck customers with light sabers at the Toys R Us at Hayden Island has been sentenced to 45 days jail and possible mental-health treatment.

David Allen Canterbury told Judge Kenneth Walker that he is already seeking mental-health treatment. Canterbury also apologized to his victims.

Portland police said Canterbury swung the Star Wars sabers — one in each hand — at three customers on Dec. 14 at about 9:50 p.m. at the store at 1800 Jantzen Beach Center. He then carried the light sabers outside the store and swung at police. Officers tried to use a Taser to subdue him, but Canterbury successfully deflected one of the wires away.

Police eventually wrestled him to the ground before taking him into custody.

Today in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Canterbury pleaded no contest to fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest. The judge dismissed charges of interfering with a police officer, theft and disorderly conduct. The judge also sentenced Canterbury to two years of probation and a mental-health evaluation that could call for treatment.

Canterbury has been banned from Toys R Us. The judge did not give him additional time for violating the terms of his probation for a previous heroin-possession conviction.

 

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Boloco takes to social media to solve weekend robbery

The popular restaurant chain Boloco is hoping burrito lovers make good crime solvers as it takes to YouTube and Facebook to help solve a recent robbery at its Boylston Street location.

The Boylston Street restaurant located near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Berklee College of Music was robbed early Saturday morning by three men who pried open the door with a crow bar and fled with the restaurant’s safe, as shown on security camera footage.

One man attempted to break the security camera with a sledgehammer, but was unsuccessful, allowing Boloco’s social media team to take the video to the restaurant’s fans and surrounding community.

“$1000 cash reward for information that leads to apprehension of these 3 individuals who broke in and robbed our Boloco Berklee location last night less than 30 minutes after our team locked the doors. We added music to the video (because that’s what we do), but it was haunting even without it,” Boloco’s Facebook status, with video, reads.

As of Monday morning, three Facebook posts related to the robbery have received more than 100 comments, and the YouTube video has been viewed 3,740 since Saturday.

“I think it’s the right thing to do–get the community involved and maybe someone can see something,” Brian Keith, general manager of the Boylston Street store, said in a phone interview. “We’re always doing things a little different.”

There have been no breaks in the case yet, but Boston Police are watching security footage from various sources and talking to neighboring businesses, according Keith.

Keith could not comment on the amount of money taken from the restaurant, but said his greatest concern was how soon after the staff left that the robbery occurred.

The restaurant closes at 2 a.m. and the staff members usually leave by 3 a.m. Friday was a busy night and employees stayed as late as 3:15 to 3:30 a.m., said Keith. Security footage shows the three men entering the restaurant at 3:42 a.m.

“That was the toughest thing to see…had someone forgotten something or come back in it could have been really scary situation,” Keith said.

 

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Obamacar For Sale: President’s 2005 Chrysler On Auction Block For $1 Million

If you think the price for Obamacare is too high, wait until you see what they want for the “Obamacar.”

A car that once belonged to Barack Obama — a 2005 Chrysler 300C — is now on the auction block, and the minimum bid is $1 million.

The president put nearly 19,000 miles on it before trading it in for a more fuel-efficient 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid.

Now, the current owner, Illinois resident Tim O’Boyle, is selling the sedan on eBay and is hoping to hit the jackpot when the auction ends at 11:51 p.m. EST on Feb. 1.

The current Kelley Blue Book worth of the car is around $14,346, but Time.com says vehicles of this type and condition have sold for as much as $19,142.

Still, $1 million is a steep price in any kind of economy and, so far, there have been no bids, and some memorabilia experts don’t expect any.

Brian Chanes of Profiles In History, a Los Angeles-based specialist in historical artifacts, says the car might be worth $1 million if something historical happened in it, but doubts it’s worth that much except to a true Obama fan.

“I’d say $100,000 is a fairer bet if the person selling it hopes to profit,” Chanes told HuffPost Weird News. “If all the proceeds were going to charity, people are more liberal about throwing money at something.”

However, Lisa Czibor, who is representing O’Boyle in the sale, believes the fact the car was driven by a future president justifies the high price tag, especially since other cars driven by world leaders have also sold for high prices. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 1977 Peugeot sold for $2.5 million, Politico.com reported.

Although Chanes doubts the “Obamacar” is worth a million, he does believe “Obamarabilia” will be valuable in coming decades because of his unique position in American history as the first African-American president.

“Oh yeah, and this is true, regardless of what your politics are,” he said.

 

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Wyoming 19-year-old fined $200 for doughnut theft

A Northwest College soccer player was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting for allegedly eating a single doughnut inside of Blair’s Market in November and leaving without paying for it, sources have confirmed.

Midfielder Zach O’Dell, 19, was at the grocery Nov. 28 with friends when around 5:40 p.m. a store manager allegedly saw him consume the confectionery and authorities were alerted.

On Wednesday Jan 25. Sandra Kitchen, a city attorney in Powell, informed the Trail that there will be no trial. Prosecution has been deferred and the defendant has agreed to terms.

Included in the terms O’Dell has agreed to are a $200 fine in addition to $10 in court costs.

Restitution in the amount of $0.79, the approximate cost of the doughnut, is also to be paid to Blair’s Market.

“I’ve deferred the prosecution and at the end of six months the charge will be dismissed fully if he has not been in any more trouble related to larceny or theft,” Kitchen said.

Powell Police Officer Cody Bradley responded to the business in the 300 block of West Coulter Avenue and Police Chief Roy Eckerdt said this week that O’Dell confessed to eating a doughnut.

Sources tell the Trail O’Dell attempted to pay for the doughnut after being contacted by store personnel and claimed it was an oversight in forgetting to pay.

The group allegedly paid for other items at a register.

Regardless, Blair’s owner said this week that the store has a zero tolerance policy regarding theft.

“Policy is policy,” owner Brent Foulger told the Trail Tuesday. “Paid for is OK; not paid for is shoplifting.”

Foulger’s son Kyle Foulger, who alerted authorities about the alleged shoplifting, agreed with his father about the need for consequences.

“There is no gray area; it’s either paid for or not paid for,” he said.

A former employee at Blair’s who worked there for several years said he agreed with the decision to charge O’Dell because the grocer had experienced several thefts over the years, particularly by college-age customers.

Chief Eckerdt said shoplifting calls were common at stores in Powell and he defended the citation in this case and denied it was an attempt to set an example.

“We do get a lot of shoplifting calls; I guess the thing you have to take to keep all this in perspective is that a store like Blair’s is open 360 some odd days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – what does that shrinkage, the common term for the store’s loss – cost them in a year?” Eckerdt said.

“I think it’s ridiculous that the store and police are pursuing this,” Scott Kondrad, a resident adviser in Lewis and Clark and president of the campus criminal justice club said. “He was willing to pay it back at the store and it was an innocent mistake blown out of proportion.”

Eckerdt addressed the question raised by individuals like Kondrad.

“The officer is not the victim in the case and [if] the elements of the crime have been met, what do we tell a victim, ‘No we’re not going to help you?’ You’re not a victim,” Eckerdt said. “I think that’s part of the problem, that people are looking at this as a victimless crime. And if that’s the case, its not [true]. We are all the victims of this crime. As a result of shoplifting and damaging property in the stores we all bear the brunt of that. It creates prices that go up, the store loses money; someone has to make that up somewhere.”

O’Dell, who has been studying criminal justice, declined to comment to the Trail.

 

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Toledo woman accused of trying to rob store with curling iron


TOLEDO –Toledo police say a woman and her son tried to rob a West Toledo Liberty Tax Service with a curling iron.

It happened Thursday just before 7pm at the Liberty Tax on Monroe Street.,

According to the police report, 41-year-old Sonia Watson and her son walked into the business with cloths over their faces.  But when they realized there were customers inside they pulled down the cloths.

The report states, once the customers left, the bumbling bandits covered their faces again and the tried to hold up the place using a curling iron.

Investigators say once workers realized what was going on they refused to hand over the cash and threw a chair and plastic bottle at the crooks.,

Watson and her son were able to get the cash drawer before taking off.  The perps were identified pretty easily, Watson had been in the same liberty tax recently to have her taxes done.  They are still on the run.

Teen eats nothing but McNuggets for 15 years

Even if you’ve never had a McNugget, you could be guilty of eating a high sodium diet.

Imagine eating nothing but salt-filled McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. For 15 years. That’s exactly what Stacey Irvine, a 17-year-old factory worker from England did—and it just may kill her. But before you write this story off as just plain crazy, do you know how much salt you’re taking in? And what it’s doing to your health?

As reported by the Daily Mail, when Stacey Irvine’s mother first took her to a McDonald’s restaurant 15 years ago and bought her some Chicken McNuggets, it was love at first bite. Since then, the British teen has eaten almost nothing but Chicken McNuggets. A diet like this not only lacks vital nutrients, it also serves up a dangerous amount of salt. A 10-piece order of Chicken McNuggets packs in 900 milligrams (mg) of sodium, more than half the sodium you should have in a single day.

A McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets every now and then won’t hurt you. But a 10-piece order packs in more than half the sodium you should have in a single day.

Irvine recently collapsed at work, and was rushed to the hospital struggling to breathe. She’s home now, but the amount of salt she’s been eating means she’ll need to clean up her diet faster than a McDonald’s employee turns around an order at the drive thru window.  All that salt can lead to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, particularly as she ages.

“The food industry creates a preference for very salty foods with the high salt content of their products, then creates products to satisfy that preference, and it becomes a feedback loop,” says David Katz, MD, founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.

While most people aren’t surprised to hear that a high-sodium diet raises blood pressure, most Americans would be downright shocked if they knew how much salt they really eat. The US government recommends that adults should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day, about two-thirds of a teaspoon. The average American really takes in 3,436 mg a day—more than double the recommendation.

Before you reassure yourself that you’re fine—after all, you banned the salt shaker from your table long ago—it turns out the biggest culprits are processed and packaged foods. The vast majority of salt, 80% or more, is already in processed and pre-prepared foods,” says Marion Nestle, PhD, professor of nutrition at New York University.

Here’s just how fast the salt can add up on a typical day:

Breakfast: 1 whole grain bagel (490 mg) with 2 Tbsp fat-free cream cheese (211 mg) and 6 oz yogurt (95 mg)

Snack: 2 Tbsp peanut butter (147 mg) on 6 wheat crackers (194 mg)

Lunch: Sandwich with 2 slices low-salt turkey (432 mg), 1 slice American cheese (266 mg), and 2 tsp mustard (114 mg) in a flour tortilla (490 mg) with 1 dill pickle spear (306 mg) and 1c vegetable soup (960 mg)

Snack: 1 wheat pita (340 mg) with 2 Tbsp hummus (114 mg)

Dinner: ½ c pasta (4 mg) with ½ c jarred tomato sauce (480 mg) and 2 meatballs (232 mg), 1 slice garlic bread (400 mg), and salad with reduced fat ranch dressing (336 mg)

Dessert: Homemade apple crisp (495 mg) with ½ c vanilla ice cream (53 mg) and 2 Tbsp caramel sauce (60 mg)

The grand total: 6,219 mg, more than quadruple the daily recommended amount.

So even if you’ve never touched a McNugget, you can still quickly eat more sodium than you should. And all that salt doesn’t only hurt your heart and your waistline.  An emerging body of research has also linked excessive sodium intake to cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, dementia, sleep apnea, and kidney disease.

Scary stuff. But what’s even scarier is that it’s not easy to kick the salt habit: Chances are, you’re addicted to the stuff. Your body only needs about 500 mg of sodium a day to maintain the right balance of fluids, transmit nerve impulses, and move your muscles. When you eat far more than that—as most of us clearly do—your brain chemistry is altered. Research shows that salt actually triggers the release of the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine, which makes salty foods as addictive as nicotine and alcohol.

And just like with any addiction, eating salty foods makes your body crave more. In other words, the more Chicken McNuggets you have, the more you crave them. No matter what the cost.

 

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