Monday June 29th

It’s the maximum. 150 years in prison for mega thief Bernie Madoff.

Historic swindler Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison Monday for a fraud so extensive that the judge said he needed to send a symbolic message to potential imitators and to victims who demanded harsh punishment. Scattered applause and whoops broke out in the crowded Manhattan courtroom after U.S. District Judge Denny Chin issued the maximum sentence to the 71-year-old defendant, who said he lives “in a tormented state now, knowing all the pain and suffering I’ve created.”

Good Samaritan running to aid another motorist involved in wreck plunges 50 feet to his death.

Police say a New York man running to the aid of another motorist fell to his death from a bridge, apparently because he didn’t know there was a large gap between lanes. State police say 44-year-old Kevin Ryan, of Mount Kisco, was traveling on Route 23 in the town of Catskill, 30 miles south of Albany, around 10:45 p.m. Sunday when he noticed a vehicle overturned in the opposite lane.

Great Britain, how’s that government run health care working out for you folks again?

Zak Rizvi, aged 11 months, was admitted to hospital shivering and slipping in and out of consciousness when he was admitted to hospital. But parents Shamila and Zeshan Rizvi say the youngser was X-rayed, given paracetamol and sent home. Now Manchester’s Trafford General Hospital has launched an investigation into whether his death could have been prevented.

Car wreck results in man being ejected from vehicle and winding up on roof of nearby house.

A man ended up on the roof of a house after being ejected from a car in Greene County early Saturday morning. The crash happened just outside Jamestown at around 1:30 a.m. at old U.S. 35 and state Route 734 when a car flipped and one of the victims was thrown 50 or 60 feet and landed on the roof of a nearby house, police said.

Papa John pizza founder looking for his ’72 Camaro and is willing to pay $250,000 for it.

“Papa” John Schnatter is looking to make someone the ultimate doughgirl or doughboy. The pizza company founder has increased the award to find his original ’72 Z28 Camaro to $250,000.

Little boy visiting his father for the summer was reportedly severely beaten by the man on Father’s Day. He was taken off life support today and passes away.

A 7-year-old boy allegedly beaten unconscious by his father was taken off life support this morning and pronounced dead. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported Nathaniel Turner was removed from a ventilator shortly after midnight at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

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Father lures his son home from college then tries to kill him after wiping out the rest of the family.

A college student who was wounded in a shooting that killed his mother and brother told police his father lured him to the family’s house in southwest Virginia. The father later killed himself, authorities said. Timothy Carter, 22, remained in fair condition Monday at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Frantic 911 call then gunshots. Divorcing couple found dead inside home, two girls unharmed.

Two children were found inside a Vernon home that was the scene of a murder-suicide Monday morning, police said. Vernon police said they received a 911 call just before midnight from a woman reporting a domestic dispute at a Gerald Drive home. They said the caller said there were two children inside the home.

Illegal drugs showing up on the streets in the shape of cartoon characters.

Drugs shaped like Snoopy, Transformers and President Barack Obama’s head recently showed up on Kansas City area streets, adding to a trend that worries police and health experts. Colorful Ecstasy pills started showing up last year shaped as Homer and Bart Simpson, Ninja Turtles and other characters.

This is one hell of a way to wake up at 5:30 in the morning, especially on a Sunday.

A couple discovered a man they did not know shot to death in the bathroom of their southwest Houston apartment early Sunday, authorities said. The couple were asleep at their apartment in the 5800 block of Fondren when around 5:30 a.m., they awoke to the sound of gunfire and saw two men running out of their apartment, said Houston Police Department spokesman Jodi Silva.

Thief breaks car window and the only thing they swipe is the owner’s bible.

Jessica Scott was empty handed as she headed out for church in Denton, Texas on Sunday morning. The driver’s side window of her Saturn was shattered early Friday morning, but thieves didn’t take the car radio, CD’s or change in the center console. Instead, they took a Bible from the bottom of a stack of books.

Stolen identity brings in over $15,000 for thieving woman.

In a brazen example of identity theft, a woman walked into three Wachovia banks in Cherokee County and used counter checks to withdraw $15,500 from a Florida woman’s account. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released security camera photos of the suspect, hoping someone will recognize her.

Man driving home from work happens upon roadway wreck and stops to assist the mortally injured victim. He quickly discovers he was trying to save his own son’s life.

A Good Samaritan stopped to help at a road crash – and was horrified to find that the victim was his dying teenage son. Guy Marshall, 53, had no idea that his youngest son Thomas, 18, was tragically involved in the motorbike smash until he got out of his car.

Mad searches for Michael Jackson info after his death cause Google servers to freak out thinking an attack was under way.

A DELUGE of search queries for Michael Jackson led Google News to initially believe it was under attack, the internet giant says. Google said that “millions and millions” of people around the world begin searching for news about the pop star as reports emerged about his hospitalization and death.

Woman finally gets her wallet back….40 years after she lost it.

Wallets… They’re something we hope are always right where we like them — in our pockets or purses. They can get pretty beat up. But, losing one can be a nightmare. Meet the woman who finally has hers back…. 40 years after she lost it. “Apparently I went to a lot of ice fishing contests,” Katherine Geissler says amused as she pages through her billfold. It brings back some old memories of different Chippewa Valley. “I was in a little tiny bar in downtown Chippewa Falls,” Katherine says.

Parking structure collapses in Atlanta smashing flat several vehicles.

Part of a parking deck collapsed in Midtown Atlanta Monday, sending cars crashing to the bottom of the structure. “I was driving in the parking deck and I saw the deck collapsing. I saw concrete and cars falling,” said Matt Jones. Jones told that he jumped out of his vehicle and ran into a nearby stairwell.

Florida woman who purchased Vietnam era bracelet with inscription of soldier’s name lost in 1969 tracks down man’s mother and sends the memento to her.

All these years, Florida resident Joan Doolin kept the MIA bracelet and its inscription tucked away in a jewelry box: “Spec5 Rick Medaris. 11/4/69.” But at age 75, Doolin is tidying up the loose ends of her life. She wanted it back where it belongs. With help and a few phone calls, she located the mother of a Jenison soldier who disappeared on a helicopter flight over Vietnam nearly 40 years ago.

Preliminary reports indicate Billy Mays suffered from heart disease severe enough that it could have caused his death.

A medical examiner in Tampa Monday said that “heart disease certainly capable of causing the sudden death” of TV pitchman Billy Mays. Hillsborough County medical examiner Dr. Vernard Adamas said that the coroner’s officer was were withholding cause of death until all tests are done, which will take about 6 to 8 weeks.

Quote of the day.

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.

-Sir William Osler

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