Thursday July 16th

Big shootout in Jersey City, NJ leaves several cops wounded, two suspects room temperature.

Five police officers and two suspects were hit in a wild shootout in the area of Bergen Avenue and Reed Street on Thursday morning. A total of eight officers were injured. One police officer was shot in the face. Another was shot in the neck and chest. Another was shot in the arm. The officers are expected to survive.

Toddler figures out a terrific way to scare the crap out of his family members.

A toddler who drove his battery-powered toy truck into a river survived by clinging to it as he was swept almost eight miles downstream. Demetrius Jones, who turned 3 yesterday, was rescued from swirling 10ft deep water, insisting that he wanted to get back on his “boat”. “He had told his parents that he had made his truck into a boat and rode down the river,” said Anita Neudorf, his grandmother.

Anchorage Alaska police officer arrested on suspicion of sexual assaults going back to 2006.

A decorated Anchorage Police Department officer has been charged with sexually assaulting six women over the past three years, police chief Rob Heun announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Officer Anthony Rollins, a 13-year veteran of the department, faces 10 charges of sexual assault. He’s accused of raping or forcing various sex acts on women he encountered while on patrol.

Ridiculous news of the day award goes to this story.

Youths who are caught putting their litter in rubbish bins are being handed £5 rewards just for doing the right thing. Council officers are handing the cash incentives to youths in the hope that it encourages other teens to dispose of their litter correctly. Teenagers are rewarded with instant prizes like cinema tickets or £5 shopping vouchers by mystery litter spotters who patrol Ramsey College school routes in Halstead, Essex.

37 year old eighth grade teacher arrested for send nasty pictures of herself to young boy. After seeing her picture I would be upset if she did that to me too.

Eighth-grade science teacher Connie Beth Klewer sports a wide, friendly grin in the faculty photo posted on the Web page for the Lebanon Middle School. Not so in the jailhouse mugshot snapped last week. The 37-year-old is being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child. Obscene photos found on a teenage boy’s cell phone July 9 grabbed the attention of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, according to a search warrant filed Monday in the county courthouse.

Should police officers caught speeding by enforcement cameras have their citations dismissed?

The four Montgomery County police officers who won’t have to pay their speed camera tickets are undermining the public’s opinion of the police department and the speed camera program, elected officials said. “This is a small group of officers who are refusing to pay when it appears they should have to,” said Council President Phil Andrews, D-Gaithersburg/Rockville. “The public is resentful when public employees are treated different than private citizens, unless there is a valid reason for the action.”

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Something tells me this guy won’t be getting a refund for a lousy cruising experience.

A cruise ship passenger was arrested Thursday for allegedly killing his wife during an argument in their cabin on a trip to Mexico, the FBI said. The man was arrested by FBI agents after the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation docked at its homeport in San Diego following a five-night cruise to Cabo San Lucas, authorities said. The identities of the couple were not immediately released. The man and his 55-year-old wife got into a dispute in their cabin on Tuesday evening and she was killed, according to Carnival Cruise Lines and FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth.

Ballsy 17 year old youngest to sail around the world solo.

Zac Sunderland, who left Marina del Rey 13 months ago with a bold ambition to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone, returned to complete that quest today at 10:30 a.m. Sunderland, 17, who was greeted offshore and escorted in by an armada of well-wishers aboard dozens of sailboats and fancy yachts, cleared the breakwater beneath a clearing sky and stepped ashore at Fisherman’s Village in bright sunshine.

Nine year old kid bucks big odds, nails hole in one during the very first round of golf he has ever played.

The odds of an average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,000 to 1. Some pros go their entire career without making one. The odds of a tour player making an ace are 3,000 to 1, according to Golf Digest. So how do you explain 9-year-old Andrew Neumann of Brentwood making a hole-in-one during the first round of golf in his life? “It was crazy,” said his father, Lee, who golfed with his son when he aced the 163-yard sixth hole at the Little Course on Conner Lane with a 5-wood on June 24.

Clearly, it was the dummy who was DRIVING!

A solo driver who drove onto the HOV lane with a mannequin as his extra passenger caused a four-car accident on the Northwest Freeway this morning. The driver, Michael Hooper, 54, rear-ended another vehicle, causing a chain reaction crash, according to officials with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which operates the HOV lanes.

Scott Peterson, the wife and baby killer sitting on CA’s death row, is asking the public for donations to help fund his appeal. Man, that takes some brass ones.

The Scott Peterson saga continues. The family of the Modesto man who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner, in 2002, is reaching out via the Internet, asking the public to help fund a pricey appeal, reports CBS5. In a blog on the Peterson family’s web site, they say money from the “state” (a.k.a California taxpayers) won’t be enough to cover the thousands they estimate it will cost to retain the services of attorney Cliff Gardner.

Blacks are the most obese racial group in the country. Study says lack of access to “more expensive, healthier food” one of the reasons.

Nearly 36 percent of black Americans are obese — much more than other major racial or ethnic groups — and that gap exists in most states, a new federal study finds. About 29 percent of Hispanics and 24 percent of whites are obese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Racial differences in obesity rates have been reported before, and health officials were not surprised to see larger proportions of blacks tipping the scales.

What is this stuff floating in the ocean off the coast of Alaska?

Something big and strange is floating through the Chukchi Sea between Wainwright and Barrow. Hunters from Wainwright first started noticing the stuff sometime probably early last week. It’s thick and dark and “gooey” and is drifting for miles in the cold Arctic waters, according to Gordon Brower with the North Slope Borough’s Planning and Community Services Department.

The Social Security Administration spent over $100,000 per attendee to get together at fancy pants Phoenix resort hotel.

A Social Security Administration motivational management conference held at a high-end Valley resort last week cost $700,000, the SSA told the ABC15 Investigators. Costs for the conference at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa included airfare, hotel entertainment, dancers, motivational speakers, and food, an administration official said. A spokesperson outside the SSA’s Phoenix office declined to comment.

Quote of the day.

Don’t let your opposition to the Recovery Act blind you to its results. Come see what I see everywhere I go: workers rehired, factories reopened, cops on the street, teachers in the classroom, progress toward getting our economy back on the move.

-Joe Biden, speaking about how well the “stimulus bill” is working around the country.

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