Posts Tagged ‘Crime’

June 19th, 2024 - 10:41 pm § in Law and Courts

A Washington county wants to send their criminals to you

Some public officials in Mason County, Washington, want to get rid of their petty criminals by sending them to their neighbors. Under a proposed county ordinance, people arrested for crimes like public drunkenness, malicious mischief, and theft would have the charges dropped in exchange for leaving [...]

June 19th, 2024 - 6:01 pm § in Law and Courts

Why cops shoot suspects in vehicles

There are many examples of police opening fire on vehicles when a suspect tries to flee. It’s not to keep the suspect from escaping. Behind these shootings is the fact cops consider a moving car a deadly weapon. They’ll shoot the driver if a cop is being dragged or threatened with being [...]

June 18th, 2024 - 10:20 pm § in Business, Misc.

Shooting at customers is bad service

I haven’t been at a McDonalds drive-through in years, but I suppose workers sometimes fill orders incorrectly. That’s apparently what happened at a McDonalds in Lakeland, Florida, prompting an argument between a worker and two customers. It quickly escalated. The worker threw a drink at [...]

June 18th, 2024 - 3:12 pm § in Law and Courts

How great a risk is home title theft?

A few such cases have made news recently, notably a high-profile attempted theft of Elvis Presley’s former home, a tourist attraction owned by his granddaughter. It’s something that gives property owners the willies, and computer technology enabling crooks to create very realistic-lookin[...]

June 16th, 2024 - 3:21 pm § in Law and Courts

A psychiatric patient took the fall for a killer cop

A very confused psychiatric patient spent 43 years in prison for a murder committed by a cop. The only evidence against her was a string of rambling, incoherent, and frequently changing confessions, ultimately coerced by threatening her with the death penalty. Absolutely nothing tied her to the cr[...]

June 15th, 2024 - 11:47 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism, Republicans

Racist punches Bellingham boy

Republicans deny racism exists. In June 2023, the Atlantic said, “One of the core beliefs that binds the modern GOP coalition is rejection of the idea that minorities and women face structural bias in American society” (see story here). In January 2024, GOP candidates Nikki Haley and Ro[...]

June 12th, 2024 - 10:42 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

FBI arrests racist plotting mass shooting to start race war

Mark Prieto, 58, of Prescott, Arizona, would later tell cops he wasn’t serious when he told an FBI informant at a gun show that he wanted to incite a race war before the 2024 election by shooting up an Atlanta rap concert. Nobody should believe that. When somebody tells strangers he’s tr[...]

June 9th, 2024 - 11:06 pm § in Misc.

Policing in Brazil (video)

What it’s like to do police work in Sao Paulo’s slums. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

June 8th, 2024 - 9:29 pm § in Law and Courts

Pizzeria owner guilty of forced labor

In Boston, the gulag may be as close as the corner pizza shop. Stavros Papantoniadis (photo, left), 48, owner of a pizza chain, was convicted of forced labor on Friday, June 7, 2024 (details here). According to a Boston legal aid office, he hired illegal immigrants and used threats, intimidation, an[...]

June 8th, 2024 - 4:13 pm § in Law and Courts, Misc.

Bicycle rage

This incident happened on Sunday, June 2, 2024, in Wyoming, Michigan, a city of 76,500 people in Kent County (read story here). I’ve encountered aggressive cyclists, probably we all have, and problems are especially likely to arise on foot paths where bicycle and pedestrian traffic mingle. But[...]