Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Naked Came The Stranger

Meet Natalie Peterson. The 23-year-old Utah woman was arrested yesterday afternoon when she showed up naked to take a shower in a stranger's home. According to cops, prior to Peterson wandering into the home in Roy, she had been in an argument at a relative's house. There, she stripped off her clothes and jumped into her '98 Ford Escort and drove off. A half mile away, Peterson walked into a house occupied by three young siblings, who she ordered to leave "her home." Peterson told the trio she was going to take a shower and headed for the basement. One of the occupants then called cops to report an intrusion by a naked woman. When Roy Police Department officers responded, they found Peterson barricaded in a bedroom and in a highly agitated state. Along with throwing items from the bedroom at police, Peterson urinated in her cupped hand and tossed it at cops. Peterson, apparently under the influence of drugs, was subdued and transported to a local hospital before being booked into the Weber County jail, where the below mug shot was snapped. She is facing a variety of misdemeanor charges, including criminal trespass, assaulting a police officer, and propelling a substance onto an officer.


Sunday, March 26, 2006

Man Sentenced for Shooting at Toy Plane

A man has been sentenced to six months' probation for shooting at his neighbor's radio-controlled model airplanes with a shotgun.

David Nuttle, 41, of Washtenaw County's Webster Township, pleaded guilty to one count of malicious destruction of property worth less than $200, a misdemeanor.

Judge Richard Conlin of 14-A District Court in Chelsea sentenced him Thursday to six months of probation and 50 hours of community service. Conlin also gave him a 20-day suspended jail sentence, deferred as long as Nuttle complies with the conditions of his probation, which includes no alcohol or drugs and no contact with the planes' owner.

Nuttle also must pay $154 restitution and $550 in fines and court fees.

Nuttle used a .410-gauge shotgun to shoot at the planes. He said his shots hit only one plane, causing two tiny holes in it. The plane he is paying for crashed when the child who was operating it lost control of it after being frightened by the shots, Nuttle said.

Nuttle told the judge he regretted his actions.

"I felt I was defending my family and my property from these airplanes, and I called police several times," he said. "But I made a bad decision that day and I realize that."

Nuttle told The Ann Arbor News after the hearing that the planes have been a nuisance to his family, scaring his children, spooking his chickens and causing his goats to faint from exhaustion.


Thursday, March 23, 2006

Briefcase, lunch, car keys, baby -- uh-oh

Commuters racing to catch the train typically forget things in the car -- keys, wallets, briefcases. But a baby daughter?

That's what happened Thursday just north of Washington, police say.

"Dad forgot baby was in the car, parked the car, got on the Metro," said Lucille Baur, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department.

"I don't know exactly when he got the memory flash, but he was in D.C. when it was the horrible defining moment, 'Oh my goodness, I think I've left my child back in my car,' " Baur said.

At that point, she said, Jonathan Sander got off the southbound train and onto a northbound one, returning to the Shady Grove Metrorail station about 12 miles north of Washington.

By that time, other commuters had noticed the 71/2-month-old girl in the back seat of the car, firefighters had opened the locked door and the child had been taken to a hospital as a precaution.

She was reunited there with her mother.

"Child Protective Services was comfortable with releasing the child back to the mom," said Baur. "We all believe that the child was not intentionally left in the car."

Sander, described as "terrified, embarrassed," was charged with leaving a child under 8 unattended in a car or building. He could face a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail.


Cross-Dressing Septuagenarian In Lewd Bust

The 72-year-old West Virginia man is due today in an Ohio court to face a misdemeanor public indecency charge. McGilton, you see, was arrested last Friday for an incident earlier this month at the public library in Bellaire. According to cops, a surveillance camera captured McGilton pleasuring himself while seated at a table in the library's mezzanine. And, yes, he was wearing a dress at the time. McGilton was similarly turned out when cops slapped on the bracelets last week, as can be seen in the mug shots. Along with a flowered skirt, earrings, and bouffant 'do, McGilton was wearing red heels when arrested (though the shoes are not visible in booking photos). A police incident report describes the 5' 11", 210-pound McGilton's "method of operation" as "sexual fetishist, wore wig."


Man's Toddler Son Wanders Into Strip Club

A Kansas man was arrested at a Tulsa strip club after police say his toddler son wandered from an unlocked car into the club over the weekend.

Christopher Greg Killion, 31, was arrested Saturday on a complaint of "encouraging a minor child to be in need of supervision." He posted $500 bond and was released from the Tulsa Jail.

The toddler told police that his father told him to stay in the car, and that if he left it, "monsters would eat him," reports indicate.

A manager at the club had called police to report that about 30 minutes after Killion entered the club, a 3- to 4-year-old boy came inside looking for his father.

Officers determined that the boy had been left alone in a car in the strip club's parking lot. The car was unlocked and parked about 20 feet from a four-lane street. It was raining and 45 degrees outside at the time, an officer noted in the police report.


Hair Salon Burglary Leads to Pot Bust

A burglary at a hair salon has led to charges against the salon's owner after police found more than 200 pounds of marijuana stored there.

Bowdon Police Chief Mark Brock was on routine patrol early Sunday when he came across a burglary in progress at the hair salon.

The suspects, identified as Howard Bernard Crane, 20, and Kareem Lee Evans, 33, were trying to steal the marijuana, which was being kept in a freezer chest at the salon, police said.

The salon's owner — who is also Howard Crane's sister — Erica Crane, 33, was also arrested.

West Georgia Drug Task Force Agent Mike Fritz said Howard Crane was trying to steal the drugs from his sister's shop with Evans' help.

The three have been charged with trafficking marijuana.


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

St. Pat's Whizzer Picks Wrong Potty

Meet Edward Cuebas. The 31-year-old Georgia man was arrested Friday afternoon for urinating in the gas tank of a marked Savannah police car during the city's rollicking St. Patrick's Day celebration. That's right, Cuebas, an Army captain, tried to top off the tank of a marked cruiser from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, according to the below incident report. When officers in a second vehicle spotted Cuebas pressed against the patrol car, they called him over to their car. He responded by running away, while "simultaneously placing his penis back in his pants." Cuebas was quickly apprehended and eventually charged with public indecency, criminal trespass, and interference with government property, all misdemeanors. Amazingly, he was not hit with any booze-related counts, though you have to figure Cuebas was a bit toasted when he approached that gaping gas cap.

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Man Killed Teen for Walking on Lawn

A man who neighbors say was devoted to his meticulously kept lawn was charged with murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy who apparently walked across his yard.

Charles Martin called 911 on Sunday afternoon, saying calmly: "I just killed a kid."

Police, who released the call's contents, said Martin also told the dispatcher: "I've been harassed by him and his parents for five years. Today just blew it up."

Larry Mugrage, whose family lived next door, was shot in the chest with a shotgun. The high school freshman was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Martin, 66, allegedly told police he had several times had problems with neighbors walking on his lawn. He remained jailed without bond Monday. His jailers said no attorney was listed for him.

Neighbors said Martin lived alone quietly, often sitting in front of his one-story home with its neat lawn, well-trimmed shrubbery and flag pole with U.S. and Navy flags flying.

Joanne Ritchie, 46, said Mugrage was known as "a good kid," but she always also considered Martin to be friendly.

Union Township is near Batavia, about 20 miles east of Cincinnati.


Saturday, March 18, 2006

Idiots of the Day - 3/18/06

Two Men Arrested After Mistaken 911 Call

Two men were jailed on arson complaints after one of them hit the wrong button on a cell phone, giving 911 dispatchers an account of a plot to set a vehicle on fire.

Enid police Capt. Jim Nivison said from that call, 911 dispatchers and a shift supervisor listened for nearly four hours to the two Enid natives as they drove across town, first planning to steal an acquaintance's car, then deciding to build an incendiary device out of a light bulb to burn the car up.

"It's all on tape; we've got the whole thing," Nivison said. "They made some pretty dumb statements. One of the males said. 'It's gonna burn, will they be able to get fingerprints?' and 'I've got the lighter, Dude. Let's go.' "

Johnny Ray Miller, 48, was arrested on complaints of third-degree arson and transporting an incendiary device. Robert A. Patterson, 24, was arrested on complaints of third-degree arson and manufacturing an incendiary device. Both also were jailed on conspiracy complaints.


Man Tries to Buy Condoms With Fake $100

A 23-year-old man was arrested after he tried to buy condoms and cologne with a fake $100 bill, authorities said.

Christopher Leigh Smith was charged with attempting to use a counterfeit bill to purchase the items at a Walgreens Drug Store, Florida Today reported Thursday.

The clerk suspected the bill was fake and stalled Smith until police arrived, a spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police Department said. "He told them that he knew it was fake and that he had gotten it from an unknown man," said spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez.

Police found no evidence that Smith had produced the bill himself, she said.

Smith is being held Brevard County Jail on a $1,000 bond. The case has also been referred to the U.S. Secret Service, which routinely handles cases involving counterfeit bills.


Thursday, March 16, 2006

Car veers onto sidewalk, kills teacher

A car veered onto a sidewalk Wednesday, killing a teacher and injuring seven young students. The driver told police the crash happened when a passenger grabbed the steering wheel during an argument.

The students, whose ages ranged from 10 to 13, had just left a nearby school when the car barreled onto the sidewalk about 3 p.m., said police Lt. Chris Maddox. All seven children were taken to hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately available.

Police couldn't immediately locate the passenger and were trying to verify the account of the driver, who was detained for questioning.

A witness said he was leaving work in the suburb just southwest of Los Angeles, California, when he heard screeching tires. He said a woman he believed to be the driver tried to leave the scene but he stopped her.

"I looked across the street and I saw bodies flying, and the car literally pivoted around and came to a stop," Tennyson Collins told KCAL-TV.

Collins said the a woman climbed out the driver's side window and began to run. He said he chased her.

"At first she said, 'I wasn't the driver.' And I said, 'You were in the car. You need to come back as a witness,' " Collins said.

The woman told Collins she couldn't go back.

"She said she had a 2-year-old child, and she was going to jail and was really scared," Collins said.

Police identified the teacher as a woman who worked at Turning Point School, a private school that enrolls students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

A distraught woman who answered the phone at the school declined to identify the teacher or discuss the accident.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Now THERE'S a couple that knows how to fight!

A Mexican couple were recovering separately after a marital spat got out of control and saw them firing guns, throwing knives and hurling homemade bombs, Mexican daily Milenio said on Monday.

In scenes taken straight out of hit romantic comedy "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Juan Espinosa and Irma Contreras fought until their house blew up in a homemade gasoline bomb explosion, Milenio said.

Police called to the home in the indigenous Mayan Indian town of Oxkutzcab in the southeastern state of Yucatan arrested Espinosa. Contreras was taken to hospital with third-degree burns.

A local police official confirmed the report but declined to provide further information.

In the violence-filled movie about the fictional Smiths, Pitt and Jolie play married assassins ordered to kill each other.

Espinosa told reporters he was glad his wife had suffered burns, while Contreras said she was only sorry she had not "hacked off his manhood" during the fight.


Monday, March 13, 2006

Woman Sells Ad Rights to Pregnancy on eBay

If the human body is the last frontier for advertising space, then St. Louis resident Asia Francis is helping chart new territory — the big, pregnant belly.

Francis, 21, auctioned off the advertising rights to her pregnancy on eBay. The winning bid of $1,000 went to a California Internet company, giving it exclusive rights to temporarily tattoo its brand-name on Francis's belly and broadcast the birth of her daughter live on the Internet. The baby is due any day.

The concept of a human billboard is hardly new.

Twenty-one year old Andrew Fischer of Omaha, Neb., earned more than $37,000 last year by bearing a corporate logo on his forehead for a month. Michele Hutchison of Lanhorne, Pa., auctioned ad rights for her baby's clothing on eBay last year, seeking $1,000 for a months' lease.

For big companies, the idea is simple. Do something outrageous or strange, grab some media attention and cut through the clutter of advertising messages that bombards consumers.

"It's a well-held theory in the advertising industry that the average person on the street receives up to 3,000 branded messages a day," said Floyd Hayes, whose New York advertising firm, Cunning Communications, specializes in media stunts.

The pregnant belly is prime real estate for auction because its likely to get people talking, Hayes said.

"If they were to buy the free coverage they will receive for this, it would cost them many times more the fee they paid the person," he said.


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Woman applied eye-shadow as she drove

North Wales police couldn't believe their eyes when a camera at a notorious accident blackspot caught a woman driver using both hands to put on her make-up.

Donna Maddock, 22, was filmed as she drove along the A499, one of the country's most dangerous roads. She held a mirror in her left hand and an eye pencil in her right, leaving the steering wheel to itself.

On Wednesday, she was fined 200 pounds with 55 pounds costs and had six penalty points added to her driving licence after admitting careless driving at Pwllheli magistrates court.

"A car is a dangerous lump of metal in the wrong hands. You need to be in control at all times, and Miss Maddock's actions beggars belief," said Inspector Essi Ahari in a statement.

A police spokeswoman said the camera had been set up because of the large numbers of collisions and deaths on that stretch of road.

"It is to catch speeding drivers. But when officers saw the film of her applying her makeup it was also obvious that she was committing a careless act," she said.


Man Accused of Making 2,623 Obscene Calls

Authorities arrested a man accused of making thousands of harassing and obscene calls to random cell phone numbers in at least eight counties.

James R. Hood, 43, was charged with one count of compelling prostitution, or offering money for sex. He posted bond and was released from the Coshocton County jail, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

Hood was arrested earlier this week following a joint investigation by sheriff's deputies in Coshocton and Licking counties. Hood lives in the Licking County town of Granville, about 25 miles east of Columbus.

Hood's phone records show he made 2,623 calls in 20 days, "all basically obscene in nature," Coshocton County deputy Brent McKee said.

The calls were made between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said.

Hood will either have a preliminary hearing this month or the case will be presented to a grand jury, Coshocton County Prosecutor Robert Batchelor said.

A stipulation of Hood's bond was that he can't use a telephone, cell phone or the Internet, McKee said.


Toilet Paper Dispute Overflows Into Fight

An argument over toilet paper overflowed into a fight, sending one motel maid to the hospital and another to jail.

The maids at the Siesta Motor Lodge in North Charleston armed themselves with a plunger and mop after accusing each other of taking toilet paper from each other's cleaning carts, North Charleston police said.

Deloris Smith, 47, is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. A magistrate set her bail Friday at $5,000.

The argument began about 9:40 a.m. Thursday in the motel's laundry room. The 52-year-old maid wounded in the scuffle said Smith grabbed a mop and hit her on the arms. She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Smith said she was defending herself from her co-worker's plunger.


Masked Man Tells Bank: 'Just Kidding'

A man wearing a ski mask walked into a bank and demanded money, then told tellers, "just kidding," authorities said.

Ryan Wright, 20, surrendered to police Monday night, said Sgt. Mark Hanson, a Williston police detective. Wright was formally charged Tuesday.

Judge David Nelson set his bail at $1,000 and ordered Wright to stay away from alcohol and bars. A preliminary hearing was set for March 21, court officials said.

"He never showed a weapon, but the tellers got quite scared and concerned and thought the worst," Hanson said.

No customers were in the bank at the time of the Feb. 17 incident, he said. Wright then went about his banking business, taking some money from his checking account and then leaving.

If convicted, Wright faces up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

"You don't walk into a bank with a ski mask and say 'Give me all your money,'" Hanson said. "It's just like going on an airplane and saying you have a bomb."


Deputy Shoots Himself at Firearms Exercise

A Wood County sheriff's deputy who is a firearms instructor accidentally shot himself in the leg during a live firearms exercise at a police firing range.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident, which occurred Tuesday night at the firing range near the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.

Deputy Jeff Hamric was returning his gun to its holster after firing it when the weapon discharged, Sheriff Ken Merritt said.

"It discharged, the bullet went through the bottom of his calf, bounced off the bone and lodged in his ankle," Merritt said.

Merritt said it was not clear whether proper steps had been taken to secure the weapon.

Hamric remained hospitalized Wednesday at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg.


Fire Chief Caught On The Lamb

If our mail is any indication, many of you are very interested in the case of the Arizona man who was arrested this weekend after being found in a neighbor's barn with his pants down and a gray lamb at his side. Leroy Johnson, a deputy chief with the Mesa Fire Department, was nabbed shortly after the neighbor's teenage daughter watched him drag the animal into the family barn Saturday afternoon. When later confronted, the 52-year-old Johnson, who apparently had been drinking, told the neighbor (who has the improbable name of Alan Goats), "You caught me Alan, I tried to fuck your sheep." We'll let you explore all the gory details yourself, via a (too) detailed Maricopa County Sheriff's Office report. Johnson, seen up top in a booking photo, was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and public sexual indecency. Along with releasing its report on the incident, the sheriff's office provided TSG with evidence photos of the poor lamb--who is pictured below--and the alleged scene of the crime. We'll excuse ourselves now. We have to shower.


Friday, March 03, 2006

Fugitive dad leaves sick son on dialysis

A Kentucky prisoner who duped authorities and his family into believing he intended to donate a kidney to his ailing son may have escaped to Mexico with his girlfriend, federal authorities said.

"It is a solid lead," Deputy U.S. Marshal Dawn Izgarjan told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday.

The possible breakthrough came after a couple saw a report on CNN about Byron Perkins and his fugitive girlfriend while at the Phoenix, Arizona, airport, recognized the pair and called authorities.

The couple reportedly told authorities they had spent time with Perkins and the woman, Lee Ann Howard, in a fishing village near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, earlier in the week. Authorities consider Perkins armed and dangerous.

"They described the tattoo that was on the gentleman's chest that was identified with Byron Perkins as being an identifying mark," Deputy U.S. Marshal Chuck Gilbert said.

The couple reportedly said the two went by the name Perkins and that the woman used insulin.

Authorities said Howard is a diabetic.

The couple also said the two had books on regions of Mexico and that the man "seemed to know a lot" about the country, Izgarjan said.

In January, a judge allowed Perkins to leave jail, where he'd been awaiting sentencing for a gun and drug conviction, for medical tests before his son's surgery. Perkins' conviction carries a minimum jail term of 25 years.

Izgarjan, who was in the courtroom when Perkins asked to be released, said he had convinced everyone of his sincerity.

"He was crying. He was just literally begging the judge," Izgarjan said. "He told the judge, 'My son is going to die if I don't give him this kidney. He's so sick right now.' "

Perkins, who had served seven years for bank robbery, even left behind a letter promising he would "come through" for his son Destin, 16, who needs dialysis.

The judge approved the release on a $10,000 unsecured bond, which did not require Perkins to put up any money.

Perkins was allowed to stay at his mother's house and report to a probation officer.

Izgarjan said he returned to custody four days after his release for initial tests. "When he was released a second time [for more tests], I don't think any of us believed that he would have done this," she said.

"You know he ran," said Destin's mother, Angela Hammond. "It doesn't say much about his feelings for Destin."

Perkins was not wearing a tracking ankle bracelet because doctors told the court it would have interfered with medical tests.

He did not report back to authorities and has been missing for more than a month.

Authorities said the policies that allowed for Perkins' release are under review.

Howard is wanted on charges of firearms violations, drug trafficking and drug possession, and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.


Thursday, March 02, 2006

Idiots of the Day - 3/2/06

Thief Threatens To Use AIDS Syringe During Robbery

A thief threatened to stab a clerk with a syringe he says was filled with the AIDS virus at a Blockbuster store in Dilworth.

Police say when a clerk tried to stop a man from stealing a bag filled with Playstation Two and X-Box games, the man turned around and threatened to stab the clerk with the syringe.

The store was full of customers at the time.

Officers say that technically this is considered armed robbery.

The thief got away with three shelves worth of video games.

Witnesses say the thief was a thin white man with shabby hair and wore a baseball cap.


Man Arrested After Driving Into North Side Home

One man is under arrest after driving into the side of a building Thursday.

Police said the driver of a car somehow lost control on the North Side around 8:30 a.m.

He then ran over a gas meter along Reddour Street and ran into the side of a house.

Officers said the gas meter did not break.

The driver's name is not being released.


Woman Fakes Death To Avoid Paying Traffic Tickets

An investigation concluded that a Des Moines woman faked her own death to avoid paying traffic tickets.

Polk County investigators said Kimberly Du, 36, faked her own obituary and forged a letter telling a Polk County, Iowa, judge she was dead. Du is spending time in the Polk County Jail in connection with a forgery charge.

Court documents show that Du tried to avoid paying several tickets by sending a letter to the courthouse. The letter is allegedly signed by Du's mother and said Du died on Dec. 5, according to court documents.

Investigators said the information submitted include a phony obituary made to look like a page from The Des Moines Register's Web site that said Du died in car accident, and her mother's signature was forged.

Du's mother said she didn't write or sign the letter. It's a case that leaves a legal expert scratching his head.

"The state still has to convince a jury of 12, but faking your own death is not a good idea," said Bob Rigg, of the Drake Law Clinic.

The case began to unravel when investigators said Du was stopped for another traffic ticket in January, which was a month after the obituary was dated.

The probe began at the county courthouse.

"If she did it, she now faces a felony instead of a misdemeanor," Rigg said.

He said that she probably she didn't think about the fact that she was getting out of simple misdemeanors by committing a class D felony, and going from a $500 fine to a five-year prison term.

Du now faces more trouble than before.

The Polk County Attorney's Office could not comment about the case except to say it has never seen anyone try it before.


Teen Dumps Mercury On Girls Leaving School

Two female students had to be decontaminated Wednesday after a teenager dumped liquid mercury on them, KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo., reported.

The girls were leaving William Chrisman High School in Independence when a teenage boy in a car poured the mercury into their hands, the station reported.

The girls ran into the school for help. A teacher put the mercury into a test tube and the girls were cleaned off.

Classes had been dismissed for the day, but eight teachers had to be checked for contamination.

"This is a strange situation for us. It's certainly something we do not plan on or prepare for. The girls had enough information to know mercury is a serious substance, so they contained it to their hands and walked it into a science classroom," Superintendent Jim Hinson said.

Several hours later, police found a mason jar containing two pounds of mercury inside a truck in the 5400 block of Bennington Avenue in Kansas City.

Independence police told the television station that a teenager who attends William Chrisman is responsible.

He was picked up for questioning, but he was not arrested.

Police said it is not illegal to possess mercury.


Woman Steals Police SUV; Chase Ensues

A woman being questioned in a stolen-vehicle case drove off in a deputy's black-and-white SUV in a Lancaster-area community Thursday and led authorities on a two-hour chase before being arrested.

The woman, believed to be in her 20s, is expected to face charges of grand theft and evading arrest, said sheriff's Sgt. Paul Patterson of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

The SUV was stolen about 9:20 a.m. in Littlerock when the deputy left the engine running, he said.

Patterson said a decision by a deputy on whether to turn off the engine of a patrol vehicle "depends on the circumstances."

After the woman drove off, authorities followed her on the ground and via a helicopter, speaking with her on the patrol vehicle's radio, Patterson said. The woman drove in a circuitous route on surface streets in Lancaster.

About an hour into the chase, deputies deployed a spike strip that shredded the left rear tire of the four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Deputy Oscar Butao said that the woman was unstable and crying. She was screaming into the vehicle's communications radio and had asked to contact her boyfriend and mother, he said.

Investigators were able to talk to the woman and calm her down, Patterson said.

About 11:15 a.m., the woman drove slowly around a corner in a residential area and stopped. Suddenly, law enforcement officers with guns drawn surrounded the SUV and pulled her out. The arrest occurred near 13th Street West and Ivesbrook Street, Patterson said.

The chase was covered live on several television stations via helicopter crews. No injuries were reported, Patterson said.

The woman's name was not immediately released.


Teens Place Bomb In McDonald's Toilet

Two 15-year-old boys have been placed under arrest, on suspicion of blowing up a toilet in a restroom at a Carmel Valley fast food restaurant.

The Torrey Pines High School sophomores are accused of placing a bomb made from an aerosol can in a toilet at a McDonald's in the 3500 block of Del Mar Heights Road around 4 p.m. on Friday.

The toilet was destroyed, and the smoke and dust kicked up by the explosion damaged the exhaust system and an adjoining bathroom, San Diego fire Capt. Paul O'Brien said Wednesday.

The blast caused about $1,000 damage, but no one was injured, he said.

A 7-year-old boy who was washing his hands when the bomb went off ran out of the bathroom screaming, O'Brien said.

"We had some witness statements that gave us information (about the suspects) but the McDonald's up there has digital video cameras," O'Brien said. "We took the video to the high school."

One of the boys admitted his involvement to his parents, who called authorities, said O'Brien, a member of the Metro Arson Strike Team.

"This is a situation where they actually created an improvised explosive device -- which you've heard a lot about in Iraq -- bringing substances together to make a bomb," the captain said.

The boy washing his hands might have been hurt if he was any closer, O'Brien said.

The boys were booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of exploding a destructive device, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.

Asked why they did it, "They said they were bored and wanted something to do," O'Brien told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Following the blast at the Del Mar Heights Road McDonald's, an explosion heavily damaged the restrooms at a McDonald's on Rancho Bernardo Road about 6 p.m. Friday, causing no injuries. That homemade bomb also is believed to have been built with an aerosol can.


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Man charged with leaving child at Waffle House

Police accused a DeKalb man of leaving his 5-year-old daughter at a Waffle House in the middle of the night and then concocting a carjacking story to explain his absence.

The child was unharmed.

DeKalb police Officer Herschel Grangent said a customer at the Waffle House on Lawrenceville Highway near I-285 played with the child until police arrived about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said the child's father turned up outside a Wal-Mart in Gwinnett County. A DeKalb police statement said 24-year-old Antoine Kelley, who listed an address near North DeKalb Mall, told Gwinnett officers he was carjacked and kidnapped when he stepped outside the Waffle House to go to his vehicle and then was freed in Gwinnett.

But DeKalb police suspect Kelley drove to Gwinnett to engage in a drug deal, Grangent said.

Kelley was jailed on charges of making false statements, cruelty to children and falsely reporting a crime.