Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Man flags down cops, gets busted for pot

A man who flagged down a police cruiser for a ride to "a house on the hill" was charged with possession of marijuana. Daniel Paul Steinbach, 19, was standing in the middle of the road waving his arms at a police car Saturday night.

When officer Chad Christian stopped, Steinbach appeared unsteady on his feet and asked for a ride "to a house on the hill."

"I asked him what house, and he just replied 'A house on the hill,'" Christian said in his report.

Christian asked Steinbach if he was taking any medication, and, according to the report, the young man said he had been smoking marijuana.

The officer searched Steinbach's pockets and found about an ounce of marijuana and $75, the report states.

Steinbach was charged with public intoxication and possession of marijuana for resale, a felony punishable by one to two years in prison.

He was released Sunday from the Hawkins County Jail after posting bail and is scheduled for arraignment in general sessions court Oct. 4.


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Angry Man Punches 79-Year-Old Man For Driving Too Slow

Authorities say Bluffton police have been looking for an irritated driver they say took out his road rage on a 79-year-old Beaufort County man.

The victim says he was driving under the 45 miles-per-hour speed limit on U.S. 278 Tuesday when a man in a dark green van pulled up behind him and started honking his horn.

The van's driver followed the older man into a parking lot, jumped out of his van, yelled at him and then punched him in the face.

The assailant then jumped back into his van and sped away.

Authorities say the suspect could face a charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.


Man threatens bikers, gets hit with car

An alleged drunken motorist who brandished a pool cue while driving at a group of motorcyclists was hit by his own car after he attempted to approach the bikers on foot, authorities said.

Richard Brooks, 50, of Concord, was pulled to safety by the motorcyclists after his car — which he left in reverse — knocked him into the highway on Thursday, said Officer Scott Yox of the California Highway Patrol.

Brooks, who was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence, told authorities he was offended by skeletons some of the riders wore on their leather Harley-Davidson jackets and what he perceived as their attempts to appear tough.

"It was his impression that they thought they were better than him," Yox said. "They were irritating to him and he felt he needed to do something about it."

Yox said authorities had no evidence the riders instigated the incident. "Instead of mocking him for going after them, they perhaps set their own safety aside to reach over and rescue him from a position of danger," he said.

Brooks, who was treated at a hospital for cuts and scrapes, remained jailed Friday in lieu of $30,000 bail.


Women arrested after bizarre sex sting

A police sting took an odd turn when an officer pretending to be a john met a suspected prostitute pretending to be an officer.

Police spokesman Sgt. Tom Connellan said here's what happened Thursday:

A male undercover officer driving in a neighborhood known for prostitution was flagged down by a woman. The woman got in his car and they went to a nearby parking lot to negotiate a price for sex.

She asked the officer if he was a cop and he said no.

"That's OK, because I am," the woman said as she pulled out handcuffs and a two-way radio. She barked into the radio: "Move in!"

The officer, concerned the woman was armed and looking to rob him, forced her from the car. Moments later, officers who had been monitoring the situation arrived and grabbed Greene and her radio.

A male officer pretending to be female used the radio to find out who was on the other end. That person was waiting in a car in a nearby alley.

Police charged Lisa Greene, 31, with first-degree criminal impersonation, prostitution and fifth-degree conspiracy. Elena Irwin, 20, was charged with fifth-degree conspiracy and possession of a hypodermic needle.

"We believe these people were going to rob people or extort money," Connellan said.

He did not know if they had successfully used the scam in the past.


Man strolling with pot plants busted

Aaron Janssen made it way too easy. Janssen, 36, was arrested on marijuana charges Thursday, after he was spotted taking a leisurely stroll through downtown, carrying his recently harvested pot plants.

Polk County Chief Deputy Mark Burdock said he did a double-take when he looked out his office window at the county jail and saw Janssen walking down the sidewalk, carrying his freshly harvested crop.

"I look out the window ... , and I see him walking north carrying a green leafy substance, all pulled up by its roots," Burdock said. "He was carrying it like you'd carry a bundle of presents. It was tall enough where he was looking over the top of them, and he's just walking like nothing's going on."

Burdock said he went outside and yelled at Janssen, who walked right over to him, still carrying the plants.

Janssen said the plants were part of his marijuana grown near the Des Moines River, but wouldn't say exactly where, Burdock said.

Deputies also found two two-pound bags of processed marijuana strapped to each of Janssen's legs, and a third wrapped in a sweater.

Burdock said the marijuana had an estimated street value of about $2,000.


Thursday, September 14, 2006

Jealous girlfriend held in murder plot

Heather Michelle Kane was booked for investigation of conspiracy to commit murder.

A 22-year-old woman was arrested after authorities say she tried to hire someone to kill another woman whose photo appeared on her boyfriend's Web page.

Heather Michelle Kane was booked Tuesday for investigation of conspiracy to commit murder, Mesa Detective Jerry Gissel said.

She was arrested after she met an undercover Mesa police detective at a grocery store, gave the officer $400 and offered to pay an additional $100 once the woman had been killed, according to court records.

The records say Kane gave the undercover officer photographs taken from her boyfriend's social networking Web page of the woman she wanted killed.

She also requested a photo of the woman's dead body.

It wasn't clear if the boyfriend and the targeted woman were romantically involved, Gissel said.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Mom admits rewarding son, 13, with pot

A woman facing drug charges admitted in court that she smoked marijuana with her 13-year-old son, often to reward him for doing his homework.

Amanda Lynn Livelsberger, 30, pleaded guilty to several misdemeanor drug charges Monday in Adams County court.

She admitted she had been smoking marijuana with her son since he was 11 and said she had also smoked with two of his friends, ages 17 and 18.

Livelsberger pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of corruption of minors, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small of amount of marijuana.

She will be sentenced on November 27.