Weird News 1/22/17
Weird news of the week 1/22/17
REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO — A young Ohio mother is facing a felony charge after a Facebook video emerged of her taping her toddler son to the wall, police say.
Reynoldsburg police have reportedly identified the mother as Shayla Rudolph, 18. Officers arrested her on Thursday.
In the video, the child can be seen stuck to the wall with clear packing tape for about 15 minutes, while the mother can be heard saying: “You got the best mommy in the whole world,” later adding: “Don’t make me put more tape up there. Now sit still, you can see the TV from there, you’ll be all right.”
“You can’t clean without them running around, tearing up? Tape them to the wall,” Rudolph says in the video, while she appears to be cooking dinner. “You can’t cook or none of that because they running around? Tape them to the wall.”
Investigators were notified of the video after a concerned viewer saw the suspect post the video live to her Facebook account on January 1, and alerted TV station WSYX.
Rudolph is facing a felony charge because the child’s liberty was restrained, authorities say.
The child was taken into the custody of Franklin County Children’s Services and was expected to be placed with family members, police said.
Is that a celebrity’s name trending? Did a famous person get arrested? Maybe, maybe not. Check out these suspected criminals who sound familiar!
It’s weird to think of those two hanging out, but even weirder when you remember that they’re both deceased. Afterlife pot party?
When Arizona troopers pulled a vehicle over for a traffic violation, they didn’t expect anything resembling what they fund. Over the course of the stop, officers said they “observed indicators” of activity that wasn’t exactly legal. It’s not clear from reports what said activity happened to be, but it was enough for them to call in a K-9 unit. The K-9 officers went over the vehicle, and got a hit on an equipment- and tool-box. Inside that box they found five large bags of marijuana, weighing a combined 114 pounds. The estimated street value was $69,000. Three suspects, all from Albuquerque, were arrested: 19-year-old Tupac Crum, 21-year-old Robin Williams, and Erick Harris. [WTAE] [New York Post]Was Patrick Dempsey Charged With Murder In Oakland?
Many were surprised to see the name of the suspect accused of shooting a 27-year-old man in Oakland over the summer. Patrick Dempsey was arrested and charged with the murder of Spencer Reboredo in July of this year. Dempsey was apprehended just two blocks from where Reboredo was shot and killed after a reported fight over a car. Dempsey was also charged with possessing a firearm as a felon. This isn’t, however, 50-year-old Patrick Dempsey of Grey’s Anatomy fame. This Patrick Dempsey, 39, remains in the Santa Rita Jail without bail awaiting his next court appearance. [Fugitive Watch]
Is Pablo Escobar Stealing From Little Girls In Queens?
The late, legendary drug kingpin Pablo Escobar wouldn’t be so desperate as to snatch a gold chain from around the neck of a four-year-old girl, would he? However, 22-year-old Pablo Escobar of Queens proved himself the lamest 2.0 version of any infamous criminal we’ve seen to date. This Escobar was spotted in security video below appearing to even bend down to the toddler’s level to talk with her before snatching the chain from her neck and running off. His rap sheet is long, and would be small potatoes to the infamous Escobar. Escobar was finally arrested for this theft a few weeks later on September 30. He was convicted on third-degree felony grand larceny, and remains in the custody of the New York City Department of Corrections. [New York Daily News]
Vladimir Putin Busted in a Palm Beach Publix?
While many around the world would like to put Vladimir Putin behind bars, this isn’t the answer to their prayers. This Vladimir Putin is a resident of West Palm Beach, Florida. In August 2016, Florida’s Putin was arrested after he began screaming at the employees of a local Publix supermarket. When the store managers tried to get him to leave, Putin refused. He later told police that he had missed his ride. When police asked for his name, he reportedly refused to give it. Putin was charged with resisting/obstructing an officer without violence.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A man tried to set himself on fire outside of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., to protest what he called the president-elect’s lack of “respect” for the U.S. Constitution.
Police said they were called to the hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, just a few blocks from the White House, on Tuesday night following a report of a person in distress.
The unidentified 45-year-old man, reportedly from California, told News4’s Shomari Stone that he self-immolated using a lighter and accelerant “to protest the fact that we elected somebody who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States.”
The Trump International Hotel opened in October and is on the inaugural parade route Donald Trump will take Friday as he makes his way from the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol to his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
According to The Washington Post, the man was taken to a hospital with what were described as third-degree burns on about 10 percent of his body.
We couldn’t help but notice a recent surge in crimes of the avian variety. We’re not sure what’s going on with our feathered friends, but let’s hope none of them are Hitchcock fans!
Suspected Spy In India Is A Real Stool Pigeon
Indian authorities believe they intercepted a spy in their midst, this one hiding in plain sight. The spy in question was a pigeon. Yes, you read that right, a pigeon. The bird was busted in October after authorities found a note tied to its foot intended for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to reports, the note had been written in Urdu, and said, “Modiji, we are not the same as we were in 1971 — Jaish-e-Mohammad.” The pigeon, determined to be a female, is reportedly being kept in a cage in the local police station. It was subjected to X-ray testing to ensure that it was not carrying anything other than the note. The bird is being fed, but has had some of its feathers clipped to keep it from flying back to Pakistan (or wherever it came from, as authorities have not been able to prove it came from Pakistan). “We don’t know how long the pigeon will stay in the police station. Residents are flocking to the police station to see the intruder,” a police source said. [The Independent (UK)]
Australian Police Surprised At Who Left The Bag Of Meth
Police in Western Australia were surprised when a bag of methamphetamine appeared on the floor of a gas station, until they checked the CCTV footage. Had someone dropped it getting out of a car? Had it fallen out of a pocket when a person grabbed their keys? No. Their jaws dropped when they watched the video as a crow fished the bag of drugs out of the rubbish bin, dropping it on the ground before flying off. Authorities are still searching for the person responsible for putting the bag into the garbage, but we suspect this crow might need to find some legal eagles. [The Telegraph]
Owner Of Three Stolen Exotic Birds Hoping The Third Will Be Returned Soon
The owner of a Canadian aviary is grateful for the return of two out of three exotic birds that were stolen from the aviary in December. Two of the birds, a red front macaw and a white umbrella cockatoo, were left on a local street, one by the curb and one in the middle of the road, still in their cages. Fortunately, they were found by humans and taken in from the chill. When the man who found them saw an article in the paper about the theft, he knew he had two of the birds and called authorities. A white bellied caique (like the one above) is still missing. According to reports, the caique can be identified by a band on its leg that bears the letters TRU. If anyone has any information on the theft or encounters the bird, please contact Crime Stoppers at (519) 351-8477. [Chatham Daily News]
A couple in Pinecrest, Florida, is hoping that the video from their doorbell camera will help police catch the robbers who stole the family’s feathered friends. According to reports, one of them left the house at 9:30 A.M, while the other left at 10:30 A.M. The doorbell camera caught the burglars checking to see if anyone was home at 10:55 A.M. that morning. When nobody answered, they proceeded around to the back of the house and cut their way through a metal gate to gain access. They reportedly rummaged through the garage until they found the couple’s birds. Four birds in three cages were reported stolen: one lovebird, one finch, and two Lady Gouldian Finch birds. The men can be seen in the first 20 to 30 seconds of this video, checking the door before they head around to the back of the home. If you recognize these men, please call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS. [WPLG]
Smuggler Busted Trying To Bring 30 Swiftlet Nests Into U.S. From Vietnam For Stew?
A traveler was stopped on his way into Houston in October when authorities found six bags of bird nests stashed in his luggage, among a box of herbs. The nests are illegal to bring into the country, as they can spread foreign viruses, pests we are not prepared for, and even bird flu.
It is believed that the nests were bring brought in to be used in a very specialized stew that is believed by some followers of Eastern medicine to rejuvenate the immune system and bring back the libido. The bird’s-nest soup is said to be one of the most expensive foods in the world. The smuggler was only fined $300, which we suspect will not be much of a deterrent when a pound of the nests can be sold for well over a thousand dollars overseas. [Dallas News]Canadian Father Arrested In Delaware After Allowing Teen Daughter To Bait And Kill Protected Seagulls
Christian Lesieur and his teenage daughter were visiting Rehoboth Beach back in October when police had to be called in for the daughter’s antics. Police received multiple complaints of a girl chasing seagulls with a shovel. When they arrived, they discovered the girl had been placing food into a hole in the sand as bait for the birds. When they landed, she would swing at them with a plastic shovel. Unfortunately, she had apparently taken one victim before police arrived. Authorities found a dead seagull that had been thrown in the trash by Lesieur, the girl’s father. One witness told police that he had tried to tell Lesieur that the girl shouldn’t be trying to hit the gulls, but Lesieur had just laughed at him. When police spoke to him, Lesieur was drinking an alcoholic beverage. He even made jokes about the situation while he was in police custody. The girl was in tears over her father being jailed, but police said that he just made comments about her spending the night in jail as well, which just made her even more distraught. In Delaware, all species of gull are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Lesieur was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child and released on $500 bail. The girl was given a written warning the Delaware fish and wildlife enforcement officers. [The News Journal]
Man With Very Unusual Choice Of Headwear Caught Stealing Racing Pigeons
We’re not quite sure how this thief got into the El Viejo Lazaro Botanica in Miami with the bucket on his head, but he was caught on video in the back of the store in the room where many cages of expensive racing pigeons are kept. The thief was wearing what appears to be a garbage bag to hide his shirt. He can be seen rummaging around from cage to cage, apparently picking the birds he wants to steal before shoving them all (40 in total) into one cage. He then managed to climb over a gate with the birds, and was faced with the new challenge of getting back over the fence with his ill-gotten bird booty. Watch the video from Inside Edition to see how he managed to clear that one. [Inside Edition]
Birds of Prey In Scotland Snatching Underwear From Swimmers To Line Their Nests
Red kites nesting on an estate at Angus Glens in Scotland have reportedly been snatching underwear from swimmers at a local swimming hole. Officials from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds discovered the nicked knickers when they investigated the nest in order to ring and record four new hatchlings over the summer. According to the estate’s gamekeeper, it’s the second year in a row that the kites have been found to have taken undergarments from swimmers. Whatever is causing the birds to steal the skivvies, officials say it’s working for the breeding pair. Last year the kites only had two chicks. This year, they had four little ones.