Weird news 1/31/16
Weird news of the week.
Antonio Cortes, 32, was just sitting there, eating an early lunch with a couple of friends in a local Gloucester, UK, pub, when he heard the hero’s call.
Before anyone realized what was happening, Cortes, a trained Thai boxer, leapt to his feet and ran outside — following the screams of a 54-year-old woman who was being robbed at the Co-Op bank. Cortes quickly ran to the woman’s aid, where, with help from other locals, Cortes was able to chase down the suspect.
He grabbed the 54-year-old man and hauled him back to the scene of the crime, where he reportedly wrestled the suspect to the ground and held him there until police arrived.
The victim suffered undisclosed neck injuries, and was treated at the scene. The suspect remains in custody.
Cortes happened to have donned the Superman costume that morning because he works with the British charity Give A Smile UK. The charity works within the local community to improve the lives of disabled children and disadvantaged families, and Cortes was working on a fundraiser that morning. Well done!
An Oregon cop lost a $180,000 lawsuit after he was caught on tape kicking a nonviolent motorist during a traffic stop.
The Daily Beast reported it when dashcam footage showed Oregon State Police Captain Rob Edwards ramming motorcycist Justin Wilkens — who was reportedly speeding at 100 miles per hour — with his squad car. Edwards not only exited the vehicle with his weapon drawn but kicked Wilkens in the chest after he asked, “What did I do?”
The victim sustained a broken clavicle and a fractured rib, among other injuries, according to the New York Daily News. And what was Edwards’ justification? That he was “frustrated.” The Captain also testified that his actions were in line with police training and policy.
The biker won an excessive force settlement, as the federal jury determined that ramming his motorcycle was negligent on Edwards’ part. However, the jury also found that his rights weren’t violated by the state trooper. The Daily Beast also mentioned that the court ruled that the 41-year-old didn’t suffer any harm from having a gun pointed at him.
A nunchuck-wielding woman was arrested for allegedly attacking her husband after he refused to have sex with her.
While the hubby was watching TV in the living room, Sondra Earle-Kelly of Rock Hill, South Carolina reportedly came in the room and asked him to get frisky with her, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Things grew violent when he declined. The victim told police that the 51-year-old woman “kept coming at him, assaulting him with whatever she could pick up,” the police report stated. Kelly — who had possibly taken Xanax that night — then allegedly picked up the nunchucks and struck him about the head and face.
In addition to sustaining defensive wounds on his arms, the husband reportedly answered the door with blood all over him. Police then entered the ransacked house, which had blood on the walls.
Though Kelly bared wounds, cops suspected they were self-inflicted. After being taken to the emergency room, she was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Jail records showed that she was released on Monday on a $15,000 bond.
A mother from Portsmouth, Va. is under arrest after police say she allegedly knocked out the assistant principal because of a matter that concerned her child.
WAVY says that 43-year-old Tracy Lawrence headed into Lakeview Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a situation involving one of her children. The report says she has three kids ranging in age from 10 – 16.
While meeting with Lakeview Assistant Principal Sylvia Hodges-Melvin, Lawrence reportedly learned that her young son had been disruptive in class. According to the report, Hodges-Melvin was showing Lawrence a video clip of it when the mom began to lose her cool.
Lawrence reportedly told the administrator, “How would you feel if I mushed your head?”
Apparently things did not go well after that, because Lawrence is accused of slapping the assistant principal so hard, she was knocked unconscious for a brief period. Eyewitnesses told authorities that Lawrence continued to be disorderly before she stormed out.
A school police resource officer responded to the office, but Lawrence was nowhere to be found on the property. WAVY says that officer had to go to Lawrence’s home, where he arrested her for assault and battery and disorderly conduct. She appeared before a judge where she said she collects disability. Lawrence reportedly posted a $10,000 bond and was ordered not to have any contact with anyone behind the school’s walls.
A Puerto Rican poker enthusiast was able to play one final hand…while embalmed at a funeral home.
Decked out in sunglasses and a Yankees cap, the deceased Henry Rosario Martinez sat at a poker table alongside family.
“His father asked us if we could do this. We fulfilled their wishes,” Jose Mendelez, director of the Eternal Light Funeral Home in Barceloneta said, according to KTVU.
The 31-year-old man died unexpectedly on Jan. 19 and enjoyed the pastime. Though this is believed to be the first time this type of, er, ceremony was carried out in Barceloneta, Mendelez says similar things have been done elsewhere on the island.
“I want him to be remembered as a happy person because he was always like that,” Martinez’ mother Sonia Martine commented, UPI reported.
While Martinez also enjoyed the occasional slots, the family opted to see him off with a game of poker instead.
Leland Ayala-Doliente and Holland Sward were just trying to get from Las Vegas to Bozeman, Montana, accompanied by 20 pounds of marijuana and a pitbull they were reportedly transporting to its owner. They were also partaking in some of that pot during their little roadtrip, as stoners with weeds and wheels are wont to do – but as soon as they crossed the Idaho border, paranoia kicked in.
Convinced that they were being followed by undercover police officers, Ayala-Dolitente finally decided to just go ahead and call 911 himself, asking the local cops to “just get on with this whole thing.”
Ayala-Dolitente and Sward pulled their car into a parking lot and waited, and when the police finally arrived, they found 20 pounds of pot inside a dog cage that the two had generously placed outside on the sidewalk. You know, to make it as easy as possible to confiscate. The cops also found $567 in cash inside the car. Police later told reporters that the two were never being followed by police.
Sward pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver, and was originally sentenced to five years in prison. That judgment was later suspended and Sward was given 30 days in jail with an additional five years of probation.
Ayala-Dolitente ended up testing positive for pot, cocaine, and oxycodone on the day of his sentencing. As a result, his prison sentence was raised to one and a half to eight years.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on what happened to the pitbull Ayala-Dolitente and Sward were allegedly transporting. Ayala-Dolitente mentioned the dog to the 911 dispatcher, and the dog cage-turned-piggy bank must have belonged to some four-legged creature, but none of the news reports mention a dog at the scene. Maybe the weed was so strong that they hallucinated that part of the story? Here’s hoping she’s okay!
An ex-cop who was supposed to go on trial this week for killing a young Oregon woman and stuffing her body in a suitcase has pleaded guilty. According to a criminal complaint obtained by CBS 58, Steven Zelich, a former West Allis Police Officer, admitted to killing 19-year-old Jenny Gamez and dumping her on the side of a Wisconsin highway.
Zelich reportedly met the teen online in 2012 and they met up later that summer. He picked her up from the airport, according to the report, and drove her out to a hotel. It was at that hotel where Zelich said he spent “two or three days” engaging in “breath play.” CBS 58 says this is a game in which Zelich would control her breathing by choking her. The criminal complaint goes on to say Zelich eventually blindfolded the teen, handcuffed her, put a ball gag in her mouth and tied a rope around her neck.
Zelich later admitted to losing control while choking her, the report adds.
Gamez died, and Zelich reportedly admits to stuffing her in a suitcase, hiding her body in his apartment refrigerator and then eventually tossing her in the back of his car. Some time after that, her body was found dumped along a highway.
Nearly two years later, in June 2014, two bodies were found in suitcases on the side of the road in Wisconsin. Police said, according to CBS 58, they discovered Gamez’s body and that of another victim. The second victim has been identified as 37-year-old Laura Simonson.
According to the criminal complaint, Zelich said he had to get rid of the bodies due to the smell. The news station says formal charges in Simonson’s case are currently on hold.
Zelich has reportedly pleaded guilty to first degree reckless homicide with use of a dangerous weapon and hiding a corpse. The station says he expected to be sentenced on March 30.