Law Enforcement


Andy Griffith Running for Sheriff in Wisconsin

In what seems like an unfair move — how could you not vote for "Andy Griffith" to be your sheriff? — a music store owner in Grant County, Wisconsin, changed his name from "William Fenrick" to "Andy Griffith" upon entering…


Dashing Diner Wins Verdict in Trial Over $46 Tab

A jury in Pinellas, Florida, recently sided with Lt. Col. Ralph Paul (ret.) after he was prosecuted for not paying a $46 dinner tab.  Mr. Paul had complained after he ordered a "Seafood Saute" and received a dish that he…


Pennsylvania Boy Charged With Repeated Meowing

Michael Loughner, a 14-year-old boy from Jeannette, Pennsylvania, was charged with harassment in August after a 78-year-old neighbor reported that he had meowed at her. This brings to one the number of meowing-related incidents in the Pittsburgh area this year….


Virginia Governor Pardons Witch

Last Monday, Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine pardoned Grace Sherwood, who was described as "Virginia’s only person convicted as a witch tried by water."  So I guess she may not have been the only person Virginia has tried that way, but…


Executioner Wanted: Must Have Own Hood

Documents released Thursday by Britain’s National Archives discussed the search for a proper hangman in the late 1930s after Thomas Pierrepoint, described as "one of Britain’s longest-serving hangmen," neared retirement age.  Apparently, officials found it more difficult than you might…


Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs Warrantless Laxatation

On Thursday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that forcing a suspect to drink massive doses of a laxative in hopes of recovering a swallowed bag of heroin was not unconstitutional.  The court of appeals had held that the strategy amounted…


Officer Stops Cane-Using Old Lady From Delaying Traffic in LA

In Los Angeles last week, 82-year-old Mayvis Coyle blatantly held up traffic while she shuffled across Foothill Boulevard with her cane.  Coyle later claimed she did not have enough time to get across the five-lane boulevard before the light changed. …



South African Police Shoot Invisible Man

On Friday, an East Rand flying squad shot a man wearing muti after he stole a bakkie from Limpopo. I know: not again. The translation (and I did have to do some research), is that a South African special police…