Off The Wire & Police Blotter

News We Just Couldn’t Pass Up

Rome’s strike-prone Leonardo da Vinci Airport plans to pamper stranded
passengers with improved creature comforts — and psychological
counseling for the particularly exasperated.

Taiwan police have nabbed a man for stealing 31 tons of imported garlic
– – — the hottest stuff on the market — as Taiwan endures a severe garlic

A stretch of Interstate 65 in Indiana was closed after 20 tons of
lettuce were spilled. The road was blocked for 10 hours because three
people had to pick up the produce head by head.

A Hong Kong court ruled that the prison service’s practice of removing
the horse-racing sections from inmates’ newspapers violated their human

Plano, Texas, teenagers raised more than $600 in donations by
collecting a “gawking fee” from motorists who drove past the burned
remains of their neighbor’s house.

A Kenyan cook who had been mute since birth was able to speak after a
drunken brawl. “I started to ask myself who could have hit me when I
heard myself speak,” he said.

Andon Kolev won a primary for mayor in Varna, Bulgaria, after neither
voters nor his fellow communists noticed he was dead.

Belfast’s City Council asked President Clinton to light the city’s
Christmas tree when he visits Northern Ireland Nov. 30, even though
more than two-thirds of those who responded to a telephone poll
preferred the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

A Paulsboro, N.J., police officer put a clown suit over his bulletproof
vest on Halloween and went trick or treating — hauling in 11 people
who had skipped out on warrants.

Compiled by Ivan Weiss. From _The Seattle Times_, Saturday, November 4,
1995. Reprinted without permission.

Recent Police Activity

Kent Police

24100 block, Pacific Highway South — An assistant manager and a clerk
at a tropical-fish store began arguing about the length of the clerk’s
lunch break when the assistant manager allegedly punched the clerk in
the forehead. A scuffle ensued in which both employees were shoved
into fish tanks, causing a shower of water, glass and fish onto the
floor. The assistant manager was cited on suspicion of assault. (Oct.

>From _The Seattle Times_, Monday, November 6, 1995. Reprinted without

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