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May 28 12 6:48 PM
Oh no you di'int!!!
MAY 25--Meet Lonneshia Shafaye Appling.
The Georgia woman, 26, was so determined to shoplift beer, bacon, cheese, and chicken wings from a Piggly Wiggly that she punched, spit at, and pepper-sprayed store workers who confronted her as she tried to flee the supermarket Wednesday afternoon, according to cops.
Appling, pictured in the adjacent mug shot, allegedly hid items worth $88.27 in a canvas bag. She “attempted to check out, only putting one item on the counter,” according to a worker quoted in an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report.
When a Piggly Wiggly employee--who had been tipped to the pilfering by a shopper--asked Appling about the concealed items, she tried to exit the store. After worker Jonathan Orr tried to stop Appling, she “pulled out some pepper spray and sprayed him in the face.”
Appling kept spraying as several workers tried to keep her from fleeing. The 340-pound Appling also allegedly punched Orr in the face and spit on the 28-year-old employee. As she successfully bolted from the Athens store, Appling “was dropping beer cans out of her purse.”
Responding to a 911 call, a cop reported spotting “a very large black female in a purple dress standing there screaming at two store employees” who followed her outside the Piggly Wiggly, which was filled with a choking cloud of pepper spray. Police then arrested Appling, whose rap sheet includes several prior shoplifting convictions and outstanding arrest warrants in three Georgia counties.
Cops prepared an inventory of the items Appling sought to swipe: five packages of cheese; eight cans of Coors Light; vegetable oil; chicken wings; and five packages of bacon. As first reported by the Athens Banner Herald, she was charged with a variety of crimes, including aggravated assault, theft, simple battery, and disorderly conduct.
While in police custody, Appling told a cop to add whatever charges he wanted “because she was going to plea bargain and half of the charges would be dropped anyway,” according to the report. She also asked Officer Nathaniel Franco if her arrest would make the police blotter, requesting that the cop make his report “more interesting so that her arrest would make” the department’s compendium of notable incidents.
The unemployed--and now incarcerated--Appling “also commented that store personnel shouldn’t chase people like that because they could get themselves hurt.” Or shoplifters could get busted. (3 pages)
May 30 12 5:17 PM
MAY 29--A “large framed” Florida woman and her slighter companion are
facing felony charges after the ravenous duo allegedly hatched a
harebrained plot to rob a Pizza Hut deliveryman of two large pizzas, 14
chicken wings, and an apple pie.
Hungry and short on cash, Tiffany Jacobs and Alvina Leiba, both 19,
last week concocted a plan to score the free grub, which was delivered
around midnight to Leiba’s home in Deltona, according to a charging affidavit prepared by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
interviews with deputies, Jacobs and Leiba said they did not have
enough money to pay for the Pizza Hut food, so they “planned on scaring
the pizza delivery man into leaving prior to them paying.” Jacobs told
cops that Leiba gave her “all black clothing and a mask to wear,” and
that she “obtained a wooden bat from the neighbor’s yard to intimidate
the pizza delivery man with.”
Jacobs (left) and Leiba are pictured in the above booking photos.
When Pizza Hut employee Brian Healy, 19, arrived at Leiba’s home, she
directed him to put the food down on a table inside the doorway while
she searched for extra cash (she was holding only $12). That’s when the
5’ 1”, 200-pound Jacobs--in her ninja getup--emerged from her hiding
spot and approached Healy from behind.
Jacobs, who has used the alias "Shaccariana Jackson," told cops that
she planned to scare the deliveryman by swinging the bat at a pole near
the doorway, but “accidentally” hit him in the side. Healy told
deputies that a “large framed African American female” assailant struck
him in the head and left arm with a baseball bat. After wrestling the
bat out Jacobs’s hand, he threw it in the yard as Jacobs fled.
Remarkably, Healy then returned to the front door and “asked the original customer if she was going to pay for the food.” While Leiba claimed that she was calling police, Healy returned to the roadway and actually dialed 911.
Expecting cops to arrive at the residence, Jacobs and Leiba hid in
some nearby woods until sunrise. The pair then returned to Leiba’s home,
where they subsequently ate the Pizza Hut food.
After the women were arrested and placed in a holding cell, they “laughed profusely about the situation,” according to the affidavit sword by Deputy Kyle Walter.
Leiba remarked that she “would not pay any fines assigned to her and
would flee to Trinidad” and said she was “so hungry she would rob a
McDonald’s with Jacobs when they got out of jail.”
Jacobs told investigators that she and Leiba had “been planning on
robbing a pizza delivery man for approximately one year” and had
actually attempted a Pizza Hut heist several months ago. In the original
attempt, Jacobs answered the door, “while Leiba was supposed to scare
the delivery man.” Who happened to be Healy.
However, the 5’ 3”, 120-pound Leiba failed to scare the Pizza Hut
worker and “Jacobs stated that she paid for the pizza during the
incident.” Asked if he had previously delivered to the Deltona
residence, Healy recalled a “suspicious incident” during which “the
large framed individual answered the door, while the small framed female
approached him from the rear.” Healy added that he was not assaulted,
nor did he contact police.
Jacobs, charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon, is being held in the Volusia County jail in lieu of $3000
bail. Leiba, facing an armed robbery count, bailed out of custody
Saturday after posting $1500. (3 pages)
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Cats may get nine lives, but not quite like this.
A Dutch artist, upset over losing his beloved pet, Orville, had the animal
stuffed and transformed its body into a remote-controlled helicopter, Sky
News reported Monday.
The “half cat, half machine” piece of art was dubbed the “Orvillecopter.” The
cat, who was killed when it was hit by a car, was named after famed American
aviator Orville Wright.
“After a period of mourning, he received his propellers posthumously,” Jansen
A video posted to YouTube shows the flying feline slowly hover several feet
in the air in a park, its body permanently spread eagle with propellers on its
Artist Bart Jansen teamed up with radio control helicopter expert Arjen
Beltman after having a taxidermist preserve the pussy cat, Reuters reported.
The bizarre creation was then unveiled at the Kunstrai art festival in
Amsterdam on Saturday.
The Orvillecopter doesn’t fly quite right, however, a glitch Jansen hopes to
“He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday,”
Jansen said, adding that he hoped the upgrades will allow for a more “steady
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Courtesy Dag Westgaard University of Wyoming once attracted scores of Norwegians to study -- and ski -- in Laramie, but today finance major Dag Westgaard of Oslo is the lone student from his country.
Life could get pretty lonely for Dag Westgaard. Not that the 28-year old student at the University of Wyoming doesn’t have friends. He has plenty. But he’s the only person attending UW from his native Norway. That may not seem too surprising: Westgaard’s home town of Oslo is at the other end of a 12-hour plane trip. But in contrast with the early 1990s, when nearly 90 Norwegian students and spouses were living in Laramie, having only one Norwegian left is a shock to many people around town. Considering that Westgaard’s parents, Ulf and Hoanh, met as international students while attending UW, their son’s being the last Norwegian left seems rather sad.
Westgaard was born in Laramie, but he didn’t choose UW out of nostalgia. Like any child of alumni, he gets a discounted tuition rate. “I decided enroll at UW because it was the best deal I could get for my money,” he says. “It would have been more expensive in Norway to get a second degree, so I thought to myself that I might as well experience something totally new.”
For over two decades, from the early 1970s to the mid 1990s, an attractive financial arrangement between Norway and UW brought many students to UW. That and the awesome skiing.
Norwegians take to skiing like bears take to the woods. (It doesn’t hurt that they’re standing on skis from the time they learn to walk.) Some of these kids grow up to be world-class skiers competing in cross county, downhill, slalom, giant slalom, and ski jumping sports. Many young people from Norway use skiing for a college ski team as the opportunity to attend school in the U.S., and UW was once one of several universities in the Rocky Mountain West to benefit from Norwegian prowess in the powder.
Wyomingite Quentin Skinner first met Norwegians skiers when he was on the UW ski team, 1958 to 1962. He watched several of these athletes compete and win. Now 70, Skinner was working on his Ph.D. at UW and went on to become a professor and range scientist. He also coached the UW ski team from 1971 to 1980. Skinner picked up where his old coach had left off, recruiting Norwegians for the team. In 1972 Skinner’s team started winning championships. In that year Staale Engen was the NCAA’s top cross country skier; Steinar Hybertsen won NCAA championships the next three years. These two men, along with a handful of other Norwegian skiers, formed what Skinner called “the core group.” He said, “These skiers were very loyal. They loved Wyoming and the university.”
Not only were they loyal, they were successful. “The Norwegians that I had – 22 to 25 men -- and the Americans, won championships in all the different events and placed second five times and third twice in the NCAA,” Skinner said. “They made a name for Wyoming and skiing, along with Americans.”
Courtesy Quentin Skinner Staale Engen (left) won the national title in cross country skiiing in 1972 and was a mainstay of the UW team and its recruiting for years.
One of the more successful Norwegian skiers was Stig Hallingbye, who specialized in ski jumping. His ski buddies recruited him to attend UW when Hallingbye was right out of high school and had performed his one year of mandatory military service. “It was a big deal, a real dream come true,” Hallingbye said. “My heroes had said glorious things about coming to the U.S., where I could study business and get a degree before going back to Norway.” Hallingbye said he was a “pretty good skier” when he came to Laramie in 1974, joining four other Norwegians on the Wyoming team. “I didn’t know very much English but I felt extremely welcome.” He said the Norwegians hung out together and “spoke too much Norwegian.” That might have been counterproductive for studying in a foreign language for a college degree, but fortunately Hallingbye soon met his future wife Beth, who helped him with his English skills.
Skinner said Hallingbye and a few others stepped up his recruiting program. “They went back to Norway each summer and recruited other skiers to come here,” Skinner said. He wanted them to select teammates they could get along with. “They had to ski with them and live with them. Our recruiting budget was about enough to buy stamps. The kids really did the recruiting.” Hallingbye added that he and the others were told how much could be spent on scholarships and were trusted to extend it wisely.
Through the years, UW’s reputation attracted competitive skiers to Laramie and others who came simply to earn a college degree. These students loved to ski in the mountains around Laramie, too, and had a good time doing it. Norwegians have the well-deserved reputation for excelling in winter sports. They also have a well-earned reputation for having fun. Perhaps it was inevitable that this combination would lead to the “Norwegian Olympics.”
Even Brande The Norwegian Olympics became an annual event at University of Wyoming in the 1980s, "the glory days of its Norwegian influx." It was just a matter of time before events like “naked ski jumping” fueled by Aquavit and other elements of Norwegian culture attracted the American students to join the contest. Kevin McKinney, now a senior director of UW athletics, fondly remembers those annual events in the Snowy Range mountains outside of Laramie. “The Norwegians have such a unique culture, they are such great competitors, and they knew how to have a grand time at the Norwegian Olympics. It was a blast.”
Even Brande is one of the Norwegians who chose to attend UW for education first, skiing second. He was a regular reveler in the Norwegian Olympics, which he said attracted Norwegians not just from UW, but from other schools around the West. Brande came to Laramie from Oslo in 1988, during the glory days of the Norwegian influx. “I always wanted to go to college in the U.S., and Wyoming was the only place I could find that was as cold and desolated as Norway,” he quipped. “No, seriously, I did want to go to school somewhere where they had four seasons. A friend of my family told me great things about Wyoming, so that ended up being one of about five universities I applied to. UW seemed like the best deal, and they let me transfer one full year of credits, so that sealed the deal.”
Even Brande Lighting the torch at the Norwegian Olympics in Laramie, prelude to "naked ski jumping" and other events. Brande earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1991 and an MBA in 1993. He planned to return to Norway after graduation, but like Hallingbye, he met the woman he’d marry while at school in Laramie. “Destiny had other plans,” he said.
Today Brande is an entrepreneur who operates an information technology company in Laramie. He and his wife Anne have opened their home to many Norwegian students over the years, hosting Norwegian Independence Day parties, for example. He explained it was the “network of other Norwegians here that helped ease my transition and helped me integrate into American society when I first came. That made a world of difference for me. I want to give that same experience back to other new Norwegian students,” he explained.
“Of course,” Brande added, “now it has been at least 15 years since we had a serious influx of new students.”
Which brings us to lonely Dag Westgaard and the now former Division 1 ski team at the University of Wyoming.
Stig Hallingbye, living in Cheyenne, explained the slow dismantling of the UW team. First, downhill skiing was eliminated, he said, because the course where they competed was too dangerous - fast and narrow. He coached the team in 1980. The next year, ski jumping was cut. The reason, he explained, was that there was no local place where UW skiers could practice. They had to travel to sites in Colorado to get their jumps in, which became too costly. Then in 1992, the board of trustees voted to cut the team entirely.
Even Brande An avid crowd gathered for the Norwegian Olympics -- the festivities drew UW spectators as well as Norwegian fans and competitors from other schools across the West.
Hallingbye recalls a passionate letter-writing campaign waged in part by skiers and other Norwegian alumni, bolstered by others who supported the sport. By this time Hallingbye was a banking executive in Laramie. Fighting the University against the team’s elimination was “a touchy thing to deal with for me in the business community, when the University had been so good to me.” But Hallingbye thought it didn’t make good financial sense to say goodbye to a steady stream of students from Norway, most of whom were at UW on full-ride scholarships, who had money, and who made up the second largest group of foreign students on campus. “I didn’t think the math was very good.”
Kevin McKinney explained that there were also gender equity issues involved in cutting the ski team. In order to keep the ski team, which consisted mostly of male athletes, another women’s team providing an equal number of scholarships would have had to be created. “The investment-to-spectator ratio was smaller than many other sports,” McKinney explained. “The success it enjoyed, however, made it a very difficult decision, far reaching and painful.”
When the ski team was cut, UW lost the following of Norwegians, Quentin Skinner said. UW does have men’s and women’s skiing now, and both teams often do quite well. But it is an intramural club sport, not a NCAA Division 1 squad. Dag Westgaard isn’t a member of the club, although he enjoys skiing the same slopes that his Norwegian predecessors once did. But the stories of the grand days of the NCAA championships and the Norwegian Olympics are just so much history to him. “I would say that there is slim to no Norwegian culture at UW anymore. I know only of myself as a Norwegian student. Even Brande is the only other Norwegian I know of here in Laramie, and I was introduced to him by coincidence.”
That’s a far cry from the days of Stig Hallingbye and Ulf Westgaard taking a “hilarious” English class for international students in which they were expected to debate issues in the foreign English language. Most of the students from that era have returned to Norway, though many sent their own children to UW. But without the ski team, the financial arrangement Norway had with UW has melted away.
Might the University ever re-establish the Division 1 team, as Hallingbye hopes? According to Kevin McKinney, “Once a school eliminates a sport, it is very difficult to bring it back. It would take somebody like me and Stig to win the lottery, to establish a constant financial stream to support skiing, as well as establish a women’s sports team to assure gender equity.”
Courtesy Quentin Skinner Steiner Hybertsen won the national championship in cross country skiing for University of Wyoming three years in a row (1973-75), the only three-time champion the sport has ever had. He and Staale Engen will be inducted into UW's Hall of Fame this year.
For now fans of the glory days of UW skiing can look forward to honoring two Norwegians who will be inducted into the 2010 Hall of Fame. The names Staale Engen and Steinar Hybertsen will join Stig Hallingbye, who was inducted in 1997, on the University of Wyoming’s Hall of Fame wall.As for Dag Westgaard, he will graduate in December 2011, earning a degree in finance like his father before him. “Since I’m a dual citizen, one of my citizenships being American, I’m probably going to try my luck in the job market here in the U.S.,” he said.
“I’m always up for a new challenge.”
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JUNE 11--A 24-year-old Massachusetts woman who allegedly masqueraded
as a teenage boy is facing federal charges for engaging in illicit
sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl who was unaware that the
boyfriend she met online was actually a female, The Smoking Gun has
Carissa Hads was arrested two weeks ago on a U.S. District Court
complaint accusing her of coercion or enticement of a minor, a felony
carrying a maximum of 30 years in prison.
On Friday, Hads was ordered held without bond by a federal magistrate
judge who ruled she was a flight risk and a danger to the community.
Following Hads’s May 24 arrest, agents searched her front pants
pocket and located a “fake, flesh-colored penis” that she apparently
used during one of two prior sexual encounters with the teenage victim.
Pictured in the adjacent mug shot, the 5’ 2”, 100-pound Hads was busted
after flying to meet the girl for a third liaison.
According to an affidavit sworn by an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigator,
Hads--posing as a 17-year-old boy named “James Puryear Wilson”--met the
teenage girl on an unnamed “social networking site” around October
“Wilson” maintained Facebook and MySpace pages that described him as a
“youth pastor” living in Quincy, Massachusetts (where Hads actually
resides). On Facebook, “Wilson” claimed to be the father of twins and
noted that he was “looking for some people to talk to. No fake pages or
The girl, who lives in West Virginia, is identified only as “A.L.” in the affidavit.
Hads, using the “Wilson” persona, and the girl became “involved in an
internet romance” that included Hads sending the teen two cell phones
“for A.L.’s use to contact ‘him.’” Along with paying the girl’s monthly
cell phone bills, Hads also sent her a Kindle Fire tablet, according to the affidavit.
The teenager told investigators that she used the phones to take
naked photos of herself, and that she “forwarded these pictures, some of
which focused on her vagina, to ‘Wilson.’” Hads and the girl would also
write in “notebooks/journals and mail them back and forth to each other
so each could respond to the other’s writings.”
“Wilson” told “A.L.” that he lived in Massachusetts with his aunt,
and told the girl that he also had an aunt “named Carissa Hads,” an
In December 2011, after communicating for 14 months, “Wilson” asked
to meet “A.L.” in person. A subsequent rendezvous was arranged by the
girl’s mother, who accompanied her daughter (and two other teenage
girls) to meet “Wilson” at a Pennsylvania motel about 100 miles from the
family’s West Virginia residence.
“Wilson,” who claimed to have flown from Massachusetts to the nearby
Pittsburgh airport, stayed at the same motel “in a separate room paid
for by A.L.’s mother,” according to the affidavit sworn by West Virginia State Trooper Robert Talkington.
During the group's stay at the motel, “‘Wilson’ digitally penetrated A.L.’s vagina,” Talkington charged.
Two months later, “Wilson” flew to West Virginia, and was picked up
by the girl’s mother, who transported “Wilson” to her home. During that
five-day stay in late-February, “Wilson” and “A.L.” “engaged in sexual intercourse,” according to the affidavit.
In a May 8 interview with law enforcement agents, the girl further
described the sexual encounter in her home with “Wilson.” The teenager
said that “Wilson,” who did not undress, “pulled his ‘penis’ through his
unzipped pants, and held on to the base of the ‘penis’ during the
sexual encounter.” The girl, who said the act was videotaped, “described
the ‘penis’ as flesh-colored.”
The teenager said that “Wilson"--whom she never saw naked (or
partially naked)--wore a back brace that “covered ‘his’ chest,”
Hads, unaware that the girl had begun cooperating with law
enforcement, was arrested last month after traveling to Pittsburgh for
what she apparently thought would be a third sexual encounter with the
teenage victim. Hads is pictured above in a photo from the actual
"Carissa Hads" Facebook page she maintained.
The criminal probe of Hads was triggered by a tip sent to the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The complainant
alleged that “Wilson” had threatened the life of a 15-year-old girl (who
is apparently an acquaintance of “A.L.”). “Wilson” reportedly
threatened the teen after she told “A.L.” that she did not believe
“Wilson” was “who ‘he’ said ‘he’ was,” according to the court affidavit.
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a dollar makes me holler
(Source: Miami-Dade Corrections) Shane Schuyler
Reporting Tiffani Helberg
MIAMI (CBS4) – The drug that made headlines after the causeway cannibal case is back in the news again.
This time, North Miami Beach Police said a man believed to be on bath
salts stripped nearly naked at a childrens playground and threatened a
three-year-old girl with sexual advances.
Police said surviellance video shows Shane Shuyler stripping in the tot lot and then going very close to a three-year-old girl.
The girl’s mother told police that she and her daughter had entered
the park at 20th Avenue and NE 168th street and were headed to the tot
lot when they saw Schuyler lying on a park bench. The woman said the man
was completely naked and his genitals were exposed.
She told police she tried to walk past the man, but said he stood up, exposed his genitals to the girl.
The police report said he told the child, “Come here little girl, I want to stick it in you.”
The woman fled her with daughter. The man never got close to them.
The bizarre incident unfolded in the tot lot that is located
literally in the back yard of the North Miami Beach Police Department.
Police arrested Shuyler and a detective in court said his behavior could
be explained through a drug called bath salts.
“In his wallet was what appears to be bath salts,” said the
detective. “Upon talking to him, he made some statements to me which led
me to believe that he was cooling off in the fountain by the tot lot
because he was hot; which is consistent with ingesting bath salts.”
Mothers bringing their children to the park Monday were alarmed to learn about the story.
“Its so scary, its very scary,“ said Glorida Moutran, a mother of two
young kids. “You would expect that it would be safe especially here
like we said its next to a police station you would expect it would be
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