June 18, 2015
Iowa Residents Have The Right To Be Drunk On Their Front Porch
Des Moines, IA (AP) The right to be drunk on the front porch of a private home was endorsed Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court, which said a woman can’t be convicted of public intoxication while standing on her front steps.
Patience Paye, 29, of Waterloo based the appeal of her 2013 case on the contention that her front steps are not a public place so she can’t be charged with public intoxication. Justices agreed, rejecting a district court judge’s conclusion that Paye’s front porch was a public place because it was plainly accessible and visible to any passers-by and it was a place to which the public is permitted access.
“If the front stairs of a single-family residence are always a public place, it would be a crime to sit there calmly on a breezy summer day and sip a mojito, celebrate a professional achievement with a mixed drink of choice, or even baste meat on the grill with a bourbon-infused barbeque sauce unless one first obtained a liquor license.
Paye called police around midnight June 22, 2013, after fighting with her boyfriend who told police he kept Paye’s car keys from her because she was drunk.
Officers questioned Paye on the front steps of her home and got her to agree to a breath test which revealed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.267 percent, more than three times the amount considered drunk if she were driving.
She was charged with public intoxication and domestic assault and taken to the police station.
Earthlings, NASA Will Send
A Toast To Martians
MARS, PA (AP) Earth to Mars: Happy New Year!
That’s the sentiment being offered this weekend in Mars, Pennsylvania, as NASA and other space enthusiasts gather to honor the red planet.
The Martian New Year occurs about every two Earth-years. On Friday and Saturday, NASA will sponsor exhibits and activities in the borough of Mars, about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.
The agency hopes to encourage young people to study science and technology fields that will further NASA’s goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s.
Mars on Earth has a population of about 1,700 and a sculpture of a flying saucer in the heart of town. Its festival includes a science fiction costume contest.
The next celebration is scheduled for May 5, 2017.
Three Little Pig Houses Left At Ohio Road Where Semi Crashed
Xenia, OH (AP) An anonymous apparent fan of pigs and fairy tales is offering some shelter for any piglets still loose after a semitrailer crash last week in southwest Ohio.
Motorists on U.S. Route 35 in Xenia (ZEEN’-uyh) Township west of Dayton noticed Monday the three small houses along the highway, built fabled “Three Little Pigs” style: That means one of straw or hay, one of sticks and one of bricks.
The Dayton Daily News reports that no big bad wolves had huffed and puffed enough to blow down any houses by late afternoon.
Authorities aren’t sure how many of the small pigs might have evaded round-up efforts. They say about half of the 2,200 Indiana-bound young pigs were killed when the truck overturned, and nearly all the rest were recovered.
Distracted GOP Lawmaker Accidentally OKs Budget
Sacramento, CA (AP) A Republican lawmaker accidentally cast his party’s first vote for the California budget in years because he was distracted by Facebook.
Assemblyman Scott Wilk was the sole Republican to vote for California’s record $117.5 billion spending plan Monday.
The Santa Clarita lawmaker later clarified he accidentally supported the bill in the Capitol while opposing it on Facebook. He posted on Twitter “My wife is right, I can’t multitask!”
California’s budget is being negotiated between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders. They have yet to reach a final deal.
Wilk’s blunder won’t show up on the official legislative record because the Assembly allows lawmakers to change their official votes.
He did so after session ended, receiving applause from fellow Republicans and boos from Democrats.
Man Dismissed From Jury Duty For Wearing Prisoner Costume
St. Johnsbury, VT (AP) A Vermont man has escaped jury duty by getting dismissed for wearing a prisoner costume.
James Lowe of Barnet says he was released from jury duty on Tuesday when he showed up to court wearing a black-and-white-striped jumpsuit with a matching beanie.
The Caledonian Record reports that Lowe showed up on time and joined other prospective jurors before the start of the selection process. Deputies directed him to an empty courtroom to meet with the judge, who told him to leave.
Lowe says the judge told him he could’ve been found in contempt of court.
That could’ve meant a fine or jail time.
Lowe says the juror instructions don’t restrict clothing, but that he’s happy to be released because of his work schedule and family obligations.
Thieves Break Into Ohio Pet Rescue, Swipe 7 Rare Pythons
Akron, OH (AP) An Ohio pet rescue is searching for seven rare pythons that were stolen from the shop over the weekend.
Akron Rattery and Reptile Rescue CEO Robin Everley says the snakes were taken Saturday when thieves cut a hole in a wall in an adjacent building and broke in. She says the burglars set off the store’s alarm, snatched the snakes and dashed away in seconds.
The snakes are all about six months old or younger and can grow up to 30 feet long. She says the snakes are worth $6,000.
Everley says she’s worried about the health of the snakes. One snake is pregnant, another has a severe burn and the others are suffering from unspecified injuries.
The rescue serves as a pet store and a sanctuary for rare snakes.
Woman Reports Drug Deal Rip-Off, Ends Up Charged
Fort Lauderdale, FL (AP) Authorities say a South Florida woman who called 911 to report that she was getting stiffed in a drug deal ended up reporting on herself: She now faces charges including drug possession.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Daneshia Heller told a 911 operator Tuesday that she went to a Fort Lauderdale home to buy marijuana, but a man there took her $5 without giving her the drugs.
Officials say a deputy checked a white substance in Heller’s pocket, which tested positive for alpha-PVP, a psychosis-inducing street drug known as flakka.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Heller was charged with drug possession and misusing the 911 system.
Jail records show Heller was in custody without bond for violating the terms of her release on an unrelated misdemeanor battery charge. Jail records didn’t list an attorney who could be contacted for comment on her case.