March 3, 2016
Police Looking For Bald Man Who’s Stealing Rogaine
Mount Healthy, OH (AP) Police in suburban Cincinnati are on the lookout for a bald man they say has been stealing hair growth and memory aid products from stores.
Mount Healthy police have issued an alert for “a serial thief” they say recently took $847 worth of Rogaine and Prevagen products from a Walgreens store in the city just north of Cincinnati. Police say he is linked to similar thefts from retailers in nearby suburbs.
Police say the man is believed to drive a white Jeep.
They’re not sure if he’s using any of the products himself but suspect he tries to sell them online or at flea markets.
Mount Healthy Detective Chris Jones tells WCPO-TV that police are “scratching our heads at this, no pun intended,” over the Rogaine thefts.
Child’s Tale About Growing ‘Special’ Plants Ends In Pot Bust
White River Junction, VT (AP) Authorities say a second-grader’s story about helping a farmer grow “special medicine” plants led to a big marijuana bust in Vermont.
The Times-Argus reports Windsor Detective Jennifer Frank said in an affidavit that the 8-year-old told school officials and police that he got to help his mother’s boyfriend grow “special medicine that can cure anything at all.”
Frank says the boy told her that people came to the Windsor house frequently.
Fifty-four-year-old Steven Mann pleaded not guilty this week in a White River Junction court to a felony count of cultivating more than 25 marijuana plants. A woman who answered a phone listing for a Steven Mann in Windsor County said it was the wrong number.
Police say they found two “grow rooms” next to the child’s bedroom.
Police Arrest Man Who Taunted Them Online, Taunt Him Back
Orem, UT (AP) After arresting a wanted man whose Facebook page included a post taunting a Utah police department, police taunted him right back.
Orem police Lt. Craig Martinez said they were notified of the post days ago that showed a man standing in front of a patrol car. The caption used a derogatory term for police and questioned why they were in his “’hood.”
By Tuesday, 24-year-old Richard Ramirez was arrested for the misdemeanor assault case. He couldn’t be reached for comment and it’s unclear if he has an attorney. Martinez said Ramirez was known to police and was wanted for arrest.
Police then posted a lengthy taunt back at the man, reclaiming Orem to be their “’hood.”
Their Facebook post noted that the photo was at a 7-11 convenience store, calling it “super gangsta because nothing makes you look tougher than throwing up gangs signs while sipping on a banana and blueberry slurpee.” Police also said they arrested him with another wanted man and called it a “2fer.” The post ended with the hashtags “#sorrynotstorry” and “#thepokeyisyournewhood.”
Martinez said the police department responded publicly to the man after he publicly taunted them.
“We can do it right back,” Martinez said.
Homeless Gnomes After State Park Evicts Tiny Houses
Newport, PA (AP) Nearly 40 gnome homes have been evicted from a Pennsylvania state park after a decision change sent them packing.
Pennlive.com reports that park management at Little Buffalo State Park gave permission for Steve Hoke to create the mini, magical houses in December. Since then, he has made 38 tiny houses in tree roots, hollow logs and on stumps around the forest near Newport, about 25 miles northwest of Harrisburg.
He says the houses were a major attraction for children.
Park Manager Jason Baker tells the news site he gave the OK originally, but it was later decided the homes could affect wildlife habitat.
Hoke removed the little abodes Monday after being told he had until Feb. 29.
Duncannon and Millerstown have both offered to house them in local parks.
Fugitive Tries To Hide Identity, Chews Off Fingertips
Tallmadge, OH (AP) Police say a fugitive from Tampa, Florida, who didn’t want to be identified by his fingerprints during a traffic stop in northeast Ohio chewed off his fingertips.
Kirk Kelly has been jailed on felony counts of evidence tampering and obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of falsification and resisting arrest. A message left for his attorney after business hours Friday hasn’t been returned.
Police in Tallmadge, Ohio, say Kelly and several other people were put into a cruiser without handcuffs after their vehicle was stopped last weekend and officers thought they smelled drugs.
Police say Kelly gave false names as they tried to identify him. They say they figured out who he is after photos of his tattoos were provided by police in Florida, where he’s wanted on firearms and drug charges.
Woman Bites Rare Pearl While Dining At Italian Restaurant
Issaquah, WA (AP) A woman bit down on a rare pearl while eating a meal of clams and other seafood at an Italian restaurant in Washington state.
KOMO-TV reports Lindsay Hasz and her husband Chris were eating at Montalcino Ristorante Italiano in Issaquah recently when she bit into something hard in her entree.
Hasz says she wasn’t sure what it was but put it in her pocket and went home to do research.
She took it to a gemologist, who determined it was a Quahog purple pearl worth about $600.
Ted Irwin of Northwest Geological Laboratory says the find is rare, with only one in a couple million being of gem quality.
Montalcino owner Cindy Nardone says she’s happy for Hasz.
Hasz says she may have the pearl made into a necklace.