September 18, 2014
California Nudist Camp
Accused Of Stealing Water
Los Gatos, CA (AP) Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state’s historic drought.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall.
The resort’s owners say they are entitled to use the waterfall, which they need to keep their water tank full in case of a fire and to top off their pool for both skinny-dipping and as a backup water source for a fire.
No arrests were made or citations issued Thursday, but rangers dismantled a hose leading from the resort to the waterfall.
The resort is on California’s official drought-watch list as one of five communities forced to haul in weekly truckloads of water.
Cops Photograph Alleged Sleeping Florida Burglar
Nokomi, FL (AP) Talk about a heavy sleeper.
Police say an accused burglar continued snoozing next to a bag of jewelry he was allegedly planning to swipe even after deputies began snapping pictures of him.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, a cleaning lady discovered 29-year-old Dion Davis on a bed inside the victim’s home Monday.
Deputies say they took several photographs of the sleeping Davis, but he didn’t wake up.
The Herald Tribune reports Davis was charged with burglary and booked into jail on $10,000 bail.
Intruder Caught Cooking Corn In Home
Rockland, MA (AP) Massachusetts police have arrested a man they say broke into a home and cooked himself a snack.
Rockland police officers responded to a home at about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday after getting a call from the homeowner.
Lt. Nick Zeoli tells The Enterprise of Brockton the homeowner woke up to a loud bang from the kitchen. When the resident went to investigate, he found an intruder cooking corn on the cob on the stove. He told the intruder to leave, and the two men briefly scuffled.
Police arrested 69-year-old John Dalton and charged him with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and assault and battery. Police say Dalton, who was “clearly intoxicated,” forced his way inside through a side door.
It was not clear if Dalton had a lawyer.
Woman Choose SlowGetaway In Walmart Theft
Fruitport Township, MI (AP) Police in Michigan say they arrested a shoplifting suspect following her slow-speed getaway in a $1,200 motorized wheelchair shopping cart taken from a Wal-Mart.
The Muskegon Chronicle says police located 46-year-old Shirley Mason about 2 miles away, riding the cart with $600 in clothing.
A customer called police Monday night to report someone riding a shopping cart from the lot at the store in Muskegon County’s Fruitport Township.
Police say Mason told them she couldn’t find anyone to pick her up from the store and took the wheelchair cart “because she didn’t feel like walking.”
Authorities say Mason told officers she planned to sell the clothing.
Mason is charged with organized retail crime and has a probable cause hearing Sept. 23.
Mason doesn’t have a listed phone number.
Chinese City Creates Cell Phone Sidewalk Lane
Beijing (AP) Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going.
But the property manager says it’s intended to be ironic‚ to remind people that it’s dangerous to tweet while walking the street.
“There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city’s entertainment zone.
Meixin has marked a 50-meter (165-foot) stretch of pavement with two lanes: one that prohibits cellphone use next to one that allows pedestrians to use them‚ at their “own risk.”
Nong said the idea came from a similar stretch of pavement in Washington D.C. created by National Geographic Television in July as part of a behavior experiment.
She said that pedestrians were not taking the new lanes seriously, but that many were snapping pictures of the signs and sidewalk.
“Those using their cellphones of course have not heeded the markings on the pavement,” she said. “They don’t notice them.”