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Brett Cummins


Arkansas police are investigating the death of a man found naked in a hot tub next to a sleeping TV weatherman.

A friend woke meteorologist Brett Cummins, of Little Rock station KARK, on Labor Day. He found the forecaster snoring in the empty whirlpool next to a nude man with a dog collar around his neck, The Arkansas Democrat & Gazette reported.

The 36-year-old resident who made the grisly discovery, Christopher Barbour, allegedly told police that the victim, 24-year-old Dexter Williams, was blue in the face and lying near Cummins’ shoulder,ArkansasNews.com reported.

Barbour says the two men were in his home the night before, drinking and snorting drugs. Police haven’t determined the cause of death, but a detective allegedly found a ring of blood in the bottom of the empty tub, ArkansasNews.com said.

Police are waiting for autopsy results and don’t consider Cummins a suspect, radio station KUARsaid.

KARK announced on Tuesday that Cumminswouldn’t be on the air because he’s “mourning the loss of a friend.”


Image: Chimney


ABBEVILLE, La. — The narrow, brick chimney of a Louisiana bank became his tomb for 27 years and now Joseph Schexnider will be laid to rest Sunday in a proper grave with a proper farewell by his family.

Image: Robert Schexnider

Abbeville Police Department  /  AP

Joseph Schexnider was briefly with the Louisiana National Guard.

Still, his brother Robert wonders, how did he wind up in that chimney? Didn’t anyone hear any cries for help? Was it a robbery attempt gone awry, an accident or something more sinister?

“At least we know where he is now,” Schexnider, 48, said, tears welling in his eyes ahead of his brother’s funeral and burial. “At least he’s home.”

Nearly three decades after he disappeared, much mystery lingers about the case of Joseph Schexnider and involving a small town bank in the southern Louisiana city of Abbeville. Police say Schexnider became trapped and apparently died in the bank’s chimney in 1984. But beyond that, they know little more.

“Everybody has an opinion,” said Lt. David Hardy, chief of investigations for the Abbeville Police Department. “But no one has evidence to say one way or another.

If Joseph Schexnider did cry out for help, no one heard his pleas. The stench of death was never detected.

The decades rolled on until last May when a construction worker helping turn the bank’s vacant second floor into offices tugged some fabric out of the chimney and was showered with old clothes and human bones.

Described as sweet-natured and relaxed by the few who remember him, Joseph Schexnider was 22 when his family last saw him in January 1984. He had no criminal record, but was wanted for possessing a stolen car.

A lanky, rambling man, Schexnider was prone to wandering at an early age.

In the years after they last saw them, his family, his mother, and two brothers and a sister, had not reported him missing — and no one searched for him.

“My mother worried about him, but I just said, ‘Mom, that’s just Joseph being Joseph,'” Robert Schexnider said. “He was always taking off for somewhere.”

Joseph first ran off around the age of 9 or 10, Robert recalled, adding his brother had dropped out of high school in the ninth grade.

He worked now and then at this and that, quitting jobs when he became tired and moving on. He was briefly in the Louisiana National Guard, leaving with a medical discharge. One of the few pictures of him shows him in uniform, his dark eyes looking off into the distance.

“He was always going off somewhere,” Robert Schexnider said. “He told me he’d seen every state in the country.”

Schexnider followed carnivals and once traveled with a circus. He told his brother he hawked cotton candy and peanuts with the shows, traveling with the circus to New York where he was stranded when it left to go overseas.

“He didn’t have enough money to get home, so the church helped him out,” recalled Francis Plaisance, a city councilman and the pastor of the church the Schexniders attended. “I remember him as being a nice kid.”

Plaisance also remembers Joseph as a somewhat simple person. When the church sent a plane ticket to New York for him to come home, Schexnider was unable to navigate the airport.

“We ended up having a pastor up there walking him through it and put him on the plane,” Plaisance said.

Jason Hebert, now a detective with Abbeville Police, went to elementary school with Joseph Schexnider. He described him as a quiet kid, on the fringe of a group of young boys that made mischief in the town.

“He was just another kid,” Hebert said. “Nothing really stood out about him.”

With the remains found in the chimney were a yellow long-sleeve shirt, a pair of jeans, blue tennis shoes, and jockey shorts with Schexnider’s name printed in the waistband. There also was a magazine and gloves.

He had a wallet with a copy of his birth certificate, a Social Security card and a few pictures.

“There was no sign of foul play,” Hardy said. But, he said, there is no way to determine the cause of death.

A DNA test confirmed his identity.

From the way the skeleton was recovered, Hardy said it appeared Schexnider went into the 14-inch-by-14-inch chimney feet first. Because the chimney narrowed sharply at the bottom, he then was apparently unable to maneuver his way back out.

East valley animal

Police officers and city officials swept into six Los Angeles animal shelters on Thursday, confiscating guns and ammunition as part of an expanding internal investigation into the animal services agency.

Plainclothes officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and managers with the animal services agency took an estimated 120 weapons, including shotguns, rifles and .38-caliber handguns. City animal control officers are issued firearms.

Brenda Barnette, general manager of the animal services department, said investigators are trying determine what guns the agency has and how they are being used.

“We suspect there are some missing guns,” said Barnette, adding she does not necessarily suspect the weapons were stolen. Maggie Whelan, general manager of the Personnel Department, which is assisting in the probe, said she believed no more than three guns are actually missing. “I can’t say for sure because we’re not certain,” she said.

The sweep came two months after Barnette revealed the department was looking into allegations that shelter workers stole animals and sold them for a profit. And it occurred less than a month after city officials confirmed that there is an investigation into time card fraud by department employees. Five employees are currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation.

At least eight personnel investigators are looking at the shelter agency. Meanwhile, City Controller Wendy Greuel is working on a wide-ranging audit, saying the department is “out of control at a number of levels, from time card issues to having a handle on resources they have — including how many guns they have and how they’re being used.”

Animal services officials “did not have an appropriate inventory of all the guns that they had in their possession,” Greuel said. “They felt it was such an urgent issue that they called the LAPD.”

Lt. Troy Boswell, who works in the city’s East Valley shelter, said police handed shelter workers a note from Barnette and then took .38-caliber handguns from the premises. “We were given no explanation,” he said.

Barnette said she is also looking into reports from her shelter managers that department employees used guns to euthanize small animals that were injured or ill, including turtles, squirrels and birds. She said such a practice is dangerous because bullets could ricochet off pavement or another surface.

She said weapons should only be used to euthanize large animals that cannot be treated medically, such as a deer caught in a fence. “If you’ve got something as small as a turtle or a squirrel or something like that, it just seems to us that the correct procedure would be bring it back to the shelter, so it can be taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center or it can be euthanized,” she said.

LAPD officers have been providing expertise and assistance to animal services personnel during their audit. The department will safeguard the weapons that were seized, said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith.

“We are going to hold on to them until the audit is done and they want them back,” Smith said.

He noted that no warrants were executed during the operation.

Max Fleck

A Chicago man was arrested early Thursday after calling police to report that three men had entered his apartment, located just west of DePaul University‘s Lincoln Park campus, and robbed him of two pounds of marijuana, in addition to his laptop.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Max Fleck, 20, of the 1500 block of West Fullerton Avenue,contacted police around 12:40 a.m. to report that he and a 19-year-old male companion had been robbed. Fleck was reportedly hit in the face while his companion was struck in the head with a bottle by the individuals who robbed them.

When police arrived, they found narcotics in his apartment and arrested him on four separate charges — two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of cannabis, the Sun-Times reported.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Fleck and his friend had invited one of the three men who made off with the weed and a laptop into their apartment earlier in the evening. Fleck reportedly declined medical attention after paramedics arrived and was due in bond court later Thursday.



6) Swedish business consultant Ulf af Trolle labored 13 years on a book
about Swedish economic solutions. He took the 250-page manuscript to be
copied, only to have it reduced to 50,000 strips of paper in seconds when a
worker confused the copier with the shredder.
7) A convict broke out of jail in Washington D.C., then a few days later
accompanied his girlfriend to her trial for robbery. At lunch, he went out
for a sandwich. She needed to see him, and thus had him paged. Police
officers recognized his name and arrested him as he returned to the
courthouse in a car he had stolen over the lunch hour.
8) Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal
colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine.
The message “He’s lying” was placed in the copier, and police pressed the
copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn’t telling the truth.
Believing the “lie detector” was working, the suspect confessed.
9) When two service station attendants in Ionia, Michigan, refused to hand
over the cash to an intoxicated robber, the man threatened to call the
police. They still refused, so the robber called the police and was
10) A Los Angeles man who later said he was “tired of walking,” stole a
steamroller and led police on a 5 mph chase until an officer stepped aboard
and brought the vehicle to a stop.

A Ceres man dropped his wallet inside a manhole and got stuck trying to fetch it, police said.

Jared Medeiros, 21, was in head first when Ceres police discovered two legs flailing in the air Friday. When police tried to pull him out, his waist wouldn’t budge from the tunnel.

The fire department had to assist to pull him out. When they did, about 40 minutes had passed. They assessed his medical condition and found some minor scrapes and contusions. Police said he was slightly intoxicated but not impaired.

The North Charleston Police Department arrested two people after investigators say they found more than $33,000 worth of marijuana at a home in North Charleston.

Authorities charged 69-year-old Oliver Kennedy and 63-year-old Lavern Kennedy with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

The couple was arrested after NCPD‘s narcotics unit executed a search warrant at the suspects’ home on Park Place South in the Olde Village Community.

A police report states that officers located 3,362.6 grams of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $33,620, along with several items consistent with packaging, weighing and using the illegal substance.

In addition, five long guns were also located inside the residence.

Power strip takes blame in house blaze


A fire that killed two cats and destroyed a three-bedroom house occupied by a military couple at Pearl City Peninsula on Thursday is believed to have been accidental and to have originated in the living room.

The 7:30 a.m. fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the Lehua Avenue structure and its contents, said Capt. Terry Seelig, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman. The cause appeared to be have been electrical because the blaze began in the vicinity of a power strip in which various electrical appliances were plugged, Seelig said.

A woman who was asleep when the fire began escaped injury and ran back to retrieve several of her pets, including two dogs. Seelig said people should not run back into a building on fire at any time.


Find less than grisly than had been thought


Honolulu police and state law enforcement officials have determined that what was reported to be a severed human hand found at Goat Island off Malaekahana was actually a dried squid.

A woman reported that she saw the hand on the island over the weekend and again Thursday, a Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman said. Officers with the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement then asked HPD homicide detectives for assistance. HPD spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Thursday afternoon, however, that the object was a dried squid.



Police seek driver in hit-run accident involving mo-ped


Hawaii County police are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver of a vehicle that critically injured a mo-ped driver in Kona.

A witness told police a southbound vehicle on Queen Kaahumanu Highway was turning left onto Kealakehe Parkway when it hit the mo-ped about 8:05 p.m. Sunday and drove off.

The mo-ped driver sustained severe head injuries and was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where he is listed in critical condition, police said.

Police described the vehicle as possibly a dark-colored pickup truck or SUV. It probably has front-end damage and may have a broken or cracked windshield, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident to call officer Josiah Coe at 326-4646, ext. 254.

Constable Mike Connors Van


RADNOR, Pa. (AP/Patch) — Police say two men hoping to stage photos of an arrest locked themselves inside a Pennsylvania constable’s van and ended up getting arrested for real.

Radnor police tell the Philadelphia Daily News that 21-year-old Ryan Letchford and 22-year-old Jeffrey Olson were arrested early Saturday when another person called 911 to report the men were trapped.

The Marlton, N.J., men left a party and allegedly got into the van so they could take photos of themselves pretending to be arrested. Investigators say a friend discovered the men inside the van but couldn’t unlock it and called police.

When Constable Mike Connor let Olson and Letchford out of the van, the two men allegedly stated that they could not recall how they wound up inside the vehicle, according to Radnor Patch.

Both men were arraigned on charges of theft, public drunkenness and criminal mischief and posted bail. Phone listings for them could not immediately be located.

Man dies in savage lawn mower accident

A man in his mid-forties died following a lawn mowing accident early on Wednesday morning in Kungsbacka, in southern Sweden.

“We think he was mowing the grass in what turned out to be a too steep incline,” said Stefan Dalhielm of the local police to newspaper Hallands Nyheter.

The man, who was employed by the local authorities, was mowing the lawn outside a train station in Kungsbacka just before 8am on Wednesday morning.

It is believed that he was trimming the edges next to an underpass by the station when the steep sloping ground made the ride-on mower topple over.

The man, who fell with the machine, went under the mower and was savaged badly by the blades. Despite the swift arrival of police and ambulance services the man’s life could not be saved.

“The continued investigation will prove the exact chain of events,” said Dalhielm to Hallands Nyheter.

According to figures from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) from 2010, 6,000 people in Sweden seek medical attention annually for injuries sustained while carrying out gardening chores.

Motorized lawn mowers are the most common gardening tool to be involved in accidents. For men, 26.7 percent of gardening accidents involve a motorized mower.

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