Texas stupid criminals and stupid news (however old they might be)

1991 — Police in Arlington, Texas, were greatly assisted in solving a May armored car robbery. The robber, with gun in hand running for his car, was parked beside a bus load of Japanese tourists, who aimed their cameras when they heard the commotion. Many prints of the man’s face and license plate became available, and he was picked up a short time later.

1992 — Sam F. Stewart, 17, was arrested for burglary in Waskom, Texas, in April, after he had broken into a van housed in a residential garage and then inadvertently activated the electric locks while trying to start the car. As he hit various controls in an attempt to get out of the car, he awoke the owners. Stewart was still trapped inside the car when police arrived.

1997 — In June 1996 News of the Weird reported that the federal government had indicted the sellers of a box with a car-radio-antenna-like device (the Quadro Tracker) that was being sold as a divining rod, for up to $8,000 each, to school officials and small-town law enforcement officers as an aid to finding illegal drugs. The FBI showed that the Tracker was merely a piece of plastic (and besides, it had been offered to golfers as a device to help them find lost balls). In January, after a trial in Beaumont, Texas, the sellers were found not guilty of fraud.

1994 — In May 1993, Eric Jason Fann, then 21, was in jail in Kansas awaiting extradition to serve time in Texas for burglary. According to his later confession, Fann so feared Texas prisons that he deliberately threatened to kill President Clinton figuring that such a threat would get him a federal prison sentence instead of the Texas time. In July 1994, he was convicted and indeed sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, but the sentence is to start at the end of his Texas sentence.

1996 — Texas state Sen. Jerry Patterson, a proponent of guns for protection who said in January he might test the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority’s gun ban by carrying a concealed weapon on a bus: “Then I’ll go to Metro and say, ‘Nah, nah, nah, nah! Rode your bus, rode your bus!'”

1992 — LATEST NEGATIVE CASH-FLOW ROBBERY: A man held up a Circle K store in Waco, Texas, on Nov. 29 after first diverting the clerk’s attention by putting a $20 bill on the counter and asking for change. When the robber pulled a gun and demanded the entire contents of the cash register, the clerk put everything in a bag and handed it to the robber all $15. The robber left the $20 bill on the counter as he fled.

1996– Juan Morales, 18, and Juan Mendoza, 18, were arrested as they robbed a Coastal Mart convenience store in Weslaco, Texas, in November. Police had been tipped off to the crime because the cashier on duty the day before reported that the two men had threatened to “come back and rob you” the next day.

1994 — The Austin American-Statesman reported in December that Texas Treasurer Martha Whitehead had hired a psychologist, for $1,000, to counsel several employees of her office who were despondent about Whitehead’s recommendation to abolish her agency.

1991 — During tennis’s Italian Open in May, Mark Koevermans, at double match point in a bid to upset Alberto Mancini, had his last point taken away with a replay ordered by the umpire because Mancini had been distracted when a fan threw a half-eaten ham sandwich onto the court. Mancini then rallied to win. And in San Marcos, Texas, in June, a man reported he had been injured walking along a road when a passing motorist hit him in the back with a bologna sandwich.


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