Police: Foiled Birthday Drug Wish Leads To Stabbing

Police: Foiled Birthday Drug Wish Leads To Stabbing
(By JOSH POLTILOVE, The Tampa Tribune)

November 29, 2007

TAMPA – Phil Edward Johnson wanted to celebrate his birthday with $20 worth of cocaine, police say. But when his brother didn’t come up with the drugs, a report says, Johnson stabbed him twice in the stomach.

Police arrested Johnson, 54, Tuesday afternoon. He faces one count of attempted first-degree murder.

His brother, John Butler Tyler, told police it was Johnson’s birthday and that Johnson gave him $20 to buy cocaine for them, a police report states.

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Woman drives at officers, then into pond

Officer says she wore wedding dress, bit man

(by Ethan Wilensky-Lanford)

November 08. 2007

A Gilford, New Hampshire woman in a wedding dress tried to run down two state Department of Fish and Game officers, and, failing, drove into Saltmarsh Pond yesterday, according to authorities.

She then refused help as her SUV sank, yelled for the officers to shoot her, and bit the arm of the man who finally pulled her to safety, a fish and game officer said.

Toni Neville, 42, has been charged with felony reckless conduct, two counts of simple assault, driving after suspension, and transporting a controlled drug.

Two conservation officers, Michael Eastman and Glenn Lucas, drove to the swimming area at Saltmarsh Pond for lunch, shortly after noon. He pulled his vehicle up next to hers, stepped out and asked if she was okay. She seemed distraught, he said, and she was wearing a sleeveless, white wedding dress over her clothes. Upon closer inspection, he saw marijuana in her truck, and pills, he said.

Eastman asked her to step out of the truck. Instead, she shifted gears and drove off, causing the door to shut on Eastman’s arm. he said. He pulled his arm free, got back into his vehicle and, expecting that Neville would flee the scene, turned around to give chase.

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Dell Dude Now Tequila Dude at Tortilla Flats


Next time you’re at Tortilla Flats and you find yourself wondering aloud to your dinner companion, “What ever happened to the guy who did the ‘Dude, you’re getting a Dell’ commercials?” don’t be surprised when Ben Curtis, the man himself, approaches your table and explains the tequila list. While guest-starring on Law & Order and acting in films like the upcoming Proud Iva, Curtis has been a waiter and bartender at the Tex-Mex spot for the past year and a half, and though he dressed up as the Dell Dude for the Halloween party, he’s not about to repeat the slogan for you. He might, however, give you a free shot. “All you have to do,” he says, “is come and have a good time.”

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Supreme Court: Mannequin sex doesn’t equal indecent exposure

(by Terry Woster)

PIERRE – A Sioux Falls man caught in the Washington Pavilion having simulated sex with a mannequin didn’t commit a crime of indecent exposure, the state Supreme Court says.

In a decision released Thursday, the court reversed the conviction of Michael James Plenty Horse, who was found in the late afternoon of Nov. 14, 2005, lying on top of a mannequin in the Alumni Room of the Pavilion.

A security guard surprised Plenty Horse, the record says. He lay with his pants partially down on a mannequin which had its band uniform partially removed. He was 19 at the time.

The Supreme Court unanimously reversed a misdemeanor conviction, saying the state’s indecent exposure statute “criminalizes sexual gratification by displaying or showing one’s genitals in public.”
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Cop Reprimanded for Self-Tasering

(by Steven Elbow )



You’d think the offense would be punishment enough.

A Madison police officer was issued a letter of reprimand this month for zapping the officer’s own hand with a Taser, inadvertently sending a massive jolt of electricity through the officer’s body, police disclosed today.

The incident happened on July 31 when the officer, whose name and gender were not disclosed, discharged the non-lethal weapon during a checkout procedure. According to a summary of the investigation issued by Lt. Kristen Roman of the Professional Standards and Internal Affairs office, officers are required to make sure that no air cartridge is loaded before testing the Taser gun, which is done at the start of each shift.

The air cartridge is what forces prongs out from the Taser. When the prongs strike a target, electricity surges through them along attached wires.

The officer’s hand was injured in the incident, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said today.

The Madison Police Department regularly releases reports when officers are reprimanded, but to protect the privacy and reputations of the officers involved, often leaves the officers unnamed.

According to the summary, which was dated Nov. 1, the failure to ensure that the air cartridge was not loaded was a violation of Madison Police Department policy regarding the check-out procedure and constituted a disregard for safety.

Incompetency of Attorney Counsel Not Enough to Require Reversal(s)???

A 1993 issue of The American Lawyer included the following collection of excerpts from rulings on appeals by clients on the grounds of “ineffective assistance” by their legal counsel.


“Although defense counsel slept during portions of the trial, counsel provided defendant meaningful representation.”
“Proof of a defense counsel’s use of narcotics during trial does not amount to a per se violation of constitutional right to effective counsel.”

“Murder defendant was not deprived of effective assistance of counsel, though counsel was alcoholic.”

“Counsel’s … seeming indifference to defendant’s attire . . . through defendant was wearing same sweatshirt and footwear in court that he wore on the day of crime, did not constitute ineffective assistance.”

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Cell Phone Asshole and Amazing Etch-A-Sketch