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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Aug 29, 2014 -- 4:39am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .

    University of Southern California football team captain Josh Shaw, 22, whose fabricated story of heroism has caused him to be suspended indefinitely.
    After showing up to practice with two sprained ankles, Shaw told USC he suffered the injuries while leaping from a second-floor balcony to help his 7-year-old nephew who was distressed in a swimming pool.
    The school bought the story and he was celebrated in the media until some calls came into the school from law enforcement sources and friends of Shaw that contradicted his claims.
    Shaw has since recanted the story and an investigation is still under way as to what really happened.

AND THEN THERE'S .....

    Daytona Police Chief Mike Chitwood, who was stopped by security at Orlando International Airport after a gun was found in his carry-on luggage.
    Chief Chitwood was escorted from the TSA checkpoint to safely secure his weapon before he was allowed to board his flight.
    The chief was not arrested and is not facing charges, but he's said to be terribly embarrassed about being detained.
    Chief Chitwood said, "I've read these things and I've always said… How stupid could you be to do that?"
    I guess now he knows.

OR HOW ABOUT .....

    The Heart2Heart Montessori Academy in Willow Park, Texas, which is being sued after a photo of children duct-taped to their sleeping mats was leaked to parents.
     The photo showed a child wrapped in a blanket and bound to a nap mat with silver duct-tape.
     It was taken by a former employee who sent it to a set of parents who are suing the school for $1 million in damages.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Aug 27, 2014 -- 10:06am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .

    Jesean Morris, 20, a Nebraska parole violator, whose ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video exposed his whereabouts to authorities.
    One of Morris' friends tipped off authorities to his exact location upon figuring it out from his video.
    Morris did not surrender quietly, first giving police a false name before spitting in an officer's face and even kicking through the partition between the front and back seat of the police cruiser.
    He was eventually booked for violation of his parole, suspicion of criminal impersonation, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer.

AND THEN THERE'S .....

    Bryce Dolph, 27, and his 17-year-old girlfriend, a Florida couple who were arrested after taking selfies on a stolen phone and posting them on Facebook.
    The pair walked into a restaurant to pick up their food and when no one was looking they snatched the hostess' phone.
    Later on that day they took and posted some selfies, which were automatically uploaded to the hostess' cloud account for storage.
    The photos were used by cops to track down the couple.
    Dolph was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of grand theft.

OR HOW ABOUT .....

    A 32-year-old British man, who faked his own kidnapping to avoid a date with his girlfriend.
    The unidentified man texted his girlfriend saying he'd been kidnapped over a debt equivalent to $82.
    The woman, concerned for her boyfriend's well-being, contacted police.
    Police eventually caught up with the man who recanted his story and explained to police he told the lie so he could continue to stay out partying.


OKAY, ONE MORE .....

    Lisset Rendon, 23, and Alejandro Jimenez, 26, a Florida couple who jumped into a canal for a late night swim without realizing it was a known crocodile habitat.
    Rendon was bitten in her left shoulder and Jimenez was bitten in the hands and torso as they scrambled toward safety at a nearby dock.
    Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said, “We certainly do not recommend you go swimming during their peak feeding hours.”

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Aug 26, 2014 -- 10:22am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .

     Jesean Morris, a 20-year-old Nebraska man who was arrested on parole violations after posting an Ice Bucket Challenge video on Facebook.
    Morris was wanted on assault charges from 2010 and had been living under an alias.
    Police say an unidentified "friend" showed them the video and tipped them off to his address.
    He was arrested for supplying false information and several other fraud-related charges.

OR HOW ABOUT ….

     Shalanda Morgan, 28, and Rachelle Palys, 26, two Ocala, Florida women who were arrested after attempting to snatch a purse at a probation office.
    The women were there to address other charges when police spotted them on live surveillance video as they broke a window, entered an interview room, and snatched a purse.
    The women were charged with several offenses, including burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card.


AND THEN THERE'S .....

     Ben Hueso, a California state senator who was arrested on drunk driving charges after police saw him drive a state-issued car the wrong way down a one-way street.
    Sacramento police say Hueso was just outside the Capitol Building when the bust occurred.
    With his arrest, Hueso became the fourth legislator in the past five years to be accused of drunk driving.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 -- 10:42am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
    Mason Requa, a Rochester, NY pizza delivery man who lied about witnessing a beheading to escape punishment for a late delivery.
    Requa's story caused police from several departments to spend hours searching for a machete-wielding man that supposedly decapitated a 7-year-old girl.
    Requa later confessed that he concocted the story because he feared his boss would fire him for taking too long with a delivery.
    Instead of being fired, he was arrested and charged with falsely submitting an incident.


AND THEN THERE'S .....
    Joshua Delong, 28, a Florida man who left his kids in the car so he could have a few drinks, and wound up getting beat up by patrons.
    Delong was enjoying a drink when a patron overheard his tale of leaving his kids, ages 5, 7, and 8, in the car while he drank.
    Word spread around the bar and several patrons dragged him outside and beat him after verifying the story.
    When police arrived, one of the kids told the police officer, "Daddy does this all the time."

OR HOW ABOUT .....
    23-year-old Sadie Renee Johnson, an Oregon woman who was arrested after starting a forest fire because her firefighter friends were bored.
    Johnson told police she tossed a small firework from a car into the roadside brush because firefighters "needed work."
    The fire spread to about 80 square miles — 51,000 acres — and cost nearly $8 million to fight.
    Investigators said she even posted a Facebook question two days later: "Like my fire?"
    Her trial is set for September 1.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Aug 22, 2014 -- 10:40am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
    18-year-old Michael Johnson, an Albuquerque teen who stole an electric shopping cart so he wouldn't be late to a meeting with his probation officer.
    When the probation officer asked Johnson where he got the cart, Johnson said from Wal-Mart.
    Johnson was then arrested and charged with larceny and receiving stolen property.
    He also violated his probation when he was arrested and was ordered held on a $500 bond.


OR HOW ABOUT .....
    William McDaniel, 53, who was arrested after he called 911 to complain that a stripper would not have sex with him.
    McDaniel gave a woman $350 for a private dance at a Butte, Montana gentleman's club, but the dance ended abruptly when McDaniel became "sexually aggressive" towards the dancer.
    Unhappy that his advances were denied, McDaniel allegedly called 911 to inform authorities that the woman would not have sex with him.
    Authorities responded by charging McDaniel with soliciting prostitution.


OKAY, ONE MORE .....
    Richard Catalano, 26, who was shot and killed by an intruder after he posted a photo of a large amount of money at his Rhode Island home on social media.
    After returning home from the Sneaker XPO in Providence, Rhode Island, Catalano posted a picture of a pile of money on a public Facebook page.
    That same night, police said 24-year-old Dari Garcia broke into Catalano's home and fatally shot him.
    Garcia remains guarded at the hospital after police said he suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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