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Man shot after triggering own booby trap while feeding squirrels at North Carolina home

Posted 8:38 AM, October 16, 2018, by Tribune Media Wire



CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina man who booby-trapped his backdoor with a shotgun shot himself when he opened the door, according to deputies.
WCNC reported that the 68-year-old man seriously injured himself with his own booby trap at about 11:30 a.m. Monday at his Cleveland County home.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” Capt. Jon Wright, with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, told the Gaston Gazette.

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Cleveland Co Sheriff’s Office says first arriving deputy used his tactical tourniquet on the man. He was taken to Atrium Health in Shelby. Likely will be flown to Charlotte. Also, this is what greets visitors to the man’s home.



9:32 AM - 15 Oct

Deputies said the shotgun went off after the man opened the door to feed some squirrels, hitting him in the arm. An arriving deputy used a tactical tourniquet on the man.
Authorities say the trap was just one of many that had been rigged around the property, according to WBTV.
Deputies said the man was taken to Atrium Health in Shelby and will likely be flown Charlotte.
 
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'Spider-Man' Breaks Into Arizona Police Station and Falls Asleep in Ceiling Duct While High on Meth: Cops

Deborah Hastings
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Inside EditionOctober 25, 2018




An Arizona man who climbed into a police station while high on methamphetamine said he felt like "Spider-Man," authorities said.

Jesus Carrillo-Levya, 51, told investigators he was running from bad guys when he used a ladder to reach a window at the Mesa Police Department, then broke it and crawled inside, officials said. He was found asleep in a ceiling vent.

Detectives who arrived at 7 a.m. Wednesday noticed the broken window. They also found open desk drawers and dried blood. About an hour later, officers discovered a backpack near a fence surrounding the station, as well as a freshly dug hole under the fence.

The station was evacuated and SWAT officers searched the building until they discovered a ceiling tile out of place. That's where police found Levya, asleep inside the opening, and arrested him, they said.

He was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing and criminal defacing. It wasn't clear whether he had an attorney.
 
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Florida Man Wearing Crocs Gets Bitten After Jumping Into Crocodile Exhibit at Alligator Farm




November 07, 2018 04:03 AM

Employees at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park were left baffled when they came across a floating Croc shoe and discarded clothes in the facility’s crocodile pit Tuesday morning.

Desperate for answers, St. Augustine staff members took a look at the park’s security footage and discovered a man had broken into the farm and jumped off a roof into the crocodile exhibit, which is home to three 12-foot Nile crocodiles, News 4 Jax reported.

When the employees contacted the police, officers had just responded to an incident in which a man, wearing nothing but underwear, was seen crawling on the lawn in a “concealed manner” near the park, the St. Augustine Police Department said in a statement.

The man, who police identified as the suspect caught on camera at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, sustained significant injuries to his feet and legs — believed to be crocodile bites. The suspect has since been identified as Brandon Keith Hatfield.

When questioned by police, Hatfield allegedly said he had been attacked by an alligator, according to The Florida Times-Union. He then reportedly told officers he ran into an old man who was walking an alligator on a leash and was all of a sudden “surrounded by all these baby alligators.”

In addition to flinging himself into the crocodile exhibit, police say Hatfield, 23, allegedly “damaged numerous exhibits and statues around the complex causing an excess of $5,000 in damage.”

In another surveillance video, the man can be seen standing on top of a statue before jumping on a tree. That is when he comes into contact with one of the crocodiles, which explains his injuries, Jay Ruditis, who handles the security videos for the park told News 4 Jax.

“Watch behind him, there’s a croc trying to attack him,” Ruditis told the new station describing the footage. “Now it’s dragging him. He will get on the shore. It’s got his foot right now. It has a good hold on his leg. It’s kind of pulling him in. The croc will flip him, a little death roll in a moment. The croc still has him, so what he does is tries to kick it with his foot,” Ruditis explained to News 4 Jax.

The individual eventually escaped the pit, leading him to seek refuge on the nearby lawn on Holly Lane.

“A little weird to see somebody that early in just boxers going over your wall into your property saying ‘I was held hostage in a pool with gators,” Jeff Black told CBS 47 about finding Hatfield on his lawn.

“He says, ‘Yeah, I got bit by alligators.’ Everybody’s looking at him like, ‘OK, he’s got to be on something,'” Black told the news station.

St. Augustine Police explained Hatfield was transported to Flagler Hospital “for further medical attention.” Following his release, he will be moved to St. John’s County Jail.

RELATED: Before Haramabe: 10 Other Cases of Humans Venturing into Zoo Exhibits

Hatfield has been charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Violation of Probation. It is not clear if Hatfield has legal representation.

While police are still trying to understand how and why Hatfield ended up in the crocodile pit they believe “he was possibly high on something,” according to KTVB 7.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
 
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McDonald’s worker sent home after being late on first day robs McDonald's 5 miles away, police say

David Gomez-Beltran, 19, allegedly robbed a San Antonio-area McDonald's hours after he was sent home for being late to his first job at another McDonald's. (Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)
A 19-year-old San Antonio teen who was sent home after being late to his first day of work at a local McDonald’s decided the ideal way to spend his time off was to rob another McDonald's franchise about 5 miles away, police said.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said the series of events began when a man dressed in an employee uniform entered a local McDonald’s on Thursday telling the manager he had been sent in from another location to help.

The shift manager reportedly said he needed to fill out some paperwork and took the man to the restaurant’s kitchen area. It was there the man allegedly pulled out a handgun and demanded all the money in the safe.
The manager complied and handed over $1,500 before the man fled.
After authorities were called, managers from nearby locations arrived at the McDonald’s to review surveillance footage. One of them recognized the robber as David Gomez-Beltran, a new hire who was sent home earlier in the day when he reported to work late, KSAT reported.


The manager told police that while he was waiting for his ride home, Gomez-Beltran asked a series of questions about security cameras and protocol, should the restaurant be robbed, the station reported.
Authorities also determined Gomez-Beltran’s twin brother, Rey Gomez-Beltran, was a five-year employee at a McDonald’s and had an outstanding warrant for assault causing bodily injury.
The two brothers were spotted leaving an apartment complex in a vehicle. When deputies attempted to pull them over, the driver refused to stop, and hit at least two cars before crashing.
Rey Gomez-Beltran was allegedly behind the wheel and his brother was a passenger. David Gomez-Beltran suffered a broken leg in the crash.
A black Glock handgun was found under the passenger’s seat, police said.
Rey Gomez-Beltran was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest and assault causing bodily injury.
David Gomez-Beltran is charged with aggravated robbery.
 
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Burglar Without Pants Falls Through Ceiling At Waffle House

By Michael Seale, Patch Staff | Nov 7, 2018 2:32 pm ET




TUSCUMBIA, AL - Diners at a Waffle House restaurant in North Alabama Sunday experienced something they have likely never seen while eating out. A man crashed through the ceiling and into the dining room - wearing no pants.

The Birmingham man was identified as 27-year-old Wesley Glenn Bost, because the man left his wallet and drivers license in his pants in the Waffle House bathroom before climbing into the ceiling in what police say was an attempt to enter the restaurant's office to commit a robbery.

A report by the Times Daily said warrants are expected to be issued today for Bost for first-degree criminal mischief and burglary.


"He was trying to break into the office of the restaurant by going through the ceiling of the bathroom," Police Chief Tony Logan said. "Apparently, he made a wrong step and he came down into the dining area."
Logan said Bost had used his pants to tie up the door of the bathroom to keep anyone from coming in. After Bost fell through the ceiling, he fled from the restaurant and to a car driven by another man.

Police say after a high-speed chase into Sheffield, the car stopped at Avalon Park and the two men got out of the car and ran. Law enforcement is still trying to locate both men.
"We have his car and we have his driver's license and identification, which he left in his pants inside the Waffle House," Holland said.
 
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Woman, 31, is arrested AGAIN for 'beating up her boyfriend because he refused to have sex with her'
  • Rebecca Lynn Phelps, 31, of suburban Tampa, Florida was arrested by police on Thanksgiving night
  • She allegedly got drunk and walked into boyfriend's bedroom asking for sex
  • When he refused, she allegedly attacked him by scratching his left eye, causing it to swell
  • This is the second time in the last 14 months that Phelps has been arrested for attacking a man who refused to sleep with her
ByAriel Zilber For Dailymail.com
Published: 20:39 EST, 26 November 2018 | Updated: 21:32 EST, 26 November 2018






Rebecca Lynn Phelps, 31, was arrested by police near Tampa for ‘grabbing her boyfriend’s genitals [while] wanting to have sex’ on Thanksgiving night
A Florida woman has been arrested for allegedly beating up her boyfriend after he spurned her sexual advances.
Rebecca Lynn Phelps, 31, was arrested by police near Tampa for allegedly 'grabbing her boyfriend’s genitals [while] wanting to have sex' on Thanksgiving night, according to The Smoking Gun.
Phelps shares a home with the victim, who is unnamed, and their child in Land O'Lakes, Florida.


This is the second time in the last 14 months that Phelps has been arrested for allegedly beating up a man who did not want to have sex with her.
Police say that her boyfriend was sleeping when an intoxicated Phelps walked into the bedroom and indicated she wanted to have sex.

Phelps allegedly groped her boyfriend’s genitals, but instead he ‘said no and went back to sleep,’ police said.
She then left the room, only to come back and start ‘tapping’ his leg, police said.




In September 2017, Phelps was arrested after she ‘smacked [a man] so hard on the right side of his face it left redness.’ The man did not want to have sexual relations with Phelps, who got angry in response, according to police



Phelps shares a home with the victim, who is unnamed, and their child in Land O'Lakes, Florida. A copy of the arrest report is seen above
‘The victim pretended to be asleep to ignore the defendant who is intoxicated,’ investigators said.
Phelps then allegedly grew angry and ‘scratched the victim on his left eye causing it to swell and turn black and blue,’ according to the arrest report.
When police arrived, Phelps denied touching the victim.
She was booked on misdemeanor domestic battery charges. She was released on Sunday morning after she posted $100 bond.
Phelps has been ordered by a judge not to have any contact with the victim.
In September 2017, Phelps was arrested after she ‘smacked [a man] so hard on the right side of his face it left redness.’
The man did not want to have sexual relations with Phelps, who got angry in response, according to police.
She then attacked the man, scratching him with her right hand and causing his skin to break and the victim to bleed, according to police.
Prosecutors declined to pursue charges against Phelps.
It is unclear if the victim in September 2017 is the same man in the current case.
 
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Woman passes gas in store, then pulls knife on an offended customer, cops say

By Howard Cohen
hcohen@miamiherald.com

November 27, 2018 05:51 PM

Updated 9 minutes ago

Passing gas in public is often embarrassing. But for a Dania Beach woman, doing so while waiting in line at a Dollar General store led to her arrest on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

It’s what police say she did after a man in line complained about the act that led to the charge.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office complaint affidavit, Shanetta Yvette Wilson, 37, was in the checkout line at the Dollar General store on 120 S. Federal Hwy in Dania Beach on Sunday evening. John Walker, the customer standing next to her, got into a verbal dispute “in reference to the defendant farting loudly,” according to the affidavit.


Wilson allegedly pulled a small “lock back knife” from her purse, “opened the knife and told the victim she was going to ‘gut’ him,” the police report said.


While doing so, she pulled back her right hand with the knife as if she was going to attack the victim with it, the report read.

Walker was “in fear that he was going to be stabbed by the defendant,” the affidavit read.

After police were called, Wilson was found by deputies in the area of 45 NW 5th Ave. and identified by Walker.

Wilson was arrested and taken to the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach. Her bail was set at $2,500.
 
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Teen shoots herself trying to put AK-47 down her pants: Deputies


By Mayra Moreno
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 10:20PM
HUMBLE, Texas (KTRK) --
Cell phone video from a neighbor shows a 17-year-old girl who had apparently just shot herself in the leg with an AK-47.

Another neighbor, Don Sievertson, a veteran who worked in medicine, ran out to help.

"I thought somebody had been hit by a car because I saw her laying in the street," he said.

He saw the teen screaming uncontrollably in pain. He said he heard three gunshots and saw two wounds on her leg.

"I put pressure and the towel around the right foot and the heel of the foot was missing from the gunshot wound," Sievertson said.


According to Harris County Pct. 4 Constable Mark Hermann, there were two 17-year-old girls and a 16-year-old boy who were simply hanging out after school, but it was the teen boy that had an AK-47.

The teen girl then tried putting the weapon in her pant leg and apparently struck herself, deputy constables said.

"She remained conscious the entire time, she kept thrashing back and forth, we assured her help was on the way, she was screaming in pain," said the neighbor.

Sievertson said a neighbor initially heard the teen boy say it was a drive-by shooting, but that neighbor reassured police he saw the teen slide the AK-47 into a sewer.

Authorities were able to recover the weapon and took the 16-year-old boy into custody. There's a possibility charges could be filed.

As for the teen who allegedly shot herself, at last check she was in critical condition and in surgery.

"She's lucky, she's very lucky with that type of weapon, it would have been massive," said the neighbor.
 
Man, Woman Admit Driving From Arizona To Wyoming With Kids In Trunk
Two German shepherds sat in the back seat while the kids were in the trunk.



Casper Police Dept.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A man and woman admit in court they drove from Arizona to Wyoming with two children in the trunk of their car.
Sixty-three-year-old Michael J. Fee and 31-year-old Amber L. Freudenstein each pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports Circuit Judge Steven Brown sentenced each to 30 days in jail. Fee is from Peoria, Arizona, and Freudenstein is from Tempe, Arizona.
Sheriff’s officials say a third party told them the children reported riding in the trunk for much of the 900-mile drive while two German shepherds sat in the back seat.
Fee said in court there was not enough room for everyone so the children were relegated to the trunk. Court documents show the children are about 6 and 10 years old.
 

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Man, Woman Admit Driving From Arizona To Wyoming With Kids In Trunk
Two German shepherds sat in the back seat while the kids were in the trunk.



Casper Police Dept.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A man and woman admit in court they drove from Arizona to Wyoming with two children in the trunk of their car.
Sixty-three-year-old Michael J. Fee and 31-year-old Amber L. Freudenstein each pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports Circuit Judge Steven Brown sentenced each to 30 days in jail. Fee is from Peoria, Arizona, and Freudenstein is from Tempe, Arizona.
Sheriff’s officials say a third party told them the children reported riding in the trunk for much of the 900-mile drive while two German shepherds sat in the back seat.
Fee said in court there was not enough room for everyone so the children were relegated to the trunk. Court documents show the children are about 6 and 10 years old.
They need to be locked in a trunk in Arizona for however long the kids were in the trunk.