The Sun-Sentinel reports that police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, say a man tried to rob a pawn shop in broad daylight on Tuesday by stuffing an assault weapon down his pants.
Marlon Paul Alvarez, 19, now faces grand theft charges stemming from the incident.
Alvarez appeared in court Wednesday, where Broward Judge John Hurley described the defendant’s dumb plan.
“You allegedly went into that pawn shop and removed an AK-47 rifle on display and stuck it down your pants,” Hurley said, reading from an arrest report. “After a while, [you] pulled it out, put it back, then grabbed another assault rifle off another display [and] put that down your pants.”
The Associated Press reports that the owner of the shop stopped the alleged thief when he saw him limping out the door with the $850 rifle down the leg of his pants.
Although the circumstances of Alvarez’s arrest are silly, stolen guns are a serious threat to law enforcement.
Earlier this month, New York authorities cracked down on illegal firearms after investigators learned that an NYPD officer killed in the line of duty was shot with a revolver stolen from a Georgia pawn shop. Police also busted a high-volume gun trafficking ring this spring that allegedly ran guns into New York City from Maine, Connecticut and upstate New York.
“This is the way that criminals get guns that they use to murder police officers and murder other New Yorkers,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said at a press conference on May 6, after the crime ring bust. “People who do this for a living, we will pursue as aggressively as we can.”
Alvarez was held on $25,000 bond for grand theft and the violation of a domestic violence injunction.
KFC doesn’t feed China with a small army of eight-legged chickens. And if you say it does, the fast food chain might just take you to court.
The fried chicken giant announced Monday it has filed suit against three companies in China, accusing the competitors of starting a rumor campaign questioning the quality of the restaurant’s ingredients. Among the more pernicious rumors: KFC’s chickens have eight legs and six wings.
The suit alleges Chen An Zhi Chenggong Culture Communications Ltd., Wei Lu Kuang Technology and Ling Dian Technology deliberately misled consumers by posting photos and articles online. KFC has asked for 1.5 million yuan (around $242,000) and apologies from each company, as well as for them to immediately cease spreading the misinformation, The Associated Press reports.
KFC’s actions come as the Chinese government itself attempts to crack down on what it calls “online rumors,” threatening people behind widely-spread online posts with up to three years in jail.
KFC is China’s biggest restaurant operator, with the country accounting for nearly half of its revenue. Rumors gained particular traction there due to fears over food safety in general, The Wall Street Journal reports, and helped contribute to a 9 percent decline in net revenue for KFC’s corporate parent, Yum Brands, in the first fiscal quarter of this year compared to a year earlier.
Godzilla is stateless no more.
The famous monster now has the papers to prove he is officially a resident of Japan, according to Japanese-language news site Shinjuku Keizai Shimbun.
Godzilla was appointed both a “special resident” and tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward back in April as a promotion for the district’s new Godzilla-themed hotel, Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. Guests at the hotel can opt to stay in what is called the “Godzilla View Room,” where they can look out at the head of a “life-size” Godzilla statue from bed.
On May 25, the Shinjuku ward office produced 3,000 copies of an official residency document for the big guy, to be handed out to fans on a first-come, first-come basis.
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The document states that Godzilla was granted special residency for the purpose of “promoting the entertainment of and watching over the Kabuki-cho neighborhood and drawing visitors from around the globe in the form of the Godzilla head built atop the Shinjuku Toho Building,” according to a translation by Rocket News 24.
The Immigration Bureau of Japan states that those who have been sentenced to fines or imprisonment are not able to become permanent residents of Japan. Luckily for Godzilla, despite being caught on film on numerous occasions doing billions of dollars worth of property damage, he has never faced any time behind bars.
Eminem failed ninth grade three times before dropping out.
Eminem’s decision to pursue rapping came after hearing the hip-hop/ rap group The Beastie Boys.
Eminem lied to his baby’s momma, Kim, and said they were going to Chuck E. Cheese in order to record Hailie’s (his daughter) part for the song “’97 Bonnie & Clyde.”
His mother sued his school in 1982 over the bullying Eminem recieved from D’Angelo Bailey, the same bully Em rapped about on “Brain Damage.”
An American tourist is dead after she was mauled to death on Monday at Lion Park north of Johannesburg, a park official told the Associated Press.
The woman and another passenger were driving through the park with the windows open, according to Eyewitness News. The lion was apparently able to get inside the car, killing the woman and leaving the other passenger seriously injured.
Lion Park, in the South African province of Gauteng, did not immediately return requests for comment, but confirmed the incident and the woman’s death to Eyewitness News.
“Our staff working at the top of the camp tried to get the lion away from the car. Ambulances were called immediately but it was too late,” Lion Park’s assistant operations manager Scott Simpson said, according to The Mirror. “Emergency services arrived at the scene and tried to resuscitate the woman, but were unable to save her.”
Simpson noted to The Mirror that the fatal mauling “is not a common occurrence.”
“We have plenty of signage at the park, indicating that windows should always be closed while driving in the lion park. Brochures are handed out to all of the tourists who visit the park. I really don’t understand why people think it’s okay to leave windows open,” Smith said.
The park, which guarantees tourists “super close-up animal views,” allows visitors to drive themselves through the park. Lion Park also offers guided and electronic vehicle drives, according to its website.
The park describes itself as neither a game reserve or a zoo, though it houses more than 85 lions, including the rare white lions.
At least three other mauling incidents have occurred at the park this year, according to local media. Most notably, an Australian man was mauled by a lion in March when he drove through the park with his windows open. He survived the attack.
A sixth-grader in Savannah, Georgia, learned this week that prank calls are not emergencies.
On Tuesday, the boy hand-wrote an apology to emergency officials after he called a 911 dispatcher, said “deez nuts,” and hung up, according to a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police press release. He said his friends dared him to do it.
His parents weren’t impressed, police say, and drove the boy to the Savannah 911 Center to read his letter to staff members.
“I know this was stupid but I was not listening to myself but I knew it was wrong,” the boy wrote. “Please forgive me for what I said. I know there will be consequences for my actions and I will not complaine [sic] about them.”
Read the full letter:
The boy’s parents have grounded him, which the police said was adequate punishment. Emergency officials turned the incident into a learning experience, and gave the boy and his family a tour of the facility.
From the release:
Lt. Jeff Olson was so impressed with the parenting skills that he called the parents to thank them. “Things like this prove that we do make a difference, one person at a time,” he said.
This kid is certainly not the only person to take liberties with his calls to emergency dispatchers. Case in point: A man in British Columbia who used the service to complain that his hamster was being aggressive and having babies. And let’s not forget the Wisconsin brothers who called 911 looking for Santa (he’s in the North Pole, kids).