A Florida woman who claimed she was a “Kardashian” was arrested on a battery charge after a confrontation with a neighbor, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.
Last week, Crystal Kohler, 35, approached her neighbor and said, “I’m a Kardashian. I’m going to (expletive) you up,” and then pushed the victim with both hands, deputies said.
When deputies asked Kohler why she did it, she said the neighbor was too “nosy,” according to an incident report.
The victim said she has ongoing issues with Kohler, who randomly yells at her for no reason.
Kohler remains in the Marion County Jail on a charge of simple battery.
A funeral being held in a historic Louisiana church Saturday was interrupted when the floor below the mourners collapsed, injuring several people.
The Daily Star in Hammond reported that the floor at the Greater St. James AME Church was weakened by termite damage. As the family and friends of Carl Weary walked into the sanctuary for his memorial, the beams broke under their weight.
“The foundation went down and the wood floor cracked,” Walter Ard, a witness and the contractor who built the church’s roof, told the Daily Star.
Another witness, Clifford Walker, told the newspaper that the floor gave way without warning. He attributed the incident to “years of neglect and termite infestation.”
Lacy Landrum, director of administration for the city of Hammond, told the Daily Star that nearly a dozen people had to be rescued. Several of them suffered minor injuries, and two mourners had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital.
According to a website belonging to the Greater St. James Historic Preservations, the church was established in 1867 as a branch of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and was the first black church in Hammond. The current church was completed in 1926.
NOLA.com reported that the church has been shut down by the city since Saturday’s accident.
An Oklahoma woman said she woke up to a coyote in her bedroom around 4 a.m. Sunday.
According to KOKI-TV in Tulsa, the Bixby woman said, at first, she thought her cat and her dog were fighting, but when she turned the light on she saw a coyote.
She tried to get the coyote out with a golf club, and when that didn't work, she called Bixby police. Officers used two animal control hooks to get the animal out and released it back into the woods.
The homeowner said she thinks the coyote may have gotten inside through her back door that wasn’t dead-bolted and was hunting her cat. She believes the coyote came from the wooded area behind her house.
Both the homeowner and cat are uninjured and are safe.
San Francisco police officers contacted by Brian Egg’s worried friends and neighbors weren’t sure what they would find when they finally gained access to his home -- but a headless human torso submerged in a fish tank was not likely on that list.
Officers were able to get inside the missing 65-year-old’s home on Aug. 14, after neighbors called 911 to report a suspicious person -- and a truck from a crime scene cleaning service -- outside Egg’s home, San Francisco police officials said. The people there with the truck, including the man who hired the crew, were detained for questioning and officers went inside.
“Officers did not locate Mr. Egg, but found evidence including cleaning products and suspicious odors in the residence,” officials said in a news release. “On Aug. 15, the (San Francisco Police Department) homicide detail took over the investigation and a search warrant was authorized for Mr. Egg’s residence. While searching the location, SFPD investigators found human remains inside a fish tank.”
The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office is still working on identifying the remains, as well as determining a cause and manner of death, police officials said. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that decomposition was so advanced that even the body’s sex could not be determined.
The body’s head and hands had been removed and cleaning products had been dumped into the tank with the torso, according to the Chronicle. The medical examiner is using DNA from Egg’s family to determine whether the body found in his home is his, the newspaper reported.
The saga of Brian Egg began in late July and early August, when police first heard from Egg’s family and neighbors, who were worried because they had not seen him in a while. Scott Free, a neighbor, told the Chronicle that he first became concerned in June, when he stopped seeing Egg walking his dog or watering his plants outside his home.
His concern grew in July when two strangers began answering Egg’s door, claiming that they were house-sitting while Egg was on vacation, Free told the newspaper. That’s when he started calling police.
Officers went to Egg’s Clara Street home twice, but got no response at the door and saw nothing suspicious that would warrant them forcing their way inside, the news release said.
A missing person investigation began Aug. 7, when Egg’s sister reported him missing. A third trip to Egg’s home also produced no information on his whereabouts, officials said.
“There wasn’t any evidence to the officers that appeared suspicious at the time that would lead them to take further action in this investigation,” Commander Greg McEachern, who heads the SFPD’s Investigations Bureau, said during a Tuesday news conference. “We don’t make entry into houses because someone has made a missing person report. People have a right to their privacy.”
Detectives who launched a more intensive investigation following the Aug. 15 discovery of the remains made two arrests: Robert McCaffrey, 52, of San Francisco, was arrested at Egg’s home. Lance Silva, 39, also of San Francisco, was picked up the following day at a motel.
Officials said the pair was booked into the San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of murder, fraud, theft, identity theft and elder abuse. Both had the charges later dismissed pending further investigation by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, but Silva remains in custody at the Santa Rita Jail on a probation violation out of Alameda County, police officials said.
Free called the situation “horrifying” when he spoke to the Chronicle Monday outside Egg’s home.
“The police department could have done a lot more in the early stages,” Free said. “It seemed like they weren’t taking it very seriously. There was a dead body in there all along and they were standing right next to it. What if we hadn’t said anything?”
Police officials at one point called Egg’s home and heard an answering machine message saying he was out of town, McEachern said Tuesday. Free and Egg’s brother, Devon Egg, who lives in Florida, both said that he did not have an answering machine.
Neighbors who knew him well also said Brian Egg was not one to travel, the Chronicle said. Though he was a bartender at a renowned San Francisco gay bar, the Stud, in the 1980s, he no longer had steady employment.
“He was kind of fringe,” Free told the newspaper. “He had no job and lived on the margins. He was eccentric. A vacation seemed very implausible.”
He was, however, a person who would occasionally take in drifters who needed a place to stay over the years, his neighbors told the newspaper.
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in the case, specifically from individuals or businesses contacted by anyone claiming to be Brian Egg, or anyone who may have assisted with financial transactions related to Egg or his home at 228 Clara St. in San Francisco.
Anyone with information on the case can contact the San Francisco police anonymously at 415-575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message.
A Florida motorist posted a video Saturday that shows a motorcycle rider steering the bike with his feet — at full speed — on I-95.
The Jacksonville woman said the motorcycle rider passed her, even as her own car was going 60 mph. The rider didn’t have on a shirt or shoes.
The woman said she was driving on I-95 when she saw the man next to her on the bike. She told her son to grab her phone and take the video.
"I passed him and couldn’t believe it, so I slowed down and my son took a short video and a picture of him," the driver said. "I slowed to about 50-60 mph [my son] took the video.
"He looked completely stable on the bike – like he’d done it a million times – not a care in the world. He seemed very confident in his ability."
One Facebook commenter said: “Cool that he can do that, but completely reckless and irresponsible."
Another said: “I wonder how much that would cost him if he gets pulled over. He is putting more than his life in danger, so STUPID.”
A Texas man apparently was all smiles after he was arrested in connection with a thrift store robbery.
According to KWES, police arrested Shawn Paul Melonakos, 36, of Odessa, on Saturday after he was accused of trying to steal items from the Door of Hope Thrift Store.
"Investigation revealed that a male subject, later identified as Melonakos, took merchandise and exited the store without making any attempt to pay," Odessa police said in a news release. "When the complainant confronted Melonakos about the stolen merchandise, Melonakos picked up a large rock and threatened him with it."
The complainant then pulled out a gun and fired a round, police said. Melonakos fled, but the complainant and another man caught and detained him until police arrived, the news release said. Nobody was hurt in the incident, authorities said.
Melonakos had methamphetamine on him when officers arrested him, the news release said. He also gave police a fake name, but officers were able to identify him and found that he was wanted on a parole violation warrant, the release said. He was charged with robbery, methamphetamine possession, providing false identification and violating parole.
Melonakos' unusual mugshot, which featured a big, toothy smile, quickly sparked hundreds of comments and shares on social media.
"Well, ain't he proud of himself," quipped one commenter on KWES's Facebook page.
"Priceless," another Facebook user wrote.
A Utah man who hours before had been arrested on domestic violence charges crashed a plane into the front of his home Monday, killing himself.
Duane Youd, 47, of Payson, died when the Cesna 525 CitationJet struck the house, exploding and setting the house on fire, according to Payson police officials. Youd was killed in the crash, but two people inside -- identified by the Salt Lake Tribune as Youd’s wife and her son -- escaped uninjured through the back of the home.
“He is an experienced pilot,” Sgt. Noemi Sandoval, a Payson police spokeswoman, told the news media. “He flew from Spanish Fork Airport directly here, into the home.”
Sandoval said the toll could have been worse. Youd, who was able to fly below power lines, clipped a shed and a car before the plane hit the house.
“I can’t believe he was able to fly in like that,” Youd’s friend, Alan Herbert, said at the crash scene. “If he hadn’t hit the car, I wonder how much more damage this would have done to the house.”
Payson police officials said that Youd was arrested Sunday night and charged with assault for allegedly abusing his wife. That incident took place in American Fork Canyon, where the couple reportedly went to discuss their marital problems.
Witnesses who saw the assault called the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
“It was not just a slap or a shove,” Utah County sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon told the Tribune. “It was an ongoing thing described by witnesses.”
Youd was booked into the Utah County Jail at 9:18 p.m. on an assault charge, jail records show. He was released around 12:30 a.m. Monday after signing an agreement to stay away from his wife and posting $1,940 bond.
Payson police officials said Youd requested assistance from police officers there to accompany him to his home so he could pick up some belongings and his vehicle. The trip to the house took place without incident.
Less than two hours later, he crashed the plane into the home, authorities said. The Payson Fire Department responded, and firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Youd’s son from a prior marriage, Parker Youd, spoke to reporters at the scene. The 17-year-old, who was at his mother’s house when the crash took place, said his father told him things were going to be “rough for a little bit,” but gave no indication that he would hurt himself or others.
Parker Youd was likely the last person to talk to his father, who he described as “the best dad (he) could ask for.”
“I said, ‘I love you. Good luck. I’ll see you tomorrow,’” Parker Youd said. “He said, ‘I love you, too,’ got in his truck, and drove away.”
Joslyn Youd, 21, posted a photo of her father, smiling and holding a caught fish in his hands, on Facebook. The caption read, “I’ll love you forever.”
Neighbors and friends who knew Duane Youd said they, too, were shocked by the events that took place. Zach Linch, who lives next door to the crime scene, said Youd was always a good neighbor.
“I would never have have expected anything like this,” Linch told the Tribune. “He seemed like a normal guy to me.”
Herbert, who had known Youd since they were teenagers, said the crash was not something he would have expected from his friend.
“He was an exciting guy to be around,” Herbert told the newspaper. “Always positive, never negative. If you were feeling bad, he’d always make sure you were feeling good when you left.”
Pittsburgh Steelers training camp took a bizarre turn Saturday when a man made his way onto the practice field with the apparent intention of challenging superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown.
In a video posted to social media, team staff can be seen ushering the man off the field behind Brown, who can be heard saying, “My boy said he ain’t embarrassing himself at all; he wanna check me. Let him check me real quick.”
The man, wearing a black and yellow uniform that isn’t Steelers issue, wore No. 43 – the number worn by former Steelers defensive icon Troy Polamalu.
It wasn’t immediately clear who the man was or how he got onto the field.
A South Carolina woman accused of drunken driving told police not to arrest her because she's "a white, clean girl," authorities said.
According to the New York Post, Bluffton police pulled over Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw, 32, of Bluffton, early Saturday after she allegedly sped through a stop sign. The police report said Cutshaw had bloodshot eyes and slurred her words as she spoke with officers, telling them she'd had two glasses of wine for her birthday.
A breathalyzer test showed that Cutshaw had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, police said.
Authorities said the woman argued with officers, saying she's a "clean, thoroughbred white girl" who shouldn't be arrested, the Island Packet reported. When asked why that mattered, Cutshaw replied, "You're a cop; you should know what that means," the police report said.
Cutshaw also said she was dating a police officer, had perfect grades, had been a cheerleader and sorority girl, attended a "high accredited university" and was a member of the National Honor Society, the arrest report said.
Cutshaw was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, ignoring a stop sign and speeding 25 mph or more.
Residents of a San Antonio suburb can breathe a little easier after police said viral photos that appeared to show an alligator lurking in a Texas river were apparently an "unintentional hoax."
"After some investigation this morning, it has been determined that recent social media posts purporting to show an alligator in the Comal/Guadalupe Rivers in New Braunfels are a hoax," the New Braunfels Police Department said in Facebook post Saturday. "A remote-controlled alligator head was used to create photos and videos that you may have seen on Facebook and other social media sites. The hoax was apparently unintentional, but still may have caused some alarm. We hope this eases any fears."
The department's post, which has been shared hundreds of times, received dozens of tongue-in-cheek comments.
"Did the giant antenna sticking out of the [head] give it away Congratulations Sherlock!" one commenter wrote.
"Fake News," another declared.
Others were not amused.
"Not funny at all," one person wrote.
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