Posts Tagged ‘ crime ’

Mr Average breaks the law at least once a day

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

Speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and dropping litter top the list of rules and regulations regularly flouted, a survey has found. Other laws often broken are eating while driving, parking on pavements and not wearing a seatbelt.

Driver chases down rider on stolen bike who carjacks van

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A Salt Lake City man took matters into his own hands when he saw a stolen motorcycle he had helped customize, police said. The driver told police he ran the motorcyclist off the road and told him he was riding a stolen bike. A power line guide wire knocked the thief off the motorcycle, but he got up, forced his way into a passing van, and escaped.

Piggybank theft nets $24, 6 years’ jail

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A man in the US state of Wisconsin has been sentenced to six years in prison for stealing $US20 ($24) from a two-year-old girl’s piggy bank.

Visa ruling came after donation

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

There is no evidence to show that the donations to the Liberal Party influenced any decision making by then-Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone or encouraged any of the politicians to contact her about the case. But the revelations raise questions about the appropriateness of political parties accepting certain donations.

Donkey jailed for stealing

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The unnamed donkey was found in possession of the research institute’s corn and a local judge sentenced him to 24 hours in prison. The man who had his ass thrown in jail got off with a fine of 50 Egyptian pounds ($11.40).

Drug dealer levies fuel surcharge

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

An Indiana drug dealer asked a customer to pay him an extra $US25 “for gas money to deliver the cocaine,” court documents showed. With petrol retailing at about $US4 a gallon (3.79 litres), the dealer likely made a small profit on the fuel charge.

Saggy pants ban ‘unconstitutional’

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A Florida judge has deemed unconstitutional a law banning saggy pants that show off the wearer’s underwear. The law was approved by Rivers Beach voters in March after supporters of the bill collected nearly 5,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

Thank God Greens are not running country

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

For political fringe-dwellers like the Greens, there was no threat to Australia’s national security to warrant the 2005 anti-terrorism laws. The legislation was, they said, all a ruse to hide the government’s real agenda, ramming the new industrial relations laws through parliament during that first week in November 2005.

Female karate champion defeats mugger

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A mugger in Italy got more than he bargained for when the woman he tried to rob turned out to be a national karate champion. After punching the man to the floor, Lara Liotta ran to the nearby railway station of Termini and alerted police, who caught the would-be attacker before he could run away.

Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The threat of global warming is so great that campaigners were justified in causing more than £35,000 worth of damage to a coal-fired power station, a British jury decided yesterday. In a verdict that will have shocked ministers and energy companies the jury at Maidstone Crown Court cleared six Greenpeace activists of criminal damage.