An animal-loving bus driver in India has been put on leave after he was caught red-handed engaging in monkey business.
Video showed a simian sitting atop the steering wheel for a few minutes, appearing to take control as driver Prakash changed gears. The Times of India reported Saturday that Indian transportation officials have removed Prakash from duty and asked for an inquiry into his conduct.
“He is an animal-lover, but he should not have allowed this while driving a bus,” an official said.
The monkey came onto the bus with a passenger. No one appeared to be injured, and no one complained about the animal, according to The Times of India.
Source: NY Post; Bus driver put on leave after letting monkey take the wheel By Anthony Izaguirre
A boozed-up driving instructor from Long Island was so reckless behind that wheel that his students got out of the car and hid in a McDonald’s before he rear-ended another driver and got arrested, police said.
“I’m happy to be alive,” one of the students, 16-year-old Matt McGeough told Newsday.
Suffolk Auto Driving School instructor Russell Cohen, 58, was driving McGeough and three other teens in Centereach on Saturday morning when the pupils suspected he was drunk, cops said.
Cohen made inappropriate comments to two of the teenage girls in the car and hit a curb during the lesson, the teens told Newsday.
They convinced him to pull into a McDonald’s on Middle Country Road and called 911 at about 11 a.m., authorities said.
“We jumped out as soon as possible,” student Lila Mabanta, told the Long Island newspaper.
Cohen realized the students weren’t coming out of the McDonald’s and drove away from the restaurant, police said.
He rear-ended a 29-year-old Honda driver about 45 minutes later on Montauk Trail in Ridge, cops said. The Honda driver was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Cohen was arrested on aggravated DWI and endangering the welfare of a child charges, police said.
Source: NY Post; Driving instructor was drunk behind wheel before crash by: Ben Feuerherd
A Virginia man who allegedly attempted to kill his mother-in-law by putting methamphetamine in her coffee has been sentenced to prison.
After reaching a plea deal, Jack David Price, 56, of Pamplin was sentenced to six years in prison earlier this week. Price is accused of putting meth in his 95-year-old mother-in-law’s coffee in December 2017, The News & Advance reported.
Prosecutors say Ester Price was admitted to a hospital last year showing signs of meth in her system. At the time, Ester Price’s granddaughter, who has not been identified, told authorities she suspected Jack Price was trying to kill her grandmother.
Ester Price also told authorities that the day before she became ill, Jack Price brought her coffee — a gesture she said was “not an ordinary event,” The News & Advance reported.
Jack Price was sentenced Thursday after reaching a plea deal. Prosecutors dropped an attempted first-degree murder charge in exchange for him pleading guilty to altering food, drink or drugs and other offenses.
Source: NY Post; Man accused of putting meth in his mother-in-law’s coffee gets prison by:
An insurance agent claims he should qualify as a minority business owner, because a DNA test shows he’s 4 percent African — enough, he believes, to make him “a certified black man.”
Ralph Taylor knows on the outside he looks like an average white guy, but he is trying using the results from his AncestryByDNA test to bolster his business in Lynnwood, Washington.
“I’ve always known that I’m multiracial,” the 55-year-old declared to the Washington Post.
The 2010 test showed that he’s 90 percent European, 6 percent indigenous American and 4 percent sub-Saharan African.
“I’m a certified black man. I’m certified black in all 50 states,” he said. “But the federal government doesn’t recognize me.”
Taylor is now in the midst of a legal battle with Washington state and the federal government for ultimately denying him the minority business owner qualification for his Orion Insurance Group. The designation would give him a leg up in nabbing government contracts.
His case — which poses the complex question of how race is defined — is pending before the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals.
Source: NY Post; “Man claims to be a minority business owner after DNA test shows he’s 4% African” by By Lia Eustachewich
A man barged into a Connecticut church and confessed to worshipers that he was the fiend who killed a Hartford jogger four years ago — a cold case that’s confounded cops.
Michael Trazinski, the pastor at Open Gate Ministries in East Granby, told ABC News on Monday that he and the handful of parishioners with him knew what they had to do after William Leverett told them that he stabbed mom of two Melissa Millan in 2014.
“Justice needed to be done,” Trazinski said of Leverett’s Sept. 19 confession.
So the pastor and two other people took 27-year-old Leverett to the Simsbury Police Department to turn himself in.
“I’m here to turn myself in for the murder on Iron Horse Boulevard almost four years ago,” he told police, according to the arrest warrant affidavit released Monday.
Leverett told cops he went to the running trail the night of Nov. 20, 2014, looking for “human contact” after attending a treatment meeting for sex offenders, the Hartford Courant reported.
Police charged him Sunday and he is being held on $2 million bail in Hartford.
Source: NY Post; “Man Bursts Into Church and Confesses to Cold Case Murder” by Tamar Lapin
A Florida correctional inmate who escaped a work site on Monday was captured after he was reportedly spotted ordering sweet tea nearby.
Taylor Fender, 23, walked away from a work crew in Interlachen and bought clothes at a dollar store, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. He was spotted by an “observant” passerby who alerted police.
Fender, who’s currently serving a 5-year prison term at the Putnam Corrections Institute in East Palatka, reportedly then made his way over to Poppi’s Restaurant, where he ordered a drink of sweet tea — just as a deputy arrived at the restaurant for lunch.
“As the deputy walked into the restaurant, a [be on the look out] with the suspect’s description was released by dispatchers. The suspect had ordered and paid for a sweet tea,” the sheriff’s office said.
Fender was arrested without incident and transported back to the correctional facility. An escape charge against Fender was sent to the state attorney’s office.
The sheriff’s office joked that Southerners may feel that Fender, who left the restaurant without receiving his order, “committed the bigger crime” by leaving his tea on the counter.
Source: Fox news; “Escaped Inmate Caught While Ordering Sweet Tea at Restaurant” by Nicole Darrah
pack of street dogs were discovered fighting over a discarded human head late last week in Tijuana.
Tijuana Municipal Police were summoned to colonia Amparo Sanchez last Thursday after citizens observed a pack of street dogs fighting over a severed human head presumably dumped there. Residents reported the incident at approximately 6:30 pm, according to local media.
Police were later able to secure the head and handed the scene over to the forensic medical services team from the state attorney general’s office. No information was available on the identity of the victim, nor were other remains located.
According to a report from the state attorney general’s office, a total of 18 homicides were registered over the weekend in Tijuana. In September, 112 murders are currently accounted for.
BreitBart; Mexican Street Dogs Fight for Discarded Human Head in Tijuana by Robert Arce
Police in Texas said a car-surfing teen was critically injured when her head was crushed after falling off the hood.
Maria Hoover, 19, was on top of a Toyota Yaris around 10 p.m. Monday in a San Antonio parking lot when she was flung from the vehicle, mySanAntonio reported.
The car was reportedly traveling between 5 and 10 miles per hour outside a Wal-Mart at the time.
“She fell off and [the tire] came to rest on top of her,” San Antonio Police Department Sgt. T. Hardeman told the Houston Chronicle.
Five bystanders rushed to the teen’s aid, lifting the car off her head and pulling her out from underneath, according to the newspaper.
She was brought in critical condition to University Hospital, where she was treated for head trauma, officials said.
Police are investigating the incident but believe she may have been fooling around, according to the Chronicle.
NY Post: Car-surfing teen’s head crushed after she fell from hood: cops, By Jackie Salo
A Long Island gamer threatened to gun down an 11-year-old boy who beat him at the popular video game “Fortnite,” police said Tuesday.
The sore loser, 45-year-old Michael Aliperti of Huntington, allegedly sent the kid terrifying texts and left voice messages around 9 p.m. Monday — vowing to hunt him down at his home and shoot him, according to Suffolk police.
“I’m going to find you with a gun,” he raged, according to a criminal complaint. “You dead.”
He added, “I will come to your house tonight and f–k your world up. I’m gonna f–king f–k your world up.”
The unnamed boy, from Kings Park, told cops some of the menacing messages were sent via Xbox after he beat the grown man at the online survival shooter game.
Aliperti’s alleged threats echoed the deranged mindset of David Katz, the disgruntled gamer who opened fire at a Madden football video game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., last month. Katz allegedly targeted high-profile gamers during the rampage, which killed two people.
Aliperti was charged with aggravated harassment and acting in a manner to injure a child. His bail was set at $2,500 and an order of protection was issued for the boy.
NY Post; ‘Fortnite’ gamer allegedly threatened to kill kid who beat him by Stephanie Pagones