News of the Weird: February 2006

February 26, 2006

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InJackson, Mo., in December, Jacob Vandeven, 27, was caught by his judge at lunch, having a drink, one hour after the judge had convicted Vandeven of DUI and sentenced him to alcohol rehab with a do-not-drink order. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch-AP, 12-29-05]


David Mulligan, 21, released from jail in Juneau, Alaska, in December after serving a 25-day sentence, allegedly stole a car a block from the jail three minutes later (and was arrested shortly after that). [Anchorage Daily News, 12-8-05]


Justin Fish, 21, who had just been bailed out on a charge of assaulting a car dealer in Framingham, Mass., in December, was almost immediately arrested again for assault because, as he walked out of the police station, he allegedly banged the door against an officer. [Boston Herald, 12-30-05]


People who accidentally shot themselves recently include Lawrence Maner, Savannah, Ga., in December. Maner apprehensively put his gun in his lap after picking up a hitchhiker, who turned out to be harmless, but then a car swerved in traffic, and Maner’s gun fell to the floor, and as he picked it up, it fired a shot into his leg. [Savannah Morning News, 12-4-05]


Judges in Springfield, Ill., twice failed to order jail time in November for Jason Holman, 27, for the two latest of his 185 traffic tickets, opting merely for what amounted to probation. [Springfield Journal-Review, 11-9-05]

In a Washington, D.C., pedestrian tragedy in December, prominent urban designer Charles Atherton, 73, was fatally struck down by a driver, but then when paramedics arrived, they discovered that D.C. police had already been there and had issued Atherton a $5 jaywalking ticket. [Washington Post, 12-6-05]

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