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Old Jan 26th, 2009, 08:50 PM   #21
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Police told Kaloutsky the cruiser was only "a little bit on the tracks'' when it was struck, but Kaloutsky agreed that was like being "a little bit pregnant.''
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"I heard a train whistle and I thought, that's weird,'' said the witness. "The guy being questioned, he said to the cop, 'Hey man, give me my ID, there's a train coming!' And the cop's saying, 'Settle down, settle down.'

"Then all of a sudden everybody's running and the train hits."
TheStar.com | News | Why park a cruiser in train's path?

These days Toronto cops seem more like the Keystone cops.
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Old Jan 27th, 2009, 02:16 AM   #22
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These pictures come from a friends friend who lives in Alaska. This caribou froze while standing up in -80F winds on the North slope at the top of Alaska.


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Old Feb 3rd, 2009, 05:32 PM   #23
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Detective shocked when drugs went missing

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Feb 03, 2009 11:53 AM
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STAFF REPORTER

A Peel Detective booked off sick to visit friends in Halifax a day after he was part of a team involved in what they believed was a major drug seizure in Mississauga.

Det. Marty Rykhoff was later disciplined and docked five days pay for pretending to be sick when he was actually with friends for a college football game.

It was while he was in the Maritimes that his boss called and told him that "drugs were missing" and that one of his officers - Cst. Sheldon Cook - had been charged criminally.

"I was shocked," Rykhoff told a Brampton court today.

He learned when he returned from Halifax that a Toronto Star article reported 15 kilograms of cocaine were found at Cook's Cambridge residence. Cook, a 14-year veteran officer, has pleaded not guilty to seven criminal charges in the judge alone trial before Justice Casey Hill.

The bricks were found in a storage compartment in a Sea-Do inside his garage two days after the surprising seizure in Mississauga on Nov. 16, 2005..

Cook, 40, is accused of stealing 15 of the 102 wrapped packages of suspected cocaine that were discovered in a courier delivery truck. A search of Cook's home also uncovered marijuana and several MP3 players allegedly taken from an unrelated investigation.

None of the drugs were real They were white flour and part of an international RCMP-controlled delivery from Peru to Canada.

Federal prosecutors David Rowcliffe and Ania Weiler say Cook believed the cocaine was real when he removed the bricks during his involvement as part of Rykhoff's crew. He is charged with attempt to possess a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property (MP3 players) from a police investigation and breach of trust as a police officer. He remains suspended with pay.

Rykhoff was upset when he learned just before leaving for Halifax that he and his officers had been investigating a drug seizure that was part of an elaborate RCMP sting. He and others officers, including Cook, spent several hours investigating and unloading and loading boxes of mangoes with what was believed to be hidden bricks of cocaine. They also called out the bomb squad when wires were located attached to some of the suspected drugs.

"I assumed the RCMP were around and watching us go through the motions," he said. "They should have intervened. We had been wasting our time."

Incredibly, the RCMP wasn't on the scene. They had no idea their shipment had been picked up from Pearson International Airport earlier. The suspected drugs were taken back to Peel 12 Division where it was discovered that 44 of the original 102 bricks were missing.

A GPS tracking device located 15 of the missing packages at Cook's residence. The rest have never been found.

Rykhoff testified that he left 12 Division around 2 a.m. and didn't return to the scene of the seizure and did not know how many boxes were in the courier van.

"The drugs went missing when I was the supervising officer," Rykhoff said. "I had phoned in sick when I wasn't sick and didn't complete my notes when I should have." Superintendent Frank Roselli later suspended him.

Rykhoff said Cook was one of the officers, who loaded the drugs into another officer's van as they waited for the bomb disposal unit to arrive. Cook also drove that van about a block away from the courier truck after the bomb disposal unit moved into place so they could water bomb the possible explosive device.

The drugs were later transferred to a morality van. Cook and other officers of his team, left the scene about midnight in different vehicles soon afterwards. Rykhoff and Cook drove unmarked cars while three other officers left in a van.

Altogether 88 boxes containing 146 bricks of fake cocaine arrived at Pearson from Peru on the morning of Nov. 16, 2005.

Incredibly, despite being under surveillance, the shipment disappeared 12 hours later.

The RCMP wanted to catch those responsible in an international drug smuggling operation. The identity of the Canadians was unknown but the RCMP intended to follow the shipment and arrest whoever received it.

But the courier driver, who wasn't involved, became suspicious. Instead of delivering the mangoes he drove to a Peel community police station on Lakeshore Rd. in Mississauga where officers, including Cook, were called to inspect the shipment.

By the time the drugs arrived in Canada, 11 bricks had been tampered with in Peru and re-filled with cement instead of flour.

The trial is continuing.


So a sting from the RCMP catches one cop with his hand in the cookie jar and another AWOL from duty but they managed to lose track of their own shipment......how confidence inspiring right up the line......

as the title says - can't make these things up.
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Old Feb 4th, 2009, 08:10 PM   #24
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Gang of children - some as young as TEN - caught slowly roasting puppies over bonfire

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Shocked and huddled together for safety, these puppies are lucky to be alive after being saved from an act of almost unbelievable barbarity.

A gang of youths had seized the seven-week-old brother and sister and were slowly roasting them over a bonfire on a canal bank.

Yelping in panic and distress as their fur began to burn, the pair struggled desperately to escape the children's clutches.
Lucky to be alive: The two puppies saved after a 'cruel' gang of children were caught roasting them on a fire


Lucky to be alive: The two puppies saved after a gang of children were caught roasting them on a fire

The commotion attracted a walker who ran over to the bonfire and ordered the gang to release them immediately.

Melanie Johnson, 32, said: 'I just could not believe the cruelty being shown by these kids. If I hadn't turned up, I think they would have burned the dogs alive.'

Miss Johnson, from Rochdale, added: 'Most of the kids were aged 12, 13 or older. But some were as young as ten. I was ripping mad and still am to think that anyone - least of all children - could do this.'

She took the two puppies from the bank and carried them to the safety of her home before wrapping them in a towel and taking them to an RSPCA shelter.

The cross-bred pups were examined by a vet after the incident in Newbold, Rochdale on Friday and were found to be in generally good health.

Jean Spencer, the RSPCA shelter manager, said: 'The puppies are only seven weeks old and still smelled of smoke from the bonfire when they arrived.

'The fur on one of them was singed and the other has a small hernia. Fortunately, they are going to be fine.'

She added: 'To think that children could be so cruel is really disgusting. The puppies are absolutely gorgeous. Everyone here has fallen in love with them.'

The male puppy has been named Guy and his sister Cinders.

They will now go to a shelter in Halifax to be re-homed.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
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CHARDON. Ohio -- A woman has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide for exercising her 73-year-old husband to death in a swimming pool, repeatedly refusing to let him leave the water.

Surveillance video showed Christine Newton-John, 41, pulling James Mason around the pool by his arms and legs, said Middlefield police Chief Joseph Stehlik.

The chief said he counted 43 times in which Newton-John prevented her husband from leaving the water, and Mason rested his head on the side of the pool several times while gasping for breath.

"The video is bone-chilling," Stehlik said. "The whole case is very sinister."

Mason had a heart attack June 2 after the extended swim session. An officer who had investigated previous complaints that Mason was being abused pursued the case because he suspected there was more to the death, Stehlik said.

Newton-John pleaded guilty Thursday and faces up to five years in prison. No sentencing date was set.

Police did not immediately respond to a call Saturday seeking comment on a motive.

The video would have had a profound effect on a jury, Geauga County prosecutor David Joyce said. But that wouldn't have been enough for a conviction if Newton-John had been charged with murder.

"You can see the man struggling for his life on the tape, but there is no audio, so we couldn't hear what he was saying," he said.

Geauga County Chief Public Defender Robert Umholtz, who represented Newton-John, declined to comment.

Mason was a longtime friend of his wife's family. He knew her as John Vallandingham before she had gender reassignment surgery in 1993 and changed her name in honour of the singer and star of the hit movie version of the musical "Grease."

The couple were wed in 2006 in Kentucky, where people can change their gender on their birth certificate.
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Man's penis injured in grinder accident

Marissa Calligeros | February 18, 2009 - 3:40PM

A man whose penis met an ill fate with a grinder in Brisbane's north this afternoon has been rushed to hospital.

It is understood the 23-year-old was working in Northgate when he was injured just after 2pm.

A Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman could not identify the type of grinder that had injured the man or detail how he came in contact with the device.

Man's penis injured in grinder accident - Queensland - BrisbaneTimes
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A Chinese woman athlete who won dozens of medals has thrown most of them away after learning she is really a man.

Xiao Nan wins another medal /Quirky China News

Xiao Nan, of Chengdu, won more than 40 medals as a women in student competitions after graduating from high school.

But after hospital tests confirmed Xiao's suspicions that she was really a man she has thrown out all but 10 of them.

"Being a champion was never a happy thing to me. Standing on the podium made me feel guilty, and I always thought the real champion should have been the one standing next to me," Xiao said.

Xiao's extraordinary athletic performances in schools and in provincial and national competitions, won her great honour and free access to university education.

But, inside, she felt confused: "I felt I often had an impulse or desire for women instead of men. And my body is more like a man than a woman."

Xiao had a check-up at a local hospital and the result confirmed she had male chromosomes.

He is now living as a man and has begun a course of sex change surgery at Sichuan Xichan Plastic Surgery Hospital which will take nine months.

"The first thing I want to do after the surgery is to go swimming, wearing only boxer shorts," Xiao told Chengdu Business Daily.
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This one is so astounding that your head will reel......... Do take the time to read it all......the best summary, and explanation of the mess I've see yet...and how it was ALLOWED to happen.

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