Category: news

Apr 23 2014

You’d Better Be Pullen My Leg With This Garbage

A man goes insane, not eating or sleeping for days and ranting about being the antichrist. His wife calls 911 for help. Paramedics arrive, but the man is too violent for them to deal with. Enter officer Brady Pullen and a fellow policeman, here to save the day…ish. A struggle ensues, out come the Tasers and the guns, and eventually the anti-Christ heads on up to meet the pro one, you might say.

It’s a sad story, and you’d hope that would be the end of it. You’d be wrong, but hope is certainly a nice thing to have.

As so often happens after a tragedy, the lawsuits weren’t far behind. It’s sad yet understandable that a family, in its time of grief and anger, would want what they see as justice for the loss of a loved one. Sometimes it’s misguided, but it makes sense and…let me stop you right there. The family isn’t suing, officer Pullen is.

A Texas sheriff’s deputy involved in the fatal shooting of a man who had a psychotic episode is suing the man’s family for more than $100,000, claiming they were negligent and reckless for not warning 911 operators that the man was a “violent threat.

Pullen’s lawsuit seeks more than $100,000 in damages for “medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and suffering and loss of past earning capacity,” the Houston Chronicle reported Friday. The sheriff’s deputy said he missed work due to surgery for injuries related to the incident and suffered a concussion.

The suit claims Yazar’s wife, Marlene Yazar, should have told 911 that her husband recently used the hallucinogenic drug DMT, although she wasn’t named in the suit. Pullen is going after Carmina Figueroa, Marlene Yazar’s mother and the homeowner of the Katy home where the incident occurred, even though she wasn’t home at the time of the incident. Figueroa’s name is listed on the home’s insurance policy, according to the Chronicle.

Money grab much?

But Marlene Yazar said it had been weeks since her husband took DMT; Pullen claims she should have revealed the drug use to 911 but didn’t because she didn’t want her husband going to jail.

“I didn’t even know what it was,” she told the Chronicle about the hallucinogenic drug.

I hate to use the word douchebag to describe a cop, but far too often they make it easy, Pullen incredibly so.

Speaking of douchebags, let’s hear from Pullen’s lawyer, Mark Long, who’s last name may or may not describe what sort of prick he is.

“I’m actually offended that people would think that police officers don’t have civil rights to use civil law on their behalf. Everyone else does,” he said. “If this case brings an awareness that people need to be completely, utterly honest with 911, and if people become aware that police officers have rights just like everybody else, I’m happy. Whatever else people think about me, I could care less.”

Police officers also assume a certain level of risk while on the job, sir. How many times have you heard an officer say something like “you never know what each call will bring out here. You have to be prepared for anything”?

At the other end of the spectrum, there’s attorney Dean Blumrosen. He’s decided to represent the family of the victim for free because he finds the officer’s suit so ridiculous and shocking. He’s even looking for punishment against Long for having the nerve to file it. Good on him. This sort of crap makes the police look bad and lawyers look worse.

Apr 21 2014

Now You’re Gonna Dye!

You know what’s weird? We’re coming off of a long holiday weekend, yet there somehow hasn’t been a single food assault story. How is that possib…ahh, here we are.

Police said they responded to reports of a fight inside a Wareman Avenue apartment and found a woman whose right eye was red and swollen. She told three officers that when accusing Goempel of cheating on her, he became agitated and began hurling eggs at her. He barricaded himself in the bedroom with an exercise machine against the door, police said.

Once officers got through the door, Goempel reached for a row of knives and swords atop his dresser. Police got him under control and took him to a cruiser, where they said he started yelling racist obscenities at one of the officers and then kicked another in the groin.

The evening started out as an Easter egg decorating party and the eggs were hard boiled, in case you were wondering.

Aaron Goempel is currently jailed and awaiting arraignment on charges of aggravated assault, which will fit nicely alongside what appear to be pending unrelated matters of harassment, prowling, assault and some traffic violations.

Apr 21 2014

A Rundown Of Some Oddly Named Criminals

The story of Edward Cocaine the drug defendant looks to have taken off online, with what feels like more mentions than usual in this type of case springing up all over the place. It’s even inspired this list of other criminals with ironic names.

Most of the good ones have found their way here through the years, but I’m pretty sure we missed Conor P. Fudge the ice cream store robber and Daniel Noody the school bus driver/accused flasher.

Apr 19 2014

Another Little Guy Wants Birthday Cards…Here We Go Again

I was just thinking about how our Another Postcard tag hadn’t had a workout in a while, and I was hoping people had learned and weren’t doing this anymore. nope.

I have been yelled at in the comments for saying this whole asking for cards thing is a bad idea. I have been told to have a heart. I know you don’t believe it, but I do have a heart. Once this stuff hits the internet, it never ever dies, especially when the wish is really simple like sending a card. Devin may be 35, and cards may still be coming to that address at that airforce base…inflicting pain and misery on whoever happens to live there then. Sure there’s a date on the news story now, but once people copy it out and start modifying it, it will either lose its date or get a new one to make it new again. Why do you think those missing kids from 1996 are still going around as newly missing?

I really want Devin to have friends and find people to play with on the monkey bars, and this little drive for cards may do that in the short-term, but I’m worried about the long-term consequences. I’m afraid that once this stuff gets out in Facebook and emails, it will take on a life of its own. Why else do you think we have a whole category of these things?

Apr 19 2014

He Was AS Happy As A Kid In A Vending Machine!

When your kid goes missing, usually they find him in a cupboard, or under the stairs, or maybe hiding behind a shed. Perhaps he’s hanging out in the neighbour’s yard. But who would think that the kid could have gotten inside an arcade claw machine at a bowling alley? But this one did. Somehow, he slipped up a chute, and was now having a grand ol’ time, playing with all the prizes inside the machine. He must have thought he had died and gone to heaven!

The people at the bowling alley had to call the operator of the machine and ask them how to open the machine. Can you imagine getting that call?

“Uh, yes, machine operator? We have a toddler trapped inside our machine. We really didn’t want to give him away as a prize. How do we get him out?”

They did get him out, reunited him with his formerly terrified mom, and asked him which toy he wanted to take home with him.

Sadly, he probably won’t remember his trip inside the prize machine, which is too bad, because damn, that would be a good trick to be able to pass on!

Apr 18 2014

Let’s Play A Game Of Hide And…What Happens Next?

This came up in “This is true” almost a month ago.

Pia Farrenkopf, or at least they think it’s Pia Farrenkopf, was found mummified in the back of her car in her garage. Tests seem to indicate she died in 2008. Authorities aren’t saying it’s her for sure until they get conclusive evidence like dental records.

How did she go unnoticed, dead, in the back of her car for 6 years? Apparently all her mail was going to her mailbox, and bills were being paid automatically, including her mortgage. She had a neighbour cutting her grass, and I guess he was getting paid automatically too. She traveled a lot, lived alone, and valued her privacy. Then her account ran dry, and her house got foreclosed on, and that’s when she was discovered.

Her family even claims they were looking very hard for her. Man, these people must have been really bad at Easter egg hunts and Hide and Seek when they were little. They say they sent police to do a welfare check, and the police said they found nothing wrong. Did they not go in either? I don’t get it. A contractor sent by the lender found this car with a body in the back seat pretty quickly by the sounds of it.

I just can’t get over the “we’ve been looking very hard” thing. I’m not in her family, and I don’t doubt they were devastated by the loss, but…the answer has been sitting at her home for over 5 years and nobody, out of her 9 siblings, found it. Doesn’t seem like a very thorough search. I think about those episodes of “Disappeared” where the person has been missing without a trace. None of those were found in the person’s own garage.

How sad. When I lived alone, I sometimes worried, when I stayed up watching too many crime shows, how long it would take people to find me if something were to happen to me. I hope the answer wouldn’t have been over 5 years.

Apr 18 2014

People Stole Gas Cards out of GDB vehicles

I saw this 2 weeks ago, and meant to post about it…but my brother was getting married, so I didn’t have time.

Back in December/January, 3 people broke into GDB vehicles and stole gas cards. They used them and stole about $4800.

It’s bad enough to steal from anybody, but to steal from a guide dog school is pretty low. I can’t remember if the GDB vehicles have markings on them, but if they do, we know when we find the ones who did it, they’d have a hard time finding people to vouch for their good character.

I guess surveillance cameras got a pretty good look at their cars, and the newspaper posted the photos. Hopefully that helps police find them. I don’t see an update to the story, but maybe I missed it.

That really sucks. $4800 is a lot of lost money.

Apr 17 2014

I’m Simply Wild About That Ed Cocaine

Recently arrested on drug charges in Florida was one Edward Cocaine. He went and ruined the obvious perfection by getting popped for Xanax, though.

And you bet I used that title as an excuse to post this.

Apr 15 2014

I’m Torchin’ It

They’re not a Dairy Queen Blizzard, but McFlurries are perfectly good. Whoever came up with the idea for the Easter Creme Egg one in particular is an overlooked genius. But are they good enough that it’s worth setting a guy’s car on fire when he refuses to buy you one? Considering that I ended that last sentence with a link, you’ve probably figured out that the answer is a resounding yes.

Witnesses said the woman was angry after she asked for a McFlurry and the man she was with refused to buy her one.

They said the woman grabbed the man’s keys and headed to his car.

One witness said she saw her pour alcohol and gasoline on the man’s car, light it on fire, and then run off.

People nearby tried to help him put the flames out.

A witness said the woman ran through a nearby parking lot, and was never seen again.

According to police, once the fire was out, the victim drove off. You know, as if this sort of thing happens all the time. Then again we’re in Florida, so maybe it does.

Apr 11 2014

I Don’t Even Know Who I Am Anymore

What a way for 30 years on the run to come to an end.

Today, Smith conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle registered to Gary Dixon. The driver identified himself to Smith as Gary Dixon.

James Dixon has twin brothers, Gary and Larry Dixon, and officials suspected that James Dixon used at least one of his brother’s identities in the past.

While “Gary” was speaking with other deputies on scene, Smith called out “Hey, James.”

“Gary” quickly turned his head and looked at Smith to see what he wanted.

James Dixon put his head down knowing he had given himself away, detectives said. He then confessed his true identity.

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