Intoxicated man flees crash scene with victim's motorcycle stuck to bumper, police say

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 3:06 PM

Police in Mobile, Alabama, arrested William Christopher Pruett, 29, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
Mobile County Sheriff's Office
Police in Mobile, Alabama, arrested William Christopher Pruett, 29, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.(Mobile County Sheriff's Office)

A man is facing charges including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol after police said he fled the scene of a crash last week in Alabama with the victim's motorcycle stuck to his bumper.

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The man, identified by Mobile police as 29-year-old William Christopher Pruett, crashed into a motorcycle and its 49-year-old driver early Wednesday morning, according to AL.com.

Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to the scene of the collision on Halls Mill Road near Pruett's home, WALA reported.

Medics rushed the victim to the hospital, where he was last listed in critical condition, but Pruett left the area before police arrived, AL.com reported.

Officers found him at his home on Halls Mill Road around 7:45 a.m. after a person called to report seeing a Jeep with a motorcycle attached to its front. When police arrived, the motorcycle was still stuck to the front of the vehicle, according to WALA.

Police arrested Pruett on charges of first-degree assault, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident with injury and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, Mobile County Sheriff's Office records show.

He was released Friday on bail.

Juveniles captured after collision with police, shooting at officer, officials say

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 9:15 AM

Juveniles Arrested After Collision With Police & Shooting At Officer, Officials Say

Two juveniles were arrested after allegedly stealing a vehicle, crashing into a Jonesboro police officer’s car and later firing shots at that officer.

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When the officer spotted the juveniles in the vehicle on Sunday, the duo tried to evade arrest and ended up in a head-on collision with the officer, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The juveniles then got out of the vehicle, started running and fired shots at the officer who was chasing them, authorities said.

At some point, Jonesboro police lost track of the two boys and had to use tracking dogs to pick up their scents.

The dogs led officers to a warehouse where the juveniles were found hiding in the back of a box truck, the sheriff’s office said.

Both juveniles were taken into custody, and officers searching the woods later found the firearm they suspect was used in the incident.

The Jonesboro officer involved in the incident was not injured.

Police: Man arrested after donning clown mask, chasing 6-year-old daughter

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Man Arrested After Wearing Clown Mask And Chasing 6-Year-Old Daughter, Police Say

BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- An Ohio man is facing charges after police said he put on a clown mask and chased his 6-year-old daughter around their neighborhood as punishment for behavioral issues, according to multiple reports.

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Boardman Township police arrested Vernon Barrett Jr. on charges of child endangerment and inducing panic Saturday after officers were called to Lemans Drive, WFMJ reported

Barrett told authorities that he put on a clown mask and chased his daughter as an alternative to spanking her for disciplinary issues, according to The Associated Press.

Authorities said Barrett’s daughter jumped into a stranger’s car and then ran down the street to a stranger’s apartment, screaming that a clown was chasing her, WKBN reported.

A tenant at the apartment spotted the masked man, who police identified as Barrett, and yelled that he was going to call police, according to WKBN. Police said Barrett started to run in the opposite direction and the tenant fired a gun, shooting grass near Barrett, the news station reported.

The tenant, who was not identified, was charged with using a weapon while intoxicated, WFMJ reported.

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Woman fakes seizure to thwart would-be robber in move learned from 'Law & Order'

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

Woman Fakes Seizure To Thwart Would-Be Robber In Move Learned From 'Law & Order'

SAN FRANCISCO - A California woman feigned having a seizure Friday after she was handed a threatening note while riding a train in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to multiple reports.

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Julie Dragland told SFGate.com that she got the idea to fake a seizure from the long-running “Law & Order” TV series.

“I think I saw that in an episode,” she told the news site. “I was very impressed with myself.”

Dragland told KNTV that she got on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train Friday at the Daly City station, south of San Francisco, bound for her home across the bay in Dublin. She said a person wearing dark clothing got on the train as it passed through downtown San Francisco and handed her a threatening note.

“There are 2 guns pointed at you now,” the note said. “If you want to live hand back your wallet + phone NOW + do not turn around and be descreet. Do not turn around until you have left Civic Center + you will live.”

Dragland told KPIX that instead of complying with her would-be robber, she decided to create a scene.

“I was terrified and then I started to be like, is somebody really going to shoot someone for a phone and a wallet? I don’t know. I started to question it a little bit, but I was still really scared,” Dragland told the news station. “I started (slumping) over to the left and started shaking, and people started to notice and they’re like, ‘Are you okay? Are you okay?'”

Dragland said that she believes the person who handed her the note, who she described as an older woman with a suitcase, slipped off the train at the next stop amid the confusion of her feigned seizure. 

BART police said they are reviewing security video from the train in an effort to identify the would-be robber, although Dragland told SFGate.com that she did not plan to press charges if the person is identified.

Deputies: Couple cuts, steals $5K in powerlines from Florida neighborhood

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

Deputies in Seminole County, Florida, arrested Charles Mahoy, 41, and Andrea Foster, 45, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
Seminole County Sheriff's Office
Deputies in Seminole County, Florida, arrested Charles Mahoy, 41, and Andrea Foster, 45, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.(Seminole County Sheriff's Office)

A man and a woman were arrested Saturday on charges of stealing powerlines in a Florida neighborhood, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to an arrest report, the pair, identified as Charles Mahoy, 41, and Andrea Foster, 45, were in residents’ yards cutting down powerlines, and neighbors said they repeatedly asked the couple to leave.

The report said that when a deputy asked Mahoy about the situation, he replied that he was “just cutting up some of the powerline that was laying on the ground.”

Neighbors told deputies that Mahoy and Foster were loading the cut powerlines into a white truck, which authorities said they found parked near the homes.

Mahoy told deputies that the truck was his, authorities said.

Spools of powerline wire were loaded in the bed of the truck, deputies said.

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The report stated that Mahoy was “intentionally depriving the owner of the wire (Duke Energy) to their usage of the property in order to appropriate the property to his own use,” and that the “theft was facilitated by conditions created from Hurricane Irma.”

Mahoy said his house was damaged in the hurricane and he was cutting the wire because he needed money, and that he didn’t think it was stealing because the lines were on the ground, the report said.

The wire that was in the truck was valued at about $5,000, deputies said.

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The arrest report said deputies found what looked like methamphetamine and marijuana inside the truck. The drugs were located inside a Play-Doh container in the center-front storage compartment of the vehicle, deputies said.

A deputy also found a glass smoking pipe and a small amount of loose marijuana inside a purse in the vehicle, according to the report.

The pair also face drug and felony trespassing charges.

Mahoy had been out on bail on other trespassing charges when the arrest happened, authorities said.

Deputies said they are requesting that Mahoy’s bond be revoked and that he be placed on a no-bond status.

Authorities said that if released, they will formally request Mahoy be fitted with a GPS monitoring system due to his habitual and repeat violations of theft and burglaries.