Nude homeowner scares off burglar, burglar apologizes

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 5:45 PM
Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 5:45 PM

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A burglar ran away with empty hands and an eyeful Wednesday night when he was confronted by a nude, pistol-packing homeowner.

The homeowner woke up to see a flashlight moving around outside his bedroom door, police said.

After checking that his wife was sleeping beside him, the homeowner grabbed the 9mm handgun he keeps in his nightstand and leapt out of bed. He didn’t have any clothes on.

“I have a tattoo of the grim reaper, my hair is sticking up all crazy and I’m naked,” said the homeowner, who asked that his name be withheld for safety reasons. “I’m not sure if (the burglar) was more afraid of me or the gun.”

Upon confronting the homeowner, the burglar screamed “I’m so sorry, sir” twice before he ran and jumped out of the first-floor window he had apparently used to get into the house. The next morning, the homeowner said he saw the indentations of where the man’s body hit the dirt.

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“He probably went out that window head first,” he said. “It’s all pretty absurd.”

Police confirmed that they received a report about the break-in, but no suspect was arrested.

A break-in in the middle of a weeknight is very unusual, police said. Investigators believe the break-in may be connected to another that occurred last week; in that case, the residents were not home at the time.

The second homeowner is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that results in an arrest and conviction in the case.

“If I can get him off the street that’s money well spent,” he said.

Sunshine today, warmer this weekend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:12 AM


  • Warmer temperatures expected this weekend
  • Chance for rain returns Sunday into Monday
  • Snow possible Tuesday

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Today: More sunshine is expected today as temperatures climb above freezing, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. It will be a nice day, although still cool, with temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 30s this afternoon.

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Tonight: Clouds will increase overnight tonight as temperatures drop into the upper 20s.

Saturday: More clouds will return Saturday. It will be a mild day with highs in the lower to mid 40s. There could be a few light showers or some drizzle later Saturday, but the better chance for rain will come Sunday and Monday.

Sunday: Temperatures will climb into the upper 40s with a few showers expected.

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Monday: Rain is expected Monday, and some of the rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Colder air will return Tuesday with highs only in the mid-30s. There is the chance that we could see some snow showers as well.

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Car destroyed, driver jailed after crash in Dayton

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:51 AM

A car was destroyed and a driver escaped serious injury following a crash in Dayton early Friday morning.

Police said the car crashed into an RTA pole in the 900 block of South Smithville Road around 3 a.m. The driver was found at the Speedway about a block away from the crash scene.

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The driver was taken to Montgomery County Jail on outstanding warrants. He was cited for failure to control, police said.

Police said the driver doesn’t own the car, but they are trying to determine who does.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

WATCH: Tow truck driver runs onto freeway to avoid being crushed by car

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

WATCH: Tow truck driver narrowly misses being hit by car

A tow truck driver working to load a crashed vehicle was nearly hit by another car that lost control in slick conditions.

On Wednesday morning, the tow truck driver was working to load a vehicle that had been involved in a crash onto a truck. 

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A Michigan State Police officer was behind the tow truck, and on cruiser cam, the officer can be heard asking for another cruiser to block the I-96 on-ramp. A moment later, the cruiser cam captures footage of a car losing control on the ramp, crashing into the tow truck.

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The tow truck driver was able to run onto the freeway at the last moment, avoiding being crushed by the car.

The car that lost control ended up on top of the car that was being loaded.  The at-fault driver was cited.

No one was hurt.

Texas' 'Tourniquet Killer' executed via lethal injection

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:05 AM

Anthony Allen Shore was executed by lethal injection Thursday night.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AP
Anthony Allen Shore was executed by lethal injection Thursday night.(Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AP)