Daily Archives: July 26, 2014

She might have took my car keys, but she forgot about my old John Deere

Colorado man arrested for driving drunk on his lawn tractor. Clearly, he was just channeling George Jones.


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But there’s a rule against that!


You're entering a gun-free zone, pahdna!

You’re entering a gun-free zone, pahdna!

Doctor who shot mental patient kept  gun under his desk in direct violation of hospital policy and regulations. Of course, the patient had carried his own gun into the hospital, and used it to kill his caseworker, but these rules are designed for the law abiding, not the wicked.

The hospital horror unfolded on Thursday afternoon when patient Plotts arrived at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital with [his case worker Theresa] Hunt where they met Dr. Silverman in an office at the psychiatric unit on the third floor of the hospital.

Once inside, the calamitious series of events began with a heated argument that ended with Hunt being fatally shot in the head, Dr. Silverman also suffering a hit to the head and Plotts critically wounded after two gunshot wounds to the torso and one to his arm.

It was Dr. Silverman’s quick reaction that saved lives and police have hailed him as a hero for stopping Plotts before he could embark on a gun rampage.

Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that ‘without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives.’ ‘Without that firearm, this guy (the patient) could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,’ the chief said.

Yeah well, wait ’til the hospital disciplinary board gets a hold of Dr. Silverman.


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Foreclosure sale on North Street

180 North Street

180 North Street

I stopped by the auction for 180 North Street at noon, today, and watched it go to the bank at its own opening bid of $3.1 million. There were two other people there who had come with the required certified check in the amount of $367,500 and thus were qualified  to place a bid, but they declined. Presumably, they were hoping to snare a  bargain, and didn’t see one at $3.1; neither did I.

Late yesterday the debtor filed a motion to reopen the judgement against him, and that will be heard on August 11th. Assuming the bank prevails and the court approves today’s sale, the bank’s title will be complete and the house will be fully theirs, lucky bank. My prediction is that they’ll spend money to clean up the house (the debtor stripped it of appliances and left it looking pretty bad before he left), then put it back on the market at some dumb figure like $3.675 million, where it will stick around until someone at the bank gets real and orders the the place to be dumped for $2.5-$2.7. Check back next year.

The debtor bought the swampland this was built on for $1.850 million back at the height of the market in 2007, and paid Steve Mariani to build a spec house on it for him. That he thought he could pay Mariani’s profit and pay an additional profit to himself can only be ascribed to the irrational exuberance of those heady days, and it was a doomed business plan: it started at $5.495 million in 2007, and dropped all the way to $3.4 this year, before the bank took it back. Someone dodged a bullet back in 2009 when his offer of $4.1 was rejected, another, later, when $3.75 failed, and two years ago, my own clients had the same lucky escape when we couldn’t even get a counter offer to our bid of $2.9. Between having a swamp for a yard and, now, the condition of the house itself, this isn’t worth more than $2.5, if that, in my opinion.


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He’s still around, but also still in jail



"These are men, who jump their wives"  (with apologies to Barry Sadler)

“Fearless men, who jump their wives”
(with apologies to Barry Sadler)

Jeffrey MacDonald’s latest appeal has been rejected by the courts.

MacDonald was a doctor serving with the Green Berets when, in 1970, his pregnant wife and two daughters were clubbed and stabbed to death and he himself was attacked by, MacDonald claimed, “five hippies”, one of whom stood around chanting “acid is groovy, kill the pigs” while her friends did the dirty work. No shit – that’s what MacDonald said.

As an aspiring 17-year-old hippy myself back then, it was instantly, blazingly obvious that the Princeton grad was lying – only a “square” could dream up that impossible scenario, and no one at all familiar with the pharmacological experimentation going on in those days believed it for a second. But despite the Army’s own investigative unit’s determination that the doctor was guilty as sin, the officer conducting his trial, a gentleman who surely had never even heard of Stanley Owsley, let alone tried his wares, found it eerily similar to the Manson murders and  concluded that the poor doctor’s story was true. And the chase was on.

MacDonald was ultimately convicted, released and reincarcerated, and he remains in prison to this day (he’s scheduled to get out when he’ll be 128-years-old). Like all good stories, his has gathered a band of supporters who are still working to establish his innocence, but all the red herrings they toss into the debate can’t overcome that first lie; after that, the rest is irrelevant.

Wikipedia has a long article on the case, and if you were too young to be there, it’s an interesting read.

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The genius of anglo saxon jurisprudence

Mr. Nigel Sykes, victim of soup Nazis

Mr. Nigel Sykes, victim of soup Nazis

From Overlawyered.com, this: Federal judge refuses to toss out suit brought by thwarted pizza robber.

The first time Nigel Sykes tried to get money from the Seasons Pizza in Newport, he did it with a gun, forcing his way into the business through the back door.

This time, Sykes is trying to get money from the pizzeria by suing the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the robbery. Sykes alleges assault in a federal civil complaint claiming the rough treatment was “unnecessary” and that as a result of the injuries he suffered during his attempted hold-up, he is due over $260,000.

Normally lawsuits like this are tossed out after a brief review by the court. And while U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson tossed out several of Sykes’ claims, she allowed the case to move forward against the pizza employees, two arresting officers and Seasons.

Mr. Sykes, who feels aggrieved by the pummeling received by store employees and the “hot soup” they poured on him, blames the robbery on an unidentified third party who, after robbing Mr. Sykes himself at gun point, handed him the gun and ordered him to go inside and rob the joint.


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A huge thank you from the Fountain clan

We’ve been overwhelmed by your support and generosity, and thank you all (personal messages will follow).

More later, but now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.


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