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MILWAUKEE (AP) — An Illinois man was accused of stealing more than $45,000 worth of eyeglasses from suburban Milwaukee stores because he enjoys being around eyewear. Jerry Lowery, 38, was charged with three counts of armed robbery and one count of fleeing an officer. The charges carry a maximum penalty of more than 120 years in prison and a $310,000 fine.
Prosecutors said Lowery walked into three shops between April and July and said he had a gun. They say he took more than 500 pairs of high-end glasses including Prada and Gucci brands, but didn’t take cash.
A Bakersfield father is accused of biting out one of the eyes of his small child and similarly mutilating the other eye, leaving the child blind.
After attacking the child, 34-year-old Angel Vidal Mendoza Sr. quickly left his apartment in a wheelchair, entered a backyard of a nearby vacant home and attacked his own legs with an ax, severely injuring himself, Bakersfield police reported.
The child, 4-year-old Angelo Mendoza Jr., later told police, “My daddy ate my eyes.”
Doctors at Mercy Hospital said it is unknown whether the child will regain vision in his right eye.
EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet is currently working on material for the next album from his AVANTASIA project. He said, “This is not a rock and roll, home-studio project; we’ll work with a choir, with a symphony orchestra and — no matter if the music industry goes down the toilet — I’ll spend a fortune on creating the whole thing. So I’ll take all the time I need, and it won’t see the light of day until I am completely satisfied. Some who know my plans said that it’s unreasonable to spend one’s savings on creating a piece of music these days as the music industry is going through hard times. Absolutely right! But do you consider it extremely reasonable to shoot a man into space? It’s unreasonable to spend money for whatever; life itself is unreasonable, because —believe it or not — in the end it’s quite often pretty lethal. I am rather unreasonable and therefore unsad.”
Eau Claire - A Radio Shack employee in Eau Claire is facing disorderly conduct and battery charges for punching a customer.
Police say the customer was trying to return an item Sunday, but the employee wouldn’t let him. The customer then asked to talk to a manager.
That’s when the 52-year-old male employee began punching the man. A bystander called 911.
The employee is due in court May 19.
Newark police say the man crashed earlier this month when he tried to make a U-turn on a city street.
Kile Wygle, 28, is charged with driving a barstool while under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license. He’s asked for a jury trial.
Police say Wygle crashed his strange-looking contraption while trying to make a U-turn on March 4.
States consider drug tests for welfare recipients
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Want government assistance? Just say no to drugs.
Lawmakers in at least eight states want recipients of food stamps, unemployment benefits or welfare to submit to random drug testing.
The effort comes as more Americans turn to these safety nets to ride out the recession. Poverty and civil liberties advocates fear the strategy could backfire, discouraging some people from seeking financial aid and making already desperate situations worse.
CANBERRA (Reuters) – An Australian couple thought they were being attacked by an intruder when a kangaroo crashed through their bedroom window and started jumping on them.
“My initial thought, when I was half awake, was it’s a lunatic ninja coming through the window. It seems about as likely as a kangaroo breaking in,” Beat Ettlin told local media Monday.
The three-meter (9 feet) kangaroo smashed through the window in Ettlin’s Canberra home Sunday night.
While Ettlin and his wife and young daughter took refuge under the blankets, the injured kangaroo jumped on top of them, gouging holes in the furniture and smearing blood all over the walls, said the Australian Associated Press.
PHILADELPHIA — Employees of a Pennsylvania pet store expecting a shipment of tropical fish and salt water got a man’s dead body instead. Mark Arabia owns the Pets Plus store in northeast Philadelphia, where the mix-up was discovered Tuesday. He says he learned the body was that of a 65-year-old San Diego-area man who died of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
The body was supposed to go to a research laboratory in Allentown, a 70-mile drive away.
US Airways Inc. released a statement saying the air cargo problem was caused by a “verbal miscommunication between a delivery driver and the cargo representative.” The Tempe, Ariz.-based airline said it’s deeply sorry.