Update: Brandon Shullick, the shithead who infected three women with HIV after sleeping with them and not making the all-important step of informing them that he was infected, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.
“My actions are inexcusable,” Shullick said. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hate myself and regret the reckless choices (I made).”
Sure, buddy. Sure. — Grzegorek
Sex crimes in general are nasty business, but this one in particular is a stomach-turner: when people go around and engage in sexual intercourse without telling their partners they’re HIV positive. Pretty much the most egregious betrayal of trust imaginable. That was the case with one Lorain County sleazebag who was out there roaming the area but now is in police custody.
Update II: Toni Duncan and daughter Ashley Jackson were sentenced last week for their Walmart escapades. To recap, mom chocked a 71-year-old Walmart greeter, bragged to her daughter about "choking the cracker," and the daughter threw a fit of her own, threatening to blow up the store.
The judge presiding over the case dished out 120 days in jail with 105 suspended for Duncan; she also ordered the 15-day jail sentence to be served immediately. Jackson received 30 days in jail with 27 suspended.
“I am appalled that someone would choke a person 71 years of age,” the judge said, according to the Chronicle Telegram.
In addition, mom was ordered to stay away from Walmart for five years so, head's up Target, Big Lots, and other big-box stores. She may be coming your way.
Update: Both women — mother Toni Duncan and pregnant daughter Ashley Jackson — pleaded not guilty to charges yesterday. The judge ordered them not to shop together, and specifically not to shop at the Walmart where their alleged tirade took place. That last bit shouldn't be a problem — a Walmart spokesman says the duo have been banned from all Walmarts. (Morning Journal)
Update: Prosecutors announced today that the charges against Jay Bloesinger, who was originally arrested for allegedly groping a 14-year-old girl, have been dropped "with prejudice." That means they can not be filed again.
The PD reports on the decision:
"As the case progressed," prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Russo said after the hearing, "additional information and evidence was obtained that caused this office to reconsider the prosecution of the defendant. It was decided at that point to dismiss the case."
She said the touching had happened "at least 20 times in public places, yet no one saw anything," defense attorney Dan Margolis said in a telephone interview.
"And the school district's investigator never reviewed any of the surveillance video from the 137 cameras at the school."
The 14-year-old girl stands by her accusations. Surveillance tape showed that she was with a friend who delivered the anonymous note to the principal.
Jay Bloesinger, a 40-year-old teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, was arrested by Cleveland police for allegedly feeling up a 14-year-old female student.
Update: The photocopier hardee-har was a laugh on the surface, but as we told you in a cover story earlier this year, there are important precedents to be set based on how this court case — which centers on whether the county recorder's office has to provide reasonably priced electronic and physical copies of records to the public and/or third-party companies — turns out.
The PD reports this week that the county just authorized an additional $30,000 for legal fees as the case proceeds in the Ohio Supreme Court.
You know what a photocopier is. Your grandma knows what a photocopier is. Everyone knows what a photocopier is.
But when it comes to legalese, public records, lawsuits, and lawyers, the definition, apparently, is up in the air.
Update: Well, well. The suspect who was chased down by a cop in a commandeered golf cart is back in the news for, well, the same news.
Kirk Fenderson was nabbed last month for stealing booze. This weekend, he was nabbed for the same thing after allegedly lifting some Bud from a Rite-Aid. By all accounts, police were able to apprehend Fenderson this time without the use of recreational vehicles. Because he is a repeat offender, he was held without bond. (Sandusky Register)
It happens in the movies all the time. Someone like Bruce Willis will be chasing a suspect on foot through an alley only to see the perp hop in an awaiting getaway car and skedaddle. Our action star then stands in the middle of the road, gun drawn, and stops the first passing vehicle he sees — flashing his badge, opening the door, and telling the driver he just needs his 1995 Ford and that it's totally cool, he's a police officer.
Try as we might, we can’t think of a better place to run a criminal enterprise out of than a daycare. Or wait, is that too obvious? Is it one of those it’s-so-unlikely-it’s-likely things? Damn hyper-meta world we live in. You choose.
Crafty/moronic criminal duo Elishama Vinson and Marvin Lear were running drugs from a home in Westwood, near Cincinnati, according to the Enquirer. The home doubled as a daycare center; Vinson is a card carrying, state-stamped child care provider.
Remember Charlie Sheen? Yeah, we can barely remember what the whole hubbub was about either. But apparently during his frenetic stretch of non-stop media interviews and getting canned from his show, he announced he was looking for an intern. An intern with tiger blood.
He threw out the offer and more than 80,000 jumped at the chance to help him [insert your own Charlie Sheen joke here].
That list of prospective vomit-cleaners has been whittled down to a lucky batch of 250. Kelsey Cullen, a 21-year-old Kent State junior, is among them. Her dad has to be so pumped at the idea of her actually winning.
After first submitting a tweet, applicants were then asked to make a video for the second round of cuts. Here's Kelsey's.