Thursday, October 21, 2004

More Stupid Headline/Criminals

Man Survives After Shooting Nail Into His Chest
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man building a shed accidentally fired a nail into a major artery near his heart on Wednesday but survived after emergency surgery, medical officials said.The 3-inch nail had lodged in the 35-year-old man's aorta, the body's main artery leading from the heart, said a spokeswoman for John Flynn Hospital on the Gold Coast in the tropical northern state of Queensland.The man, with the nail embedded in his chest, drove about 400 meters (1,312 feet) back to his home and became unconscious while his wife called for help. Few other details were available.The hospital and ambulance service said they had never heard of any similar cases before.

Man Accidentally Shoots Girlfriend Instead Of Mouse
SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. -- A Somerset County man accidentally shot his girlfriend instead of a mouse. State police said Donald Rug, 43, was trying to kill the rodent with a small-caliber handgun. He said that's when his girlfriend walked into the line of fire and was hit in the arm.he is listed in fair condition at Somerset Hospital. State police said they will not charge Rugg.

Love-making couple spark emergency
LONDON: Police sprang into operation after receiving an emergency '999' phone alert from a woman apparently in some distress – only to discover it had accidentally been made by a couple having sex."It happened while they were having sex. The woman had depressed with her foot the '9' button on the phone which happened to be on the floor," a Durham police spokesman said on Wednesday."It certainly put a smile on the faces on the police side – we were just very relieved it wasn't a violent situation and that the couple were clearly getting on very well together."

Man Gets Knocked Out Stealing Political Signs
A Lakewood Republican stealing campaign signs late one night got nabbed when he ran across a low- hanging driveway chain, fell face first onto a pilfered sign and the concrete and knocked himself unconscious. Randal Wagner, 50, was loaded into an ambulance, treated at Lutheran Medical Center for abrasions and facial cuts and issued a summons.Wagner, who unsuccessfully tried to steal a "Dave Thomas" congressional sign that evening, had signs for other Democratic candidates in his Toyota pickup, Wheat Ridge police reported."I did a very stupid thing," Wagner said Monday, admitting theft of the signs. "I got caught up in the political passions of this highly contested election."

Man burns his car to spite parking attendant
Tehran - An incensed Iranian motorist doused his car in petrol and set it ablaze with a match after picking up a parking ticket, media reported on Wednesday.The ISNA student news agency posted photographs of the charred shell of the car on its website and quoted witnesses describing the driver's frantic but fruitless pleas to the parking attendant not to issue a ticket."Extremely angry, he took a jerrycan of petrol out of the boot and set fire to his car," ISNA quoted a witness in poor south Tehran as saying.Fines have increased heavily since March in an attempt to bring Iran's reckless drivers into line. Road rage is common on the gridlocked streets of Tehran.

If You Are Growing Pot, Don't Call The Police
Seven members of the same family have been arrested after cannabis plants with an estimated value of several thousand pounds were found in a garage.Officers were called to reports of a burglary at a house in Wythenshawe. Three people were arrested nearby.When officers returned they discovered a large quantity of cannabis plants.A man and a woman, both aged 50, a 30-year-old man, and 18-year-old woman, a 17-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy, and a 12-year-old girl have all been arrested on suspicion of producing and cultivating a controlled drug.