News of the Weird

  • Article by: CHUCK SHEPHERD
  • November 16, 2012 - 3:48 PM

IRS agents, investigating tax-fraud suspect Rashia Wilson, 26, turned up thousands of identification numbers in a September home search in Tampa. Wilson had already laid down a challenge in May, when she wrote on Facebook: "I'm Rashia, the queen of IRS tax fraud. [I'm] a millionaire for the record. So if you think that indicting me will be easy, it won't. I promise you. I won't do no time. ... " The search also turned up a handgun, and since Wilson is a convicted felon, she was jailed and denied bail in part because of the Facebook post.

Not so smart

Navy medical examiner Dr. Mark Shelly was notified of disciplinary action in July after admitting that he let his children handle a brain -- and pose for photos with it -- that he was transporting for autopsy to Portsmouth, Va.

An app before its time?

The Swiss company Blacksocks offers an iPhone app that utilizes radio frequency identification chips inserted into socks so they can be automatically sorted.

Latest in marriage

A city official in Tupa, Brazil, granted, for the first time, official "civil union" status to a man and two women. They now enjoy all the legal benefits of marriage, under a recent Brazilian Supreme Court decision. A CNN reporter, translating Portuguese documents, said the union was called "polyfidelitous."

Turned in by the kids

(1) A teenager, apparently fed up with his parents' commandeering of their home's basement for a marijuana-growing operation, turned in the couple in August. The Doylestown Township, Pa., couple, a chiropractor mom and software engineer dad, allegedly had sophisticated hardware and 18 plants. (2) Police in Athens, Ga., searching for Homer Parham, 51, at his house in September, came up empty. His wife said he wasn't there. But as officers were leaving, the couple's young daughter said, "Mommy locked Daddy in the closet." Parham was found hiding in a high-up crawl space.

Generous robber

Two men robbing an Open Pantry store in Madison, Wis., in October escaped, but with less money than they came with. The lead thief grabbed a handful of cash that the clerk had been counting. The clerk pleaded, then sternly demanded that the man give back the money. The thief thought for a moment, became remorseful, threw all the money in his pocket to the floor, and fled. The clerk told police that when she re-counted the money, there was $1 more than in her original count, meaning that the thief had accidentally tossed in a dollar of his own.

Roadkill on menu?

The Red Flower Chinese Restaurant in Williamsburg, Ky., was shut down by health authorities in September after a customer said he saw a roadkill deer carcass being wheeled through the dining room into the kitchen. The chief Whitley County health inspector said the owners did not appear to understand that they should not do that.

Sending off Fido

America has about 700 pet "aftercare" facilities that provide funeral services, according to a September NBC News report. Oakey's, in Roanoke, Va., performs 800 to 900 pet cremations annually and provides about 20 customers a year with pet caskets, part of the estimated $53 billion America spends on pets. The basic charge at Heartland Pet Cremation of St. Louis is $275 for a private cremation, including a memorial video slideshow. For the more upscale, other facilities offer deluxe urns, taxidermy, freeze-drying pets and creating a synthetic diamond out of pet ashes.

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