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San Diego beachgoers will flout the law by floating

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Beachgoers will flout the law by floating

Thousands of beer-loving partiers are expected to descend on a quiet San Diego bay this weekend for a massive gathering that takes advantage of — even celebrates — a loophole the city's liquor laws. Concerned about public drunkenness a few years back, San Diego banned drinking by anybody whose feet were touching the sand at a public beach. So a group of revelers found a way around that: They keep their feet off the sand by floating in the water just off the beach. Capt. Chris Ball of the San Diego Police Department is overseeing the police response to the event. "They recognize that there's this unique loophole," he said. "And there is not a darn thing we can do about it." More than 9,000 people have so far RSVP'd to the event on Facebook.

You're in Trouble!

Police say suspect didn't mind his P's

Nitinkuma Patel was arrested Wednesday morning in the Bergen Square neighborhood of Jersey City, N.J. For urinating in public. On another person. Police say the 27-year-old man — dubbed the "serial urinator" — has terrorized the neighborhood since December as he preyed on young women. "He's been going up behind females who were waiting for the bus or just walking and just urinating on the back of their leg," said Jersey City Deputy Chief Peter Malbach. The alleged pervert was caught Wednesday morning by a plainclothes cop who was staking out the area when he spotted Patel attacking a 16-year-old girl.

Court or class?

Juror gets 'duty' part all wrong

Jennifer Mercado may have not paid attention when court officials explained what jury duty meant, and instead thought she was attending class. The 20-year-old is accused of stealing another juror's credit card and going on shopping sprees during lunch breaks — all during the trial of an accused credit card thief in the Bronx in New York. Mercado doesn't deny she used fellow juror John Postrk's American Express card to buy more than $500 worth of loot. "The guy did give me permission to use his credit card," she said. "He came on to me. It's a he-said, she-said situation." However, for now, Postrk, 49, said prosecutors asked him not to talk about the case. Mercado could face four years in prison if convicted.

Scary Spice

Chili grenade for crowd control

Military experts in India have developed a new crowd control grenade packed with ground seeds from the bhut jolokia, officially recognized as the hottest chili on the planet by Guinness World Records. When deployed, the grenade showers the targets with a dust so spicy that in trials subjects were blinded for hours and left with breathing problems.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

San Diego beachgoers will flout the law by floating

03/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 19, 2010 10:03pm]

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