Frosty to spend time in cooler after fracas
It has been a tough year for holiday characters. As reported here earlier, the Sugar Plum Fairy in St. Charles, Mo., got bounced for uttering a dirty word during her drug test. Now comes word that Frosty the Snowman, or Kevin Walsh, was arrested at a parade in Chestertown, Md., on charges of assault and disorderly conduct. Police say he kicked a police dog and hit an officer in the head with the head of his costume. There is no indication that he was part of the parade. He just went to it dressed as a snowman.
Folk artist plays chicken with chain
There is a deep concern at the headquarters of Chick-fil-A that Bo Muller-Moore is usurping its trademark and it can only lead to confusion and pandemonium. Muller-Moore has launched business that is centered around the phrase "Eat more kale," which the fast food chain suspects is trading in on its catch phrase, "Eat mor chikin." Except with vegetables. And proper spelling. Muller-Moore, a folk artist, sells shirts and stickers with the slogan, and has since 2000. Chik-fil-A sent a letter saying the construction was "intellectual property" and its misuse "diminishes its value." Even more than intentionally erroneous spelling, apparently. The company wants him to stop and to turn over his website, eatmorekale.com, to it. Muller-Moore says he has no intention of doing that.
Cop's plan to eat evidence fails
Police in Rtishchevsky, Russia — which is the district that includes the city of Saratov, if that helps pinpoint it geographically — had heard that one of their own had accepted a $478 bribe from a motorist. The motorist had a suspended license, and wanted it back. When internal affairs confronted officer Andrey Zakharov with the accusation, he responded by attempting to eat about $478. Coincidence? Probably not, decided the committee that convicted Zakharov. He was fined $19,000 and banned from law enforcement for two years.
Pot lacked punch, saving him prison
It was a technicality that kept a Swedish man jail time. The man, 35, whose name was not released, was on trial in Karlstad, facing charges of growing marijuana in his home, reports the Local news service. But prosecutors agreed that there was no reason to send him to prison because he didn't grow very good pot. His was found to be low in THC, which is the ingredient that puts the wacky in the weed. "The level (of THC) in the drugs affects the sentence, since a better plant produces more of the drug to be abused," said Sara Malmhester of the Swedish Prosecution Authority. The man was growing for his own personal use, which is probably a good thing for him.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.