Make sure you want cops when calling cops
Kevin J. Norcross, 45, of Worcester, Mass., called the police on Dec. 7 and accused Lance Martinez of assault. When police got there, Norcross explained how Martinez had struck him because Martinez thought Norcross was looking at child pornography on his phone. While police interviewed Martinez, they noticed Norcross deleting images from his phone, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports. He didn't get them all, apparently, and was arrested on a charge of possessing and concealing child pornography. Police say they didn't see any evidence to charge Martinez with anything.
Nice wrapping doesn't fool cops
Police in Kootenai County, Idaho, pulled Jason Palmer over for erratic driving a couple of days before Christmas. He had two of his kids with him, and he said he was on his way home to Washington after visiting family in Montana. Plausible. There were presents in the car. That made sense. But that smell. "When I made contact at the window, the odor increased its potency," the deputy wrote in his report. That's police speak for, "As I got closer, I smelled pot." Palmer insisted the gifts were just sweaters, but a drug-sniffing dog called to the scene disagreed. Palmer was arrested and charged with trafficking when 3.3 pounds of marijuana were found in the presents.
Robin Hood robber arrested in Boston
It was like a scene out of a movie, and not an animated one, despite the names of the characters involved. Police in Boston say Jasmin Rivera, 30, went into Citizens Bank on Wednesday with a gun and demanded money. When employees complied, police say, Rivera got into a cab and asked the driver to take her to another bank. Instead, he dumped her at a park, where she started giving the $652 in ill-gotten gains to children. Police say Rivera will be evaluated before her court date in January.
Day in the life
Prolific songwriter gets a day off
Terry Eason of St. Paul, Minn., took Sunday off, went to the Vikings game, and didn't even try to convey his feelings of the day into song. Which is a big deal because he spent 2011 committing everything to lyrics. After attending an exhibit called "Make Something Cool Everyday" at the end of 2010, he decided to write a song every day in 2011. And he did. "There's some really poppy, melodic songs, some atmospheric and weird ones, some electronic ones," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Either for good or bad, I think there's some pretty cool stuff that came out of this that wouldn't have come out otherwise." Like just about everyone, Eason has a YouTube page, where he posts songs. "I don't want it to be perceived as some kind of ego trip. I see it more as a personal exercise."
Compiled from wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.