The unthinkable crime: Someone stole her bacon
Kenya Ealy returned to her home in University City, Mo., about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday to find Damon Petty cooking breakfast. Which would have been a really nice surprise if A) he had been cooking breakfast for Ealy and B) if Ealy knew Petty. She did not. Not only was Petty about to eat Ealy's bacon, but he wouldn't let her in the house. Ealy got help from friends, and they managed to subdue Petty until police arrived. Petty, 36, was charged with first-degree burglary, with the special circumstance of delicious pork products. Okay, Missouri doesn't really have that as a special circumstance. But it should. He is a suspect in another burglary, in which bacon was not involved.
Oh, the humanity! Oh, wait a minute
People driving along I-71 north of Cincinnati were horrified to see a plane crash on the side of the road. Calls were made and emergency crews responded, prepared for the worst. When they got there, they learned that the wreckage was in a water park. That was the bad news. The good news: It was just a prop for one of the rides, and it had been there since May. It's just that it has become visible from the road since leaves have started to fall. There were no fatalities.
Big victory for small brothels
The City Council in Sydney, Australia, has voted down plans for a supersized business expansion that would have meant an influx of about $12 million to the local economy, but this move was on principle. The business is called Stiletto. It isn't a shoe store, nor does it sell cutlery. It bills itself as "the world's finest short stay boutique hotel" and charges $370 per hour, which includes refreshments and the companion of your choice from an all-female staff. It wanted to double its "working rooms" to 40 and create a room for group . . . events . . . but the council was afraid that it would threaten competition. "We're not prudes, we're not opposed to brothels, but we have a policy of spreading them out," council member Shayne Mallard said, without any sense of irony.
Jury is still out on judges, Facebook
We've had jurors friending defendants. We've had intruders friending victims. Now the Patriot-News of central Pennsylvania reports that Cumberland County Judge Thomas A. Placey made a routine court decision involving a man who had a standoff with police, Barry Horn Jr. Turns out, Placey and Horn are Facebook friends. Placey says that they barely know each other in real life, so it's no big deal, and that he accepts anyone who sends him a friend request. "I don't think it has any relevance to the case," he said. So far, the district attorney isn't asking Placey to recuse himself. Watch for status updates.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.