M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

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Police Blotter of the Day: Kaboom! Oddly named man’s walking stick leads to evacuation

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An aluminum pipe with the word “Kaboom” written on it led to the evacuation of Akron City Hall on Wednesday. Turns out it was a walking stick, and “Kaboom” was the owner’s name. Really.

Full story (NBC News)

Written by Alex

October 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

Police Blotter of the Day: Assault with a deadly sausage

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The victim told police he was riding his bike about 8 a.m. Sunday when Michael A. Baker, whom he does not know, came up to him “and started swinging sausage links at him,” Lt. David Dickinson said Sunday.

“He said he was trying to hit him with that. The victim had no idea why,” Dickinson said.

Full story (Brockton, Mass., Enterprise)

Written by Alex

June 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Darth Vader. Robbing a bank. On a bike.

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Really, there’s nothing else you need to know, other than that it was in Toledo, Ohio:

Full story (WNWO-TV of Toledo, Ohio)

Written by Alex

May 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

Police Blotter of the Day: So drunk he didn’t know he’d been run over by a train

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That’s some Night Train hangover.

Thomas J. Boersma apparently passed out on the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks just east of Forest Grove Drive. The conductor of the 76 car freight train said he saw a person laying on the gravel and resting his back on a rail. As the eastbound train approached the conductor said the man did not turn around. The train hit Boersma about three-tenths of a mile east of Forest Grove Drive. …

Police were contacted at about 3:30 a.m. and eventually found Boersma, who was wearing camouflage. Boersma was conscious but was not aware he had just been hit by a train, the police report said. Though Boersma suffered severe injuries to his buttocks and left arm he refused medical treatment, was agitated and combative, the report said.

Full story (Lake Country Reporter of Hartland, Wis.)

Written by Alex

May 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

Human editors matter, or: Pat Buchanan, call your lawyers!

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Google likes to generate a “quote of the day” atop some of its news searches. It doesn’t always work out well.

Because I was doing a story that involved Adolf Hitler, I of course did a news search for “hitler” to see who else might be reporting the story. This is what I got:

Written by Alex

February 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Pet store allegedly cuts off dog’s ear, then glues it back on

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Gladys Kapuwai of Honolulu says in a lawsuit that she took Dodo, a Gilzale and Pomeranian-Maltese mix, for grooming last year July and realized a couple of days later that one of Dodo’s ears had been cut.

“When I took her to the vet, the doctor had told me it looked like they tried to glue it back,” Kapuwi said.

“I couldn’t believe what they did. I started crying, because this is our baby, too, you know.”

Video (KHNL-TV of Honolulu)

Written by Alex

February 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Police Blotter of the Century: For suspect, gun is a .38-caliber pain in the …

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Authorities believe Michael Ward concealed this .38-caliber revolver by hiding it where the sun don't shine. (WITN-TV)

A man pulled who was pulled over for a traffic violation in North Carolina was found this week with a gun in his jail cell — a big gun that authorities believe he hid in his rectum.

Deputies said the man — who claimed he was disabled and couldn’t walk — was searched and strip-searched both at a hosital and at the Onslow County, N.C., jail before he was placed into a holding cell. Jailers even made him perform what they call a “squat and cough” procedure.

No gun.

Only later did the .38-caliber revolver — 10 inches long, with a 4½-inch barrel — turn up.

Ward was taken back to the hospital Friday for examination of “possible injuries that may have occurred” to his rectum.

Full story (M. Alex Johnson/msnbc.com with WITN-TV and WNCN-TV)

Written by Alex

January 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Suicide by crossbow? Police say it can’t be ruled out.

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A 53-year-old Michigan man was found dead Tuesday morning with an arrow in his chest.

The man, Chris Martin Allen, was found lying in the corner of a parking lot in Howell, about 30 miles east of Lansing. The arrow was protruding from the left of his chest, and a crossbow was found next to his body, police said.

The police report said investigators considered Allen’s death a homicide, but Police Chief George Basar told NBC station WILX of Lansing that suicide couldn’t be ruled out.

“It’s physically possible,” Basar said. “We have discussed that, and it’s physically possible.”

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com)

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January 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: SD Police Use Beanbags Against Man With Swords

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Rapid City police used a beanbag shotgun to subdue a man they say attacked them with ninja-type swords. …

The 48-year-old man was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

Full story (AP via KDLT-TV)

Written by Alex

December 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

Police Blotter of the Day: Man wearing ‘I’m A Drunk’ T-shirt hits cop car, arrested for DWI

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Kevin Daly via WNBC-TV


A man wearing a T-shirt reading “I’m A Drunk” crashed into a police car early Thursday on Long Island and is being charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

Kevin Daly, of Coram, N.Y., was driving a 2000 Saturn on County Road 83 at about 1:45 a.m. when he hit the patrol car.

The entire message on his T-shirt reads “I’m Not An Alcoholic, I’m A Drunk. Alcoholics Go to Meetings.”

(The police officer wasn’t hurt.)

Full story (AP via WNBC-TV of New York)

Written by Alex

November 18, 2011 at 10:29 am


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