See the full story on SFGATE.com - Ah, the Bay Area. Weird and dirty, strange and exotic. It’s a place so quirky that we explain things away with a shrug and the phrase, “Ah, San Francisco.” The Chronicle’s reporters encounter so many bizarre tales each year. We compiled 13 of the strangest in this year-end gallery.
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In The News:
Phoenix Az brothel poses as church
Courts–Man sues white castle over booth size
burglar tries to claim reward money
NJ police chief: Double-parking wife not above law
The Associated Press
Posted: 09/29/2011 10:14:13 AM PDT
LODI, N.J.—A New Jersey police chief says no one is above the law—not even his wife.
Lodi (LOH’-deye) Police Chief Vincent Caruso ordered an officer to ticket his wife after she double parked while dropping off their 5-year-old son at school.
Caruso told The Record newspaper ( http://bit.ly/pksv9y) he didn’t want her to get any special treatment because of who she is. The chief paid the $54 ticket. It’s not the first time for Paula Caruso. The chief ordered another officer to ticket her two years ago after she forgot to move their vehicle for street cleaning. The chief told the newspaper he loves his wife and she’s very busy driving their four sons around. His wife couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. The Carusos’ phone number is unlisted.
Associated Press Posted: 10/03/2011 08:27:37 AM PDT Updated: 10/03/2011 08:29:33 AM PDT
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Oakland officer’s city-issued video camera shows the shooting death of an armed suspect during a struggle with police. The Police Department won’t release details on what is depicted in the video of the Sept. 25 incident. The San Francisco Chronicle says the city of Oakland paid $540,000 for 350 wearable cameras last year from Vievu of Seattle. The cameras are worn on the chest of officers. Investigators say two officers pulled over a car and the passenger, who had a gun and drugs, fled on foot. One of the officers caught the suspect and shot him during a struggle. The name of the suspect and the officers has been withheld.
A pair of Alabama conservation enforcement officers think they’ve come up with the perfect way for avid hunters to honor their loved ones for eternity. Officers Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell have launched Holy Smoke LLC, a company that will, for a price, load cremated human ash into shotgun shells, and rifle and pistol cartridges.
It’s the perfect life celebration for someone who loves the outdoors or shooting sports, Parnell says.
“This isn’t a joke. It’s a job that we take very seriously,” he said. “This is a reverent business. We take the utmost care in what we do and show the greatest respect for the remains.”
The company, launched in July, shipped out its first two orders on Sept. 16 – one from Florida and one from Kentucky – Holmes says. It has established www.myholysmoke.com to promote the service and traffic on it has been growing , Holmes says.
For $850, one pound of ash will be loaded into 250 shotgun shells. The ash is mixed in the cups that hold the shot, not the powder. The same amount of ash will fill the bullets of 100 standard caliber center-fire rifle rounds or 250 pistol rounds. For the rifle and pistol ammunition, the ash is put into the tips of hollow-point bullets with the cavity sealed with wax. Any remaining ash is shipped back to the customer, along with the loaded ammunition.
“Some people have been concerned that a small amount of ash will remain in the animal that is shot with the ammunition, Holmes said. “But it’s just carbon, and a small amount at that. You don’t have anything to worry about.” The process takes about 48 hours from the time the ashes are received, Holmes said. “The people we use are all experienced reloaders and know exactly what we want them to do, he said. “Only one bag of ash will be opened at a time, and the equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before the next set of remains is loaded.
Tim Godwin, a Montgomery landscaping company owner and avid hunter, says he sees no problem with the practice.
“People have had their ashes sprinkled in rivers and the ocean, there have been ashes spread out of airplanes,” he said. “If you love hunting or the outdoors, this really isn’t much different.”
People should take care in with how the meat that is shot with this ammunition is handled, cautions Robert Chapin, a toxicologist who worked for 18 years at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
The animal should be killed quickly by the shot, to prevent any possibility of spreading the ashes in the animal’s blood, he says. The area around where the animal was struck should not be consumed.
“I would expect that the ashes would pose less of a problem than any lead pellets historically used,” Chapin says.
Serious crimes to warn people about http://www.contracostatimes.com/crime-courts/ci_18884334
SJSU sexual assault (Don’t walk alone, don’t take risk)
And a recent local robbery where 2 suspects used a ruse to get an elderly couple in their 70′s to open their door at 0130 hrs, tied up the woman and beat the man until he opened a safe.
Subject: New California law bans warrantless cell phone searches
New law bans warrantless cell phone searches
Editor’s note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com. She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.
Two very helpful guides about CCW (Concealed Carry) and a Five Step guide to handgun selection
Put together by the folks at Beretta:
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