Daily Ramblings – July 1, 2009

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Jul 012009

From yesterday, we’ve got a “pig” traffic tie up out in Pasco County, and today we’ve got rain, rain, and more rain, and do you know what one calls 1,000 lawyers on the bottom of the ocean?

That’s right, yesterday morning during rush hour there was a big traffic backup at a big intersection over in Pasco County. Apparently there was a dead pig in the middle of the intersection blocking things up. I have been unable to get any more information about this one.

Yesterday and today we’ve had a ton of rain, and while it’s quiet now, the radar seems to show that we are going to get more. I’ve had to pump water out of the pool a couple times. We’ve needed some rain, but be careful what you wish for. We really got it, and it has come in downpours when it rains. I had to drive up to the north side of town to run some errands, and that meant making my way through several areas where the streets get very flooded.

In Tarpon Springs a police officer has resigned amid allegations that he slashed the tires on a homeless person’s bicycles. Apparently he was mad because the homeless addressed several times with racial epithets (reportedly the “n” word) over and over after he arrested the homeless person on a trespassing charge.

Tampa Tribune File Photo

Tampa Tribune File Photo

So, the answer to the lawyer question above (What does one call 1,000 lawyers on the bottom of the ocean?) is “a good start.” A couple of months ago a thug named Richard McTear was arrested for allegedly throwing his teenage girlfriend’s baby on the concrete floor in her apartment, the tossing the baby from a car window out on the interstate. The baby died. Bedwell, the baby’s mother, is herself receiving services from DCF. She had problems with McTear, and had the Sheriff’s Department close a case against him, and DCF lower their concern level after she promised to seek a court order to keep McTear away. She didn’t, so now she is, big surprise, suing everyone in sight, including DCF and Sheriff’s Office.

But her money-grubbing attorney’s are also suing…wait for it…the apartment managers where she lived, because they supposedly didn’t provide enough security to keep this from happening.

News Wrap Up- January 25, 2008

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Jan 252008

DUI – TBO.com
While drunk driving is never a good idea, Jeannine Marie Canfield, 53, of Tampa, took even that too far when she side-swiped a deputies patrol car early this morning, then kept going. Canfield faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash with damage, possession of a drug without a prescription and possession of a controlled substance. It seems she also had 55 Valium pills in a prescription bottle with a conflicting label and 52 Flexural pills, for which she did not have a prescription.

Prison Contraband Arrests – News Channel 8
Oops, it seems that 11 people have been arrested for smuggling contraband into the Federal Prison in Bushnell. Nine are prison employees, one is an inmate, and the other is a girlfriend of a prison worker. They were taking in heroin, cigarettes (at $100/pack) and cell phones for $2,000. I’m just wondering prisoner has that kind of money?

Sangria in VA
I read a story today about a restaurant owner being fined $2,000 in VA because they served Sangria. Apparently, in the Commonwealth of VA, it’s illegal to mix wine or beer with spirits. I guess that means boiler makers are also illegal in VA. I was talking to someone who lives there today, and told him they needed to come on into the 20th century…never mind joining the rest of us in the 21st, just get to the 20th century.

New Port Richey Middle School Links to Porn Site – TBO
A web domain transfer resulted in a link on the Gulf Middle School linking to a gay porn site. OK, so fix it, but you would not believe the big deal being made about. Letters to parents, and all sorts of crap. This apparently comes after a TV report that student at Gulf could link from the school’s resource officer’s MySpace page to one of his friends, and then on to a sex site. Good grief, is this all reporters have to do…check three levels of links from every school resource officer’s website.