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City of Espanola, NMIn August 2004, 8-year-old Jerry Trujillo was sent to the school counselor's office after he hit another child with a basketball. Jerry then allegedly went out of control and refused to return to class. The police were summoned; they handcuffed the third grader and took him to the city jail where he was dressed in an orange jumpsuit and placed in a holding cell while adult inmates in a nearby cell taunted him. The Trujillo family filed a lawsuit against the city and was awarded a $221,000 settlement.
That'll teach the little brat won't it? Let's see, the kid commits Assault & Battery on a classmate, goes bonkers in the principal's office and needs to be arrested, and his family is compensated with over $200k. Seriously, bring that shit to trial, no way a jury awards more than that, especially if you play up the annoying child angle. I mean really, how many people would love to see annoying children sent to a jail, I know I would, and I am sure the average juror would too.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Baylor University in Waco, Texas, which bills itself as the world's largest Baptist college, has threatened to discipline female students if they pose for Playboy magazine, which is trying to recruit models from the college.Playboy photographers came to Baylor's hometown seeking models for a photo spread on women of the Big 12 college athletic conference, of which the college is a member.Baylor Vice President for Student Life Samuel W. Oliver sent an e-mail to women students this week warning that any who 'associate' with Playboy would be subject to the university's disciplinary processes.'Playboy is clearly antithetical to Baylor's mission and associating with the magazine would be a violation of the code of conduct,' Oliver wrote in the e-mail. University officials said punishment could include suspension.Baylor, known for its conservative outlook, did not allow dancing on campus until 10 years ago.A spokesman for Playboy declined to comment on the e-mail.The threatened punishment was met with a yawn by students on campus.One woman, who professed no desire to pose for Playboy, said Baylor officials had 'more important things to worry about' and wondered if male students would face similar punishment if they were seen reading an issue of Playboy featuring Baylor women."
2. Use a wallet that is fastened with Velcro.
3. Rank his friends in order of best, second best, and so on.
4. Hacky sack.
5. Name his penis his name plus junior.
6. Hang art with tape.
7. Hang The Scream, unless he stole it from the Munch museum in Oslo.
8. Ask a policeman, "You ever shoot anybody with that thing?"
9. Ask a woman, "Hey, you got a license for that ass?"
11. Take a camera to a nude beach.
12. Let his father do his taxes.
13. Tap on the glass.
14. Shout out a response to "Are you ready to rock?"
15. Use the word collated on his resume.
16. Hold a weekly house meeting with roommates.
17. Name pets after Middle Earth characters.
18. Jokingly flash gang signs while posing for wedding photos.
19. Give shout-outs.
20. Use numbers in place of words or locations, such as "the 411" for information, or "the 313" for Detroit.
21. Hug amusement-park characters.
22. Wear Disney-themed neckties.
23. Wake up to a "morning zoo."
24. Compare the trajectory of his life with those of the characters in Billy Joel's "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant."
25. Request extra sprinkles.
26. Air drum.
27. Choose 69 as his jersey number.
28. Eat Oreo cookies in stages.
29. Volunteer to be a magician's assistant.
30. Sleep on a bare mattress.
31. End a conversation with "later skater."
32. Hold his lighter up at a concert.
33. Publicly greet friends by shouting, "What's up, you whore?"
34. Wear Converse All Stars with a tuxedo.
35. Propose via stadium Jumbotron.
36. Decide anything based on the ruminations of Howard Stern.
37. Call "shotgun" before getting in a car.
38. Dispute someone else's call of "shotgun."
40. Mist up during Aerosmith's "Dream On."
41. Purchase fireworks.
42. Google the word vagina.
43. Ride a pony.
44. Sport an ironic mustache.
45. Hit 13 against a 6.
46. Organize a party bus.
47. Say "two points" every time he throws something in the trash.
48. Buy a novelty postcard in another country of topless women on a beach and write, "Wish you were here" on it.
49. Keg stands.
50. Purchase home-brewing paraphernalia.
51. The John Travolta point-to-the-ceiling-point-to-the-floor dance move; also that one from Pulp Fiction.
52. Put less than ten dollars' worth of gas in the tank.
53. Keep a minuscule amount of marijuana extremely well hidden.
54. Read The Fountainhead.
55. Watch the Pink Floyd laser light show at a planetarium.
56. Refer to his girlfriend's breasts as "the twins."
57. Own a vanity plate.
59. Say goodbye to anyone by tapping his chest and even so much as whispering, "Peace out."
GREENFIELD — The day after police say the same man robbed his third bank in Franklin County within a week, police Capt. John Newton was asked why it seems so easy to rob banks in Greenfield.
“It’s easy to rob banks everywhere,” he replied.
Because most bankers don’t want to risk a shootout in a building full of customers, they generally wait until the robbers have left the bank before notifying the police.
In the case of the robbery of the TD Banknorth in Greenfield on Monday, for example, witnesses say that the workers in the bank held off until they saw the robber walk away before they called the police.
It was the second time in a week that the bank was robbed by a note-wielding man who slipped away through downtown streets before police arrived.
Police are looking for Max E. Churchill, 25, of 361 Route 8A, Heath, identifying him as a suspect in all three bank heists in the past week in the county.
“In the end, it’s better that way because the last thing you want is to have an armed and desperate person in a building full of innocent people.
“That’s why there are no armed guards in banks anymore. It’s not that it wasn’t cost effective, it’s just that people were getting hurt,” Newton said.
The captain said that it is every police officer’s nightmare to have an armed man in a room full of hostages.
“In the greater scheme of things, it’s property versus lives.
“They may get an amount of money, but in the long run they’re going to get caught. The vast majority of these guys get caught,” he said.
John Hall, spokesman for the American Bankers Association, agrees with Newton.
“Three out of four bank robbers do get caught within 18 months of their crime. These are not rational people; your chances of getting caught are very high and the amount of money that you are likely to get is very small,” he said.
According to Hall, 50 percent of bank robberies are committed by drug users who need money to feed their habits.
Most banks, Hall said, have a standard series of security measures that they employ as a matter of course to retard crime.
“They do simple things such as making sure the tellers monitor their cash amounts and make regular deposits so that they never have too much in their drawers. They use time locks on the safe so that it varies the time that it opens and no one can open it in-between.
“They also vary the pattern in which they open the doors to the bank and the times at which they open the doors. The key is not to make things repetitive. Thieves don’t like variation,” he said.
Hall also said that having armed guards in a bank is a bad idea.
“Most security experts say that anytime you introduce a gun into the lobby, you vastly increase the chance of gunplay, ricocheting bullets and the like.
“In any robbery situation, the bank’s number one priority is making sure that everyone is safe. That’s not negotiable,” he said.
Because there are so few guns in use in banks around the country, Hall says, injuries occur in less than 2 percent of bank robberies.
“In places where they have a lot of robberies, banks will sometimes station armed guards outside of the bank as a deterrent. It works because they don’t want these guys in the bank in the first place,” he said.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the northeastern United States, which had an estimated 18.6 percent of the country’s population in 2004, accounted for 19.5 percent of the nation’s robberies. However, the estimated number of robberies in the region declined by about 3.3 percent from what it was in 2003.
FBI statistics say that of the robberies in the northeast, only 3.6 percent are bank robberies, almost twice as many robberies, 6.7 percent, occur at convenience stores. The largest percentage of robberies, 53.2 percent, occur on streets and highways.
Gail Marcinkiewicz, an FBI special agent, said that bank robberies in the state last year were down slightly from 2004, but saw a major drop since 2003.
“In Massachusetts alone, there were 190 bank robberies in 2005, 193 bank robberies in 2004 and 250 bank robberies in 2003,” she said.
The FBI has been called in to assist on the most recent robberies in Franklin County because bank robbery is a federal offense.
According to a spokeswoman from the United States Attorney’s Office, the penalty for robbing a bank is quite variable.
“The short answer is 20 years for unarmed robbery and 25 years for armed robbery, but it would depend on what is involved, guns, other factors,” she said.
The guidelines for federal sentencing set a base offense level which is then modified by such things as the brandishing of a dangerous weapon that is not a firearm, the use or display of a firearm, the discharge of a firearm, injury sustained by any victim and the seriousness of the injury.
According to the federal guidelines, the judge can also consider the criminal history of the defendant and add points for previous incarcerations and can take into account whether the current crime was committed while the thief was on probation or on work release.
Given the conditions of the three robberies in Franklin County this month, the threat of a firearm could raise the base offense level to 25 years.
Under state law, a person found guilty of armed robbery can be sent to prison for any number of years up to life behind bars.
This month’s robberies
Since April 11, there have been three bank robberies in Franklin County. Two were robberies of the same branch of TD Banknorth in Greenfield and the third was at the Sunderland branch of Greenfield Co-operative Bank on Amherst Road last Saturday.
According to police, in all three cases a tall white man walked into the bank, handed a teller a note suggesting that he had a gun, took the money and left.
Using forensic evidence, police say that they have identified the thief as Churchill, and he is now wanted in all three incidents on charges of armed robbery.
Churchill is described as a white man 6 feet 3 inches tall with brown hair and green eyes.
According to police, during the robbery of the Greenfield TD Banknorth on April 11, Churchill was sporting a mustache and a goatee, but he may have shaved off his facial hair since then.
Police say that on Monday, after escaping from the area of the bank in downtown Greenfield, Churchill drove the stolen car he was using to the town of Whately, where he abandoned it. Investigators think that he must have had another vehicle waiting there, or someone waiting to give him a ride.
The Saturday Sunderland robber also used a stolen vehicle to drive to Whately where a swap apparently was made.
“We know there are a series of people helping him and running him around. These people have been doing nothing to help us find this guy and they have to understand that he is going to jail and if they help him, so are they,” said Greenfield Police Chief David Guilbault.
The chief said that he is worried that if the bank robberies continue someone will eventually get hurt.
“I don’t want that to happen. This is just foolishness and it needs to stop,” he said angrily.
Police request that anyone who may have any information concerning the whereabouts of Churchill or any information concerning the robberies contact them at (413) 773-5411 or (413) 774-3186 and ask for the detective bureau.
Local representatives of TD Banknorth were not available for comment after the robbery.
However, Leslie Roberts a spokeswoman for the Portland, Maine-based bank, said officials were relieved that no one had been hurt.
“As a rule, other than to confirm that it happened, we can’t comment on something that’s still under investigation,” she said.
“The safety of our employees and customers are at the top of our minds. We have a security program in place. Our regular employees are trained, and we keep our security system upgraded. We’re cooperative with authorities,” Roberts added. “We’re thankful that everybody’s fine.”MY COMMENTARY
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