Monday 1/16

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Smok­ers remorse - William Blanken­ship had been arrested on drug charges and tossed into the cop car when he man­aged to wran­gle his way into the front seat and drive off while cuffed. The episode unnerved Blanken­ship enough to make him want a smoke — so he used the cruiser’s radio to get in touch with dis­patch and ask where the cig­a­rette lighter was. Blankenship’s fam­ily bro­kered a peace­ful sur­ren­der, much to the relief of the arrest­ing offi­cer, who described him­self as “embar­rassed” about the incident.

 The lab­coat avenger - An Iowa crook who tried to rip off a pharmacy’s stash of painkillers for recre­ational use ended up need­ing them for their intended use. That’s because Phar­ma­cist Bill Ship­ley doesn’t take anyone’s crap and when Don­ald White rushed in, armed with a box cut­ter, and demanded a stash of hydrocodone pills he slapped the poop out of him!  Ship­ley punched out the thug and, with the help of a retired cop who hap­pened to be on the scene, held him for police. He says he doesn’t buy advice to avoid con­fronting crooks, not­ing, “A lot of peo­ple tell you, ‘Don’t fight back, give them what they want, just get them out of the store.’ I dis­agree. Don’t let them take advan­tage of you if you think you can get the upper hand.”

There’s a crack in this plan — A Florida man is sure to be the butt of plenty of jokes after law enforce­ment offi­cials found him in his jail cell with a gun.  Michael Ward had been arrested on an out­stand­ing war­rant from the state of Geor­gia, and was wait­ing pro­cess­ing when offi­cers per­formed a strip search and dis­cov­ered the 10-inch long, .38 cal­iber weapon in his rump shaker! The gun was found to be unloaded, but the stor­age process left Ward with injuries that are cur­rently being treated. long do you thinnk he had to stash his gun before he was arrested? 

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