All hail the Gingerbread Man!

Orga­niz­ers say 69-year-old Carl Enlow died after being hit by a heli­copter rotor at the Blooms­burg Fair! The fair’s super­in­ten­dent of police and park­ing says the heli­copter was refu­el­ing when Enlow went back to speak to the pilot who relieved him. Bill Bar­ratt says Enlow’s hat blew off his head and he was struck by the rotor when he reached for it. Bar­ratt says Enlow was an expe­ri­enced pilot who had flown heli­copters in the mil­i­tary; his death is under investigation.

gingerbread manPolice in Cal­i­for­nia said 13 motorists were cited in an oper­a­tion involv­ing a deputy dressed in a Gin­ger­bread Man costume.The River­side County Sheriff’s Depart­ment said the cos­tumed deputy walked back and forth across a Moreno Val­ley cross­walk for about 50 min­utes and 13 motorists were cited for fail­ing to yield the right of way to a pedes­trian in a cross­walk.  Sgt. Bill Gui­mont said most of the motorists told deputies they didn’t notice the Gin­ger­bread Man in the cross­walk in front of Rain­bow Springs
Ele­men­tary School. “Our con­cern is if they can’t see a 7-foot Gin­ger­bread Man, then how are they going to see their son or daugh­ter that is only 5 feet tall walk­ing through a cross­walk,” Gui­mont said.  True, but would it have been more obvi­ous if it were in down­town traf­fic?

Santa Ana police said Jose Manuel Ortiz, 35, and Ryan Irwin Tis­cher, 37, met while being released from the Orange County Jail around 7:20 p.m. and they allegedly stole a 1994 Ford van a few hours later! Then the men drove the stolen van to a park­ing garage between the Orange County Sheriff’s Depart­ment and the Santa Ana Police Depart­ment where they bur­glar­ized a police jailer’s vehi­cle! At that moment an off-duty offi­cer came into the park­ing struc­ture while hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion on his phone around 12:10 a.m. and Ortiz allegedly charged him and demanded he hand over the phone.  The offi­cer over­pow­ered Ortiz and took him into cus­tody. The book­ing offi­cer at the jail then rec­og­nized his own prop­erty among the items taken from Ortiz. The other guy, Tis­cher was found stand­ing next to the stolen van a short time later (I guess he just wan­dered off when all of this was hap­pen­ing??)  and was taken into cus­tody. Both men were charged with grand theft auto

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