Monday 1/23


A spirited argument – A Wisconsin man didn’t have a ghost of a chance of getting police to believe his story about domestic violence charges brought by his wife.  Michael West made the defense after cops arrived at his home in response to an emergency call. The victim had said that the couple was fighting over an imminent foreclosure, and that West dared her to call 911 if she wanted to stop the argument from escalating. When she did, he flipped out. The officers on scene said that West told them “a ghost” was responsible for the woman’s distress, and noted he was visibly intoxicated at the time of the bust.

He nailed it! – An Illinoisman is recovering after surgery to remove a 3 1/2-inch nail he didn’t realize he had inadvertently shot into his brain! Dante Autullo, 32, was recovering Friday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after surgery to remove the nail and replace a contaminated piece of skull with mesh and titanium. He had shot the nail into his brain with a nail gun while working in the garage Tuesday morning. The nail gun had recoiled, bringing it against his head, and he thought the small wound was from contact with the gun. He then went to work! But the pain grew severe after a nap Wednesday.  The nail was millimeters from the part of the brain that controls all motor functions, X-rays showed.  Autullo was awake and talking Friday at the hospital, where he was expected to remain three more days.

Flapping in the wind – Milton Burrell, 28, Muncie, fled from a hospital while in police custody but was soon spotted by a DelawareCountydeputy sheriff who noticed “fresh footprints in the snow that were from a person without shoes. “The (Muncie, Ind.) Star-Press said a lack of footwear was not Burrell’s only problem. He was wearing only a hospital gown as he hustled across a street near the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Burrell, who had been sought for missing a court date on a domestic-violence charge, was marched back to the hospital and handcuffed to his bed, police said.

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