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Coronavirus in Texas: Hospitals, nurses call for statewide stay-at-home order


AUSTIN — Two of the state's largest health care associations on Tuesday urged Gov. Greg Abbott to extend the orders by several Texas counties requiring residents to self-quarantine in their homes to fight the further spread of coronavirus


"The time has come for Texas to issue a statewide stay-at-home order," said a letter to the governor from the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Nurse Association. "We urge you to implement this strict measure to prevent widespread illness in Texas."


Gov. Greg Abbott provides an update on the state's effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. He spoke in the Texas Capitol, March 28, 2020.

Gov. Greg Abbott provides an update on the state's effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. He spoke in the Texas Capitol, March 28, 2020. (Photo: Still image from pool video)


Abbott, who this month declared a statewide emergency, shuttering schools, limiting restaurant service to drive-thru and takeout and banning public gatherings of more than 10 people, has so far resisted ordering a statewide shutdown. To date, nearly half of Texas' 254 counties have seen at least one case of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, and the cases number well into the hundreds in the urban counties.


Still, large expanses of West Texas and the Panhandle had still reported no cases, even as the statewide total approaches 3,000, including 38 who have died.


But Hospital Association President Ted Shaw and Cindy D. Zolnierek, president of the Nurses Association, said in their letter the best way to keep the virus out of those rural counties and limit the further spread in the cities and suburbs is through a statewide order.


"The faster and more consistently people stay at home, the safer we all will be and the sooner our economy can rebound from this disaster." they wrote. "With surging counts and projections – and news of community pockets that are not heeding the warning to distance – a statewide stay-at-home policy will send a clear message about the seriousness of the threat. Ultimately, it will save lives."


Abbott is scheduled to brief Texans at 2 p.m. Tuesday on the state's effort to fight the spread so far. In past briefings, the governor has urged residents to continue practicing social distance and to wash hands frequently. 


Earlier Tuesday, President Donald Trump's chief coronavirus adviser said he's seeing some encouraging signs that social distancing might be helping to slow the virus.


“What we're starting to see right now is just the inklings," Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CNN.  "And I don't want to put too much stock on it, because you don't want to get overconfident. You just want to keep pushing in what you're doing. 


"You're starting to see that the daily increases are not in that steep incline, they're starting to be able to possibly flatten out."



By: John C. Moritz

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City of Abilene announces 'Limited' Shelter in Place Order | What does it mean?



ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The City of Abilene has announced a ‘Limited’ Shelter in Place Order due to the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases. 


During a special-called city council meeting Monday morning, Mayor Anthony Williams detailed the order, which will be in place through April 14. 


Residents must remain in their homes throughout that time period, unless they are performing an essential activity, including:


  • Attending work or providing financial support for families
  • Getting supplies necessary for food, shelter, medical care, and clothing 
  • Anything necessary for mental and spiritual health, such as going outside or going on a walk. Parks will remain open, but playground equipment and basketball courts will close.


Gatherings will still be restricted to 10 people maximum, indoors and outside. 


Carry out and drive-through dining at restaurants will still be allowed, but any indoor eating options must be shut down. Food truck gatherings are prohibited if more than one truck is present. 


All businesses, with the following exceptions, can remain open for business at this time:


  • Hair salons, hair stylists, barber shops
  • Nail salons
  • Tattoo parlor, piercing
  • Game rooms
  • Bowling alleys, movie theaters, mini golf courses, other entertainment venues
  • Gyms, fitness centers
  • Sexually oriented businesses
  • Smoking rooms inside tobacco stores (retail allowed to remain open)


All those ordered to close must do-so by noon on March 31.


Other businesses must limit customers and retail establishments must cut their maximum capacity by at least 50%.


In addition to the business closures, the Limited Shelter in Place Order demands the following people self-quarantine:


  • Persons who are sick with fever, cough, shortness of breath
  • All persons in household of positive covid-19 cases
  • All at-risk individuals


These self-quarantined individuals may seek medical care, but they are advised to call their doctor ahead of time before going in.


Anyone in self-quarantine must remain in isolation until they’ve been fever-free for at least 72 hours without medication and all symptoms of COVID-19 must be gone for 14 days. 


If any person with COVID-19 or anyone in their household refuses to self-quarantine, no matter how mild the symptoms, they will be fined $1,000 per day per occurrence and could have additional action taken, such as police surveillance or ankle monitoring.


As of Monday morning, there have been 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Abilene, most of which are connected to residents and healthcare professionals at Disability Resources, Inc.



By: Erica Garner

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Taylor County now has 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 2 reported Monday


The city of Abilene reported two new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing its total of positive cases in Taylor County to 11.


Of 335 tests conducted, 176 have returned negative, while 148 pending.


The two new positive tests are separate from a number of tests at Disability Resources Inc.


One is a 30-year-old man, whose case is travel-related, said Annette Lerma, director of health services with the city of Abilene, in an online news conference Monday afternoon.


COVID-19: 14-day limited shelter in place order for Abilene goes in effect Tuesday


"He had returned and had immediately reached out to his health care provider when his symptoms started," she said. "He was quarantined immediately.


So we feel like there was very little risk to anyone around him. He did it exactly how we wanted it to happen."


The other case is an 80-year-old man, who is hospitalized but in stable condition.


"He also had a history of travel," Lerma said.


The greatest concentration of cases locally is still at DRI.


There are six confirmed cases at the facility, which serves individuals who with developmental and physical challenges.


The first case in Abilene was reported Friday, a DRI resident. Later the same day, Dyess Air Force Base notified the city of its first confirmed case.


The Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District urges residents to protect themselves and medically fragile community members by:


  •  Practicing social distancing, and staying home as much as possible.


  •  Washing or sanitizing hands often.


  •  Covering sneezes and coughs.


  •  Avoid touching your face.


  •  Staying home if you are sick.


  •  Routinely cleaning commonly touched surfaces.


Those displaying symptoms should call their medical provider or the Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District at 325-692-5600 for screening and further instruction.


Do not arrive at a medical office, facility, or hospital without first making contact by phone and receiving instructions.



By: Brian Bethel

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2 positive COVID-19 cases in Abilene, 143 tests still pending



ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The latest COVID-19 testing numbers for the City of Abilene show two people have tested positive and 143 more are still awaiting results.


Friday’s numbers show 248 people total have been tested, with 2 positive results, 104 negative results, and 143 pending.


City officials were notified of Abilene’s first positive result Thursday morning.


They then held a press conference to disclose the information to the public, saying the patient is a male in his 40s who came to the ER just 24 hours before his positive result with multiple symptoms, including shortness of breath.


Later that night, Dyess Air Force Base confirmed Abilene’s second case, saying the patient is a health care worker on base who was tested on March 24.


Neither case has a confirmed location of contraction so far.


Investigators are working to determine both patients’ whereabouts in the weeks prior to their positive results.


Health Department officials many tests results are taking longer than these to return because all tests administered in Abilene are sent to labs outside the city for processing.


Depending on the lab, results are taking an average of one day to one week to return.


Dyess AFB’s positive case was the 7th confirmed in the Big Country in just the past week – two in Abilene, three in Brown County, and two in Eastland County.


The City of Abilene will give updated testing results each day and will get information about any positive cases to the public as soon as possible.


Stick with BigCountryHomepage for any updates on the local impact of COVID-19.



By: Erica Garner

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4th coronavirus case confirmed in Eastland County


EASTLAND, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — A fourth confirmed case of coronavirus has now been confirmed in Eastland County.


County officials said the fourth case was confirmed on Friday. They could not comment on what part of the county it was confirmed in, nor whether the case was travel-related or community-based.


“As the availability of testing kits increases, we will see an increase in the number of positives across the country,” said Dr. Robert DeLuca of Eastland Memorial Hospital. “It is still very important to continue with social distancing and good hand washing. “


Medical officials still remind residents to be cautious if they start to become ill.


“Patients who are mildly ill with coronavirus are able to recover and manage their symptoms at home. If you have symptoms including a fever of greater than 100.4°, cough, sore throat and/or shortness of breath, you don’t need to be seen by a provider immediately,” said Dr. Robert Deluca. “These patients are first asked to self-quarantine their entire family at home.”


Full statement from Eastland County


"COVID 19 Update Dr. Robert Deluca released the following: Good morning. Another positive case of Covid-19 has been reported in Eastland County. This makes the total of four positive cases. As the availability of testing kits increases, we will see an increase in the number of positives across the country. It is still very important to continue with social distancing and good hand washing. Please take time to relax and breathe deeply for five minutes every day. We are going to keep you updated. Always refer to the CDC website and Texas DSHS (Department of State Health Services) for information on COVID-19 guidelines. Be safe! Eastland County officials urge the community if you suspect you may have Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms to call first before going to your primary care physician’s clinic and/or Eastland Memorial Hospital. As a result, limited resources can be most efficiently used for those in our population who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. “Patients who are mildly ill with Coronavirus are able to recover and manage their symptoms at home. If you have symptoms including a fever of greater than 100.4°, cough, sore throat and/or shortness of breath, you don’t need to be seen by a provider immediately,” said Dr. Robert Deluca. These patients are first asked to self-quarantine their entire family at home. Eastland County officials stress the importance of this community-mindedness by staying vigilant with social practices and hygiene. Stay home if possible and practice social distancing to stop or slow the spread of contagious illnesses, such as COVID-19. Avoid shaking hands, cancel large events, avoid large crowds, and keep a 6-foot distance between you and others."


By: Travis Ruiz

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First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Abilene



ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The first case of the COVID-19 has been confirmed in Abilene.


During a press conference Thursday morning, officials with Hendrick Medical Center and the City of Abilene said a patient that has been in quarantine that was highly suspected of having the virus had their test return positive around 7:30 a.m. 


The patient, identified as a 40-year-old-man, turned himself into the ER when he started showing symptoms and has been in quarantine ever since. 


Epidemiologists are now working to determine if the virus was contracted by travel or through the community and trying to trace where the victim went in the community. 


Health Department Director Annette Lerma says the patient has been notified, so anyone out there with a pending test shouldn’t worry if it’s them.



By: Erica Garner

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Doctor: New symptoms of COVID-19 include GI issues, fatigue, no fever


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — During Tuesday’s press conference, Dr. Amy Acton with the Ohio Department of Health provided new numbers regarding the coronavirus, new symptoms and encouraged people who don’t feel well to stay home.


“if you don’e feel well in any way, just stay home,” Dr. Acton said.


She stressed the importance of staying home in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which will in turn lower the number of people who need to go to the hospital. Dr. Acton said hospitals in Ohio are at 60 percent capacity and they will need to build extra capacity to treat patients.


Dr. Acton said new symptoms are arising including gastrointestinal tract issues and fatigue. She said even if you don’t have these symptoms or other symptoms related to COVID-19 and still don’t feel well, then you should still stay home.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said “we clearly don’t have enough capacity as it stands today” and that they will use buildings that are already in place to treat more patients.



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Abilene's latest testing numbers show no confirmed cases of COVID-19



ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – There are still no COVID-19 cases confirmed in Abilene.


According to the city’s website, these are the latest COVID-19 testing numbers and results reported to the Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District as of March 24, 2020.


The latest numbers are: 


Test conducted: 129
Positive Results: 0
Negative Results: 44
Pending Tests: 85



By: Martin Mercado

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City of Amarillo: First COVID-19 death reported



AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The City of Amarillo Public Health Department is now reporting the first death in the Amarillo-area attributed to COVID-19.


Officials say the person that died is outside the jurisdiction of the Amarillo Public Health Department, requests for additional information should be directed to the Texas Department of State Health Services.


The City of Amarillo would like to reiterate that the decisions we make now regarding social distancing and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.


CDC guidelines and fact-based information regarding COVID-19 can be found at


The Amarillo-area Coronavirus Status Alert Level remains at Level Orange. For more information on Alert levels, please visit



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Those paying off student loans can suspend payments with no interest for 60 days over COVID-19


FILE – In this April 10, 2019 file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before the House Education and Labor Committee at a hearing on ‘Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education’ on Capitol Hill in Washington.DeVos has issued new rules on loan forgiveness for students defrauded by their colleges, a rewrite of Obama-era regulations that advocates say will make it tougher for students to get any relief. DeVos says schools that defraud students must be held accountable but that the Obama rule, which was aimed at for-profit colleges, wasn’t working. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)


WASHINGTON (WIAT) — In the wake of the coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Education has announced it will waive student loan payments for at least the next 60 days.


In a statement released Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education would be providing loan relief to millions of borrowers, where they will have interest rates of 0% for at least 60 days. The borrowers will also have the option to suspend their payments for the two-month period if they want.


“These are anxious times, particularly for students and families whose educations, careers, and lives have been disrupted,” DeVos said in a written statement. “Right now, everyone should be focused on staying safe and healthy, not worrying about their student loan balance growing. I commend President Trump for his quick action on this issue, and I hope it provides meaningful help and peace of mind to those in need.”


DeVos has also authorized an automatic suspension of payments for any borrower who is more than 31 days late on payments as of March 13.


“Some borrowers may want to continue making payments, like those seeking Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) or those enrolled in a repayment plan with a manageable monthly payment,” the press release read. “For borrowers continuing to make payments, the full amount of their payment will be applied to the principal amount of their loan once all interest accrued prior to the president’s March 13 announcement is paid. The Department will work closely with Congress to ensure all student borrowers, including those in income driven repayment plans, receive needed support during this emergency.”



By: Drew Taylor

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Tax Day officially moved to July 15


Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin asks members of the media to practice social distancing as he departs a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Mnuchin met with with Senate Republicans on an economic lifeline for Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)



WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced on Friday the IRS has officially moved Tax Day to July 15. 

Friday’s announcement will give extra time for individuals and businesses to file their taxes and move the filing deadline from April 15 to July 15.


“We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties,” Mnuchin said.


The administration had announced earlier in the week that it would delay the payments, a move that Mnuchin said would leave $300 billion in the economy at a critical time.


As of Feb. 21, the IRS had issued more than 37.4 million refunds averaging $3,125.


“I encourage all taxpayers who may have tax refunds to file now to get your money,” Mnuchin said.



By: Nexstar Media Wire

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Association wants to partner with struggling food businesses to feed Abilene officers


Abilene police (correct)


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Abilene Police Officer’s Association wants to partner with struggling food businesses to feed local officers. 


In a Facebook post made Thursday, the APOA said, “if you own a restaurant/food truck in Abilene and are struggling due to the current events, we would like to partner with you to provide meals for our officers.” 


They are asking anyone interested to message them on Facebook so they can figure something out.


Anyone who wishes to donate to this mission is encouraged to message as well.



By: Erica Garner

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Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texans to avoid groups of 10; closes bars, gyms and restaurants for dine-in


AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — Gov. Greg Abbott declared a disaster Thursday, taking statewide action against the spread of COVID-19.


“The traditional model that we have employed in the state of Texas for such a long time so effectively does not apply to an invisible disease that knows no geographic and no jurisdictional boundaries and threatens the lives of our fellow Americans across the entire country,” said Abbott.


During his Thursday announcement Abbott issued an executive order that took a number of steps to combat the coronavirus:


  • Limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people
  • Prohibiting eating and drinking at restaurants and bars
  • Closing gyms
  • Ban people from visiting nursing homes except for critical care
  • Temporarily close schools


Abbott’s executive order goes into effect at midnight Friday.


“Working together, we must defeat COVID-19 with the only tool that we have available to us, we must strangle its expansion by reducing the ways that we are currently transmitting it,” Abbott said while announcing his executive order. “We are doing this now, today, so that we can get back to business as usual more quickly.”




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A Guy Is Arrested for Using a McDonald's McDouble as a Weapon

There's almost something comforting during these unprecedented times in seeing people still doing the same dumb stuff they did before the world went crazy.



There's a 23-year-old guy named Tyler Hardeman in Holiday, Florida.  And on Wednesday night, he got into an argument with someone in his house.



So Tyler picked up a McDonald's McDouble . . . and threw it at the person's head.



Then he threw a three-pound vaping device at them.



Tyler was arrested for domestic aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.  I assume the vape device, not the burger, was considered deadly. 



(The Smoking Gun)



(Here's his mugshot.)

A Guy in a $520,000 Rolls Royce Made His Chauffeur Get in a Police Chase Because He Was Having an Affair in the Back

Here's a rich person's problem that's actually relatable to you and me.



There's a 57-year-old businessman named Maurice Sines in Kent, England, and back in May of 2018, he left a golf tournament in his $520,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom . . . and the cops tried to pull him over.



But Maurice made his chauffeur get into a POLICE CHASE to try to get away from them.



When they eventually caught them, Maurice admitted he'd made his driver get in the chase because he was in the back getting-it-on with a woman who wasn't his wife . . . and he figured it'd be bad if the cops stopped them and she found out.



Or, as he phrased it in the most British way possible, he said he, quote, "had a bird in the back having a shag."



He was in court this week, and got an eight-month suspended sentence and some fines for dangerous driving.  As far as we know, his driver wasn't charged . . . and there's no word on how his wife feels about all this. 



(Kent Online)



(Here's a picture of Maurice and his Rolls-Royce.)

Two Drunk College Students Are Caught Making Out in a Police Station . . . They Thought It Was a Dorm

This sounds juuuuust about right for what police work is like on the average weekend night in a college town.



Around 2:45 A.M. on Sunday, the police in Oxford, Ohio found a young couple in the stairwell of their police headquarters making out.



Why were they there?  They said they thought it was the stairwell of a DORM.



Apparently the woman was visiting her friend at Miami University of Ohio, and tried to bring the guy back to her friend's dorm . . . but she confused it with a police station that was several blocks away.



They both smelled like alcohol, and when the cops asked for ID, both of them gave FAKE IDs.



They were both charged with disorderly conduct and taken to actual dorms.



The woman told the cops, quote, "This is kind of embarrassing now that I think about it." 



(Butler County Journal-News)

A Man Who Looks Like Drew Carey Punched Someone in the Face for Saying He Looks Like Drew Carey

Sometimes it can be really flattering when people always tell you that you look like a celebrity.  Sometimes.



There's a 34-year-old guy named Brian Baer from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and he was in St. Pete Beach, Florida this weekend.



Well, as he was leaving a bar, someone called him "Drew Carey."  And it seems like this isn't the first time Brian's heard someone call him Drew Carey, because he instantly went into a rage . . . and PUNCHED the guy in the face.



Based on the mugshot we have of him . . . well, Brian's not wearing glasses, but otherwise, yeah, he DOES kind of look like Drew Carey.



He was arrested for misdemeanor battery. 



(The Smoking Gun



(Here's his mugshot.)

A Guy Pulled a Gun in a Bar When He Was Upset with Someone's Karaoke Song Choice

If singing competition reality shows have taught us anything, it's that nothing's more important than SONG CHOICE.



There's a 34-year-old guy named Jason Huff from Portage, Indiana.  And he was at a bar on Tuesday night where people were doing karaoke.



Well, when one woman started singing, apparently Jason REALLY didn't agree with her song choice.  He tried to get her to stop singing, but he fell down on his way to the stage . . . and then he PULLED A GUN and started waving it around.



Fortunately, the cops came and arrested Jason before things escalated beyond that.  His blood-alcohol level was .38, which is over four-and-a-half times the legal limit and getting into the danger zone for lethal alcohol poisoning.



He was charged with felony intimidation with a deadly weapon.



And unfortunately, we don't know what song made him so upset.  (What song is worth going to prison to stop?  Maybe "Your Body Is a Wonderland"? Or "Fergalicious"?  Discuss.)



(Northwest Indiana Times)

A Driver Claims He's Been Too Busy to Renew His Registration . . . That Expired in 1997

This guy's either a liar or the busiest person on the planet . . .



A cop near New Orleans pulled a guy over the other day for driving with expired plates.  And he tried to claim it just slipped his mind, because he's been so busy lately.



That excuse might work sometimes.  But not in this guy's case . . . because his registration expired 23 YEARS ago.



Police posted a photo of the license plate on Facebook.  And the sticker expired in September of 1997.



It's possible he was using old plates that weren't supposed to be on his car in the first place.  Because the Facebook post mentioned people who like to "switch tags."



Either way, he needed a better excuse.  There's no word yet on what, if any, charges he's facing. 






(Here's the post.)

A Guy Uses a Fishing Pole to Steal a Versace Necklace Off a Mannequin

Well, we'll give this guy some credit . . . this is definitely creative.



The police in Melbourne, Australia just released security footage of a burglary that happened a few weeks ago.



A guy went to a high-end fashion store at 2:00 A.M., then used a FISHING POLE to reach into the display and snatch a VERSACE NECKLACE off a mannequin's neck.



The whole process took him THREE HOURS of trying . . . which included him swapping his shorter fishing pole for a longer one.  Somehow, no one passed by or caught him during that entire time.



The police have released the footage for help tracking him down.  They described him as 40 to 50 years old, white, about 5-foot-10, with a receding hairline. 



(Victoria Police / CBS News



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A Barefoot, Drunk Woman Karate Kicked the Cops . . . Again

If this woman ever gets arrested for a third time, I have a guess about how it's going to go down.



Someone called the cops in Franklin, New Jersey on Monday night about a woman driving with two flat tires.  It turned out to be a 44-year-old woman named Sheila Celetano . . . and she was driving drunk and barefoot.



When the cops tried to arrest her, she ran away . . . then, quote, "karate kicked" both of them in the chest.  She was so drunk that they called an ambulance, and Shelia kicked the EMT in the stomach too.



And here's the twist.  Back in 2018, Sheila was also arrested . . . and she ALSO karate kicked those cops.



She was hit with several charges this time around, including driving while intoxicated, aggravated assault on an officer, and aggravated assault on an EMT. 



(New Jersey Herald / News 12 - New Jersey



(Here's her mugshot.)

A Family Member Lets an 11-Year-Old Drive the Car . . . Because They're Sick of Him Playing "Grand Theft Auto"

What's worse:  Letting a young kid PLAY "Grand Theft Auto" . . . or letting him take the first steps toward actually living it out?



The police in Lancashire, England pulled over an 11-YEAR-OLD kid who was driving a car in a parking lot on Sunday.



And the adult family member who was with him told the cops they'd taken him out to practice driving as a way to get him to stop playing "Grand Theft Auto" all day.



The family member was hit with several traffic charges.  There's no word on what their exact relationship is to the kid. 



(The Sun)

A Woman Dined-and-Dashed . . . but Accidentally Left Her ID on the Table

This is some amateur hour dining and dashing right here.



Three women and a man recently went to a restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina.  Their bill was $77, but they only put $25 on the table and took off.



But it turns out they left something else behind.  One of the women somehow left her ID on the table too.



So now the police are trying to track her down.  She's a 23-year-old named Sadeja Manigault, and she's wanted on charges of defrauding public accommodations. 



(CBS 10 - Lafeyette)



(Here's her mugshot, I guess from a different incident.)

A Woman Fires a Gun Into Taco Bell Over Not Getting What She Ordered . . . and Could Get Life in Prison

If I order Nachos BellGrande and I accidentally get Nachos Supreme, I swear someone will PAY DEARLY.



There's a 33-year-old woman named Brittani Felton in Flint, Michigan.  And earlier this month, she went through a Taco Bell drive-thru around 2:00 A.M. . . . and the employees got her order wrong.



And she was VERY upset over not getting what she ordered.  So she took out her purple handgun . . . and fired a shot into the building.



The county prosecutor says, quote, "Apparently she wanted her tacos, or her chalupas, or whatever."



Fortunately, no one was hurt . . . but the cops tracked her down, and she was arrested on two felony counts:  Assault with intent to murder and firearm usage.



She's facing a max sentence of LIFE IN PRISON. 



(Mlive / CBS 5 - Flint



(Here's her mugshot.)

A Woman Tries to Hide From the Cops Inside a Gun Safe . . . and Needs to Be Rescued

We've heard of LOTS of different ways people have tried to hide from the cops.  This is a new one.



Last Wednesday, the cops in Stacy, Minnesota got a call from a mobile home park about a 26-year-old woman named Jessie Knickerbocker who was banned from the property.  Her parents live there, so the cops went to their home to look for her.



They asked where Jessie was, and her dad said she was safe.  And he meant it literally . . . because Jessie was hiding inside of a GUN SAFE.



It was about five feet tall, 28 inches wide, and 20 inches deep.  And Jessie was running out of air inside . . . and her dad couldn't get it open.  It took the cops about 10 minutes to finally pry it open, and they found Jessie inside, crouching and sweating.



She was arrested for trespassing. 



(Minneapolis Star Tribune)



(On a related note, the cops in New York caught a woman who was hiding from them last week . . . when she fell out of the ceiling.)

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