This edition of Stolen from the Headlines deals with a mystery train at a local depot, a guy who couldn’t ditch his ex-wife, a woman who provoked a food fight, and a guy who didn’t make it to the rest stop in time.
The News from Flathead
Originally reported by Flathead Beacon
8:03 a.m. A Flathead County man called 911 to chat about a phone scam and his leg pain before hanging up. The dispatcher reported that none of it made any sense.
9:28 a.m. A Kalispell man showed up drunk to an auto parts store to get a new battery. The store’s employees were concerned that the man was too drunk to drive off with his new battery.
10:31 a.m. A Kalispell man called police because his vehicle wouldn’t start. He then said he had a friend on the way to lend a hand.
2:23 p.m. A Kalispell man was allegedly living in his storage unit. He was reminded that he could not do this.
6:15 p.m. Amtrak called local police to let them know that due to an avalanche, Whitefish was going to have a trainload of visitors for the night. Some passengers were getting alternative transportation, while others were staying aboard the train. There were no problems, the railroad officials said, but they just figured the local police would like to know why the train was parked at the depot all night.
7:02 p.m. Some kids apparently got into a fight on Big Mountain earlier in the day. Later their parents got into the mix.
7:03 p.m. A Columbia Falls woman called to report that she thought her family was slowly trying to poison her.
Some citizens think the family needs to step up their efforts.
Originally reported by Yahoo! News
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Michigan man who was arrested for driving with his ex-wife in a records screw-up that put him in jail for three days.
Federal Judge Laurie Michelson said that the arrest was “unfortunate,” but she says that police acted reasonably in carrying out their duties. Joseph Scott was stopped in 2013 for not wearing a seat belt. The Port Huron officer found that Scott was violating a personal protection order because he was traveling with his ex-wife.
Coralee Scott insisted that the order had expired, but Joseph Scott was kept in jail for three days—after first being treated for a panic attack.
One of the trial observers said that, from what he knew about Coralee, a panic attack was the correct response.
Meeting the Public
Originally reported by Yahoo! News
Georgia police are looking for an unhappy customer who threw her takeout order at restaurant workers.
Clayton County Police Det. Sefan Schindler told WSB-TV that the woman was upset because she said there wasn’t enough seasoning salt on her French fries at a Zaxby’s restaurant in suburban Atlanta. The woman took two takeout containers filled with food and tossed them over the counter.
Restaurant video shows the woman leaving with her order and then returning with a man to complain to a manager. The unhappy woman punched the register monitor. Schindler says she spewed curse words toward employees. The man with her stood in silence during her tirade.
He was just doing as he had been told.
Unsteady as He Goes
Originally reported by Alligator.org
After being pulled over for drunk driving on the wrong side of a highway, a Newberry man wet his pants in front of a police car, Alachua Police said.
Robbie Charles Watson, 55, was driving north in the southbound lanes of State Road 25 in Alachua when a police car tried to pull him over at about 12:14 a.m., according to an arrest report. He pulled over in the median before driving off to a Sunco parking lot.
When officers asked Watson for documents, he couldn’t follow directions and gave police the wrong documents multiple times, police said. He was unsteady and leaned against his car for support, and he was unable to complete field sobriety exercises.
Watson was released from jail on his own recognizance Tuesday morning.
Police sources said he left on foot in search of dry britches.