This edition of Stolen from the Headlines covers a man who was trying to light up, some busybody town criers, a couple of guys who played hooky, and a shoot out in Tombstone.
Another Good Idea Down the Chutes
Originally reported by AP News
Police in North Dakota have arrested a man for drug possession after first spotting him attempting to light a cigarette with the nozzle of a gas pump.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that 29-year-old Skyler Whitebull of Cannon Ball was spotted by Bismarck police driving by the gas station. Authorities say Whitebull refused to put the nozzle back and took a “fighting stance” when an officer tried to stop him.
Court documents say the officer forced Whitebull to the ground. He allegedly continued to resist and flailed his legs even while handcuffed. Police then searched Whitebull and found several small, zippered bags with methamphetamine residue. He’s charged with misdemeanor meth possession and preventing arrest.
The suspect later claimed he thought the nozzle was a giant lighter and anyway the meth made him do it.
The Calls Never Stop
Originally reported by Flathead Beacon
6:20 a.m. A deer keeps playing chicken with cars in Columbia Falls. A local resident called police and told them to “put it down.”
12:15 p.m. A Bigfork man asked if his acquaintance “was ever going to pay him back.” The acquaintance declared “Never!” before shoving the other man.
12:41 p.m. Some Kalispell teens were recklessly driving around town. They were last seen on the side of Springcreek Road where they had lost at least one wheel.
12:45 p.m. A bear was in a ditch after being struck by a car on Swan Mountain Drive. A few minutes later, a caller reported that the bear was now sitting up in the ditch and might have finally caught its breath.
12:48 p.m. A pack of dogs was running around on Rocky Cliff Drive. They were eventually rounded up, but not until after one was hit by a car and broke its leg.
12:59 p.m. A disagreement had arisen over the placement of a fence in Kalispell.
1:40 p.m. A Kalispell man said a “foreign” sounding man called wanting his bank information so that he could receive $600,000. When the Kalispell resident refused to give such detailed information, the man on the other end of the line announced that he “knows ISIS” and was going to “bomb your village.”
3:02 p.m. A Kila man was “going crazy.”
3:36 p.m. Kids were playing down by the tracks.
4:42 p.m. A Kalispell resident was cleaning out her recently deceased grandfather’s home when she found a pair of mementos from his time in the military: a stick of dynamite and a grenade. She wanted some advice on what to do.
4:44 p.m. A local resident was concerned that the gates were not working at an area railroad crossing. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the crossing just had lights, which were fine, and no gates.
4:17 p.m. A Bigfork woman needed help getting her trumpet back from her ex-boyfriend.
8:06 p.m. A sheriff in Idaho was calling up to see if he could get some help the next day.
8:53 p.m. A boat dock was floating down the Swan River.
9:27 p.m. A Kalispell man reported that someone stole his guns and his PlayStation.
Things are tough all over.
A Little Cabin Fever
Originally reported by AP News
Oklahoma authorities said two inmates briefly escaped to visit their girlfriends and smoke marijuana and then walked back to the jail.
Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park told The Oklahoman that inmates Harley Davidson and Rakeem Lennox waited for jail staff to leave the area near their room at about 10:30 p.m. He says the men then entered the booking room to steal a laundry room door key and fled.
The sheriff says they returned to the county jail on foot after midnight and could face additional charges.
Such as not requesting a hall pass?
Dustup in Tombstone
Originally reported by Seattle Times
Arizona officials say a saloon shooting in the Old West town of Tombstone put one man in the hospital with a leg wound and another in jail.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting occurred in Doc Holliday’s Saloon when the two men struggled following a verbal altercation that also involved a woman and a third man.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carol Capas says 47-year-old James Edward Roberson remains jailed on suspicion of aggravated assaulted and other crimes.
Capas says Roberson and his female companion surrendered their handguns to the bartender when they entered the saloon Friday evening and that the struggle and shooting occurred after the couple retrieved their guns early Saturday morning.
Tombstone was the site of the infamous 1881 gunfight at the O.K. Corral between lawmen and outlaws. It also was the home of Doc Holliday, a dentist who played a role in the shootout.
It appears that Doc was out of the office that day.