Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Ban all pitchforks! "A man used a pitchfork to rob a bank Wednesday, police said. Fred Simunovic, 47, was charged with armed robbery after police spotted him at the Key West ferry terminal, trying to sail to Fort Myers. Police said Simunovic entered the Keys Federal Credit Union with a pitchfork in a trash bag and told a teller: "I'm dying of AIDS, I'm homeless and I'm robbing you." After threatening the teller with the pitchfork, he ran out with an undisclosed amount of money and discarded the garden tool behind the bank, Detective Sgt. Donie Lee said. Police found Simunovic at the terminal after the ferry captain refused to let him board because he appeared intoxicated. After Simunovic consented to a search, police found $1,859 in cash on him, and said he could not explain where the money came from. The bank teller and manager later positively identified Simunovic".

Banning guns not enough in U.K.? "The trial that followed the deaths of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare triggered renewed calls for tighter controls on the sale of firearms. Veteran anti-gun campaigner and Birmingham MP Steve McCabe said the teenagers might still be alive today if those responsible had not found it so easy to access weapons. The ready availability of guns for sale, especially through the internet, explained the increase in drive-by shootings and contract killings related to drug and gangland turf wars, he claimed."

Nevada: Shots fired at storage yard: "A Reno storage shed manager traded gunshots with a suspected burglar who hid while a second suspect climbed a fence to escape, police said. No one was hurt in the Wednesday night�s incident. .... About 11:30 p.m. Wednesday the manager of Secure Self Storage at 4370 Rewana Way responded to an alarm at one of the storage sheds, police said. He reportedly fired a gunshot into the air when he saw a man climbing a fence. Donnelly said a second suspect hiding by a storage bin fired two to three shots at the manager. He said the manager then returned fire and ran to get more bullets for his gun.The suspects fled. .... While police said the manager was lawful in defending himself and the property, they do not encourage people to take the law into their own hands."

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