Funny Neighbor Stories
An intoxicated St. Paul man drove through his garage and crashed into the house of his neighbor Friday evening, according to police. Thomas Falk, 70, was arrested on suspicion of gross misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Tested at the scene, Falk registered a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.20. The legal limit for driving in Minnesota is 0.08.
Officers were called Falk’s house, at 988 E. Orange Ave. in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, just after 6:15 p.m. They found Falk’s pickup truck crashed into the rear of his next-door neighbor’s house.
Investigators determined that Falk had driven through the back wall of his garage, which faced a rear alley, across his back yard and into the back yard of his neighbor, where the pickup struck the neighbor’s house.
No one, including Falk, was injured in the crash. Falk was arrested without incident and booked into the Ramsey County Jail. Tad Vezner can be reached at 651-228-5461. Follow him at twitter.com/SPnoir.
Summerville, SC — A Confederate battle flag flaps from the porch alongside an American flag. A sign on the metal fence reads “Confederate Boulevard.” The small coupe in the driveway is emblazoned with Confederate symbols. Right in the middle of Brownsville, the historically black Summerville neighborhood — “the very heart of the black community in Summerville,” in the words of Town Councilman Aaron Brown.
The symbols began going up about a month ago, a month or so after new residents moved in, neighbors said. The people who live around the home are outraged. Others in the community roll past in their cars, staring in disbelief. This is a community where crosses were burned years ago, neighbors said.
The residents said they understand that some people consider the flag and other insignia symbols of heritage, but to the community the connection is to slavery, servitude, lynchings and the Ku Klux Klan. “This is a close-knit community. It’s in turmoil now. (The resident) should have been more sensitive to where she moved,” said Patterson James, who lives next door. “She told me, at least she doesn’t have Hell’s Angels stuff flying.”
The flag and other symbols are part of a yard festooned with a wooden bald eagle sculpture on the mailbox, a red, white and blue eagle decoration hanging from the tree and signs posted around the electrified fence that read, “Posted Private,” “No Trespassing,” and warn people that they risk their lives by approaching.
A woman who came to the door at the home would not give her name. “We’re all human and we can make issues with whatever you want. But I don’t tell them what to hang in their yard and they don’t tell me what to hang in my yard,” said the woman, who is white. “I’m not trying to make issues. That’s not a rebel flag. It’s a Confederate flag.”
Community leaders are worried about a potential for violence if emotions get too heated, Brown said.
“You’re going to come into the middle of a black community and put up a Confederate flag? That’s not even common sense,” said Rollins Edwards, the former town and Dorchester County councilman, who lives a few doors down from the house. “We’re not going to have that,” he said. “We’ve got to get that thing out of the way.”
“She’s a nice lady,” said Wanda Duberry, who lives next door to the resident. “She says it’s not hatred, it’s heritage. Everybody’s got their own preferences. But considering the situation with the Confederate flag, I believe it should be out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind.”
Waco, Texas: An 85-year old Texas woman has been arrested by local law enforcement after being caught on film kidnapping one of her neighbor’s cats with which she is accused of making fur coats.
The recent disappearance of domestic animals in the neighborhood started to arise suspicion from local residents when some people started to notice the old lady’s particular fur coats, some even recognizing their cats in the coat’s furs, a fact the lady vehemently denied before being caught on videotape by a private detective hired by local residents to follow the suspicious lady.
It is believed the old lady started at first to raise her own cats but finally decided to capture neighboring cats because she “got too much attached to the little critters”, she admitted in court.
The retired fashion designer lured neighborhood cats with food and skinned them in her basement where she dried the skins. She also used the meat of the cats to lure other cats who unwittingly were eating their own species, a disgusting and cruel hobby admits local PETA spokeswoman Jane Churchill.
Legal experts assess the 85-year old woman could spend up to 18 months in jail for her crimes.
Woman killed, dismembered Brooklyn mother over $200, spread body parts across Long Island, cops say
Leah Cuevas was renting out a room in her dead uncle’s apartment to Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, but there was a dispute over a $200 electrical bill that escalated to murder, cops say. Browne’s arm, head and torso were then found on different properties throughout Long Island. A Brooklyn woman decapitated and dismembered a mother of four and then scattered her remains in pieces across Long Island over a measly $200 dispute, authorities and neighbors said Thursday.
Leah Cuevas viciously hacked away at the 27-year-old’s neck and torso — cutting off her head — during a dispute over money inside a Brownsville apartment building July 5, officials said. “No, Leah! What you doing?” a neighbor heard Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne’s gut-wrenching scream during the fatal attack. “Oh, no! Oh, no! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!”
Cuevas cursed back at Browne, telling her to “Shut the f— up,” according to court documents. “The scare in (Browne’s) voice was like nothing I ever heard before,” a witness told detectives. The bitter hatred between Cuevas and Browne was sparked by a dispute over rent and utility payments, court documents show.
Cuevas, 42, charged Browne $400 a month for a room inside her dead uncle’s Sumpter St. apartment, but wouldn’t provide hot water or reliable electricity, court papers say. The Guyanese immigrant, who came to the U.S. just a year ago, refused to pay Cuevas $200 for electricity she wasn’t getting, neighbor Donald Watson, 49, told the Daily News.
“(Browne) was tired of paying for lighting and having it go out, or the refrigerator going out and spoiling the food,” Watson said. “(Browne) said she wanted to take her money and move out but the landlord said, ‘No.’ She wanted the $200 . . . but Browne said, ‘I need the $200 to move out.’” Browne also accused Cuevas of having sex with a man on a city bus, allegations made in front of Cuevas’ husband, court documents show.
Body parts belonging to Chinelle Browne were scattered from Brooklyn to Bay Shore. The conflict came to a grisly and tragic climax on July 5. “That was the last time (Browne) was heard alive,” Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Robert Biancavilla said.
On July 8, Browne’s severed legs and torso — which bore a tattoo that helped police identify her — were found in a municipal parking lot in Bay Shore near the Fire Island ferry. It was less than a mile from the home of Cuevas’ sister, prosecutors said. The next day, an arm was discovered on the front lawn of a home in Hempstead. A second arm was found a day later. Browne’s head was discovered on Boylston St. near Chamberlain St. in Hempstead on July 17, officials said.
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — The man accused of bullying his neighbor for the past 15 years is standing at an intersection here with a sign that says he bullied disabled children following a judge’s order.
Aviv, who pleaded no contest to a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, is ordered to stand at the intersection until 2 p.m. with the sign that says: “I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”
Court records say Aviv feuded with neighbor Sandra Prugh during the last 15 years. Prugh has two adult adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy, a husband suffering from dementia and a paralyzed son.
Records say the most recent case stemmed from Aviv being annoyed at the smell coming from Prugh’s dryer vent when she did laundry. Court records say Aviv tried to sue the family in 2010 because the smell bothered him. The case was thrown out. Shortly after, Aviv dumped fabric softener on Prugh’s lawn, the letter says.
Court records say Aviv made a device that linked kerosene to a fan in his garage. The fan blew the smell onto Prugh’s property, reports say. Prugh called police on April 9 and April 11, 2013, reports say. Firefighters and police discovered the kerosene contraption and made Aviv dismantle it, reports say.
Prugh’s letter to the court says that in 1998, Aviv jogged past her and spit on her. He later spit on her again while she was planting flowers in her backyard, the letter says. Aviv later called Prugh a “monkey momma,” according to the letter. The letter says Aviv used the slur while she held her two adopted African-American children with disabilities. Prugh also claimed Aviv regularly threw dog feces on her son’s car windshield and once smeared feces on a new wheelchair ramp the family built for their disabled children.