Top Cop Smokes Pot

The best place to get high in town may have been the police station.

Cops in the small eastern Pennsylvania town of Weatherly (search) had been complaining for months about the smell of marijuana smoke in the office, the pot pipes lying around, the seized drugs that disappeared.

On Wednesday, their chief of 10 years, Brian S. Cara (search), was arrested by state troopers, reports The Morning Call of Allentown.

"I was really shocked to find out everything he was supposed to have done," Weatherly Mayor Joseph E. D'Andrea told the newspaper. "If he has had problems and needed help, we could have helped him."

The borough of 2,600 people, about midway between Wilkes-Barre and Allentown, has three full-time and six part-time police officers.

Cara, 38, did not immediately return a phone message left at his home.

State Attorney General Jerry Pappert said the probe started in Sept. 2003 when Weatherly cops told state authorities suspicious things had been disappearing for months.

There were the plastic envelopes of cocaine that mysteriously "exploded" after having been placed in the evidence locker — an unlocked drawer.

There were the times when cops showed up unexpectedly at the station only to find Cara there alone and the place reeking of pot smoke.

There were the joints and pot pipes cops noticed in Cara's desk drawer.

Finally, a "reverse sting" was set up this summer. On Aug. 2, one of Weatherly's officers told Cara that two ounces of pot had been seized and were in the office.

Also new to the office was a hidden video camera.

State drug agents told a grand jury they watched Cara smoke some of the pot later that same day, then go back for more no less than eight times on Aug. 3. All of it was caught on videotape.

On Aug. 4, it all came down. Cara was seen smoking pot five times before 9:15 a.m. Then he packed a pipe, tucked it into his pocket and went out on patrol.

Later that day, state agents with a warrant searched his desk and found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Cara was made to undergo a blood test, which came back positive for marijuana, and he allegedly admitted smoking pot from the evidence locker.

He was immediately placed on paid suspension, but the paychecks may end following his formal arrest.

"We're not his judge and jury, but we can't continue paying him and filling in for him at his salary," D'Andrea said.

Cara was charged with four misdemeanors: obstructing justice, criminal attempt to obstruct justice, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked and released on his own recognizance. His first preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 17.

— Thanks to Out There reader Brian K.

Unlucky Motorist Blows Up Toilet

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — If you can't stand the heat, don't pour gasoline down the toilet.

An apartment tenant made that $75,000 mistake Tuesday.

The man came home for lunch and found gas leaking from the tank of his car. He caught the gas, and decided to dispose of it by dumping it down the toilet.

But the pilot light of a water heater ignited the fumes, causing a small explosion. The blast destroyed the porcelain toilet, and the intense heat from the flames melted the remaining pieces.

The man and three other people were able to get out of the home before the fire spread.

Officials said gasoline and kerosene should never be poured into the drain or toilet or sewer system.

Man of God Munches on Finger of Cop

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — A minister convicted of biting a police officer during a traffic stop avoided two years in prison after a judge gave him 10 years of probation and ordered him to enroll in an anger management program.

After a Fort Bend County jury found the Rev. Curtis Lucas guilty in August of assault on a public servant, state District Judge Thomas R. Culver III sentenced Lucas to two years in prison.

But the judge also ordered that 52-year-old be brought back to court after 40 days to determine if he was eligible for a special form of probation.

During Monday's hearing, Lucas read a letter of apology.

"If I had to repeat the events of that evening, I would have just signed the ticket," Lucas said in his letter to Richmond police officer David Evans.

Lucas, pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church (search) in Richmond, was also ordered to perform 400 hours of community service and fined $2,500 plus court costs, the Houston Chronicle reports in its Tuesday editions.

Evans had pulled Lucas over last September because his car did not have a front license plate.

After the officer stopped Lucas, he learned the license plates were expired.

When Lucas refused to sign the ticket, Evans tried to arrest him. Lucas resisted, biting the officer on the finger.

Lucas represented himself during the trial despite warnings from Culver that not having a lawyer could be risky.

The Marrying Man

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian man has married for the 53rd time, tying the knot a second time with the first woman he wed.

"I am not a playboy. I just love seeing beautiful women," said 72-year-old Kamaruddin Mohammed.

In between marrying Khadijah Udin, in 1957 and again on Monday, he married 51 times, including to an Englishwoman and a Thai.

He stayed with the Thai the longest, for 20 years. His shortest marriage lasted two days. All his previous marriages ended in divorce except with the Thai woman, who died of cancer, he said.

"After she died I thought of Khadijah and sent several people to inquire. I didn't expect her to accept it," said Kamaruddin, who worked for several multinational companies before retiring in 1992.

Despite all the repeat marriages, Kamaruddin says he is a one-woman man.

"I don't like flings. I also don't believe in marrying more than one woman at a time," he said.

He said he is very happy to be reunited with the 74-year-old Khadijah. Their first marriage lasted a year.

Khadijah said she accepted Kamaruddin's proposal because she was living alone after the death of her third husband.

"Kamaruddin also promised to look after me until the end of our lives and said he did not want to continue his habit of remarrying repeatedly," she said.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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