Surgeon Pimps His Biz

One disgruntled New Zealand doctor wants to make the move from the world's second-oldest to the oldest profession.

Neil Benson shut down his practice in a little seaside town and plans to reopen next month as a brothel, according to The Northern Advocate.

Saying he got no support from health officials, other doctors and the town, the surgeon closed his Cooper's Beach practice in April last year, obtained a brothel license and made plans to cater to upscale clients in the settlement some 220 miles north of Auckland.

"It's about providing a private service and maintaining confidentiality, which is what my medical practice was about — so it's not a big leap, really," Benson told The Northern Advocate.

One person in the sex industry who had looked to rent the unused medical center said it would be a perfect brothel, Benson said.

"I thought, why don't we run it ourselves? It would be a viable business and I was unemployed," he told the paper.

"I never thought he [Benson] would go so low," Doubtless Bay resident Janet Brennan told The Northern Advocate, calling the move abominable.

"I think he's doing it to get back at the community for not supporting his clinic," she said.

On the other hand, Taipa Tavern manager Terry Mullane said he was all for the plan.

"Some of the old people might jump up and down but it's just a fact of life," he told the paper.

— Thanks to Out There reader Alex K.

Talk About Gross Negligence!

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A man who was stopped for driving erratically on a divided highway was distracted because he was looking at pornography, authorities said.

David Kennedy, 33, of Nashville, Tenn., was charged with felony reckless endangerment after motorist Deborah Dotson reported Friday afternoon that he nearly ran her vehicle off State Route 840 several times.

Rutherford County Deputy Tony Hall pulled over Kennedy based on Dotson's report.

"When I made contact with the driver of the suspect vehicle, a Mr. David Kennedy, there were several pornographic magazines on the seat next to him," Hall said in his report.

A hearing on the charge is set for Feb. 22 in General Sessions Court in Murfreesboro, a Nashville suburb.

— Thanks to Out There reader Derek H.

Would You Like Fries With That Porno?

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Two brothers were arrested and another cited after they allegedly watched a pornographic DVD while sitting in a restaurant drive-through.

Investigators said the men were in a vehicle in line at a McDonald's this weekend, with the X-rated DVD playing on a ceiling-mounted screen.

The people in the car behind the trio saw what was on the screen, and called to file a complaint with Bryan police.

The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported authorities cited the driver, 23-year-old Thomas Nicholas Godoy, for obscene display.

Police then learned that his sibling Jose Godoy Jr., 24, had three arrest warrants for failing to appear in court. He was taken into custody.

The third brother, 21-year-old Rito James Godoy, was arrested after police found part of a marijuana cigarette in the car's ashtray. He was later released on $2,000 bond on a drug possession charge.

— Thanks to Out There readers Paul R. and Shannon O.

Sometimes After a Night of Drinking, You Need to Crash

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Police say a suspected drunk driver crashed into a home in Duluth early today, then fell asleep in the homeowner's bed.

Police say the car crashed into the middle of the house at 3021 Cardinal Lake Drive.

One person was asleep upstairs at the time of the crash but was not injured.

Jun Park told police he found the driver of the car asleep in his bed.

Police have taken the driver into custody.

— Thanks to Out There readers Kathleen S., Marci G., Sipke H., Michael A., and Nancy B.

Good Drivers Are Hard to Find ...

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo police say a 16-year-old boy was arrested on drunken driving charges after he was spotted driving erratically in the city early Wednesday morning.

They say the boy's mother was too drunk to drive and let her son take the wheel.

Police say the teen had no driver's license and did not know how to drive.

Lieutenant Tod Dahle says it's the first case he can recall in which an intoxicated parent allowed an intoxicated child to drive.

The boy's 42-year-old mother was arrested on a charge of reckless endangerment, and the boy was taken to juvenile detention.

Police say the woman's 13-year old daughter was also in the car. She was placed in protective custody.

— Thanks to Out There reader Bill P.

Yes, I'd Like to Report My Illegal Drugs Stolen

OREM, Utah (AP) — A man who called police to report that his marijuana was stolen was arrested after police recovered the pot and invited him to come to the Public Safety Building to identify it.

Kory C. Tippetts, 18, of Orem, was arrested and booked into the Utah County jail for investigation of possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone with intent to distribute, police said Tuesday.

Tippetts called police Monday evening after someone broke a window, got cut on the glass and crawled into his home while he was away. He told police the only thing missing was a quarter-pound bag of marijuana he was selling.

Tippetts also told officers that a man called him about buying some marijuana earlier in the day, but Tippetts was on his way to work and told the caller no. He gave police the caller's name.

Officers found Richard W. Hight, 23, at his mother's home in Provo, where they recovered six ounces of marijuana. Hight had a cut on his arm and blood-soaked pants, police said.

He was arrested for investigation of burglary, theft and possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone with intent to distribute and booked into the Utah County jail.

— Thanks to Out There readers Scott S., Jeff K., Stanford M., Julie J., and Jared N.

Deal With the Devil

MANTECA, Calif. (AP) — A pastor accused of selling the town's oldest church pleaded guilty to embezzlement on Monday and agreed to 18 months in prison, court officials said.

Randall Radic, 53, entered his plea as part of a deal in which prosecutors agreed to drop nine other charges.

Radic had preached at First Congregational Church in Ripon for nearly a decade before he sold the church last October for $525,000, allegedly using the money to buy a BMW. He also faked documents that gave him possession of his house, which was owned by the church, then used the property to take out loans, authorities said.

Before the plea deal, Radic had faced up to nine years in prison for 10 counts, including two counts of theft by embezzlement, two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, four counts of forgery of signature and two counts of presenting a fraudulent document.

Radic's attorney Michael Babitzke declined to comment on the case Monday.

Radic remains in San Joaquin County Jail on $750,000 bail. He was scheduled to appear for a formal sentencing and restitution hearing on March 16.

— Thanks to Out There readers Betsi A. and Jennifer G.

Compiled by's Andrew Hard.

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