Hamburglar Stolen From McDonald's

McDonald's famous Hamburglar was himself stolen, according to Niles, Ohio, police.

A Niles municipal judge on Oct. 18 sent the curious case of 49-year-old John Monteneri, accused of receiving stolen property, to a grand jury, reports the Tribune Chronicle of Warren, Ohio.

The manager of a Warren McDonald's said a man resembling Monteneri entered the restaurant at about 11 p.m. EDT Oct. 10, grabbed the six-foot-tall Hamburglar (search) statue and ran out with it.

McDonald's workers wrote down the license-plate number of the Hamburglar burglar's getaway car, but it turned out to be unnecessary.

That same night, cops responding to a domestic-violence call found a woman in Monteneri's home who said he'd punched her in the chest during an argument over stolen property.

She took police down to the basement, where the Hamburglar statue, worth $1,500, was discovered.

— Thanks to Out There reader Bill K.

Dirty House Lands Woman In Jail

OMAHA, Neb. — She ignored six years of warnings from the city that her house was too filthy, and now Rosie Fellman's (search) going to jail for being a slob.

A Douglas County judge ordered the woman to 45 days behind bars for littering. She'll be allowed out once every 10 days to clean up her central Omaha home.

As previously reported in Out There, trash and debris had been piled up to 5 feet deep in the house and garage, which are a health and fire hazard, the city's chief housing inspector Kevin Denker said.

Last month, inspectors found more than 100 garbage cans in the driveway.

City Prosecutor Marty Conboy said the city has spent six years trying to get Fellman to clean up. There was not much else the judge could do, Conboy said.

At the end of Fellman's sentence, the judge will decide if she has improved the home's condition. If not, she could be sentenced to another 45 days in jail.

The city has ordered the home demolished, but Fellman, who lives alone, is appealing the order.

"If she doesn't clean it out we'll just tear down everything," Denker said.

Will Attend Funeral for Drugs

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A jail inmate allowed to attend a family funeral returned to the jailhouse 12 hours later with a stash of drugs and syringes in his stomach, authorities said.

Joshua Robertson, 30, of Boulder Creek, had been in jail since Oct. 18 on charges of selling and transporting heroin and resisting arrest. Deputies suspected he may have planned a drug run when he asked to attend the funeral, Santa Cruz police Sgt. Steve Carney said.

"We weren't able to communicate our suspicions to the judge" before Robertson was released, Carney said Monday. But detectives got a search warrant, and when Robertson returned Friday night, he was taken to Dominican Hospital for an X-ray.

Laxatives and an enema were used and Robertson "gave them up within five hours," Carney said. Robertson expelled 17 grams of black tar heroin (search), 20 grams of marijuana and four hypodermic syringes.

Robertson was already facing up to 12 years in state prison, plus two parole violations, according to Assistant District Attorney Thanh Ngo. Officers seized 50 grams of heroin and $1,500 from Robertson when he was arrested in October, investigators said.

Additional drug charges will be filed this week, Carney said.

Would-Be Heir Bakes Strudel Chock Full of Painkillers

BATH, N.Y. (AP) — A woman spiked her elderly neighbor's apple strudel cake with medicine after learning the 82-year-old man was going to include her in his will, authorities said.

"Luckily, he noticed the pills in the strudel before he got more than a bite or two of it," said prosecutor Travis J. Barry.

Barry said Jennifer Clark laced the pastry with a nighttime pain reliever to try to hasten her inheritance.

Clark, 26, was originally charged with attempted assault. But under an agreement with prosecutors, she is expected to plead guilty Nov. 22 to reckless endangerment, which carries up to six years in prison.

"The elderly gentleman was in a frail state," Barry said. "She did this not knowing what the result might be."

Clark was pregnant at the time of the Sept. 20 incident and was released from jail to give birth in mid-October. She is now confined to her home in Bath, about 60 miles from Rochester, and is monitored electronically.

Court OKs Squirrel's Stay With Couple

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Nutkin the Squirrel can live out her later years hunting nuts indoors with a Pennsylvania couple, a court has ruled.

The gray squirrel, which was born in South Carolina where there are no rules against domesticating wild squirrels, may be kept by a Schuylkill County couple despite state laws that prohibit keeping wild animals as pets, a Superior Court panel ruled Friday.

Senior Judge Joseph Hudock, in an 11-page opinion, had fun recounting Nutkin's early years ("Then one day tragedy struck: Nutkin fell from her tree nest!") and relocation from South Carolina to Pennsylvania in 1994 ("Dark clouds began to gather.")

Nutkin's owner Barbara Gosselin was charged in 2002 with violating the ban on keeping wild animals after a game officer came across Nutkin while investigating a case of deer poaching.

"The Game Officer acknowledged that the squirrel was too old and too tame to be released in the wild," wrote Hudock, comparing the furry rodent's condition to "an old appellate judge, like the undersigned, attempting to return to the boiling cauldron of the trial court after being tamed by years of peace and quiet above the fray."

Gosselin's conviction was overturned and the judges ordered that her $100 fine and costs be returned.

"We're very happy," said her husband, Jean. "We've been fighting this for two weeks short of two years."

Romanian Judge Also a XXX Film Star?

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian judge on Wednesday resigned after being accused of starring in an X-rated video, officials said.

Simona Lungu, 36, a judge at the Bucharest Tribunal, was investigated by judicial authorities over allegations that she acted in an adult video that was sold in Denmark.

Lungu denied it was her in the movie and asked the Forensic Institute, a state crime lab, to help her clear her name by taking photos of her and comparing them to the video.

Instead, the institute concluded it was her in the video.

Lungu contested the institute's findings and asked members of the Superior Council for Magistrates, which oversees judges, to clear her name, but they refused.

The council voted on Wednesday to accept her resignation from the bench, said Justice Minister Cristian Diaconescu.

"The debates in the case are over," he said after the council's meeting.

The scandal led to the resignation of the head of the council, Dan Lupascu, who said he was unfairly accused by other council members of committing errors in investigating Lungu's case.

Lupascu withdrew his resignation Wednesday, after Diaconescu asked him to reconsider his decision, private news agency Mediafax reported.

The story has run in Romanian newspapers for the past few weeks, with images from the movie "Secrets of Seduction," printed next to photos of the judge.

Russian House Rejects Public Beer-Drinking Ban

MOSCOW (AP) — The upper house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have banned public beer consumption.

The bill already had been approved by the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, which is dominated by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party. The Federation Council, the upper house, which rarely challenges the Kremlin, had been widely expected to pass the measure.

However, the measure was rejected by a 40-73 vote, the Federation Council press service said.

Public consumption of beer is ubiquitous in Russia, where pedestrians frequently stroll with a bottle in hand and subway cars generally have at least one tippler aboard.

Drinking vodka and hard alcohol in public is already illegal in Russia, and officials in the Duma had said the new legislation was appropriate given recent terrorist attacks and heightened security measures aimed at protecting the public.

Brewers, however, called the measure a witch hunt and blamed the country's powerful vodka industry, which has seen its market share decline as beer quality and availability improves.

A bill banning beer commercials between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. went into effect in September. A prohibition on the use of people and animals in beer ads will take effect next year.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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