Nobody Wants an Activist This Active

What you gonna do when they come for you?

Get up and run? Out of your wheelchair? From which you’ve repeatedly filed lawsuits for noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Sounds good to one Southern California con.

Cops say Laura Lee Medley, 35, an activist for the disabled that was, in fact, so active that she was able to leap up from her wheelchair and run from police, was a con artist, the Associated Press reports.

San Bernardino County Spokesman David Wert says when Medley was approached by Las Vegas Police, she complained she was having medical issues and was taken to the hospital for help.

“That’s where the great miracle occurred,” Wert said.

Officers say a barefoot Medley jumped up from her wheelchair and made a mad dash for freedom after the cops placed her under arrest.

She was nabbed after a short pursuit.

Authorities in Southern California say Medley was never disabled, but that she used her phony plight to file numerous claims and lawsuits against multiple counties in the Golden State.

Those fishy filings led to the arrest in Sin City.

Medley, who’s also wanted in Arizona for forgery, is awaiting extradition to San Bernardino, Calif., to face additional charges of insurance fraud.

Thanks to Out There readers Shannon O. and Sipke H.

The Name's Bond ... Not-Gonna-Post Bond

Finally, Mississippi cops were able to do what Goldfinger and Dr. No never could — get the best of James Bond.

But this Bond was no 007, he was just a fugitive with a knack for making great escapes.

Bond, James Hilton Bond, was wanted for a string of burglaries and the theft of a motor home in Texas when he was busted by cops in Mississippi after fleeing the Lone Star State, KTBS reports.

But — like any man of mystery worth his salt — this Burgling Bond wasn’t going down easy.

After authorities handed him over to a private inmate transportation company to get him back to prison in Texas, Bond took advantage of a bathroom break and escaped from captivity.

Police say he then stole a car (with one arm in cuffs, of course) and led them on a high-speed chase through the countryside before crashing into a field and escaping into the woods.

Bloodhounds were called in, but they couldn’t pick up the scent of the sly pseudo-spy.

One can only presume then that Bond was shaken — but undoubtedly not stirred — later when he was spotted sauntering across a soybean field and arrested without incident.

Police plan to send Bond back to prison in Texas under a very watchful (private) eye.

Thanks to Out There reader Kyle V.

Cash in the Trash

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The police chief in Somerville, Mass., calls it "a very bad mistake."

Drug money in the amount of $31,000 that was seized by police is now buried forever in a New Hampshire landfill after it was accidentally thrown out in the trash.

An evidence room technician who had been doing some spring cleaning at police headquarters stuck the money in the drawer of a broken desk. But when the technician left the office, two other officers involved in the clean-up unwittingly threw the desk into a dumpster.

Acting Police Chief Robert Bradley says the desk was eventually tracked to the landfill in Rochester, N.H., where it lay crushed and buried under hundreds of tons of compacted waste.

Bradley says there's no way to get to it, even with heavy equipment.

New Zealand Is Clearly Not for Sale? Dang

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — New Zealand is not for sale, despite somebody in neighboring Australia trying to offload the nation of 4 million to the highest online bidder.

With a starting offer of just one cent, brisk bidding for the prime chunk of South Pacific real estate quickly boosted the price to $2,330 before eBay pulled the plug on the auction this week.

"Clearly New Zealand is not for sale," eBay Australia spokesman Daniel Feiler told the New Zealand Press Association, adding that 22 bids had been made before the company acted.

"It is mostly household items we have for sale, but there are the occasional quirky items put up," he added. "We have a look at them and if they are OK we leave them, but if it is something that can't be sold, we take them off."

The trader has not been named, but apparently was unimpressed with the country he was trying to sell.

The rivalry between the two countries is intense and in his advertisement the man said New Zealand had "very ordinary weather."

Thanks to Out There reader Jim B.

Manure Maid Miffed by Purloined Poop

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A case of missing manure in this Amish community has a village street cleaner so upset that she reported the messy poop pilferer to police.

It seems that someone, perhaps a home gardener, is taking manure droppings from hitching rail posts outside stores in Middlefield, located about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

The hitching posts are a common site in the Amish country of Geauga County and are used by Amish to secure their buggy horses while they shop.

Lisza Wright, who gets paid $25,000 a year by Middlefield to clean the three dozen hitching rail areas daily, told police last month that someone has been taking manure, with the manure left behind getting spread out and packed down, making her job harder.

Police Chief Joe Stehlik suspects a gardener looking for fertilizer.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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