News and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news.

Wrong Arm of the Law

Police Officer Shaun Jurgens resigned from the Fredericksburg, Va., police department after using his Taser and pepper spray on a hit-and-run suspect traveling in the wrong direction who refused to obey orders to show his hands and exit the vehicle. Jurgens said he presumed the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but he was actually having a medical emergency, possibly a stroke. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

Holy Erection

Aiming to provide moral support for Pakistan’s persecuted Christian minority, Pavez Henry Gill is building a 14-story bulletproof cross at the entrance to a Christian cemetery in the middle of Karachi. He had hoped the 140-foot-high, 42-foot-long iron, steel and concrete structure would be the world’s tallest cross, but it will fall 68 feet short of “The Great Cross” in Florida. Still, it will be the biggest in Asia. (Associated Press)

Missing the Point

To avoid being confined to a prison cell for assault, Benjamin Louis Young, 52, hid out from police in the basement of his home in Onoway, Alberta, for 17 years. While his wife went to work, Young helped raise their two children, did household chores and dealt marijuana.

“We had been looking for him for years,” RCMP Cpl. Colette Zazulak said after police, who never stopped looking for him, finally decided, for the first time, to visit his house. “I knew someday I’d have to give my pound of flesh,” Young said after pleading guilty to the original charge. He received a three-year prison sentence. (Edmonton Journal)

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