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Roving cows drink Mass. backyard brew

BOXFORD, Mass. (AP) — Police say a roving group of cows crashed a small gathering in a Massachusetts town and bullied the guests for their beer.

Boxford police Lt. James Riter says he was responding to a call for loose cows on Sunday and spotted them in a front yard.

Riter says the herd high-tailed it for the backyard and then he heard screaming. He says when he ran back there he saw the cows had chased off some young adults and were drinking their beers.

Riter says the cows had knocked the beer cans over on a table and were lapping up what spilled. He says they even started rooting around the recycled cans for some extra drops.

Riter says the cows' owner and some friends herded the cows back home.

Tips sought on Chevron beer robbers

Spokane police are asking for helping identifying two men who assaulted a store clerk and stole a 20-pack of beer early Monday.

The men assaulted the clerk at Chevron Food Mart, 1703 E. Francis Ave., after he confronted them for stealing the beer about 12:25 a.m., police said today.

The robbers ran west on Francis. The men are described as possibly Hispanic, in their late teens with slight builds. One wore a red jacket, black baseball hat and jeans; the other wore a gray hooded-sweatshirt, dark jacket and jeans.

Police released surveillance images and video of the heist today.

Anyone with information on the men's identities is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Fla. man takes beer break to rob bank

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his beer.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old John Robin Whittle was arrested at the Hayloft Bar in Port Richey on Dec. 22.

Deputies say he's the man who robbed a Wells-Fargo bank branch earlier, but not before stopping off at the Hayloft for a brew.

A bartender there says Whittle ordered a beer, disappeared for about 30 minutes and then returned to his beer. Deputies say they arrested him at the bar about 10 minutes after he left the bank.

Whittle remained in jail Dec. 23 on $10,000 bond. No attorney was listed for him. 

Man hits cop in groin with case of beer

A 32-year-old Nespelem man who threw a case of beer at a tribal police officer, striking him in the groin, was sentenced this week to about four years in prison.

James Edward Kensler was given 50 months in federal prison for assaulting a federal officer. He'll serve the term the same time as a 50-month sentence for assaulting his former girlfriend.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Colville Tribal Police received a report on Nov. 16 that Kensler had choked his girlfriend unconscious after acting like he was going to kiss her.

Then on Feb. 11, tribal officer W.E. Evans was driving south on state Route 155 when Kensler, carrying a case of beer, flagged him down and asked for a ride.

Evans told him he would have to “relinquish” the beer, but Kensler declined, according to a news release. He gave them a false name, and dispatched advised that that name actually had an active warrant. Evans went to arrest Kensler and was assaulted with the case of beer, authorities say.

Kensler fled but was later apprehended by Colville Tribal Police and officers from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office. He pleaded guilty to the assaults in July and was sentenced Monday.
  

Safeway beer theft leads to robbery arrest

A beer theft at a north Spokane grocery store led to a felony robbery arrest for a 19-year-old man accused of fighting with a store clerk.

Cole Matthew Kendall and a friend were trying to steal beer from Safeway at 902 W. Francis Ave. when Kendall pushed a clerk as they fled, Spokane police say.

A police dog helped track the thieves, and witnesses identified Kendall as the man who stole beer and pushed the clerk.

He was released from jail on his own recognizance after appearing in Superior Court Wednesday on a first-degree robbery charge. The name of the second suspect was not included in documents details the case against Kendall.

Theft-turned-robbery cases have become a hot topic in Spokane County. A judge gave an exceptionally light sentence to a college student arrested on robbery charges after bumping into a clerk while shoplifting.

A jury also recently convicted a drug addict of robbery for using force while stealing a single sheet of tinfoil.

Cop gives confiscated beer to colleague

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A 19-year veteran of a Tennessee town's police department is appealing his firing after beer confiscated from minors was given to a fellow officer.

According to testimony at a Wednesday hearing, Cpl. Tim Horne was one of several Kingsport officers who responded to a party where there was underage drinking. Officers confiscated three full cases of Natural Lite beer and part of a fourth case.

The Kingsport Times-News reported that Horne admitted laughing at a comment that the beer should be given to another officer, although he denied making the comment. Later the beer was given to the other officer and Horne approved a report stating it had been destroyed. The officer who received the beer resigned.

Horne's attorneys said firing him was an overreaction.

Kingsport is in eastern Tennessee.

Beef jerky aids in robbery arrest

Beef jerky may have helped Spokane police seal a case against a robbery suspect.

Michael T. Gaze, 28, denied robbing the Conoco at 1602 W. 3rd., but police found a piece of jerky stolen from the store on the ground near him. Gaze was scheduled to plead not guilty to first-degree robbery on Wednesday, but his arraignment was postponed to Jan. 18.

He was arrested Jan. 3 after a clerk said he claimed to have a gun and stole the jerky after she refused to sell him beer because he was drunk, Spokane police said.

The clerk told police that Gaze claimed to have a gun and reached toward his waistband as another employee tried to grab the case of beer from him. The employee saved the beer, but Gaze threatened to shoot him, grabbed a $6.59 package of beef jerky and walked out of the store.

Gaze was arrested a short while later near Pacific and Maple. Already on probation for a drunken driving conviction in 2009, he remains in Spokane County Jail on $75,000 bond.

Robbery nets cash, beer, ‘Fuzzy Navel’

Three men were arrested over the weekend for a robbery at convenience store on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

 David V. Wyman, 26, (pictured) and Alfred H. Wynne, 25, are accused with Miles Standingrock of robbing Pappy's Korner Store, 6394 West End Road in Fruitland, on Dec. 26.

A clerk said the men stole $180, a 30-pack of Keystone Light, a 12-pack of Coors and a bottle of Boone's Farm Fuzzy Navel before leaving in her 2006 Chevy Cobalt.

The clerk identified the suspects through photo montages provided by a Spokane tribal police detective. All three are Spokane Indians and are charged in U.S. District Court.

Wynne and Wyman, who had been wanted since October on a Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody, were booked into the Spokane County Jail New Year's Day. Wyman has previous convictions for robbery and assault.

Photo shows 7-Eleven beer robber

Police are trying to identify two beer thieves who assaulted a clerk outside a convenience sore last month.

The man and woman stole beer from 7-Eleven, 323 W. Indiana Ave., about 4:05 a.m. on Nov. 14, Spokane police said today.

The man assaulted a clerk outside the store before fleeing.

The woman is described as white, 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, about 35 years old with shoulder-length brown hair and blond highlights. She wore a baggy jacket and shorts. The man was described as white with a shaved head.

Surveillance video captured an image of the woman.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Beer robbery suspect was on probation

A man on probation for drug offenses remains in jail after being accused of a beer robbery at 7-Eleven. 

Shane A. Lemmons, 26, was found hiding under a trailer after he fled from the car at Ninth Avenue and Ivory Street, about a mile from the robbery, about 3 a.m. Thursday.

He was ordered to say in jail on $35,000 bail after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on Friday. He’s also being held on a probation violation.

Police believe he and another man stole two 18-packs of beer from the 7-Elven at 1317 S. Grand Blvd. about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, then pointed a gun at a clerk who tried to take a photo of their license plate.

At 3 a.m., a patrol officer spotted a Neon matching the description of the getaway vehicle and followed it for two blocks before the driver got out and ran. Police K-9 Leonitis later tracked the man to the trailer. Police also arrested passenger Nichole L. Roemer, 30, on an arrest warrant.

Lemmons was sentenced to 42 months in prison in March 2003 for second-degree robbery.he also has convictions for obstructing a law enforcement officer and theft, and is on probation for two drug convictions from September 2008.

Pics show beer robber in clerk’s stabbing

Spokane police are looking for help identifying a beer-toting robber who stabbed a convenience store clerk last week.

The man grabbed beer and ran from the Zip Trip at 1503 E. Illinois Ave. about 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to police, then stabbed a store clerk in the back after the clerk chased him down.

A police dog was unable to track the robber, who police believe was on foot and likely lives in the area.

Grainy surveillance photos released Friday show a man wearing a black “DC” t-shirt, black pants and a black and royal blue hat.

  He is described as Native American, about 5-foot-5 and in his late teens or early 20s with long dark hair and a thin build.

Anyone with information on a suspect is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Flight attendant flees w/ beer after spat

NEW YORK (AP) — A JetBlue flight attendant got into an argument with a passenger on a jetliner arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday, cursed the passenger, grabbed a beer from the galley and then deployed an emergency exit slide and fled the plane, authorities said.

Flight attendant Steven Slater was arrested at his nearby home in the Belle Harbor section of Queens by Port Authority of New York And New Jersey police on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

Slater, 39, remained in custody Monday night. (A screen grab of MySpace page his pictured.) His attorney’s name wasn’t immediately available, and there was no home telephone number listed for him. A woman who answered a phone at a previous residence listed for Slater in Thousand Oaks, Calif., identified herself as his mother but said she wasn’t speaking to the media.

JetBlue Airways Corp. said in a statement that it was working with the Federal Aviation Administration and Port Authority police to investigate the matter. It said the safety of its customers and crew members was never at risk.

Slater was working on JetBlue Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh when he got into an argument with the passenger, who was pulling down baggage from an overhead bin, the Port Authority said. The luggage apparently struck the attendant in the head and he asked for an apology, but the passenger refused, the agency said.

As the plane was landing, Slater got on the public-address system and cussed at the passenger, the Port Authority said. He then grabbed at least one beer, activated the slide, slid down and went to his car, it said.

Port Authority police were notified about 25 minutes later.

JetBlue would not say how long Slater had been employed by the company.

By Monday night, several Facebook pages had been set up in tribute to Slater, with many users of the social networking site expressing support for him for walking off the job.

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