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Judge jails man for taking call in court

DUBLIN (AP) — Letting your telephone ring in a courtroom is rarely a good idea. Taking the call is worse.

A Northern Ireland man received a brief jail sentence Wednesday after his phone rang, the judge told him to turn it off, but instead he took the call and had a brief chat.

The judge ordered 36-year-old Paddy Sweeney behind bars for two hours, then fined him 200 pounds ($322) for willfully interrupting the court in Londonderry, Northern Ireland's second-largest city. Sweeney had been watching a civil trial at the time.

Sweeney could have faced a maximum penalty of one month in jail and a 2,500 pound ($4,025) fine.

Man hid phone in jail in prosthetic leg

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A county detective says a man serving six months in a southwestern Pennsylvania county jail illegally hid a cellphone and charger in his prosthetic leg.

Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Greer, of Uniontown, faces a preliminary hearing May 22 on a contraband charge filed last week by a Fayette County detective.

The detective says the phone was found during a search of Greer's cell on Feb. 23.

Greer was sentenced to jail after he was convicted in March of driving with a suspended license. Inmates are not allowed to bring their own phones into the jail.

Greer's public defender did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

The Fayette County Prison is about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh.

‘Baby’s momma’ call helps nab suspect

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Thanks to a ringing cellphone with an incoming call from “Baby's momma,” police in Michigan say they were able to track down a suspected robber.

Investigators in Bay City said a cellphone was found on the ground of a convenience store following a break-in last September. When it rang, officers glanced at the odd caller ID and answered the phone.

The female caller said the phone belonged to Kyle Schmiege but had recently been stolen. But during their investigation, police linked Schmiege to a February 2011 home burglary.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree home invasion. MLive.com reported Wednesday ( http://bit.ly/IKyTwr ) that the 20-year-old Schmiege was sentenced to between 23 months and 15 years in prison, with credit for about four months served.

Bay City is about 115 miles northwest of Detroit.

Car prowling suspect begs for leniency

A 21-year-old vehicle prowling suspect chased down by a Spokane County sheriff's deputy Tuesday night begged for leniency and said he had recently been released from prison, officials say.

Orlando Jaramillo, who was a Crime Stoppers fugitive just two months ago, told Deputy Robert Satake he was on probation and had been “doing good” but needed a cellphone, didn't have money and decided to steal a phone from a car in a North Division Street parking lot, according to a news release.

Satake was patrolling the area of Division and Cascade Way about 10 p.m. when he heard yelling about a robbery and saw a man chasing another man through the parking lot of Tire O Rama.

Satake turned into the Costco parking lot, exited his patrol car and ordered Jaramillo to stop, but the suspect continued running before Satake caught up with him and detained him.

The male victim said he and his friend were getting fuel and a soda at a gas station when Jaramillo asked for a cigarette, according to the sheriff's office. They told him no, and when they exited the store they found their cellphones missing and saw Jaramillo running across the street.

Jaramillo was booked into jail on charges of vehicle prowling, third-degree theft and obstructing. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison in December 2010 for second-degree robbery and attempted residential burglary.

Crime Stoppers was offering a reward for tips that led to his capture back in January when he was wanted for violating his Department of Corrections probation. He was arrested on a new residential burglary charge Jan. 30 but prosecutors have not yet filed charges.

Teen arrested after 2 drive-by shootings

A 17-year-old Spokane boy has been charged with attempted murder for a drive-by shooting last week at a north Spokane home.

Travis W. Wood is accused of shooting out the front window of a home in the 500 block of East Maxine Avenue about 4 a.m. on March 26.

Another shooting was reported at the home March 2 - the same day the homeowners' granddaughter reported Wood to police as the suspect in the theft of her cellphone, according to court documents.

No one was injured in the shootings.

Wood was arrested on a juvenile warrant at his apartment at 202 E. Wedgewood Ave. hours after the March 26 incident. Police found a .380 caliber pistol in the apartment, as well as a box of ammunition with 11 rounds missing.

Police also obtained a search warrant for Woods' mother's 1991 Chevy Blazer that revealed a .380 shell casing. Wood was charged Friday with first-degree attempted murder and drive-by shooting.

Also charged in the case is Thomas J. Jones, 21. He is not yet in custody.

Woods' mother, Tonya Wood, said at his court appearance today that she's tried to get him help.

“I've tried since he was 16… to prevent this from getting as far, and here we are,” Tonya Wood said.

Thief drops metal for witness’ cellphone

A would-be scrap metal thief ditched the material in favor of a witness' cellphone recently in Spokane Valley, police say.

Shane Wendon Israel, 33, was arrested Friday after a sheriff's deputy who investigated the robbery stopped his red Dodge truck.

Suspect Scott Hayden Elliott, 39, alias Wood, also was arrested for driving Israel away from the theft, which occurred Jan. 5 about 8:45a.m. at Ecolite, 2622 N. Woodruff Road.

Ecolite employee Pat Myers told police he saw Israel walking from the building with scrap metal, so he followed him and tried to take a picture of his truck but was assaulted and his cellphone was stolen, according to court documents. Israel grabbed Myers' cellphone and threatened him with the metal before dropping it and fleeing with the phone.

Another employee, Don Banks, snapped a photograph of the truck that included the license plate. Police say it's registered to Elliott.

Deputy R. Smith recovered Myers' cellphone from the Spokane Dog Training Club, where Israel said he'd thrown it, documents say.

Elliott and Israel faces charges of first-degree robbery and third-degree theft. Elliott also faces a charge of driving while license suspended.

Kid’s cellphone photo helps nab suspects

A 5-year-old child who grabbed his mother's cellphone from her purse during a shopping trip inadvertently helped arrest two repeat theft suspects in Spokane.

The child accidentally took pictures of the suspects' vehicle as they fled with the woman's purse just after 5 p.m. Tuesday outside the Walmart on North Colton Street, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The pictures included the car's license plate number, which police say matched the car driven by purse-snatching suspects Andrew V. Auerbach, 24, and Samantha D. Thomas, 21.

The couple already is accused of purse snatchings in April and May but was allowed to stay out of jail pending trial. Police arrested them again today and booked them into Spokane County Jail on new felony theft charges.

Police are looking for the victim of an attempted purse snatching outside Winco on North Nevada Street that occurred about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim is urged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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