Posts tagged: stalking
Godzilla, a wild turkey, walks around the front yard of the home belonging to Edna Geisler, 69 of Commerce Township, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Eric Seals)
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An Oakland County woman says she's become a prisoner on her own property, stalked and harassed by a 25-pound turkey.
Edna Geisler calls the foul bird “Godzilla.” The 69-year-old told the Detroit Free Press that the turkey wanders near her Commerce Township property each day from nearby woods. She recently couldn't get to her front door after a trip to the grocery store.
“I have to go to the post office at 6 o'clock in the morning to avoid him,” said Geisler, who has been bumped and clawed.
She has tried changing her schedule but this turkey is no dummy. A friend, Rick Reid, said the turkey went after him, too, when he opened the door on his minivan.
“He tried to come right in the door,” Reid said. “He bit me on the elbow.”
Indeed, a video posted online by the Free Press shows Godzilla roaming the grounds like they're his own. State wildlife expert Tim Payne said adult turkeys are known to aggressively defend their territory, although most fear people.
“This bird has probably attacked, and the person retreats,” said Payne of the Department of Natural Resources. “What it tells the bird is, 'What I'm doing is good.' It reinforces the aggressive behavior.”
Payne suggested Geisler open a large umbrella to drive the turkey back to the woods.
“Make some runs at the bird and become the aggressor,” he said. “The bird needs to learn who's the boss.”
Geisler wants the turkey gone by summer so she can work in her garden. The hunting season opens in April.
“Every time I eat turkey I smile,” she said. “I'd like to do that to him.”
A man who tried to blow up his wife with a homemade bomb after transporting the device from Omak, Washington, to Kamiah, Idaho, in 2009 has pleaded guilty to three federal felonies.
Levi Wayne Mendenhall, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison and three years probation after pleading guilty Tuesday in Coeur d'Alene to stalking, transporting explosives with intent to kill, injure, or intimidate, and use of explosive material during the commission of a federal felony.
Mendenhall constructed the device using a three-inch plastic pipe filled with explosive powder, razor blades and BBs after buying the components at stores in northeastern Washington, according to the Idaho U.S. Attorney's Office.
He wired the device to a battery and placed it inside a box, then set the device to trigger an explosion when and items was removed from the box. He placed the box on the hood of a car outside his estranged wife's home. The homeowner found the box and called authorities after she saw wires.
The Spokane County bomb squad safely disarmed the device.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms nd Explosives recovered explosive powder matching the device and a receipt for two of the bomb components at Mendenhall's home in Omak. They also found video of him buying the components at four Washington stores, and located Mendenhall's fingerprint on the outside of the box that held the bomb.
Mendenhall is to be sentenced Aug. 2 before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge in Coeur d'Alene
“Women who end domestic relationships must be free from violence and fear of violence,” U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said in a prepared statement. “This defendant's conduct endangered many lives. His guilty plea ensures that he will not present a danger to his now ex-wife or any other person for a long time.”
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont neighborhood is being stalked by a renegade gray squirrel.
Several people in Bennington say they've been attacked by a squirrel over the last few weeks.
Kevin McDonald tells the Bennington Banner he was shoveling snow when the squirrel jumped onto him. He says he threw the animal off, but it twice jumped back onto him. A game warden says there have been other reports, too.
One woman is being treated for exposure to rabies, but Vermont Public Health Veterinarian Robert Johnson says there's never been a case of a squirrel passing rabies to a human.
Johnson says it's possible the squirrel was raised as a pet and lost its fear of humans. He says the squirrel might “go ballistic” when it encounters people it doesn't recognize.
A gang member already sentenced to 18 years in prison in a harassment case that included threats to a Spokane elementary school faces new harassment charges.
“I’m not saying nothing, your honor,” said Larry Glenn “Tiny Loc” Gatewood, 36, when Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt asked him to enter a plea to new charges of making harassing telephone calls, harassment and intimidation of a witness during an arraignment this afternoon. Gatewood also faces new forgery and second-degree theft charges for an incident in July 2008.
Sypolt entered ‘not guilty’ pleas for Gatewood. Gatewood took issue with the public defender’s office and said he’s “trying to represent myself.”
Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla emphasized that Gatewood’s requests need to be put in the form of motions supported by affidavits.
Gatewood is accused of making harassing phone calls to witnesses who testified against him at a court hearing in February. The calls came just after Gatewood was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Gatewood was wanted by police in fall 2008 for assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s children and making a threatening call that briefly locked down Logan Elementary School. He also for months made harassing phone calls to his estranged wife at home and at work, some in the presence of Spokane police officers.
The longtime felon’s past convictions include felony assault, possession of stolen property, riot and unlawful possession of a firearm.