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James Hill, pictured, a cyclotron engineer in Spokane, was driving his car and “chomping on nuts” when his tooth fell apart in his mouth. He pulled over. A fast call to his dentist’s office secured an emergency appointment, where he learned a wisdom tooth that emerged when Hill was 37 had put so much pressure on another tooth that the tooth died and decayed. A hard nut was the last straw, and the tooth shattered. OK, Hill said, long frustrated with overcrowding. It’s time to get the teeth fixed. Now 41, he sports a full set of metal brackets that are uncrowding his teeth and moving them into alignment, including his protruding canines – as a kid, he said, people called him the “dude with the fangs.” Hill is not alone as an adult with braces/Adrian Rodgers, SR. More here.
Question: Have you had your teeth straightened as an adult?
WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman who appeared to not have any teeth in surveillance photos from a bank robbery last month has confessed, apologized and told police she planned the heist because she needed the money for dentures.
Evelyn Marie Fuller, 49, remained in a jail Wednesday unable to post bond on bank robbery and other charges filed a day earlier by police in Waynesburg, in western Pennsylvania, where she's accused of robbing the First National Bank on Jan. 20.
Arresting Officer Tom Ankrom said Fuller, of Carmichaels, about 10 miles east, explained her motives when she confessed to the crime.
“During her confession, she stated she wanted to use the money to pay for dentures she was unable to get through welfare until next year,” Ankrom said.
Police distributed a surveillance photo of the robber, who appeared to be toothless, and an unnamed witness went to police and told them he had loaned Fuller the coat the robber was seen wearing in the picture. The man told police Fuller returned the coat because the zipper didn't work, and police said it matched one the robber is wearing in the picture.
Fuller, at her arraignment Tuesday, told a district judge she has mental health problems and lives on disability benefits, the Observer-Reporter newspaper, of Washington, said Wednesday.
After her arraignment, she told a reporter, “I'm very sorry for what I did, and I know God is going to punish me for it,” before explaining that her pastor told her to tell the truth about what she did.
A 27-year-old man was arrested on meth charges after he raised the suspicions of feed store employees by purchasing two pounds of a substance commonly used to cut methamphetamine.
Suspect Henry P. Bevans' dental health apparently didn't help: The complaint noted that Bevans was toothless when he purchased the methylsulfonylmethane at Aslin Finch feed store.
“The store manager advised that they carry MSM for horses but did not believe that Bevans was going to use it for horses,” according to search warrant. “The manager stated that Bevans did not have any teeth and stated he wanted to report the suspicious transaction believing that the transaction was methamphetamine related.”
Detectives used the warrant to search Bevan's room at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Feb. 2. They arrested him on a Department of Corrections escape warrant after a struggle and found meth in the room, as well as a scale and other drug paraphernalia.
Bevans, who has previous felony drug convictions, also had meth in his pocket, police said. He was booked into jail but released pending formal charges, which were filed Feb. 28.
He was arrested again March 9 and remains in custody after appearing in Superior Court on a drug charge. He's to be arraigned Thursday.
A toothless burglar responsible for a string of armed robberies at Spokane coffee stands was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison.
Shawn M. Westlie, 45, was arrested in January after a police SWAT team standoff at 2109 W. Mansfield Court and confessed to a series of crimes that included a gunpoint robbery at the Sunset Market in Browne’s Addition last November (a video is above). The robber wore a military-style gas mask.
Westlie’s arrest came after he’d been identified as suspect in a home intrusion in which a toothless burglar was whacked with a stick by the homeowner.
Westlie pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven counts of first-degree robbery, four counts of second-degree assault, four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property and first-degree burglary.
Westlie, who has previous felony convictions, was sentenced to 171 months in prison by Judge Annette Plese.
“This has GOT to be a world class sized Beaver!” posts Pecky Cox/As The Lake Churns. ”He or she has dropped 10 large trees along Lakeshore Rd. near Luby Bay campground. All were live and healthy trees and did ot even have a Forest Service splash of special green “good to go down” paint on them. The trees were dropped in the space of just a few days but it seems unusual that they would be doing this with not a whisper of stream or creek nearby.”
Question: Was this damage done by a beaver? Or someone w/an ax? Feel free to speculate.