And, if its Friday, then it must be time for FRIDAY FILES!
In Sydney, Australia, police are trying to figure out how a Hyundai Accent was driven over the tops of two parked vehicles. Cape Breton Regional Police say the Hyundai was stopped at a gas station but suddenly accelerated and drove over the top of a Toyota Corolla, which was backing out from the pumps. It continued over an Acura Integra, which was stopped and waiting to pull into the pumps. The Hyundai landed on its roof.
In Springfield, Massachusetts, a father, angry that his son’s team lost in the Catholic Youth Organization finals, punched the winning coach, then bit off his ear. After undergoing surgery at Baystate Medical Center, the assaulted coach returned home. Timothy Lee Forbes turned himself in to authorities at the Springfield courthouse. He pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct, assault and battery, felony mayhem and other charges.
In Sherman, New York, authorities say they've charged four young Amish adults with illegal possession of alcohol after their buggy collided with a police car responding to a report of a drinking party under way. Deputies were responding to reports that people were drinking in several Amish buggies on a country road. As a patrol car arrived on the scene, one of the Amish buggies changed lanes, colliding with the police vehicle. The buggy flipped onto its side, causing minor injuries to one of the people on board. Police say several other buggies fled the scene. In New York, New York, a Morgan Stanley investment banker, accused of stiffing a New York cabbie and then stabbing him in a potential hate crime, has pleaded not guilty. During the attack, William Bryan Jennings allegedly screamed: “I’m going to kill you; you should go back to your own country!” Jennings claims he was acting in self-defense and feared he was being kidnapped. The man, who earns $2 million a year, told cops that "he'd been drinking throughout the day" at a Morgan Stanley charity auction "but didn't feel he was highly intoxicated,” according to court records.
In Las Vegas, Nevada, police officers in leprechaun costume trolled around the city this week to test whether drivers yield to pedestrians. They handed out tickets to motorists who failed to stop for the leprechauns, with fines from $190 and more. Pedestrians were also ticketed for trying to cross the street outside of crosswalks. The St. Patrick’s Day enforcement follows a costumed-turkey testing of drivers in November, and Santa trolling crosswalks around Christmas. In Wellington, Florida, John Goodman, the founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, is being tried on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash. He has pleaded not guilty, and faces up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted. Goodman allegedly fled the accident scene on foot, and allegedly didn't call 911 until about an hour after the crash. It was determined that his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. However, his attorneys argue his car had malfunctioned and sped out of control, leaving him with a concussion when it slammed into the victim's vehicle. Goodman, 48, heir to a heating and air conditioning fortune, created a furor recently when he adopted his 42-year-old socialite girlfriend, Heather Hutchins, as his daughter, apparently in a bid to protect his wealth from lawsuits. His teen children have petitioned the court to toss out the October adoption.