Sometimes you just don’t have to comment on the news – it speaks for itself.
Quiz: Can you spot the crime?
A 30-year-old Andover Borough man has pleaded guilty to possessing a dagger while he was being arrested in June, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office said. Ryan Johnson possessed the dagger while he was being arrested in the borough by the State Police on jUne 8, the prosecutor’s office said. Johnson leaded guildty Monday in Superior Court to unlawful possession of a weapon, a fourth-degree crime. He faces up to 19 months in jail when he is sentenced Nov. 9.”“N.J. Court tells police limits on car searches don’t apply to homes.” “The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 4-3 yesterday that police do not need a reason to ask permission to search someone’s home.”
This from the dailymail:
Big Brother is not only watching you – now he’s barking orders too. Britain’s first ‘talking’ CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.
The system allows control room operators who spot any anti-social acts – from dropping litter to late-night brawls – to send out a verbal warning: ‘We are watching you’.
Middlesbrough has fitted loudspeakers on seven of its 158 cameras in an experiment already being hailed as a success. Jack Bonner, who manages the system, said: ‘It is one hell of a deterrent. It’s one thing to know that there are CCTV cameras about, but it’s quite another when they loudly point out what you have just done wrong.
‘Most people are so ashamed and embarrassed at being caught they quickly slink off without further trouble.
‘There was one incident when two men started fighting outside a nightclub. One of the control room operators warned them over the loudspeakers and they looked up, startled, stopped fighting and scarpered in opposite directions.
‘This isn’t about keeping tabs on people, it’s about making the streets safer for the law-abiding majority and helping to change the attitudes of those who cause trouble. It challenges unacceptable behaviour and makes people think twice.’
The Mail on Sunday watched as a cyclist riding through a pedestrian area was ordered to stop.
‘Would the young man on the bike please get off and walk as he is riding in a pedestrian area,’ came the command.
The surprised youth stopped, and looked about. A look of horror spread across his face as he realised the voice was referring to him.
He dismounted and wheeled his bike through the crowded streets, as instructed.
CHILDREN HANDCUFFED IN POLICE DRUG RAID
This from the Albany Times Union:
A police strike team raided a woman’s Prospect Street apartment and handcuffed her children and killed her dog early Tuesday in a $60 pot bust. The woman called it excessive force and a case of mistaken identity, but officers said they stormed the home for a good reason: One of her sons was selling marijuana there.
The Police Department’s tactical squad knocked down the front door of the upstairs apartment at 110 Prospect St. and flooded into the apartment shortly after 6 a.m.
“I heard a big boom. My first reaction was to jump out of bed. We were trying to find where our kids were at and all of a sudden we had guns in our faces,” said 40-year-old Anita Woodyear, who rents the second-floor flat.
During the ensuing chaos, police handcuffed two of the woman’s children, Elijah Bradley, 11, and 12-year-old Victoria Perez, and shot at her dog in the kitchen before killing it in the bathroom, Woodyear said.