A man gets trapped inside a trash truck, a naked man tries to “save the world,” a lady robs her own grandmother by cross-dressing and more in this week’s edition.
Police free man trapped inside trash truck
ALLIANCE, Ohio — The clues were there when police responded to a theft call at Wal-Mart around 6 a.m. Wednesday.A man was seen running into the darkness after leaving the rear door with a shopping cart full of merchandise.
Just before the man left the store, investigators found an unoccupied vehicle behind the building. The engine was running, but the suspect was nowhere to be found.
Police might have gotten answer later when they got a call about a man trapped inside a refuse truck.
The man had to be freed from the BFI trash-hauling truck after it was taken to the Alliance Recycling. The man, identified by police as James M. Brienzo, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Within an hour of finding the car, police got a call from Akron placed by a man identifying himself as Brienzo’s friend.
The caller told police that Brienzo called him and said he was inside a refuse bin that had just been emptied into a trash-hauling truck.
Police and Stark County dispatchers contacted Brienzo on his cell phone. He was located in the truck through a global positioning system.
Police worked to free the man but couldn’t, so the truck was taken to the recycling center where it was emptied.
“When they pick up a new trash bin, they mechanically push the contents to the rear to make room for the next dumpster. He was pretty well compacted to the rear of the truck,” Police Chief Scott Griffith said. “That is why we had to actually dump the contents of the truck to get him out.”
Naked man tries to ‘save the world’
BERWYN, Ill. — Police were called at 11:23 p.m. Sept. 9 regarding a naked man who had jumped out of an apartment window.
Police found the man, later identified as Daniel Moretti Jr., 41, hiding behind bushes near a funeral home.
Moretti was naked.
When asked what he was doing, Moretti told police, “I am saving the world,” reports say.
Police were able to convince Moretti to come out of the bushes, at which point they arrested him and charged him with disorderly conduct while publicly intoxicated.
Friends of Moretti told police he had been acting strange earlier in the day.
Police believe Moretti’s actions may have influence by drugs.
Police say woman dressed as man, robbed own grandmother
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. — A Milford woman has been charged with disguising herself as a man so she could rob her 79-year-old grandmother.
Rachelle O'Handley was ordered held without bail on Wednesday at her arraignment after pleading not guilty to breaking and entering, larceny and assault.
Authorities say the 23-year-old O'Handley and an accomplice went to the victim's home on Tuesday wearing a mask and layers of clothing so her grandmother would not recognize her. She allegedly made off with some jewelry.
Photo op almost turns deadly
DODGE CITY, Kan. - A visitor to Boot Hill Museum thought he'd found a photo opportunity Wednesday, but he wound up in the hospital instead.
A 69-year-old man from Parks, Ark., discovered that a noose attached to the museum's "Boot Hill Hanging" Tree had slipped out of position Wednesday afternoon, according to Dodge City Police Chief Robin James. The man put his head into the noose and crouched down, increasing tension on the rope.
He was posing for a photo when he passed out and slumped into the noose.
The man's wife and another woman were with him, but they were unable to remove him from the noose. They summoned help from others at the museum — including an off-duty police officer from out of town — who were able to get him out of the noose.
"If there hadn't been somebody there within a minute or two, there would have been a different result," James said.
GateHouse News Service