Drunk man steals ambulance for dead deer

At about 10 a.m. last Sunday, Leon Hollimon stole an ambulance and led police on a three-county chase around central North Carolina.

When police finally got the ambulance stopped, they discovered a deer which had been dead for a week, attached to an IV.

When they caught him, he was wearing a stethoscope, pager and had two latex gloves in his back pocket. . . .

Investigators say they’re not sure where Hollimon is from, but he has a large number of arrests in the Jacksonville, Florida area and may be from there.

They say they don’t yet know how he ended up in Lexington.

He’s currently having a mental evaluation at a state hospital in Butner. — WFMY

The day before, Hollimon had been arrested for public intoxication — in a wheelchair.

Police think the man’s odd behavior began the day before on Anna Lewis drive in Lexington.

Lieutenant Scott Nanney says officers saw the man with a wheelchair near the hospital.

“Actually he was in the wheelchair riding it in the middle of the road and intoxicated. So, that’s when officers decided to take him into jail for four hours.’

Police say the man wasn’t charged with anything in the wheelchair incident.

He was only taken to jail for his safety, until he was sober enough to leave. — WFMY

Congratulations, you’re today’s Stupid Person of the Day.

Mom arranged for sex for 13-year-old daughter

A Long Island, N.Y. woman has entered a guilty plea to second degree rape for arranging for her 13-year-old daughter and her 14-year-old friend to have sex with two men aged 18 and 19 that they had just met.

The woman, whose name is being withheld to protect her daughter’s identity, allegedly told investigators it was time for her daughter to “have sex and get it over with.’

The mother, who lives in Sayville, took the girls to White Plains for an overnight shopping trip in April. The girls ran into the men — Gilberto Gonzalez, 19, of Pleasantville, and Michael Berger, 18, of White Plains — at a mall, and the men came to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where the mother and girls had taken a room.

The mother bought beer and hard lemonade for the teenagers and admitted Wednesday in Westchester County Court that she was with them in the hotel room when the sex occurred.

Judge Rory Bellantoni said he would sentence the woman to six months in jail and 10 years’ probation if she convinces him on Oct. 26, the sentencing date, that she understands the seriousness of the crime.

Rape charges against the men are pending. — 1010 WINS

Regrettably, the name of today’s Stupid Person of the Day has not been released.

“Extreme Makeover’ sued over suicide

When Deleese Williams, 30, of Conroe, Texas, was thrown off the television show Extreme Makeover at the last minute, her sister killed herself. Now Williams is suing ABC.

She claims a TV crew tricked her sister Kellie McGee into making cruel remarks about her looks before the makeover.

ABC cancelled the appearance, saying her jaw would take too long to heal, and her sister was left distraught about making the remarks, she claims.

Extreme Makeover follows people having drastic plastic surgery and Mrs Williams was due to have work on her teeth, eyes and breasts.

Her legal action said “Deleese Williams is considered ugly’ and said a doctor promised her “a Hollywood smile like Cindy Crawford’.

Programme-makers visited the contestant’s family in Texas before the makeover was due to start in January 2004.

The legal action claims they manipulated Ms McGee into saying unkind things about her sister’s looks on camera.

But the contestant was told hours before the makeover was due to begin that it had been cancelled.

When she returned home from Los Angeles unchanged, Ms McGee became so upset over what she had said that she killed herself, the legal action states.

“Sometimes Deleese blames herself for Kellie’s death,’ it says. ABC was unavailable for comment. — BBC News

Suing won’t bring your sister back, and you’ve become today’s Stupid Person of the Day.

Car contest loser steals gun, commits suicide

Today’s Stupid Person of the Day took himself out of the gene pool. Richard Vega, 24, was participating in a “Hands on the Hardbody’ contest in Longview, Texas, where participants keep their hands on a pickup truck, and the last person with his hand still on the truck wins the truck.

Almost three days into the contest, he suddenly left, walked across the street, broke into K-Mart, grabbed a gun, and fatally shot himself.

Cox News Service reported Vega walked away from the truck after remaining in place for three days and smashed a window at a K-Mart across the street. Police officers who arrived just before 6 a.m. found Vega walking from the back of the store with a gun in his hands which he used to shoot himself.

Dru Laborde, program director for KYKX radio, said he talked to Vega just before he dropped out.

“He was fine,’ Laborde said. — UPI

The Gun Guys have some more information.

Football player plans to amputate finger

An Australian professional football player plans to have his left ring finger amputated in order to attempt to improve his game.

Brett Backwell, who plays Australian rules football for Glenelg, a suburb of the city of Adelaide in South Australia state, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. he has suffered from pain and restricted movement since he broke his left ring finger three years ago.

Doctors had suggested fusing the bones in the finger, but Backwell rejected the proposal.

He said he believed that amputating the finger was the only way to stop the pain and allow him to keep playing.

“To chop a finger off, that’s a bit drastic,’ Backwell told the ABC. “But I love my footy (football), and love playing sport, and if that’s going to help me to succeed at this level then it’s something you’ve just got to do.’ — Associated Press

So instead of following actual medical advice to have his finger repaired, he’s going to have it cut off. Brett Backwell therefore qualifies as today’s Stupid Person of the Day.

Drunk driver jumps into back seat to evade police

An Australian man, being pursued by police on suspicion of drunk driving, jumped into the back seat with his passengers — while the car was still moving.

Police charged the 24-year-old man with resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol after he abandoned the wheel on Saturday, ignoring the police car’s siren and signals to pull over, said Sgt. Wayne Jenkinson, a police officer in the Northern Territory town of Katherine.

One of the car’s passengers suffered minor injuries when she panicked and jumped from the driverless car while it was still rolling 25 miles per hour, he said.

The runaway car then rapidly lost speed, allowing a policeman to get out of his vehicle, chase it down on foot and bring it to a halt by applying the brake.

The man, who had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.178 percent — more than three times the legal limit of 0.05 — was also charged with driving in a dangerous manner, driving while disqualified and driving an unregistered vehicle, Jenkinson said.

Jenkinson said the driver’s hazardous maneuver was aimed at avoiding arrest.

“His cunning plan, in his muddled state of mind, was he wouldn’t be the driver,’ Jenkinson said. — Associated Press

The driver, who was not named in news reports, is today’s Stupid Person of the Day.

American quality of education declining

A report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows that Americans are getting dumber compared to their counterparts in other countries.

Among adults age 25 to 34, the U.S. is ninth among industrialized nations in the share of its population that has at least a high school degree. In the same age group, the United States ranks seventh, with Belgium, in the share of people who hold a college degree.

By both measures, the United States was first in the world as recently as 20 years ago, said Barry McGaw, director of education for the Paris-based Organization for [Economic] Cooperation and Development. The 30-nation organization develops the yearly rankings as a way for countries to evaluate their education systems and determine whether to change their policies.

McGaw said that the United States remains atop the “knowledge economy,’ one that uses information to produce economic benefits. But, he said, “education’s contribution to that economy is weakening, and you ought to be worrying.’

The report, released Tuesday, bases its conclusions about achievement mainly on international test scores released last December. They show that compared with their peers in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, 15-year-olds in the United States are below average in applying math skills to real-life tasks.

Top performers included Finland, Korea, the Netherlands, Japan, Canada and Belgium. — Associated Press

Back in July, we let you know that the dumbing down of America’s children is a result of deliberate changes in the education system.

Woman arrested for pretending to be hurricane victim

Emma Hill, 31, of Memphis, Tenn., was arrested Saturday on charges of forgery and attempted theft after pretending to be a victim of Hurricane Katrina.

[Hill] told a worker at an American Red Cross hurricane relief center in Memphis Friday that she lived in Gulfport, Miss., and had lost everything in the hurricane, according to the charges.

However, when she returned Saturday to pick up a $1,565 check, Hill gave an address in Mississippi that was different from the first one she gave workers. Suspicious workers then called over a Memphis police officer stationed at the center.

Police say they discovered Hill had an outstanding warrant on charges of passing bad checks. And they found she had a Tennessee driver’s license with a Memphis address and that she paid the utility bills at that address. — Associated Press

Today’s Stupid Person of the Day probably would have gotten away with it, too, if she’d been able to keep her story straight.

Foster parents put 11 children in cages

Sharen and Mike Gravelle are adoptive or foster parents for 11 children with disabilities, such as autism and fetal alcohol syndrome. For at least three years, they have been locking the children in cages at night.

The children were found in nine cages built into the walls of the house near this small city in northern Ohio, according to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. They had no blankets or pillows, and the cages were rigged with alarms that sounded if opened, Lt. Randy Sommers said.

The children told authorities they slept in the cages — 40 inches high and 40 inches deep — at night. Doors to some of the cages were blocked with heavy furniture.

Investigators believe nine of the children slept in the cages that were stacked two-high on the house’s second story. Two mattresses on a bedroom floor also showed signs of recent use, Sommers said.

One of the boys said he’d slept in the cage for three years, Sommers said. — Associated Press

What the hell? Anyway, we’re back, and the Gravelles are the Stupid People of the Day.

Thousands feared dead in New Orleans; corpses everywhere

The identities of the dead may not be known for weeks or even months, and some of the bodies may never be recovered if they float out onto Lake Pontchartrain through a breached levee.

I’ve blogged extensively elsewhere about Hurricane Katrina and the swath of destruction it’s left in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. One thing I haven’t really talked much about is the mandatory evacuation order.

New Orleans major C. Ray Nagin ordered everyone to leave the city fully 24 hours before the hurricane hit, and most did. Thousands, however, could not evacuate.

The airport had been closed down Sunday morning, preventing tourists from leaving, even though it easily could have operated through the afternoon or early evening, allowing people to escape.

Thousands more residents simply don’t have cars, or were left behind by friends and relatives who did have cars and did evacuate.

And untold thousands did have cars, and refused to leave.

An evacuation order in New Orleans is a very unusual thing. It’s not ordered unless it looks like a hurricane will pretty much directly hit the city. Which it did, and it did.

There’s stupidity enough for a week right there. And most of the stupid people are now missing or dead. To be completely fair, those who could not evacuate were simply caught in a terrible circumstance; it’s those who could leave, and refused to, to whom today’s post is dedicated.