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Striking Ginseng Gold KITZMILLER, Md. (AP) - September 11, 2007 - A lumpy tan-colored root might not look like much -- unless you know ginseng. Western Maryland ginseng hunter Roger Welch found the nearly one-pound wild root, which could be worth thousands of dollars . Experts say the ginseng will fetch a premium because it's probably close to 100 years old. Ginseng's supposed healthful properties are said to increase with the plant's age. Welch says it's the biggest root he's found in 45 years of hobby ginseng hunting. He says he'll probably give the money to his wife as a Christmas present.
Amsterdam mayor proposes three-day wait for magic mushrooms Tue Sep 11, 2:09 PM ET A new proposal from the mayor of Amsterdam is sure to be considered a bummer by certain visitors to the Dutch city: a three-day waiting period to buy hallucinogenic mushrooms. Mayor Job Cohen wants to require the wait period to allow mushroom buyers to fully understand exactly what it is they are purchasing, ANP news agency reported Tuesday. The proposal seeks to prevent impulse purchases and follows several incidents that have occurred in the city involving tourists who have eaten hallucinogenic mushrooms. In March, a 17-year-old French girl killed herself by jumping from a bridge in the city after having eaten mushrooms. Under the proposal, potential mushroom buyers would have to show identity papers when visiting one of the "smart shops" where they are sold in the famously tolerant city. They would then be given a card with the date listed on it, as well as fliers with information on the mushrooms. Three days later, the mushrooms could be collected. The mayor detailed the proposal in a letter to Dutch Health Minister Ab Klink, ANP said.
Woman Charged With Sex With 15-Year-Old Boy September 7, 2007 Chattanooga, Tennessee A Signal Mountain woman has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old neighbor boy from across the street. Dana Faye Queen, of 37 Dandy Lane, is charged with aggravated statutory rape. She has a separate theft count. Police said when Ms. Queen was living in Chattanooga she had sex several times with the boy between July 25 and Aug. 1. She is 10 years and two months older than the boy and lived across the street from the family for about two years and knew his age, it was stated. The boy said he would go to the woman's house around 7:30 a.m. after her husband would go to work. He said they started out kissing and it later led to sex in her bedroom on her waterbed, in the bathroom on the sink, and on the couch in the living room. The boy said he told his mother about the alleged incidents after Ms. Queen told him she was pregnant. He said she always provided him with condoms during the sex. Ms. Queen was at first being sought by officers, who thought she might be on Cagle Mountain. She was described as 5'5" and 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes and with four tattoos. Ms. Queen is due in General Sessions Court next Tuesday.
Police Find Man's Body, Guillotine In Wooded Area POSTED: 2:45 pm EDT September 12, 2007 ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The body of a 41-year-old man was found in a wooded area next to a guillotine he built and used to kill himself, police said. The man, from the Detroit suburb of Melvindale, was discovered Monday by workers from a shopping center near his home. Groundskeeper from the Fairlane Green shopping center at Outer and Fairlane drive discovered the body shortly before 11 a.m. Monday. Allen Park Deputy Police Chief Dale Covert said the roughly six-foot tall guillotine was bolted to a tree and included a swing arm. Covert said police also found several store receipts detailing the materials used to assemble the device. "I can't even tell you how long it must have taken him to construct," he said. "This man obviously was very determined to end his life." According to investigators, the man had to make several trips to carry the wooden and metal parts to the area in the woods. Covert said the man lived within walking distance of the spot where he died. Police said the man, whose identity police have not released, had been dead for two days. The man did not leave a suicide note.
Ex-Teacher Pleads Guilty to Having Sex With Students (Clinton) - A former middle school teacher accused of having sex with several boys entered a guilty plea Thursday. Allenna Ward pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degreee criminal sexual conduct, and three counts of committing a lewd act on a minor. She was indicted earlier this year. Authorities say the married former teacher had sexual encounters with five teenage students at Bell Stree Middle School. There were reports of incidents at a motel, a park, and behind a restaurant. The incidents occurred between November 2006 and continued and the early months of this year. Ward apologized to the victim's families, the community, and her school. During Thursday's proceedings, prosecutors read from Ward's personal journal, which described her personal struggle with what she was doing. She wrote that she knew what she was doing wrong, but couldn't stop. The court also heard written statements from her victims. They describe confusion on their part about why she wanted sex from them. Police began investigating Ward after a note containing inappropriate messages was given to school officials on February 22. According to investigators, the note was passed during class to one of the boys, then thrown in the trash. She was fired from the district in March. The judge in the case will now hold a pre-sentencing investigation. At the end of that investigation, which is expected to take five to six weeks, he'll hand down a sentence. She faces up to 105 years behind bars. For now, Ward remains on house arrest.
Minnesota Toe Licker Nabbed After mugging, creep told victim, "Now I'm going to suck your feet." SEPTEMBER 11--Meet Carlton Davis. The Minnesota man, 26, is facing felony charges for allegedly stealing a cell phone and purse from a woman he mugged on a St. Paul street early Saturday morning. According to police, after the woman turned over her belongings, Davis announced, "Now I'm going to suck your feet." Which he did, after the 24-year-old victim removed her shoes. Davis, who fled when passerby approached, was apprehended by cops a few blocks from the crime scene. He was booked into the Ramsey County lockup, where the above mug shot was snapped. Smoking Gun