This Week in Weird

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Boston pee party

BOSTON -- It’s not easy to dampen the spirits of die-hard Bruins fans, but a Scituate man is accused of giving it his best shot.

Boston police said fans scrambled out of their seats in an upper section of the TD Banknorth Garden last weekend when the man began urinating on the crowd.

Walter Cutler, 40, was charged with open and gross lewdness and disorderly conduct.

Fans and event staff told police Cutler exposed himself and began to urinate on people.

Cutler was arraigned Monday at Boston Municipal Court.

Nude sunbather charged in attack on teens

LITTLETON, Mass. -- An Acton man was arrested and charged with assault and other charges yesterday for allegedly assaulting teenagers who discovered the man sunbathing in the nude.

William Tibolt, 52, apparently attacked two of the three teens who went for a fishing expedition after they allegedly threw a stone in the water to warn Tibolt of their presence.

Tibolt apparently became angry at the disturbance and ran at the boys with a metal baton Littleton police say he retrieved from his car.

He was charged with attempted murder, assault and battery, and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Group tries to sell famous car sculpture on eBay

BERWYN, Ill. -- Artist Dustin Shuler knows that nothing lasts forever, including the “Spindle.”

His iconic piece of artwork — eight cars impaled on a metal spike — has stood in Berwyn’s Cermak Plaza for two decades, but it has to come down, and it was placed on eBay for a week.

The “Spindle” was listed for $50,000, plus another $100,000 for shipping, but no bids were placed.

Concordia Realty put the piece on eBay in an effort to see whether it was possible to turn a profit on it, president Michael Flight said. The artwork is slated for removal from the plaza to make way for a Walgreen’s.

Flight said there is a possibility the “Spindle” could be moved to a location 300 feet to the west of where it currently stands, but more likely than not, it will be taken down. No final decision has yet been made by the management company.

Suspect burns off fingerprints

WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- A Boston man who was arrested after what appeared to be a drug deal had burned his fingerprints with a chemical in attempt to conceal his identity, police said.

Bernardo Gonzalez, 39, gave police a false name after he was arrested shortly after police said they saw him make an apparent drug deal near a shopping plaza.

Gonzalez was found a short distance from the transaction site. He was arrested and charged with cocaine distribution, conspiracy to violate drug laws, drug violation in a school zone and giving a false name to police.

When Gonzalez was being booked, the officer doing the fingerprinting determined that Gonzalez had used a chemical to burn the ridges off the tips of all 10 of his fingers, Fuller said.

Worker buries Red Sox jersey at new Yankees stadium

NEW YORK -- A Boston Red Sox-loving construction worker from the Bronx who wanted to put a curse on the New York Yankees by burying a David Ortiz jersey in the foundation of the team’s new stadium is in hot water, and the Yankees are a bit poorer after paying to have the jersey jackhammered out of its concrete hiding place.

Construction worker Gino Castignoli planted the jersey beneath the visitors’ locker room during the one day he worked at the site.

Castignoli, 46, already has some notoriety in the land of pinstripes. The New York Post reported Castignoli once pleaded guilty to involvement in a $40 million gambling ring with ties to the Gambino crime family.

The shirt, along with a Yankees Universe T-shirt, was sent to the Jimmy Fund at Children’s Hospital in Boston to be auctioned off.

Man stabs self during traffic stop

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- A routine traffic stop went bad when a passenger stabbed himself in the chest. 

As it turned out, the stabbing may have been a way to avoid being arrested on an outstanding felony warrant from another county. 

According to Police Chief Dave Severson, officers were attempting to identify the driver and occupants of the car when one of the two passengers, identified as 38-year-old Stephen W. Stwalley, pulled out a fixed-blade knife and plunged it into his chest.

Stwalley had originally provided false information to the police. Police believe Stwalley was attempting to avoid being arrested on a warrant from Iron County for a felony child molestation charge. Stwalley was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of the self-inflicted stab wound. His condition was unknown.

No naked dancing allowed

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- You better think twice about disrobing if you plan to dance through the city’s streets.

The state’s highest court ruled last week that a Cambridge woman who danced naked in Harvard Square to protest Christmas is not protected under the First Amendment.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Ria Ora could be prosecuted for lewdness because her naked dancing was intentional and done “to produce alarm or shock.”

Ora was arrested June 25, 2005, and charged with open and gross lewdness after employees of the Out of Town News spotted her dancing naked in the Harvard Square Pit about 7 p.m.

Ora danced naked to protest the commercialization of Christmas, according to court documents.

Daniel Beck, Ora’s attorney, said Ora was one of several people participating in the annual “anti-Christmas” protest, but she was the only one who was naked.

A Cambridge District Court judge later dismissed the charges against Ora on the grounds that a “blanket prohibition” against public nudity limits freedom of expression under the First Amendment. Prosecutors appealed the ruling and the state’s highest court reversed the dismissal. That means Ora’s case is headed back to Cambridge District Court.

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