Phil Luciano: Readers write about new kind of fallen limb

Phil Luciano

It's Two-fer Tuesday, featuring two tales about the weird things people do.

Chicken Little?Sometimes, answers come from heaven.

Seems that's what a lot of readers were hoping as they deluged me with a gazillion e-mails regarding The Case of the Lonesome Leg. They wondered if the leg had fallen from the sky.

Friday, this space detailed the mystery over a prosthetic leg found at the Casey's General Store in Bellevue, Ill. It suddenly showed up about 10 days ago, lying next to the pumps, but no one has stepped forward to claim it. The Peoria County Sheriff's Department continues to try to track down its origin.

Meanwhile, many folks had been following another story last week about a missing leg. Apparently, it got wide play nationwide, including extended babbling on "The View."

The story involved a gent from Upstate New York who sky-dives, despite missing his left leg. Still, on a recent jump, the leg fell off, its whereabouts still unknown.

Sheriff Mike McCoy has some doubts that leg that fell above Upstate New York could float to Bellevue.

"I don't think the wind is that strong," he said, trying not to laugh.

Plus, though the stories don't emphasize this point, that leg fell off more than a month ago. Thus, not only would the leg have to had been blown here by a strong wind, but a very slow wind.

I'm lovin' it: Convicts are notoriously stupid, but Roosevelt LeFlore deserves special mention.

It's one thing to go to prison for a crime. It's another when that crime involves defending your honor when cut off at a fast-food drive-through - and you're not even the driver.

About 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26, LeFlore, 23, of Peoria, Ill., was in the passenger seat of an SUV headed into the lot at the McDonald's at 2205. N. Knoxville Ave. At the same time arrived a car driven by a Peoria woman, with her husband in the passenger seat.

The woman pulled into the drive through line, just ahead of the SUV carrying LeFlore. He jumped out and starting shouting about the injustice of getting cut off.

Mind you, LeFlore has two prior felonies, both in Cook County, for drug possession and possession of a stolen vehicle. With that kind of record, a felon knows the courts will give no breaks for any further shenanigans.

Further, not only was LeFlore not driving, he barely knew the driver, a woman he'd met only hours before. It's not as if he was defending an old buddy or anything like that.

Still, for whatever reasons, LeFlore went ballistic about getting cut off. He is nicknamed "The Beast" for a reason: he is 6 feet tall and weighs 260 pounds.

So, when he started raving at the other driver, her husband got out of the car. When he opened his mouth, LeFlore socked him in head - hard - rendering him an unconscious lump in the parking lot. Further, the victim suffered a bloody lip, bump on his head and cut under his ear.

LeFlore got back into the SUV, which drove off. But later, after he'd gone his own way, his new driver/friend found it prudent to call the police. Officers found him later.

He recently pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and got five years in pen. In the prison chow line, I bet, no one cuts in front of him.

Phil Luciano is a columnist with the Journal Star. He can be reached at, 686-3155 or (800) 225-5757, Ext. 3155.