This Week in Weird, May 21
Man shows up drunk at court for hearing on drunken driving
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — A Framingham man ordered not to drink after he was charged with drunken driving for the third time came to court this week drunk, police said.
Stephen McGrath, 45, was sent to jail after he showed up drunk at 9 a.m. to take a random alcohol screen.
"Not only is he drunk, not only is he driving without a license, he's driving under the influence," Judge Sarah Singer said.
McGrath was arrested last Saturday after he crashed his car into a parked car in the Walmart lot. He blew a .13 on the Breathalyzer machine. The legal limit is .08.
On Monday, McGrath pleaded not guilty and was released without bail under the condition that he not drink any alcohol. He was also ordered to attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings and undergo random screens by the probation department.
But Wednesday, McGrath went to court for his first random screening and registered a .127 on the Breathalyzer. He also admitted to driving to court, even though his license was suspended.
Woman charged for pulling four fire alarms at casino
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. - Wendy Froncak, 35, was charged Wednesday night with four counts of breach of peace while at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino and Resort.
Froncak was charged with intentionally pulling four separate fire alarms at MGM Casino and Resort.
She ran from the casino and was later caught.
Teen claims assault on 68-year-old prompted by cold medicine
QUINCY, Mass. — A 19-year-old Quincy woman told police she was high on cold medicine when she assaulted a 68-year-old woman.
Caitlin Horst confronted the woman outside her home about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Horst allegedly yelled that she was the devil.
Horst then walked into the breezeway of the woman’s house, asked for a drink and told the woman that she wanted her coat, reaching out as if to grab it and pushing the woman in the chest before running away, Quincy police Captain John Dougan said. Horst and the victim do not know each other, police said.
Horst and her father arrived at the city police station at about 11 p.m. Tuesday. They told investigators that Horst had taken eight Coricidin pills, Dougan said.
‘Assassins’ game leads to arrests of 3 teens
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An apparently innocent round of the “Assassins” game Monday resulted in the arrests of three teenagers after they were pulled over at gunpoint on Springfield’s west side.
“Assassins,” an annual springtime ritual for many local high schoolers, is a live-action, role-playing game using water guns. Police and school officials warn against playing the game because the toy guns that players use often look like real weapons.
Arrested for disorderly conduct were Kelby B. Gietl, 18, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy.
At least two people called 911 about 3:45 p.m. Monday to report they saw three men behind a shop with what appeared to be assault rifles. They were peeking from behind buildings and also were behind a tanning business.
An Illinois State Police trooper and two off-duty police officers already in the area spotted the teens. One of the officers recognized one of the boys. The officers followed the teens, who got into a black Jeep and drove away. They were pulled over and pulled out of the Jeep at gunpoint.
Police found what turned out to be a water gun inside the Jeep. The youths told police they were playing “Assassins” and were looking for their opposing team.
Deputy Chief Clay Dowis of the Springfield police said the popular game is “just a bad idea.”
“Obviously, if you scare people, you can be arrested,” he said. “And if you inadvertently point what you believe to be an innocent-looking weapon at a police officer, we can shoot you if we believe you’re putting someone at risk.
Police: Dad drunk while driving with 2-year-old
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - Police say a Framingham man was drunk while driving his car downtown last Sunday with his young daughter in the back without a child seat.
Ronival D. Pires, 30, denied drinking despite the smell of alcohol on his breath, police spokesman Lt. Ron Brandolini said.
On Sunday, someone called police from the Tedeschi's convenience store parking lot around 5:30 p.m. to report a young child alone in a parked car.
"Officer Greg Reardon arrived and he observed the vehicle pull out of Tedeschi's with a small child in the back," Brandolini said.
Reardon stopped the car nearby. Pires' 2-year-old daughter, who was not belted into a child seat, was sitting next to a 30-pack of beer, the lieutenant said.
Pires denied drinking, but he was arrested after failing several roadside sobriety tests, Brandolini said. The girl's mother came to pick her up.
Mailbox the victim in magazine dispute
WINCHESTER, Mass. - Police took a report earlier this month alleging that a disgruntled magazine salesman vandalized an uninterested reader’s mailbox.
According to the report, police were called to a home on May 7 for suspected vandalism.
A woman said a man came to her house trying to sell her magazines, and when denied his sale, he “stormed away,” according to the police report.
The woman said her husband arrived home soon after and found that the couple’s mailbox post had been broken in half.
Police then spoke to a neighbor who said a man fitting the salesman’s description had “walked by her and started to argue with her about how nobody buys anything from him and about how people who live around here ‘have tons of money to blow.’”
Neither woman reported seeing the man vandalize the mailbox.
GateHouse News Service