This Week in Weird, Oct. 15

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Police: Robber found hiding in bathroom

ASHLAND, Mass. - An Ashland man found out someone had broken into his house last Friday when he could not open the door to the bathroom, because the intruder was on the other side holding it closed, police said.

William Isaacson, 44, admitted to that break-in, as well as at two other homes in July, police spokesman Lt. Richard Briggs said.

On Friday, a man came to the police station at 3:45 p.m. to report a break-in at his home. He said he had come home around 1:15 p.m. and went upstairs to the second floor to use the bathroom.

"He tried to get into the bathroom and the door wouldn't open," said Briggs. "That's when he realized that Isaacson was hiding behind the door."

The man and Isaacson know each other.

When the resident finally got the door open, he saw Isaacson had a screwdriver and the screen in the bathroom window had been knocked out.

Briggs said Isaacson told the man that he was there to return a pair of in-line skates to his daughter. Isaacson rushed out to his truck, gave the homeowner the in-line skates and drove off.

The homeowner reported the break-in later, and while at the station he received a call from his wife, Briggs said. His wife said Isaacson called her, admitted to stealing several items and was bringing them to the police station.

Man arrested within hours after grand jury dismisses drug charge

CANTON, Ohio - A few hours after a Stark County grand jury found insufficient evidence to indict a Canton man on a cocaine charge, police saw him throw a loaded gun from his second-floor bedroom, Stark County Jail records said.

They also arrested another man there who is awaiting an Oct. 29 hearing on a grand jury indictment charging him with cocaine possession.

Michael E. McGee, 52, and Tramaine J. Owens, 32, were arrested at 4:22 p.m. Tuesday in McGee’s home, jail records said.

Owens was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of being present in a place where controlled substances are used. Jail records named the substances as cocaine and heroin.

McGee was charged with having weapons under disability and felony evidence tampering. Jail records said police saw him throw a loaded Sundance Industry .25-caliber, semi-automatic handgun from the second-floor bedroom window.

Stark County Court records show that earlier Tuesday, a grand jury found insufficient evidence to indict McGee on a cocaine possession charge. The court records also show that he went to prison in 2002 for aggravated robbery and felonious assault.

A Repository article on Aug. 26 said he and another man were arrested when police found McGee with a bag of cocaine at his feet.

Police: Teen in crash flees, causes another crash

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Police said a teenage motorist most likely panicked Wednesday afternoon when, after triggering an accident, the teen fled the scene and caused a more serious crash a block away.

About 3 p.m., the teenage driver of a GMC Jimmy was traveling west when he collided with a Dodge conversion van. The teen continued west, failed to stop at a stop sign and T-boned a Mazda Protege, police said.

The Protege was forced off the roadway and did not come to a rest until it struck a home. The SUV came to a rest when it rolled over onto its side in the front yard of the home.

Police said the teenager faces charges from the initial hit-and-run accident and charges of disobeying a stop sign at the second accident. Additional charges are pending.

Ripped bag the undoing for shoplifting suspect

BRAINTREE, Mass. - Needing a new bag to carry his loot, a shoplifting suspect tried to steal a replacement and wound up being arrested, police said.

Marvin Cooper, 58, of Dorchester was charged with shoplifting as a third and subsequent offense and four counts of receiving stolen property under $250. He was to be arraigned Tuesday in Quincy District Court.

Braintree Deputy Police Chief Russell Jenkins said a store security officer at a CVS detained Cooper last Saturday afternoon after seeing him steal a $3.99 Hallmark gift bag.

The security officer saw that Cooper “was carrying a large bag of clothes with the price tags still attached.”

When Patrol Officer Brendan McLaughlin arrived at the store, he recognized Cooper from previous encounters and examined the bag full of clothes, Jenkins said. Found in the bag was almost $500 worth of merchandise.

“Cooper admitted to stealing the bag because the bag containing the stolen merchandise was ripping and he needed a new one,” Jenkins said.

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