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    In a plea deal, prosecutors dropped a phony ID charge filed against a tipsy Iowa collegian who was carrying a “fake Hawaii ID with the name ‘McLovin,’” in his wallet, court records show.

    Daniel Burleson, 20, was arrested in October during a 12:30 AM bar check at an Iowa City nightspot. The underage University of Iowa student, who smelled of booze and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, was escorted from the Airliner Bar and busted for public intoxication, being a minor in possession of alcohol, and being in a bar while underage.

    Burleson, seen at right, was hit with another charge when officers spotted what they described as the defendant’s “fake Hawaii ID with the name ‘McLovin’” and a June 1981 date of birth. According to an arrest report, Burleson told cops he purchased the ID “off of Amazon.”

    While the “McLovin” ID is a well known gag from “Superbad,” the 2007 comedy starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Seth Rogen, Iowa City cops apparently were not in on the joke. After actually contacting police dispatch--which “ran a query of the ID which returned no results”--cops cited Burleson for “possession of fictitious license, ID card or form.”

    After Burleson’s arrest was first reported in these pages, a bemused Rogen--who co-wrote “Superbad”--tweeted, “My work here is done.”

    During a recent court appearance, Burleson pleaded guilty to alcohol possession and being in a bar while underage. He was fined $265 by a District Court judge who dismissed the phony ID and public intoxication counts lodged against the business major.

    In a related development, Burleson turns 21 tomorrow. As for “McLovin,” he purportedly celebrated his 38th birthday on June 3.

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    A Florida felon has pleaded guilty to possessing the opioid fentanyl and Ecstasy pills in the shape of Donald Trump’s head, but he will avoid prison thanks to a generous plea deal, court records show.

    Brendan Dolan-King, 23, was sentenced last week to 18 months probation following guilty pleas to a pair of felony narcotics possession charges and a probation violation count. He was also ordered to pay about $1000 in fines and court fees.

    As part of Dolan-King’s plea deal, prosecutors dropped the top count lodged against him--felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver.

    Though Dolan-King faced a minimum of a year in custody, a judge cited his plea bargain and “treatment” as mitigating factors for a downward sentencing departure. Dolan-King is pictured above in a photo taken when his probation supervision began on December 2.

    Dolan-King was arrested in August after a search of his Clearwater apartment turned up drugs stashed inside an air vent. Police raided the residence because they suspected that Dolan-King “was possibly the person” who provided heroin to an overdose victim.

    As detailed in an arrest affidavit, police seized “five orange tablets in the shape of Donald Trump’s head marked Trump NL” and fentanyl powder. The seized Trump Ecstasy was similar in appearance to pills manufactured in Europe.

    At the time of his arrest, Dolan-King was on probation for a 2018 conviction for possessing cocaine and marijuana. His rap sheet also includes an earlier conviction for possessing cocaine, liquid THC, and MDMA pills (which were in the shape of Darth Vader).

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    During an argument yesterday morning, a Florida Woman took apart her family's artificial Christmas tree and proceeded to strike her longtime boyfriend with three sections of the fake fir, according to police.

    Responding to a call about a disturbance at a Clearwater property, cops made a forced entry into the home Krystall Graham, 38, and the victim share with two children. Upon entering the residence around 7 AM, Graham and the victim were “actively engaged in a physical altercation,” investigators reported.

    During a police interview, Graham said the couple began arguing “due to the victim setting the TV volume on too high while she was sleeping.” As a result, Graham said, she “squared up to the victim and was screaming in his face.”

    Seen above, Graham also reportedly admitted that she “took apart an artificial Christmas tree, and threw three sections of the tree” at the 38-year-old victim. As detailed in an arrest affidavit, cops noted that the victim had scratches and abrasions on his face, neck, and stomach.

    Graham’s two children--ages eight and two--were present during the confrontation. Graham and the victim, cops say, have been in a relationship for eight years and “have a child in common.”

    Charged with domestic battery, Graham was booked into the Pinellas County jail on the misdemeanor count. She was released from custody on her own recognizance early this morning.

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    A seasonal UPS worker was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing parcels containing more than $1000 worth of electronics, according to Florida cops.

    Emmanuel Reggin, 18, was busted on a felony grand theft charge. Reggin allegedly swiped packages that were supposed to be delivered in the Miami area.

    The teenager is accused of stealing two Kindles, an iPad, and a laptop. He was released on bond yesterday and is scheduled for arraignment on January 2.

    On a related note, how about that hair? It appears to have its own zip code and is similar in size and shape to Carnac the Magnificent’s turban.

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    The Pennsylvania woman who relieved herself on a potato bin at Walmart has gotten off with a slap on the wrist for her drunken idiocy, according to court records.

    In a plea agreement, Grace Brown copped last month to three minor criminal offenses in connection with her late-July antics in the produce section of a Walmart Supercenter near her Pittsburgh home. As part of the deal, prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor open lewdness charge against the 20-year-old Brown.

    Brown, seen in the above Walmart surveillance image, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct, all summary offenses. She was ordered to pay more than $600 in fines, court costs, and restitution to Walmart.

    Security footage recorded Brown “pulling her pants down and squatting on a produce rack where potatoes and other vegetables are offered for sale,” according to a criminal complaint. “Shortly thereafter the defendant stands up, pulls her pants up and walks out of the store.”

    A Walmart worker subsequently informed store security that he “noticed urine on the floor near the potatoes in the produce area,” cops said. A Walmart spokesperson said that the store disposed of the soaked spuds and sanitized the area “to ensure cleanliness and safety for our customers.”

    When police showed Brown and her lawyer store surveillance clips, “Brown identified herself as the female in the video.” Prior to her Walmart collar, Brown had been arrested for disorderly conduct, drunk driving, and purchasing alcohol while underage.

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    The Week of the Forehead Tattoo continues with Ohio police asking for the public’s help in the arrest of a 51-year-old ex-con/sex offender.

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office today announced they are seeking to apprehend Douglas Perry Christopher on a warrant charging him with failing to provide law enforcement officials with his current address. Christopher was convicted of sexual battery in 2010 and spent more than 3-1/2 years in state prison.

    Christopher is classified as a Tier III sex offender and is required to register with police every 90 days for the rest of his life. Christopher pleaded guilty to the sexual battery of a 16-year-old friend of his daughter (who had invited the female victim over for a sleepover).      

    As seen above, Christopher is hard to miss considering the “Pot Head” tattoo on his forehead (not to mention those inked joint eyebrows and the marijuana leaf).

    Christopher’s rap sheet includes convictions for domestic violence, assault, disorderly conduct, and contempt of court. He was most recently convicted on a felony narcotics possession charge for which he served more than two years in state prison. He was released on parole this summer.

    Christopher is pictured in an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction mug shot. An earlier booking photo--which was released today by sheriff’s investigators--shows the pot leaf on Christopher’s forehead before it was filled in with green ink.

    Christopher’s last known address was in Belpre, a city along the Ohio River across from Parkersburg, West Virginia.

    Yesterday morning, cops arrested a wanted Indiana man who has “CRIME PAYS” tattooed on his forehead.

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    A Kansas man was driving a stolen car en route to post bail Friday morning for his older brother, who himself was driving a stolen car when arrested earlier that day.

    The McCracken brothers--Eric, 36, and Keith, 32,--are behind bars in the Johnson County jail on assorted charges, including possession of stolen property, a felony. The Topeka residents are being held in lieu of $7500 bond (Keith) and $5000 bond (Eric).

    According to cops, Keith was busted around 1:30 AM on November 29 for driving with a suspended license. Investigators subsequently determined that the 2007 Chevy Trailblazer Keith was driving was stolen.

    Eric, behind the wheel of a hot 2015 Chevy Silverado, was nabbed around 6 AM that same day following a vehicle pursuit by a Holton Police Department officer. Holton is the county seat of Jackson County and home to the local jail.

    The younger McCracken, cops say, was en route to post bail for his sibling. Eric (left) and Keith are pictured in the above mug shots.

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    After a few days on the lam, an Indiana man wanted in connection with a vehicle pursuit Friday evening has been apprehended.

    Donald Preston Murray, 38, was arrested late this morning and booked into the Vigo County jail in Terre Haute. Murray is currently being held without bond on criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement charges.

    Murray, a Terre Haute resident, is best known for his forehead tattoo, which reads “CRIME PAYS.” Pictured above in a mug shot snapped today, Murray is scheduled for a court appearance Wednesday morning.

    Murray was convicted in September of drunk driving and sentenced to 60 days in jail and 40 hours of community service. He also had his driver’s license suspended.

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    A Florida stripper is facing criminal charges after allegedly kicking the manager of a gentleman’s club in the genitals while wearing high-heel "exotic dancer" shoes, according to a police report.

    Investigators allege that Lakiesha Ortiz, 35, became unruly early yesterday morning after the manager of Sinsations, an adult club in Clearwater, “asked her to go home for the evening.”

    Cops noted that Ortiz, who “is employed as an exotic dancer at Sinsations,” was asked to leave the club because she was intoxicated.

    Seen at right, Ortiz allegedly threw beer bottles and glass drinking cups upon being asked by manager Mark Kachucha to depart the club. Later, as club security and Kachucha sough to “de-escalate the situation,” Ortiz allegedly “front kicked” Kachucha "directly in his genitals" while wearing her work shoes.

    Ortiz then allegedly kicked Kachucha in the stomach. After cops arrived at Sinsations (seen below), Ortiz allegedly kicked Kachucha a third time, “directly in front” of a Clearwater Police Department sergeant.

    Charged with battery and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, Ortiz was booked into the county jail around 3:15 AM. She was released from custody Sunday evening on $650 bond.

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    A Florida Man whose Ford truck carries a “Don’t Drink & Drive” bumper sticker was arrested Friday night for drunk driving after he “rear ended a stopped vehicle in front of him,” cops report.

    Sergio Ferreira, 56, was driving “about 35-40 mph” when he slammed into a car at an intersection near his home in Largo. The impact caused the second vehicle to go forward and strike another car.

    The occupants of the other autos did not require hospital treatment.

    When contacted by police, Ferreira “staggered as he walked, swayed as he stood” and smelled of alcohol. Seen above, Ferreira, who refused to provide a breath sample, was arrested after performing poorly on a series of field sobriety tests.

    Ferreira reportedly told police that he had consumed “four 18-20 ounce” cans of Busch Light beer “earlier in the night prior to driving.”

    Ferreira was booked into the county jail on a misdemeanor DUI involving property damage charge. He was released from custody early Saturday after posting $500 bond.

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    After driving his car into a ditch, an Illinois man who reeked of booze explained to police that the reason they smelled alcohol on his breath was because he had “been making out with his girlfriend this evening and she had been drinking.”

    As detailed in a Peoria County Sheriff's Office report, Trevor Smith drove a Dodge Charger off the road early Saturday evening in a single-vehicle accident. Deputies responding to the crash scene noted that Smith, who turns 21 tomorrow, appeared intoxicated. Additionally, they reported detecting the odor of burnt marijuana in the vehicle, and discovered an open bottle of vodka in the car.

    Smith, who twice declined to provide a breath sample and denied having consumed alcohol, was arrested for DUI after failing a series of field sobriety tests.

    Pictured above, Smith “told deputies the reason he smelled like alcohol was that he had been making out with his girlfriend this evening and she had been drinking.” He added, for some unknown reason, that “he made love to his girlfriend because 'We make love, we’re all adults here.’”

    Though entirely plausible, Smith’s post-arrest odor transference explanation did not prompt deputies to void criminal charges.

    Smith, records show, had been arrested a week earlier, also for DUI (he was nabbed on November 11 by Illinois State Police officers). Smith, who lives in Galesburg, a city 45 miles from Peoria, is free on bond in both misdemeanor cases.

    DUI, Illinois
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    Meet Franklin Redfearn.

    After the bug-eyed Louisianan, 27, was arrested Friday evening for narcotics possession, he told cops “the devil framed him.”

    Responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person, police found Redfearn standing on a porch of a residence in West Monroe. According to a police report, Redfearn lives about 20 miles away in the town of Eros.

    As a sheriff’s deputy approached him, Redfearn allegedly threw a white pill bottle containing methamphetamine into the yard.

    After being read his rights, Redfearn “stated the devil framed him.” Despite that compelling explanation, Redfearn was arrested on a felony narcotics possession count and booked into the local jail, where he is being held on $3000 bond.

    Redfearn appears to be the sole individual charged in the meth case, according to court records that do not name any codefendants or personifications of evil.

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    In a remarkable courtroom pummeling, a federal judge today branded a notorious copyright lawyer an inveterate liar who undertook a “concerted campaign of deception” that has left her questioning the attorney’s “fitness to practice.”

    In a 70-minute hearing in her White Plains, New York courtroom, Judge Cathy Seibel this morning delivered a blistering denunciation of Richard Liebowitz’s behavior in connection with a civil lawsuit he brought last year on behalf of a photographer.

    As detailed in a TSG story published Monday, Liebowitz (seen at right) lied to Seibel when asked to explain why he failed to show up for an April 12 court hearing. Liebowitz claimed that his grandfather had died on the morning of the hearing, and that, “I needed to immediately arrange to be with my family during this difficult time.” Liebowitz told Seibel, “In the Jewish religion certain customs needed to be done before the Sabbath that I needed to assist in. I truly hope the Court understands this emergency.”

    The truth, TSG discovered, was that Liebowitz’s maternal grandfather, 93-year-old Jaime Radusky, passed away the morning of April 9 at a Manhattan hospital.

    Suspecting that Liebowitz was not being honest about the death of his kin, Seibel spent more than six months trying to get the attorney to provide proof of his grandfather’s demise. In repeated sworn court submissions, Liebowitz attested to the truthfulness of his claims, while refusing to provide Seibel with any of the documentation she requested (like a death certificate).

    Flanked by a pair of criminal defense lawyers, Liebowitz appeared this morning in Seibel’s courtroom in response to a November 1 judicial order warning that he would be arrested if he failed to show up. Seibel’s order noted that she had already found him in contempt of two prior orders.

    As she recounted the “whole sordid chronology” of the matter, Seibel referred to the “very tangled web of lies” spun by Liebowitz, who has filed more than 1000 federal copyright lawsuits during the past several years. Liebowitz, who founded a small Long Island law firm, has practiced for less than five years.

    Referring to Liebowitz’s claim that his grandfather’s death came a day before the Sabbath--which purportedly required him to assist in certain Jewish religious customs--Seibel said this was when the lawyer “made the decision to tell an outright lie” in an effort to “intentionally deceive the court.” The judge added that Liebowitz “knows right from wrong,” but was not concerned about “staying on the right side of that line.”

    Seibel, pictured at left, stated that Liebowitz knew he was lying about the date of his grandfather’s death, but “chose to repeat that lie six, eight, ten times” in court filings that the jurist said were part of a “long-term campaign of deception.” Liebowitz, Seibel remarked, “double-downed, triple-downed, quadrupled-downed, octupled-down, I don’t know what would come after that.”

    “I question Mr. Liebowitz’s fitness to practice,” Seibel said at one point during the hearing.

    Seibel said that it seemed Liebowitz thought that if he could drag the court proceedings out, that she would lose interest in him. Referring to the “multiple lies” offered by Liebowitz, Seibel said, “I’m sure he’s disappointed I didn’t go away.”

    In an attempt to counter Seibel’s devastating dissection, Richard Greenberg, one of Liebowitz’s lawyers, said his client was “not playing with a full deck,” adding that he shared the judge’s “mystification” as to Liebowitz’s behavior. Greenberg claimed that Liebowitz “was in a daze” following his grandfather’s death, and than any misrepresentations on the lawyer’s part were not “intentful.”

    Seibel dismissed that claim, noting that it was “completely implausible” that Liebowitz’s “haze” continued for the many months he “tried to weedle his way out of the problem.”

    Seibel was equally unsparing when Greenberg described Liebowitz as a “young, inexperienced, somewhat immature lawyer.” The jurist replied that she was “not really super-sympathetic” to the young lawyer argument, since attorneys know not to lie and understand their ethical responsibilities.

    Noting the significance of a lawyer who “intentionally lies to the court,” Seibel said she has referred the Liebowitz matter to the Grievance Committee for review and possible disciplinary sanctions. Seibel added that her contempt rulings against Liebowitz will require him to disclose the sanctions to other courts and prospective clients.

    In a letter to Seibel, Greenberg argued that the contempt findings against Liebowitz will damage his legal career.

    Near the close of the hearing, Liebowitz briefly addressed Seibel, saying he was “really, really sorry” and that his repeated misstatements were “really an honest mistake.”

    Seibel, however, was having none of it. “Stop kidding yourself,” she told Liebowitz after referring to his months and months of lies. “This was clearly not an honest mistake,” she said. Rather, it was a “concerted campaign of deception.”

    During the hearing, Greenberg referred to a letter he submitted yesterday under seal to Seibel (who plans on publicly docketing the missive later today). In that communication, Greenberg reported that he “recommended Richard seek pyschotherapy,” as well as professional help in managing his firm. [11/14 UPDATE: Click here to download Greenberg’s 25-page submission to Seibel.]

    Referring to those remedial efforts, Seibel suggested that Liebowitz bring the transcript from today’s hearing with him when he arrives for his initial session with a mental health professional. “You need to do some introspection,” she told Liebowitz. “It’s time to start facing the facts.”