July 5 Only in America

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Building dispute leads to mural of crowned mayor on a toilet

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island mayor says he’s not bothered by an unflattering public mural of him wearing a crown and sitting on a toilet that stems from a long-simmering dispute over a building he has called unsafe. North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi has been involved in a dispute with building owner Anthony Farina over the building, described by the mayor as a “health hazard.” Lombardi said the painting doesn’t bother him but Farina should question how he’s representing himself to the town. Mural artist Paul Morse says he has nothing against the mayor but was hired specifically to paint him on a toilet and wearing a crown.

Judge: Collarless Florida cabbie shouldn’t be sent to jail

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge says he won’t send a cabbie to jail for violating a city ordinance requiring a collared shirt. During a hearing for Keith Gordon, Volusia County Judge David Foxman suggested the city review its cab ordinance. Police gave Gordon a notice to appear in court for violating city regulations by wearing jean shorts and a shirt without a collar during Bike Week. The infraction includes a fine up to $500 and 60 days in county jail. During a May 23 hearing, Foxman questioned misdemeanor charges for a clothing violation, adding it’s like living “in a communist country.”

Woman scammed scammer

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Police say a New Hampshire woman who answered a scammer’s ad to pick up and ship an illegally purchased computer has been charged with stealing the laptop and shipping magazines instead. Wolfeboro police in March were contacted by a business owner who said a hacker used their account to buy a computer. Police said Jennifer Wozmak, 51, answered an online “job” to ship the computer overseas. But they said she didn’t send the laptop, just magazines. She sold the computer to someone else. She’s been charged with theft. Wolfeboro Police Chief Dean Rondeau says she had no affiliation with the original scammer.