Posts Tagged Massachusetts

Tonya Harding’s Latest Whack at Nancy Kerrigan

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 26 January, 2010

It appears Tonya Harding is trying to steal the spotlight from Nancy Kerrigan again. Not that Nancy was trying to garner any media attention this time…

I’ve never really been a fan of Tonya Harding. But now she is trying to offer her condolences to her former ice skating rival whose father just passed away. It just reeks of a media publicity stunt.

The statement from a Tonya Harding representative: “Tonya feels very sad for Nancy and her family and extends her deepest sympathy and condolences to them. Tonya’s beloved dad, Al Harding, passed away this April, so she understands the grief Nancy and her family are feeling at this time.”

Seriously, she still has a rep? To me, her statement sounds more like “Nancy Kerrigan’s dad just died and it is all over the news? Hey, MY dad died last April and it was hardly covered by the media… What about ME? Who is sorry for ME?”

We all feel sorry for you Tonya, trust me…

The notorious feud between Hardin and Kerrigan climaxed in 1994 when a hit man, allegedly hired by Harding’s ex-husband, took a lead pipe similar to a telescopic steel baton to Kerrigan’s knee before a U.S. championship. “Why, Why??”

Of course Harding denied involvement in the plot and expressed disgust towards the attack. Which didn’t help her mediocre career anyways, she was always in the shadow of the stellar Kerrigan. So again, Kerrigan is in the news and Harding is trying to grab some of the spotlight she doesn’t deserve off of Nancy’s coat tails…

So she’s “reaching out” to her former arch-rival to express her deepest sympathy after the tragic death Daniel Kerrigan? I’m not buying it.

Nancy’s brother, Mark Kerrigan, allegedly assaulted his 70-year-old father moments before he died at the family’s home in Massachusetts.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, was arrested and has since pleaded not guilty to the assault.

At least this time Tonya’s publicity stunt didn’t involve a 3rd party with a weapon.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Failed Ninja Robbery Attempt

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 28 April, 2009

In yet another story where some fool makes ninjas look bad, we have a ninja robbery attempt in Weymouth, Massachusetts last week. Witnesses say the man was dressed up like a ninja, and used a ninja sword while trying to rob a dry cleaner.

Apparently, the ninja wearing a ski mask and a sword in a sheath on his belt, walked into a Tedeschi convenience store around 8 AM in the morning. Mistake number one, he should have snuck into the store at night… you know, all sneaky-like in the shadows.

“All the witnesses said he was dressed like a ninja,” says Police Sgt. Richard Fuller. “He was in all black including the black ski mask. And they said it was a ‘ninja sword’ (he was carrying).”

Alarmed by the seemingly armed ninja entering the store, the convenience store clerk started to call the police. The ninja noticed the clerk on the phone. Good pickup, Mr. Ninja.

Next, the man rips off his ninja mask and asks the clerk if she is calling the police on him. Mistake number two, a ninja never reveals his true identity.

When the clerk says she was in fact calling the police on him, he gets scared and walks out of the store. Mistake number three, a ninja doesn’t walk out a door, he drops a smoke bomb and disappears!

So now the ninja walks down the street and enters a nearby Galaxy Cleaners.

The agitated ninja draws his sword and points the katana at the dry cleaner clerk, demanding all of the cash. This clerk tells the gullible ninja that she could not open the drawer.

The ninja now flees the second scene, again, without a smoke bomb cover. What a lame attempt at being a ninja. Mistake number four, if you are lame, you are not a ninja.

The Ninja Master from the Deadliest Warrior show would have been very disappointed.

Police are still searching for the man, who since he pulled off his mask, witnesses can say appeared to be in his late 20s and gave a facial description.

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Chuck E. Cheese Assaulted in Gaming Area

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 3 March, 2009

We haven’t had a good Chuck E. Cheese story since the Whack-a-mom article last March. This incident happened soon after in May 2008, but the details from the court hearings are just coming out.

This time it was it was “Chuck” who was assaulted. Twice in the same day, at a Dartmouth Towne Center Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Massachusetts. Once by some kids, then by a father.

The first time, Jessie Carvalho, the 19-year-old Chuck E. Cheese employee who was unlucky enough to have to wear the full size mouse costume was assaulted by some kids. Carvalho reported to police that while he was doing the rounds through the gaming area, a rowdy group of kids jumped on him, attempted to knock him over and tried to remove his costume.

He then said he had to put his arms forward to move the youths away from him, but never actually grabbed any of them. A woman who was also at the restaurant at the time of the incident said she saw Chuck telling the kids to stop, and agreed that he never grabbed any of them. She did however add that Carvalho accidentally bumped into an 11-year-old child while turning around.

Next thing Chuck knows, Trahan Pires comes running up to him, rips off the mouse head, points his finger into his face and starts yelling at him for messing with his kid. Apparently, the child he just accidentally bumped into ran to his family crying, and said “Chuck” picked him up by the arms, pinned him against a game machine and ordered the boy to leave him alone.

When the police were called, the boy did not have any visible injuries and went back to playing with his friends after being questioned at the restaurant.

Originally, Carvalho was charged with assault and battery on the child, but was acquitted this past Jan. 12. Pires, the boy’s father pleaded guilty last week to assault and battery on the mascot and was ordered to pay a $500 fine.

That job has to suck. Wearing a hot, sweaty, fuzzy mouse costume all day while being tormented by wild kids all day, and the possibility of being accosted by angry parents. I wonder if the Mickey Mouse mascot has similar problems down at Disney World? At least Chuck is inside an air conditioned restaurant, not outside in the hot Florida sun.

Be Safe, Be Secure.

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Thank You too… FORE!

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 19 February, 2009

Here is a story out of Falmouth, Massachusetts. Up here in New Hampshire, Massachusetts folks are already well known for their manners and courteous driving. Uh huh.

Apparently, a 50-year-old man held the door open for a 38-year-old guy leaving a gas station. Not surprising, the 38-year-old walked through without a word.

To that, the 50-year-old guy who couldn’t leave well enough alone, utter a sarcastic “Thank Yoooou.”

Now we already established that the 38-year-old wasn’t keen on thanking people for holding open a door. So one could assume that he would be less than thrilled to be called out on it.

So now, the two men start yelling at each other in the parking lot. After a heated exchange, the 38-year-old goes to his car and pulls out something he would normally use during his nice relaxing hobby. A golf club. Ah, golf… what a calm gentleman’s game…

Well so much for that, the 38-year-old preceded to tee off on the victim several times, hitting the 50-year-old in the stomach and legs.

Police reported the victim suffered minor injuries. I caught the local TV news report late last night. They interviewed the victim, who lifted up his shirt to reveal a huge, purple and black bruise on the side of his stomach. Luckily no ribs were broken.

The 38-year-old man pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the Falmouth District Court on Tuesday. He was also ordered to stay away from the other man.

Not that I condone taking whacks at someone with a golf club, but couldn’t the other guy have just let the lack of manners go? I’m sure there was at least 2 times where this escalation could have been prevented.

First at the door, just walk in and be done with it.

Then second chance was when the argument started, and before clubs were pulled, just walk away.

If it will help, let me offer my sincerest thank you to all those who open doors and hold it for people. Even if they don’t appreciate the gesture, let it be known that I appreciate it. And if this show of good manners in any way helps prevent the next case of manner rage, it will all be worth it.


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Police arrest man stuck in Handcuffs

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 12 February, 2009

A 21-year-old man, wanted on charges of “driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, threatening to commit a crime and making annoying phone calls” walks into a police station.

Bam! You think he would have seen it?

No, he actually was just looking for a little help.

His side of the story states his sister slipped a pair of handcuffs on him at a child’s birthday party. And now, the cuffs dangling from one wrist, he is stuck. Now what kind of child’s birthday party involves hand cuffs? I guess it would make pin the tail on the donkey more challenging…

Ok, well surely the police would help him out of this predicament, right?

Much to the man’s dismay, Police decided to run his name through the Massachusetts warrant system first and discovered he had a few outstanding warrants to his name.

Can you really be arrested for making annoying phone calls? Because if so, I have a few telemarketers to report.

So needless to say, the police did in fact remove his sister’s handcuffs. To which they immediately slapped on some police handcuffs and arrested the guy.

No more wild child’s birthday parting with his sister anymore. Thanks alot sis!

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Machete Becoming Bay State’s Weapon of Choice?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 9 April, 2008

The only Friday the 13th on the calendar in 2008 is in June, but already there has been a rash of Jason Voorhees like attacks. And it is only April. So far, this is the reported Machete attacks already occurring this year in the state of Machetusetts, I mean Massachusetts:

Jan. 7: (Roxbury, MA) Two men are arrested after they allegedly chase two people down a street while wielding a machete.

Jan. 18: (Chicopee, MA) A man is struck on his head, face and arm by a machete in the parking lot of Sunco Trading Corp during a robbery.

Feb. 4: (Springfield, MA) A man is slashed in the neck and throat and a woman is hit in the arm and leg with a machete in the parking lot of a Gulf gas station.

March 4: (Lynn, MA) Outside Lynn English High School, a 16-year-old Lynn boy suffers a facial laceration and nearly loses his right thumb from a machete attack.

March 8: (Boston, MA) An East Boston man is found bleeding from both feet from a machete attack in a staircase on Meridian Street.

March 13: (Boston, MA) An East Boston teen, victim of a daytime assault at City Hall Plaza is hacked in the left arm, back and shoulder by a machete.

March 15: (Boston, MA) A Revere man is struck in the mouth and back by a machete in a daytime assault on Dorchester Avenue. A South Boston woman was also hit in the head with the machete as she attempted to intervene.

March 26: (Lynn, MA) A Lynn teen is sliced on his left arm with a machete at a Strawberry Avenue playground while playing soccer with two brothers.

To date, these attacks pale in comparison to the death, destruction and gore of the machete-wielding mass murderer in the movies, but this frequency of machete attacks would even make Jason proud.

The machetes are being described as “inexpensive weapons (that) are too easily obtained”. “It’s obviously a very dangerous implement. It can cause severe damage when wielded against another human being,” says Mass. DA Daniel F. Conley.

For somewhere between $5 and $30 bucks, just about anyone can purchase a machete from online to the local Wal-mart. Typically ranging from 18-24 inches, this steel blade that can “cut, chop, slash, hack, split, scrape, scoop, hammer, crack or smash just about anything you can put in front of it.”

Machete sales are largely unregulated due to the fact it is designed and classified as a basic farming tool, mainly used in third world countries. Just like most of the Asian Martial Arts weapons that were originally peasant farming tools several hundred or thousand years ago, before they became popularized in Karate movies and American dojos.

But don’t worry. Massachusetts law prevents the sale of self defense weapons to all of its law abiding citizens. No tasers, no stun guns and extremely limited pepper spray approval if you jump through enough hoops and red tape!

We do have a few self defense options left for you Massachusetts, New York or other restricted state residents. Our telescopic steel batons are rather nice. Not too bad of an option. I wouldn’t mind having at least a 26″ inch steel baton to combat some psycho with a 18″ blade. Not necessarily ideal, but you have the reach advantage. And you can practice some moves and train yourself pretty good to defend yourself with the
telescopic steel baton. Most likely the machete is just being flailed around by an inexperienced wielder…

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

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Machete Attack Leaves Two Hospitalized

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 6 February, 2008

Whenever I hear the word machete, the first thing that pops into my head is teenagers running through the woods near Crystal Lake as Jason hacks and slashes victims in a “Friday the 13th” movie.

Apparently on “Monday the 4th” (Feb 2008), a much less catchy day and date, a man in Springfield (DOH!), Massachusetts was accused of slashing a 42-year-old man in the throat and a 42-year-old woman in the arms and egs with a machete. (I don’t think I even know anyone who actually owns a machete.)

Police say this incident may have been in retaliation of an action by the female victim, where she may have stabbed the attacker’s sister earlier in the day. (Probably with a much less ominous sounding weapon)

So far the attacker is due in District Court for charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, he is pleading not guilty, and the slashed couple is in fair condition at a local hospital. No word on the previously injured sister. I can only imagine that a hockey mask was NOT involved, that surely would have made the headline…

I guess some things are not only in the movies.

If I ever had some fool coming at me with a machete, I’d want something that would work at a distance. I’m thinking some Pepper Spray, probably in the pepper gel or pepper foam variety. Any of them would work, but personally I like the sticky goodness of the Mace Pepper Gel or the foaming action of the Mace Pepper Foam. Kinda like the scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner which I’m sure would burn someone’s eyes too, but I’ll stick with good old Mace.

Besides, I’d want a product that could also fill up the eye holes of the hockey mask…you know, just in case.

One of the benefits of gel or foam pepper spray is they are thick when applied. Most pepper sprays are liquid. They work very well, but drip off. Gels and foam more or less stay put and act like a blindfold. And this isn’t a paper or cloth blindfold for playing pin the tail on the donkey, this one hurts… and burns…

Another added feature of this thick concoction is it just begs to be rubbed off, further intensifying its effects. Then the fun begins, depending on what side of the canister you are on.

Make sure you have a full array of options in your self defense tool box. An attack could happen at anytime and anywhere. Be tooled on your person, in your car and in your home.

It might not be a machete, but if the time comes to deal out some punishment to those attempting to cause you or a loved one harm – Be ready. Be ready and be prepared. Have a plan and have a backup plan.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

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