Archive for June, 2012

Mom cited: Toddler removed from baby seat to make room for gas can

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly, Sad on June 7, 2012 by punauni


Veteran Aurora police and highway officials were stunned by a photo taken during a recent traffic stop, which shows a diapered toddler who is not properly restrained, sitting next to a gas can belted into a baby seat.

“This could be one of the extreme incidents we’ve ever seen,” said Aurora Police spokesman Frank Fania.

The photo was taken during a recent “Click It or Ticket” campaign conducted by the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement.

The car was stopped May 30 by an officer doing improper turn enforcement near East Iliff Avenue and Tower Road. He found that none of the occupants were using seat belts.

A 14-year-old was also a passenger in the car. The female driver, the mother of children, was cited for no proof of insurance and three counts of seat belt violations, Fania said.

The driver’s name was not released.

Under Colorado law, the boy should have been placed in a rear-or-forward facing car seat, said Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman Stacey Stegman.

The photo drew wide attention when it was posted on CDOT’s Facebook page. “People were pretty outraged,” Stegman said. “Besides not wearing seat belts, people were also angry about the gas can. Even if it was empty, people worried the boy was being exposed to toxic fumes.”


Woman accused of castrating man with bare hands

Posted in News, People Behaving Badly with tags , , on June 7, 2012 by punauni

Police in Shelby say they arrested a woman over the weekend after she squeezed a man’s testicles out of his scrotum.

Joyce Maxine Gregory, 35, is charged with malicious castration and assault inflicting serious bodily injury, according to Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford.

Police say Gregory got into an argument with an older man Saturday morning. When he went outside to call 911 she followed him and grabbed his scrotum.

The man ran to a nearby rescue squad building for help.

Police were sent to the residence on Bowman Street to arrest Gregory. When she was placed in the patrol car, she pulled down her pants and urinated in the backseat.

Gregory’s bond was set at $20,000.

Toddler flips SUV down driveway while parents sleep, deputies say

Posted in News, Sad with tags on June 7, 2012 by punauni

Deputies say a 2-year-old girl grabbed the keys to her parents SUV while they were asleep, rolled the vehicle out of the driveway, and flipped it in a neighbor’s yard.

The incident happened just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Celanese and Twin Lakes Roads in Rock Hill, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched to a call of a child in the roadway. When they arrived at the scene, they found a Chevy Tahoe on its side in the ditch on Celanese Road.

A witness at the scene told the deputies that while he was driving down the road he saw the SUV roll down the steep driveway, make a turn in the road, and roll onto the curb before it flipped onto its side an landed in the ditch.

An unknown person then helped the toddler out of the vehicle and held the child until authorities arrived, according to EMS.

The child was unharmed.

The deputies then went to the home where it was believed the child and the SUV came from and found both the parents asleep in a upstairs room.

The parents told the deputies that they had fallen asleep while their daughter was watching cartoons, and that they thought the keys to the vehicle were in a safe place, according to the report.

An investigator from the York County Department of Social Services was notified of the incident and arrived on scene to investigate.

At this time there is no word if any charges will be filed.