Orangeburg, SC: 43-year-old Richard Fleener has been charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult after he allegedly stole his grandmother’s electric wheelchair. He was living with his 78-year-old grandmother until February, when he stole so much money from her that her power was shut off for several days. Police say that aside from cash and the wheels, Fleener also stole a television and an air conditioning unit.
Ocala, FL: A brother and sister have been charged with burglary and grand theft after police found their van packed with stolen Frito-Lay chips. Darren and Jessica Huggard, 25 and 22 respectively, were pulled over while driving when a deputy saw a child jumping in the backseat. When the deputy approached the van he saw that it was packed with hundreds of loose bags of chips. He asked where they came from, and Hagerman said he and his sister take the chips from dumpsters to generate revenue.
The deputy found that Hagerman had a master key for the gate lock at the Frito-Lay factory, despite not working there. The siblings were arrested and the child was given to a relative.
Collier County, FL: Deborah Ann Burns, 37, told police that she was watching TV Tuesday night in the Immokalee home she shares with Willie Butler, her boyfriend of six years. Burns advised that, at one point, “Willie walked by her and farted in her face.” Burns then “confronted him about the fart,” according to a Collier County Sheriff’s Office report.
During the ensuing confrontation, Burns allegedly grabbed an eight-inch kitchen knife and threw it at the 53-year-old Butler, striking him in the stomach. Butler, who suffered a minor laceration, was treated at the scene by EMS personnel.
Burns was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She was booked into the county jail, where she is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond on the felony count. Burns, a convicted felon, previously spent 21 months in state prison for aggravated assault with a weapon and battery on a law enforcement officer.
Roselle, IL: David Beckman, 63, is being charged with a laundry list of offenses: three charges of harassment by telephone, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of marijuana possession, attempted indecent solicitation of a child, cruelty to animals, and two counts of battery. Both the battery and solicitation of a child charges stem from a case earlier this week in Roselle, which involved a child between the ages of 13 and 17, according to the Daily Herald.
Roselle police were investigating him for the child solicitation charges when they discovered a dead peacock named Phyl in his garage. Details are unclear, but apparently the police interpretation of the evidence is that Beckman had sexually abused the peacock.
Beckman was being held at DuPage County Jail on Friday on $10,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for June 12.