It’s a weird world

FRAUDULENT THREATS
AN Orange County woman was sentenced to a year in jail for sending hundreds of threatening text messages — to herself. Prosecutors said Jeanne Mundango Manunga told police her former boyfriend and his sister-in-law were behind the threats.

Manunga was sentenced in Santa Ana Superior Court.
She was convicted in May of three felony counts of false imprisonment by fraud or deceit and two misdemeanor counts of making a false police report.

Prosecutors said Manunga started sending the threatening messages after she and her former boyfriend stopped dating in 2008.
Manunga also was placed on three years probation and ordered to pay about $50 000 in restitution.­— Reuters.

COSTLY TASTE
AN unemployed British antiques dealer with a taste for the high life faces jail after he was convicted of handling a stolen copy of a rare first collection of Shakespeare’s plays.Raymond Scott, 53, who drove a yellow Ferrari and posed as an international playboy despite having huge debts, walked into one of the world’s leading Shakespeare research centers with the 17th century book.

Staff at the renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC recognised the valuable book and called the police, the British Embassy and the FBI.

Regarded as one of the most important printed works in the English language, less than 250 copies of the collection survive. They were first printed in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death.
A jury at Newcastle Crown Court in northeast England found Scott guilty of handling stolen goods and removing stolen property from Britain, the Press Association said. However, he was cleared of stealing the book from Durham University in 1988.
Judge Richard Lowden remanded Scott in custody and said: “There will in due time be an inevitable substantial custodial sentence.” — Reuters.

MONKEY LESSON
A Chinese man who saved a one-armed, one-legged monkey says the primate has paid him back –– by killing all of his chickens.
Li Chun, from Menghai village, Yunnan province, says the monkey has become a member of his family since he nursed it back to health.
It has become to devoted to the family and performs many chores around the home –– but it also copies everything Li does.
When it saw him crack some eggs to make a meal it went into the hen coop and smashed all of the eggs it could find.
And when Li slaughtered a chicken, the monkey copied him and has since killed about 80 chickens, reports the Chuncheng Evening Post.
“From then on, whenever it’s not occupied, it jumps into the chicken pen, and kills the chickens, no matter how big or small, and tries to pluck them,” said Li.
“His record is nine chickens in one day. The lesson I have learned is to never slaughter a chicken in front of a monkey.”—  Orange news.

PRESSING PROBLEM
A US man has been arrested for taking his mother hostage at gunpoint for six hours after she refused to do his ironing.
Robert Edward Tyrrell Jr, 29, of Villa Rica, Georgia, is facing charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment.Sergeant Marc Griffith, of Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia said that the man, who lives with his parents, insisted doing the ironing was “woman’s work”.
“Mama finally said, ‘I’m not ironing your clothes,’ and he went cuckoo on her,” Sgt Griffith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Tyrell pulled out a gun, took his mother’s keys and mobile phone, and refused to let her leave the house, he added.­  — Orange news.

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