TODAY’S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO……
Police say that a Schenectady man apparently got his phone numbers mixed up, and that got him arrested. Richard J. Betters Jr. is facing a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, after he sent a text message of a drug offer to a Rotterdam police detective.
The detective played along with the offer and arrested the 44-year-old man last Tuesday at the Rotterdam Taco Bell, where Betters was found to be in possession of 20 Oxycodone pills.
Police believe Betters had the detective’s mobile number because of prior dealings the detective had with him. Betters’ mugshot showed facial injuries that were present when the police encountered him. He was arraigned and ordered held on $20,000 bail.
AND THEN THERE’S……
A Virginia man is behind bars after projecting a porno film on his garage door in full view of his neighbors. 41-year-old Antonio Smallwood was arrested Wednesday evening in connection with the al fresco 7:00 PM screening on a tidy Newport News street.
Charged with obscene sexual display and obstruction of justice, Smallwood was booked into the local jail. Smallwood, who is being held without bond, is now scheduled for a March 8th court appearance.
He reportedly used a home cinema projector to screen the adult movie, details of which have not been released by investigators. The projector remains on the front porch of Smallwood’s home since he was collared by Newport News Police Department officers before getting the chance to return the equipment indoors.
OR HOW ABOUT……
A Pasco County, Florida man who danced through his field sobriety tests after being found sleeping in his running truck is facing a DUI charge.
Deputies driving on Grand Boulevard in Holiday say they spotted a running truck with its brake lights on in front of a closed business. When they went to check on it, they say they found 33-year-old Christopher Larson asleep in the driver’s seat with his foot on the brake.
According to an arrest report, when Larson woke up her forgot to put the truck in park when he unlocked the door and started to get out. Deputies say the truck started rolling forward and one of them had to jump in and hit the brakes so it wouldn’t hit a gate.
Once Larson was out of the truck, deputies asked him to perform field sobriety tests. Body camera footage shows Larson lose his balance and start dancing during the “walk and turn” test.
A breath sample showed Larson had a .28 BAC at the time, deputies say – more than three times the legal limit. He was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to the Pasco County Jail.
OKAY, ONE MORE……
Two strip club dancers have been charged with stealing a Boston police officer’s handgun, prompting the department to place the officer on leave and open an internal investigation.
Police say 25-year-old Neish Rivera, 22-year-old Melissa Dacier, and the officer went to a Providence strip club before going to a hotel last Saturday. The officer locked his service weapon in his car’s glove box. He later realized it was missing after he gave Dacier his keys to get a phone charger. The gun was recovered.
Police charged the women with larceny of a firearm. A lawyer representing them was not available for comment Friday. The officer’s name wasn’t made public. Rivera was one of three dancers previously charged with prostitution, leading to the brief shutdown of Rhode Island’s Foxy Lady strip club. She pleaded not guilty.