Date: Tue, 26 Sep 95 15:45:15 -0700
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: Weirdness #395
Excerpted-from: WEIRDNUZ.395 (News of the Weird, September 1, 1995)
by Chuck Shepherd
* In March, police in New York City charged salesman Joel Levy, 32, with
assault. According to police, Levy's live-in girlfriend arrived home
unexpectedly after Levy had just put in an order for a call girl to come
over. Levy improvised a plan to intercept "Brandy" in his building's lobby,
have a liaison, and then to dash back upstairs before his girlfriend got
suspicious. When he saw a good-looking woman in the lobby, Levy assumed it
was Brandy, nudged her into an elevator, and, according to police, pawed
and fondled her while waving a $50 bill, saying, "You know you want it.
You know you'll do anything for it." The woman was not Brandy but rather an
assistant district attorney from Brooklyn. [N. Y. Post, 3-10-95]
* Elifonso Lopez, 39, was recently granted a new trial after five years of
protesting his innocense of his 1990 rape conviction. An investigation into
law enforcement records by The Brownsville (Tex.) Herald revealed that Lopez
had an ironclad alibi that was ignored at his trial: He was in prison
serving a sentence for drunken driving when the rape occurred. [Houston
* The San Diego Union-Tribune reported in July that Jim Harnsberger, 40, a
Republican party operative who founded the local Center for Family Values,
has been married five times and owes almost $20,000 in child support.
According to the newspaper, a former girlfriend said of Harnsberger, "He
said he would cut me up into little pieces and throw me into the ocean and
no one would ever know." [Sacramento Bee, 7-25-95]
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