Weirdness  - 20Dec96
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 97 16:54:16 -0800
Subject: Weirdness  - 20Dec96
Excerpted-from: WEIRDNUZ.463 (News of the Weird, December 20, 1996)
by Chuck Shepherd
* The New York Post revealed in October that the New York City Police
Department has spent more than $260,000 since 1992 on overtime pay for
nightshift officers waiting for a flow to start for their urine tests. Drug
testing of randomly selected officers is done only during the day shift,
and the average overtime claim is for 3.5 hours.
* In October, Richard Evans, a member of the Australian Parliament, proposed
that the country eliminate all cats within 25 years. Evans offered evidence
that cats have killed off nine native species of wildlife and proposed that
a fatal virus to be released on feral cats. He said also that domestic cats
should be neutered until they die out and that in the interim, cat curfews
and a registry should be put in place.
* Paul Stiller, 47, was hospitalized in Andover Township, N. J., in Sept.,
and his wife Bonnie was also injured, by a quarter- stick of dynamite that
blew up in their car. While driving around at 2 a.m., the bored couple lit
the dynamite and tried to toss it out the window to see what would happen,
but they apparently failed to notice that the window was closed.
* Perhaps America's most dysfunctional family, the Sextons of Ohio and
Florida, made News of the Weird in May 1994, when sex abuse charges were
filed against Mom Estella in Canton, Ohio, alleging that she sexually
assaulted one or more of her kids, either acting alone or with husband
Eddie, who is now on death row in Florida. Son Jamie Sexton, 20, was
charged in November 1996 with aggravated murder in Canton after allegedly
setting a fire to kill a former friend. The month before, Jamie had
testified against Estella, helping to convict her on those 13 sex-abuse
counts. Eddie is still on death row, convicted of killing a son-in-law who
knew that Eddie had smothered the man's baby for excessive crying.
(However, the paternity of the deceased baby is in dispute, in that one or
more of the Sexton kids say that their sister's baby was actually fathered
either by Eddie or by one of the kids.)
Copyright 1997 by Universal Press Syndicate.
© 1997 Peter Langston