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Lee Warrick, 39, was arrested in September at the Mile Hi Flea Market in Denver for allegedly photographing women by pointing a wrist-mounted video camera under their skirts. Police said 40 to 50 women were photographed and that Warrick is a suspect in similar incidents in Boulder and Chicago. Police said Warrick would find a target, get as close as possible, then appear to kneel down and look for something while the camera was rolling.

Police Blotter

Kalvin Chambers, released from Arlington County Jail in Virginia at 12:03 PM on October 24, allegedly tried to steal a woman's purse on the street outside the jail at 12:17 and was back behind bars by 12:40.

Tom Maggio, a police officer in Verona, Pennsylvania, crawled around above the false ceiling of a nightclub for more than five hours one evening in July before he captured the burglar he was pursuing. Maggio said, "It got to the point where it started to be funny."

Baltimore police arrested Thomas Waddell, 25, in October for stealing 30 live homing pigeons valued at several hundred dollars from a neighbor. An officer had found him walking oddly down the street with 21 of the pigeons stuffed in his clothes. The officer said, "He looked like the Michelin tire ad."

Richard Booker Branch, 18, was arrested near Bartow, Florida, after he stole a 15-ton concrete mixer and led police on a one-hour chase at speeds under 50 miles an hour. Police finally shot his tires out.

The daily crime report in the Michigan City (Indiana) News-Dispatch for September 26 includes an item about a 52-year-old woman who complained that, while she was at a movie with her husband, a man put his hand down her pants. The man claimed that his arm fell asleep and dropped off his chair, but not into her pants. The woman didn't immediately notice the hand, she said, because she had recently had an accident that left that side of her body numb.

Joseph B. Matthews, 29, was charged with rape in San Francisco in November based on a fingerprint. Allegedly, when he encountered his victim in her bedroom, he asked if she had any condoms, was handed a box from her nightstand, and left his fingerprint on the box as he opened it.

Too Much Time on Their Hands

Ira Clark, president of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and the highest-paid government executive in Dade County, was sued in September by Video Nook for $508 in rental movies he allegedly did not return. When asked by the Miami Herald why he rented X-rated movies, he said that adult films "have the entertainment value of any other movie. This is not distinguishable, from my standpoint, from anything else that one might find entertaining at any particular time."

Tanya Tucker, on her decision to name her daughter Presley: "It's just too bad it couldn't have been some of his sperm, also."

Barry Rice, a football player for Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia: "If Jesus were a football player, he'd play fair, he'd play clean, and he'd put the guy across the line on his butt."

U.S. Representative Donald "Buz" Lukens, on his conviction for having sex with a teenage girl: "[It] is the same as DUI or shoplifting."

In November the Israeli Manufacturers Association asked the government to investigate the Al Ghazel Macaroni Company in Bethlehem for packaging its pasta in boxes whose red, white, green, and black label too closely resembles the Palestinian flag, which is illegal in Israel.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the "trendiest" recent art opening (attended by Jodie Foster, Rebecca De Mornay, Dennis Hopper, and others) was a Hollywood show by Joel-Peter Witkin featuring photos of hermaphrodites, dwarfs, preop transsexuals, amputees, and hunchbacks.

Miss West Virginia, asked recently about the selection of a black woman as Miss America 1989, said, "It was one black, one Korean, one Japanese, one hearing-impaired, one kidney transplant, and of course Texas and Florida were in the top ten." She later said she did not mean the comments in a "derogatory" way.

In an October interview on ESPN, football star Eric Dickerson said he wasn't ready for marriage. "I'm not the best-looking guy, and I don't want an ugly wife because we will have ugly kids, no doubt. My mother even said, 'Please don't have an ugly wife and make ugly babies.'"

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Shawn Belschwender.

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