Porn DVD screams prompt ‘rescue’
OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — A man says he broke into an apartment with a cavalry sword because he thought he heard a woman being raped, but the sound actually was from a pornographic movie his upstairs neighbor was watching.
According to a criminal complaint, the neighbor told police that Van Iveren pounded on the door and kicked it open without warning Feb. 12, damaging the frame and lock.
The neighbor told police Van Iveren became increasingly aggressive as he repeated the question, insisting that he had heard a woman being raped. The complaint said that, with the sword pointed at him, the neighbor led Van Iveren throughout the apartment, opening closet doors to prove he was alone.
The neighbor later played for police the part of the DVD he believed Van Iveren heard downstairs.
Van Iveren, 39, of Oconomowoc, was charged with criminal trespass, criminal damage and disorderly conduct, all while using a dangerous weapon, and is due in court March 5. Together, the misdemeanor counts carry a maximum sentence of 33 months in jail.
Van Iveren, who lives with his mother in the downstairs apartment, said he did not call police when he heard the noises because he does not have a telephone. He said he barely knew the upstairs tenant.
Police seized Van Iveren’s sword, which he said was a family heirloom.
Free coffee offered for info on gunman
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. – The owner of a coffee stand north of Seattle is offering free coffee for a year to anyone who helps catch a robber.
Troy Malchow hopes the offer will create a buzz that finds the man who pointed a gun at him Feb. 14 at Perfetto Espresso.
Malchow, who has owned Perfetto Espresso for a decade, says the business had never been robbed until Feb. 13. But in the past two weeks, his business in the parking lot of an auto repair shop has been both vandalized and robbed.
Man wins $25,000 lottery times two
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — An airline pilot from Maplewood won a $25,000 lottery jackpot – two days in a row. Raymond Snouffer Jr. matched the winning numbers 11-14-23-26-31 to win the Feb. 24 Northstar Cash drawing with odds of about 170,000 to 1, Minnesota Lottery officials said.
On Feb. 25, Snouffer stuck with 11 and switched to 3-7-19-28 – and won again.
Lottery officials said such a sequence was so farfetched that the odds against it were “virtually incalculable.”
Cat bag apparel irks Florida officials
TAMPA, Fla. — Animal control authorities are not amused by a fast food chain’s marketing stunt encouraging customers to dress their cats in a special takeout bag.
Tampa-based Checkers Drive-in Restaurants Inc. is distributing “Rapcat” bags designed with cutaway areas for the cat’s legs and tail. The cat’s head sticks out the opening of the bag, which is designed to look like to a basketball jersey and gold chain worn by the hip-hop Rapcat puppet in Checkers commercials.
A Hillsborough County Animal Services news release on Feb. 19 said forcing a real, unwilling cat into a “Rapcat” bag could be considered felony animal cruelty. The bag’s warning – “not all cats will be down with wearing this bag. Do not harm or endanger any cat” – is not enough, the agency said.
“We have no ill will toward Checkers or Rapcat as a character,” said animal services spokeswoman Marti Ryan. “Our message is that it is not a good idea to try to stuff a cat in a bag. It’s a matter of common sense.”