Night News Report; June 16, 2011

Well … this is the latest I’ve ever posted a MNR/ANR, so I guess we’ll call it an NNR. Sweet.

WEINER PULLS OUT OF CONGRESS

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, resigned his seat Thursday afternoon after a sexting controversy has essentially ruined his political career.

My take: Lots and lots of fun headline possibilities here, but I’ll go with mine. Anyhoo — the dude is an idiot; in 2011, how the heck does he think he can sext, tweet and message scores of women and it wouldn’t get out?

Sort of like being a professional golfer who screws scores of women behind his wife’s back and thinking he can get away with it. How did that work out for you, Tiger?

And props to a Howard Stern Show staffer for wrecking the presser. Here’s the link to the story, although it’s probably PG-13 … so if you’re under 13, get your mama’s permission before you read it.

EDWARDS STORY GETS WEIRDER

The John Edwards saga has taken another weird turn as a report has emerged that the former U.S. Senator/presidential candidate and current baby daddy/fornicator/douchebag asked for millions of dollars from a 101-year-old heiress to help him cover up his affair with his baby mama.

My take: And just when you thought this story couldn’t get any crazier … a 101-year-old named “Bunny” comes forth. Eek.

By the by, here’s Ol’ Johnny Boy’smugshot, where he might’ve been thinking about how he screwed over his dying wife, or how he was going to pleasure a 101-year-old who had dumped millions of dollars into his campaigns and coffers:

No, that’s not a publicity shot — that’s his freaking MUGSHOT taken last week. There’s much more I wish I could say here … but I’d probably lose my job if I did. So, go to town, bloggees.

BRUINS WIN; VANCOUVER FANS TRY TO DESTROY CITY

The Boston Bruins downed the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, yesterday to claim their first Stanley Cup since 1972, four games to three.

After the game, riots broke out all over Vancouver, resulting in millions of dollars of theft by looters and hundreds of arrests.

My take: This seriously happened in Canada — the home of Pamela Anderson, Keanu Reeves, Celine Dion and Jim Carrey? What is this world coming to?

WAHOO-WA, Y’ALL

Life’s pretty good in Virginia, with God’s University headed to the College World Series, where the Cavaliers will take on California in their opener at 2 p.m. Sunday.

But it looks like long-suffering Cavahoo basketball fans– like yours truly — might have something to cheer for when hoops season rolls around. In ESPN’s main story on its college basketball front, Andy Katz opines that the Wahoos might be ready to make a run at the ACC’s upper echelon.

My take: And yes, it makes me giddy. Can’t wait for November.

Listen, I have no allusions that UVa will beat Carolina or even Duke this year. But a top-four or five finish in the ACC for God’s University would be AWESOME.

The iPod shuffle (and send me yours — I’d love to post it here on the ol’ blog)

Life Goes On — Poison

Every Breath You Take — The Police

On The Road Again — Willie Nelson

Put On — Young Jeezy & Kanye West

A View To A Kill — Duran Duran

Morning News Report; April 5, 2011

MOTHER, DAUGHTER, USE STEAK KNIFE, FORK TO ALLEGEDLY ATTACK NEIGHBORS

A Greene County mother and daughter pair are accused of attacking their neighbors with a steak knife and a fork. While that’s a pretty unique story, the mug shot of the daughter is … well, interesting:

My take: This is what she likes to call her “Jon Dawson” look.

SHAKA, MARSHALL, CRONINTURN DOWN WUFFIES

It’s been a tough week in the N.C. State men’s basketball search as both VCU’s Shaka Smart and Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall (along with Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin) have said “thanks, but no thanks” to the Wolfpack.

NCSU AD Kay Yow has even taken some time to address Wolfpack Nation in a fireside chat-style email.

My take: So who do the Wuffies turn to next? Available “names” out there are drying up fast … but here are a few I think should be considered:

  • Bobby Cremins: Sure, he’s 63, but he’s done a fantastic job with the College of Charleston and you know he’d be an energy shot for the program
  • Jeff Lebo: Yeah, he’s a Tar Heel, but it’s hard to quantify what he did for ECU this season — taking a team that had not had a winning season for 16 or 17 years and becoming one of the top teams in C-USA
  • Chris Collins: It’d be tough to pry him from Duke, but he has instant name recognition and has learned at the right hand of college basketball’s best for a long time

Back to Shaka for a minute, though: sure, he’s a big name all of a sudden, but other than the Final Four appearance, what has he done? He’s been at VCU for two years and won the CBI last year and had the Final Four this year.

But he was so confident his Rams weren’t going to make the NCAA Tournament this year he didn’t even get the team together for a selection show party. If he hadn’t made the NCAA, 95 percent of basketball fans wouldn’t even know his name. His team this year was stocked with juniors and seniors that he didn’t even recruit — which makes me think he is a flash in the pan, not a Brad Stevens (Butler) or Mark Few (Gonzaga). But we’ll see — and I think State’s going to be glad it didn’t get him.

But who will it be? Throw some names out there, Wuffies.

SLEAZY DUKE LACROSSE ACCUSER IN TROUBLE AGAIN

Remember the woman who accused the Duke lacrosse players of raping her – which later turned out to be all lies? Well, she’s back in the news again after stabbing her boyfriend and taking his money. She’s in a Durham jail with no bond.

My take: And somewhere, Mike Nafong sighs deeply.

The iPod shuffle

Sophisticated Bitch — Public Enemy

Murder By Numbers — The Police

Mad World — Michael Andrews & Gary Jules

Midnight Rider — The Allman Brothers Band

Lick A Shot — Cypress Hill

Sex offender updates: Bell, Gautier, Jones and Rouse

I’ve fallen a few days behind in my sex offender updates — and there have been quite a few of them moving around of late. Could it be because of ace crime reporter Justin Schoenberger’s awesome three-part series about the pervs? I’d like to think so.

Anyhoo, here’s a look at a few who have moved in the past week:

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This is Tawann Lashaw Bell, 26, Lenoir County’s only sexual predator. He was featured here on the blog on Jan. 28, when he moved to Shine Street; now, he is living at 209 New Street in Kinston. Schoenberger also wrote about him in the above-linked article when deputies were looking for him.

He has two convictions for indecent liberty with a minor but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Mr. Bell, whose lifetime convictions include possession of a weapon on campus and simple assault/affray.

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This is Chris Gautier, 34, who recently moved to 2127 English Walnut Court in Kinston. He is a recividist — or repeat — sex offender. He was last convicted of two counts of indecent liberty with a minor in January 2002, for which he served a year in prison.

But those aren’t his only crimes; evidently, he doesn’t like to register as a sex offender and he’s served time TWICE for that alone. Among his many other charges are DWI, driving without a license, possessing stolen goods, assault on a female, felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor B&E. Wow.

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This is Dametirus Lamone Jones, 27, who moved from Greenmeade Drive in Kinston to 3905 Leland Road in Grifton. Mr. Jones was convicted of two counts of indecent liberty with a child (primary) on May 8, 2003 for offenses committed on Aug. 1, 2002 (when he was 20). He was given 36 months of probation for those crimes.

However, Mr. Jones didn’t take advantage of the probation; after those convictions for indecent liberty, he was convicted of many more felonies and misdemeanors, including assault on a female, second degree burglary and resisting an officer. He has served a total of two years, three months and 12 days for those crimes and was released from prison on Sept. 11, 2008.

Since registering as a sex offender on May 8, 2003, he has lived in Hookerton, Kinston, Raleigh and La Grange; he was featured here at the blog the last time he moved, less than a month ago.

He has several aliases, including “Meat Dog”.

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Finally, this is Steven Rouse, 39, who moved to 311 Clay Street in Kinston. He was convicted of a second degree sexual offense on Jan. 18, 1996 — but like his buddies above, that’s not his only charge. Although he served nearly seven years for his sex offense conviction, he has also received probation for failing to register as a sex offender, possessing stolen goods and interfering with gas and electrical meters.

Sex offender update: Adrian Jovon Croom

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This is Adrian Jovon Croom, 30, who was convicted of indecent liberty with a child on Jan. 14, 2000. He was given probation for the crime, but a subsequent arrest and conviction for assault with a deadly weapon on Dec. 19, 2002 sent him to prison for 13 months.

According to his N.C. Department of Corrections entry, he was later convicted of possession of a schedule IV substance, littering and injury to real property, for which he was released from prison in August 2006.

He is currently registered to be living at 204 Glenwood Ave. in Kinston. He’s moved 21 times since registering as a sex offender in 2000.

Sex offender/sexual predator update: Tawann Lashaw Bell

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This is Tawann Lashaw Bell, 25, who is not only a registered sex offender, he is listed as a sexual predator who has to remain on the sexual offender Web site for life.

He was convicted of indecent liberty with a child on March 31, 2003, for which he received three years of probation.

However, the 5-foot, 103-pound Bell has a laundry list of crimes, which include possession of a weapon on campus and simple assault/affray.

Mr. Bell is registered to be living at 1109 East Shine Street in Kinston, where he has resided since June 1, 2007.

Sex offender update: Dwayne Montray Blount

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This is Dwayne Montray Blount, who is registered to be living at 75 Deborah Drive in Snow Hill. He’s 5-4, 152 pounds and is 25 years old.

He was convicted of two counts of indecent liberty with a minor on May 3, 2004, for which he was confined for nearly two years.

Mr. Blount (considering his picture, that seems like an appropriate last name) has a tattoo on his left arm that says “Vick” and his report says that he is pending “local jail” for failure to register. Not sure what that means…