Driver says he didn’t know passenger was dead, burglar flees home wearing only boxer shorts and pink ball cap and more in this week’s edition.


 

Driver says he didn’t know passenger was dead

GALESBURG, Ill. – The driver of a car in which a Galesburg man was found dead last Friday afternoon said he was just trying to do a nice thing by offering a ride.


Richard Pinkowski, 26, of Altona, said he only met David L. Johnston about three weeks before Johnston’s death and had only seen him a half-dozen times.


“He was leaving the same place I was and asked for a ride,” Pinkowski said Tuesday. Pinkowski declined to say where the two had been.


When the pair got to Johnston’s destination, Johnston found the doors of the home locked and no one at home. According to Pinkowski, Johnson asked if he could wait in the car.


As the two men waited for the residents to arrive home, Pinkowski fell sound asleep — he estimates about 1 p.m. The next he knew, police were pounding on the window.


Pinkowski said Johnston acted perfectly fine before he fell asleep and he never suspected anything was wrong with him. He told police at the scene that he hadn’t witnessed Johnston consume any drugs.


Police: Burglar flees home wearing only boxer shorts and pink ball cap


ADRIAN, Mich. - Adrian police say a Detroit man broke into a house and tried to steal valuables from a woman's bedroom, but he was discovered and fled the house wearing only his boxer shorts and a pink baseball cap.


According to a report by the Adrian Police Department, Ronald Dewayne Harris, 25, is accused of entering through the front window of the home about 7:35 p.m. Tuesday.


According to the report, one of the residents, a boy, discovered the suspect carrying his mother's blanket and saw that DVDs were falling out of the blanket. The suspect allegedly told the boy several times that "You better open that door," upon which the boy opened the front door and the man ran outside. The boy then went to tell his sister that they had been robbed. Their mother was just coming home, according to the report, and her children told her what had happened.


The woman told police that she stepped outside and saw the suspect, who was wearing boxer shorts and her pink ball cap. She began to call the police, and the man started running. The woman told police that she and her daughter chased the suspect, who dropped the blanket he had been carrying and continued running.


When police caught Harris, according to the report, an officer asked him what he was doing. The suspect allegedly told the officer that he was from Detroit and was trying to walk home. He told the officer he didn't know where he was, according to the report. When the officer asked him where his clothes were and why he was running, the man said some girls had taken his clothes and he was chasing them to get his clothes back.


Pair of donkeys go for late-night romp in town


MIDDLEBORO, Mass. - A pair of donkeys who broke out of their pasture last week sent police on a chase to corral the beasts, but the owners believe they may have scared away a pack of coyotes.


The first complaint was received about 1 a.m., when a motorist told police a donkey was running wild. Officer Peter J. Vanasse was unable to locate the animal.


A couple hours later, another motorist reported seeing two donkeys running amuck in the neighborhood.


Officer Richard Harvey, who said he has seen it all working the midnight shift, set out to find the two culprits. He was able to locate them, and he captured and returned them to the home of Anthony M. Ribeiro Jr. and his wife, Rita.


The couple said they have had the donkeys for three years to protect their herd of cows from coyotes.


“They’ll trample and kill coyotes. That’s why we got them,” said Rita Ribeiro.


Rite-Aid workers get leg up on shoplift suspect


ASHLAND, Mass. - Instead of walking off with a "major award," a 30-year-old man with a trunk full of stolen goods received a court summons for trying to steal a replica piece of movie memorabilia from an Ashland store, police said.


Employees of Rite-Aid Pharmacy called police last Sunday about 2 p.m. after confronting Matthew Garland. Employees said Garland tried to leave the store carrying a replica of the famed lewd leg lamp from "A Christmas Story."


Ashland Police Sgt. Greg Fawkes said Garland told employees at the front of the store that he had purchased the $50 lamp at the pharmacy counter in the back of the store.


Store employees confronted Garland as he got into his car in the parking lot, where he remained adamant he had purchased the lamp, Fawkes said.


When they threatened to call police, however, Garland handed back the lamp, asking them not to report him, saying he believed he was wanted on warrants, Fawkes said.


As he drove away, an employee took down his license number and reported it to police. An officer showed a photo of Garland, the registered owner of the car, to employees, and they confirmed Garland was the man who had tried to steal the lamp.


Police found Garland at his home.


Officer Allena Downey interviewed Garland at the Hopkinton police station, where he confessed to trying to steal the lamp and gave her permission to search his car, Fawkes said.


During the search, Downey found items stolen from CVS pharmacies, including a small water fountain, a portable fishing rod and a small flat-screen television.


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