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Made in gb
[MOD]
Et In Arcadia Ego





Canterbury

The country is drowning.

We've had a few bomb scares around the place.


Seems DLT isn't a massive sex pest. Probably.

South Wales is gripped by a different story though

http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Cardigan-worn-54-years/story-20550604-detail/story.html



A SWANSEA woman’s love affair with her cardigan shows no signs of unravelling.

Everyone has something that they can’t bear to get rid of — and for Pam Hopkins it has been her treasured cardigan, which she has kept for 54 years.

The yellow, green and brown cosy jumper has definitely stood the test of time, as it has remained in pristine condition.

Mrs Hopkins, from Llwyn Crwn Road, Llansamlet, said it was bought for her by her mother-in-law as Christmas present 54 years ago.

“It has never lost a button and is still intact since it was given to me,” she said.

“I was thrilled when she gave it to me. It is lovely. It is cosy and warm.

“I think it has worn quite well over the years.

“I still wear it after all these years.

“I don’t know where it is from but it could have been from David Evans department or from Lewis Lewis which was on High Street.

“Years ago you would just get all the posh shops.”

The 75-year-old, who has four children and eight grandchildren, said her family often tease her about her aging cardigan.

“They laugh at it,” she said. “They just think it is old fashioned.”

And to prove she still wears the cardigan — Mrs Hopkins has unearthed some pictures of her wearing it.

“The picture was taken a few years ago,” she said.

“After I lost my husband, I was just clearing things about and I came across the picture. I thought that I needed to keep it.”







That's the Pulitzer sorted then !

The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all
We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.
"the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king,
 
   
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Anti-piracy Officer






Somewhere in southern England.

The cardigan is proof that moths cannot do blind landings.

I'm writing a load of fiction. My latest story starts here... This is the index of all the stories...

We're not very big on official rules. Rules lead to people looking for loopholes. What's here is about it. 
   
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[MOD]
Et In Arcadia Ego





Canterbury

http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire/firefighters-rescue-woman-from-baked-bean-tin-1-6443179

Phew ! A narrow escape there !

All involved will be offered counselling.

The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all
We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.
"the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king,
 
   
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Hulking Hunter-class Warmech




North West UK

As much as I hate to laugh about a guy getting hospitalised, the irony is priceless.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/MAN-HURT-WINDS-LASH-CITY/story-20618641-detail/story.html

Summary for the work-blocked - A 60yr old is taken to hospital after being hit with a sign that fell down in the high winds.

The sign was an NHS sign, advising over 60's to visit their GP if they feel under the weather.

Not One Step Back Comrade! - Tibbsy's Stalingrad themed Soviet Strelkovy

Tibbsy's WW1 Trench Raid Diorama Blog
 Ouze wrote:

Well, you don't stuff facts into the Right Wing Outrage Machine©. My friend, you load it with derp and sensationalism, and then crank that wheel.
 
   
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Et In Arcadia Ego





Canterbury



When will the violence end.

The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all
We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.
"the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king,
 
   
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Contagious Dreadnought of Nurgle





"Brackley ‘sinkhole’ is just a ‘hole’ says highways team."

http://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/local-news/update-brackley-sinkhole-is-just-a-hole-says-highways-team-1-5885538

Includes dramatic footage of a police van parked in the road by the hole!


Northants Highways has tonight (Tuesday) confirmed it is fixing a hole that appeared in a Brackley road earlier in the day.

Police were called to what was feared to be a sinkhole in Banbury Road at about 2.30pm today.

The hole, near the Banbury Road/Bridge Street crossing, measured just one foot in diameter but concern surrounded a potential void beneath the road.

However, Northants Highways has since confirmed it is simply a ‘hole’ and added that barriers will remain in place until the damage is repaired.



 insaniak wrote:
Sometimes, Exterminatus is the only option.
And sometimes, it's just a case of too much scotch combined with too many buttons...
 
   
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Et In Arcadia Ego





Canterbury

Bit of a Kent special this time





TBF if it did happen then I guess that is actually news.





Terrifying. Best battenberg down the hatches.





maybe this explains the first story ?




THE HORROR.




i think "Riddle of the Albino squirrel" was one of the Jackson/Livingstone Fighting Fantasy books ?


I'm assuming that "Swiss balloon trip" is a euphemism for something that is still illegal in 17 states over the pond.


The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all
We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.
"the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king,
 
   
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 reds8n wrote:

Terrifying. Best battenberg down the hatches.



 reds8n wrote:


i think "Riddle of the Albino squirrel" was one of the Jackson/Livingstone Fighting Fantasy books ?


Riddle? Is this some sort of freakish Sphinx/Golum melanin deprived squirrel thats terrorizing the local parks sitting in the tree demanding people answer riddles or be pelted with nuts?

 reds8n wrote:

I'm assuming that "Swiss balloon trip" is a euphemism for something that is still illegal in 17 states over the pond.


Possibly, but I'd rather someone more experienced.

 insaniak wrote:
Sometimes, Exterminatus is the only option.
And sometimes, it's just a case of too much scotch combined with too many buttons...
 
   
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Anti-piracy Officer






Somewhere in southern England.

Don't take a Swiss Ballon Trip as you might damage your Shatner's Bassoon.

I'm writing a load of fiction. My latest story starts here... This is the index of all the stories...

We're not very big on official rules. Rules lead to people looking for loopholes. What's here is about it. 
   
Made in gb
Contagious Dreadnought of Nurgle





Is it more dangerous than loonytoad quack?

 insaniak wrote:
Sometimes, Exterminatus is the only option.
And sometimes, it's just a case of too much scotch combined with too many buttons...
 
   
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Last Remaining Whole C'Tan






Pleasant Valley, Iowa

First rule of boat club: what happens on the dock, stays on the dock.

 lord_blackfang wrote:
Respect to the guy who subscribed just to post a massive ASCII dong in the chat and immediately get banned.

 Flinty wrote:
The benefit of slate is that its.actually a.rock with rock like properties. The downside is that it's a rock
 
   
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Somewhere in southern England.

The Metro is one of London's local papers, which means it is a huge paper, but this headline is too good to miss...

http://metro.co.uk/2014/03/12/world-war-goat-is-this-the-best-newspaper-correction-ever-4544367/

The original interview.
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11062014.Your_interview__Richard_Robinson__Brighton_Science_Festival/
The goat war bit is at the bottom.

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I'm writing a load of fiction. My latest story starts here... This is the index of all the stories...

We're not very big on official rules. Rules lead to people looking for loopholes. What's here is about it. 
   
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Enigmatic Sorcerer of Chaos






This is quickly becoming the best thread in OT.
   
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Lit By the Flames of Prospero






Aberystwyth, Wales

Not sure if this one has been posted, but still...

Rhian Jeremiah admits biting car after row in Aberystwyth

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And therefore, I blame Shrike.
Veteran Sergeant wrote:If 40K has Future Rifles, and Future Tanks, and Future Artillery, and Future Airplanes and Future Grenades and Future Bombs, then contextually Future Swords seem somewhat questionable to use, since it means crossing Future Open Space to get Future Shot At.
Polonius wrote:I categorically reject any statement that there is such a thing as too much boob.



I remembered how we had all come to
Gatsby's and guessed at his corruption,

while he stood before us,
concealing his incorruptible dream.


Coolyo294 wrote:Short answer: No.
Long answer: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
 
   
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Anti-piracy Officer






Somewhere in southern England.

It's not apparent unless you are familiar with traditional Welsh names that Rhian is a lady.

I'm writing a load of fiction. My latest story starts here... This is the index of all the stories...

We're not very big on official rules. Rules lead to people looking for loopholes. What's here is about it. 
   
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Scarred Ultramarine Tyrannic War Veteran






Melbourne, Australia

50 Shades of 'Straya!

This could be a whole thread on its own!
But it fits here.

While not technically local this part of the world is waaaaaaaaaay out there.

Oh NT News...
Snake slithers into Humpty Doo bed

Why I stuck a cracker up my clacker

NEWSPolice rush to scene after reports of 'baby sacrifice'

'Hello police? I'm lost in my garden' - man speaks

Bruce the dog offered a personal cheque by Darwin council for his testicles

The great escape: croc lock-up shock at Darwin Correctional Centre


NT is a funny place...

Spoiler:
























Thare has the be something in the water...

Oh, wait! There is...



In Northern Territory they ask the real questions...



And a little video...
http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s3003584.htm

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"Whilst we stand, we fight. Whilst we fight, we prevail. Nothing shall stay our wrath"
Guilliman and the Ultramarines are like Manchester United, everyone hates them because they are so awesome!

 
   
Made in gb
Lit By the Flames of Prospero






Aberystwyth, Wales

I feel like this little one needs to be shown. It's from 98 years ago, and happened near to me.
This 100-Year-Old Local Newspaper Story About A Mongoose Is Brilliant
Spoiler:

And therefore, I blame Shrike.
Veteran Sergeant wrote:If 40K has Future Rifles, and Future Tanks, and Future Artillery, and Future Airplanes and Future Grenades and Future Bombs, then contextually Future Swords seem somewhat questionable to use, since it means crossing Future Open Space to get Future Shot At.
Polonius wrote:I categorically reject any statement that there is such a thing as too much boob.



I remembered how we had all come to
Gatsby's and guessed at his corruption,

while he stood before us,
concealing his incorruptible dream.


Coolyo294 wrote:Short answer: No.
Long answer: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
 
   
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Anti-Armour Swiss Guard






Newcastle, OZ

"Water buffalo on the loose in Newtown"
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/water-buffalo-on-the-loose-in-newtown-20140325-35f4t.html

Newtown is an inner-city suburb of Sydney. Barely out of the CBD. Nowhere near the kind of bush you'd normally expect to see water buffalo in. The animals were being used in some kind of commercial shoot at a local park (former garbage landfill site and before that, a brickmaking pit).

The story says that local firemen managed to catch and herd them into someone's front yard (I used to live in this suburb and am having trouble visualising any of the front yards in the suburb large enough to house TWO water buffalo.)

I'm OVER 50 (and so far over everyone's BS, too).
Old enough to know better, young enough to not give a ****.

That is not dead which can eternal lie ...

... and yet, with strange aeons, even death may die.
 
   
Made in gb
[MOD]
Et In Arcadia Ego





Canterbury

I thought the MOngoose story was going to be about

http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/4915/gef_the_talking_mongoose.html







...













The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all
We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.
"the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king,
 
   
Made in gb
Hulking Hunter-class Warmech




North West UK

Creperie battle?

Am I the only person who imagined some kind of pancake-based duel to the death?

Not One Step Back Comrade! - Tibbsy's Stalingrad themed Soviet Strelkovy

Tibbsy's WW1 Trench Raid Diorama Blog
 Ouze wrote:

Well, you don't stuff facts into the Right Wing Outrage Machine©. My friend, you load it with derp and sensationalism, and then crank that wheel.
 
   
Made in us
[MOD]
Solahma






RVA

Thought of you, KK:


   
Made in gb
Ultramarine Librarian with Freaky Familiar





The OP... "Chutney blew up my fridge".

I have at least 10 jars in my fridge. Should I be worried?
   
Made in jp
Enigmatic Sorcerer of Chaos






I loved the Mongoose article. That dry humour is something special. But I really want to find out more about Dad's continued fight over mustache.
   
Made in us
Blood Angel Captain Wracked with Visions






Looks like we have some competition for the humble apple pie


 
   
Made in gb
Ultramarine Librarian with Freaky Familiar





This happened in my town, just a 5 min walk from my home.

I think the Police should have issued an E-fit...


Northern Echo wrote:Police hunt Newton Aycliffe 'builder's bum' robber

POLICE have released CCTV stills of an armed robber in the hope someone can identify him - from his builder's bum!

The man - dressed in a black balaclava and wearing dark clothing jumped onto the counter of a petrol station brandishing a kitchen knife.

He demanded cash but the woman cashier at the Total Garage on St Cuthbert's Way in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, refused and he fled empty handed.

Now police have released photos of the robbery in the hope someone may recognise the robber from his ill-fitting clothes - or any other distictive features.

The man, who struck on Friday, December 23 at around 8.30pm, is described as white, of medium build.

Detective inspector Caroline Dawson said: "Someone out there may have information that would assist in identifying the person who committed this crime and we would encourage them to come forward.

"We hope that by releasing images of the items of clothing worn during the robbery they may help us identify the man involved."

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/9457239.Police_hunt_armed__builder_s_bum__robbber/



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[MOD]
Et In Arcadia Ego





Canterbury

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Village-lovely-new-bus-shelter-ndash-needs-bus/story-21288625-detail/story.html





A VILLAGE has been given a new bus shelter – despite having no bus service.

Bissoe, near Truro, was given the shelter by Cornish Concrete Products, which has its base in the village.

Despite the presence of the eye-catching new structure, no public buses serve the residents or businesses.

The firm said it had provided the shelter to try to help the local community.

Production manager Simon Lucas said: "We just want to help and improve the area.

"The old bus shelter was falling down and we thought it was starting to become a bit of a hazard. We approached the council and asked if we could provide a new one for nothing.

"They agreed but said it would have to be similar to the old one, so we made one the same size but carved the word 'Bissoe' into the front of it. "There's no real focal point to the village when people come here, so we thought this would mark it out."

A group has been set up on Facebook to try to get bus services to start serving the village again but, as yet, it has been unsuccessful.

Mr Lucas said: "We are aware there are no buses coming here at the moment but we'd like to hope that the new shelter might encourage them to come back.

"It would certainly help us if they did, as it would help our employees to get to work more easily if there was a bus service," he said.

Mr Lucas said the firm was keen to help provide other benefits to the village and local community.

"We want to try and do some more things in Bissoe to help," he said.

"We already help local businesses where we can by providing them with materials and other things free when they need them.

"It's just an opportunity for us to give something back, really."

Local resident Nicholas Richards said: "It's nice that Cornish Concrete Products have done it out of goodwill and it's nice the way that they have done it, but it seems quite ironic that we have this new shelter but no bus services."



I especially like "We are aware there are no buses coming here at the moment but we'd like to hope that the new shelter might encourage them to come back." which seems to suggest that Buses are in fact some form of native fauna, akin to badgers or red squirrels.

The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all
We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.
"the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king,
 
   
Made in jp
[MOD]
Anti-piracy Officer






Somewhere in southern England.

It is not a very nice looking bus shelter though. This is the image I want for rural bus shelters. Better than most people's houses.



However if buses should start coming to the village again perhaps they could build a railway station.

I'm writing a load of fiction. My latest story starts here... This is the index of all the stories...

We're not very big on official rules. Rules lead to people looking for loopholes. What's here is about it. 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






North of Chicago, IL USA






That looks like my Uncle Joe!

Forgeworld Download Page <-- Here there be cool stuff! DA:70S+G+M+B++I++Pw40k08+D++A++/fWD-R+T(M)DM+
 
   
Made in us
Blood Angel Captain Wracked with Visions






 reds8n wrote:
http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Village-lovely-new-bus-shelter-ndash-needs-bus/story-21288625-detail/story.html



Spoiler:


A VILLAGE has been given a new bus shelter – despite having no bus service.

Bissoe, near Truro, was given the shelter by Cornish Concrete Products, which has its base in the village.

Despite the presence of the eye-catching new structure, no public buses serve the residents or businesses.

The firm said it had provided the shelter to try to help the local community.

Production manager Simon Lucas said: "We just want to help and improve the area.

"The old bus shelter was falling down and we thought it was starting to become a bit of a hazard. We approached the council and asked if we could provide a new one for nothing.

"They agreed but said it would have to be similar to the old one, so we made one the same size but carved the word 'Bissoe' into the front of it. "There's no real focal point to the village when people come here, so we thought this would mark it out."

A group has been set up on Facebook to try to get bus services to start serving the village again but, as yet, it has been unsuccessful.

Mr Lucas said: "We are aware there are no buses coming here at the moment but we'd like to hope that the new shelter might encourage them to come back.

"It would certainly help us if they did, as it would help our employees to get to work more easily if there was a bus service," he said.

Mr Lucas said the firm was keen to help provide other benefits to the village and local community.

"We want to try and do some more things in Bissoe to help," he said.

"We already help local businesses where we can by providing them with materials and other things free when they need them.

"It's just an opportunity for us to give something back, really."

Local resident Nicholas Richards said: "It's nice that Cornish Concrete Products have done it out of goodwill and it's nice the way that they have done it, but it seems quite ironic that we have this new shelter but no bus services."



I especially like "We are aware there are no buses coming here at the moment but we'd like to hope that the new shelter might encourage them to come back." which seems to suggest that Buses are in fact some form of native fauna, akin to badgers or red squirrels.

If you build it they will come.

When I first seen the pic I thought it was a re-purposed pillbox

 
   
Made in gb
[MOD]
Et In Arcadia Ego





Canterbury

and one from across the pond ....

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2014/06/saginaw_republican_running_for.html




In the photo on the left, courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections, Jordan David Haskins can be seen before he began serving a yearlong term in state prison. On the right is a photograph of Haskins, taken by The Saginaw News after the then-23-year-old filed as the lone Republican candidate to run for the Michigan House of Representatives 95th District seat in 2014. (File | MLive.com)

SAGINAW, MI — Jordan D. Haskins cannot own a firearm. For the majority of his adult life, he could neither vote nor serve on a jury.

But a checkered past that includes stints in prison systems in two states and his current status as a parolee does not preclude the 24-year-old Saginaw man from running for office.

Haskins says he knows his criminal record works against him, but he's undeterred.

"Those are things that haunt me to this day," Haskins said. "I'm just trying to move on from that and do what I can."

Haskins' criminal charges stem from trespassing on private and public property in four cases from April 2010 to January 2011, when he was sent to prison. As part of the break-ins, he started vehicles to facilitate an uncommon sexual fetish Haskins called "cranking" in interviews with police.

Haskins says his life has changed and he hopes voters will see him not for what he once was, but for who he is and what he wants to do for his community.

"I have dreams, and I want to make a difference," he said.

Come November, Haskins will appear as the Republican candidate on the ballot seeking election to Michigan's 95th District House seat. State Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes, D-Saginaw, created a wide-open race when she announced her plan to run for state Senate.

Haskins will face the winner of the August Democratic primary, in which Norman Braddock, a former Saginaw city councilman, and Bridgeport Township Trustee Vanessa Guerra are facing off.

Full coverage of the 95th State House District election
The 95th District consists of the cities of Saginaw and Zilwaukee and the townships of Kochville, Zilwaukee, Carrollton, Buena Vista, Bridgeport, Spaulding and James.

'Young and stupid'

Haskins' legal trouble dates to his teen years, prison records show.

Haskins said he has a juvenile record that includes break-in-related charges from when he was 15. He said he spent two days in a juvenile facility.

Haskins said his crimes focused mainly on breaking into cars and joyriding.

"I was just a lonely, angry kid at the time," he said. "If anything, I could be put on 'World's Dumbest Criminals.'"

Haskins said he was drawn to criminal behavior for the "the thrill."

I was in a messed-up state of mind mentally and emotionally when I did what I did. That's the only way I can even explain it. - Jordan Haskins
"I was bored," he said. "It was the rush."

Haskins grew up in Saginaw and lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 2006 to 2010.

North Carolina's Department of Public Safety reports a lengthy list of sentences to prison, county jail and probation for offenses Haskins committed in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The offenses include breaking and entering, larceny and trespassing.

After moving to Michigan, Haskins faced multiple charges for similar offenses in 2010 and 2011.

Haskins was released from North Carolina's state prison system in August 2009.

Seven months later, he committed his first offense in Michigan. It resulted in a sentence of 55 days in jail, plus a probation term.

Misdemeanor charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property resulted from separate incidents in both March and April 2010 at the Saginaw County Mosquito Control property at 211 Congress in Saginaw.

'Cranking' fetish

Haskins admitted to police that, on both occasions, he broke into the yard where vehicles were parked, incident reports from the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department show. He said he pulled spark plug wires on sheriff, mosquito control and other vehicles parked there.

"Jordan would remove the spark plug wires and sit in the car and masturbate while the motor was sparking and making noises," the police report states.

Haskins was charged with additional misdemeanor offenses related to a third incident at the mosquito control property in October 2010.

According to that incident report, Haskins again said that he damaged county vehicles by pulling spark plug wires to "masturbate while cranking the engine." Deputies said he told them the act is a sexual fetish he learned about online.

Haskins told The Saginaw News that he has difficulty explaining what drove him to again and again repeat that behavior.

"I was in a messed-up state of mind mentally and emotionally when I did what I did," he said. "That's the only way I can even explain it."

After pleading guilty to charges in the 2010 cases, Haskins was sentenced to 55 days in jail and a one-year probation term. He violated probation in October 2011 when he was found guilty of several new felony offenses related to a similar incident that took place in January 2011.

According to police reports, Haskins said he jumped a fence at the city of Saginaw's parking lot at 1435 S. Washington on Jan. 7, 2011. He told sheriff's deputies in a later interview that he went joyriding in the parking lot and masturbated in a city police cruiser and a city pickup, the report shows.

On Jan. 24, 2011, according to police reports, Haskins jumped a chain-link fence and opened a garage door at Scientific Brake, 314 W. Genesee. Then he drove a truck on the grounds, he told police. Again, police reports state he admitted to "listening to the engine idle and masturbating."

The charges in the Jan. 7, 2011, incident were dismissed as part of a plea agreement in the Scientific Brake case. Haskins pleaded no contest in September 2011 to counts of breaking and entering a building with intent, unlawful driving away of an automobile and malicious destruction of personal property. Haskins was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison and was ordered to pay $10,430 in restitution.

Read the police reports, received through a Freedom of Information Act request to the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department, from four police reports:

Links on main source

Haskins told The Saginaw News that the danger of breaking into secure lots and using a police car to facilitate his behavior was part of the draw.

"It was just the fun and the risk and the thrill," he said.

Haskins explains his past behavior as a time of acting "stupid."

"I kind of got into a whole phase of my life where I was young and stupid, you know," Haskins said. "I really had no friends at the time. I didn't really know what I wanted to do. I was one of those young people who grew up without a father in the house, grew up with his grandmother and his mom. I just didn't really know what I wanted to do, what my purpose was, where I wanted to go."

But he says his time in prison was a wake-up call that helped him become hard-working and driven. He said his days of engaging in the practice are behind him.

"It finally woke me up to some things," Haskins said.

"That isn't even me anymore. I'm not sure what really changed or what happened. I don't know what it is about when you get into your 20s. Your chemistry changes. You get wiser and smarter a little bit. That's what happened to me."

A sense of duty

Today, Haskins said he has nearly completed his parole. According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Haskins is scheduled to be discharged from parole on Oct. 23, 11 days before Election Day.

He plans to work this summer on his election campaign in Saginaw County.

"I feel that, yes, I've made mistakes in my past," he said. "But I'm working to correct those things and to try at least to put in my small part and help others in my community and try to make things right. I hope the citizens of the city and the 95th District will give me that chance."

Haskins said he is running for state office out of a sense of duty to his hometown of Saginaw. His love for history, philosophy, religion and politics, Haskins said, led him to consider a career in political service.

"I've realized that my gift that I have is in government and politics," he said. "I've found my niche, my passion."

Haskins said he hopes voters will respect his willingness to admit his past and his desire to serve his community in the present.

"I want to be the candidate that says that Republicans don't just care about perfect, whitewashed, the perfect people," he said. "Those who have never been through struggles and trials.

"I want to be the Republican, the conservative candidate that says, you know, conservatism is for you. Because conservatism, real conservatism, true red-blooded American conservatism is about grit, hard work, loyalty and traditional values. Your family values. The three values that make up my stool of conservatism are faith, family and freedom. And I believe that many of the citizens of Saginaw share those same values."

One thing Michigan's Legislature needs to address, he said, is the burden on taxpayers due to the high recidivism rate among criminal offenders.

Haskins proposes laws to help train and certify inmates in prison and to lessen the stigma associated with being a convicted felon for those seeking employment after release.

"Once they see that mark on that application they will not even talk to you," he said.

Haskins said he realizes that, in a district that has long been held by a Democrat, any Republican has little chance of being elected as its newest state representative. But Haskins said he is proud of the man he has become and is excited for whatever comes next.

"You may not respect my policies, you may not respect my ideas, but you at least have to respect me as a person," Haskins said.



"The three values that make up my stool of conservatism are faith, family and freedom." not sure that's the best choice of words really .....


... of course one cannot but help note that this position might also provide him with easier access to some of the aforementioned Govt. vehicles....... but I@m sure he'll stick to the job in hand.


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