COLUMBUS, OH – Anyone with more than a few days in any branch of law enforcement has those moments where you have to ask yourself, “What the heck?” This is one of those moments.
A white male was caught on camera rollerblading naked down an eight-lane Ohio highway while wearing only a giant plush panda head, and his skates.
The roller-streaker was seen zipping at a remarkably high speed while clutching a golf club on I-670 in Columbus on December 16th, angering and bewildering drivers who honked and gawked.
During the video footage, one motorist exclaimed:
“This dude’s on the freeway naked!”
When the driver honks, the birthday-suited skater moves to the shoulder of the highway to let his car pass, the video shows.
The strange individual’s identity wasn’t known as of December 18th, according to authorities, who told WTRF-TV that the naked guy’s choice of transit was their biggest concern.
A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation took a very serious tact on the non-serious measure:
“Pedestrians are not permitted on interstate highways. There are signs posted at all the entrance ramps. This is a safety issue.”
Perhaps people in Ohio are trying to compete with Florida residents for unusual news stories.
We at Law Enforcement Today, though, think the folks in Florida have a considerable head start in the competition.
Florida never fails to disappoint when it comes to crazy stories. Case in point:
The headline is wild in and of itself:
“Meth fueled, mud covered, naked Florida Man shakes off two tasers, bites K-9 and fist fights officer then spits on another.”
That’s a Florida-unique headline if we’ve ever seen one.
Night out? Drinks with friends? Formal event? Quiet evening at home watching television?
Nope. 38-year-old Donald Watts from Columbia County, Florida did something different.
Officers responded to a call of a man doing meth. They arrived to find a naked man covered in mud, who at first ran into a mobile home, and then came out of the door swinging. He proceeded to run into some nearby woods.
Before continuing to pursue Watts, the two deputies waited for backup to arrive. A deputy responded with his K-9, Casper, along with five other deputies.
They found Watts in the woods, where he “got on his hands and knees and began to growl like a dog,” the report said.
The report said Casper was given the command to apprehend Watts, who:
“leaped up, grabbed Casper by the head, and bit Casper’s ear as he drove Casper to the ground,”
As Casper was being choked, he was fighting back by attempting to grab Watts any way he could, the report said.
Once Casper got free, he bit Watts on the head.
Two officers deployed tasers on Watts, but they were initially ineffective. As he was brought out of the woods, Watts spit on another deputy.
Watts was taken to hospital to be treated for the dog bite.
He was arrested on charges of simple battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and aggravated battery on a service dog, and then booked in the Columbia County Detention Facility.
The beginning of the story is just as peculiar.
Dispatchers said they received a 911 call from someone on Southeast Brawley Terrace about a person being in his yard with a flashlight.
Deputies could see the flashlight intermittently and could also hear “strange noises.”
They eventually found Watts, who was in a shallow creek or ditch with water, and:
“he was completely naked with mud covering his body,”
Watts was “pacing back and forth laughing” and making what sounded like “his attempt at bird noises,” the report said.
A woman told deputies that Watts had been using methamphetamine.
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“Zombie Angelina Jolie” charged and sentenced to time in prison for ‘corrupting young people’ with her face
December 18, 2020
IRAN- Sahar Tabar, 19, whose real name is Fatemeh Khishvand, and known as “Zombie Angelina Jolie” has been arrested in Iran. Tabar has been charged and sentenced to ten years in prison for the corruption of young people in Iran, and disrespect for the Islamic Republic.
Tabar’s Instagram page has since been shut down. This is part of an effort of the Islamic State to limit and control Iranian female Instagram accounts. She had nearly 500,000 followers after posting images of her skeletal face.
Beginning in 2017, Tabar became famous for her multiple surgeries to transform her appearance to look like Angelina Jolie. She alleged that it was merely makeup and photoshop that altered her features. Later in 2019, she admitted to surgeries to change her facial appearance.
“This is Photoshop and makeup. Every time I publish a photo, I paint my face in an increasingly funny way. It is a way of expressing yourself, a kind of art. My fans know that this is not my real face.
“I did not even think about being like Jolie. Also, I did not want to resemble the cartoon character the Corpse Bride.
“Now I understand that I have something to do with them, but I am a muse myself and resembling someone is not an end in itself.”
In October 2019, Tabar was arrested and charged with blasphemy and inciting violence.
In April, she was diagnosed with Covid-19 while in jail. The U.S.-based Centre for Human Rights in Iran said that a request for bail was denied by a judge.
Human rights lawyer Payam Derafshan said:
“We find it unacceptable that this young woman has now caught the coronavirus in these circumstances while her detention order has been extended during all this time in jail,”
Regarding the charge of blasphemy, according to Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs:
“As a Shi’a Islamic theocracy, Iran equally holds expressions of unsanctioned religious views and expressions of political dissent to be acts of blasphemy. Those arrested for blasphemy are generally charged with mofsed-e-filarz (“spreading corruption on earth”), a broadly defined crime capable of encompassing anything deemed undesirable by the state.
There is no set penalty for such a wide-ranging crime, and punishments can run the gamut from a few months in jail to execution, with any prison sentence often supplemented by torture.”
Her medical records reveal that Tabar has a documented history of mental illness. Moreover, she has made many visits to psychiatric hospitals. Her puzzling prison sentence does not reflect her medical issues, and has left many wondering why she has not been released.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) December 12, 2020
Tabar appealed to the actor Angelina Jolie, since she resembles her in some of her pictures. She requested the actor advocate for her release.
“The Islamic Republic has a history of tormenting women. We need to be united against this gender apartheid.”
Iranian Journalist Masih Alinejad spoke with Tabar’s lawyer. It was then confirmed his client was sentenced to ten years in prison for “promoting public corruption.”
10 years jail for Iranian Instagramer who used make up & Photoshop to become a zombie Angelina Jolie.
Sahar Tabar is only 19. Her joke landed her in jail. Her mother cries every day to get her innocent daughter freed. Dear Angelina Jolie! we need your voice here. Help us. pic.twitter.com/0QTzSv2c5v
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) December 11, 2020
Alinejad shared the news on Twitter, saying:
“I call on Angelina Jolie to help an Iranian 19-year-old girl who received 10 years prison sentence for using makeup & Photoshop to turn herself into Angelina. Islamic Republic has a history of tormenting women. We need to be united against this gender apartheid.”
I call on Angelina Jolie to help an Iranian 19-year-old girl who received 10 years prison sentence for using makeup & Photoshop to turn herself into Angelina.
Islamic Republic has a history of tormenting women. We need to be united against this gender apartheid pic.twitter.com/Z5Y8yMsY76
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) December 11, 2020
In 2019, Tabar appeared on Iranian television approximately one month after she was imprisoned. It was then that she was labeled with the term “zombie”.
“My childhood dream was to become famous. I saw people were following what I did and, when the likes grew, I felt I was doing the right thing.
“My mother was telling me to stop, but I didn’t listen.
“Sometimes the words of a stranger or a friend can be more important than those of a parent.”
Now, Tabar faces more prison time under oppressive Islamic law which is know for its harsh punishments and strict rules.
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