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ladyknight1

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #780 on: February 09, 2014, 10:30:46 PM »
Fascinating! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #781 on: February 10, 2014, 08:31:25 AM »
In the vein of herding stories, my inlaws had a sheltie when dh was little and she'd herd him about.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #782 on: February 10, 2014, 09:05:16 AM »
The worse thing I have had since we moved a few years ago was the fire in the field that the brats down the street set (and yes, brats is an accurate word for these 4 kids).  They had to bring out pump trucks to go into the field to put it out as the hoses couldn't reach that far.

Recently I saw a standoff between a raccoon and a deer over a pile of dried corn and apple pieces that someone put out. I don't know who won as I stay away from raccoons.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #783 on: February 10, 2014, 09:29:40 AM »
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He looks like Badger from Firefly
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #784 on: February 10, 2014, 11:41:00 PM »
I'm reading this really fascinating book, called "The Unthinkable: Who survives when disaster strikes--and why."  It talks about how when a really bad earthquake struck the coast of Chile, Hawaii had an earthquake-detection system that actually worked, and sirens went off, giving people 10 hours of warning to prepare for a tsunami.  The bad part?  They'd neglected to, you know, tell the citizens what the sirens were for.  People had no idea what the sirens meant or what they were supposed to do, so they didn't react.
Sounds like a poorly researched story.  I remember this disaster quite clearly.  We were in Milwaukee, having just buried my FIL.  My DH & I live in Hawaii.  Middle Son lives in Chile.  We were watching the TV for damage assessments and calling home.  We have a horse who lives in a flood zone/tsunami inundation zone.  Two friends called me to ask if I wanted them to move Misty while they were moving their horses to higher ground.

I don't know about visitors, but everyone I know is very familiar with the emergency alert sirens.  Those suckers are LOUD! They don't tell you what the emergency might be, could be earthquake, could be tsunami, could be a hurricane.  We all know to tune in on our radios to find out specifically what is wrong.  Some people don't believe the warnings and choose to do nothing, but that's not the same as not being told.

... and I moved from California to get away from the earthquakes! ::)
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #785 on: February 12, 2014, 12:39:44 PM »
A week or two ago my oldest son went to visit his gf at her house, only to see a house fire a few doors down.  The owner was out of the house, but his two doggies didn't make it.  :'(

It kinda bugged me when the local paper reported that no one died in the fire despite reporting two dogs had died.  I know they mean no humans but I found myself grumbling that pets count as a someone, even if they're not human.
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My husband was walking our dogs at about 8:00 pm yesterday. We live in a rural area with dirt roads, cows, no streetlights, etc. where there is rarely any traffic, so he was walking down the middle of the road.

He was a few yards away from our street when he heard the door to the trailer on the corner open. A man shouted from the door, "Identify yourself! I have a gun and I'm not afraid to use it!"

My husband was very ??? for a moment. Like I said, he was walking down the street, not anywhere close to being on this guy's property. He shouted back, "Ummm...I'm just walking my dogs." Nutty Neighbor responded by firing his gun.

The end result of all this was six Sheriff's Department cars and a helicopter. After the officers talked to my husband they headed to Nutty Neighbor's place, from which we heard a whole lot of yelling and cussing but no further gunfire.

Husband is going to try today to find out whether the guy was arrested or what. I'm so thrilled that he lives right down the street from us.  :-\

Update: My husband obtained a copy of the report and discovered that no one was arrested and the officers weren't even able  to go onto the people's property. Why? Because it was very dark when the incident happened and my husband didn't see the gun. Because of that, they didn't have probable cause to go onto the property without the owners' permission - and of course the owners did not give permission.  >:(
« Last Edit: March 03, 2014, 11:43:30 PM by bansidhe »
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A week or so ago a house up the street had a garage fire.  Fortunately everyone got out safely, but there was quite a bit of damage to the house, and as of yesterday it was still boarded up.  I hadn't seen anything, but MR. Sirius told me about having to avoid a bunch of fire vehicles on his way home from work.  Later, the fire department passed flyers out to everyone in the neighborhood reiterating basic home fire safety. 

(Still no solution to the incident that happened next door, according to the local paper.  In fact, nothing's changed over there at all; there are still people living there and the dogs are outside and barking.  You'd never know that someone died over there under mysterious circumstances less than two months ago.)

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My husband was walking our dogs at about 8:00 pm yesterday. We live in a rural area with dirt roads, cows, no streetlights, etc. where there is rarely any traffic, so he was walking down the middle of the road.

He was a few yards away from our street when he heard the door to the trailer on the corner open. A man shouted from the door, "Identify yourself! I have a gun and I'm not afraid to use it!"

My husband was very ??? for a moment. Like I said, he was walking down the street, not anywhere close to being on this guy's property. He shouted back, "Ummm...I'm just walking my dogs." Nutty Neighbor responded by firing his gun.

The end result of all this was six Sheriff's Department cars and a helicopter. After the officers talked to my husband they headed to Nutty Neighbor's place, from which we heard a whole lot of yelling and cussing but no further gunfire.

Husband is going to try today to find out whether the guy was arrested or what. I'm so thrilled that he lives right down the street from us.  :-\

Update: My husband obtained a copy of the report and discovered that no one was arrested and the officers weren't even able  to go onto the people's property. Why? Because it was very dark when the incident happened and my husband didn't see the gun. Because of that, they didn't have probable cause to go onto the property without the owners' permission - and of course the owners did not give permission.  >:(

Today the little punk above bit off more than he could chew. He's the one on the right in this article:
http://www.kvoa.com/news/two-suspects-arrested-one-dead-following-three-points-home-invasion/
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My husband was walking our dogs at about 8:00 pm yesterday. We live in a rural area with dirt roads, cows, no streetlights, etc. where there is rarely any traffic, so he was walking down the middle of the road.

He was a few yards away from our street when he heard the door to the trailer on the corner open. A man shouted from the door, "Identify yourself! I have a gun and I'm not afraid to use it!"

My husband was very ??? for a moment. Like I said, he was walking down the street, not anywhere close to being on this guy's property. He shouted back, "Ummm...I'm just walking my dogs." Nutty Neighbor responded by firing his gun.

The end result of all this was six Sheriff's Department cars and a helicopter. After the officers talked to my husband they headed to Nutty Neighbor's place, from which we heard a whole lot of yelling and cussing but no further gunfire.

Husband is going to try today to find out whether the guy was arrested or what. I'm so thrilled that he lives right down the street from us.  :-\

Update: My husband obtained a copy of the report and discovered that no one was arrested and the officers weren't even able  to go onto the people's property. Why? Because it was very dark when the incident happened and my husband didn't see the gun. Because of that, they didn't have probable cause to go onto the property without the owners' permission - and of course the owners did not give permission.  >:(

Today the little punk above bit off more than he could chew. He's the one on the right in this article:
http://www.kvoa.com/news/two-suspects-arrested-one-dead-following-three-points-home-invasion/

Ah, you live around Tucson, that explains it. I have family there. The first time DH visited with me there, he read the local paper. He was stunned by the idea of no gun permits (we're from NY). He called Arizona the "Don't $^%# with me state. The people are armed, the animals are armed and the plants are armed!"

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What a punk!
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Just had one last night.  YIKES

Direct next door neighbor (Tom) is a bit off.  Mostly just belilerant to talk to, but keeps mostly to himself.  He does talk occasionally to people, but usually when he has been drinking -which is quite a bit.  Not horrible overall since he rarely comes out, but most of us just avoid him or treat him with cool politeness.  Our house is up the hill from him, so I can look out both bedroom windows and see his backdoor into his kitchen and his garage and drive.

Yesterday morning (Sunday) we get woke up at 6AM to hear Tom yelling at his neighbor on the other side.  Something about garbage cans and not to mess with him.  *Cleaned up language and please note garbage day was Friday and there were no garbage cans in anyone drives or on the street.  *  Annoying, but whatever.

Then early Sunday evening, I took the dog out to the front to do her business.  I could hear Tom talking loudly, but could also see that his kitchen door was open.  I figured he was arguing with someone over the phone. 
Went to bed.  Woke up around 10PM to the dog growling and barking.  And Tom YELLING to "Get away" or something.  As I get up to look out the window, there is a gun shot.  I am able to see him walk back into his kitchen with a rifle.  (Dog was apparently woken up by a first gunshot that I slept through)  I yelled for DH to get on the phone and call the police RIGHT NOW.  Tom had a gun and YES Dog-done-it that was what I heard.   I moved the dog and I into a more interior room of the house.
DH called it in- mostly because he is calmer under stress than I - and within about 10 minutes we had about 6 of the city's finest approach the house on foot.  Told DH that since it was domestic they do not go in with sirens. 
While the officers were getting in place, there is a shot in the house.  Now they are in our mindset of "Well, that ain't right"  within about 15 minutes they had Tom in custody.   While looking for bullets (One sage police officer commented "Because something that goes up, must come down somewhere."), they found that Tom had shot the bumper of our car that is parked in the street.  NICE.

So grateful for the police and the dispatcher.  More grateful that no one was hurt and that for now Tom does not have his gun.  DH will let me know if they release Tom today or not.

ETA - just found out that he got charged with Reckless Use Of A Firearm. 

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Wow gingerzing, I thought my next door neighbor was bad but at least she hasn't shot a gun off yet.  However the drama with her is escalating, and at this point I'm worried where it's all going to end up.

I won't get into all the background with her as that would be a novella in length, but she's an alcoholic who gets extremely beligerent when she's drunk which is apparently every day.  She's had problems with pretty much every neighbor on our end of the street, myself and DH included.  I have tried my best to avoid her as much as possible, but I did end up in a confrontation with her yesterday.  Other recent antics include the neighbor on her other side calling the police on her Friday afternoon because she threatened to kill his son for mowing the lawn in the middle of the afternoon.  Several times recently she has also run out into the street screaming her son was beating her which is completely untrue.

I'm almost at the point of wanting to move just to get away from her.


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Ah, you live around Tucson, that explains it. I have family there. The first time DH visited with me there, he read the local paper. He was stunned by the idea of no gun permits (we're from NY). He called Arizona the "Don't $^%# with me state. The people are armed, the animals are armed and the plants are armed!"

Ahahahaha! I'm going to use that line in the future.  ;D
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My husband was walking our dogs at about 8:00 pm yesterday. We live in a rural area with dirt roads, cows, no streetlights, etc. where there is rarely any traffic, so he was walking down the middle of the road.

He was a few yards away from our street when he heard the door to the trailer on the corner open. A man shouted from the door, "Identify yourself! I have a gun and I'm not afraid to use it!"

My husband was very ??? for a moment. Like I said, he was walking down the street, not anywhere close to being on this guy's property. He shouted back, "Ummm...I'm just walking my dogs." Nutty Neighbor responded by firing his gun.

The end result of all this was six Sheriff's Department cars and a helicopter. After the officers talked to my husband they headed to Nutty Neighbor's place, from which we heard a whole lot of yelling and cussing but no further gunfire.

Husband is going to try today to find out whether the guy was arrested or what. I'm so thrilled that he lives right down the street from us.  :-\

Update: My husband obtained a copy of the report and discovered that no one was arrested and the officers weren't even able  to go onto the people's property. Why? Because it was very dark when the incident happened and my husband didn't see the gun. Because of that, they didn't have probable cause to go onto the property without the owners' permission - and of course the owners did not give permission.  >:(

Today the little punk above bit off more than he could chew. He's the one on the right in this article:
http://www.kvoa.com/news/two-suspects-arrested-one-dead-following-three-points-home-invasion/
I would be tempted to let the reporters know about the previous incident.
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