E. Pa. sheriff candidates duking it out over name
Two Republican candidates for sheriff in one eastern Pennsylvania county are “duking” it out over the incumbent’s nickname.
Tom Lingenfelter, a political activist and challenger in the May 21 primary in Bucks County, wants incumbent Sheriff Edward “Duke” Donnelly kicked off the ballot for using his nickname.
The (Doylestown) Intelligencer reports Lingenfelter’s Common Pleas Court challenge says the nickname connotes a “hereditary distinction or nobility title,” is likely to confuse voters and doesn’t match the name on Donnelly’s voter-registration card.
Donnelly says he’s always been called Duke, saying, “When I was a kid, my dad was ‘big Duke’ and I was ‘little Duke.’”
Donnelly doesn’t seem to be taking the challenge too seriously, saying, “My wife is not a duchess, and if anybody ever calls her that, she’ll probably kill me.”
No special treatment for jailed county exec in Md.
A former Maryland county executive serving a sentence for misconduct has made special requests for Cheerios, skim milk, bananas and orange juice. And jail officials say those and other requests have been denied.
The superintendent of the county’s detention facilities, Terry Kokolis, said in a statement Monday that John Leopold “has burdened staff with multiple special requests and needs that have not and will not be provided.”
Leopold, a former Anne Arundel County executive, is serving 30 days in jail. Authorities said that, among other things, he forced members of his security detail to perform campaign work and had another county employee empty his urinary catheter bag.
The Capital of Annapolis reports Leopold also asked for his electric shaver and dental floss. Those requests also were denied.
Deer bolts from car trunk past stunned officer
Talk about junk in the trunk.
A public-safety officer checking a suspicious car parked behind a southwestern Michigan motel early Tuesday was more than a little surprised when a deer climbed out of the trunk, stumbled onto the road and bolted into nearby woods.
TV stations WWMT, WZZM and WOOD report that the driver told Kalamazoo officer David Miller he hit the deer on the road — thought he had killed it — and was taking it home for his family to eat.
Squad-car dashboard-camera footage shows Miller opening the trunk then quickly trying to close it as he spots the deer. The animal escapes from the trunk, rear first, stumbles and rolls, then dashes off.
Lt. Stacey Geik says the collision probably just stunned the deer.