Conspicuous man accused of McDonald’s stickup with hairbrush


Police say a man clad in a leopard-print robe, black mask, orange Croc’s, orange gloves and armed only with a hairbrush held up a McDonald’s restaurant in Southeast Texas.

Gevondis Demond Joseph was arrested recently after a brief police chase shortly after the holdup in Groves, about 20 miles southeast of Beaumont, Texas.

He was in Jefferson County Jail in Beaumont awaiting an appearance before a magistrate to set bond. The 29-year-old Port Arthur, Texas, man is charged with aggravated robbery.

City Marshal Norman Reynolds Jr. says the man walked into the restaurant and demanded money, allowing the impression that the hairbrush in his robe pocket was a handgun.

Bomb experts remove Civil War cannon balls from Va. museum


Bomb disposal experts removed four Civil War-era artillery rounds from Virginia’s Siege Museum after X-rays showed several artillery rounds stored there are capable of exploding.

News outlets report that two cannon balls and two Parrott artillery shells were removed from storage at the museum, which depicts how residents of Petersburg lived before, during and after the Civil War.

A military bomb squad had been called in after a Virginia State Police bomb technician determined recently that the artillery rounds were potentially lethal.

Petersburg city spokesman Clay Hamner says the artillery rounds did not have fuses in them, and they were not going to explode unless someone lit them somehow.

Jerzeez Diner owners admit setting fire for insurance money


The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance.

Sussex County prosecutors say 49-year-old Tina Diakos and 40-year-old Ozkan Cengiz pleaded guilty to arson March 22.

Prosecutors say the pair said business at the Jerzeez Diner in Vernon was not doing well so they drove from their home in Butler and set it on fire in March 2016. No one was injured.

They’re scheduled to be sentenced in May.

Associated Press

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