Thursday, April 7, 2016




Imagine the surprise for residents of a quiet neighborhood in Florida when they looked out their window and saw a naked man calmly walking his dog down the sidewalk.

Police got a series of calls about the naked man, and when they arrived on the street where he was walking, they found out the calls had all been true. They found the young man with no clothes on just walking his dog as if nothing were wrong.

When police approached him and asked where his clothes were, Robin Campbell replied, “This is God’s house.” The police knew they had a problem on their hands. They asked if the man had been drinking, to which he replied, “You have had some alcohol.” He finally told the police he had eaten mushrooms, and then he made the mistake of threatening to kill them if they didn’t get out of his way. All of a sudden, the man had a problem.

After trying to arrest him and having him resist, one of the policemen shot him with a Taser gun, but it only stunned him briefly.  A second shot with the gun didn’t stop him either. After finally getting him in handcuffs, Campbell continued to fight, ending up scratching an officer and kicking another one. The third shot from the Taser finally knocked him out so they were able to take him to a hospital for evaluation.

He was booked on two counts of battery of a law enforcement office, resisting arrest and exposure of sexual organs.


Photo: Martin County Jail 

A Florida man neglected to get his brain in gear before approaching a uniformed deputy to ask for help getting a truck in gear -- even though he'd stolen the vehicle just a couple of days earlier.

Officers were dispatched to check out an alarm at a business around four in the morning one day last week, and found Gordon Raymond in the parking lot, along with the Chevy pickup. Raymond told the officer that he'd been trying to start the vehicle, but couldn't, and asked for a jump-start -- but the cop had already run the plates through the system and found that the truck was stolen.
Raymond initially insisted he'd bought the truck on Craigslist, but eventually admitted he'd stolen it after his girlfriend abandoned him at a bar at closing time. According to the police report, “Mr. Raymond stated that at the time taking the truck seemed like his best option and that he had no other way to get home."



A California dad has to do a better job of getting his priorities in order.
24-year-old Auwin Dargin of Van Nuys was arrested for child abuse after he left his infant daughter inside his car so that he could run into a strip club for a quick lap dance. 

Employees at the club noticed him stepping outside every 15 minutes and then returning. They thought it was odd and decided to check out what he was up to. It turns out he was going outside to check on his baby, who was crying inside the hot car. 

The employees were able to unlock the car and take the baby out of her car seat. The club's manager then went back inside to find Dargin and found him in the middle of a lap dance. Dargin reportedly told the manager, "Just give me my baby and I know I am messing up." But they refused to hand over the child and called police.
Dargin could face up to six years in jail if convicted. 




The chair that author J.K. Rowling sat in while writing the first two Harry Potter books was sold at an auction Wednesday in New York for $394,000 by an anonymous buyer.  

Rowling says she sat in the dining room chair while she typed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. She initially auctioned off the chair in 2002 for $21,000 which went to charity. The chair was then sold again in 2009 on eBay for $29,000. That buyer, Gerald Gray, says he plans to donate 10% of Wednesday's sale to Rowling's Lumos charity which benefits kids living in orphanages. 


Charlie Sheen is under felony investigation for allegedly threatening to have one of his ex-fiancee's killed.

The probe began after Radar Online claimed to have a 35-minute audio tape of Charlie allegedly saying he'd pay "20 grand to have Brett Rossi's head kicked in." Brett -- who was engaged to Charlie in 2014 -- saw the report and reported it to the police.
Charlie was allegedly angry with Brett for claiming he hid his HIV diagnosis even though they were having unprotected sex.

On Tuesday investigators served a search warrant on Radar for the recording, which was recorded by another of Charlie's exes.

Charlie's lawyer Marty Singer tells the New York Daily News, “This is a publicity stunt... I believe it is the first time someone obtained an order based on a story in a tabloid.”


Ivanka Trump's line of fashionable scarves is being recalled by the the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission over a burn risk.

The scarves are manufactured in China, despite her father Donald Trump's call to prevent companies from moving their manufacturing outside the country, and have failed to meet fire safety standards required for clothing. Consumers can return the scarves to the place they purchased them for a full refund.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Twang Town Lowdown - WEDNESDAY APRIL 6th



The man who chauffeured Blake Shelton around Mexico last year is defending him against allegations made by In Touch Weekly that Blake partied with a blonde woman at a hotel and went to strip clubs.

Blake is suing the tabloid for $2 million for defamation, saying those claims are false.
And now driver Felipe Gomez has sworn in a statement that Blake casually sat at the hotel bar and took pictures with fans, including a blonde woman. He also says that the most exciting thing he took Blake to do in Cancun was snorkeling. 



Outlaw country icon Merle Haggard died today (Wednesday), which was his 79th birthday. Best known for “Okie From Muskogee,” "Mama Tried" and “If We Make It Through December,” Merle was one of the last stars of a generation that included such legends as Buck OwensJohnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.
  • Merle was born in Bakersfield, California in 1937.
  • After stints in juvenile detention and prison, he turned his life around and started his career at Bakersfield’s legendary Hot Spot club.
  • He quickly signed with Capitol Records and hit number-one for the first time in 1966 with “The Lonesome Fugitive.”
  • His final number-one was 1987’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star.”
  • In his career, Hag won one Grammy, six CMA Awards and 13 ACM Awards. He had 38 country chart-toppers.
  • Merle is survived by wife Theresa, their two children and four other children from a previous marriage.

Born in Bakersfield, California in 1937, Merle spent his formative years in and out of juvenile detention. Even after his music career began with the help of Lefty Frizzell, he spent time in San Quentin, where he saw Johnny Cash perform three times. With the help of author and death row inmate Caryl Chessman, Merle turned his life around, kept a steady job while incarcerated and played in the prison’s band. He was released after serving only five years of his 15-year sentence.

Upon his release, Merle secured a job singing at one of Bakersfield’s legendary clubs, The Hot Spot, where he gained the attention of Tally Records. He soon signed with Capitol Records, which released his first Top 5 hit, “Swinging Doors,” in 1965.  The next year he put out “The Bottle Let Me Down” and “The Lonesome Fugitive” -- his first number one -- and was named the ACM’s Top Male Vocalist.

Merle’s career continued to soar throughout the ‘60s as he wrote songs that reflected his tumultuous past, his musical influences and his take on current events, including politics. The release of “Okie From Muskogee” prompted Alabama governor George Wallace to ask Hag for an endorsement, which he didn’t get, and 1973’s “If We Make It Through December” has been hailed as a recession anthem.

In 1987, Merle had his last number-one hit with “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star,” but he continued to be a respected force in country music.

Many artists cite Merle Haggard as a major influence and even name him in songs. Those songs include The Dixie Chicks’ “Long Time Gone,” Brooks and Dunn’s “Rock My World (Little Country Girl)”, George Jones’s “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” Luke Bryan’s “Country Man” and the controversial Alan Jackson and George Strait tune “Murder on Music Row.”  Merle also appeared on such contemporary hits as Eric Church’s “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” and Gretchen Wilson’s “Politically Uncorrect.”

In 1977 he was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and in 1994 he was made a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, which calls him “With the arguable exception of Hank Williams, the single most influential singer-songwriter in country music.”

He'd been ill on and off over the past year and had spent the last few weeks in hospice care.
Merle is survived by wife Theresa, their two children and four other children with his first wife, Leona Hobbs.

Number-One Hits by Merle Haggard
SongYearWeeks at #1
“The Fugitive”19671
“Branded Man”19671
“Sing Me Back Home”19672
“The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde”19682
“Mama Tried”19684
“Hungry Eyes”19691
“Workin’ Man Blues”19691
“Okie From Muskogee”19694
“The Fightin’ Side of Me”19703
“Daddy Frank” (The Guitar Man)19712
“Grandma Harp”19722
“It’s Not Love” (But It’s Not Bad)19721
“I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me”19721
“Everybody’s Had the Blues”19732
“If We Make It Through December”19734
“Things Aren’t Funny Anymore”19741
“Old Man From the Mountain”19741
“Kentucky Gambler”19741
“Always Wanting You”19752
“Movin’ On”19751
“It’s All in the Movies”19751
“The Roots of My Raising”19761
“Cherokee Maiden”19761
“Bar Room Buddies”19801
“I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”19801
“My Favorite Memory”19811
“Big City”19821
“Yesterday’s Wine”19821
“Going Where the Lonely Go”19821
“You Take Me for Granted”19831
“Pancho and Lefty”19831
“That’s The Way Love Goes”19831
“Someday When Things Are Good”19841
“Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room”19841
“A Place to Fall Apart”19841
“Natural High”19851
“Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star”19871


Elton John will appear next month on the ABC dramatic series Nashville.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the rock legend will perform alongside Sam Palladino's character Gunnar on the episode airing May 18th.

Nashville has presented a number of real-life stars during its four-season run, such as Brad PaisleyKellie PicklerFlorida Georgia Line and Sara EvansKesha is also booked to appear before the end of May




A Florida woman found herself parked in a jail cell after she drunkenly called 911 eight times in two hours -- because she couldn't remember where she'd parked her car.

Lisa Makris started the barrage of calls just before five in the morning on Monday, and kept at it, despite the fact that dispatchers continued to tell her that police couldn't help her find the vehicle. After the eighth conversation, a deputy was dispatched to the 45-year-old's home, where he found her passed out on her bed.

She said she didn't remember making the calls, but told the officer she didn't think the incident was any big deal. He disagreed and took her to Palm Beach County Jail, where she was booked on charges of misusing 911. It's unclear if she ever found her car.


The average marathon runner can burn more than 2000 calories during the grueling 26.2 mile race, unless you run it like Jared Nelson.

Nelson recently took part in the Knoxville Marathon in Tennessee and finished it in an unimpressive six-hours-and-12 minutes. But there's a good reason for his slow time. He made a few pit stops to refuel. He surprised the owner of one bar along the race route when he stopped in for a quick burrito and a beer. He actually brought the burrito himself and ordered the beer, which the amused bartender comped. 

But that wasn't his only stop, Nelson had apparently stopped for a meal two miles before that and grabbed a mimosa at another stop. By the end of the race, he'd probably put on more calories than he lost.



A beer-maker in Oregon ended up in police custody after he popped his top while pouring out his rage -- by calling 911 seven times in 10 minutes to complain about homeless people in his neighborhood.

Justin Mark Fay dialed the emergency number over and over last week. Things came to a head after he received his seventh warning, and a dispatcher sent an officer over to talk to him in person. When the cop arrived on the scene, he spotted Fay walking down some stairs carrying a semiautomatic rifle that turned out to be as loaded as he was -- and he reeked of alcohol, according to the police report.

The officer took the weapon and grabbed Fay, who said he wanted to go inside and get another gun, which he was not allowed to do. During the ride to jail, officers said the 31-year-old tried to kick out the patrol car's divider and rear window, but failed. 




Authorities in Arizona have given Vanessa Hudgens a way to escape prison for carving a heart into a protected red rock formation in Sedona.

The actress and her boyfriend, Austin Butler, were on a Valentine's Day hike when they stopped to carve a heart and their names into the rock. She shared a photo of it on Instagram and it eventually caught the attention of federal authorities. Damaging a natural feature on U.S. Forest Service land is a crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5000 fine. Hudgens has now been given two options. She could either pay a fine and restitution, or she could have her day in court to answer the charges. It sounds like an easy decision to make. 


Who knew being beautiful was bad for your Hollywood career?

In an interview with British GQ, Charlize Theron says she's lost roles because of her stunning looks. She explains, "Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that's the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous...gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I've been in the room and pretty people get turned away first."

Charlize -- who won an Oscar for playing the non-gorgeous serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster -- points out the unfair double standard of getting old in Tinseltown. "It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men," she says. "It feels there's this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she's over 40."


Porsche was not responsible for the accident that killed Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, a judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez said there was not enough evidence to prove the alleged design defects in  the Carrera GT caused the November 2013 crash. Kristine Rodas, Roger's widow, filed the suit. Roger was driving the Porsche that crashed and exploded in Santa Clarita, California.

Paul's daughter, Meadow, has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche. 


Amy Schumer is taking Glamour magazine to task for including her in its plus-size issue.
The comedian is featured with Melissa McCarthyAdele and model Ashley Graham in an article called “Women Who Inspire Us.” Amy wasn't having it, though. She headed to Instagram to vent. "I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size," she wrote. "Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8."

Amy added that she was especially mad because the magazine didn't ask or let her know she was in the issue. She also didn't think it was a good idea for young girls to see her body type categorized as plus size.

The mag later insisted that it "did not describe her as plus-size" but still said it was "sorry if we offended her in any way."