Meaner than a Junkyard… What?

Police in Columbus, Ohio say they have broken up a prostitution ring that operated out of a junkyard. According to Sgt. Richard Curry, Russell Coleman, 42, and his girlfriend Brenda Brush, 51, took calls for girls at the junkyard Coleman owns.

After the yard closed, the calls came into Coleman’s home. “This is the first time we’ve found anything like this inside a junkyard,” Curry said..” Most places will say it’s a massage parlor or adult entertainment.”

At least five prostitutes, some of whom waited at the junkyard until a customer called for them, were involved. They charged $150 per hour, $50 of which went to Coleman.

Police began investigating Coleman in January. They stepped up the investigation in June, when neighbors called to complain about the noise and traffic issuing from the junkyard.

35 Celebrities For Phil

“Everyone likes to know whether guests are going to turn up to a party. But Londoner Phil Woodford is more anxious than most. That’s because the 34-year-old advertising creative director has invited 35 celebrities to join him on his 35th birthday.

“The stars – who range from Tiger Woods and Chelsea Clinton to Harry Potter author, J K Rowling – are expected to visit Phil and his friends for 35 minutes in a pub. But with around two and a half weeks to go, the birthday boy has yet to receive confirmation of any A-list attendees. He remains undaunted and keeps the public up-to-date on progress at a specially-designed website,

‘These celebrities are all busy people and I’m sure their PR people have a whole load of correspondence to wade through,’ said Phil. ‘My invitations may have been mislaid or are simply waiting to be actioned. I’m very hopeful that I’ll start receiving responses in the next week or so.’

“The bizarre birthday bash has attracted interest around the world, with Phil appearing on radio stations in places as far afield as Waterford, Ireland and Perth, Western Australia.
“A cash bar will operate on the night at an undisclosed public house, although the party organiser has generously agreed to buy each star their first drink. Two celebrity tickets have not yet been allocated and Phil is encouraging members of the public to nominate possible guests online.

“They will be contacted just a few days before the event with a belated invitation.”
(Press Release, October 14, 2003. For more information, please visit

Man Sentenced for Death of Guinea Pig “Spy”

A California man has been sentenced to 50 days in jail, three years probation, and ordered to undergo psychiatric and drug counselling, after he killed and dissected his daughter’s guinea pig for spying on him.

Thirty-five-year-old Benny Zavala, a methamphetamine addict, starved the animal to death, then hit it with a hammer, sliced it open, and ripped out its teeth. He told a neighbor he believed it had bar codes in its teeth and a camera in its head, which the government was using to spy on him.

After the murder, he called relatives and told them, “The good news is guinea bleeds. The bad news is guinea’s dead.”

Man Attempts to Hang Woman But Shoots Himself

A man in Boulder County, Colorado has been arrested for felony menacing after allegedly attempting to hang the same woman twice. Police came to the woman’s home after she called to complain that Ian M. Hunter had been ringing her doorbell and climbing on her roof. He told them he had come to get a blanket, but no one would open the door.

The woman, who lived with Hunter, said she had kicked him out earlier that day. She told the police that he had wrapped a chain around her neck, then tried to hang her from a winch mounted on the roof of the garage. She also said he had threatened to kill both her and the police if she called them.

Hunter returned to the house later with a bullet wound in his stomach. He claimed he had walked to a local lake and shot himself with a .45 caliber pistol. At first, he refused to let the woman call for medical help. When the police arrived, they took Hunter to the Boulder County Hospital, but he had already sewn the three-inch wound in his stomach closed.

He was taken to the Boulder County Jail, where he is being held on $25,000 bond.