Taking it out on road signs
Mind on break
Joy riding's not what it used to be.
Someone recently took a Bobcat skid loader from a construction area in Manheim Township and drove down a number of roads knocking down 10 traffic signs, smashing them to the ground. The joy rider then drove the Bobcat back to the construction site and parked it.
A similar incident happened in Providence Township in which a driver -- type of vehicle unknown -- intentionally flattened multiple road signs.
Elsewhere in the police logs:
nPublic drunkenness isn't funny, but sometimes ...
--In Lancaster Township, a 54-year-old man was cited when he was found intoxicated in a cemetery. (Supply your own cautionary lines.)
--Also in Lancaster Township, a man was arrested after he was found drunk and passed out in a bus shelter.
--A 27-year-old Millersville man was found passed out in the restroom of a business on North Prince Street.
--And in Manheim Township, a 41-year-old man was cited after he was found sleeping it off on the floor in a drugstore.
-- Stumbling along a road in Manor Township, a drunken man was given a ride home by police -- one way to find a designated driver -- to go along with his citation.
nRunning out of gasoline and being drunk are a bad combination. A Quarryville man, 45, was arrested after a tow-truck driver alerted police.
--State Police from the local Troop J were stopping and inspecting trucks when they found that one tractor-trailer driver had a cooler filled with beer in the cab of his truck. He was intoxicated.
nIf you burn heating oil, you know that it is expensive. In Martic Township, a thief siphoned about 100 gallons from a tank outside a home.
nWhere would we be without Facebook? A 22-year-old Parkesburg man might not be facing charges. Police said he made threats on his page about shooting a woman.
nA Providence Township man overheard a member of his household arguing with two people on the phone. Knowing the people on the other end of the line, the man drove to their house, forced open a door and punched and kicked them. He was held for burglary and simple assault.
nCornwall Borough police investigated a crash in which a car slammed into a guide rail and then drove off, leaving its passenger-side door behind. Always pick up your car parts.
nThere's no question that if you like the food at a restaurant, you'll come back again and again. A 35-year-old woman who had recently walked out without paying for a meal at a Manor Township establishment showed up there again to eat. This time the police were called and after a confrontation with them she wound up in prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.
nBuying an iPhone privately after answering an Internet ad can get you a wrong number. A Harrisburg man came to Lancaster to buy a phone for $400 in cash from two men. They took his money and then took off. He gave chase, but stopped when one man pulled a gun.
nA 16-year-old Manheim Township student graduated to thievery when police said she stole a teacher's iPhone. Never happened when I was in school. Of course, no one imagined cellphones back then.
I was asking daughter Abigail questions about schoolwork, but was not getting any detailed answers.
"It's the weekend," the 17-year-old said. "I don't like thinking on weekends."n