November 20, 2013

Charles Oliver: Elderly man objects to 'interference'

* A British court ruled that a prostitute “fleeced” 87-year-old Alan Thipthorpe out of his life savings and barred her from having contact with him or from entering any council-owned sheltered housing. But Thipthorpe isn’t happy with the government’s attempts to protect him. “I’ve not got long to go, have I? I’m still attracted to ladies. I got that young girl to try to do me a job as, you know, my carer. I think I’m entitled to that,” he said.

* An Illinois investigation of the state’s Medicaid program has found that around one quarter of those enrolled do not actually qualify for benefits. Investigators have only reviewed about one-fourth of those enrolled so far, so that percentage may change.

* Pittsburgh, Pa., police charged DeAndre Brown with robbing a bakery after a witness identified him as the robber. When he was arrested, Brown told cops he was at a training session for his job as a security guard for the Carnegie Library at the time of the robbery. And his attorney tried to give officers contacts for the training session at a preliminary hearing, but they refused to accept the information. Brown spent a month in jail before anyone got around to checking out his alibi. It turns out there was security video showing him at the training session, his signature was on the sign-in sheet and at least one witness remembered him there. Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Brown.

* All Sarnia, Ontario, residents Nicole Sauve and Ken Campbell wanted to do was build a fence around their backyard. But while digging post holes, they uncovered the 400-year-old skeleton of an aboriginal woman. That meant that under provincial law they were required to have an archeological assessment done of their property. At their own expense. The couple says the final bill for the assessment came to $5,000.

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