[b]A woman sprayed bug killer on a neighbor she considered a pest[/b]
June 17, 2002 -- PASADENA, Calif. — A woman with a history of confrontations, including trying to hit people with her car, pleaded no contest to battery for spraying bug killer on a neighbor she considered a pest.
Dixie Carlene Granat, 80, who spent two months in jail, was freed Thursday after she promised to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and avoid trouble.
"I will behave like an old lady should," Granat said. "I will sit in my rocking chair. I'll only drink lemonade."
The judge emphasized he was apprehensive about releasing Granat, whose recent cases include trying twice to run over people with her pink Suzuki Samurai, which has been impounded. He scheduled a probation hearing July 9.
Another hearing is scheduled June 26 to determine if Granat should live in an assisted-care facility.
June 4, 2002 — She should have seen it coming. Authorities in East Haven, Connecticut, have busted a self-described psychic.
Sarah Daniels faces a number of charges including larceny.
Authorities say the supposed-psychic scammed an elderly woman out of more than $15,000. Daniels is accused of promising to help the woman find missing money.
[b]No go on religion defense [/b]
May 29, 2002 — Getting high is no way to get closer to God. At least according to some federal judges.
A federal appeals court has ruled that Benny Guerrero can't use religion as a defense in his pot smuggling case. He contended that marijuana is a sacrament to Rastafarians like himself.
Yesterday's decision by the appeals panel in San Francisco overturns the Guam Supreme Court. Guerrero was busted with more than seven ounces of marijuana at an airport in the U.S. territory. His lawyer says they may appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.