Drunk woman charged with stealing chicken, Irish whiskey

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DANBURY — Police said a drunken woman stumbled into the kitchen of a local bar and tried walking out with nearly $500 worth of chicken and a bottle of Irish whiskey.

According to a police spokesman, shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Branden Crutcher, of Fairfield, walked into the kitchen at O’Brien’s Sports Pub and Restaurant, 83 Lake Ave., and grabbed “a bag of chicken valued at close to $500.”

The 34-year-old also reached for a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey, but was quickly collared by the bar’s staff, said Danbury Police Capt. Thomas Wendel.

Crutcher was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and sixth-degree larceny, according to Wendel.

She was held on $10,000 bond.

Read more: http://www.newstimes.com/policereports/article/Police-Woman-grabbed-chicken-whiskey-3508761.php#ixzz1tFsfU02V

The Big Lebrewski – Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay Fla.

Tampa Theatre’s second annual beer fest is planned for June 23. Last year’s festival was called The Brews Brothers in tribute to the classic film The Blues Brothers, which played on the big screen with brews from Chimay, Stone, Schmaltz, the Bruery, Cigar City, St.  This year’s festival is titled The Big Lebrewski, With a screening of the modern cult classic

Cajun Cafe Spring Beer Festival, taking place from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. The Cafe’s waterfront patio deck, large outdoor dining area and rustic décor make it an ideal setting for a beer fest, but that’s only part of the reason why its two annual festivals are among the most popular in the entire state.

Brews With Attitudes Craft Beer Festival at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 for VIPs) May 15 at the Pepin Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. General admission is $40 in advance, $45 on the day of and $70 for VIPs. The latter group will have access to special tastings of Pepin-distributed beers and spirits, including unreleased items, as well as complimentary food and beer pairings, but both groups will be able to sample well over 100 beers from breweries all over the world. For info, see pepindistributing.com.


Recycled Beer Bottle Jeans

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To celebrate Earth Day 2012, Bonobos introduced a special line of environmentally sustainable denim made completely from recycled materials.  The jeans are called Bottle Rockets– aptly named because each pair of jeans contains 3-5 recycled beer bottles.

Bottle Rocket jeans are made from White Oak Cone Denim, which features EarthSpun yarn. EarthSpun is an innovative company that makes apparel and yarn out of 100%  recycled cotton, polyester, plastic bottles, and x-ray film.  Instead of using dyes or chemicals in their yarn, the colors of EarthSpun yarn (and the resulting apparel and denim) come from the colors of the recycled plastic bottles and x-ray film they use- blue, green, and brown yarn comes from the recycled bottles, and gray yarn comes from the x-ray film.

It’s not a stretch to imagine how brown plastic beer bottles created the natural canvas wash of the Bottle Rockets and blue plastic beer bottles created the more traditional indigo rinse of the Bottle Rockets.  (And before you say beer bottles are usually glass, not plastic, think of any outdoor concert, event, or sporting game you’ve attended– those bottles are plastic!)

So go ahead and have another beer, but make sure you recycle it afterwards, as you might just end up wearing it!

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Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!

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A picture’s worth a thousand words.

CU Boulder 4/20 Celebrations Limited By Foul Smelling Fish

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Stinky fish fertilizer and two dozen law-enforcement officers kept pot smokers away from a grassy quad at the University of Colorado on Friday, but a few hundred protesters defied the crackdown and rallied on another field, where some lit up at 4:20 p.m.

It was a far cry from last year’s April 20 pot celebration, when more than 10,000 people gathered on the university’s Norlin Quadrangle for the annual ritual of enjoying a smoke and demonstrating for legalizing marijuana.

That made the university the scene of one of the largest campus celebrations of cannabis in the nation — a reputation that prompted university administrators to take extraordinary steps to stamp out this year’s rally.

They banned unauthorized visitors from campus, and spread smelly fertilizer on the Norlin Quad and declared it off-limits. They even booked Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean for a free concert timed to coincide with the traditional 4:20 p.m. pot gathering.

Still, they were only partially successful. A few dozen protesters veered off a sidewalk bordering the university on Friday afternoon and marched through campus, holding signs and chanting, “Roll it. Smoke it. Legalize it.”

‘Ganja’ Grandma’ supplied pot to four states

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By: The Daily

VINITA, Okla. – A 73-year-old Oklahoma grandmother has been busted on charges that she ran a lucrative drug operation that supplied marijuana to drug dealers in four states.

Police said they found about four pounds (1.8kg) of pot, a semiautomatic pistol and a revolver, and more than $276,000 in cash when they raided Darlene Mayes’ home in rural Craig County.

Investigators say the elderly woman supplied about 40 percent of the pot circulating in the area, including the city of Tulsa and parts of nearby Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.

“That was quite a surprise,” Bobby Floyd, police chief for the city of Vinita, told The Daily Thursday.

He said authorities had been investigating the drug ring for several years. They only learned the identity of the kingpin around noon local time Monday. Several hours later, they searched the home and arrested Mayes. “She is in very good shape for her age,” Floyd said.

The drug ring was a family affair, police said. Mayes’ son, Jerry Dorsey, was arrested Monday on charges of possession with intent to distribute. He was carrying nearly two pounds (0.9kg) of pot, as well as drug paraphernalia and $2,100 in cash, and driving with a suspended license, authorities said.

Dorsey was one of his mother’s many dealers, Floyd said.

“From what we gathered, there were people running around selling for her,” he said. “Nobody dealt directly with her.”

Mayes kept her supply in her bedroom, which stank of marijuana, Floyd said. But the big surprise was the huge amount of cash hidden in the bedroom.

“I raised the mattress up and there was money,” Floyd said. “Our intel didn’t say that she had cash, just product.”

Under the box spring was a vacuum-sealed bundle of bills, labeled: “$15,000.” In fact, when officers counted, the total was $15,020.

In the guest bedroom where Mayes’ grandchildren slept when they visited, police found more vacuum-sealed wads, totaling around $200,000, Floyd said.

More cash was found in the bed of her pickup truck, he said. All told, officers seized $276,580.

Mayes first tried to tell officers that the money was her retirement fund, Floyd said. He said Mayes may have been trafficking marijuana for as long as two decades.-

Mayes faces charges including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are kept or sold, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Source: The Daily

Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/offbeat/ganja-grandma-darlene-mayes-supplied-pot-to-four-states-ncxdc-041312#ixzz1sDyQxiY3

Lakeside Lounge, the Alphabet City Hangout, To Close

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The East Village must be getting used to all these closings by now. First, it was Mars Bars on East First Street; then Banjo Jim’s on East Ninth Street; and, now, the Lakeside Lounge on Avenue B will see its doors close for good. In an e-mail message to Runnin’ Scared, co-owner Eric Ambel confirmed that, “after 16 years on Avenue B, our last night will be April 30.” What a shame.

In 1997, just as Alphabet City was recovering from a decade of turmoil and crime, Jim Marshall and Eric Ambel opened the Lounge right next door to the now-closed Life Cafe on 10th and B. It was a place where “the stories you’ve heard [about it] are most certainly true,” according to its website.

Known for its local musical acts and jukebox, the Lounge soon joined the ranks of the East Village underground rock scene, giving a home to groups like Spanking Charlene and Tom Clark & the High Action Boys. It didn’t pay the bands or charge a cover; it was a symbiotic relationship where the bands got airtime and the bar goers were entertained for the night.

Unfortunately, with a real estate market that now averages $3,000 a month for a two bedroom window-less apartment, this business structure of cheap drinks and basically free acts was not enough for the bar to make ends meet.
The acts will continue to play until the end of the month, with Ambel’s band playing the closing night. Stop by the Lounge before then to see what the East Village is really all about.

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