Posts Tagged ‘lost’

[Fox DC]  There are two new clues in the disappearance of a Maryland man who is blind. The family of 33-year-old Mitchell Malik Smith says he boarded a train at Union Station on December 16. He was headed to Birmingham, Ala., a trip he had taken many times before. Somehow he ended up on a train bound for New Orleans. A woman from Virginia who sat across the aisle from Smith tells FOX 5 she heard Amtrak workers tell him he could get off at Charlotte and take another train several hours later to Birmingham. She then watched the workers help Smith off the train at the Charlotte stop. Smith’s family says a Charlotte detective told them in all the confusion, Smith told workers he wanted to go back to D.C. and Amtrak was supposed to have put him back on a train to D.C. But his family has not seen or heard from him since. Police say Smith is legally blind in both eyes. He is described as 5’11” tall with a slim build, with brown eyes and dark brown hair. He has a scar on the right side of his head near his right eye and a possible smaller scar on the left side of his head. He is said to sometimes wear dark glasses and carries a red and white cane.

I don’t care how many times Mitchell made his blind crusade from D.C. to ‘Bama – it doesn’t mean he knows what he’s doing.  All it means is that he’s been lucky every time before.  Lucky he’s never run into a guy like me who, if questioned by a dude with blacked-out shades and a candy cane walking stick, would’ve seated him on the roof of a train to Alaska.   (more…)

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[KRMG]  A man leaves a downtown Tulsa bar, but can’t find his car, so he calls police to say the car has been stolen. Then he finds the car and decides to drive home about eleven last night, but gets involved in a crash at 11th and South Houston. Police tracked him down after he left the scene to go home. “Witnesses, including the EMSA crew, (said) that’s the guy, he just changed clothes. So we ended up arresting him for leaving the scene of an accident and then calling in a false auto theft report.” Tulsa Police Corporal Dan Miller also told the News On 6 that Daniel Coglin was arrested. Miller says it’s not unusual for drinking drivers to leave the scene of an accident, then call in a stolen car report hours later. He says it just didn’t work this time. Miller says drinking drivers try that trick alot. “Get home somehow and then two or three hours later call in (saying), ‘Oh, I just woke up, my car is stolen, you all can take a report.’ Well, it looks like this time (it) sort of backfired.”

I’ve told my story before, but it bears repeating because Daniel Coglin proves what I tell everyone who makes fun of me for losing my car – it can happen to anyone.  Long story short, I was obliterated in NYC and after getting back to my buddy’s house I decided to hop in my Mini and make the trek back to my apartment.  In my drunken stupor, I missed the (blatant) exit to get on the parkway and within seconds panicked because I was lost and way too hammered to apply any deductive reasoning.  So I pulled over and, naturally, called my mom at like 5am to let her know that “winners win, drivers drive”, then walked to a gas station for a Gatorade & a cab.  When I woke up the next morning I immediately realized I had zero clue where I had left my car.  None.  A real-life ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’.   (more…)

[Brooklyn]  Two grief-stricken Manhattanites have frantically papered Park Slope with fliers offering hundreds of dollars for the safe return of their closest companion — a beloved monkey doll named Bongo. Bonni Marcus and Jack Zinzi said their best friend went missing on Sunday night during a routine outing to their favorite Fifth Avenue restaurant, El Viejo Yayo. The disappearance occurred around 7 pm, as Marcus and Zinzi were walking from their car near Flatbush Avenue to the eatery. “I walked over to the restaurant, sat down, ordered the food, and reached into my pocket to put Bongo on the table — and saw that he was gone,” Zinzi said. “Somebody must have come along and thought he was as cute as I know he is.” Marcus, 47, and Zinzi, 58, are not in a romantic relationship with each other, but they regard Bongo as the son they never had. Zinzi, a Park Slope native, bought Bongo at a discount store upstate a decade ago. He doesn’t recall the name, but he can’t forget the moment. “There was a whole bunch of stuffed animals, and Bongo caught my eye,” he said. “I thought it would be a great gift for Bonni — and we both became a little attached to it.” Marcus felt the same way. “Bongo’s simply a member of our family,” said Marcus, who uses the term “mother” when talking about her relationship to the doll. The chances of finding this absent primate are slim, but the dynamic doll-doting duo is optimistic. Since Monday, when the fliers went up, two people have called — one Samaritan saying that she placed Bongo on a traffic meter after discovering him lying on Flatbush Avenue, the other mentioning a separate Bongo sighting at the corner of Union Street and Eighth Avenue. In both cases, when Marcus and Zinzi returned to the site, Bongo was gone.

Holy shitballs.  Who the fuck keeps stringing heartbroken Bonni & Jack along on a wild stuffed primate chase?  “Yeah I got your shit-flinging Bongo…right here on top of this traffic meter…SIKE!!”  That’s fucked up.  You know how adorable Bongo is.  I feel terrible for these two.   (more…)