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Glued penis gets 4 Wis. women trial

CHILTON, Wis., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Four Wisconsin women must stand trial for allegedly exacting revenge by gluing a Fond du Lac philanderer's penis to his torso, a judge ruled Tuesday.


A Calumet County judge found at the hearing there is enough evidence for the women, who had discovered Donessa T. Davis had been carrying on relationships with three of them, to be tried on felony charges, the Appleton Post-Crescent reported.

Davis, 37, alleges one girlfriend, Therese Ziemann, 48, of Menasha, tied him up at a Stockbridge motel room July 30 when he went there for a rendezvous. He says he was then set upon by Ziemann, his wife Tracy Hood-Davis, 30, of Fond du Lac, another girlfriend Wendy Sewell, 44, of Kaukauna and a fourth woman, Michelle Belliveau, 43, of Neenah -- who contends she was only there to lend support to the other women.


Davis claims he tried to free himself but Ziemann glued his penis to his body and punched him in the face. All of the women taunted him, he said.

"It got chaotic real quick," testified Davis, who said he had anticipated enjoying a bondage experience with Ziemann. "The party was over."

Ziemann faces a felony charge of false imprisonment and misdemeanor charges of battery and fourth-degree sexual assault. Hood-Davis, Sewell and Belliveau each face a felony charge of false imprisonment.

Belliveau pleaded not guilty and the other three women will be arraigned at a later date.

Phoenix targets frequent speeders

PHOENIX, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Police in Phoenix say they are going after frequent speeders amid an increase in unpaid photo-enforcement tickets.

The Department of Public Safety said 37 percent of drivers who incurred fines from photo-enforcement speed cameras paid the tickets when the system was new in October, but that number dropped to 24 percent in June, The Arizona Republic reported.

Officials said they are now going after drivers dubbed "frequent fliers," those with 15 or more unpaid violations. Lt. Jeff King said the number of drivers in the category can fluctuate from 100 to 600.

Officer Jeff Hawkins, who is currently investigating 50 frequent flier cases, said some drivers cover their faces or wear masks while driving through the photo-enforcement areas and others use post office boxes and fake addresses to circumvent the system.


"They generally do it under the pretext that they're not going to be caught," he said of the frequent fliers. "These are what you probably consider as people who don't really respect the law at all."

Trapped girls used Facebook for help call

ADELAIDE, Australia, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Australian authorities said two girls lost in a drainage well system used their phones to update their Facebook statuses instead of calling police.

Glenn Benham, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Fire Service in Adelaide, said the girls, ages 10 and 12, posted Facebook updates saying they were lost in a storm drain in the city's south suburbs and a friend who noticed the updates called police, Britain's The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

The girls were rescued at 7:30 p.m. and did not require medical attention, emergency responders said.

"It is a worry for us because it causes a delay on us being able to rescue the girls," Benham told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. "If they were able to access Facebook from their mobile phones, they could have called 000 (the Australian emergency number), so the point being they could have called us directly and we could have got there quicker than relying on someone being online and replying to them and eventually having to call us via 000 anyway."


Healthcare bill: Hear all about it

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- People wanting to learn more about the 1,000-page-plus healthcare reform bill developed in the U.S. House can point, click and listen to the bill on the Web.

Voice actors donated their time to create Web site, committing "to making it possible for you to hear the healthcare bill now before Congress," they said on the Web site.

Listeners can listen to HR 3200 in its entirety, or catch one of the 62 audio files broken out by number of pages and page lines.

"We do this so that you can make an informed decision," the group wrote on the Web site's home page. "Armed with specifics, you can then speak to your representatives empowered with the facts that make your opinion an educated one -- one with weight."

For those who don't want to keep the Web site running until the bill has run its aural course, the audio of the bill can be downloaded and heard as an audiobook.

Still want to read the bill? There's a PDF version available for reading on-screen or on paper.

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