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Sept. 14, 2009 at 6:00 AM
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Fla. man accused of videotaping buttocks

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Police in Tampa, Fla., allege a 30-year-old man surreptitiously videotaped the buttocks of women shopping at a local Target.

Krishna Ashvin Ajvalia of Land O'Lakes was released on $500 bail following his arrest Thursday on a charge of video voyeurism, the St. Petersburg Times reported Friday.

Deputies allege Ajvalia used a digital camera hidden in his jacket to film women's rear ends as they walked around inside a local Target Thursday.

Police said in an arrest report that Ajvalia's alleged actions were captured by the store's surveillance system.

The Times said following his arrest, Ajvalia allegedly told deputies he was filming women's buttocks because he "likes that part of the female figure."


Ban on toy boat leaves boy in tears

LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A 9-year-old boy was in tears after security guards at a London park informed the child he could not use his toy boat in a local pond, his grandfather says.

Paul Fabricius, 57, told The Mail on Sunday when his grandson, Noah Bailey, attempted to play with his model battleship in a Chiswick Business Park pond, park security guards stopped him based on unspecified regulations.

"We were informed that the business park had rules, albeit undisplayed, and they had to be enforced and that included toy boats and dogs paddling," Fabricius said of the recent incident.

Fabricius said when he questioned a guard about the ban on toy boats, he was told the toys can potentially frighten fish in the pond.

"It's just nonsense. How can it frighten the fish? It has only got a tiny electric engine. It gets overtaken by the ducks!" Fabricius told the Mail.

A spokesman for the park security team said the rule is based on previous instances of disruptive behavior.

"We have had quite a few people come to the lake to use their model speedboats which is unacceptable," the unidentified spokesman said.


Judge finds hairspray mistaken for alcohol

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A judge in Walton County, Fla., says an alcohol-monitoring device worn by an area teen was accidentally activated by the teen's regular exposure to hairspray.

The Northwest Florida Daily News said Walton County Circuit Judge Kelvin Wells ruled Thursday that the recent activation of Elyse Tirico's monitoring device was likely not the result of alcohol use by the 17-year-old.

"Based on the evidentiary hearing today, the court would find that it appears that the detection made by (the alcohol-monitoring device) was a false positive and so, based upon that, I'm not going to revoke her pre-trial release," Wells said.

Tirico, formerly Elyse Bushee, was released with the monitoring device in advance of her 2010 trial on driving under the influence charges stemming from a deadly Jan. 4 accident.

Jeff Hawthorne, co-founder of Alcohol Monitoring Systems Inc., testified at Thursday's hearing that hair spray use could have led the monitoring device to register a .02 blood alcohol level in Tirico on July 15.

The Daily News said Tirico, who is facing DUI manslaughter and DUI with serious bodily injury charges, has been wearing the device since March.


Sumo wrestling highlights Pa. election

LANSDALE, Pa., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The mayor of Lansdale, Pa., says he and his opponent in the upcoming mayoral election donned inflatable suits to take part in a public sumo wrestling event.

Lansdale Mayor Andy Szekely said he and former Borough Council President Ben Gross, his opponent in November's election, decided to mimic oversized sumo wrestlers in an attempt to increase public interest in their mayoral race, The Philadelphia Inquirer said Sunday.

"We wanted to get together and do something quirky," Szekely said.

On Saturday, the two public officials equipped with their inflatable sumo outfits wrestled in Whites Road Park to the delight of dozens of event attendees.

The event even featured an undercard filled with candidates for the borough council wrestling one another for the public's amusement.

The Inquirer said in the main event, a tense battle between the Republican Szekely, 39, and Democrat Gross, 40, ended with Gross knocking his opponent out of the ring in the third and final round.

"I love him like a brother, even though he snores like a chainsaw," Gross said of Szekely following his sumo wrestling win.

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