Friday, February 15, 2008

The Dog Bowl: Media wrap-up for Feb. 15

Posted by Chris Haire on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 2:40 PM

That next door neighbor of yours, the fidgety guy with the gnarly teeth and a strange habit of cutting the grass in the middle of the night with a pair of nose hair trimmers, you're wondering if he might be a meth head, right? What if he's not just smoking the stuff, but cooking it up in his kitchen? Live 5 is there to help.

Although it can be a little tricky, there are some things you can look out for to spot a meth lab near you.

"Sometimes you can detect an odor that, depending on the method they're using to make it, smells similar to cat urine,” Jennings said.

Jennings says you can also look out for suspicious activity or for increased traffic in and out of someone's home.

The smell of cat piss? Ladies and gentlemen, start your sniffing. I'm particularly suspicious of the widow down the street, what with the parade of tabbys and gentlemen callers coming to her front door at all hours.

If it's not a meth head living next door, it's an agent of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Charleston is just covered in them. ABC News 4 reports on the all the cloak and dagger stuff going down in the Lowcountry.

"You come into Charleston, fly or drive or get off a ship, you're a tourist, you act like a tourist, but you have another mission in mind and it's not in the best interest of the US," said Rogers.

Roger says the key to keeping the city safe is communication. The very same value US law enforcement is trying to protect. Classified defense work at SPAWAR, the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek, also the Naval brig which sometimes stores alleged terrorists, all put the Holy City in the spotlight and make spying a little less surprising.

"I think it's everywhere. It's just another chapter in the history of espionage against the United States," said Rogers.

As if meth heads and spies weren't enough to worry about, now there's "petal pushers." Live 5 News reports:

Like many men, Michael Gibson wanted to send his girlfriend flowers on Valentine’s Day.

After calling 411 to find a local florist, Gibson says he got the number of what he thought was a local shop.

"Everything seemed legit. They asked all the right questions," said Gibson, who added that on the other end, a woman described the flowers down to the last petal...

But on Valentine's Day, Gibson's girlfriend says she never got the flowers. So Gibson tried to call the florist.

Gibson says he first called the toll-free number he initially called to order the flowers, but got no answer. He said it was like the florist never even existed.

Tune in next week to hear the horrible true life tale of the CofC student who gave a $1.50 to a man for bus fare only to see him 10 minutes later cracking open a 40 of King Cobra.

The Post and Courier has a funny little "field guide" to SEWE-goers in today's Friday 5 section. It's not a comic masterpiece, but there's some good stuff there.


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