Friday, August 22, 2014

Woman Uses Fake Babies To Sneak Into Maternity Ward: Cops

A woman in Merced, California, has been arrested on trespassing charges after she and an unnamed man allegedly twice triedsneaking into a hospital maternity ward using dolls as decoys.

The woman, identified by as Tonya Whitney Boehs, first tried getting into Merced's Mercy Medical Center's obstetrics unit last Saturday with her male companion. They doted on the fake babies by changing them and posing for photos, the station reported.

The suspects were turned away by a suspicious guard who snapped photos of them carrying the lifelike dolls, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Merced police are investigating if the pair sought to abduct a newborn, according to the Times.

The couple, clutching a diaper bag and carryall, apparently tried again on Monday. Boehs allegedly wore hospital scrubs, according to, but she aroused suspicion because the outfit didn't match the hospital's uniform.

They also got tripped up by claiming to have a non-existent appointment with an educator and presenting an outdated business card from the center's director.

Boehs and her unknown accomplice never made it into the baby wing.

The intentions of the couple are unclear at this point, but Boehs told that it's all a big misunderstanding.

Bob McLaughlin, spokesman for Mercy Medical Center, told the Merced Sun Star it's the first time he’s heard of someone trying to gain access to a maternity ward with a doll.

“We do not why they were in the hospital,” he said.

Fearing a potential baby abduction, hospital staff alerted police and other area hospitals about the couple and sent photographs of them with their bogus babies.

"They acted like they were real," McLaughlin told ABC News. "They hold them and hug them and change their diapers. It’s very odd."

However, he's also pointed out: "It's not illegal to have a fake baby."

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True Story: The Rooster Who Went to Vegas for Halloween


School started, so happy Halloween.

Since Christmas gets to start the day after Halloween, Halloween for me now starts the day after school starts. Consider this global holiday warming; they keep arriving earlier and more aggressively every year.

So, boo.

The best costumes don't always win trophies. In fact, sometimes they're not even condoned, as is the case with the rooster who went to Vegas for Halloween.

I grew up on a farm, and among our various critters and mammals was a particularly horrible rooster by the name of MS DOS. Maybe he was angry about being named after Microsoft's then-cutting edge "disk operating system." Maybe that justifies why he constantly chased the children of my mom's at-home daycare, jumping on their backs and pecking their heads. Or maybe MS DOS was just a rotten egg.

But one October, when my dad's feisty coworker Mark asked if he could borrow the rooster for his Halloween costume, my dad was more than relieved to turn the bird over; that meant he wouldn't have to pry the demon-rooster off the faces of innocent trick-or-treaters this year. Mark promised to treat the bird kindly, and we figured he was probably going to place MS DOS in a cage by his front door and dress up like a rancher or something like that.

Life lesson No. 1: Before you lend out your livestock, ask more questions.

I remember the scene clearly. We were sitting on the front porch when down the long, dusty, never-been-plowed-or-graded dirt road we saw two out-of-place headlights. They were connected to a long white car with at least 10 windows: a limousine.

Mark stepped out, wearing a long black fur coat and clutching a champagne glass in one hand.

"Come on, rooster!" he sang, before MS DOS's knife-like beak stabbed holes through most of Mark's face and hands. "We're going to Vegas."

My parents never did tell me the details about our rooster's adventure, beyond a few bits and pieces: Mark tried to hide the rooster under his coat as they entered various clubs, with the intention of letting his gobbly head peak out and scare people. But MS DOS had other plans, all of which involved trying to take out the human race. Mark was kicked out of every club in Vegas. After the police intercepted his last effort, Mark and MS DOS left, their tail feathers between their legs.

Obviously, MS DOS was never harmed. I can't say the same for his date.

And lest you think a little vacation is good to cheer up anybody (or anybird), the small peck-scar between my eyes is proof of the contrary. Maybe the flashing lights on The Strip skewed his aim of my eyeballs. In which case, I guess I should be thankful for Mark's most creative -- and scary -- Halloween costume ever.

I do not condone misusing innocent (or even guilty and demonic) animals for any occasion. However, the adventures of MS DOS are a reminder to think outside the box (or coop) when you're pulling together a costume for this year's back-to-school Halloween parties.

And don't try to sneak a rooster into a nightclub.

Now you know.

Read more articles from the strangest city in America, Boulder, Colorado, here: Only In Boulder.

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Craig.

Sadie Renee Johnson Starts Reservation Fire To To Help Bored Firefighters

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Friday an Oregon woman pleaded guilty in May to starting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation last year because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work.

The U.S. attorney's office in Portland says 23-year-old Sadie Renee Johnson of Warm Springs tossed a small firework from a car in July 2013 into the roadside brush. The fire spread to about 80 square miles — 51,000 acres — and cost nearly $8 million to fight. Investigators said she posted a Facebook question two days later: "like my fire?"

KTVZ-TV reported ( the Justice Department said it released details of the case Friday, while the wildfire season is underway, to underscore the danger of such reckless actions.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 3.


Information from: KTVZ-TV,