A Kansas man is likely Googling “cruel and unusual punishment” after being sentenced to six months of house arrest — for robbing a bank in order to get away from his wife and his house and into prison.
Lawrence John Ripple walked into a branch of the Bank of Labor and gave a note to a teller saying he had a gun and demanding money, but when a teller handed over a wad of cash, the 71-year-old simply walked over to the customer service area and sat down. He told a bank employee that he was just waiting for cops to arrive from their precinct, which was less than a block away.
Ripple said he was in a bad state of mind due to complications from heart surgery and apologized to the sentencing judge, who also ordered him to pay $227 in billable wages for the employees who couldn’t work during the robbery investigation.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water without winding up in a race with Michael Phelps, the Olympic hero is set to test his mettle once again. This time, though, Phelps will be putting his aquatic prowess up against his most dangerous opponent yet: a great white shark.
Hey, he has nothing left to prove against mere humans, right? But now in retirement, Phelps does need to parlay his legendary athletic career into high-profile gigs of various sorts, and so it is that he will star in this year’s installment of Discovery’s “Shark Week.”
Here is the breathless blurb about the cable channel’s “Great Gold vs. Great White” event, from Thursday’s news release regarding its popular annual shark-stravaganza, set to air in late July:
“They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps. 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds. Yeah, NOTHING could go wrong here…
SAM HUNT FLEW TO HAWAII 7 TIMES TO WIN OVER WIFE
Sam Hunt’s relationship with his wife Hannah Lee Fowler is a good example of how persistence pays off. Before the two were engaged, Sam says he visited Hannah where she lived in Hawaii several times to work his powers of persuasion and get her back in his life. Sam tells Entertainment Tonight, “I think last summer I went out [to Hawaii] about seven times in about three months. Trying to talk to her about coming back. And the seventh trip I convinced her.
The couple returned to Hawaii after their April wedding for some honeymooning on the Big Island, in addition to spending some quality time in Puerto Rico. Continue reading
Blake Shelton’s Childhood Home For Sale:
Blake Shelton’s childhood home in Ada, Oklahoma, is on the market for a cool $250,000.