Religious Zealots Trash Ice Cream Shop Claiming Licking Cones in Public Promotes Promiscuity

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An ultra-orthodox religious sect trashed a Jerusalem ice cream parlour because they were disgusted by people licking cones in public, believing it promotes promiscuity.

The owners of the Zisalek parlour in the Mea Shearim neighbourhood had put up posters asking people not to consume the snacks in public and installed separate entrances for men and women.

But religious zealots from the ultra strict Sikrikim sect did not believe the measures went far enough and broke in during the night to vandalise the premises. Owner Guy Ammar said: ‘They had a real ball with us. But we were not deterred. Residents here told us not to give up and business is going well now.’

The Sikrikim are named after a Jewish group which 2,000 years ago fought against Roman rulers and suspected Jewish collaborators. They wear masks to hide their identity and strike mainly at night.

The Mea Shearim area is small, less than half a square mile, and home to about 30,000 residents considered among the most tight-knit and reclusive of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews.

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Port St. Lucie Man Ate Stolen Ice Cream Sandwich He Kept in Pants

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Ice cream sandwiches typically are not stored in your pants, but that is where a Port St. Lucie man appears to have kept a stolen one.

The man, 32-year-old Robert Silvia, was arrested Oct. 12 after an assistant manager at a Family Dollar saw a man take “an ice cream sandwich from the front of his pants” and start eating it, a recently released Fort Pierce police report states.

The assistant manager said the man came in the store in the 700 block of South U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce and went to the cooler. The man took something, and left without paying.

“She watched him as he walked across the street to the Dollar Tree store, as he walked he removed an ice cream sandwich from the front of his pants and began eating it,” the report states. “He then entered the Dollar Tree and came out a few minutes later with a drink and then began to walk west on Georgia Ave.”

Ice cream sandwiches traditionally feature rectangular slabs of vanilla ice cream “sandwiched” by thin chocolate cookies of the same shape. They typically are stored in freezers where temperatures are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit — as opposed to inside the pants where temperatures run closer to the body’s standard 98.6 degrees.

Fort Pierce police found Silvia imbibing a beverage at Texas Court and Georgia Avenue.

He said he swiped the ice cream, which was valued at $1, “because his car had a flat tire and he only had three dollars and he was sorry.”

The assistant manager wanted to press charges, and Silvia, of the 200 block of Southeast Fallon Drive in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a misdemeanor theft charge.

Pill-y Cheesesteaks: At Jim’s, Sandwiches Came With a Side Order of Drugs

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How do you like your cheesesteak? Maybe with a side order of cocaine and Xanax?

Such a delicacy would have been possible at South Street’s Jim’s Steaks, if not for police intervention. Over the summer, investigators uncovered alleged drug dealing inside the steak joint and arrested one of Jim’s managers, Andre McMillian.

McMillian was nabbed by cops on Aug. 4 as he supervised the cooks preparing cheesesteaks behind the counter, said Lt. Joseph Bologna, one of the arresting officers. He said that police found cocaine, painkillers and other drugs on McMillian.

McMillian, 48, of Race Street near 54th, was charged with possession with intent to deliver and related crimes. He was expected in court today for a preliminary hearing and also faces trial later this month for a February 2010 drug arrest.

The narcotics unit confiscated cocaine, marijuana, 272 Percocet pills, 95 Xanax pills, 21 Endocet pills, $2,400 and McMillian’s Chevrolet Venture, according to court documents. Police estimated that the seizure was worth $25,300.

Although the late co-owner of Jim’s was convicted of drug dealing in 1990, and again arrested for drug possession in 2007, police insist that the owners didn’t know about this latest incident. “The ownership of Jim’s Steaks had no knowledge or any dealings with this defendant as to his illegal acts in or around the restaurant,” said police spokesman Lt. Raymond Evers. “They were not interviewed.”

McMillian had been an employee since 1996 and worked as a shift manager from Thursdays to Sundays, said Elie Rosenblatt, 67, general manager of Jim’s, at 4th and South streets. McMillian no longer works there, Rosenblatt said. The arrest “took us by surprise here,” said Rosenblatt, who’s worked at Jim’s since shortly after its 1976 opening. “I was completely disappointed. I knew the man for so many years. I thought he was a good friend.”

Rosenblatt was informed by the Daily News that McMillian had a separate drug arrest last year. McMillian had told Rosenblatt that he had been arrested for a minor infraction, he said. “We had no reason to believe anything other than what he told us,” [s]he said.

Men Arrested With a Cadillac Full Of Stolen Provolone

Forever_ProvoloneWARREN, Mich. – Two men in Michigan have been arrested on accusations they stole more than a thousand dollars in provolone cheese.

Al Moy, the operations manager for Lipari Foods in Warren, said edible items have been disappearing in a rash thefts in the past couple of months. In addition to the recent cheese theft, Moy said salamis, turkey breasts, chickens and pies have been stolen.

Warren Police Detective Robert Eidt said a break in the cheese thefts came when a tip came in that two men were unloading several boxes of cheese from a semi-truck into a Cadillac.

Eidt said Calvin and Kevan Cooper were arrested with more than 40 boxes of cheese. Eidt said it hasn’t been determined if the two are responsible for the theft of the other store’s items, or just the cheese.

“I am suspect that they are taking the items to disreputable business owners that will buy stolen property at a reduced rate and still charge the same amount in their stores,” Eidt said.