Burke, a former sandwich slinger for Good Foods to Go in Evesham, confessed in 2010 to putting his body hair in Merck’s turkey, egg and cheese bagel in retaliation for a 2009 traffic stop. Merck did not make the disgusting discovery until he had already bitten into the sandwich.
Burke was immediately fired and arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and retaliation against a public official. He spent 15 days in jail, but Merck felt that wasn’t enough, according to his lawyer.
“The officer felt strongly that the disposition of the criminal prosecution against Ryan Burke insufficiently resolved the issue of his conduct,” attorney Bruce Zamost explained. “His motivation was, and always has been, to send a message to any person who would entertain the idea of seeking retribution against public officials.”
The civil suit was dismissed when the two parties settled for $13,750, lawyers said Friday.
Zamost said the case demonstrated a general lack of respect for public servants. “There’s nothing wrong with questioning authority, but there are mechanisms in a civilized society to do so,” he said.
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man they said robbed a local restaurant. The robbery occurred on June 9 at the Pizza Hut off State Road 434.
Police have a description of the suspect after sifting through surveillance video.
Cops said a white male around 6 feet tall smashed the front doors of the business with a crow bar. They said he was wearing tan cargo shorts, a light blue shirt and a black baseball cap, but not any shoes.
Once inside the restaurant, officers said the suspect jumped in the counter and threw the cash register to the floor. The suspect was also seen stealing two cases of mozzarella cheese from a refrigerator before running off.
A woman was arrested after police say she hit her husband over the head with a bag of ice cream when she found him with his girlfriend.
Dawn Elaine Barran, 45, of Port St Lucie, Florida was charged with battery after she attacked her husband with the frozen treat earlier this month at a Walgreens store as he shopped with his current girlfriend. The husband had just purchased the ice cream when Barran grabbed it, and hit the man with it before she chased him outside and punched him.
The husband and the girlfriend were not identified by authorities. The pair were shopping at the store on July 1 when Barran happened to walk in to look for merchandise on her own, police said.
Barran started to argue with the husband as he began to make purchases at the cash register, according to a police report. They argued about the husband having a girlfriend, the report stated.
Barran took a bag of ice cream the man had just purchased and began to beat him over the head with it. The husband and his girlfriend then tried to leave the store, according to the report.
Barran, however, chased after them. She pulled the man’s shirt, punched him and struck him with her car keys. She continued to punch her husband as he repeatedly tried to leave the area, police said.
The husband suffered minor scratches to his left hand and chest. Barran was later arrested at her home.
An Arkansas driver told cops that she fled the scene of an accident Sunday night because she was concerned that, if she stopped, ice cream she was carrying home would melt, according to police.
Flora Burkhart, 58, was heading to her residence around 6 PM when she rear-ended a pickup truck driven by Derek Parker. Burkhart, however, did not stop at the site of the crash on a state highway in Van Buren, a city in the Ozark Mountain foothills.
Parker called 911 and decided to follow the hit-and-run driver to her home, where she was subsequently confronted by Van Buren Police Department officers.
Asked why she left the accident scene, Burkhart replied, “I left because I did not want my ice cream to melt,” according to a police report. Burkhart also claimed that she “didn’t think there was enough damage to the vehicles to call police.” Cops estimated that each car sustained $500 in damages.
Cops disagreed and cited her for leaving the scene of an accident and driving too closely to Parker’s vehicle.
It is unclear what condition Burkhart’s ice cream was in following the accident. But the frozen delight was likely under duress since steamy Van Buren’s temperature topped out Sunday at a broiling 100 degrees.