Posted by: Idioma Extra | April 14, 2010

Wednesday’s News

The Weird and the Wonderful

Man on mower charged with DUI, fishing pole theft

ATHENS, Tenn. – An East Tennessee man driving a lawn mower in the road has been charged with DUI. Athens police said 30-year-old Jimmy Graham Jr. smelled like alcohol and failed a sobriety test Monday after an officer spotted him on the lawn mower. He told the officer he had consumed a beer and taken a stress reliever prescribed to him.

A jailer said Graham was in custody Tuesday and there was no record of him having a lawyer.

The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens reported that Graham was also charged with aggravated burglary and theft under $500.

A police report shows Graham told the officer he had stopped by a house to pick up some fishing poles. Police said the man who lives at the house where Graham had stopped on the mower told police the fishing poles were stolen from his garage.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: spot
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): spot·ted; spot·ting
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 : to stain the character or reputation of : disgrace
2 : to mark in or with a spot : stain
3 : to locate or identify by a spot
4 a : to single out : identify; especially : to note as a known criminal or a suspicious person
b : detect, notice <spot a mistake>
c (1) : to locate accurately <spot an enemy position> (2) : to cause to strike accurately <spot the battery’s fire>
5 a : to lie at intervals in or over : stud b : to place at intervals or in a desired spot <spot field telephones> c : to fix in or as if in the beam of a spotlight d : to schedule in a particular spot or at a particular time
6 : to remove a spot from
7 : to allow as a handicap
intransitive verb 1 : to become stained or discolored in spots
2 : to cause a spot
3 : to act as a spotter; especially : to locate targets
4 : to experience abnormal and sporadic bleeding in small amounts from the uterus
spot·ta·ble adjective

More Vocabulary

Burglary: n. the entering of a building with the intent to commit a crime
DUI: n. Driving Under the Influence. The act or crime of driving while affected by alcohol or drugs
Jailer: n. a keeper of a jail
Lawn mower: n. a machine with a rotating blade for cutting grass
Prescribe: v. to designate or order the use of (a medicine, remedy, treatment, etc.)

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Pick up: to collect

     John helped Marie pick up all the papers that had fallen on the floor.

Stop by: to make a brief visit on one’s way elsewhere

     I had to stop by the office on Sunday to pick up my cell phone.


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