LAVALE — An off-duty Maryland State Police trooper who observed a suspect wanted for indecent exposure in the LaVale Walmart, detained the man until his fellow troopers arrived Thursday evening.
Joseph Abraham Deem, 36, of Berlin, PA, was taken into custody at about 7 p.m. after a store employee observed him allegedly exposing himself. Cpl. Justin Cook of the Cumberland barrack saw Deem allegedly attempting to get the attention of a boy in the store and detained Deem.
The day before, the suspect was in the store between 6:05 and 7:55 p.m. and allegedly exposed himself indecently to boys between 5 and 10 years old. Video surveillance showed the suspect following the boys and watching and entering the men’s bathrooms of the store on numerous occasions.
Deem was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct and held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.
When our now 17 year old daughter was around 4-5 years old, she would throw terrible temper tantrums to get what she wanted on occasion. After reading up on the subject we learned to try and gently, quietly, coax her out of the fit…or ignore her until she would stop. Wal-mart was Perfect for this practice. We fit right in! Even when she would pull out all the stops and lay on her back looking frightened and scream “PLEASE dont hit me Mommy.”
We honestly have no idea where the little genius picked this gem up, but trust me when I tell you we never shopped anywhere but Wal-mart with her along until she was too old to pull the trick without cracking a smile.
To this day at 17 she’ll do it for fun walking past a mommy aged stranger in there. Makes her feel more in her element when she’s there.
Saturday evening and Wally World is packed–every motorized cart is racing around the store like it’s the Indy 500; aisles are packed with people standing and staring trying to decide between Duncan Hines and Pillsbury cake mixes; etc. You get the picture.
Since I only had a few items I had forgotten at another store earlier in the day, my son and I wandered off to the “express” checkout and were just getting up to the counter, when I heard a rather loud, annoying ringtone from somewhere off to the west. Could not figure out the location, but after about five seconds, my mind finally put the notes together and someone on our side of the store was playing “Dueling Banjos” from Deliverance as their ringtone. Maybe it was their relatives calling from Georgia!
COLUMBUS, Ind. — A Columbus man sustained a “significant puncture wound” after stabbing himself with a fishing knife this morning at the east-side WalMart.
The 32-year-old man was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment after police found him with a stab wound in his torso.
Columbus Police Patrolmen Steve Long and Zach Burbrink responded to the store at 5 a.m. and found the man with blood on his shirt leaning up against the side of the building near the entrance to the grocery area.
The man used a fishing knife he got in the store to stab himself inside the store, according to police. The knife was located by the store’s customer service center, and there was a trail of blood from the center to one of the cash registers.
Police have not determined why the man stabbed himself, but they think he was talking on a phone at the time.
The man’s name was not released. The Republic does not usually cover incidents involving self-inflicted harm unless the incident occurs in a public place.