Another wacky, weird, and wonderful week in Louisville has done come and went. So, once again, we present our readers with some notable examples of weirdness, to demonstrate why the slogan “Keep Louisville Weird” is just right for our little town on banks of the Ohio. The following little news items were reported in the media over the past half-fortnight:
Dancing in the streets. Louisville Metro Police arrested 60-year-old Carl J. Brents at 11:00 Tuesday morning, after they found him dancing in the street. According to the cops, Carl was “acting disorderly” by blocking several lanes of traffic near the intersection of 4th Street and Winkler Ave. He was allegedly yelling at vehicles and beating on car windows. Officers say they also saw him dancing in the street. Police suspect alcohol may have been involved.
Carl was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and disorderly conduct.
Carry-on luggage. The week ended with the announcement that Jackie Gulbe—second in command at Louisville’s star-crossed dog pound—had resigned. After some digging by reporters, it was revealed that Gulbe was suspended without pay on June 3rd, after she allegedly put a dog in a suitcase and brought it to the Metro Animal Services shelter. The dog was found in a tightly zipped suitcase in medical distress with a temperature of 104.
MAS Interim Director Susan Neumayer was quoted as saying that Gulbe’s alleged actions showed “poor judgment.” Gulbe was apparently not arrested or charged with any crime.
Got his dogs back. Almost. Metro cops arrested 25-year-old Ahmad M. Ghazawi Tuesday evening, at the corner of 26th and Broadway and charged him with receipt of stolen property. According to the police, Ahmad, who lives in Crestwood, paid a Dismas House ex-con, working at the Metro Animal Services dog pound, to steal two dogs which had earlier been confiscated from Ahmad by MAS. Police say the worker brought the dogs to the rear of the Manslick Road facility, where Ghazawi was allegedly waiting in a van. There is no indication that Ahmad put the dogs into suitcases.
What’s that smell? Don’t ask my son. Around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, Metro Police spotted 38-year-old John T. Manor driving eastbound on Johnsontown Road at Dixie Highway, where he allegedly ran a red light. According to arrest records, it took Mr. Manor a very long time to pull over, and officers saw him bending down in his seat, hiding something below him.
When the cop approached the car, he told the driver he smelled something funny. Mr. Manor denied smoking or possessing marijuana, but the officer found an extinguished joint hidden under the driver’s seat. Manor had apparently sprayed cologne to mask the smell.
Manor’s 16-year-old son was in the car at the time, according to arrest records, and confirmed that Manor was smoking marijuana. Manor is charged with tampering with physical evidence, endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of marijuana and disregarding a traffic signal.