Police Take Sketch Artist Pierre Chantel Off The Case And The Easel

September 9, 2017

“Sketch of Robbery Suspect No. 4”,  Pierre Chantel, pencil on paper (2017).  Upon arrest, police were surprised to discover that contrary to Chantel’s drawing, the suspect was a woman with fingers not toes on her hands.

After a year of doing composite drawings for the Forestville Police Department, Sketch Artist Pierre Chantel was asked to resign Thursday.
 
Chantel was known for sketching suspects from witness descriptions in the style of early 20th-Century Cubism.  His disdain for the Realist movement of contemporary forensic and police sketch artists made him a persistent target of criticism.  In one case, detectives complained that his sketch of the head of a car theft ring made them spend weeks looking for a man with three fingers and one-and-a-half eyes.

The FPD was further put off by Chantel’s need to sign and hand number his work.  His habit of framing each sketch also made them difficult for police to carry about.

However, the art world was impressed.  His “Sketch of the Dale’s Package Store Shoplifter” may not have netted an arrest but it did get $500 at Sotheby’s, as well as solicitations by other suspects for drawings of themselves.

Chantel was lauded by Roberta Smith, art critic for the New York Times and lecturer on contemporary art and to the unruly kids in her neighborhood.  She lamented the “short-sightedness” of the FPD in firing someone who “so well captures the beauty of those society callously labels ‘criminals.'”  She asked, “Since when did police departments become all about enforcing the law?”

Rockwell Park constable Pat O’Reilly rocked on his heels and said, “The constabulary never took a fancy to his work.  His doodles only made sense after a night on the lash sharing a few pints with the lads from Terryville.  Them was the days… But Chantel did help us in finding a cello that was cut in fourths and glued back together at odd angles.”
 
Chantel will be replaced by Crissy Foster.  An FPD spokesman beamed about the new police sketch artist.  “She’s still in kindergarten, but her drawings have received high marks from her teacher and even a gold star. And thanks to work she just did for us, we are hot in pursuit of a thief with a purple balloon for a head, eyes that are dots, and stick arms and legs.”

Mr. Chantel was not available for comment, commenting, “I, Pierre Chantel, do not talk to mere reporters.”

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Forestville Police Make Arrest for Grammar Faux Pas

June 1, 2017

Forestville Police arrested Morgan Fogarty, on charges related to abusing the English language on social media. Ms. Fogarty, 40, a resident of Forestville, was arrested late yesterday afternoon.

She was charged with 18 counts of run on sentences and 13 counts of improper word usage. Fogarty was apprehended shortly after posting a long and tedious message on Facebook that one friend described as, “going on forever.”

Officers recognized Fogarty from her rudimentary mistakes, which included the wrong usage of excepted for accepted, there for their, and connecting clause after clause after clause with no punctuation.

Fogarty called her recent elongated posts, “merely a stream of consciousness” but police are not convinced. A spokesperson for the department said she has a history of mishandling the language with dangling modifiers, possessive nouns and abusing contractions. “I cant [sic] help it,” Fogarty wrote in her sworn statement following her arrest.


Google Wrecks Bristol

May 7, 2017

A test of Google’s Waymo autonomously driven vehicles in Bristol resulted in the cars crashing into each other around 2:30 pm yesterday afternoon. Police were immediately dispatched to the scene to make fun of the wreck.

According to police, one self-driving car broadsided the other after being distracted by a curvy inflatable air dancer by an auto dealership.

The slow-moving crash sent one onboard computer to the hospital. The other was released after completing a concussion protocol. However, they both face charges of texting while driving, e-mailing while driving and generally being a computer while driving.

One Google spokesman at their San Francisco-area headquarters would not comment specifically on the incident, but did remark how he loves quinoa breakfast tacos.

Another, more helpful spokesman said, “We learn from each accident. Last year when a Waymo went up onto a train trestle and spontaneously exploded, we realized cars should not drive on railroad tracks. When one exploded after parking in front of a fire hydrant, we determined that cars should not park illegally. Another time, a bear stopped our vehicle without it exploding and dragged it into a cave for the winter. Bears are pretty mean.”

Mrs. Kaylee Henderson, 73, has her own complaint. She left Cornerstone Church after a particularly exciting sermon on Biblical laundry when she got stuck behind a Waymo traveling at about five miles an hour. “No car should go that slow in a thirty-mile-an-hour zone,” she said. “It should travel as fast as I do – seven, ten miles an hour.”

Google expects there to be no more incidents with their self-driving cars. These tests will lead up to their next experiment – self-walking dogs.


May Day Protests Cause Mayday For Bristol

May 2, 2017

The violence that visited May Day protests overseas spread to Connecticut, but for different reasons.  Bristol’s own May Day centers not on worker rights but honoring flowers.  The Forestville Garden Club held its annual May Day March For Plants Monday, where as its president Synthia Marsh says, “We walk for those that can’t.”

However as in past years, the march turned violent.  Shouting “Rafflesia arnoldii are flowers too!”, “Justice for Euphorbia esula!” and “Hell, no – We won’t grow!”, protestors hurled seed packets and bulbs at riot police.  Two policemen were sent to the nurse at Chippens Hill Middle School with bits of pollen in their eyes.  Passersby were sent fleeing to the scene to take selfies.

Ms. Marsh issued an apology on behalf of the club, blaming the violence on a few members who drank too much cooking sherry.  Others claim the violence was incited by a particularly raucous episode of “The Victory Garden.”  The Forestville Fire Department is also investigating to determine if arson was the cause.


Motorist Turns Right on Red No Injuries Reported

April 2, 2017

No injuries were reported Sunday afternoon when a car turned right on red in Forestville near the vicinity of Pine Street.

Eyewitnesses identified the driver as Melanie Merkell, a middle-aged woman who lives alone with two cats and a nondescript fern, and is currently being treated for arthritis. Ms. Merkell stopped her late-model Acura at a red light at approximately 2:33 PM., and after seeing no approaching traffic made a right hand turn with minimal risk. She arrived home shortly after navigating her way through a series of driving maneuvers.

Ms. Merkel declined to comment about her commute, her cats or her fern.

The Forestville Fire Department could not be reached for comment.


Forestville Police to Have Legal Disclaimer for Body Camera Footage

January 2, 2017

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Images obtained by Forestville Police Offices from their body cameras will include a legal disclaimer when the footage is viewed by the public, similar to American film studios and TV series. The FBI disclaimer is designed to protect against copyright infringement, and will distance the FPD from promoting tobacco and alcohol products, and assure audiences that no animals were willing harmed.

The disclaimer will go on to advise that any exhibition, distribution, or copying of the tape or any part thereof (including soundtrack) without the expressed written consent of Major League Baseball may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution.

Closing credits will be added and scrolled at the end of the footage and include copyright information and cast information in order of appearance. Due to time constraints some production credits will be a rapid-fire crawl insuring they will not be read.


Heartbreaking Details Emerge About Frantic Writing Spree

August 30, 2016

BOARDMAN EXCLUSIVE

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A month after local writer John Eggers barricaded himself inside his home and wrote snappy one-liners and insults against business establishments and government officials, the Forestville Police Department has concluded their report.

After interviewing eyewitnesses and examining the evidence found at the scene, the FPD probe determined the writing spree began in the predawn hours following a morning cup of coffee, and a fit of inspiration.

No one was impervious to the wrath of his witty repartee. Mr. Eggers took on local politicians, news organizations, his boss, the police and finally himself. Everything was ripe for ripping.

Eggers was held up in the corner of his home office because the police department cut the power denying him computer access. Working by the hue of a dimly lit cigarette, he then journaled his material with a felt tipped quill pen during the standoff with police.

The standoff ended peacefully when he ran out of food, coffee and ink. When police officials entered the home they found the writer barely awake and slumped in the corner meekly writing on the wall with his finger nails. The report describes Mr. Eggers’s writer’s garret as, “In a state of squalor; littered with newspapers, magazines, scripts, wine bottles and Nexium capsules.”

The police report said that although Mr. Eggers was “extremely careless” with his humor, they concluded that “no criminal charges are appropriate.”

According to sources, the jokesmith gave private assurances to law enforcement that he would cease hurling insults about cops and donuts, and Yo Momma jokes aimed directly at the District Attorney’s mother.

Mr. Eggers declined to speak about the matter.