Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Vancouver man arrested after bizarre standoff with Banjo!

VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) - A Vancouver man was taken into police custody after a standoff that featured the suspect serenading officers with a banjo.

Officers were called to the 8500 block of NE 36th Circle after reports of a naked man walking around with a knife.  When they arrived at the man’s home, he refused to surrender.

Neighbors saw the man, identified by police as Andrew Helmsworth, yelling at officers, and said at one point, Helmsworth walked outside with a banjo, which he played for the officers.

Witnesses said the officers eventually subdued Helmsworth with what appeared to be a non-lethal round and took him into custody.

According to police, the investigation revealed that Helmsworth had assaulted a family member.

Helmsworth was arrested on a charge of felony assault and lodged at the Clark County Jail, police said.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Police blotter: Banjo thieved, laptop stolen while owner showered

Someone stole a Martin acoustic guitar and a Deering Good Time banjo from an unlocked Jetta parked on the 1900 block of Florence on Monday morning.  

Police are investigating a burglary in which someone kicked in a door at the Budget Motel and stole a laptop computer while the owner was in the shower. The theft was reported at 11:44 p.m. Monday.  

A caller at 10:58 p.m. Monday said someone had punctured a tire on their vehicle parked at Silver Bow Homes.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tourist who killed with banjo jailed for 12 years

BY CLIO FRANCIS    -      Last updated 11:54 18/09/2009

Image634911529716349138The Hungarian divemaster who shoved a banjo down a man's neck, killing him, is a "disgrace" to his country, his victim's family says.

Ferdinand Ambach, 31, successfully used the controversial provocation defense during his trial for the murder of Aucklander Ronald James Brown, 69.

On December 7, 2007, police discovered Mr Brown lying on the stairs at his Onehunga flat with a red banjo shoved down his throat.

Ambach was found barricaded in a cupboard on the second floor. Mr Brown died two days later in hospital.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Government regulation of banjos works to curb Bluegrass violence

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Image634910136135924715Rick Robinson

Author, Writ of Mandamus

Over two decades ago, an Ohio man bludgeoned his wife to death with a banjo (two banjos to be specific — he broke the first one). According to the Cox News Service report, neighbors were shocked. Other than playing “Fox on the Run” over and over again while attempting to sing all three parts of the harmony by himself, the man seemed normal.

Still, this senseless tragedy set into motion a series of events in which quick and decisive government regulation solved the national epidemic of senseless Bluegrass violence.

According to a recently produced public television documentary, it was a sad time in America’s history when banjos were readily available to any person that happened to wander into a music store. It’s hard to remember such a time, but at one point in our history banjos were not registered. No identification was required to purchase one. No musical aptitude checks were performed on potential owners.

Banjo Attack

Posted on January 7, 2010

The Aspen Daily News reported "The banjo is considered "a deadly weapon" under Colorado law". On New Year’s Eve, Joseph Stancato of Denver allegedly struck another man in the head with his banjo after a minor altercation District Judge James Boyd has approved Stancato’s request to be allowed to tour with his band while awaiting his court date. If convicted of assault with a deadly banjo, Stancato could be imprisoned.

The Mandolin Case is a medical legal mystery solved by the local bluegrass community. It shows the truth but tells no facts. The author searched for indelible human truths that are unchanged over generations. He rejected temporary fads that will fade once out of style. The truth was found in the arts, and not science. It was found by ordinary people and not the rich and famous. It is a story for people weary of exploitation of the humble by the powerful, and a roadmap to thwart the efforts of the greedy. Enjoy.

“The ‘The Mandolin Case’ provides more twists and curls than the grain in a piece of birds-eye maple. Like a master fiddler weaving notes through the melody of a song, Bibey holds forth simplicity as the most complex asset when prejudice and greed place honor and integrity on trial.” –Dan Hays, International Bluegrass Music Association


Crime Victim Successfully Defends Himself with Banjo

By John Farrier in Crime & Law, Society & Culture on Sep 17, 2010

A man in the Kansas City area was attacked with a knife and frying pan. He responded by swinging a banjo at his attacker’s head:

Police say the Monday banjo blow to the head stopped the assailant, who was treated for a cut and taken to jail.[...] The two 21-year-old friends were drinking and arguing about a band when Hilton grabbed the kitchen weapons and attacked, police said. The victim happened to have banjo in hand and used it in self defense, they said.

It’s a bluegrass instrument… it’s a self-defense tool!

Here’s a story from Kansas City that won’t do much to repair the image of banjo players as hayseed yokels.

It appears that two friends were engaged in a heated argument this past Monday night about the relative merits of two bands. As these things are wont to do, outrage ensued, and one friend came after the other with a frying pan and a knife.

The quick-thinking, would-be victim responded with what was at hand – literally in hand – and smacked his attacker upside the head with his banjo. The protagonist was treated and released from a local hospital, and promptly arrested for assault.

Police report that a marijuana pipe was found at the scene, and that “the smell of alcohol was prevalent.” Who’da thunk it?

It’s a blow for sanity in a mixed-up world. But before you start getting ideas, just remember: banjos don’t stop fights… people stop fights.