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Doughnut-eating champion arrested after winning
Police found the man they'd been seeking for nine months after he won their local doughnut-eating competition.
Winning a police-sponsored competitive eating contest carries some bragging rights, but it’s not a good idea to enter if one is actively wanted in connection with a crime, as one North Carolina man discovered this week when he was arrested just a day after becoming a local doughnut-eating champion.
According to The Chicago Tribune, police had been looking for 24-year-old Bradley Hardison for nine months in connection with break-ins at local businesses in Elizabeth City, N.C., but they could not find him until his name popped up as the winner of a police-sponsored doughnut-eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday.
Hardison won the contest, beating several police officers and firefighters by managing to eat eight doughnuts in two minutes. But the next day Camden County Sheriff's Lieutenant Max Robeson recognized Hardison’s name in a report from the event and realized the new champion was a wanted man.
"I said, 'Congratulations on your win last night,'" Robeson said. Then he arrested Hardison for the two break-ins.
Oklahoma man fights to save family farm after 5 siblings die of COVID-19
OKARCHE, Okla. (KFOR) – According to the Centers for Disease Control, 8,343 Oklahomans have died of COVID-19.
Every family knows a family affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The death toll has slowed since the widespread administration of the vaccine, but late last year the pandemic tightened its grip on Oklahoma.
Many rural families were hit particularly hard.
Half of the 10 siblings lost their lives to the virus.
Ron Annuschat, 58, died Oct. 30, 2020.
Paul Annuschat, 68, died Oct. 31, 2020.
Nick Annuschat, 59, died Nov. 6, 2020.
Vicki (Annuschat) Marks, 66, died Nov. 20, 2020.
Denise (Annuschat) Meyer, 62, died Feb. 12, 2021.
There are three surviving siblings: Sandy (Annuschat) Raupe, Jackie (Annuschat) Walta and Larry Annuschat.
Larry, the youngest surviving son, buried five siblings within three months.
The Annuschat homestead sits in the shadow of an industrial wind farm on the Kingfisher County side of Okarche.
Everyone in the county knows the Annuschats.
Art and Ruth Annuschat raised ten kids on the farm, a sprawling 800-acre dairy northeast of town.
The Annuschats farmed wheat, milked cows, bred sheep and ran cattle.
For almost a half century, four Annuschat brothers ran the LLC: Stan, Nick, Paul and Ron.
Stan Annuschat died in 2017.
The surviving brothers, along with Larry Annuschat, kept the business alive after Stan’s death.
The headquarters was a bustling family farm until COVID-19 wiped them out.
Nick, Paul and Ron all got COVID-19 and died in the span of a week.
Larry is the baby of the family, child number 10.
Larry has always worked on the farm, but never officially joined the LLC.
When his brothers died, the farm went to all surviving beneficiaries, six family members who could not agree on how to divvy up the assets.
The inheritance went to auction April 23rd.
The entire estate was auctioned off in lots, including six tracts of land, the house, pickup trucks, trailers and tillage.
The spoils of this dairy farming empire was sold piece by piece to the highest bidder.
It was heartbreaking for Larry, who wanted to keep the farm in the family.
The night before auction, he prayed for a sign.
He asked for courage and clarity to honor the legacy of his big brothers.
“I don’t know what God’s up to,” Larry said. “He’s up to something. It’s not over yet.”
Larry walked into that auction barn with his son by his side, steadfast and hopeful, determined to buy back the farm.
What Larry Annuschat didn’t know was the town of Okarche was pulling for him.
Many community members had decided not to bid against Larry in his attempt to re-purchase some of his property.
“We were expecting 1,000 people the day of auction,” said Chris Cameron of Lippard Auctioneers.
Lippard Auctioneers organized both a live and an online auction for the Annuschat property.
Out-of-state buyers had no idea what the Annuschat family had endured.
A couple from South Carolina opened the bidding on the homestead.
“There was a lot of talk at the auction that people from overseas were going to bid online,” said Robert Medley of The Okarche Warrior.
Medley is the managing editor of the local paper and had been covering this family tragedy since October of 2020.
“This family has lots of roots a lot of people knew them,” Medley said.
The price of land in rural Oklahoma has skyrocketed in recent years, shored up by oil and wind power.
The auction was expected to fetch more than $1 million because it included some valuable tracts of land and dozens of pieces of well-kept farm equipment.
As the bid price for the homestead inched toward Larry’s limit, the cattle rattle went silent.
“Supposedly someone went outside the shed doors and told someone bidding outside, ‘Let it go. He’s got it.’ And it was over,” Larry remembered.
Larry bought the farm that day.
“When we did finally sell it, the whole barn cheered for Larry,” said Cameron. “It was a good day.”
“That place went nuts,” Larry smiled. “People clapped and cheered. I had people coming up to me giving me a hug.”
To be clear, Larry bought the most important portion of the ranch to his family, 160 acres including the livestock barns and his childhood home.
“I didn’t buy this for me,” Larry cried. “I bought this for my mom and dad and my four brothers. (I bought the farm) because of that bond.”
Larry will begin again at the place where it all began.
It is a fresh start for a brother brokenhearted.
Running the family farm by himself is a monumental task.
“They’re still here (with me). They’re watching me. They know it’s too much for one person. They do,” Larry said. “But they’ve got more power now than they did when they were here. They really do. and I believe that.”
This lone surviving farmer is now sowing seeds for a new era at Annuschat Farms.
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- Air New Zealand Safety Videos: The Cop Show portion of "Safety in Hollywood" has Anna Faris and Rhys Darby as cops with "official police donuts".
- An AFLAC commercial featured two cops describing AFLAC using an analogy with a donut.
- Some years back, a local commercial in the Orlando market featured the then real-life Orange County Sheriff and several of his deputies chowing down at a particular 24-hour restaurant. The tag line had the good Sheriff pointing at the repast before him and exclaiming, "This is why cops don't eat donuts anymore!" (The spot was quickly pulled after protests that such a commercial endorsement by a law enforcement official was highly inappropriate.)
- The Foundation For A Better Life's "Honesty" ad - where a boy appears to steal a purse, but in reality chases down its owner - in the extended version, the cops that he appeared to be running from offer the boy a donut when they see him give the purse back.
- The infamous "Trunk Monkey" ads have one where the titular critter tries to bribe an officer away from giving a ticket to his owner, first with cash, then with a donut. It doesn't work.
- A coffee commercial (can't remember the name) has one of the people praising the coffee be a cop who, after praising it, whispers that he doesn't like donuts.
- A toy commercial for the Blue Senturion (a robotSuper Cop) from Power Rangers Turbo ends with him buying a donut and a cup of coffee.
- Although technically not a Donut Shop, Glock featured an all-night-diner (which is basically the same thing to police officers) which some genius crook attempts to rob. only to find it filled to the brim with cops there for a convention. Did I forget to mention that they were all armed. with Glocks?
- The English Gag Dub of Ghost Stories invokes this when the kids go to the police: "Drop the Krispy Kremes, Serpico!"
- Koutarou Amon from Tokyo Ghoul has a major Sweet Tooth and loves donuts. In an omake, Juuzou brings him a box of donuts as a bribe.
- In Death Note L (unsurprisingly) polishes off an entire box of donuts by himself. And in the live-action film adaptation, he creates a donut kebab by placing several on a skewer.
- Sam and Twitch from Spawn also love donuts. Especially Sam. But, then again, he loves everything.
- Harvey Bullock's love of doughnuts (see Western Animation examples below) carries over from his original appearances in the Batman comics.
- Oddly enough Sergeant Slipper in The Beano can be seen having a
- Lampshaded in Ultimate Spider-Man. Peter is chasing Ultimate Carnage across the city, and we cut away to two cops walking away from a donut shop. Then Carnage lands in front of them and kills them before Peter can do anything.
- In A Sirius Matter Sirius drove his motorcycle, which was charmed to be invisible to the police, at 200 MPH past a car containing "two overweight cops" who "continued munching on their donuts."
- Revenge Is So Sweet:
- The police car in Doug's 1st Movie has a vanity plate that says "DONUT-1"
- All Dogs Go to Heaven 2: Charlie and David distract a large group of cops by announcing that a truck with fresh donuts has arrived outside the police station. Them being so gullible, and that they all left instead of just having a few of them go and get them for all of them, is another trope.
- Wreck-It Ralph: In Sugar Rush, King Candy's top enforcers are a pair of cops, Wynchell and Duncan, who are respectively an éclair (or a long john) and a ring doughnut, and are named after twoknown donut chains.
- Benjamin Clawhauser, ZPD's receptionist/dispatcher in Zootopia, eats so many donuts that his hands are always covered with sprinkles. He's first introduced eating one, comments on how he's the stereotypical fat donut-loving cop after a profiling faux pas, and then pulls out a donut from a fold of his neck when Judy points it out to him. Donuts aren't the only sugary things he constantly eats, though.
- The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature: When Surly and Buddy try to get food from a donut shop, several cops go there because they're informed that the place is charging half the usual price for the donuts. Once the Mayor is arrested and Liberty Land is closed, one of the cops seizes a donut cart.
- In an early scene in RoboCop 3, a rather pathetic hoodlum charges into a donut shop to hold the place up, and is suddenly covered in glowing red dots. He looks around in confusion and belatedly notices all the uniformed police officers/customers pointing their laser-sighted guns at him. This was even lampshaded by the clerk sarcastically commenting to the hood, "So what's it like being a rocket scientist?" Then the main plot kicks in, and they leave him just standing there, pleading "Isn't someone going to arrest me?"
- In Mars Attacks!, cops are seen fleeing from a donut shop being blown up by Martians.
- The Boondock Saints:
- There's also a very quick "blink and you'll miss it" moment earlier on. When the cops are preparing to go on a manhunt for Scott and have the town mapped out, in the corner one of the key sections underlined is that of a donut shop.
- A regional joke in New England revolves around the fact that Dunkin' Donuts (and we mean any Dunkin' Donuts) is the worst place to rob after a gun shop. A Starbucks, on the other hand, is a good target, since cops are mainly from working class backgrounds and hang out at DD, while Starbucks is seen as the place where college kids with lots of money and other snobs go. Ironically, most cops just get coffee these days and avoid the donuts.
- A joke once detailed that when a Cop goes to Hell, he must make a decision: Bullets or Donuts.
- There's also this joke:
- Able Team. Carl Lyons is offered a box of jelly donuts while investigating a homicide. Then just as he's biting into one, the police show him the crime scene photos in the hope of grossing him out. Lyons is a former LAPD cop however, so takes it entirely in stride.
- Rare British example: The Ankh-Morpork City Watch, in the Discworld novels. Captain Vimes has a doughnut at Harga's House of Ribs in Men at Arms (and describes the recipe in full, to express his annoyance at Harga's literal-minded response to his asking for coffee "black as midnight on a moonless night"). In Thud!, it's mentioned that Sergeant Colon and the ex-Watchmen who come in to chat with him get through a lot of doughnuts, but it's worth it for the information. In Night Watch it's mentioned that one of the reasons Ankh-Morpork-trained watchmen are held in such high regard is that they don't accept bribes, apart from the occasional free beer and doughnut. And in Unseen Academicals, one character refers to the Watch being annoyed about breaking up a riot because it would be keeping them from the doughnut shop. Of course, while Discworld is a British creation, it takes its tropes from everywhere.
- But for the most part, Watch members prefer foreign takeout, partly because that's what usually comes with coffee in the setting, but this is a British trope: British Coppers working the night-shift often end up grabbing something to eat from a Chinese takeaway or a kebab shop because they're usually the last place on the high street to close for the night.
- The A-Team: When Murdock and Face are captured, they bluff their kidnappers into choosing a Donut Café as a meeting point. Once inside, the two simply get up and walk out of the Café, calmly asking the Gangsters what they're gonna do, shoot them in front of all the Cops
- The Australian comedy series The Late Show has this as a Running Gag in Bargearse (a Gag Dub of 70's cop show Bluey (1976)). The episode "Where's My Bloody Donuts?" has the overweight Detective Sgt. Bargearse investigating the theft of ten dozen jam donuts from his lunchbox.
- When Gary (a cop) asks Phoebe out, he says, "Don't worry, I'm not just gonna take you out for donuts." Chandler laughs, and everybody else stares, befuddled. Chan explains that it was a bizarre form of self-defense: "He has a gun!"
- Chandler made his own donut joke when Phoebe first found Gary's badge. It got an awkward silence, and he quickly admitted he could do better and asked for a do-over.
- The "Bad Cop, No Donut" (see Real Life) sign has been sign on Stabler's locker.
- Although in season 10, Servo has a dirty cop refusing to stop at a Krispy Kreme so as not to "advance the stereotype."
- In Experiment 618, "High School Big Shot" during the short ("Out Of This World", the one where good and evil vie for a breadman's soul) Mike makes a cop/doughnut joke.
- Possibly a bit of Fridge Brilliance, as Mike didn't sign the original contract.
- The season seven finale has Obstructive BureaucratJerkass Harris Trout bring in donuts for the team as they explain to him their mishap with their latest case,, only for Trout to throw the untouched donuts into the trash mid- story. Even Reasonable Authority Figure Chief Vick reacts in horror.
- Though to be fair, Trout had just gone on for ages about wasteful spending, only to waste the donuts. One wonders if she wasn't objecting to the waste.
- A cartoon from the National Enquirer depicts a police academy instructor pointing to a pull-down map.
- Brad Paisley, in his song "Mr. Policeman," taunts the cop chasing him: "There's no way you're keeping up with me / Just go on back to Krispy Kreme."
- Then there's the line from The Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian", quoted above. It might be the Trope Maker.
- The "Smoked Pork" skit from Body Count's self titled album Body Count.
- House of Pain's "Jump Around" features the line "Feel it, funk it / Amps in the trunk/ And I got more rhymes than there's cops that are dunkin. " It's hard to imagine it's in reference to anything else.
- During the music video for "Sabotage" by The Beastie Boys, a scene during the middle break shows the cops stopping for donuts.
- Ice Cube's song "Say Hi To The Bad Guy" has a particularly dark take on this trope.
- The music video for the song "Stylo" by Gorillaz features a donut munching cop giving chase to a speeding car driven by the band members. To be fair, the only reason he stops was because Cyborg Noodle was popping shotgun shells into his police car and causing it to crash through a billboard. Said cop gets taken away by the Boogeyman to hell before he could reach for a nearby box of donuts.
- A concert poster for the band Cop Shoot Cop depicts two policemen dueling over the last doughnut.
- Ben Folds' song "Rent a Cop" mentions whispering lewd comments about women through his doughnut.
- In the music video for The Smashing Pumpkins' "1979", the teens messing around in the convenience store stop when two cops walk in. They buy some donuts, and leave, after which the real mischief begins.
- In "Jump Around" by House of Pain, Everlast claims to have "more rhymes than there's cops at a Dunkin' Donuts shop."
- "Gimme the Loot" by The Notorious B.I.G. has this gem of a lyric.
- According to Scott Adams, one Dilbert strip he wrote featured Dogbert with a cop who would shoot a victim who was conveniently off-panel. The syndicate didn't like it, saying it was too violent. Adams rewrote the strip so the center panel would be replaced with "BANG BANG BANG" instead of the cop shooting. This didn't work, as it wasn't the act of shooting but the image of the cop holding the gun that was too violent. The published strip featured the cop holding a donut and shooting bullets out of that, giving rise to the term "Dangerous Donuts".
- Garfield: Two cops seeing Jon, Garfield and Odie's antics.
- In The Getaway: High Speed II, the second ball is locked by having the player pull up to Donut Heaven, where Car 504 happens to be taking a break.
- There's even a secret Mania Mode that can be invoked when three cop cars are present.
- Gabriel Iglesias was once pulled over by a cop in a Krispy Kreme parking lot for exiting the wrong way (in his haste to get home and eat up). The policeman asked the obligatory "You know why I pulled you over?" He felt compelled to answer, "Yeah man, 'cause you could smell it!" The cop got enough of a kick out of that to let him off with a warning.
- Another time he was pulled over by a cop who happened to be a big fan. The excited cop said "Wait 'til I tell everyone I met you! This is even better than the time a buddy of mine pulled over this fat guy who gave him donuts!"
- The C.L.U.E. Foundation has featured this trope, at least once, killing a particularly stupid Shadowrun player.
- One "sloth" fool in Kitsune: Of Foxes and Fools is the "Doughboy Cop".
- Sheriff Sugarfeet from Transformers: BotBotsis a living donut herself. Her stealth is unfortunately hindered by the trail of powdered sugar she leaves behind her, however.
- The zombie cop figure from ToyBiz's Resident Evil 2 action figure line is clutching a donut (the figure's sculpt was reused, scaled up with significant changes, for the cop who comes with the Sabretooth figure in ToyBiz's X-Men line, donut and all).
- In the first Gabriel Knight game, there are a few police officers (such as the Desk Sergeant) who have quite a taste for beignets (New Orleans' equivalent to donuts).
- Grand Theft Auto
- ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has a few examples.
- During the mission "Reuniting the Families", two bike cops drop their snack to join the chase. The camera focuses on the ground where the donuts drop.
- Also, the first two C.R.A.S.H. missions have you meeting the dirty cops of the unit at the only donut joint in Downtown, Jim's Sticky Ring. The first mission's cutscene actually features the fully rendered inside of the shop note it's not an accessible restaurand during gameplay .
- And sometimes if a fat CJ is arrested:
- In the expansion Blue Shift you play as a security guard not quite a police officer, but close enough. At the beginning of the game, where you can wander around some areas of the complex for a bit before all hell breaks loose, one of the scientist NPCs might say "Why are you standing around? Shouldn't you be guarding some coffee and doughnuts right about now?"
- Before that, you're required to go to the gun range to pick up your sidearm. In the range are two fellow security guards: a regular "Barney" guard near the entrance, using the range for its intended purpose, and a fat "Otis" one way in the opposite corner, hiding there to eat a donut.
- If you don't leave the donuts and knock, the FBI agents will eventually steal them from the catering truck on their own.
- A small lampshade hanging also occurs if you hide at the side of the van, you see a pair of feet below the vans backdoors and hear "Ooooh donuts! Nice. Full disclosure: We're actually FBI".
- Absolution plays it straight by having one of the ways the player can make a cop disguise more convincing to the NPCs is to eat donuts out of a box left laying around. The scene is spoofed by Harry Partridge in this animation where our Master of Disguise is not the cop, but one of the donuts!
- A rather sickening variation exists in the same game. Throwing a doughnut on the floor and then peeing on it will produce a contaminated doughnut which you can pick back up. These get lumped in with the rest of the doughnuts in your inventory and look no different than normal doughnuts. If contaminated doughnuts have a cop happen across them. well, Vomit Indiscretion Shot ensues.
- Also, finding and putting on a cop uniform causes the Postal Dude to say "Someone stole my donuts, and now you're all going to pay!".
- One of the missions has Tony wanting to buy a donut shop. The owner agrees to sell, but only if he can get rid of the cops who are always trying to get free donuts and coffee from him. Tony hijacks a police car and leads them on a chase that proves lethal for the cops.
- In the original game, open road tracks disable traffic and cops in multiplayer and tournament modes due to hardware limitations. The manual handwaves this by stating that the cops are all resting in the donut shop.
- One of the pursuit breakers in Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) is at a donut shop, and running over the supports will have the giant donut fall on any cop cars chasing you.
- Near the beginning of the "Disorient Express" chapter, Dooley makes several attempts to persuade McQueen that they should blow the case off and head back to the precinct house before they miss out on a free donut offer.
- In the "Police Farce" chapter, the whiteboard in the briefing room of the precinct house is covered in writing that proves on closer inspection to be the donut and coffee rota.
- Also invoked in one of the bios for the same game, in the remastered version. The bio for Kev Portly mentions that he joined the police force specifically because he loves donuts and knows that cops eat donuts.
- In the trailer for the cancelled Sly Cooper film, the Cooper Gang try to steal donuts when Murray begs for some. But when the donut store closes. Sly steals donuts from cops, causing them to get chased. Bentley yells "Why can't we just order pizza like normal people?"
- Among the hints to Sheriff Gorous favorite snack in Epithet Erased: He wears a donut bolo tie, carries pistols with decorative donut handles, and keeps an open dozen on his desk. We would also say his beard is full of sprinkles, but according to an eyecatch its actually made of sprinkles perpetually stuck to his face.
- Here Is A Question had this happen when Reno got arrested for murder and learned she got her potential sentence bumped up from five years to twenty-five&loz.
- Can You Spare a Quarter?: Graham remarks on the association between police and doughnuts when he sees a police member consuming one in a hospital.
- In the Rick and Morty episode "Rick Potion #9", several donuts can be seen on the ground next to the dead policeman when Jerry grabs his rifle.
- Chief Wiggum in The Simpsons. But, then again, Donuts are popular with other characters as well. Still, he's the only one who threatened someone with violence because of some donuts that fell on the sewer.
- In Treehouse of Horror IV episode, Homer - due to an encounter with The Devil - has his head turned into a four-foot-wide donut. As a result,the Springfield Police Department lays siege to his house, cups of coffee in hand, waiting for him to emerge.
- Wiggum is also known to eat a stack of donuts off his gun, often without the safety on.
- When Homer wants to find a fancy donut cart all he does is call 911 and the police promptly call out a massive search complete with helicopters. Once they find it and the donuts are already sold out Wiggum pulls out his gun and threatens the owner.
- In the episode where Marge becomes a cop, she's seen having coffee and a donut for breakfast while her family eats more regular breakfast fare. Marge, is, however, much more competent than the usual Springfield policeman.
- In the Springfield's Most Wanted special, every desk has a box of donuts.
- A cop show about the Springfield Police has Snake Jailbird escape their attempted arrest by car, taunting "Close but no donut!"
- Mayor Quimby once called Wiggum a "talking tub of donut batter" during an argument.
- The episode "Cop Out" has Mike Brickowski, a fat and lazy cop sitting in his patrol car eating donuts and bragging about what a great cop he is while his partner is across the street foiling a bank robbery. On the way back to the station, he got donuts from practically every donut shop he found, including one that also sells chinese food. And he's still eating donuts back at the station when Da Chief gives him the Turn in Your Badge speech. Brikowski then hands over his gun, which Da Chief tells him to keep as a "souvenir". and asks for his donut instead, because he's hungry for one himself.
- The Movie has the cops portrayed in a ''bad'' light. Before the girls came along, crime was rampant, and we see the reason. during every crime, the policemen were always at the DONUT SHOP.
- Harvey Bullock's love of donuts goes without saying. There's one scene early in the show's run, in "Pretty Poison", where most of the police rush out of headquarters in response to some emergency and he lingers to grab one. Twice.
- Also, "Sins of the Father", Tim Drake's origin story, begins with him stealing a whole box of them from an elderly cop, then using them as improvised weapons against Two-Face's thugs.
- The short "A Cop and his Donut" revolved around a cop who's partners with a talking donut.
- The Dan Danger Show referenced this trope and lampshaded how cliche it was in the short "A Date with Danger", where the dinner Dan ordered on his date with a female police officer turned out to be donuts and Dan remarks that he knew cops like donuts because that's what he heard from washed-up comedians.
- Alluded to in the Transformers: Rescue Bots episode "One for the Ages", where Myles expresses his frustration at him and his brother Evan getting caught by Chase by sarcastically asking if there isn't a robot donut shop around.
- The trope is referenced once more in the Sequel SeriesTransformers: Rescue Bots Academy, where the episode "Museum Mystery" has Chase invite Whirl to a police ride-along and Whirl offers to get the donuts. Humorously, neither Whirl nor Chase even know what donuts are, the latter guessing that they are some kind of puffy cookie.
- In the first part of the two-part episode "The Case of C.O.P.S. File #1", Mace is shown biting into a donut and tossing it away before apprehending a pair of criminals.
- The episode "The Case of the Baby Bad Guys" has Longarm remark that he needs to cut back on the donuts when his attempt to arrest Small Guy is thwarted by the diminutive crook escaping through a hole in a fence that Longarm is too big to go through.
- "Bad Cop, No Donut" adorns many a T-Shirt of anti-authority youth and is the name of an anti-police subreddit.
- This also exists as a bumper sticker, popular on pickup truck rear windows, where a cop can't not see it.
- They also make ones that say "Police Headquarters" in the orange-and-pink Dunkin' Donuts logo font.
- Amusing subversion in a few of Detroit's nicer suburbs (Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills): the cops all hang at Starbucks, despite the presence of several Dunkin' Donuts and Tim Horton's within the city limits or the next suburb over.
- It's also worth noting that, traditionally, Dunkin' Donuts had a reputation for having just about the awesomest coffee in the universe, even if you weren't buying any donuts. Granted, that may be less true these days since specialty coffee shops have become so popular.
- Helsinki, Finland has a similar joke referring to an ABC gas station which happens to be one of the few such places open 24/7 in the downtown. As a result, it's the go-to place for downtown police officers and also patrol security guards in the area. They provide free coffee for both.
- In urban Britain, lacking widely available doughnut shops note there's a handful of Krispy Kreme franchises, but that's about it , the police generally make do with kebabs or other greasy fried food from late-night takeaways. In rural Britain they have to make do with a flask of tea and a packet of sandwiches from home because nowhere's open past 11PM.
- Instead of paying for security, Tim Horton's offers free menu items to members of Law Enforcement, encouraging police to frequent timmies.
- Meanwhile, Filipino cops prefer hanging out at panciterias (Chinese-style noodle houses).
- In Sweden, police are stereotyped as obsessed with the local gatukök (literally "street kitchen", think somewhere between a hot-dog stand and a fast food restaurant), and many of these will have a "police-meal" somewhere, though what that meal actually is varies according to region and the culinary preferences of local law enforcement.
- In Israel, the police are stereotyped as being crazy over shawarma.
Florida man arrested after cops mistake doughnut glaze for meth crystals
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Rushing probably won't be eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts in his car any more.
The 64-year-old was arrested on drug charges when Orlando police officers spotted four tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins wrote in an arrest report that during a traffic stop on Dec. 11, she noticed the flakes on the floorboard. Two roadside drug tests were positive for the illegal substance and Rushing was arrested. But a state crime lab test cleared him several weeks later.
"It was incredible," Rushing said. "It feels scary when you haven't done anything wrong and get arrested. . It's just a terrible feeling."
It started on a Friday afternoon when Rushing dropped off a neighbor at a hospital for a weekly chemotherapy session. Then, he drove to a convenience store to pick up a friend who needed a ride home.
Riggs-Hopkins said she was staking out the area for drug activity. Rushing told her he had a concealed weapons permit, according to an arrest report. She asked him to step out of his car and noticed a "rock like substance" on the floorboard.
"I recognized through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic," she wrote.
Rushing agreed to a vehicle search. "I didn't have anything to hide," he said. "I'll never let anyone search my car again."
Riggs-Hopkins and other officers spotted three other pieces of the substance.
"I kept telling them, 'That's . glaze from a doughnut," Rushing said.
He was charged with possession of methamphetamine with a firearm and spent 10 hours in jail before being released on bond.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement told the newspaper that an analyst in its Orlando crime lab didn't try to identify what police found in the car, only to determine whether it was an illegal drug. They determined it wasn't, and three days after Rushing's arrest, the State Attorney's Office dropped the charges.
Rushing, who retired after 25 years as an Orlando parks department employee, told the newspaper he has hired a lawyer and plans to sue the city because he was arrested "for no reason at all."
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He was a bit player in the 2016 presidential election. He filed grievances with the D.C. Bar and with bar associations in New York, Maryland and Arkansas against the following notables:
Hillary Clinton, about her email problem.
Her top aide, Cheryl Mills over same.
FBI Director James Comey and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch for mishandling the email case.
Clinton lawyer David Kendall for deleting the Clinton emails.
His complaints are pending.
The dos and donuts of doughnuts
I am normally what could be classed as "a healthy eater", but I have one fatal weakness doughnuts. I'm of the opinion that there are few problems in life that can't be solved with a steaming hot cup of tea and a sticky, sugary, jam-filled doughnut. Maybe it's my northern sensibilities, but I would plump for a doughnut any day of the week - plump being the operative word.
While cupcakes leave me cold, there is something about the bulk and sugary kick of a doughnut that really does it for me. When I was pregnant with my twins, I used to dream about doughnuts at night. The kind that I was fetishising, of course, were the stuff of my childhood simple unpretentious fare eaten on the way home from school, generously dusted with sugar and filled to bursting with gloopy strawberry jam.
As a devotee I'm delighted that doughnuts are being taken to new heights. Only this week Heston Blumenthal cooked up some typically inventive exploding potato doughnuts as part of his current TV series.
The craze has come over from the US where you can feast on flavours such as apricot cardamom, molasses Guinness, grapefruit campari and chocolate star anise. Michael Caines at Abode in Exeter, Glasgow, Canterbury and Manchester and Nigel Haworth at Northcote Manor in Blackburn, Lancashire, have succumbed to the charms of the doughnut, while over at Asia de Cuba at St Martins Lane Hotel, London, you can fill your boots with brioche-style Mexican spiced ones with butterscotch sauce. Yotam Ottolenghi's churros at Nopi were sprinkled with hot chocolate and accompanied by fennel seed dipping sugar I heard they were incredible, but tragically they were cut from the menu before I got a chance to try them.
Elsewhere, the acclaimed Harwood Arms in Fulham does a nice line in gourmet doughnuts - fig jam with ginger sugar and sour cream, vanilla sugar with bramley apple purée and lemon curd with sherbert and whipped cream. The Hawksmoor boys have been filling theirs with custard and plum jam, the filthy things.
I love the way these doughnuts mess with your mind, serving up what seems like a quintessentially British pudding but playing on its more cosmopolitan credentials. Doughnuts may seem as British as wet wellies and sand-in-your-sandwiches, but they are well-travelled little things, said to originate in the Netherlands before Dutch settlers brought them to America - although some claim that in 1847 an American ship's captain punched a hole in the centre of the deep-fried dough cakes his mother made so they could be stored at sea. Whatever the origins, and whether it's churros, beignets, fritters or Krispy Kremes, everyone speaks the universal language of doughnut.
One of my earliest food memories is of watching the doughnut man on Blackpool pier popping hunks of dough into the sizzling fryer, then eating them hot and fresh while strolling along the prom. Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 in Padstow, Cornwall, recreates the experience in his "taste of the fairground" dish, the winning dessert in the latest Great British Menu TV competition. Made with no yeast so they don't need to be proved and can be dropped straight into the oil and served crispy-hot and fluffy inside, these raspberry curd doughnuts are served with cinnamon sugar, honeycomb lollipops, coconut custard, peanut popcorn, toffee apples and marshmallow. It is a pudding I would happily shlep over to Cornwall to try.
Sadly my love of doughnuts has not yet extended into the kitchen. But for home cooks brave enough to face the fear of frying, Top Pot Doughnuts in Seattle, have recently published a recipe book called Top Pots Hand Forged Doughnuts.
So is there a secret to a good doughnut? "Use good quality ingredients, such as Tiptree jam," says Christopher Dunn, head baker at Dunn's Bakery in Crouch End, London, whose chocolate doughnuts my kids go mad for. Apparently too it is all in the proving - the time you allow the dough to rest and increase in size. Prove too long and the dough will fall apart in the fryer, underprove and the doughnut will turn out dense and chewy. At Pippin Doughnuts in Swindon they recommend getting the frying oil hot (190C) "to seal the crust and prevent oil soaking while it's cooking" and using good quality strong bread flour (they use Wessex Mill strong white bread flour) "Gluten is needed to hold the structure and give a good light texture."
When it comes to fillings and glazings, anything goes, and it doesn't even have to be sweet. Vadas are traditional Indian savoury doughnuts made from lentils or potatoes and enlivened with spices, while Jamie Oliver cooks smoked paprika hush-puppies, flavoursome salty doughnuts from the southern US made from cornmeal, cheese and spring onions.
"But tart is best," says Barry Fitzgerald at the Harwood Arms. "Sour cream and lemon curd complement the doughnut's sugariness perfectly." And if that doesn't have you drooling, you're made of sterner stuff than me.
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Time To Make The Maple Bacon Doughnuts In Somerville 06:30
It seems like the Krispy Kreme doughnut craze was just yesterday &mdash but a new wave of novel, artisan doughnuts is tantalizing the nation. Just this month, Saveur magazine explored some of the decadent breakfast food’s wildest incarnations. And now the Boston area is getting into the game.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. &mdash It might be lame, but it's hard not to tease pastry chef Heather Schmidt about Fred, the most iconic doughnut maker of all time.
"Do you know how many times people have said that to me?" she asked with a smile, then mimicked her taunters: "Hey Heather, is it time to make the doughnuts yet?" Her amused but mildly exasperated answer is usually, "Like yeah, yeah. it’s time to make the doughnuts."
Schmidt has been making and selling her version of the trending breakfast food for four weeks. The magic (as she puts it) happens in a shared commercial cooking space in Somerville known as Kitchen, Inc. The name of her operation &mdash Union Square Donuts -- is painted in white on the storefront's glass window and simply stamped in black on the covers of its white bakery boxes. Thursday through Sunday long lines of curious doughnut seekers can be seen snaking down the street.
"There’s something very nostalgic about doughnuts," Schmidt mused. "A lot of the time people come in and say, 'It smells so good in here,' and it just brings back a flurry of memories."
Schmidt, who turned 38 this week, has her own childhood reveries.
"For me, it takes me right back to when I was 7," she recalled. "Every Sunday morning, Dad bringing home the honey dipped, the old fashioned and the chocolate frosted."
Not Your Average Doughnut
But you won’t find those standard-issue flavors in Schmidt’s stable of recipes. In fact, her maple bacon doughnut is attaining a kind of mythic status among area food fans.
“There’s something very nostalgic about doughnuts,” says pastry chef and Union Square Donuts owner Heather Schmidt. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
"It’s like a pancake breakfast on a doughnut," Schmidt explained. "You’ve got your doughnut part &mdash which is like your pancake &mdash your maple syrup, and your bacon. Your maple syrup always runs into your bacon on your plate, right? Yeah, so just put it all in one spot."
The decadent hybrid is covered in chunks of quality, thick-cut bacon. Schmidt says some customers are skeptical, but it’s the shop's best seller. And at $3.50 each, it's also the most expensive.
Others, like the chocolate chipotle, honey almond and cherry hibiscus are $3. To justify the price Schmidt draws a distinction between her product and the other guy’s.
"What we’re doing, I think, is more like a pastry. The dough is more like a brioche dough. The cherry hibiscus look 'Homer Simpson,' but they are not," Schmidt said with a laugh. "There are no sprinkles on there. That color that you’re seeing in the cherry hibiscus, that is cherry juice and a really strong brewed hibiscus tea, and you get that gorgeous color just from that."
These are artisan products, made with real ingredients and dough that is hand-rolled, hand-shaped and hand-cut. Not all doughnuts contain yeast, but these do, so they’re fluffier. Schmidt has been working with yeasted dough for 15 years. After culinary school she had jobs in pastry at Radius in Boston and Rialto in Cambridge. She was also head pastry chef at Brookline's Clear Flour Bakery. She left that job to create funky-flavored ice pops with Josh Danoff, her business partner and owner of Culinary Cruisers. This past Thanksgiving he sent Schmidt an email after hearing about the rise of artisan doughnuts in New York City and Brooklyn.
"And the email just says, 'I have one word for you: doughnuts,' " she recalled with a laugh. "And I email him back and I said, 'I’m in!' And that’s how we started the business."
'Efficiency And Quality Control'
The business launched quickly with the help of production manager Dawnielle Peck. She used to work with Schmidt at Clear Flour.
The maple bacon doughnut is the shop's most expensive and most popular flavor. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
"Doughnuts are a huge part of my life. I eat as many here as possible," Peck said with a laugh. But she wasn't joking. "I love the small, weird ones, the funky ones. I’ll gladly take the rejects any day."
On a recent Saturday morning, Peck whisked a sticky, aromatic honey glaze in a large stainless steel bowl. She and the rest of the crew are acutely aware of the looming deadline: only 30 minutes left until they open. Like Schmidt, Peck never expected the little doughnut shop to get so busy, and she said their learning curve has been steep.
"It can be difficult at times to accomplish both efficiency and quality control, but that’s something that’s very, very important to us," Peck said. "We don’t want to just throw out 400 doughnuts that are lackluster, or that don’t taste good."
The team actually makes 600 each day they're open. They usually sell out in just three to four hours.
Hard To Resist
At "go time" &mdash 9 a.m. &mdash Schmidt opened the storefront's squeaky door and greeted a queue of salivating customers. "Hi everybody! Oh my gosh, look at all of you waiting for our doughnuts," she exclaimed. "It's good cause they're warm right now, so you're in luck. Come on in!"
Thirty-six-year-old David Grossman made the pilgrimage to Union Square Donuts from Newton. He was one of the first to politely ramble through the door.
"Everybody loves doughnuts, they’re comfort food," Grossman said before pointing out they can be a nutritionist's nightmare. "I try not to eat them as much as I would like, but I couldn’t resist a maple bacon doughnut on a Saturday morning."
Outside, neighborhood residents Sarah Kulig, 26, and Mark Hengstler, 23, explained they've been to Union Square Donuts two times before, but the store's stock had already sold out. Doughnuts are Hengstler's favorite food, and he waxed thoughtfully about his firm belief in their power to unify.
"I’m from Washington state and Somerville is a really diverse place. There are a lot of people who aren’t from here, and I think something a lot of us have in common &mdash from the hipster stock all the way to people who grew up here &mdash is a real love of the doughnut," Hengstler said as Kulig giggled. "I think it’s very American. It’s very rich in our blood. And even the shape of a lot of doughnuts is a circle."
After placing their order, Kulig and Hengstler clutched their precious pastries and headed back outside. With mouths opening wide &mdash almost in slow motion &mdash they finally get to taste the chocolate chipotle and honey almond. Then &mdash with a blissed-out look in his eyes &mdash Hengstler traveled back in time, remembering how his parents would let him pick out whatever doughnut he wanted at the grocery store each Sunday after church.
"And I’d get the little wrap, and I’d open the case, and I’d get to choose," Hengstler recalled wistfully. "And that was the essence of freedom as a 7-year-old."
"I didn’t have that," Kulig chimed in. "I had to share my doughnut with my sister." Then, in a really cute way she said, "So having my own doughnut today feels really lucky."
The Humble Baker
Back inside the kitchen at Union Square Donuts, Heather Schmidt watches her customers' faces light up as they sink their teeth into her pillowy creations. But she admits this "moment of truth" can make her nervous, too.
"I’ve worked so hard on this dough, and I’ve worked so hard on these recipes that I feel very vulnerable putting my doughnuts out there," Schmidt admitted. "It’s like a little piece of me &mdash and I just want you to like me."
More seriously, though, Schmidt is bent on satisfying the growing demand for her edible art. To do that she needs a larger mixer, larger deep fryer and a larger staff.
"That’s the biggest priority &mdash making more doughnuts. So we can open later and we can open more and not turn anybody away," Schmidt said. "That kills me."
In a way this humble baker's dedication evokes that famous Dunkin' Donuts doughnut maker &mdash which reminded me to ask Schmidt if she sees the juggernaut as competition.
"I mean I grew up eating Dunkin' Donuts," she answered with a smile. Then she admitted, "I still go over to Dunkin' Donuts. Shhhh."
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