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Golf protest by man living in a tree ends abruptly when man falls out of tree

Last week we brought you the odd story of two protesters living in a tree in New Orleans' Sharp Park in an effort to stop construction of a new $25 million golf course. Now the situation has gotten even stranger.

The lone man standing, er, sitting fell out of the tree on Tuesday, according to Nola.com. Witnesses say Jonathan "Lloyd" Boover flipped out of a hammock perched midway up the tree. He appeared to injure his nose, leg and foot, and was eventually taken away by an ambulance.

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Lloyd, the name he was known by among fellow protestors, had been living in the tree since March 13. That's 11 days of living in a tree. Hammock or not, that's impressive.

A female, known only by her protest name of Heart, came down a week before after spending four days with Lloyd in the tree. Lloyd was thought to be running low on supplies. He waved to a crowd of supporters as he was carried away on a stretcher.

City officials had decided they wouldn't forcibly remove the protesters, but a police officer had been assigned to watch him. An arrest warrant was also issued for Lloyd for disturbing the peace and criminal trespassing.

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"Mr. Boover chose to interfere in the construction of the golf course . . . he broke the law and now becomes the subject of civil and criminal action," said City Park spokesperson Marc Ehrhardt.

Construction of the Rees Jones design had continued with Lloyd in the tree and the course is scheduled to be finished by February 2017.

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Important PSA: Let's all try to catch this thief by watching a video of him stealing a set of golf clubs in broad daylight

A Tulsa man had a set of golf clubs stolen right out of his driveway on Monday in broad daylight, according to newson6.com. Despite home surveillance footage of the criminal, he hasn't been arrested yet.

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At Golf Digest, we're obviously against this sort of thing, so we figured we'd help. Please check out the footage from Oklahoma's News On 6 to see if you can identify this thief and help bring him to justice (Call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS if you recognize him):

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Michael Potts is the victim of this bold crime. His white Callaway golf bag with his name monogrammed on the side contained about $1,500 worth of clubs and a range finder.

Yes, not being a tour pro and having your name monogrammed on a white Callaway golf bag is also bold, but it's not technically a crime. Let's help this guy out.

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Weird golf news of the week: "Champion golfer" gets six months jail time for disability benefits fraud

On Wednesday, a U.K. man was sentenced to six months in jail for committing benefits fraud. How was he caught? By playing golf, according to The Telegraph.

Alan Bannister, 56, collected more than 26,000 pounds in disability benefits from 2007 to 2012. But while he claimed his arthritis limited him to walking 55 yards in 10 to 15 minutes, he frequently played golf (walking with a pull cart), carried a 7 handicap and was even a club champion.

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Investigators working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Wales secretly filmed him playing golf. In one video, he's seen lifting his clubs and pull cart out of his trunk, walking to the first hole and teeing off. You can watch some of the footage of him being caught, um, golf handed:

An anonymous caller tipped off the DWP to Bannister's activities. Bannister had claimed his condition made it difficult for him to raise his arms or lift anything. According to Judge Recorder David Miller, "It was a blatant fraud. You grossly and dishonestly distorted your condition and your ability to walk."

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Weird golf news: Golfer survives drive-by shooting at Kansas City course

Tiger Woods made headlines last week for walking off after 11-plus holes at Torrey Pines with a bad back, but an amateur golfer had to WD on the 12th hole at his local course Tuesday for something a lot scarier: a drive-by shooting.

According to KMBC.com, a 63-year-old man, who wishes only to be identified as George, was shot in the leg while in the fairway of the 12th hole at Painted Hills Golf Course in Kansas City, Kan. Despite hearing a strange noise, George didn't realize he'd been shot until his playing partner pointed out his leg was bleeding profusely. The two immediately rode a cart back to the clubhouse, where George was taken by an ambulance to a hospital.

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"[It was] super frightening. I thought I was going to die," he said. "In fact, I made up my mind when I was in the ambulance that if I lost consciousness, I was going to be in heaven with my mother and father."

Fortunately, that never happened and George has been released from the hospital, although the bullet remains in his leg for now.

Police believe shots were fired from a moving vehicle, but no arrests have been made. Authorities don't think George was being targeted, but was merely a random victim.

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Here's the report, including George's interview, from KMBC 9 News Kansas City:

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Weird golf news of the week: Man's plan to get new golf clubs backfires. Badly.

Are you looking to upgrade your golf clubs? It's a thought that crosses a lot of golfers' minds, especially around this time of year when Golf Digest's Hot List issue serves as a reminder that there is a light at the end of a dark, snowy tunnel. But if you're thinking of making a switch, do NOT do what this Florida resident did.

According to a story in the Ocala Star Banner, a man wound up getting arrested for filing a false report that his clubs (that he valued at $2,030) had been stolen out of his car in a golf course parking lot. Apparently, Joseph Louie Ioime was hoping that if he said his clubs had been taken, his wife would buy him a new set. Brilliant!

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Not a great plan to begin with, Ioime butchered its execution by leaving the clubs he said were stolen in the trunk. Yes, really. When police called to the scene of the "crime" found the clubs (Ioime had told authorities the trunk was broken, but an officer opened it up), the jig was up.

Ioime tried to claim he had an identical bag and set for practice. He eventually confessed to the scheme and was taken to the Marion County Jail. Forget about his wife getting him new clubs, this guy would be lucky if she posts his bail.

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Weird golf news of the week: Country club bartender charged for threatening to poison John Boehner

A former bartender at Weatherington Country Club, Michael Robert Hoyt, was recently indicted for threatening to murder House Speaker John Boehner, according to a report by WCPO Cincinnati. The FBI says part of that plan included poisoning Boehner's drink at the private club in Butler County (Ohio).

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These revelations all came about after Hoyt called police shortly after being fired from the club. When authorities visited his house, "Hoyt told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola," United States Capitol Police (USCP) Special Agent Christopher M. Desrosiers said. "Hoyt advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off."

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Hoyt voluntarily checked into a psychiatric ward, where he said he believed Boehner and other members of the club had gotten him fired. Meanwhile, officers found ammunition, notebooks with writings on Boehner and Ebola, and lists of club members in his home, as well as an assault rifle at his mother's house. That was more than enough for the FBI to indict him for posing a "current and ongoing credible threat" to Boehner.

Boehner told the FBI he remembers Hoyt, but no negative interactions with him. Hoyt served Boehner for five years at the club. He is one of three people charged with threatening to kill the congressman in the past year.

After being charged, Hoyt was taken to the Federal Medical Center, a prison in Massachusetts where he was to be evaluated for no more than 45 days. He can be relocated after that period and he faces a possible sentence of 30 years in federal prison.

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Weird golf news of the week: Man gets harsh sentence for stealing golf carts

A Panama City, Fla., man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing golf carts, according to a report by newsherald.com. Nathan Michael Huston, 38, received the sentence after charges against him were upgraded from grand theft to grand theft auto.

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This happened after the State Attorney's Office decided golf carts fell under the "motor vehicle" classification. Could this go down as a historic legal precedent? We wonder what the Supreme Court would say. 

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According to the report, Huston stole three EZ-GO golf carts from his neighbors in November and was caught after one of the vehicle's owners told the Bay County Sheriff's Office he saw one of the carts in front of Huston's residence. This guy's not exactly a smooth criminal, huh?

When questioned about the carts, Huston first said he purchased them on Craigslist. Then he changed his tune and said he bought them from "a friend of a friend," but couldn't remember any names. Good story, bro.

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Huston pleaded no contest to the charges on Tuesday when he was sentenced. Unfortunately, only one cart has been recovered and returned to its rightful owner so far.

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Weird golf news of the week: Chicago-area man found dead in water hazard

The body of John A. Gaines was found face down in a creek at the Chicago-area Geneva Golf on Friday, according to NBC Chicago.

Gaines, 74, was a longtime resident of the area. He is survived by his wife, Jean, who is the Geneva Chamber of Commerce President.

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A couple playing golf discovered the body when looking for a ball that was hit into the creek on the course's sixth hole. Talk about a horrifying run-in with a water hazard.

An autopsy was performed on Monday and an investigation is pending. However, Geneva Police Commander Julie Nash previously said there's nothing to suggest foul play. Stay tuned.

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Weird golf news of the week: You won't believe how many golf balls this guy stole

Meet Nathan Brown. He's 27 years old, resides in Missouri, and apparently, loves stealing golf balls.

Brown, who has been nicknamed the "golf ball bandit," recently confessed to stealing golf balls from a Maryland Heights (Mo.) driving range on three separate occasions dating back to November 2013. The total number of golf balls stolen? A whopping 42,000.

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Here's the FOX2Now report:

Brown stole all of the golf balls, valued about about $20,000, from the Golfport Driving Range. His most recent theft occurred in October.

"That almost put us out of business because you need golf balls to operate," owner Carol Boggs said.

"We couldn't imagine that anybody could come in here and pick up that many golf balls without somebody recognizing that there's somebody out there picking golf balls," added Boggs.

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Smartly, Golfport Driving Range puts its own logo on the balls and updates it each year. That probably made it a bit tougher for Brown to unload his stolen goods (is there a black market for range balls?), though, police have only recovered about 2,000 of the golf balls so far.

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Apparently, there's a place called Casino Golf Club. And it keeps getting broken into

First off, there's an actual place called the Casino Golf Club? Sounds awesome.

Turns out, it's located in Australia and like it sounds, it doubles as both a golf course and a casino. Again, awesome.

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What's not awesome, though, is all the crime the club has suffered recently. According to the Ballina Shire Advocate, the club has been broken into six times in the past four weeks.

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The above photo is from security footage that shows three people breaking in while a fourth waits outside in the early morning hours on Nov. 21. Fortunately, no one was hurt since a cleaner working at the time locked himself in a closet -- you can see he left his supplies in the middle of the floor -- after the intruders broke through the glass doors with bricks.

Police are still investigating a myriad of crimes, which include everything from stealing a set of golf clubs to damaging a poker machine. Again, this place is called Casino Golf Club.

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