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November 14, 2012

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That entrepreneurial spirit

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Police in Connecticut say a man stole a car used to deliver Chinese food and continued dropping off orders so he could keep the customers' money.

Keith Hinds was charged on Friday with larceny, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and other drug charges.

It was not known Monday morning if the 45-year-old Hinds is represented by a lawyer.

West Hartford police received a call from a Chinese food delivery driver reporting that his car had been stolen after he left it idling to run into a school.

The driver also called his boss so customers could be notified that their orders were stolen with the car. Police say one of the orders was delivered after the car was taken.

Hinds was held on $5,000 bond.

TME Criminal or no, you have to admire the guy's work ethic.

Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night

DENVER - The U.S. Postal Service is defending a mail carrier who walked past a man who had collapsed and died near his front door.

Dale Porch was dropped off at home last week after work but never made it inside. Family members say hours later, a mail carrier walked by the body to deliver the mail but did nothing to help.

The family says the mail carrier told them he thought the body was a mannequin, a decoration left over from Halloween.

KMGH-TV reports the carrier has been temporarily taken off the route. A Postal Service spokesman called it an unfortunate situation that probably would not have happened any other time of the year.

An autopsy report is pending.

TME The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one; those advertising circulars aren't going to deliver themselves.

Cuffed candidate

PASO ROBLES, Calif. - A Central Coast candidate for mayor lost big this week.

Paso Robles write-in candidate Jeff Rougeot was arrested on Election Day for investigation of crimes that include felonies for making criminal threats and brandishing a firearm.

The 45-year-old car audio business owner remained in the San Luis Obispo County jail Thursday with bail at $1.1 million.

Besides the felonies, The Tribune of San Luis Obispo says Rougeot was booked for investigation of four misdemeanors for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and four violations of a court order involving domestic violence.

Rougeot doesn't have an attorney of record, and a telephone call Thursday to his car stereo business rang unanswered.

Mayor Duane Picanco got 86 percent of the vote to easily defeat Rougeot and another candidate.

TME Most candidates wait until after they're in office for the scandal to break.

Fraud? Not quite

REHOBOTH, Mass. - It wasn't voter fraud that delayed the election count in one U.S. town - it was a spider.

Rehoboth Town Clerk Kathleen Conti says one of the Massachusetts town's aging voting machines malfunctioned Tuesday.

Conti tells The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro that she called a technician, who said a spider web apparently prevented the machine's scanner from counting ballots.

The vote count wasn't completed until Wednesday afternoon.

Rehoboth voters favored Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney, who lives in Massachusetts.

Conti says she has been pressing to have the voting machines replaced for several years.

TME It's a vast web of conspiracy!

Poetic justice

CLEVELAND - A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing a sign warning about idiots.

Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will have to wear a sign saying: 'Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.'

The judge ordered her to wear the sign from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. both days.

Hardin's license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay $250 in court costs.

Messages seeking comment were left at a telephone listing for Hardin and at her attorney's office.

TME If all idiocy was punishable by public shaming, we'd live in a better world.

Oh deer!

CASTLE SHANNON, Pa. - This deer wasn't caught in the headlights. It was called on the carpet.

A Pittsburgh-area carpeting store has been cleaning up after the wild animal smashed into the store and ran amok Tuesday.

Jill Horvatic, an employee of Stout Carpeting in Castle Shannon, tells WPXI-TV that she hid while the animal ran around, crashing into displays and damaging other items.

Horvatic says, 'I was shaking. I haven't felt like that ever in my life. For 20 minutes all I heard was banging and glass shattering. It was horrifying.'

Police were able to get the deer out of the store before anybody got hurt.

TME That deer in a carpet store was like a bull in a china shop.

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