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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:02

June 20, 2012

For love of the game

READING, Pa. - Police say a man partially paralyzed from a shock suffered while stealing copper from an electrical substation faces charges he helped another man in a recent rash of similar thefts.

Authorities in Berks County say Harris Wilkinson lost use of his arm after a high-voltage shock last year. They tell the Reading Eagle they didn't file charges then, figuring his injuries were punishment enough.

But now investigators say he helped another man in a series of break-ins at Met-Ed substations in the county.

Wilkinson allegedly went with Maurice Ohlinger on most of his 19 thefts between April 19 and May 4. Police say Ohlinger asked for Wilkinson's help after learning how he was injured.

Both men face theft and related charges and are being held in Berks County prison.

TME Overcoming his disability to continue doing what he loves how inspirational.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:48

June 13, 2012

Happy graduataion!

SPRING CREEK, Nev. - Students at a northeastern Nevada high school were surprised when they received their diplomas: the word 'graduation' was misspelled as 'graduataion.'

Spring Creek High Principal Keith Walz told the Elko Daily Free Press that the misspelling on about 200 diplomas ordered from the Salt Lake City company Jostens was an 'inadvertent mistake.'

Jostens spokesman Bryan Durfey acknowledges the company was responsible for the mistake, and says corrected diplomas already have been sent by priority mail directly to graduates.

He says the company realizes it isn't going to be perfect, and its policy is to fix errors immediately.

The school will not be charged for the extra diplomas.

In a similar incident, diplomas at a Maryland high school are being reprinted because they contained a misspelling of the word 'program.'

TME Evrywon noes speling dusn't mattur.

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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:59

June 6, 2012

Aiding an investigation

LA MESA, Calif. - Police say they followed a trail of discarded food wrappers to track down four people accused of stealing from a Little League snack bar.

La Mesa Police Sgt. Colin Atwood tells U-T San Diego that police were called late Thursday about noise at the Rolando Little League snack bar in Rolando Park. Atwood says officers followed a trail of empty cookie, chip and Cheetos packages for about two blocks to a home where more snacks were found in a car.

Atwood says officers found more Little League property, including a cash register, inside the home. He says one man, two women and a girl were arrested for investigation of burglary.

La Mesa is about 10 miles northeast of San Diego.

TME The sign out front that says 'We stole stuff!' might have been overkill.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:50

May 30, 2012

The King is dead

LOS ANGELES - For the right price, you or a loved one can rest in peace in the tomb of The King.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien is selling Elvis Presley's original crypt to the highest bidder as part of his 'Music Icons' auction later this month.

The tomb is located inside the granite and marble mausoleum at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

Presley was interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977. Two months later, they were re-buried at his Graceland home. The original crypt has remained empty ever since.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:35

May 23, 2012

A brief burglary

BOISE, Idaho - Police in southwest Idaho say a man chose briefs over boxers to wear on his head as he held up a coffee shop and stole a safe.

Coffee shop owner Jason Wilson tells the Idaho Statesman says he believes the man was likely not prepared when he entered Big Star Coffee in Fruitland with an accomplice on Tuesday morning.

Wilson asked: 'Who robs something with underwear on their head?'

Investigators say the two burglars made off with about $500 in cash that was inside the safe. Their actions were captured on surveillance cameras inside and outside the shop.

TME Oddly enough, they were wearing ski masks as underpants.

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Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:19

May 16, 2012

You can't park here!

LA PUENTE, Calif. - The Diaz family awoke to find a Lexus at the bottom of their swimming pool.

The Southern California family tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that drivers navigating the tricky intersection next to their house in La Puente have hit their cinderblock wall before, but early Sunday one of them smashed right through it in his silver sedan, then sank into the pool. A crane later fished out the 2006 Lexus.

California Highway Patrol officer Steve Licon says the driver - 40-year-old Modesto Cabral - was able to escape from the car through the passenger side window and had only minor injuries.

Jail records show he was booked on suspicion of drunken driving and was being held on $10,000 bail. It is not clear whether he's hired an attorney.

TME You use this term 'car pool' we do not think it means what you think it means.

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Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:53

May 9, 2012

Monkey business

LARGO, Fla. - A Florida man is charged with felony drunken driving and wildlife violations after police discovered a small monkey in his truck.

Largo Police say Eugene Carl Kotelman was speeding when they stopped him Thursday. He was driving on a suspended license and had been previously charged numerous times with driving on a suspended license and DUI.

Officers noticed a 'small monkey' in Kotelman's truck and released the primate to his friend.

After Kotelman was released on bond from the DUI charge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers charged him with possession of wildlife and two counts of violating fish and wildlife rules. They took custody of the monkey.

Police did not have a way to contact Kotelman and no current phone listing could be found.

TME Mickey Dolenz needs to pick his friends a little more carefully.

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Thursday, 26 April 2012 10:40

April 25, 2012

Serendipity!

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A Michigan detective can credit legwork, luck and one man's bad habit for his latest arrest.

A Traverse City police detective went to a local gas station Thursday to show clerks a surveillance video image of someone accused of stealing a woman's credit card a week before. The man Detective Kevin Gay was looking for was buying a pack of cigarettes there.

Capt. Brian Heffner, who leads the detective bureau, said a chance encounter like this is rare but welcome.

'The odds are definitely against this happening. ... On the exact day and time he's in there, the suspect is buying a pack of cigarettes,' Heffner told the Traverse City Record-Eagle for a story published Saturday.

The man, 51, was arrested and faces charges of unlawful use of a credit card, the newspaper reports.

Police said the suspect had used the credit card at two area stations, including the one where he was nabbed.

TME It's just like 'CSI,' only without all the pesky police work.

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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 16:56

April 4, 2012

Monkey business

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A gorilla from the Columbus zoo in Ohio is among those whose picks failed to match the winning Mega Millions numbers for a record $640 million jackpot in the multistate lottery game.

On ABC's Good Morning America, Colo (KOH'-loh) the gorilla was presented a pile of onions marked 1 through 56, for her five main selections, and a pile of turnips marked 1 through 46, for her Mega Ball choice.

Her onion choices were nine, 12, 21, 31 and 41. Her turnip Mega Ball number was 9. The winning numbers Friday were: two, four, 23, 38 and 46, with 23 as the Mega Ball.

The 55-year-old Colo had a history of giving sage advice. Last year, she correctly picked the NCAA Men's Final Four and its champion, Connecticut.

TME Foolishness. Everyone knows that gorilla magic can't be used for personal gain.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:50

March 28, 2012

Wrong kind of hawk

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A 49-year-old Grand Junction man who said he shot a woman in the head when he mistook her large red Mohawk for a fowl that had been harassing his cats has been sentenced to five years probation.

Derrill Rockwell told police he fired one shot at what he thought was a bird sitting on a hill near his home Oct. 5, and soon after, he heard a woman moaning in pain.

Prosecutors say the 'bird' turned out to be a 23-year-old woman who may have been sleeping on the hill. Her injury was not life threatening.

The Daily Sentinel reports Rockwell was sentenced Friday for felony possession of a weapon by a prior offender. Prosecutors say the woman, who is believed to be a transient, has left Colorado and could not be reached to testify.

TME Noted Mohawk enthusiast Mr. T pities this fool.

 

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