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He Couldn’t Stop Digging

June 19th, 2006

MONTCLAIR, Calif. – Local officials have ordered a stop to a Southern California man’s digging for buried gold that created a 60-foot-deep crater in his front yard. Police, fire and city of Montclair building officials said they were aghast Tuesday when they responded to a call from a concerned neighbor about the massive pile of dirt on Henry Mora’s front lawn. The 63-year-old semi-retired musician told the San Bernardino Sun because his $600 metal detector was “beeping like crazy” and he was finding gold dust, he had kept his 2-man crew of day laborers digging for two weeks. “Once we started finding gold dust, we just got carried away,” Mora said. “It was getting totally out of hand. I knew that.”

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His Vanity Plate Was Too Obvious

June 16th, 2006

If you are going to be transporting marijuana, perhaps you shouldn’t have a licenseplate that reads “THC4ME”. Read the full story here: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19248650-421,00.html

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Thief Sues Over Assault

June 16th, 2006

ROCHESTER, NY – A convicted robber in New York is suing over the reported beating he received from the two AutoZone employees he robbed. Moments after Dana Buckman brandished a 9mm semiautomatic pistol to steal cash from an AutoZone store in Rochester, N.Y., employees Eli Crespo and Jerry Vega beat him with a metal pipe and held him at bay with his own gun, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. Buckman escaped when Crespo and Vega recovered the money and went to call 911. He was arrested a week later, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 18 years in prison as a repeat violent felon. Buckman is suing AutoZone and the two employees, claiming they committed assault and battery and intentionally inflicted emotional distress, the newspaper said. The really sad news, he’ll probably win!

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Woman Has 6 Year Old Accomplice

June 16th, 2006

JIM THORPE, PA – It’s bad enough to steal money from a collection jar. It’s even worse to make your six-year-old daughter be the one to steal it. Judith Weidner told police she needed change to pay for gas, but in court she blamed a heroin addiction. She has been sentenced to one to three years in prison for making her child steal from the jar. “What I did to her was wrong,” Weidner said. “I feel so bad about it.” She is shown on security cameras distracting a convenience store clerk while her daughter took the small fireman’s boot being used to collect change for a volunteer fire company effort. After all that, she only got $1.85 from the jar.

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Not Being Claimed

June 16th, 2006

AKRON, OH – Coroners and funeral directors have noticed a disturbing new trend where bodies are going unclaimed because relatives are either unwilling or unable to take on the responsibility or price of burial. With funeral costs ranging around $6,000 and up, many people are burdened with trying to make ends meet, said Harry Campbell, an investigator with the Stark County coroner’s office. However, some families simply don’t want to take on the responsibility. In one case, a woman claimed she couldn’t afford to bury her mother-in-law, but after further press- ing admitted there was insurance money, but the family didn’t like her and wanted to use the cash to remodel their kitchen.

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And You Thought Your Employer Was Bad

June 16th, 2006

BELOGORSK, Russia – Russian police say a boss allegedly chained an employee naked to a tree in the forest for doing his work poorly. Last month, a 39-year-old man was found beaten and chained with handcuffs to a tree near Belogorsk in Russia’s Far East, MosNews reported. There were conflict- ing reports to how long he had been there. Interfax said the man spent almost 24-hours in the forest before he was found by railway workers, while Regnum news agency reports he spent several hours at the tree. The man told the police he had been punished by his boss for refusing to engage in illegal actions. Police, however, say the boss had been angered by the man’s poor work. The boss faces up to two years in prison for the attack, MosNews said.

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Man Uses Wife to Pay Off Debt

June 8th, 2006

A Romanian man has handed over his wife to a creditor as payment for his debts. Emil Iancu, from tIghisu Nou, gave his wife Daniela to 72-year-old Jozef Justien Lostrie when he turned up on his doorstep to collect a $4000 debt. Iancu said: “I had no money to pay the debt and when I told Lostrie he said he would take my wife instead.
“I was scared of what he would do and so I signed a document saying Daniela would live with him.” But Daniela says the deal has proved better for her. “Before I had to clean the house and look after our three children on my own, while Emil did nothing, but now I’m treated like a guest and hardly have to raise a finger,” she said.

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It Only Took 17 Years To Find Out…

May 17th, 2006

LONDON – A heiress who was married to her husband for 17 years has discovered after all this time that her man is actually a woman. Her transsexual spouse, referred to in court as Mr. J, concealed his true gender from her for 17 years, using a home-made part of the anatomy for sex. The marriage was nullified when the wife, Mrs. C, found out his true identity, and the Court of Appeal ruled that Mr. J is not legally a parent of her 14-year-old daughter born from donor sperm. At a hearing in 1996, Lord Justice Ward thought many people would find it surprising that in 17 years of marriage Mrs. C did not realize she was living with a woman.

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Train Company To Collect DNA

April 26th, 2006

A train company is arming its staff with DNA testing kits to clamp down on passengers who spit at them.
British Central Trains conductors will carry equipment enabling them to take samples of phlegm which can be used to prosecute offenders.
Conductors who are spat at by irate passengers will have their DNA sent to BCT as evidence for a possible criminal prosecution. .
A train company spokesperson said, “Spitting is a very degrading. We want to stamp it out. We want to make sure that everyone is aware that we are going to do something about it and there is now a risk that anyone who is spitting will have their DNA tested and we can track them down.

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Impatience At Drive-Thru

April 24th, 2006

Lawrence, IN – Eugene Dixon and Jeffrey Wilks were getting impatient in the drive thru lane at McDonalds. After honking the horn and shouting at the driver in front of them, one of our bozos stuck a gun out the window and fired a shot in the air. That did speed things up, as the car in front of them sped away. It also prompted someone inside to dial 911. They were at the pick up window, waiting on their food, when the cops arrived.

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