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Gambler rewards man who returned $300,000 left in cab PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 28 December 2013 06:39

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A poker player who left $300,000 in the back seat of a Las Vegas taxi made good on his promise this week, handing over a $10,000 reward to the honest cabbie who returned the stash.

Yellow Checker Star Cab Company CEO Bill Shranko confirmed Friday that Gerardo Gamboa had been paid by the poker player. The cab company also honored the driver's good deed by naming him employee of the year, awarding him $1,000 and giving him a gift certificate to a Las Vegas steakhouse.

It's unclear how Gamboa plans to spend the belated Christmas gift. He did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Friday.

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Deer makes appearance at Pennsylvania sporting goods store PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 27 December 2013 07:21

READING, Pa. (AP) — Shoppers looking for post-Christmas bargains have gotten a surprise at a northeastern Pennsylvania sporting goods store after a deer decided to join them.

WFMZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1eGYihd ) says the deer walked through the front door of a Dick's Sporting Goods store in Reading on Thursday afternoon.

Store manager Brad Meyer says the deer slipped on the floor and a customer tackled it to the ground, preventing any injuries to customers or damage to the store.

The store called the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which arrived and removed the deer. There's no word on where the deer was released.

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Information from: WFMZ-TV, http://www.wfmz.com


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Some speeding Florida drivers issued lottery tickets PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 26 December 2013 06:36

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Police in a central Florida city have been issuing scratch-off lottery tickets instead of speeding fines to Christmas Day travelers.

By early Wednesday afternoon, Melbourne Police officers had handed out 30 lottery tickets along with warnings to drivers caught speeding or violating other traffic laws.

Sgt. Jamie Rocque was quoted by Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/1eETQiM ) as saying that officers bought the lottery tickets with their own money to spread a bit of holiday cheer while ensuring public safety.

Rocque says the officers have gotten "a lot of surprised looks."

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Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), http://www.floridatoday.com


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Las Vegas cab driver finds $300,000 in back seat PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 10:31

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat. But this stash turned out to be cold hard cash.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/1eCLU1I ) reports that Gamboa was making a pickup Monday at the Bellagio when a hotel doorman noticed the brown paper bag and handed it to him.

At a red light, the Checker Cab driver's curiosity got the best of him. To his surprise, he found six bundles of $100 bills totaling $300,000.

The newspaper reports that Gamboa called his dispatcher and took the money to the company's main office.

Las Vegas police and casino officials were able to link the money to a well-known poker player they declined to identify.

It's unknown whether Gamboa will receive a big Christmas tip.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com


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Vote allows alligator to greet restaurant patrons PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:09

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A 4-foot long alligator named Wally will be allowed to greet patrons of a Michigan restaurant.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports (http://bwne.ws/19auzen ) City Council voted 4-2 to allow American alligators in the city's Central Business District.

Wally will be on hand to greet guests at the Cajun Gator restaurant in downtown Port Huron. It's expected to open within the next week.

Developer Larry Jones had said there were "a lot more excited people than there are people in question" when the idea was floated.

Councilwoman Anita Ashford cast one of the votes against the proposal. She says she's not comfortable with the idea of a live alligator in an eatery.

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Information from: Times Herald, http://www.thetimesherald.com


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