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Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:10

CHICAGO (AP) — Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.

The 74-year-old high-school dropout and part-time bathtub repairman probably isn't the first long-term convict to find he prefers being barked at by guards to life on the outside, which has its own demands. But living alone and feeling unhappy, Unbehaun decided to change his situation by committing a crime in order to get caught.

On Feb. 9 of last year, he entered a Chicago-area bank with a cane but no disguise, displayed a revolver in his waistband to a teller and told her softly over and over, "I don't want to hurt you." With $4,178 in loot, he then drove to a nearby motel and waited for police to arrive.

Confronted by authorities in the motel parking lot, the bald, portly Unbehaun dropped his cane, raised his hands and startled police by his apparent joy at getting nabbed, according to detailed court filings by both his attorney and the lead prosecutor in his case.

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N. Korea complains to Brits over barber's Kim Jong Un poster PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:26

LONDON (AP) — North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.

The country's diplomats have complained to the Foreign Office about a hairdressing salon that put up a poster poking fun at distinctively coiffed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Foreign Office confirmed Wednesday it had received a letter from the North Korean embassy objecting to the poster, and was considering its response.

The Evening Standard newspaper reported the letter urged Britain to take "necessary action to stop the provocation."

Staff at M&M Hair Academy say they were visited by diplomats from the embassy after putting up a poster last week featuring a picture of Kim — who sports a distinctive short-back-and-sides 'do — and the slogan "Bad Hair Day?"

The poster was advertising a 15 percent discount on men's cuts during April.

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Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:50

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.

Lincoln police say a 24-year-old woman called 911 Monday afternoon because her 3-year-old son was missing from her apartment.

Employees at the bowling alley across the street meanwhile called police to say a small boy was playing with stuffed animals inside the coin-operated machine.

It was unclear how the boy ended up inside the claw crane machine. A representative from the vending machine company let him out and he was reunited with his mother a short time later. He was not hurt.

Police say the mother was not cited because she quickly reported that her son was missing and there were no indications of neglect.


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Phoenix Fire Department loses keys for businesses PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:46

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Fire Department said Monday it can't account for hundreds of keys for lock boxes that allow firefighters responding to fires or alarms to enter thousands of businesses and apartment complexes when they are closed.

Deputy Chief David Carter blamed poor record keeping over the past 15 years for the missing 850 keys but said there's no indication they have been used for criminal purposes.

"Our accountability isn't the best here," he said.

Some of the missing keys may have been damaged and replaced and others may have been changed hands when firefighters retired, Carter said.

"We've probably not done a good job in tracking whether that key was returned back to us," he said.

The Fire Department keeps the keys in engines and other vehicles and gives them to certain personnel so they don't have to break into stores, office buildings, apartment complexes and other sites to gain entry.

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Police: Man comes to courthouse in stolen car PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:31

SONORA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California.

James Manning was taken into custody after police say they received a call from an auto dealership in Redding on Friday reporting the vehicle was stolen.

The 2001 Mitsubishi's GPS indicated it was parked in front of the Tuolumne County courthouse.

Officers found the car, which already had a different set of license plates on it.

Manning's wife, 45-year-old Teresa Castillo, told officers her husband had bought the car earlier in the day for $200 so they could drive to his court appearance.

The 49-year-old Manning and his wife were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance.

They remained jailed on Monday. It could not immediately be determined if the couple had lawyers.


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