Oddities
Woman jailed, accused of failing to return video PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:58

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — It was not a pile of late fees a South Carolina woman got when a video store owner said she failed to return a video she rented in 2005. Instead, she spent a night in jail.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kayla Michelle Finley of Pickens was arrested last week and charged with failing to return a rented video cassette.

Pickens County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Creed Hashe says Finley rented the movie "Monster-in-Law" from Dalton Videos. The owner took out a warrant against Finley, who was arrested when she was at the sheriff's office for something else and the warrant was found.

Hashe says Finley had been sent several certified letters at the time. She tells WHNS-TV that she never got the letters and that she will fight the charge.


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Camel chases cars in rural Los Angeles County PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 14:37

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — A camel created a ruckus in rural northern Los Angeles County when it got out of its enclosure and chased cars until it was rounded up.

Sheriff's Deputy John Cereoli says the camel was reported to have escaped from someone's property in the Acton area at 8:38 a.m. Friday and the incident lasted about a half hour.

The deputy says the camel was not injured.

Corrals and other animal enclosures are commonplace in the unincorporated high desert area north of Los Angeles.


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Sheriff cancels Valentine's Day as ice slams South PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 12:02

ATLANTA (AP) — A sheriff in northeastern Georgia said he was canceling Valentine's Day because of the bad weather, telling men they were off the hook for the romantic gifts their partners may be expecting.

Sheriff Scott Berry in Oconee County took to Facebook to announce his decision after an ice storm slammed Georgia on Wednesday.

Men, he wrote, "are exempt from having to run out and buy lottery scratchers and Hershey bars from the corner stores" until Tuesday.

The post was in fun and was shared more than 1,500 times. But it angered a man who called the sheriff's office Friday from a Michigan area code to protest the decision, saying snow up north isn't a big deal.


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'Selfie' photo leads to California burglary arrest PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 07:11

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say it was a "selfie" that led detectives to a suspect in the burglary of a Southern California church.

U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/1aWqsTH ) that detectives found a phone at the Chula Vista crime scene, where a laptop, cash and watches were stolen.

On the phone was a photo the suspect had apparently snapped of himself.

Residents recognized the man in the photo, and police arrested 26-year-old Adam Howe on Tuesday.

A search of his belongings uncovered property believed to be stolen from the Hilltop Tabernacle Church.

Further investigation led to the arrest of two other people.

Police say they've now linked Howe to thefts at a nearby mobile home park after residents recognized his picture in media reports.

A phone number listed in Howe's name rang without an answer Thursday.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com


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Snow cushions 120-foot fall of car on Vail Pass PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:35

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — All the new snow in Colorado's mountains that has raised the avalanche danger likely helped save the lives of two people whose car plunged down Vail Pass.

Their Honda sedan hit a tanker truck and lost control on Interstate 70 Tuesday, going off the right edge of the road and over the guardrail. It fell 120 feet and landed upright on 8 feet of snow.

The passengers were seriously injured but remained conscious and able to communicate with emergency workers during the complicated rescue.

Fire Chief Mark Miller told the Vail Daily (http://bit.ly/NFyy96) that the snow acted as a cushion, likely preventing even more serious injury or death.

The rescue took about two hours. Two firefighters rappelled down to the car and crews used ropes to rescue the passengers.

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Information from: Vail Daily, http://www.vaildaily.com/


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