October 15, 2015
Church Gives Pizza Driver $1,000 Tip From Collection Plate
Pickerington, OH (AP) An Ohio church congregation ordered a pizza from Domino’s during a service, then tipped the driver more than $1,000 that had been collected for the offering.
The driver brought the $5.99 pizza to Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington in suburban Columbus on Oct. 4.
The Rev. Steve Markle brought her onstage and asked her the biggest tip she’d ever received.
She said about $10.
That’s when Markle told her the teaching at the church had been about generosity so the congregation had taken up an offering for the driver. She broke into tears.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the congregation was wrapping up a sermon series on “I was Broke. Now I’m Not.”
The church draws about 500 to 600 people each week.
Man Posed As Agent To Get VIP Comic Con Passes
Salt Lake City (AP) Prosecutors say a Utah man posed as a federal agent in an attempt to get VIP tickets to a Comic Con event in Salt Lake City.
Jonathon M. Wall was indicted Wednesday on federal charges after the 29-year-old Layton man allegedly claimed he needed passes to catch a fugitive at the event where many attendees wear elaborate costumes.
Authorities say a security official got suspicious of Wall, who was posing as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. The official contacted the Air Force, whose agents confirmed Wall didn’t work for them.
Wall faces charges of impersonating a federal officer and making a false statement.
The September comic book convention attracted about 120,000 people and featured “Captain America” actor Chris Evans.
No lawyer or phone number was publicly listed for Wall on Thursday.
Teen Left Court Docs About Auto Theft In Stolen Car
St. Petersburg, FL (AP) Authorities say an 18-year-old man drove a stolen car to police headquarters to pick up court papers about a previous auto theft he was involved in‚ documents that were found in yet another stolen car.
Carnell Eugene Butler now faces charges in three stolen car cases.
St. Petersburg police say officers found a stolen Infiniti on Sunday. Inside, they found Butler’s documents related to a June auto theft arrest.
Detectives contacted Butler, who arranged to pick them up. When he arrived at police headquarters, a detective arrested Butler and found keys to a Hyundai Sonata in his pocket. The car was located a block away.
It, too, had been reported stolen.
Butler was being held without bond. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.
Lucky Pig Gets New Home
After Fall Onto Highway
Longmont, CO (AP) A 650-pound pig that fell off a trailer in Colorado is getting a new name -- “Lucky” -- and a new home at a sanctuary for abandoned pigs.
The Daily Times-Call reports that Lucky rolled onto Interstate 25 on Sept. 30. He was probably destined for a slaughterhouse, but will instead be headed to a cozy home east of Denver.
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office couldn’t find the 3-year-old pig’s owner, so the boar was given to Hog Haven Farm owner and director Erin Brinkley-Burgardt.
Brinkley-Burgardt says she primarily cares for pot-bellied pigs, which people buy as pets but often abandon as they grow larger. The veterinarian who treated Lucky says he appears to be a Yorkshire pig.
Brinkley-Burgardt says Lucky can expect to live about 13 years in captivity.
Face Down Halloween Dummy Prompts Repeated 911 Calls
Detroit (AP) A dummy placed face down in a Detroit woman’s front yard as a Halloween prank has prompted repeated visits by police.
Larethia Haddon says police showed up Tuesday, the first day she put the dummy out.
Officer Jennifer Moreno tells The Detroit News that officers arrived again Wednesday and Thursday.
By Friday, there were no calls. “Just a dummy,” says Officer Shanelle Williams.
Haddon says she puts the dummy face down in a different location in her yard every morning and watches the reactions from passers-by as she sips coffee.
She says some have attempted CPR and “once they find out it’s a dummy, it’s so hilarious.”
Rare, $10K Dog Found After
Beaverdam, VA (AP) Call it the caper of the pricey pooch.
The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says in a press release Friday that it has found a rare South African mastiff valued at $10,000 after the dog was reported stolen by its owner. Officials say the dog, which weighs 175 pounds, was found unhurt and in good health, roaming city streets.
The dog’s owner had said her dog may have been stolen Monday from her backyard while she was hosting a group of dog breeders from across the country.
Authorities say the dog was in a kennel when it disappeared.
The owner, Terry Allen, tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that she bought the dog for $10,000 in January from a breeder in South Africa.