April 10, 2014
Butt Dials 911
Maplewood, MN (AP) Two Minnesota burglary suspects are arrested after police say one of them accidentally called 911 and left the line open as the pair discussed the crime.
Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell says the dispatcher got a call and hang-up, then another call that stayed open.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the dispatcher overheard a conversation about where police were.
Schnell says the calls were made on April 1 using the phone’s emergency-call feature. The dispatcher saw the location was a car-repair shop.
Officers arrived to see two men leaving the building wearing dark clothing. One carried a television, the other a box.
The men dropped the objects and ran, but were caught by police dogs. Thirty-two-year-old Todd Weiss of Minnetonka and 38-year-old Justin Evans are charged with third-degree burglary.
Woman Complains To Police About Marijuana Quality
Lufkin, TX (AP) Police in East Texas have arrested a woman after she called them to complain about the quality of the marijuana she had purchased from a dealer.
Lufkin police Sgt. David Casper said Monday that an officer went to the home of 37-year-old Evelyn Hamilton to hear her complaint that the dealer refused to return her money after she objected that the drug was substandard.
Casper says she pulled the small amount of marijuana from her bra when the officer asked if she still had it.
She was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hamilton said Monday that she spent $40 on “seeds and residue.” She says she called police when she got no satisfaction from the dealer’s family.
Woman Pays $200 Bill With Coins; Town Says No More
Erie, PA (AP) A Pennsylvania township is asking residents to keep the change.
Officials in Millcreek Township, along with its water and sewer authorities, have adopted a policy limiting how much change they’ll accept from residents paying sewer bills and other fees.
David Sterrett, executive director of the authorities, tells the Erie Times-News that officials came up with the policy after a woman showed up last month with a shoebox full of nickels, dimes and quarters to pay a $200 sewer bill.
Sterrett says it took four employees an hour to count, sort and put the money into paper sleeves.
The new policy limits residents to using $10 in unrolled coins or $20 in rolled coins when paying bills
No Tacos For You: NY Restaurant Chain Bans Putin
Buffalo, NY (AP) Hey Putin, don’t even think about ordering a Super Mighty in Buffalo.
Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-based chain of Mexican fast-foot restaurants, has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from all of the company’s 23 locations in western New York.
The company known for its quirky ads announced on social media this week that effective immediately, Putin is banned from Mighty Taco for seizing Crimea from Ukraine. Mighty Taco’s posting says Putin may be ordering around Crimea, but he won’t be ordering a Super Mighty, one of the chain’s most popular menu items.
The posting, which features a red-tinted photo of a gesticulating Putin, says he’ll be “welcomed back” at Mighty Taco when he stops acting like a bully and “picking on people.”
WWI Artillery Shells Found In Luggage At O’Hare
Chicago (AP) Baggage screeners at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport have discovered two World War I artillery shells in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London.
The Transportation Security Administration says the bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who were returning from a school field trip to Europe.
TSA spokesman Jim McKinney says a bomb disposal crew determined the shells were inert and no one was ever in danger.
The teens told law enforcement they obtained the shells at a French World War I artillery range. It was not clear how.
TSA explosives experts believe they are French 75 mm shells.
They were seized Monday evening while the teens were transferring to a flight to Seattle. The teens were questioned then allowed to travel onward. They weren’t charged.
Dog Escapes Texas Backyard, Somehow Gets To Ohio
Hamilton, OH (AP) A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.
The 3-year-old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix named Corbin dug a hole under a fence in his backyard in Killeen, Texas, on March 25. He was found Saturday tied to a bench outside the animal shelter in Hamilton, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.
“It sounds like one of those too-good-to-be-true stories,” Corbin’s owner, Mike Saiz, told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “This isn’t the first time he dug a hole under the fence. One time he was waiting for us on our front porch and the other two times we had to pick him up from the local pound.”
A surveillance camera at the Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton recorded a woman leaving Corbin at the shelter late Friday night. Staff found him the next day.
Corbin was in good shape, just soaking wet from rain and a little scared, said Kurt Merbs, supervisor of Butler County’s dog warden’s division. Authorities are hoping to identify the woman and see if they can get answers about how Corbin ended up in Ohio and at the shelter, Merbs said Wednesday.
The staff located Saiz after finding a microchip on him that contained his owners’ information.
“They called my wife and she told me that they found our dog, but she didn’t sound happy about it,” Saiz said. “I asked if he was OK and she told me he was fine. I then asked where the shelter was and she said, ‘Hamilton‚ not Hamilton, Texas, but Hamilton, Ohio.’”