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The skinny: Vacationing family's photo captures thief

Caught in the act I

Vacationing family's photo captures thief

The Myers family of Bloomfield, N.J., were enjoying their vacation in Madison, Wis. But when they posed for a picture in front of the Wisconsin state Capitol, they captured more than smiles. John Myers set the self-timer on his camera and hustled into the frame with his wife and two children Saturday. While their backs were turned, someone grabbed their bag, which held Myers' wallet and other items. After Myers discovered the bag missing, he checked his camera. Sure enough, the image showed a man picking up the bag. Officers recognized the man and, when they found him, he was still carrying the bag. The suspect pleaded not guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor theft.

Caught in the act II

Burglars, keep things under cover

It wasn't tough to identify the suspects in a break-in at a rural home in Washington state. The bare facts were right there. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office said a neighbor who came to collect the mail while the owner was away surprised a man and woman having sex on the floor Monday. The naked couple fled, leaving behind a camera, which had been stolen elsewhere. Deputies who checked the video recognized the couple from previous contacts. A 39-year-old woman was arrested for investigation of burglary. An arrest warrant was issued for a 31-year-old man.

Caught in the act III

She was raising a toast to raisins

A Pennsylvania woman says she wasn't raising a glass, just raisins. Judy Russo, 59, is accused of violating her probation by drinking and blames gin-soaked raisins she used to treat her arthritis. A Northampton County judge sentenced Russo this month to time behind bars after she failed a urine test. Her attorney filed papers Monday saying she turned to boozy berries because conventional medication doesn't work, and her sentence should be relaxed because she has learned her lesson. Russo was on probation after pleading no contest to a stalking charge.

Bring appetite, I.D.

Fried foods vie for the Big Tex crown

Fried food fans looking to feast at this year's State Fair of Texas will have to bring an ID along with their appetite. Fair officials in Dallas unveiled eight finalists in the Big Tex Choice Awards, including alcohol-laced fried goodies, on Wednesday. Those hoping to try the beer-filled pretzel pockets and deep-fried frozen margaritas will have to prove they are at least 21. The other six finalists to be judged by members of the media Sept. 6 include a deep fried s'mores Pop-Tart, fried club salad, fried chocolate, fried lemonade, fried caviar that features black-eyed peas and a fried Frito pie, with chili and corn chips. The fair runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 17.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Vacationing family's photo captures thief 08/25/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:12pm]
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