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Burglar alarm tips off cops to N.J. pot farm

Dope report

Burglar alarm tips off cops to N.J. pot farm

The Asbury Park, N.J., home of Dr. Raymond Pacholec had more than 40 marijuana plants, two pounds of pot, $10,000 and several guns in it, so it was important to make sure all that was safe. So there was a monitored burglar alarm on the house. Which, it turns out, was not necessarily the best way to protect the contents. Because when a monitored burglar alarm goes off and no one is home, the police have been known to check it out to make sure everything is okay. That fact really messed up Pacholec's day. Especially since it was a false alarm. Pacholec was arrested and released on bail, according to the Asbury Park Press.

For letter to cops, use non-coke paper

Pauline Terry, the owner of Club Compass in Ramsgate, England, was tired of accusations from police about her club being a haven for drug use. So she wrote the police a letter to vehemently deny the accusations. That gave police an idea: test the letter for drugs. It tested positive for cocaine. "It does us a lot of favors when the licensee, in defending her nightclub on drug allegations, sends in a letter covered in cocaine." Terry's license has been revoked, and police are recommending the club be closed.

Traffic signals

It's safe to pick up hitchhikers in Mich.

Officials in Jackson County, Mich., say that they fixed the problem where convicts were hitchhiking after escaping area prison camps and that as a result, maybe it is time to get rid of the traffic signs warning drivers against picking up hitchhikers. "Let's roll out a welcome mat instead of signs that scare the heck out of people," said Sheriff Dan Heyns. The signs were put up in the early 1980s, when prisoners worked in unfenced camps, which must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

0% interest

Her dog has some expensive tastes

Kelley Davis of Apex, N.C., had saved up $400 and was going to take it to the bank, when it got deposited in a whole different place. Her dog, Augie. The Raleigh News and Observer reports that Augie made a snack of the three $100 bills and five $20s. So now, taking the dog out for long walks is proving to be a profitable experience. So far, Davis has found parts of $160, plus a $20 that was intact. "Who knows if there's more coming or not," she said. "We're anxiously awaiting." Legally, you can exchange any mutilated — or partially digested — bill for a new one, as long as you have a little more that half of it.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

Burglar alarm tips off cops to N.J. pot farm 03/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 10:27pm]
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