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It's always fun until the cops show up


It's always fun until the cops show up

The parents of Christopher (22) and Cassandra (19) Phalen were out of town, so they decided to throw a party. They posted an invitation on Facebook inviting people to a "History Making House Party" in Sarpy County, Neb. There would be music. There would be beer. There would be liquor. There would be shuttle service from a local mall. There would even be a photographer to document the evidence. One thing there would not be is police. The posting guaranteed it. "Don't worry about the cops because I have a police scanner so I will have the heads up if they come." Infallible! Unless ... wait ... do the police know about Facebook? Oh! How unfair! "It came from someone in the public bringing it to our attention," said sheriff's Lt. Russ Zeeb. Police were particularly interested in the number of minors who said they would be there.

Hiking clothes

By show of hands, hikers to show less

Apparently, when walking around the Swiss Alps, there is a huge problem with running in to — well, not literally, necessarily — naked hikers. It was such an issue in Appenzell Inner Rhodes that the citizenry got together and voted to make it illegal. The measure passed overwhelmingly by a show of hands, and violators face a fine of $176 if they get too close to nature on their hikes. Hikers report that the nudists technically aren't nude. They wear socks and hiking boots.

Call Geraldo!

Safe may be full of treasure. May be.

Bill Dodd and his friend in Tulsa, Okla., found a 100-year-old rusted-shut safe beside some old railroad tracks. They found it about six weeks ago, and so far have not been able to get into it to determine what wealth and treasure lies within. Because what else would be in there? They have gone at it with tools and hired a locksmith, according to KTUL-TV, but with no success. And they don't seem to be the first. "It looks like someone beat on it," Dodd said. "It hasn't been opened that I know of." Dodd says that the 2-ton safe probably weighs about 250 pounds more than it should — about the equivalent of 30 gallons of water, just saying — but he is optimistic. "We're hoping there is some kind of treasure in it, but hoping and being is two different things."

Flaw & Order

Burglary isn't best way to pay legal bill

Police in Janesville, Wis., arrested Jason Leigh Markham, 19, on charges of burglarizing a car inside the owner's garage. The Beloit Daily News reports that Markham was already facing charges of disorderly conduct, theft of movable property and a drug charge from previous arrests. So why was he out burglarizing cars when he was already facing charges? "Markham indicated that he was in serious legal trouble and was trying to get money to help pay for a lawyer," the criminal complaint says. He will probably need to figure out Plan B now.

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

It's always fun until the cops show up 04/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 27, 2009 10:10pm]
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