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Potential juror may know too much about case

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Potential juror may know too much about case

When Derrick Smith got a summons to appear for jury duty in Schenectady, N.Y., he was happy to serve. In fact, he had plans to be in the courtroom that day, anyway, reports the Albany Times-Union. He was the defendant in the case and is charged with murder. Smith told Judge Richard Giardino that if he was selected for the panel, he would be fair and impartial. Despite the nature of the case, that got a smirk out of the judge. Giardino decided that it would be best if Smith did not serve on the jury. Smith is a co-defendant in the case and faces life in prison if convicted.

Potential tipster knows about crime

Mark Multari's jewelry store in Sharon, Pa., was burglarized on Aug. 31. To help get leads on the case, he offered a reward, reports the Herald of Sharon. Soon after, the store got a call from Emile Pratt Jr., 28, who had great information. He said he heard glass breaking and the store's alarm sound at 2:45 a.m. He was willing to offer any other help he could, especially if there was a reward attached to it. That got police looking at Pratt. They found his name attached to the sale of about 100 items stolen from the store at area pawn shops. So they arrested him. And didn't give him the reward money.

Victim takes a seat and waits for cops

A man in Boise, Idaho, called 911 about 3 a.m. on Saturday to report that he caught someone rummaging through his truck, trying to steal two guns. When the man confronted the robber, the robber dropped the guns — an interesting strategy — and ran. The man told police to get there when they could, but there was no rush. He had already caught the robber and would detain him until they got there, a move police generally don't endorse. But when they got there, they found the man sitting on the suspect, Allen Berry, 46. Police arrested him. They think he had stolen items from several unlocked vehicles in the apartment complex.

World travel

Double check all hotel details

Michael and Sunette Adendorff of South Africa booked a room at the Majestic Hotel in Eastbourne for their vacation. They got it for about $140 a night, which sounds like a steal for something as ritzy sounding as the Majestic. So they flew to their intended destination, New Zealand, and went to check in. But when they got there, they couldn't find it. When they stopped at a shop and asked where it might be clerk Linda Burke hadn't heard of it but did some quick Internet recon and learned there was a Majestic Hotel in Eastbourne . . . England. So they were only about 12,000 miles and one hemisphere off. Burke called around closer to home but found no available rooms. So she let the Adendorffs crash at her place. "I booked into the right hotel, just in the wrong country," Michael told the Dominion Post.

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

Potential juror may know too much about case 09/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 7:56pm]
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