Hey! Hiding cash in your wallet seems to work
Vickey Rodgers of Norfolk, Va., was robbed of her wallet in November 1989. She was pretty much over it at this point. So imagine her surprise when she got a phone call recently from someone who said they found it. Some people were doing renovation work at a church near the dance studio Rodgers worked at when the wallet was stolen, knocked down a wall and found it, reports the Virginian-Pilot. It won't be surprising that the $6 that was in the wallet was gone, but Rodgers was happy that the pictures she had been missing all these years were back. And behind the pictures that the thief clearly didn't touch was the $20 bill Rodgers hid for emergencies.
Caged canine is a good crime fighter
Robert Justice of DeKalb County, Ga., adopted a dog after a rash of burglaries in his neighborhood. The problem was, when robbers actually struck the Justice home, Rudy was locked up in his crate. That was bad planning. But it gets better. Justice was out walking Rudy in the woods near their house a few hours after the robbery when Rudy caught scent of something and started following it. "He was pulling me and he was just sniffing constantly on the ground," Justice told WSB-TV. And before he knew it, there was all Justice's stuff. Justice got a license plate number, and police tracked it down and arrested seven people. Good dog.
Good idea to assume cobra is deadly
A woman in Vienna picked up a cardboard box in a park on Tuesday. She felt something move in the box and noticed the box had a message on it. "I am no longer venomous." At that point, she didn't even care what was in the box, she just took it to an animal shelter, where they determined it was a monocle cobra. Experts say that a bite from that could kill a person within an hour. They found a home for it at an aquarium, but they haven't determined if it is really no longer lethal.
Nudity in the news
Suspects undone by state of undress
Stories are always funnier when someone is naked. Take the case in Newburgh, N.Y., on Tuesday. A man, identified only as naked, was running through traffic eluding police. He ran at officers as one unholstered his Taser. The man shouted, "Give it to me!," and the officer did. The man, who was technically wearing sneakers, got up, tried to pull the darts out and was shot again. During a struggle to cuff him, he was shot two more times. Then there is the case in Iowa City, Iowa, where officers were looking for a drunken driver who had hit a street sign. He was also identified only as being naked — no relation to the guy in Newburgh, as far as anyone knows — but it turns out that was enough. Cops found a naked driver, and he was the guy they were looking for.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.