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The skinny: Judge judged to have gone a little overboard

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Judge judged to have gone a little overboard

Municipal Judge James Kimmel, for whatever reason, issued an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Aaron Henson of Littleton, Colo., when the teenager failed to show up in court over an overdue DVD from the local library. Maybe Kimmel was on the wait list and really eager to see the movie, House of Flying Daggers. About a week later, police pulled Henson over for speeding, discovered the warrant, and it turned into a really long day for Henson. Eventually, authorities bought his story that he had returned the DVD before the warrant was issued (after the library confirmed it), and Henson swore that he never got the summons to appear. All this brought up the question: Why an arrest warrant for a late DVD? Even the City Council wanted to know and fired Kimmel, a 30-year veteran judge, on Tuesday.

Hidden treasures

Always be careful when hiding $90K

Way, way, way down on the list of intelligent places to hide your life savings of $90,000 is an old suitcase that someone in your family might donate to the Salvation Army if you don't tell them you are hiding $90,000 in it. A man in Australia chose the suitcase option and didn't tell his family it was there, and called the Salvation Army after he heard that it had been donated. But by then it had already been sold. "I guess sometimes people store things of value in unusual places," said Brad Halse of the Salvation Army. Police tracked down the buyers, a couple, who have been arrested on the charge of "theft by finding."

Inspection missed car in basement

John Tamblyn bought a house in Kankakee, Ill., three years ago, and one thing that didn't turn up in the inspection was the fact that hiding behind a wall in the basement, there was a 1958 Buick Special. The car was abandoned in 1971 when it broke down and the owner could not afford to repair it. Probably like $50 or so then, or $3,415 now. But that's just an estimate. Anyway, three guys asked the car dealer if they could have the car, and the dealer was happy to get rid of it. So the guys thought it would be funny to roll it into a basement and build a wall in front of it. Well, the Chicago Tribune talked to one of the men, Daniel Newman, 65, and he explained it was actually much deeper than that: "It was just something to do." Ah. Tamblyn says the car is in good shape, and he plans to restore it.

Update

Cigarette run

Harry Jackson will serve an extra 20 years in prison after a stunt in March 2009 in which he broke out of jail, stole 14 packs of cigarettes, then tried to break back into jail. To recap: He got out of jail safely, then successfully broke into a closed convenience store to steal cigarettes. It was only upon trying to get back into jail that he was caught. He had been jailed on charges that included driving with a suspended license, which carries a sentence of way less than 20 years.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

The skinny: Judge judged to have gone a little overboard 04/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 8:38pm]
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