Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The skinny

The skinny: Mass. cops crack case of young reader

Police reports

Mass. cops crack case of young reader

When police in Charlton, Mass., looked at the next item on their list of most important crimes to solve, they rounded up the troops and headed over to track down fugitive Hailey Benoit. It seems Hailey, 5, was way overdue on a couple of library books, titles unavailable, and Sgt. Dan Dowd rapped on the door and demanded the books either be paid for or returned. Dowd explains to WBZ-TV how he was chosen for the mission: "Apparently I was one of the low men on the totem pole." Hailey's mom, Shannon, said that when the officer left, Hailey was crying and asked if she was going to get arrested. Lesson learned.

Car thief steals vehicle to break out

Jailbreak stories can be fascinating tales of intricate, hard-to-imagine plans that involve luck, timing, perseverance and evil genius. When Thomas Kelley, 51, busted out of Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa, Calif., on Sunday, it really didn't involve any of that. "It appears he just jumped in the vehicle and left," Donovan spokesman Lt. Patrick Logan told the U-T San Diego newspaper. Kelley was assigned to firefighting duties, and when the car thief saw a fire truck available, he stole it. Police saw a fire truck being driven erratically about 10 miles from the facility, but the driver fled when pulled over. He was caught Tuesday morning.

Make sure you can start getaway car

Police in St. Tammany, La., have arrested one man and are looking for two others in connection with a bank robbery in Mandeville. It's not the kind of case you'll ever see on Forensic Files, because it was sort of easy. One of the men went into a bank and said he had a gun. He didn't. But bank employees gave him a big sack of cash anyway. Then as he exited the bank, he found his two accomplices getting a jumpstart on the getaway car, because it had stalled. Then the dye pack exploded, and a lot of people noticed and took down the license number. One man was arrested and two other suspects have been identified, reports WWL-AM in New Orleans.

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

The skinny: Mass. cops crack case of young reader 01/03/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 10:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Police: Uber driver's gun discharges during fight at Adventure Island in Tampa

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — An Uber driver's gun went off Sunday at Adventure Island during a fight between the driver and two passengers.

  2. Baker cautious on Pride politics


    Rick and Joyce Baker strode down Central Avenue Sunday amid rainbow flags, corporate booths, and blaring music of the St. Pete Pride Festival.

    St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Baker chats Sunday with people at the St. Pete Pride Festival. As mayor, Baker did not sign a Pride parade proclamation, but now he says he would.
  3. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.
  4. Lightning among early suitors for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blue line and adding a wing or two.

    Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who can be a free agent Saturday, counts the Lightning among his early suitors.
  5. Senate leaders try to appease members as support for health bill slips


    WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill, even as opposition continued to build outside Congress and two Republican senators questioned whether the bill would be approved this week.

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday, is one of the five Republican senators who announced they cannot support the health care bill as drafted.