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The skinny: Online auction moves some bottled spirits


Online auction moves some bottled spirits

Avie Woodbury of Christchurch, New Zealand, said her house had a ghost problem. Well, until she caught them and trapped them in glass vials. But it wasn't good enough to catch the spirits, whom she identified as an old man and a disruptive little girl. She is sure they are in there, because ever since the exorcist caught them, there has been no more spookiness in the house. And once she had them, she decided to sell them in an online auction, where everything has a price. And the price for two ghosts turns out to be about $2,000. The winning bidder was not identified. Woodbury says proceeds will go to an animal welfare group.

Police reports

A lot of robberies, but a little money

Police in Thermal, Calif., say a robber managed to mug 11 victims at gunpoint at the La Chicanita Market. After pocketing the cash, she jumped into an old car and sped off. No one was hurt, which was good news. Also good news for everyone but the robber: She didn't get much. Police have estimated her take at $6. They still want to arrest her when they find her though, for all the pistol waving and such.

Man figures way to get police help

Police in Houston responded quickly when a man, whose name they did not release, reported that his car had been stolen in a carjacking and that his young nephew was sleeping in the back seat. That was exactly the response he was looking for. But upon further questioning, it turned out the part about the carjacking was true, but the part about the nephew was made up so police would look for his car. Police haven't found the car yet and plan to press charges against the man for filing a false report.

Jersey shore

Little tree sweaters adorably illegal

People in the town of West Cape May, N.J., have been treated to a show of early spring colors on trees and lamp poles in city parks. Someone — the person has been dubbed the Midnight Knitter — has been adorning the parks with little colorful crocheted sweaters. The person works in the cloak of darkness, giving residents a surprise when they take their morning walks. Most people love it. And even the people that don't say that it's better than the normal graffiti. Mayor Pam Kaithern likes them too, but there is one thing: Technically, it is illegal since it is being done on public property without permission. The police are investigating, but no one is saying how hard.

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

The skinny: Online auction moves some bottled spirits 03/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 9:26pm]
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