Police don't charge woman, hospital does
A woman in Las Cruces, N.M., who has remained anonymous for reasons that will soon be abundantly clear, has decided against paying the $1,122 bill sent to her from the local hospital, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. It seems the bill was for performing a body cavity search on the woman, one that she did not request. It was ordered by the police, who were looking for drugs. None were found, which would seem to bolster the woman's case. Police say they were acting on "credible information from a reliable source." The woman's attorney says the search was unlawful.
Police return car with a bonus
Dutch police were on the case when a man from Maarssen reported his car stolen. It took a couple of weeks, but they returned the car to the man, and to his great relief, a lot of the stuff that had been stolen from his house with the car was in there, too. The television. A computer. Bank cards. But wait, there's more! According to the Metro newspaper, there was a crack pipe, heroin and a wallet in there too. None of those were technically his, but apparently belonged to the thief. Sort of like getting paid interest.
Man takes tattered flag into own hands
John Henderson was eating his fast food burger, and something was making him sick. Before anyone jumps to conclusions, it was the tattered American flag flying over the store in Sandusky, Ohio. "It was knotted and tattered," he told the Sandusky Register. "It looked like fingers blowing in the air." Henderson, 63, a Vietnam veteran, lowered the Stars and Stripes and drove it to his VFW post so it could be "retired properly." When the restaurant manager threatened to press charges, Henderson turned himself in. "If I have to go to jail for doing what needs to be done, then that's fine with me." Burger King's corporate office got involved and said it would replace the flag, invite Henderson to the flag raising and buy him breakfast.
Found money goes directly to the cops
Wayne Sabaj of Illinois got kudos last week for finding $150,000 and turning it in to the cops. But there has been an epidemic of honesty lately:
• Leah Kleppinger, 30, found a wallet in a shopping cart in Solon, Ohio. She saw that it had $4,600 in it, so she turned it over to police. She said she never considered keeping it. Police found the owner, who left a reward for Kleppinger, who said it was "completely unnecessary."
• Two teens in Salt Lake City were building a fort when they found a backpack containing gloves and $20,000. They took it to Dad, who thought it seemed suspicious and called police. "It all worked out perfectly from a police perspective," said a police spokesman, presumably meaning someone found evidence and dropped it at the station. Police are working to find the origins of the loot. The gloves make it sound shady.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.