no way to fly
that's a lot of luggage, and it's heavy, too
When flying from California to Ohio with 506 pounds of marijuana stashed in 13 suitcases, it's probably a really good idea to keep that on the down low. Lisette Lee apparently did not. The 28-year-old is in jail. The Drug Enforcement Administration got a tip, and agents grabbed her and her suitcases at an airport in Columbus on Monday night after they flew in on a chartered plane from Van Nuys. Two men were needed to carry some of the large suitcases, which were packed with bricks of pot, and three vehicles were needed to carry all the luggage, according to the authorities, who also arrested Lee's bodyguard and two personal assistants. Who told on Lee? The DEA isn't saying.
What's in your bag?
Doubtful they can use their loot
After a performance, Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova was walking home on Manhattan's Upper West Side around midnight Tuesday when her pointe shoes suddenly became the possession of two muggers. Police said the men punched her in the face and stole her bag, which contained the pointe shoes valued at about $100. American Ballet Theatre officials say Osipova, a star of the Bolshoi Ballet, is all right and will return Saturday to the theater's performance of Sleeping Beauty. Probably with a new pair of pointe.
on second thought
Calculation by cabbie way off
The cab fare to the airport was $33, the tip was 10 percent, and that adds up to a trip to jail. After driving a 57-year-old Bellaire, Texas, woman from downtown New Orleans to the airport, cabdriver Sohail Khan, 37, insisted she owed him the tip and locked the doors, the Times-Picayune reported Tuesday. The woman told police she refused to pay and argued with the driver for about 30 minutes, eventually calling 911 on her wireless phone on Friday. Khan was booked on charges of extortion, false imprisonment and simple assault. He also was stripped of his cab permit.
WHAT'S THAT SMELL?
Can't blame it on slow home sales
In Northampton, Mass., officials keep lowering the price of a home they're trying to sell because there's barely been a sniff of interest. The four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home on 2.4 acres of land is right next to the town's landfill. Northampton's Board of Public Works bought the home as part of a legal settlement with the previous owners, who frequently complained about the landfill's odor. The home went on the market about a year ago for nearly $479,000. Now, it's yours for $290,000.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources