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The Skinny: When trip to jail beats stay on island

Stranded and hungry

Seems A trip to jail beats being marooned

After being stranded on an island off Southern California, they decided an emergency call was in order. Now they're in jail. The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued 15 suspected undocumented immigrants sunday after one called 911 Friday night to say they were left on Santa Cruz Island, about 20 miles off Ventura. They found a stream or spring to provide water but apparently had no food, authorities said. The 14 Mexicans and one Guatemala were handed over to federal immigration agents. "It was a unique situation," Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers said. "We normally don't get a phone call from suspected migrants."


No memory of his 'Late Show' visit

The attorney for a man charged with smashing glass doors and breaking into the New York City theater where David Letterman tapes his TV show says the man doesn't remember any of it. No, he didn't hit his head and suffer amnesia. He had too much to drink. James Whittemore, 22, was arraigned Monday on burglary and criminal mischief charges. He didn't plan it and doesn't even remember how he got to the Ed Sullivan Theater early Sunday, his lawyer said. A criminal court complaint says Whittemore used a metal stanchion to break several of the theater's glass doors. Damage was put at $5,000.

Texas size

Really big baby surprises mom

A Texas mom expected a big baby, but nothing like this: 16 pounds, 1 ounce. Janet Johnson on Monday remained in an East Texas hospital after giving birth Friday to what her doctors called one of the biggest newborns they've ever seen. "Everybody was amazed that he was so big. I don't think too many people have heard of having a 16-pound baby," said Johnson, 39, who has gestational diabetes, which results in bigger newborns for many mothers. Doctors at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview had estimated JaMichael would be around 12 pounds prior to the cesarean birth. Guinness World Records says the heaviest newborn ever recorded weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces, born to an Ohio woman in 1879.

foolish and stupid

Telling on himself and paying price

Brit Jonathan Ochola said he knew nothing about the robbery. In fact, the 21-year-old said, he was at home watching soccer on TV when Rashad Delawala held up a shop in Hampshire in June 2010. Too bad for Ochola, police found his diary with an entry about his part in the holdup, the London Daily Telegraph reported Sunday. "He was foolish enough to put it in his diary and admitted in interview it was stupid," Detective Constable Mel Sinclair said.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources

The Skinny: When trip to jail beats stay on island

07/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 11, 2011 10:15pm]
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