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The skinny: Woman gives up prized catch to original owner

Fish stories

Woman gives up prized catch to original owner

For Pam Riley, it was the one that got away in Lake Ida in western Minnesota three years ago. But for Beth Krohn, it was quite a catch on a recent fishing trip to the same lake. Krohn was getting aggravated when her line kept getting snagged on something, and it was clear it wasn't a fish. "It kept coming up and I'm like, 'Oh my gosh!' " Krohn told KSAX-TV. "I hope it's not a dead body." It wasn't, but it was a prosthetic leg. Whew. So Krohn called the manufacturer, gave them serial numbers, and they tracked it to Riley, who lost the leg while swimming. "They probably wondered where the rest of the body was," Riley said.

Police reports

They stole stuff, but the fake stuff

As far as robberies go, it went pretty smoothly. Two men dressed as clowns went into Sonny's Rocks, a jewelry store in Denver and demanded the goods. They had guns and were pretty loud and rude over the course of the 15-minute episode, and got away with a bagful of stuff. What they didn't realize was that they were mostly stealing the cheap samples the store displays, not the real stuff. "You don't want to get killed over anything," store owner Mike Nedler told KCNC-TV, "but especially if it's not real."

Howdy, stranger, come on over

Here's the story as Calvin Glann tells it: He stopped by a convenience store in Des Moines, Iowa, and met a guy whom he invited over to the apartment. Once there, they decided they wanted beer, so Glann, 20 — yes, 20 and wanted beer — went to get his wallet. Then the stranger — he was still a stranger — followed Glann and pulled a gun. Shocking! A struggle ensued and the gun may have gone off, and it may have grazed Glann, but cops doubt it, according to the Des Moines Register. Either way, Glann's brother jumped in, the gun was dropped, stranger-danger ran away and the police are left scratching their heads. If the guy had gotten away with this month's rent money, there's enough there to reprise a post­apocalyptic version of Three's Company.

Nudity in news

Will the defendant please not rise

Stephen Gough, below, the notorious Naked Rambler, was due in court in Perth, Scotland, on charges relating to him stripping naked within 30 seconds of being released from prison for stripping naked. He had no idea what to wear. So, as is his clear preference, he wore nothing. This actually sped up the trial a lot, and the judge gave him a sentence of 21 months for violation of decency laws. "What I am doing is based on my belief about what I am and what I am is not indecent," Gough told the court, after court staff found a paper bag to cover the chair he sat on. It seemed like a good idea.

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

The skinny: Woman gives up prized catch to original owner 08/26/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2011 8:31pm]
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