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To defuse tense situation, cops pull false alarm

Cops: New Hampshire

To defuse tense situation, cops pull false alarm

Police in Newport, N.H., went to the apartment of Matthew Miller because someone complained about loud music. They say he responded by pointing a shotgun at them. When they saw a small child inside, they backed off. Then they got tricky. They dressed as firefighters, pulled the fire alarm and arrested him as he left his apartment. They were very happy with their actions. The state's firefighter's union didn't think it was a good idea at all.

He got away but then came back

Police in Salem, N.H., were in a car chase with Nathan Morton when Morton's car wrecked. Morton escaped. The cops then impounded the car and got a tip that there was something in the car that Morton might try to retrieve. So an officer watched the car at the impound lot, and sure enough, Morton tried to break into his own car. He was arrested without incident.

Orgy argy-bargy

Show some respect, and everything else

There was a party at the White Cockatoo resort in Queensland, Australia. You could call it a "clothing-optional" party, except for the fact that clothing was not an option. The Brisbane Courier-Mail reports that a man went to the party where all of the activities involved nakedness. Four ladies — who were playing by the rules — took offense to the fact that he was checking them out, despite the fact he was clothed. "They felt uncomfortable with him eyeing them up," said resort owner Tony Fox. "I asked him to show some respect and take his clothes off." Which seemed fair, but resulted in a "mini-riot" and "some argy-bargy," which isn't as dirty as it sounds. Fully clothed police were called, and the incident was broken up.

Baby got bank

She stole his heart, so he stole money

Austrian groom Ahmed Boyer was getting married to a woman who wanted an impressive wedding. Austrian media outlets report she wanted 500 guests, a Chanel gown, a new car and a honeymoon in the Caribbean. "The wedding was costing a lot of money and I realized I would never be able to pay for it," he said. So he robbed a bank in Vienna. That should cover it, right? "The money from the first robbery went in a day so I just kept going." He robbed four banks for more than $424,000, and there is no reason to believe he was done. It's just that police caught him after the fourth.


Cuts put cons on the honor system

Breaking news out of Cincinnati: When convicts are told to report to jail when there is room for them, many do not. Budget cuts at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office have forced jails to delay sentences for some nonviolent offenders. Ninety people were supposed to call to see if there was room for them last month, and according to WLWT-TV, 23 of them didn't bother. As for the 67 that did: There was no room.

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

To defuse tense situation, cops pull false alarm 03/05/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 9, 2009 8:19pm]
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