Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Acrobats on subway draw ire of police

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Acrobats on subway draw ire of police

The underground acrobats who flip, somersault and pole-dance among New York City subway riders as trains roll are drawing a new audience — police officers. The New York Police Department is cracking down on the subway showmen who use the tight quarters of the nation's busiest transit system as moving stages for impromptu — and illegal — pass-the-hat performances. More than 240 people have been arrested on misdemeanors related to acrobatics so far this year, compared with fewer than 40 at this time a year ago. Police Commissioner William Bratton acknowledges he is targeting subway acrobats as part of his embrace of the "broken windows" theory of policing — that low-grade lawlessness can cultivate a greater sense of disorder and embolden more dangerous offenders. The acrobats say they're just out to entertain, make a living and put a little communal levity in commuting.

Gone for 33 years

Stolen Corvette is back at home

The last time George Talley saw his beloved 1979 Chevrolet Corvette was when he parked it on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit in 1981. Talley, 71, had believed the sports car was long gone until a surprise June 13 phone call from auto insurer AAA telling him his Vette was at a police station in Hattiesburg, Miss., about 840 miles southwest of Detroit. "It was a lucky day to hear that my car had been found," Talley said Tuesday. "They told me it was running, had 47,000 miles on it and was ready for me to pick up!" GM product development executive vice president Mark Reuss heard the story and offered to ship the car back to Detroit where it was delivered Tuesday morning to Talley at the automaker's world headquarters — about three miles from where it was stolen. Talley has owned three other Corvettes, but the 1979 model was his favorite, according to GM.

A fowl caper

Fan of chickens can't keep them

Police in Delaware arrested a man they say was trying to retrieve 72 pounds of whole frozen chickens he had stolen from a delivery truck and stashed at a day care. Ronald Johnson, 49, of Wilmington stole the chickens as the truck made a grocery delivery, say police, who gave the chickens back to the delivery driver.

Compiled from wire services

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