Officials at a community center in Inverness, Scotland, were having trouble getting the young people to leave the youth club at closing time. According to BBC reports, officials at the center found that if they played very loud music, the kids would go home. Sound weird? Don't kids like loud music? You don't know what songs they played. A few quick blasts of selections from The Sound of Music get them on their way. My Favorite Things. The Hills Are Alive. It all works, says council member John Finnie. "If things get really awkward, I understand nursery rhymes will be deployed."
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Mom, grandmother go overboard
Mom: Lisa Dilley of Great Falls, Mont., pleaded guilty to driving her son and his friends around to their afterschool activity. Problem was, that activity was breaking into cars. Her husband called police when he found $3,600 worth of what he presumed was stolen stuff. He was right.
Grandmother: Police in San Antonio, Texas, arrested Velma Gladys Brewster because she wanted to see her grandkids. She was upset that their elementary school's officials wouldn't let her, so police say she called in a bomb threat. Didn't work. No explosives were found.
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Burglar leaves without his dog
Stories about criminals who leave wallets, IDs and notes with their names and address at the crime scene are so common, they rarely make the cut here. But someone in Gateshead, England, broke in to a day care, and while they got away with nothing, they left behind a small Jack Russell terrier. Police presume that the burglar was scared off by alarms but aren't sure what the dog's role in the crime was. The dog had no tags - that would be too easy - but police are hoping that someone recognizes him. And they have taken to calling him Bobby.
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One-way road goes in both directions
Patrick Balkany, the mayor of Levallois-Perret outside Paris, decided that the best way to ease traffic on a local thoroughfare was to make it a one-way street. Gilles Catoire, the mayor of neighboring Clichy-la-Garenne, thought that this created extra congestion on the road in his town, so he made it a one-way street, too. In the opposite direction. Surprisingly, this solved nothing. The regional government looked into the matter after a rise in gridlock and road rage, and decided Levallois' direction made sense and that Clichy's change had caused "serious disorder." Clichy is appealing.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.