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OFFICER WAS RIGHT ABOUT HONESTY

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When Bill Munda dropped his wallet in Fishlake National Forest in Utah, he thought he'd never recover it. "We asked a cop we saw along the way if anyone had turned in a wallet," Munda said, "and he said, 'If you lost your wallet in this town, you'll get it back.' I was thinking to myself, 'Yeah, right.'" When Munda, 76, and his wife Betty, 52, returned to their home, a letter from Utah was waiting for them. Dalene Syndergaard of Erda had found the wallet. She returned it, still containing more than $300 and several credit cards (which Munda had canceled during the trip). Munda sees his wallet's return as good karma. "I feel like I've been a pretty good person," he said. "And it shows me there's still honest people out there."

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NEW PORT RICHEY

Evidence goes down the gullet

A man quickly gobbled a handful of pills that spilled from his pocket when he was stopped by a deputy, which led to treatment at a hospital, then arrest on several charges, Pasco deputies say. Deputies believe the pills were Xanax and Roxicodone, though after the altercation only half a Roxicodone pill was left. Deputies found a bottle with 16 Xanax pills in Eric Luhtanen's pocket and a straw in a cigarette case tested positive for cocaine, the sheriff's report said. The pills were in plastic bags that popped out of a cigarette case that fell when Luhtanen pulled two knives from his pocket to show the deputy, the sheriff's report said. When Luhtanen, 43, refused to spit out the pills, the deputy wrestled him to the ground and Tased him, the report said. It took two deputies to subdue Luhtanen. It is unclear why the deputy had stopped Luhtanen and his friend about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

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ZEPHYRHILLS

Woman jailed after 911 call for taxi

A woman who called 911 because she couldn't find a taxi ended up in jail, though it was the second call that put her there. A deputy responding to a 1 a.m. call on Tuesday found Debra Leebrock, 45 and homeless, swaying and slurring her speech. Two hours later, he returned after Leebrock said a friend had thrown a crock pot full of stew at her. When the deputy found the crock pot was on the kitchen counter, unthrown, he arrested Leebrock for misuse of the 911 system.

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