Slow Service Stops Robbery

Note to thieves: Patience is a virtue.

Frustrated by a slow pharmacy worker, a would-be robber got tired of waiting for a response to his written demand for drugs and took off without any loot, according to police.

Pharmacist Dwight Disney said a man approached one of his co-workers at the Vaughn Pharmacy (search) in Powell, Tenn. and passed her a scribbled note demanding narcotics and claiming to have a pipe bomb strapped to his chest.

Disney said the man pulled back his jacket and revealed some wires, but the pharmacy worker, "didn't want to find out if it was real" and brought the note over to Disney who called 911.

After being avoided by the pharmacy worker for about five minutes, the robber apparently became impatient and walked out without a word.

"I didn't have a plan or anything," Disney said. "He helped us when he just decided to walk out."

Knox County authorities are searching for the suspect.

Students Get on the Wrong Side of Hells Angels

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) - When graduating from a high school called "Hellu," wearing a class shirt that reads "Hellus Angels" might seem like harmless school spirit — unless it's worn in a bar where Hells Angels (search) members have strong feelings about trademark infringement.

After a student at the Helsinki school was pressured to hand over the shirt to two bikers at a local bar, the school received a request to collect all the remaining shirts and forfeit them to the Finland chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti said Friday.

The motorcycle club took offense at the use of its "Deathshead" logo, a winged, helmet-wearing skull. The organization claims a trademark on the logo registered to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp. (search)

The school promptly agreed with the Hells Angels and is collecting the shirts from its students, admitting the biker group had a strong case.

"This is clearly a stolen logo. It's just a matter of thoughtlessness on the part of the kids," deputy headmaster Eeva-Riitta Mustelin was quoted as saying, adding that the bikers did not want to go to court over the matter.

Toddler Spends Hour Locked In Safe

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A 14-month-old boy spent about an hour locked in an enormous safe that his parents had converted into his nursery.

"It seemed like five hours," said the boy's mother Elizabeth Bond. "I was panicked."

She said her son, CeJay, was crying on the other side of the door.

Dustin and Elizabeth Bond moved their family into the house two months ago. The house, about five miles east of Kearney, was formerly a business.

The Bonds said when they bought the house, they were told the safe's lock was disabled.

The 8-foot by 10-foot safe has a ventilation system and the lights are controlled from the outside.

In a stroke of luck, locksmith Lee Rowedder got the door open using a combination that is commonly coded into safes like the one in the Bonds' house.

She said that after her son was freed, her panic turned to anger because she felt the previous owners had misled her about the lock being disabled.

Before leaving, Rowedder disabled the lock as Dustin Bond watched. Just to be sure, the Bonds asked Rowedder to remove the safe door.

House Too Stinky to Save

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — City inspectors are recommending that a rundown house be torn down after complaints from neighbors that it reeks of animal odor.

Officials said they would mail a letter to Wayne Kubert, Jr., telling him he has 60 days to knock his house down — or the city will do it for him.

"I can hardly wait for 60 days to go by," said Norma Hudelson, who lives next door to the house.

Kubert and his attorney could not be reached for comment. City officials said he is moving to Fulton, Ill., but will still have to pay for the house demolition.

Last summer, city inspectors found 45 cats living in the house with Kubert. All were spayed or neutered and their rabies vaccinations were up to date, but Kubert was cited for violating the city's nuisance ordinance because of the smell.

Though Kubert had promised to clean up the house and remove some cats, city planning director John Staszewski said the city decided to pursue the demolition after a follow-up inspection last week found conditions had not improved.

"That's pretty drastic to call for demolition," Staszwewski said.

Please Don't Harass the Antelope

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Six teenagers were cited for harassment. The victim? A herd of antelope.

"I watched them do it," said South Gillette Game Warden John Schneidmiller, who was driving on Interstate 90 when he spotted the teenagers in a sport utility vehicle giving chase to the animals. "They were definitely harassing the antelope."

The driver was ticketed for harassing big game animals with a vehicle, which carries a $410 fine. The five passengers were given warning citations. Their names were not released.

Schneidmiller said antelope in the area are physically vulnerable and that harassment of this sort could cause serious injury or death to the animals.

"In the drought that we're in, the antelope are so stressed to begin with that they don't need additional stress," he said.

Schneidmiller also noted the danger the driver created for himself and his passengers by zigzagging off-road around the herd.

"They almost rolled their vehicle," he said. "I watched them — they were up on two wheels a couple times."

Bush Daughters Expected to Start at Taco Bell Soon

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — If Paetongtarn Shinawatra thought she could keep a low profile on her first day working at McDonald's (search), her hopes were dashed when her father, Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (search), dropped by for a takeaway.

Thaksin, who became one of Thailand's richest men by investing in telecommunications, let the phalanx of reporters trailing him know that even in the family of a billionaire, the younger generation must learn the value of money and hard work.

"Thai kids, when they finish school, they don't know how to work," said Thaksin, as his giggly daughter stood by. Paetongtarn, 17, will be earning $0.60 per hour in her part-time job. She started a couple of weeks ago.

"I just want her to have the experience and to know about life, because she is the youngest child and when she was born her parents already had status," he said. "Money isn't the main issue. We want her to find experience."

Paetongtarn will at least have the satisfaction of knowing she is following in her parents' footsteps.

When Thaksin studied for his undergraduate degree in criminal justice at Eastern Kentucky University in the United States, he worked at a Kentucky Fried Chicken (search) restaurant. And when he pursued a doctorate at Sam Houston State University in Texas in the late 1970s, his wife Potjaman helped pay the bills with a job at Burger King.

Exhibitionism by Proxy

VILLA RICA, Ga. — Authorities in Carroll County have arrested a Villa Rica man in connection with nude photos left on car windshields.

Villa Rica police arrested Kenneth James Stokes, 47, after a woman called police.

Investigators used surveillance tape from a Wal-Mart (search) to see the suspect putting the pictures on at least two cars in the parking lot, police Capt. Brian Camp said. The Polaroid pictures show the suspect nude from the waist down, authorities said.

Police were able to identify Stokes because the surveillance tapes also showed him going into the Wal-Mart and buying an item with his credit card.

Police said Stokes told them he put the pictures on the cars because he wanted to see the women's reactions.

Stokes was charged with distributing obscene material and released on bond.

Afterward, another woman called police and said someone had placed a nude picture on her car while she was inside a McDonald's restaurant. Stokes was expected to turn himself in Friday on charges that he also put that picture on the car, authorities said.

Police say they believe the suspect may have put pictures on other cars and ask any other victims to contact them.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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