Published August 24, 2004
A bank robber made things easy for Iowa police — he left behind his rental-car receipt.
The 26-year-old man, whom Council Bluffs, Iowa, police did not name, walked into the Telco Triad Community Credit Union (search) in the Omaha suburb Wednesday afternoon, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
The bank robbery went smoothly enough, Sgt. Ray Mabbitt told the newspaper.
But a slip of paper left at the bank turned out to be an Enterprise Rent-A-Car (search) receipt, which noted that the getaway car had to be returned by 5:57 p.m. that same day.
Sure enough, the alleged robber turned up on time, as did his sister, who was driving and to whom the car had been rented.
Both were arrested. Cash and a pellet gun were found in the car.
As for the robbery suspect, he broke free while being taken to the police station, but officers caught up to him, handcuffs and all, about a block away.
— Thanks to Out There reader Jarvis N.
GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — For a brief time, the Best Western Inn here had a chair worth about $50,000.
The chair in room 204 wasn't an antique. Instead, an Ohio couple who stayed in the room last Saturday found 4.4 pounds of cocaine in the chair, police said.
Graham police Capt. Jeff Prichard said someone cut a slit in the chair's seat and tucked two packages of cocaine inside.
A truck driver from Ohio and his wife rented a room there Saturday and discovered the cocaine about 6 p.m., Officer Robert Lovette said in a police report.
The truck driver told Lovette that a package fell out when he moved the chair. The couple picked up the package, thought it might be narcotics and called 911.
Graham Officer R. Parks tested its contents and confirmed that it was cocaine.
As officers searched the room, the truck driver tipped the chair and police found a second package of cocaine. Each package contained about a kilo of powder cocaine.
The couple are not suspects.
Police are looking for others who stayed in the room recently. "I wouldn't call them suspects, but they are someone we would like to speak with," Prichard said.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sheriff's deputy has been placed on administrative leave for stripping down to his skivvies in public.
Employees at a jewelry company told police that they saw Salt Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Darrell Magee get out of his department-issued sport utility vehicle last Tuesday morning and remove all his clothes.
They say the six-year department veteran sat naked and cross-legged facing west for about 30 seconds before redressing, according to a police report. Magee has not been arrested or cited.
Salt Lake City police Detective Dwayne Baird said Magee claimed he was wearing an undergarment similar to his skin color while he conducted a 30-second religious ritual.
"He said he did have something on," Baird said.
Magee did not specify what religion he practices.
The city attorney's office has not read the report yet, but could charge Magee with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor.
The Sheriff's Office has placed Magee on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Rosie Rivera said that won't start until Salt Lake City police have finished their investigation.
Magee, through a family spokeswoman, declined to comment.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A dog took a bite out of crime to stop a would-be carjacker Thursday night, police say.
The 3-year-old Rottweiler-Doberman pinscher mix named Diablo bit the suspect after he opened the passenger door of a car stopped at a stoplight and grabbed the driver by the neck.
The woman, who asked The (Columbia) State not to identify her, said she had to pry the dog's jaws open to get him to let go.
The dog lost its four bottom teeth in the incident, but the woman said a veterinarian told her those were the dog's puppy teeth.
The carjacker has not been caught, Richland County sheriff's spokesman Joseph Pellicci said.
PHOENICIA, N.Y. (AP) — A Ferris wheel at an Ulster County fire department fund-raiser spun out of control after a cable snapped, coming to a halt only after nearly two dozen firefighters at the fair grabbed the wheel and brought it under control, police said.
None of the seven passengers were hurt, but several children were temporarily stranded in suspended cars and the ride's operator suffered a minor arm injury, said Officer Thomas O'Connell of the Town of Shandaken police.
The incident began at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Parish Field in Phoenicia, where a fundraiser for the Phoenicia Fire Department was being held, police said.
After the cable snapped, the ride's operator tried to use the hand brake to stop the wheel from spinning. But it continued to speed up, police said.
"It was really scary — it looked like a roulette wheel when you spin it. I'm surprised nobody got thrown off," O'Connell said.
Twenty firefighters swarmed the ride, stopping it and freeing two adult riders from the bottom car. Five children were stranded in upper cars until firefighters used a ladder truck to free them.
"It was lucky [the firefighters] were right there," O'Connell said.
No criminal charges would be filed against the ride's owner, Shamrock Shows, because no one was seriously hurt, he said.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A pair of teenagers who spent more than two straight days publicly glued to a television set say they have set a new world record for uninterrupted TV viewing.
Chris Dean, 16, and Mike Dudek, 17, both of Grand Rapids, logged 52 consecutive hours of viewing time by the time they ended their feat at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The teens, who are incoming high school seniors, surpassed the Guinness World Records mark of 50 hours and seven minutes by nearly two hours — giving new meaning to "must-see TV."
"We've got a record under our belts," Dudek said.
Confirmation of the record could take anywhere from a few weeks to several months because documentation must be sent to Guinness, Dean said.
The teens set up their television inside an International House of Pancakes (search) restaurant because it is open 24 hours a day and the management was willing to participate.
"It's a strange thing to want to do," said server Virgil Sandberg. "It's probably one of the strangest things I've ever seen here."
According to rules set by Guinness, Dean and Dudek were required to remain awake with their eyes always on the television screen. They were given a five-minute break every hour and restroom trips were permitted only during 15-minute breaks every eight hours.
Dean's parents, Gordon and Brenda Dean, helped document the event and said they were proud of their son's unusual achievement.
"He has to be good at something, this is just as well," Gordon Dean said. "He set a goal and reached it."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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