Irate Listener Phones In Bomb Threat

Billy Wayne Miles really, really wanted to hear that Fats Domino song.

The 58-year-old Odessa, Texas, resident called a radio station Tuesday to request that it play "Ain't That a Shame," reports the Odessa American.

He didn't hear it. So he called again, and then again.

Finally, he called a fourth time, but instead of asking to hear Fats Domino (search), Miles allegedly said, "There will be a big bang at a downtown parking garage in Odessa, Texas, at 2 [p.m.] today."

Not a good idea. Several buildings were evacuated, and Miles was arrested by agents of the Permian Basin Joint Terrorism Task Force (search).

The next day, Miles, who apparently suffers from diabetes, emphysema and heart disease, was brought to the courthouse by ambulance and wheeled on a gurney into the federal courthouse in Midland.

Even the federal prosecutor saw that the long-haired, bearded Miles, who was breathing from an oxygen tank during the arraignment and lives on Social Security, was an unlikely terrorist.

"Mr. Miles does not likely pose a threat to the community," U.S. Attorney John Klassen told the judge, adding, "that [Miles] cannot play any sort of games like this while on release."

Miles was charged with a federal felony count of making a bomb threat. He was released on personal recognizance in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

If convicted, Miles faces up to 10 years in prison.

— Thanks to Out There reader Travis L.

When Cheerleaders Attack

Sometimes school spirit can go a little too far.

A woman told State College, Pa., police on Sept. 24 that a group of Pennsylvania State University (search) cheerleaders plastered her with stickers and hit her in the face, reports the Centre Daily Times of State College.

The woman said she'd refused to take one of the stickers being handed out by a group of cheerleaders in front of the Student Book Store in downtown State College.

She then went into the store, but left the building by another door to avoid running into the perky posse.

But the gleeful gaggle spotted her leaving and pounced, the woman said, surrounding her and slapping stickers all over her body, including her face.

An independent witness backed up the woman's story.

State College police were trying to interview several cheerleaders to get their side of the story.

— Thanks to Out There reader Teresa M.

They Went Ahead and Changed His Name

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A Branson man has put a face to the anonymous references people often make to "they" by changing his name to just that: "They."

The former Andrew Wilson, a 43-year-old self-employed inventor, was granted legal permission last week by a circuit judge to change his name.

It's just They, no surname.

He also has changed his driver's license to reflect his new name.

They said he did it for humor to address the common reference to "they."

"'They do this,' or 'They're to blame for that.' Who is this 'they' everyone talks about? 'They' accomplish such great things. Somebody had to take responsibility," he said.

Now, his friends are getting used to his new name.

"They call up and say, 'Is They there?'"

He acknowledged the name could drive grammarians crazy.

"Not only is he making a statement about his name, but he's messing with the entire English language," friend Craig Erickson said.

They holds 14 patents including Ground-Effect lighting, used to create a neon glow beneath vehicles and patented in 1987.

His newest product is "Shades Eyewear," which have a built-in visor over each sunglass lens. The visors protect the eyes from glare without having to wear a hat, They said.

Vaseline Man Heads to Court

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — It looks like the charges will stick in a bizarre case in which a man allegedly covered virtually every surface in a Binghamton-area motel with petroleum jelly.

A Broome County grand jury today indicted 44-year-old Robert Chamberlain for felony criminal mischief in connection with last spring's incident at a Motel 6 just north of Binghamton.

The McLean, Va., man was arrested last May after a cleaning crew discovered the TV set, furniture, carpeting and everything else in Chamberlain's room had been slathered with Vaseline petroleum jelly.

Police say when they tracked him down at a nearby motel, Chamberlain was covered from head-to-toe with the stuff.

A manager at the Motel 6 said it took more than a month to clean up the mess. He said people still call from around the world asking about the slippery saga. Some have asked to book the room where Chamberlain stayed for almost a week.

Shotgun Wedding Almost Happens

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Four women were briefly detained for allegedly seizing a man they were trying to force to marry a former girlfriend he impregnated, police said Thursday.

The 22-year-old man told police the 16-year-old ex-girlfriend, her mother, sister and aunt approached him Tuesday outside the food processing plant where he works and forced him into a taxi.

The man told local television stations that the four women then took him to their house and told him they wouldn't release him until he married his former girlfriend, who is four months pregnant.

His relatives told police he had been kidnapped, and the four women were detained when they tried to collect his birth certificate and $150 to pay for the civil marriage.

They were released Wednesday after prosecutors found "no elements" to charge them with kidnapping, said Fernando Martinez, a spokesman for the attorney general's office of Nuevo Leon (search) state, where Monterrey is located.

Under Nuevo Leon state law, statutory rape charges apply when women between 13 and 18 years of age are "seduced" or "tricked" into sex. But no formal complaint had been filed.

Boy's Baggy Pants Duct-Taped to Waist

DUNLAP, Ind. (AP) — An outraged father of a seventh-grader says an assistant principal duct-taped his son's pants to keep them from sagging, then sent him back to class.

Scott Allison told the Concord School Board on Monday that his 12-year-old son, Spencer, said last week that a teacher asked him to lift his shirt after she noticed the boy's underwear was showing above his pants, a violation of Concord Junior High School's dress code.

She sent him to Assistant Principal Patricia Walters, who told Spencer to pull up his pants and tuck in his shirt, Allison said.

"She then proceeded to duct-tape his waist, three times around the waist," said Allison. "Then she sent him back to class, in front of his peers."

He said he worried his son would be mocked by his classmates at the school in the town about 20 miles east of South Bend.

"This outrages me and shocks me," Allison said.

Allison also said that Spencer's underwear would not have been exposed if the shirt was left down.

"I don't understand what motivated her to ask him to lift up his shirt," he said.

Board President Randall Myers said the board would not discuss personnel issues in public. Junior high Principal Kevin Caird said student discipline is confidential.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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