A would-be bank robber in Georgia missed one basic fact: The bank had no money.
Police told the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal that Michael Donald Marshall, 39, walked into a Bank of America (search) branch in the Atlanta suburb of Kennesaw Wednesday, said he had a gun and demanded $500.
The employees inside had some bad news for him — the bank was still under construction.
"The tellers told the offender that the bank was not open for business and there is no money," Kennesaw police spokesman Scott Luther told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Responding cops even saw construction workers going in and out of the building with toolboxes.
It "should have been obvious" that the bank wasn't open for business, Luther said.
Marshall had fled the building and was trying to hide behind an entrance column, but came out and admitted trying to rob the bank, police said.
The Marietta man was booked for armed robbery, and police also found that he had an outstanding shoplifting warrant.
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MIAMI (AP) — Nearly 100 fruit juice boxes containing liquid heroin were intercepted Wednesday in a shipment from Colombia, federal officials said.
The juice boxes were part of a private shipment that wasn't destined for the United States food supply, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (search) agents said. The juice would be deadly if consumed.
The 6-ounce boxes, labeled "Hit Fruit Drink," contained a total of about 84 pounds of heroin worth $1.7 million.
Customs agents said the juice was initially bought from a grocery store in Colombia, then the boxes were emptied and refilled with heroin. The shipment was relabeled, and five pallets of boxes were shipped alongside pallets of legitimate juice boxes, the agents said.
The pallets were intercepted at an undisclosed location in Miami, and federal agents are working to track the drug dealers responsible, customs agents said.
In 1990, a 25-year-old man died after drinking a cocaine-laced Colombian soft drink that was part of a drug smuggling scheme. It went awry when burglars broke into a warehouse, stole cases of the drink not knowing what they contained, and sold them to local grocers.
The FBI discovered at least 45 contaminated bottles of Pony Malta, some on store shelves.
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WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — Four teens are accused of using fake $5 bills printed on a home computer printer to pay for fast-food restaurant meals, taxi rides and other purchases before the scam was discovered.
Police Sgt. Gus Unertl said Wednesday that the three 14-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy were caught after some merchants noticed the money wasn't legitimate and others deposited it with banks where it was discovered.
"If you looked at it real quick, it appeared to be legitimate money," Unertl said. "You might not notice anything wrong if you didn't hold it up to the light. ...
"But the question is, if you're doing a quick transaction at McDonald's, do you hold it up to the light?"
He said authorities filed state charges of forgery instead of seeking federal counterfeiting charges because of the teens' young ages and because of the small denomination of the bills.
Washington County juvenile authorities are to recommend whether the boys will face a delinquency hearing. The four have been released to custody of their parents.
Police confiscated computer equipment believed to have been used by one boy to print the bills, Unertl said.
The fake bills started to appear in West Bend Oct. 23.
Among other problems, the paper was nothing like the paper used for real currency, Unertl said.
Some people who received the bogus bills had some information about the teens, such as first names or other details, and provided it to investigators, he said.
Authorities notified the U.S. Secret Service (search), which investigates counterfeiting, on Wednesday of the boys' arrests. The Secret Service is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
CHICAGO (AP) — A groundskeeper found a rusted, hollowed-out shell of a grenade in the right-field turf of Chicago's Wrigley Field (search).
The grenade was found Tuesday morning by a worker at the home of the Chicago Cubs. Police bomb and arson investigators were called to examine the device, which they found to be empty and harmless.
"It's a dud, just like the Cubs were," Police spokesman Pat Camden said Wednesday.
Investigators said there was no way to determine how the device ended up on the field.
GROVELAND, N.Y. (AP) — Part of a highway in the Finger Lakes region of western New York State is open again after a chocolate-covered mishap.
Northbound lanes of a highway south of Rochester were closed for five hours Thursday night after a tanker truck crashed and spilled 45,000 pounds of liquid chocolate. State police say there were no serious injuries in the crash.
Troopers say the truck driver swerved to avoid a deer. The truck, from M&M Mars (search) in Elizabethtown, Pa., rolled over and the tanker split, spilling its load.
A road grader had to be brought in to scrape up the chocolate, which also covered a bridge and a car on another road below. The fire chief says it smelled like a Hershey bar — but no nuts.
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — A University of Victoria (search) English professor has stick-handled his way through academe to create what may be Canada's — or even the world's — only college course on hockey literature.
The puck drops in January for "Hockey Literature and the Canadian Psyche," a second-year English offering by Doug Beardsley, whose previous classes have been largely in Holocaust literature and postmodern Canadian poetry.
Not every prospective student made the cut for the class, which was limited to 40 and runs three hours — appropriately divided into three periods.
Beardsley said the current lack of a hockey season — NHL owners have locked out players over a contract dispute — is "like losing a limb" because the sport is such a large part of Canadian life.
"Hockey represents the dark side of the Canadian spirit," said Beardsley, who has written two hockey books. "The way we play the game on ice is semi-legal mayhem, which allows us to balance the psyche."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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