Shock Jock Goes Too Far

A British shock jock found the boundaries of the envelope last week — he broke into his boss's house and trashed the place on-air.

Tim Shaw, DJ on the Birmingham rock station Kerrang! 105.2 FM (search), waited until the station's program director, Andrew Jeffries, and his wife left their house last Thursday.

Shaw and his producer, Greg Pebble, smashed a window, sprayed obscene graffiti on the walls, kicked over furniture and then hid in a cupboard.

Jeffries and his wife came home and thought they'd been burglarized — until Shaw and Pebble burst out of the cupboard and announced it was all a joke.

"They had hidden the TV and other items to make it look as if we had been robbed," Jeffries told the British Press Association. "They emptied the cupboards and our clothes were strewn all over."

"Then they jumped out of a cupboard and told us it was a 'mock burglary' and they were broadcasting it all," Jeffries said. "I threw them out."

Shaw, host of "The Asylum Show," was immediately suspended "indefinitely" for going "far beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior," according to the radio station's Web site.

Shaw's biography on the Web site notes that he's "been fired from pretty much every job he's ever had."

— Thanks to Out There reader Peter L.

Free Money Given Out at School

FORT WORTH (AP) — A Fort Worth middle school student found thousands of dollars in a bag behind a school trash bin and then passed it out to other students.

A seventh-grader at Handley Middle School (search) found the sealed bag with "a substantial amount of $100 bills" in it last Tuesday during school, Fort Worth police Sgt. Kathi Jones said.

Police don't know how much money was found because the student never counted it, but one child was given $600 and bought a PlayStation 2.

Jones said she is checking on reports of robberies, drug activity or other crimes in the area to try to determine the origin of the money.

School officials only found out about the money Thursday when a parent came in with a wad of $100 bills she'd found on her child.

"Right now our focus is on recovering the money, and our main concern is to ensure the safety of the kids and ensure there is a safe environment in the school," Jones said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Andrew B.

Robber-Proof Bank Robbed

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) — A bank that has been robbed so many times it bans customers from coming inside was held up again anyway on Friday.

Anyone using the Bank of America branch on Silver Hill Rd. has been forced to go to the drive-up or the ATM for the last few months after managers got fed up with the repeated heists.

But when one of the tellers went out for a break, a robber saw a window of opportunity.

"There were two tellers inside of this bank. One of the tellers left to run over to the drug store and as she was walking back, a suspect wearing dark clothing produced a gun and forced her inside the bank," Cpl. Diane Richardson of the Prince George's County police.

The suspect tried to lock both tellers in the vault, but could not.

No one was hurt, and there was no word on how much money the suspect made off with.

Police said just last week, a teller was about to leave when she saw a man outside with a gun. She was able to lock herself in and get help.

Driver's Ed Teacher Run Over by Student

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — A driver's education instructor was run over by one of her students and pinned beneath the car for 15 minutes, officials said.

Two cars driven by students collided on the DeKalb County Schools driver's education lot, then one of the students backed into Patricia Erwin, running her over.

She was hospitalized Friday in stable condition and underwent surgery for multiple broken bones.

Erwin, 64, who has taught driving for 20 years, was working with the students on a drill that included pulling forward and backing up at slow speeds, said Kal Kelliher, the district's driver's education coordinator.

Another Outbreak of Cheap Gas

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Selling gas at 19 cents per gallon brought in a lot of business for George Riley's gas station two weekends ago. If only Riley had planned it that way.

Riley is out $2,000 after a computer glitch Feb. 5 lowered the price of gas at his Phillips 66 station from $1.83 per gallon to just 19 cents.

The mistake was corrected the following morning when a television reporter called to ask about the cheap gas. But by then, Riley said, customers had pumped 1,200 gallons.

The inadvertent discount had been the rage of radio call-in shows. A truck driver called the gas station to warn that news of the bargain had been broadcast on CB radio.

A church offered to help Riley with the loss, which he declined, but he said no customers have come by to give him more money. He plans to take advantage of the publicity, offering gas at 66 cents a gallon for one unannounced hour a week, beginning next week.

"It's hard to blame people," he said. "Most people don't realize a small individual owns this business. They think they're getting the big oil company."

Last month in Nebraska, a misplaced decimal point put the price of a regular gallon of unleaded gasoline at 18 cents. The gas was supposed to cost $1.89.

When It's Warm, There's 'Shrinkage'

GLEN AUBREY, N.Y. (AP) — An explicit six-foot-tall snow sculpture depicting male genitals in a yard on a rural road north of Binghamton had some drivers doing a double-take last week.

One neighbor, Bob Hodges, told a Binghamton radio station that the much larger-than-life icy display "was the talk of the town for a while."

Hodges said many people who saw it just chuckled.

But the artwork provoked a frosty reaction from one woman, who called the Broome County Sheriff's Department (search) to complain about what she described as an "offensive" snow sculpture.

A deputy who went to the home was told by a mother that the unconventional display was the work of her sons. While the mother said she wouldn't knock it down, she told the deputy she'd have her sons take care of it.

The sculpture was gone the next day.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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