Teens Buy Drugs With Fake Cash

A trio of Florida wise guys are lucky to have been arrested.

That's because the jokers were allegedly printing funny money on a home laser printer — and then using it to pay drug dealers.

Macclenny, Fla., residents Jeremy Randall Johnson, 32, and Kyle David Duncan and Adam Mallett, both 17, were charged last month with felony counterfeiting charges, said Chuck Brannan, chief investigator for the Baker County Sheriff's Office (search).

Brannan said Friday the teenagers would print about $20 to $30 at a time — in $1, $5 and $10 bills — on a Hewlett-Packard combination scanner/laser printer (search) in one boy's family kitchen.

They'd then use the phony moolah to buy drugs from street dealers, he said. The fake bills started showing up in local stores on Feb. 2.

By the time of the trio's arrests Feb. 17, Brannan said, "there had been some threats from drug dealers."

Brannan said Duncan showed him how they printed the bills on the machine, which was seized. The resulting fake $1 bill was of good quality, Brannan said.

The 17-year-olds might be charged as adults, especially Duncan, who has a police record.

The Secret Service (search), which has jurisdiction over counterfeiting, told authorities to prosecute the three in county court, Brannan said.

Macclenny is about 30 miles west of Jacksonville.

— Thanks to Out There reader Harley W. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Fourth-Grader Switches Genders Over Winter Break

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A fourth-grader who was attending a Massachusetts elementary school as a girl before February vacation has returned to school as a boy.

The parents of the 9-year-old child said the youngster was born with the body of a girl, but the brain of a boy.

They have asked that he be referred to and treated as a boy by teachers and other students, and school officials are accommodating the request. The parents have even changed the child's name.

The child's mother told The Eagle-Tribune that the family made the decision after consulting with medical professionals. She said the child is still biologically a girl.

The mother has requested that the family not be identified to protect the child.

School Superintendent C. Phillip Littlefield said there is nothing harmful about the child being in the school.

— Thanks to Out There reader Rob E.

Cabbie Forced to Drive Getaway Car

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Police said it was more like a plot for a movie than real life when a taxi driver was forced to be the getaway car for a man who allegedly robbed a bank in Salt Lake City.

The hunt ended last Wednesday, hours later and 30 miles north in Ogden, after the suspect bailed out of the Yellow Cab and was arrested by waiting police.

Yellow Cab driver Ali Ahmed originally didn't know the customer in his cab was wanted, but that changed when Ahmed got a cell phone call from a police detective.

"I was very scared," Ahmed later said. "Oh, man, was I scared."

His fears escalated when the suspect allegedly told him "he would empty his gun" if Ahmed turned him in to police, even though the suspect didn't know that Ahmed was talking to a detective throughout much of the Interstate 15 ride.

"I kept telling him it was my dispatcher wanting to know where we were going," he said.

"When he told me he had a gun, I just pulled over and I told him, 'Hurry up and get out of here if you want to get away,'" he said.

"There was an officer right by there, so I ran over and told him which way the guy went," Ahmed said.

Donald Archambault, 53, was charged Thursday with aggravated robbery.

It still wasn't an entirely happy ending for Ahmed: He got stuck with the $98.50 cab fare.

Technology Hinders Gas-Price Hike

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Some customers may have thought it was simple justice.

Alas, it was technology that prevented a gas station's sign from displaying any price $2 or higher.

Byron Wheeler, who owns a Byco gas station (search), said he kept prices below the $2 mark for five days last week because the station's electronic sign couldn't display a "2" in the dollar position.

Wheeler said the company is upgrading the sign, which has been in place at the station's convenience store since the business opened in 1991. But until the sign can be brought up to speed, Wheeler is displaying only the time and temperature.

And, those five days last week will be only a memory to customers.

"It brought customers in," Wheeler said. "We had some fun with it."

Airline Passenger Will Fight for Booze

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man denied alcohol during a United Airlines flight went on a rampage, breaking tray tables and other equipment, the FBI said Wednesday.

Brian A. Casias, 35, has been charged with interfering with the flight crew on Flight 711 from Denver to Anchorage.

Casias, of Commerce City, Colo., was heard swearing as he boarded the flight Tuesday, and the plane's captain advised him that he would not be served alcoholic beverages.

When a flight attendant denied Casias' request for a drink, he allegedly threw his tray of food down and spat repeatedly on the floor, the FBI said.

Casias allegedly ripped the phone off the back of the seat and broke two tray tables, throwing them to the floor, the FBI said.

Casias also is accused of urinating on the floor of the lavatory, where he allegedly broke a handicapped bar and a changing table. He also is accused of swearing repeatedly and of smoking several cigarettes on the plane.

Casias, who was arrested by airport police and the FBI when the plane landed, remained in custody and was scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate Thursday.

New Jersey Ponders Becoming Warm, Fuzzy

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A kinder, gentler New Jersey?

In a state where one former governor once joked that the official bird was "the middle finger," Assemblymen Jon M. Bramnick and Gordon Johnson think a few more random acts of kindness couldn't hurt.

A resolution under consideration in the state Legislature is encouraging residents to join "a campaign toward civility, kindness and respect to all."

Bramnick, a Republican, says it seems people just aren't as nice to each other as they were in decades past.

"In the halls of Trenton everyone's always very nice and it's 'Good morning! How are you?' Then I get back in the real world," Bramnick said last week.

The Assembly Judiciary committee was expected to decide whether to send the proposal along for a vote before the full Assembly.

In the meantime, Bramnick and Johnson, a Democrat, hope New Jerseyans will listen — and lighten — up.

It's not the first time state officials have tried to soften up Jersey's image. Last year, then-Gov. James E. McGreevey declared a Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Compiled by FOX News' Paul Wagenseil.

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