Husband 'Kidnapped' by Poker Buddies

A California woman was sure her husband was being abducted — but it turned out just to be his buddies getting him to play poker.

It was close to midnight Saturday when the unnamed couple pulled into their driveway in Rialto, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, reports The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif.

As they got out of their car, two strange men suddenly jumped out, threw the husband into a waiting vehicle and sped off.

The terrified woman immediately called 911.

"She didn't know who the guys were," Rialto Sgt. Carla McCullough told the newspaper. "She was all frantic. She thought her husband had been kidnapped."

City police and a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department (search) helicopter scoured the area and quickly found the getaway car less than two miles away.

"We were treating it as a big deal," said McCullough. "But we get to the car, and the guy says, 'These are my friends — they just wanted me to play poker.'"

Police let the jokers go. No one answered the door at the couple's home the following afternoon.

Mistakenly Suspected Cannibal Sues Doctor, Police

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — A Newark man who was mistakenly accused of cannibalism is suing a doctor and the Newark and Parsippany police departments.

Victor Salazar and his wife said they suffered embarrassment and needed counseling after an X-ray at Immediate Medical Care Center (search) in Parsippany last year raised questions about his diet.

When a doctor asked if he had eaten any bones, Salazar forgot about the soup he had had the day before, which included pieces of chicken feet.

Radiologists and the Morris County (search) medical examiner wondered if the film showed bits of human finger bones, so police began an investigation.

It was when Newark homicide investigators went to Salazar's home that he mentioned the soup. Police took along some chicken from his kitchen and X-rayed the feet. Comparisons confirmed Salazar's account.

Bare Bottom Boots Cocaine Conviction

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An appeals court threw out a man's cocaine conviction because his strip search was filmed by a camera crew for a television program.

The Indiana Court of Appeals said in a ruling issued last Thursday that filming Andra Thompson's strip-search was "unprofessional and unreasonable."

During a 2003 sting operation at a motel, officers strip searched Thompson and found cocaine stuffed between his buttocks.

Thompson, 26, of Indianapolis, was convicted of cocaine possession and sentenced to six years in prison in 2004.

Police had given permission for the search to be filmed for an show on cable TV's Oxygen network called "Women and the Badge." One of the arresting officers was a woman.

At one point, the camera focused for several seconds on Thompson's naked posterior while he was bent over in handcuffs.

"Where should the media line be drawn?" Judge Edward Najam wrote. "We will not sanction such conduct, which demeans the suspect and degrades the entire legal process."

Thrift-Store Cash Stash Turned In by Finder

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — Larry Hoffman brought home a bargain shirt from the Goodwill (search) store — only to find $2,000 in cash stuffed in a pocket.

The 69-year-old retiree returned to the store the same day to report the money.

"The money certainly wasn't mine. It belonged to somebody else, obviously," Hoffman said of his April 1 find. "That person was certainly on my mind more than me."

Store manager Rebecca Johnson said customers have returned small amounts of money found in clothing, "but nothing on this scale" in the six years she's been in charge.

"If there's a one-tenth of 1 percent chance that somebody's going to claim it, they should have that opportunity," Hoffman said Wednesday.

Goodwill has no way to trace the source of the shirt, so Johnson called West Bend police. The rightful owner has 90 days to claim the money. After that, Hoffman can claim it or else it goes in the city treasury.

Police won't disclose any details about the shirt or the denominations of the bills that were found. That information has to come from anyone seeking to claim the money.

"When we were kids, it was always 'Finders keepers, losers weepers,'" Hoffman said. "But that's not really the case. You've got to keep the losers from weeping too much."

Camel Head Nabs Sticky-Fingered Baggage Handler

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Qantas Airways Ltd. (search) last Friday suspended a baggage handler who was caught on video opening a passenger's bag that contained a camel costume, donning the head and wandering around the airport tarmac.

The costume's owner, David Cox, said he was waiting inside the terminal at Sydney Airport earlier this week when he glanced outside and saw the baggage handler wearing his camel head.

"I obviously was flabbergasted — my jaw dropped to the ground," Cox told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio on Friday.

He said he was shocked to realize that his luggage had been tampered with, and reported the incident to the airline.

Qantas Chief Executive Geoff Dixon said a security camera had recorded the baggage handler, whose name was not immediately available, opening the bag and trying on the camel head.

He said the baggage handler had been suspended and could be fired pending further investigation.

"We are acutely aware of heightened community concerns around security of baggage," Dixon said in a statement. "What has happened is completely unacceptable and is unacceptable to the vast majority of decent, hardworking Qantas employees."

Village Has Tough Time Picking Its Idiot

STORY, Ind. (AP) — The competition was fierce and foolish, but a man who accidentally sawed through a live electrical wire and topped that by wrecking his truck only hours after buying it earned the honorary title "Village Idiot."

Mark Carmichael's blunders won him the good-natured award that's been handed out for years in the tiny Brown County town of Story. The winner is whoever gets the most votes from regulars at the Story Inn's saloon.

Carmichael, the inn's maintenance man, won in part for an incident in which he cut through a live wire while using a circular saw to replace the inn's galvanized steel roof. But he also damaged his just-purchased 1998 Dodge truck — the day after he got it.

His foolishness earned the 27-year-old a $100 bar tab.

Rick Hofstetter, who owns the inn about 40 miles south of Indianapolis, said the competition for this year's award was fierce.

For example, two Story Inn (search) regulars were nominated for knocking themselves unconscious while opening their car doors. Another was nominated for burning down his front porch after not fully extinguishing a cigarette in a full ashtray.

Bartender Evan McMahon was nominated for opening an $80 bottle of Chalk Hill Chardonnay to make a $6.50 wine spritzer for a bar patron.

Not to be outdone, Story Inn housekeeper Kathy Newhall earned her nomination for using French truffle oil from the kitchen, which costs $50 for a 3-ounce bottle, to quiet a squeaky toilet seat.

Compiled by FOX News' Paul Wagenseil.

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