Bad Case of Mistaken Identity

Nineteen-year-old Ryan Allen was wondering why the car salesman was taking so long to check his credit.

After an hour and a half, the manager of the Kansas City Chevrolet dealership came into the room with a strange question.

"'Have you ever been to Yemen?' I go, 'No,'" Allen said, according to KETV-TV of Omaha.

Turns out Allen may share a Social Security number with Ramzi Binalshibh (search), a Yemeni man thought to be one of the planners of the Sept. 11 terror attacks and currently being held in U.S. custody at an undisclosed location.

After the April 10 discovery, the dealership called the police, who called the FBI, which refused to do anything about the matter since Binalshibh had already been arrested, Allen said.

Allen didn't get his Chevy Cavalier, and a spokesman at Van Chevrolet refused to comment to the Associated Press, but that might be the least of his problems for the near future.

Binalshibh — and by association, Allen as well — is on a list kept by the U.S. Treasury that orders U.S. banks to block assets of suspected terrorist financiers and enforces sanctions against some countries and suspected drug overlords.

John Garlinger, a spokesman for the Kansas City office of Social Security, said Allen might want to stay in the country for a while, since getting into and out of the United States might be problematic.

"It's unfortunate that he may spend hours and hours and hours trying to recover from this," Garlinger said, adding that it would be "virtually impossible" to figure out how Binalshibh ended up with Allen's number.

Allen has contacted the U.S. Treasury, Social Security, his credit union and lawyers. He's found out that no one's used the number to open new accounts in his name, but hasn't been given any good advice about how to clear up the matter.

"At one point [the Treasury Department] told me my name might have come up because the consonants are the same as this other guy," Allen said. "Come on — 'Little Bo Peep' is closer to his name than mine."

Allen does have another theory, however. His birthday is Sept. 11.

"Granted, I'm glad I found out about it now," he admitted.

Proud Father, Angry Driver

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — The cops say Jimmie Fisher resisted arrest and cursed them, but Fisher says he was in a hurry because his pregnant wife's water had broken and he was hospital-bound at 2:10 a.m. Monday.

Fisher, 48, of Stanley, N.C., dropped his wife at Gaston Memorial Hospital (search) and was taken away in handcuffs by officers, who had stopped him for driving 45 mph in a 35 mph zone. But officers in the town of Ranlo, N.C., arrested Fisher not for speeding but for his actions after they stopped him.

Fisher admitted to cursing at the officers and pulling his arm away from them when they approached him a second time at the hospital's emergency room. Fisher also admitted to speeding.

"I was under some stress, I admit that," Fisher said. "Even my wife tried to get out of the car to show them she was pregnant."

Police charged Fisher with disorderly conduct and speeding. He said he was able to walk from the Gaston County Magistrate's Office to the hospital before his wife, Rachel, gave birth to their third child, Aurora — a healthy, 8-pound, 8-ounce girl.

Ranlo Chief Tim Anderson said he hasn't completely reviewed the incident, but stood behind his officers and said Fisher shouldn't have run toward the officers.

"When the officers realized the wife was pregnant, they made getting her to the hospital their priority," Anderson said.

Fisher said after the stop he got out the car to explain his wife was in labor, but felt the officers didn't give him a chance. He said one officer aimed a handgun at him and told him to get back in his vehicle.

Anderson said the officers, whose report said Fisher tried to provoke a violent reaction, only wanted to explain at the hospital why they had stopped Fisher.

"I don't believe there is any issue," Anderson said, adding that video of the incident from a police car camera didn't show any abusive behavior by officers.

— Thanks to Out There readers Esther T. and Jeep B.

Double Fun on Texas Farm

GRAND SALINE, Texas (AP) — A calf born in a Texas town, about 60 miles east of Dallas, is thriving despite its two mouths and three eyes.

According to owner Virginia Hale, the light red female calf "Unique" was born in a pasture on April 12.

Hale said the 57-pound calf is friendly, likes to drink milk from its mother and enjoys lapping up water by using both tongues.

The animal's extra mouth is on the lower left side of her face and her third eye, which blinks, is above the extra mouth.

Hale took Unique to a veterinarian Monday to be checked for a runny nose.

During that visit, the vet gave the calf a shot of antibiotics and said the animal is otherwise healthy, Hale said.

— Thanks to Out There reader April W.

College Takes Pity on Sleepy Undergrads

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University (search) is hoping it'll help students catch up on their sleep.

The North Carolina school is eliminating classes that begin at 8 a.m. Those classes have been getting less and less popular anyway.

The move comes amid some national surveys showing that college students are getting less sleep than ever before. The surveys indicate that college students sleep an average of six to seven hours a night.

And the head of Duke's counseling services said for some, the problem may be worse. James Clack said students get into a pattern of getting four or five hours of sleep — when they should really be getting nine hours a night.

In addition to getting rid of the 8 a.m. classes, Duke is considering a new orientation program that will help freshmen understand the importance of a good night's sleep.

— Thanks to Out There reader Robert D.

So That's Where My Stamp-Collection Order Went

BERLIN (AP) — A German postal worker admitted to putting packages up for auction over the Internet after a search of his apartment turned up a hoard of missing deliveries, police said Thursday.

The 37-year-old letter carrier, whose identity wasn't released, started siphoning off packages and offering their contents on online auction site eBay last summer, police said. In all, more than 100 went missing, and police estimated the total value at $23,700.

While the German post office noticed that packages frequently went missing on his round, it was unable to prove anything until a musician whose clarinet mouthpiece went missing in the mail blew the whistle.

After the package failed to arrive, he found an identical item on eBay — offered by the postman, from the western town of Gelsenkirchen. He bought it, but also informed police.

Police found the missing mouthpiece at the apartment of the postman's girlfriend and then searched his own apartment — turning up piles of missing packages.

The man confessed to stealing the mail and was released after questioning, police said.

Stickup Man Phones Ahead for Faster Service

PITTSBURGH (AP) — "One felony, extra crispy, please." City police last Friday said they were looking for a man who called a KFC restaurant and placed an unusual takeout order — a robbery.

The man called the restaurant March 31 and told the manager he was a police officer. The caller told the manager that a robber was on his way to the store and that the store employees should cooperate so nobody would get hurt. Police planned to grab the robber as he left the store, the caller said.

Moments later, a robber showed up and took $200, but no police arrived to arrest him — fueling police suspicion that the telephone "cop" and restaurant robber are the same person.

Police said at a news conference Friday they believe the same man is responsible for at least 10 other robberies in the city since late January. The other stores weren't called ahead of time.

The robber was caught on video at the KFC, and the images match a description given in the other heists.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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