Prom Prank Peeves Parents

As far as proms go, this one had a whole lot more to offer than slow-dances and Kool-Aid ... or at least a group of pranksters said it did.

Perplexed parents of students at Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Conn., were less than pleased when they got a note — on school letterhead, no less — offering a boozy, boneheaded proposal to curb the problem of prom-night partying, WTNH reports.

The letter offered “a more unproblematic solution” to promgoers' attempts to spike their senior sendoff by sneaking banned booze into the bash, saying that if parents signed a permission slip, the prom would cut out the middle man, so to speak, and serve each attendee “eight alcoholic beverages.”

But school administrators were not amused by the prank — they posted a message on their Web site debunking the fraudulent letter and assuring parents that the prom will be cocktail-free.

"I don't think I'd buy it just because they'd never let us do anything like that," says Hand student Steve Elek.

Superintendent of schools Dr. Kaye Griffin says that the letter is unfortunate and under investigation.

Pump Pilferer Provides Patrons Petrol for a Puny Price

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man pretended to be a station attendant and "sold" gasoline to drivers for $10 a tank, then pocketed the purchase money, police said.

Joseph K. Boulware, 41, was arrested May 19 at a gas station in West Baltimore where, police said, he dispensed 450 gallons of gas worth about $1,300.

Authorities said Boulware used a magnetic key and a code that effectively places a pump on standby mode, allowing him to dispense gasoline unnoticed.

Boulware had worked for gas testing companies, which is how police believe he obtained the key and code.

"He asks you, 'You want gas? I will fill you up for $10,"' said Mohammad Mehtabdin, manager of the Citgo station where Boulware was arrested. "Nobody will complain about that."

About 5:30 p.m. on May 19, a $71 charge for pump No. 8 showed up on the register inside the Citgo, catching sales associate Francis Okondu by surprise.

Okondu, Mehtabdin and three other employees confronted the man.

"I was working that night," said Mehtabdin. "He was going pump to pump. He was selling gas to the people. So our employees noticed. We asked him, 'What are you doing here?' He said, 'Nothing, nothing."'

Boulware was charged with theft, assault and possession of crack cocaine. His bail status could not be determined late Tuesday. Police say they are investigating other gas-pilfering schemes at as many as eight other stations.

"He had a lot of customers," Okondu said.

Saving Us From Grubby Fingers, One Tax Dollar at a Time

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Senate health care committee decided today that Louisiana restaurants should post signs at buffets recommending that people wash their hands before serving food onto their plates.

Representative Regina Barrow, of Baton Rouge, says her bill was designed to promote cleanliness and to stop the spread of disease.

The House-backed measure (House Bill 510) goes next to the full Senate for debate after getting quick approval from the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

The state health department would regulate how and where the signs should be posted and would be in charge of checking for the signs under Louisiana's sanitary code.

No Man Is a Match for the Mighty Golf Cart of Justice

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — From behind the wheel of golf cart, a policeman chased down a man who ran from a traffic stop Saturday morning.

The 28-year-old man faces possible charges of trespassing, driving after suspension, fleeing on foot and driving a car with a cracked windshield.

Sgt. Chris Nelson was acquainted with the man and knew that he didn't have a valid driver's license. So when Nelson saw him driving about 11 a.m., the officer pulled the car over.

By then, a woman was in the driver's seat and the suspect bailed out and started running, police said. Nelson saw the man in a parking lot south of the Westfield Golf Course and told him to stop. The man ran toward the golf course and Nelson ran after him.

At hole No. 5, a golfer loaned Nelson his cart and he chased the man toward the first green. The suspect ran off the course into residential yards.

Two other officers joined in and tackled the suspect, who later complained of shortness of breath. Police took him to the hospital.

The man posted $2,500 bail Tuesday morning, according to the jail. He was released last week on other charges and walked away from an inmate work crew in Whitewater State Park earlier in May.

Thanks to Out There reader Chris E.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

Got a good "Out There" story in your hometown? We'd like to know about it. Send an e-mail with a Web link (we need to authenticate these things) to