Friday, April 22, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Robber's demand note had his name on it
Dover, Del. Police say a robber made their jobs easy by handing a convenience store clerk a demand note that had his name on the back.
Thirty-six-year-old Bruce Manlove was arrested shortly after the robbery early Wednesday. He's accused of stealing 17 packs of Newport cigarettes.
Police say Manlove walked into a 7-Eleven around 3:15 a.m. and handed the clerk a note that read, "This is a robbery."
The clerk handed over the cigarettes but refused to give the note back. Police say the note was written on the back of Manlove's Department of Correction paperwork.
Police spokesman Capt. Tim Stump says this was one of the occasions when a defendant makes things easy for investigators.
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Man dumped $200 worth of gas
Police in Connecticut says a man poured about $200 worth of gasoline onto a city street then went to a scrap metal yard and tried to sell the empty container worth $60.
Emilio Valentine, 52 of Bridgeport was charged with illegally dumping hazardous material. He was released on a promise to appear in court.
Stephen Scholz of PC Metals said that when Valentine brought the metal container to us it was still dripping when he pulled into the scrap yard. Scholz told Valentine to leave.
The state Department of Environmental Protection cleaned up the mess.
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Robber got 7-year prison term for 86 cents
An N.Y. man who took part in a robbery that netted him and his accomplice less than a dollar in change will spend up to seven years in state prison.
"You and your accomplice robbed this man, and he was shot, and all you got was 86 cents," Dutchess County Court Judge Stephen L. Greller told Michael Armstrong, 22, as he imposed the sentence.
Armstrong admitted last month that he and Devonte Burks, 18, accosted a man and demanded money.
Burks acknowledged during his plea last month that he was holding a handgun that went off during the robbery, seriously injuring the victim. He contended that the shooting had been accidental.
Both men entered guilty pleas to first-degree robbery, a felony.
As part of their plea agreements, Armstrong and Burks will be ordered to pay the victim $65,031 for his medical bills.
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Male who wore heels to high school!
The school dress code sets a standard. So when a male student at Riverview High School in Florida decided to wear heels to school on Friday, an assistant principal asked him to take off his shoes.
"It really wasn't a dress code violation, but a matter of his own well-being, and if the attire causes disruption," explains Riverview principal Bob Heilmann.
"It also says you're not supposed to be discriminated against by race, sexuality or religion. If girls can wear heels, why can't boys wear heels?" 11th grader Morgan Rodgers says about the dress code policy.
Rodgers says school administrators should have left the student alone. “By pulling him out of class, I feel it caused more of a distraction than him actually wearing the heels."
To show their support, some students made tags for classmates to wear. One tag says "support diversity" and they didn't stop there.
Rodgers and her friends set up a theme week. On Monday everyone would wear heels, Tuesday cross dress and on Wednesday girls wear blue and boys pink.
The principal is wearing his pink tie. Heilmann says, "I think the message to the school to all of us is, respect everybody whoever they may be."
On Tuesday another male student wore his girlfriend's dress to school. The principal and the student's father asked him to change his clothes.
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