Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Mini-mart workers arrested in lottery-ticket sting
Thirteen employees of nine mini-marts in Fresno have been arrested on suspicion of pocketing lottery winnings, the California Lottery’s security and law enforcement division announced.
The employees told undercover officials posing as customers that their lottery tickets had not won. The employees later cashed the winning tickets themselves.
The arrests took place Tuesday.
California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said investigators used decoy winning tickets.
Family tells police their teen broke into church
A Wausau Wisconsin teenager who faces a felony burglary charge for a church-break-in can thank his family for the arrest. Court records said an 18-year-old teen's father and sister told investigators he admitted using a golf club to break a glass window at St. Michael Catholic Church and crawling inside last weekend.
The criminal complaint said the teen denied the allegations, including that he drank half of a bottle of wine at the church.
The teen was charged Tuesday with burglary, theft, criminal damage to property and six counts of bail jumping. A judge set bail at $1,000 cash.
Court records said $30 was stolen from a wooden collection box in the church and a five-pointed star was scratched into a wooded table.
Fleeing suspect picks the wrong place to hide
A suspect who ran away from a traffic stop on Wednesday chose the wrong place to hide when he slipped under a parked moving truck - and then was run over when the driver pulled away. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said an officer stopped a 26-year-old man in west Phoenix just before 7 a.m. after he ran a red light. The man gave the officer his license, then ran away and disappeared behind a convenience store.
As the officer searched for him, the moving truck driver started to drive away, running over the suspect. The officer stopped the truck and called help for his suspect, who complained of back pain.
The man had a suspended driver license and warrants for DUI and leaving an accident scene. He'll be booked into jail after treatment.

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