Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Man steals just $1.00 from bank
A North Carolina man said he robbed a bank of $1 and waited for police so he could go to prison and receive healthcare.
Richard Verone, 59, said he robbed the RBC Bank in Gastonia of $1 June 9 and sat down to wait for police in the hopes of being convicted so he could receive healthcare for a growth in his chest and two ruptured disks..
Police said Verone, who was unarmed, handed a note to a teller demanding $1 and claiming he had a gun. The police report said Verone then sat down on a couch and waited for officers to arrive at the bank.
"I'm sort of a logical person and that was my logic, what I came up with," Verone said. "If it is called manipulation, then out of necessity because I need medical care, then I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care."
Man hid in portable toilet tank
Police in Colorado say a woman who stepped inside a portable toilet at a yoga festival discovered a man hiding in the tank below when she lifted the toilet lid.
Boulder police spokesperson Kim Kobel says the woman told authorities she noticed something moving inside the tank and asked a man to check it out. The man reported seeing someone covered in a tarp inside the tank.
A festival security supervisor said the suspect eventually emerged from the toilet - covered in human waste - and slipped away.
Police say the suspect is thought to be in his 20s and is being sought on charges of criminal attempt to make unlawful sexual contact.
Woman pleads guilty to hiding a coat in her underwear
A 46-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to stealing a mink coat from a Twin Cities store and then hiding the coat in her underwear.
Stephanie Moreland was arrested by Bloomington police after the Alaskan Fur Company reported a short mink coat was stolen by a woman who had been in the store and acting suspiciously.
The coat was valued at $6,500.
Inmate is a suspect in honey-bun theft
A purloined pastry has led to new charges against seven inmates at a central Kansas jail.
The 23-year-old inmate at the Saline County Jail allegedly took a honey bun belonging to another inmate sometime Saturday.
The suspected pastry thief was jumped by seven fellow inmates and beaten with a sock filled with dominoes. The sheriff's office says the beaten man was treated at the jail for a possible rib injury.
Six of the other inmates have been charged with battery, and the seventh with aggravated battery.
Slot machine pays $24,988 too much
State regulators say a gambler won a $25,000 jackpot on a Pittsburgh casino slot machine that should have paid out only $12.
The Gaming Control Board tells the false jackpot happened on May 29, 2010. The generous payout happened in one of five instances involving Rivers Casino machines that weren't properly tested or certified.
The board was to have levied an unspecified fine against the casino. But it nixed a consent agreement with the casino Monday after some board members felt a stronger message needed to be sent.
Casino officials say the player was allowed to keep the jackpot and that it paid all taxes on it. Rivers spokesperson Jack Horner says the casino takes the matter seriously and has retrained all of its technicians.
Overdue book returned to library 122 years late
Staff at an Australia library has been stunned after first edition copy of Charles Darwin's Insectivorous Plants book was returned 122 years late.
Date stamp inside the first edition copy showed that the book had been borrowed more than a century ago, on January 30, 1889.
Investigations have found that the book had been in a private collection for 50 years before being handed to a local university, whose employees passed it back to the library.
Staff at the Camden Library in Sydney’s southwest has estimated that the late fees for the book were about $35,000 (£22,800).
The book won’t have a fine because it was the library's "fine amnesty month", when borrowers could bring back late books in exchange for a donation to charity.
However, the book would never be lent out again, she said.
"It will be preserved, it will be here, people will be able to look at it but we're not loaning it out, it's grounded for a very long time."

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