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Taking her check was not a very good idea

Published November 8, 2006


Taking her check was not a very good idea

 Authorities in Illinois slapped cuffs on Monica Nicholson on Sept. 18 on fraud charges involving bad checks, the Chicago Tribune reports. So when her bond hearing came up on Oct. 2, without batting an eye she whipped out a cashier's check for $10,000 like it was nothing. Imagine the surprise of Macon County Jail when they tried to cash the check and it was no good. And that she is no where to be found. Authorities are considering the case as a jailbreak, and not just a case of really bad judgment on their part. Oh, and if you get arrested in Macon County, know this: The jail isn't accepting cashier's checks right now.

Awwww, shoot

You know you shouldn't drive when you're loaded. But a police officer in Lafayette, Ind., learned the hard way that you shouldn't drive when you're unloading, either. Officer Sullivan McCurdy, 41, a 10-year veteran, was driving down I-65 when he was overcome with a need to unload his gun. It discharged, and hit him in the leg, leaving him with mostly a bruised ego. Could've been a lot worse, though, in that his wife was in the car with him.

Kids choose no food over good food

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been leading a drive to make the food in England's schools more nutritious. It has been successful in one thing: making fewer kids eat at school. Schools report a decline of 5.8 percent, and some as much as a 30 percent drop, and largely lay it at the feet of Oliver's Feed Me Better initiative. "Experience has shown that schools who transformed their food service faced a short-term dip in numbers which then improved once the changes had bedded in," said Judy Hargadon, chief executive of the project.

Somebody doesn't like fish and chips

Something smelly was emanating from New Scarborough Fisheries in Wakefield, England. According to the Sun newspaper, town officials investigated, and told owner Steve Morton that they were "investigating a smell of fish and chips." Morton scratched his head a little, because, well, the restaurant is a fish and chips place. "The smell of freshly fried fish and chips is wonderful," Morton said. "Does the council want me to pay someone to stand outside with an air freshener?" The officials are saying the shop could be shut down if it doesn't stop smelling like a, well, what it is. "It's absolutely crazy," Morton said.

Letters to God

A fisherman who found a bag of 300 letters to God - many addressed to a New Jersey minister - floating in the ocean off Atlantic City will give most of them to the late clergyman's daughter after he learned that people were offended that he was trying to sell them on eBay.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster.


[Last modified November 8, 2006, 10:26:05]

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