November 17, 2016
Fake ID Ring Funded Plastic
Surgery For Strippers
Lawrenceville, GA (AP) Authorities say they have broken up a fake ID ring in which the suspects fraudulently established credit to buy expensive cars and fund plastic surgery for strippers.
WSB-TV reports Vanessa Williams turned in her three co-conspirators to Gwinnett County detectives after taking part in a fake ID and financial crimes ring.
Detective Nermin Cultarevic says Williams and the suspects would buy IDs from prison inmates as well as create other fictitious ones to obtain lines of credit.
Authorities say they then bought high-end items and also sold the lines of credit to prostitutes and strippers who used them for breast and other implant surgeries.
Ericka Williams, Sean Blow and Edrell Smith were arrested Wednesday. It is unclear what charges they are facing or if they have an attorney.
Speedy Shovels Shine At Slovakia’s Grave Digging Contest
Trencin, Slovakia (AP) Ten teams from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary have turned mounds of ground in a competition to crown the fastest gravediggers in central Europe.
The Grave Digging Championships held Thursday in the Slovakian city of Trencin was meant to promote the funeral industry and bring some levity to a serious profession.
The contest graded the teams on speed and accuracy. No modern tools were allowed, only shovels and picks.
Graves had to be dug to exact specifications: 1.5-meters deep, 2-meters long and 0.9-meters wide.
Some teams made quick progress, while layers of gravel slowed others. Event spokesman Christian Striz says the sponsors wanted to show how strenuous the job is.
A team representing Peter Pastorok’s funeral services from the Slovakian village of Kalna nad Hronom emerged as the winner.
College Student Has Kit Kat
Stolen, Company Sends 6,500
Manhattan, KS (AP) Hershey has come to the rescue of a college student who had his Kit Kat bar brazenly stolen.
Kansas State University student Hunter Jobbins tells The Wichita Eagle he left his car unlocked with a Kit Kat in the cup holder last month before running into his dorm building. When he came back, the candy bar had been replaced with a note. The thief wrote, “I love Kit Kats so I checked your door and it was unlocked. Did not take anything other than the Kit Kat. I am sorry and hungry.”
Jobbins’ picture of the note went viral on Twitter, and Hershey responded by sending a representative to the campus with 6,500 Kit Kat bars.
Jobbins stuffed the bars in his car and handed them out around campus last week.
Dead City Treasurer Wins
Re-Election In California Race
Oceanside, CA (AP) Voters in one California city have elected a dead man to office.
Official figures show that Oceanside City Treasurer Gary Ernst was re-elected Tuesday even though he died in September. Ernst earned 17,659 votes and beat challenger Nadine Scott by about 6 percentage points.
There wasn’t time to remove his name from the ballot after he died from diabetes complications. Since he can’t take office, the City Council can declare the seat vacant and decide to appoint someone to fill out the term or call a special election. A decision could be made next month.
Scott tells San Diego’s KNSD-TV that she’d like to be appointed to the post to honor the more than 15,000 people who voted for her.
She says she doesn’t think voters knew Ernst was dead.
New Mexico Man Arrested For DWI For 8th Time
Algodones, NM (AP) Authorities say an Algodones man has been arrested for DWI for the eighth time.
New Mexico State Police say 75-year-old Jimmy Baldonado has been booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center on suspicion of DWI, possessing an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and a registration violation.
They say a uniformed police officer conducted a traffic stop for a registration violation last Thursday in Algodones and Baldonado handed the officer an expired, void driver’s license.
The officer says Baldonado had slurred speech and alcohol on his breath. Baldonado admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages before and the officer saw an open container of beer in the vehicle.
Police say Baldonado was placed under arrest for DWI.
He later submitted to a breath test and had a breath-alcohol level of .12.
Woman Receives $11,000 Bill Nine Years After Canceling
Washington (AP) A Maryland woman says she nearly fainted when she received a collection notice for more than $11,000 regarding a Verizon account she cancelled nine years ago.
Sina Coates tells WRC-TV that neither she nor Verizon customer service employees knew why she received the giant bill when she had cancelled nearly a decade ago.
Coates says she never heard back from the company’s claims department, at which point she reached out to WRC-TV.
The television station says it contacted Verizon, which apologized for the bill and blamed an internal system error.