Odds and ends on the news front
ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) — When a thief started taking cash from his register over the weekend, Dunkin’ Donuts employee Dustin Hoffmann fought back by clobbering the man with a ceramic mug.
But Hoffmann admits he was less worried about the stolen cash than how he might look on the video-sharing site YouTube.
“What was going through my mind at that point was that the security tape is either going to show me run away and hide in the office or whack this guy in the head, so I just grabbed the cup and clocked the guy pretty hard,” Hoffmann told The Record of Bergen County.
The man came into the shop and ordered a pastry Sunday night, according to Elmwood Park Police Chief Donald Ingrasselino. Once Hoffmann opened the register, the man jumped over the counter and started taking cash.
Police said Hoffmann grabbed the man’s wrists while hitting him with the mug, which is used to hold tips. Hoffmann managed to scare away the man, who made out with just $90 and left behind a baseball cap police are holding to test for DNA evidence.
No arrests have been made. Hoffman plans to post the surveillance video when he can.
“There are only a few videos like that on YouTube now, so mine’s going to be the best,” he said. “That’ll teach this guy.”
WATTS, Okla. (AP) — A convenience store in this tiny eastern Oklahoma town is becoming a Powerball powerhouse of sorts, with two tickets sold weeks apart worth a total of $800,000.
Before the Nov. 24 drawing in the multistate Powerball lottery, Edward Proctor of Springdale, Ark., bought a ticket at Station 2 that became worth $200,000 after it matched the first five numbers.
Proctor said he plans to use a portion of the money to pay for his son’s college education.
A Powerball ticket sold for last Saturday’s drawing matched the first five numbers — 4, 8, 25, 29 and 31 — and missed only the Powerball, which was 41. With the Power Play option, the ticket became worth $600,000.
The ticket’s owner has yet to claim the prize.
Watts, which has about 300 residents, is about two miles west of the Arkansas line.
NEW YORK (AP) — A bottle of 81-year-old scotch sold for $54,000 at this New York’s first liquor auction since Prohibition.
An anonymous collector bought the pricey potable at Christie’s sale of wines and spirits on Saturday.
The 100-lot auction sold a total of $304,800 worth of rare wine and liquor. The top lot was a collection of 729 bottles of whiskey, which went for $102,000.
The $54,000 bottle was distilled at Macallan in Scotland in 1926, bottled in 1986 and rebottled in 2002.
Prohibition lasted from 1920 to 1933, but New York State did not allow auctions of spirits until this year.
The auction prices include Christie’s 20 percent commission.
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (AP) — Sister Kathy Avery won’t put up with swearing on the playground at her school, and she’s not above repeating the offending language to make sure everyone understands which words she won’t tolerate.
The principal of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic School had students stay after a Mass last month and informed the fifth- through eighth-graders that she has a zero-tolerance policy for cursing.
Just in case anyone wasn’t sure what she was talking about, Avery read off a list of the very words and phrases that she was banning.
“It got a little quiet in church” during her talk, she told the Detroit Free Press.
Some parents were shocked, but others applauded, the newspaper said.
“In a way you would think a nun would shy away from something like that, but she’s very open with the children, very clear in her messages,” said Margaret Roache, chairperson of the school commission.
Roache’s sixth-grade son was there when Avery read the list of banned words.
“When I asked him to give me a sample of it, he said ’Oh, no, I can’t say it!”’ Roache said. “I thought it was great.”
A representative of the Archdiocese of Detroit declined to comment Sunday.
Cuss words aren’t the only things that set Avery off. She’s also banned the words “stupid” and “boring.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Westbound traffic on Interstate 24 was snarled Tuesday afternoon during evening rush hour because chicken carcasses spilled from a truck.
Three of four westbound lanes were blocked as cleanup was done.
No one was reported injured.
The incident happened near LP Field north of downtown. It connects with Interstate 65 which leads north into Kentucky.
Published in The Messenger 12.12.07