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Teen Eats Hallucinogenic, Shoots Himself

DELAND, Fla., (UPI) — A Florida teenager says he shot himself in the forehead in an attempt to “wake up from the bad nightmare” after he ate hallucinogenic mushrooms. The 17-year-old DeLand boy, whose name was not reported, took the drugs with friends Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported. When his friends left him, he fell […]

Police: Suspect's Mom Foiled Robbery

BRANDON, Miss. (UPI) — Police in Mississippi said a convenience store robbery was foiled when the suspect’s mother followed him into the store and put a stop to the crime. Brandon police said Roy Mitchell, 22, of Flowood entered the D’s One Stop Food Mart in Brandon Tuesday morning and pulled a realistic-looking fake gun […]

Man Pays Off Mortgage With Pennies

MILFORD, Mass. (UPI) — A Massachusetts man said he collected pennies for 35 years so he could make his final mortgage payment with 62,000 of the coins. Thomas Daigle said he decided to make the final payment “memorable” when he and his wife, Sandra, moved into their Milford home in 1977 and purchased it with […]

Man Sought $20,000 Compensation For Fake Cat

TACOMA, Wash. (UPI) — Authorities in Washington state said they arrested a man who attempted to collect a $20,000 insurance payment for a cat that never existed. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said Yevgeniy Samsonov, 29, of Tacoma was involved in a minor traffic collision March 27, 2009, and collected $3,452 from the other driver’s […]

Fired Walmart Worker Finds Global Support

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (UPI) — A 73-year-old woman who was fired from a Walmart store after decades as a greeter said she was amazed at the outpouring of support she received from strangers. Jan Sullivan, who worked for Walmart for nearly 23 years, most recently at the Tyrone Boulevard location in St. Petersburg, said she […]

Men Arrested In Bear Spray Attacks

BOULDER, Colo. (UPI) — Police in Colorado said they arrested two men accused of spraying several fraternity members and a woman with bear repellant. Boulder police said officers driving past the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house on 17th Street noticed the lawn of the home was in “complete chaos,” with many of the 10 to […]

Police: Man 'Wanted To Go To Jail'

BRADENTON, Fla. (UPI) — Authorities in Florida said a man who told a deputy he “wanted to go to jail” caused $800 worth of damage to a patrol car. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said the man approached a deputy outside the Bradenton office of the department and told her he “wanted to go to […]

Illiniois Governor Wants To Auction No. 1 Plate

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (UPI) — The governor of Illinois said the No. 1 license plate, which has been out of circulation since 2002, may once again hit the state’s roads. Gov. Pat Quinn said the much-coveted plate, which historically belonged to a succession of Roman Catholic cardinals before it adorned the car of former Gov. Richard […]

Woman Ticketed For Non-Existent Bike Lane

NEW YORK (UPI) — A New York business owner said she decided to pay a $115 ticket for parking in a bike lane that doesn’t exist because she can’t afford to close her store. Phyllis Cannon, 72, owner of Superior Paint and Hardware, said she received the ticket two months after parking her son’s 1998 […]

Savings Bonds Returned To Family

BUFFALO, N.Y. (UPI) — A New York state man who found 15 $100 U.S. savings bonds in the basement of his new home was able to track down the owner’s brother. Nick Miranda, 29, said he found the envelope containing the 1984 savings bonds Monday at his rented home in Buffalo and it bore the […]

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