RI cop goes undercover
NEWPORT, R.I.—Rhode Island police say two suspects picked the wrong pizza delivery guy to rob: an undercover police officer. The Providence Journal reports that a 30-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were arrested in Newport on Tuesday night. Police say one of the suspects had a BB gun in his waistband.
Two delivery drivers had been robbed in the same area earlier this month. Police had asked restaurants to report any orders they received for the neighborhood. The Newport Daily News reports that A-1 Pizza received the call Tuesday and notified police. A plainclothes officer drove an unmarked police car with a pizzeria sign mounted on its roof. Two other officers hid in the backseat. Lt. William Fitzgerald says the suspects were “quite shocked” to discover the delivery man was a cop.
Nigeria government dismisses ‘killer’ phone number
A text message has spread across the oil-rich country in recent days, warning that people will die if they answer mobile phone calls from 09141. The widespread fear forced the Nigerian Communications Commission to issue a statement Wednesday saying it is “unimaginable that somebody will die while receiving a call.”
Commission spokesman Reuben Muoka says: “It is only very gullible people that will believe such a rumor.” Text message panics in Nigeria have included rumors of bombings and rumors that acid rain from seasonal dust storms can burn people alive. The campaigns are aided by poor education and lack of faith in the government. A call to the number Thursday resulted in no fatalities.
How’d You Find Me So Fast? . . . A 22-year-old man in Houma, La., took a $250 taxi ride and then fled without paying. Police located him rather easily because he had the cab drop him off at his home.
And Now The Committee Just Might Reconsider . . . A prominent Houston man, who apparently did much for his community, was arrested for hitting his fourth wife with his humanitarian award.
Well, It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time . . . Conservationists thought it would be a good idea to reintroduce sea eagles to Scotland, where they have been extinct for some 200 years, and name them a protected species. They are now attacking chickens, geese, sheep and people.
From The Boston Herald.