SYRACUSE WRITES NOTES TO LATE TAXPAYERS
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It’s said you can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. And it appears a sweeter approach can also attract more people who are behind on their taxes. Officials in the central New York town of Syracuse decided to take a more personal approach to trying to get people to pay up. So instead of firing off a bunch of computerized dunning letters, city officials began sending personalized, handwritten notes, asking residents to square up with the city. And it worked. The city says it was able to pull in $1.5 million more than it usually would have by flooding mailboxes with the standard legal letters demanding payment.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — It’s one thing to break into someone’s home. But a Georgia man is showing it’s another thing altogether to break into a home — and then make yourself at home. News outlets in Augusta say 29-year-old Christopher Lindner is facing several charges, including criminal trespassing. A report from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says Lindner broke in to a home last week — and jumped into bed with the couple, who was watching TV. As weird as that is — it got weirder. The report says the couple fled the home — and the intruder ran after them. Eventually responding deputies found Lindner lying in a roadway — and he fled from them, too. When authorities caught up with him, they pepper sprayed Lindner — to no effect. Then, authorities say Lindner then tried to get into a law enforcement vehicle. He was then struck with a metal baton — and taken into custody. The report says Lindner admitted to being on meth.
CURIOUS IRISH LIGHTS
LONDON (AP) — Some pilots in Ireland are scratching their heads over what they have been seeing as they navigate the skies. Aviation officials are trying to find the source of the bright lights moving quickly across the skies. Officials they have received “reports from a small number of aircraft” about what they call “unusual air activity” on Friday. Officials say the reports will be checked out under what they call “the normal confidential occurrence investigation process.” News reports say the lights were seen by pilots for both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic airlines. Neither airline has immediately responded to requests for comments.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II