COUPLE ILLEGALLY MARRIED GETS LEGALLY RE-HITCHED
STANTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge whose caseload often includes divorces calls it “a pleasant surprise.” Earlier this year, Montcalm County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer dissolved the longtime marriage of Philip Timmer and Trisha Stewart — this, after the couple found they weren’t legally free to marry when they were wed. While standing before Schafer to end their union, the couple asked if he’d hitch them when they remarried legally — and he said yes. It was Schafer’s first time presiding over a marriage. He says it’s “not enjoyable” to end marriages, so it was nice to finally unite a couple in matrimony for a change.
ESCAPED JAIL INMATE HITCHES RIDE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
GREENUP, Ky. (AP) — Things were working out just fine for a jail inmate who got away from authorities last week — for a while, anyway. Authorities in Kentucky say 31-year-old Allen Lewis was being taken to another county to face charges — and on the way, he complained his handcuffs were too tight. The officer pulled over to adjust them and when one cuff was free, Lewis fled after a brief struggle. He made his way to a highway and hitched a ride. So far, so good, right? Except he didn’t get so far. The person who stopped for him was a campus officer at Morehead State University, who noticed the cuffs dangling off one wrist. Lewis is back in custody now, facing escape charges, too.
MAN FINDS $100,000 ON NYC SUBWAY
NEW YORK (AP) — You can find lots of things on a New York City subway platform that might make you want to contact the police. In this case, someone found something another passenger certainly meant to keep. Richard Taverna says he was at the West 66th Street and Broadway station last week when he saw a Chanel purse near a wall. When he peeked inside, he said there were papers with Russian writing on it. He tells the West Side Rag blog when he got home, he found the bag also held $10,000 in 100-dollar bills. The next day, Taverna gave police the purse after taking photos of the cash. Turns out a woman reported the missing money to police before heading to Russia. Authorities say it will be waiting for her when she returns.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II