Suspected thieves run out of gas at Goodwill store
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Three men suspected of stealing from a Goodwill store in Cookeville ran out of gas before making it out of the parking lot, police say.
Officers said they found a truck stalled in the parking lot after someone called police saying a recliner chair was being stolen and loaded on the back of a truck.
The men were charged early Sunday with theft of property under $500.
Men sentenced for setting friend’s crotch ablaze
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Two practical jokers are behind bars for setting their passed-out drinking buddy’s crotch ablaze while boozing in Grover Beach. Matthew Craig Pillers and Jack Brent Nicholas Keiffer pleaded no contest to a felony great bodily injury charge.
Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Pillers, a parolee, was sentenced to two years in prison and the 19-year-old Keiffer got 45 days in San Luis Obispo County jail.
Elliot Tuleja was passed out when the men poured cologne on the man’s groin and set him on fire on Jan. 18. Tuleja had second-degree burns on his testicles.
Pastor gets into motorcycle crash – during service
KOKOMO, Ind. – A pastor brought out a dirt bike during a church service to demonstrate the concept of unity. Now he’s demonstrating the concept of healing.
Jeff Harlow, the senior pastor at Crossroads Community Church, broke his wrist when he lost control of the motorcycle at the start of Sunday’s second service, driving off a 5-foot platform and into the vacant first row of seats. He underwent surgery on the wrist Monday.
“Jeff has already laughed a lot, so he’s OK. I think his pride was bruised,” said his wife, Becky.
Becky Harlow said her husband had recently attended a motorcycle race in Buchanan, Mich.
“He had this idea that he would bring this bike out onstage and show people how the rider would become one with the bike,” she told the Kokomo Tribune. “He was going to just sit on it and drive it out. He was just walking the dirt bike out onstage and somehow it got away from him. It was not intended.”
No one else was hurt.
Jeff Harlow had performed the demonstration at earlier services Saturday night and Sunday morning without incident.
Suspected bomb turns out to be string cheese
CENTERVILLE, Utah – A piece of string cheese made to look like a bomb forced the temporary closure of a Centerville grocery store. Police were called to Dick’s Market over the weekend for a report that a someone had left a device covered in duct tape near a dry ice cooler.
The store remained closed for two hours while bomb-sniffing dogs and a bomb technician investigated.
They eventually found the device was a piece of cheese.
Centerville police Lt. Paul Child said juveniles are suspected of planting the item in the store.
He says the closure caused thousands of dollars in losses to the store, including from milk, ice cream and other items that spoiled during the closure and had to be thrown out.