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Man snatches dog in return for woman’s rings

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Police are looking for a man they say stole two rings worth nearly $25,000 from a woman after grabbing her dog. Brunswick police Detective William Collins said a woman was walking her Shih Tzu on Monday when a man picked up the dog and demanded the rings if she wanted the dog back.
Police said the victim gave up her rings, and that the suspect fled on foot after returning the dog. The rings were a 6.57-carat sapphire with diamonds valued at $18,500 and a .96-carat diamond solitaire valued at $5,000.
The suspect was described as a professional-looking, clean-shaven white man in his late 20s or early 30s.

Burglar apologizes during holdup

WEST DANVILLE, Vt. — A thief who robbed a general store apologized to the owner and left the singles behind so workers on the next shift would have something in the till. The knife-wielding man made off with an undetermined amount of money from Joe’s Pond Country Store on Wednesday after threatening owner Jeff Downs.
“I’m very sorry I have do this,” he told Downs.
When Downs asked him to leave behind the $1 bills for the morning shift, he agreed.
No arrests have been made, Vermont State Police Lt. Timothy Clouatre said Friday.
“Usually, they’re in more of an angry mode, `Just give me the money and get out,'” he said. “Maybe this is somebody who’s just desperate, and not a career criminal.”
Downs suggested that money is scarce in the wrong places. “Wall Street tycoons can’t live on millions, and here is this kid willing to be shot or go to jail for a couple of hundred bucks. Something is not right.”

Cell phone saves man from stray bullet

COVINGTON, La.– R.J. Richard says he doesn’t normally put his cell phone in his chest pocket. But he says it saved his life the one time he did.
The 68-year-old man from Covington, La., was mowing the lawn on his 5-acre property when a stray bullet from nearby woods struck that cell phone. He figured a rock kicked up by his tractor hit him. That is, until he took out the phone and a .45-caliber bullet fell from its case.
Richard told The Times-Picayune of New Orleans he doesn’t think it was a coincidence either.
“I look at this as God telling me to put my cell phone in that pocket, and I’m grateful and humbled,” he said.
Doctors told Richard the bullet came at an angle, which along with the cell phone probably prevented serious injury.
Deputies are investigating the case, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said. He said the case should serve as a serious warning that people should consider the consequences before firing a gun.
However, Strain said investigators don’t believe the shooting was intentional.

Dog drives vehicle into coffeehouse

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ST. JAMES, N.Y. — A dog left inside a running van put the vehicle in drive, causing it to crash into a Long Island coffee house. Suffolk County police said no one was injured in the incident, which damaged the glass window and some patio furniture at Cool Beanz coffee shop in St. James.
Police said a 60-year-old Port Jefferson resident left the van running while he went into the shop. His dog, Bentley, somehow knocked the controls.

Woman wins $2.4 million first time in Vegas

HONOLULU — A 24-year-old woman, on her first trip to Las Vegas, is worrying less about the nation’s economy. That’s because Jessica Agbunag won $2.4 million on Wednesday at a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at the California Hotel and Casino.
Agbunag, a baby sitter who graduated high school in 2002, was in Las Vegas with her boyfriend and family in remembrance of her grandmother’s birthday. Her grandmother was a frequent visitor to Las Vegas who loved slot machines.
The Wheel of Fortune machines were good to Agbunag.
She twice won much smaller amounts earlier this week at the same casino.
But on Wednesday, she inserted $16 into a Mega-Jackpot machine and it hit big. She said she plans to pay off a car and give some money to relatives.