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S.C. Samaritan helps motorist, gets robbed

ROCK HILL, S.C. – A man robbed a good Samaritan who had helped pushed his truck to a nearby gas station, police said.

Darvin Wayne Capps, 25, of York, was charged with strong-arm robbery in the incident, in which he pulled a razor blade and stole a necklace, according to a police report.

“It’s getting to the point that it’s hard to be a good Samaritan because you don’t know who you’re stopping to help,” police Lt. Jerry Waldrop said.

Kevin Tucker, 21, said he will be more careful in the future, but still plans to help people when he can.

“Everybody’s not like that,” Tucker said.

According to the police report, Tucker and his girlfriend noticed a truck in the road around 2 a.m. March 26.

The driver asked the couple for money and a push to a gas station. Tucker used his car to push the truck, and the driver asked again for gas money and to use a cell phone.

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After using the phone and giving it back, the man pulled out a razor blade and started swinging at Tucker, according to the report.

Tucker’s forearm was scraped. He said the man drove off after yanking off his necklace.

Police later arrested Capps, who had the broken necklace on him, according to the report.

He remained in custody Wednesday.

Housewife convicted of frying up husband

SAO PAULO, Brazil – A Brazilian housewife was convicted and sentenced to 19 years in prison March 23 for killing her husband, chopping his body into small pieces and frying it. Rosanita Nery dos Santos, 52, drugged her husband in his sleep, then stabbed him to death two years ago in Salvador, about 900 miles northeast of Sao Paulo, said police spokesman Idmar Bonfim.

She then hacked Jose Raimundo Soares dos Santos’ body into more than 100 pieces, which she boiled and fried before hiding in plastic bags beneath a staircase in her house, Bonfim said. He said police discovered the body parts after receiving an anonymous phone call.

Bonfim said the killing was either part of a black magic ritual or an attempt by the wife to collect life insurance worth about $34,000.

Citing testimony from the woman’s relatives, he said she may also have committed the crime “to avenge many years of humiliation from her husband.” He did not provide further details.

Santos denied killing her husband but said she chopped up his body, Bonfim said.

“She claims masked assailants entered her house, killed her husband and then forced her to cut up the body and fry it because that would prevent the stench of a decomposing body from alerting neighbors,” he said.

Panda poop to do double duty in China

BEIJING – There’s a new Chinese saying: When life hands you panda poop, make paper. Researchers at a giant-panda reserve in southern China are looking for paper mills to process their surplus of fiber-rich panda excrement into high-quality paper.

Liao Jun, a researcher at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base in Sichuan province, said the idea came to them after a visit to Thailand last year where they found paper made from elephant dung. They thought panda poop would produce an even finer quality paper, he said.

The base is currently in talks with several paper mills on how to turn the droppings of Jing Jing, Ke Bi, Ya Ya and dozens of other pandas at the base into reams of office paper and rolls of wrapping paper, said Liao.

They hope to have a product line available by next year, he said.

The center’s 40 bamboo-fed pandas produce about 2 tons of droppings a day, but Liao said he was not sure yet how much paper would result.

What about squeamish customers who might consider the paper unsanitary?

“People won’t find it gross at all,” Liao said. “They probably won’t even be able to tell it’s from panda poop.”

The Chiang Mai Zoo in northern Thailand already sells multicolored paper made from the excrement produced by its two resident pandas. Making paper there involves a daylong process of cleaning the feces, boiling it in a soda solution, bleaching it with chlorine and drying it under the sun.

$1 parking ticket from 1980 paid a little late

WAUKESHA, Wis. – A $1 parking ticket from 1980 has been paid off, after the offender sent the payment along with a $3 late fee to police – without giving a name.

“It’s kind of cool that someone took the time to take care of their obligation after 26 years,” police Capt. Mike Babe told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a story posted online Monday. “Maybe their conscience got to them.”

The signature on the money order used to pay for the ticket is not legible, and the return address reads: “Someone who keeps way too many old papers way too long.” The envelope carried a Chicago postmark.

State transportation records show that the license plate number on the ticket is inactive.

Waukesha stopped using parking meters in 1989, a city official said.