Woman charged with robbing dead boyfriend
A Florida woman told police she is so ‘scatter-brained’ she accidentally stuck an extra zero on a cheque for $100 written on her dead boyfriend’s account.
Teresa Lynee McDonald’s explanation did not wash, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported Wednesday. She faces a series of charges, including grand theft, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff said.
McDonald, 49, who lives in Navarre in the Florida Panhandle, said after her boyfriend died in February she had to raid his account to pay for the funeral, outstanding bills, real estate taxes and to get her car repaired.
Police reports say McDonald forged her boyfriend’s name on cheques worth a total of $23,470 including, presumably, the accidental $1,000 cheque.
Man wants $45K engagement ring back
The man sued for nearly $100,000 in wedding expenses is now suing his ex-bride for the return of a $45,500 ring, court documents in Chicago say.
Vito Salerno said the wants his 3-carat engagement ring back and said the decision to cancel his marriage to Dominique Buttitta was mutual, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Buttitta, citing breach of contract, sued Salerno for almost $100,000 after the wedding was cancelled. The wedding was called off after details of a bachelor party were revealed.
Buttitta claimed Salerno left her holding the bag for more than $60,000 in expenses, but in the suit Salerno filed Wednesday in Cook County, he said he contributed $15,000 in expenses for the cancelled wedding.
In his suit, Salerno said he was “intentionally” kept in the dark about wedding expenses and that the bride’s family contributed to the breakup.
Salerno said he felt pressured to buy the expensive ring, believing that “Dominique expected a large ring because Dominique’s mother has an 8-carat in which Dominique’s family refers to as ‘Rocky.’”
Contractors demolish wrong house
A Pittsburgh man said his house was demolished by mistake when a city contractor took it down along with a neighbouring home.
Andre Hall said the house, which the city agreed not to demolish for six months when he bought it in November, had been demolished with a backhoe when he arrived to work on the property Monday, WPIX-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Friday.
“I leave for the holidays, come back and see a backhoe sitting on my house,” Hall said. “This is not the way I thought I would start off my new year.”
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection said the contractors were told to demolish a neighbouring home and instead took down both houses.
Hall said he has a copy of the letter sent by city officials to contractors PJ Deller. He said the document bears the message “Do not demolish” in large, bold letters.
Baby saved from burning truck
A father and his baby are safe after a run in with a hog on a Texas highway.
Montgomery County deputies say the truck the father was driving spun out of control after coming into contact with the swine.
Another driver saw the accident and rushed to the scene to help, cutting the baby out of her car seat and getting her to safety.
All parties involved are recovering and seem to be uninjured.
Mule had 91 heroin pellets
It's being called one of the biggest drug busts ever at Detroit's airport, and it happened inside of a person.
A woman was arrested after allegedly swallowing 91 packets of heroin.
It happened Sunday when Customs and Border Protection officials stopped the Nigerian woman who was arriving from Germany.
Officials say the 32-year-old told them she'd swallowed narcotics, but didn't know how much or what kind they were.
The woman was taken to the hospital. Doctors removed more than two pounds in heroin from her.
The drugs are worth an estimated $125,000.
Officials are investigating the incident.