In Brief: Ruff justice for vandal
A MYSTERY car vandal being hunted by police has finally been collared – and revealed to be a dog.
Residents, upset that car tyres had been left repeatedly punctured over the past six months, set up CCTV in the village of Brampton, Cumbria. But the culprit caught on camera was not a feral youth but a border collie called Jess. The dog had been sinking her teeth into tyres while on a daily walk with her owner, leaving slow punctures and flat tyres in her wake.
TYPO TERM SHORTENED
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of an inmate who got a longer prison sentence because of a typo. Ceasar Cantu, of Katy, Texas, is serving 15 years for trafficking marijuana and money laundering but was given three and a half extra years because of a mistake in his pre-sentencing report.
The typo occurred in the "offence level" – a numerical rating based on the severity of the crime and the defendant's sentence, among other factors. Cantu pleaded guilty in 2006 in federal court in Danville, Virginia. A judge ruled that because Cantu's lawyer did not object at sentencing, the court could not change it. The White House said it could only be rectified by the president.
GAMBLERS STRIKE LUCKY
A NEW Jersey casino is reimbursing players in a poker tournament which was suspended after counterfeit chips were discovered. More than 2,100 entrants who finished outside the top 450 and played in the same room as the North Carolina man who is accused of introducing the fake chips will get $560 (€405), including a refund of their $60 (€43) entry fees from the Borgata Hotel Casino.
The final 27 players are to share the remaining prize money, which comes to $19,323 (€13,968) each. The 423 gamblers who fell outside the top 27, but still in the money, are not to get further payments. But those who have not been paid will. The settlement was ordered by the state division of gaming enforcement.
HOSPITAL TASER THREAT
A POLICE officer has been suspended for allegedly threatening to shoot a hospital patient with a Taser. Sussex Police were called to the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards, East Sussex, to deal with a "drunk and unruly" patient when the incident is said to have taken place.
The Taser was not discharged and the patient, a 31-year-old man from Hastings, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. He has been released on bail until April 26.