Dye is cast for accused bank robber
BOCA RATON, Florida -- A man accused of robbing a bank tried to convince police that the red ink covering his hands didn't come from exploding dye packs, but from coloring Easter eggs.
Richard Roy, 41, was arrested Saturday, a day before Easter Sunday. He is accused of robbing a Wachovia Bank twice the week before.
A teller at the bank put dye packs in the robber's bag April 15 and again Friday. In the first robbery, a man gave a teller a handwritten note demanding money, then took out a gun and told the teller he would use it if necessary, police said. He got away with whopping $462.87, according to police. The same robber returned Friday and handed over a note that read, "No dye pack this time. I will shoot you!" He then demanded money and got $5,420, police said.
But during the second robbery, a bank employee recognized the gunman as a customer's boyfriend. Another employee got a description of the getaway car and the information led to Roy, police said.
Roy was charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and is being held without bail.
Man in chateau bow-wow
PALO ALTO, California -- Richard Dillon is in the doghouse after being arrested for barking at a police dog.
Dillon, 25, faces a misdemeanor charge that he willfully and maliciously interfered with a Palo Alto police officer's duty by teasing and agitating the officer's dog. Dillon could face up to a year in county jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.
The incident occurred March 5, when Dillon, a bartender, and a co-worker were walking in downtown Palo Alto and passed a group of officers standing by their patrol cars.
Dillon claims that the dog in one of the cars was already agitated and barking at other passers-by when he returned a single friendly bark.
A Palo Alto police spokesman acknowledged that barking in itself may not warrant a citation, but the law clearly prohibits actions that harass and agitate police dogs.
An Ohio appeals court recently ruled that a lower court judge was right to dismiss charges against a man who was arrested after barking back at a police dog.
The trial judge ruled that the law violates free speech rights.
Transcontinental trip delayed by lawn mower theft
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Brad Hauter just keeps on truckin' - even without his favorite lawn mower.
Thieves stole a specially modified lawn mower that Hauter planned to drive across the country to raise funds for Keep America Beautiful and to break his own Guinness World Record. On Sunday, Hauter and his crew discovered was the tractor-trailer rig carrying the mower had disappeared from their hotel parking lot.
Hotel security cameras recorded two men taking the rig about 12:30 a.m. It was found later in the day on a dead-end street, emptied of the tractor and thousands of dollars worth of other lawn equipment, police said.
Hauter, 37, a college soccer coach from Indiana and father of 4-year-old twins, had plans to drive the mower 5,600 miles from San Francisco to New York. The trip would break the record he set in 1999 by traveling 4,000 miles from Atlanta to Santa Monica, Calif., on a single mower.
The theft, however, has temporarily slowed down Hauter's efforts. A local Wal-Mart donated a new riding mower so Hauter could complete cleanup activities in the city on Monday. But instead of motoring between 25 to 30 mph, Hauter moseys along at 5 mph. The maker of the machine, Yard-Man, is rebuilding a transmission for the new machine, and Hauter's crew hopes to be back at top speed in a couple of days.
Hauter hopes to raise $200,000 for Keep America Beautiful.
Hauter set off on his excursion March 19 and hopes to reach New York on June 5.
Man tries to flush away the evidence
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- A Tuscaloosa man is accused of flooding three hotel rooms when he tried to flush counterfeit bills down a toilet as police raided his room.
Travis Leon Jackson, 21, was charged with first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly causing more than $1,000 damage to his third-floor room and the ones below while trying to flush the fake cash on April 17.
An employee at another hotel reported finding cut-up bills in a room, and investigators later found a large amount of marijuana packaged for sale at Jackson's home, according to Tuscaloosa police Lt. Randy Vaughn.
The cost of the damage warranted the criminal mischief charge, Vaughn said.
Vaughn is unsure how much of the money, printed in $20, $50 and $100 denominations, has been circulated in the area.
The U.S. Secret Service also is investigating and Jackson could face federal charges.
Investigators recovered approximately $1,000 in fake money at the second hotel, some of it shredded or cut in half. They found more bills in the trash at the first hotel.
Police also seized a color printer, currency and other items relating to counterfeiting when they arrested Jackson.