The morning Odds & Ends
MONROE, La. Jerry Wayne Till managed to get away from sheriffs deputies and elude them briefly until he called them for help after he got lost in the woods.A sheriffs deputy tried to pull over Till on Wednesday evening for speeding, but Till drove away, exceeding 100 mph at times, before eventually abandoning his vehicle and running into the woods, according to the arrest affidavit.Deputies brought in search dogs, but couldnt locate Till until he called the sheriffs office from his cell phone asking for help because he was lost.Deputies still couldnt find him, until a nearby resident heard Till crying for help and called the authorities.Maj. Jay Russell said deputies believe Till was heading to his home, but got misdirected in the woods. Deputies took him into custody about a quarter mile from the house of the deputy who tried to pull him over.Till, who was charged with aggravated flight and driving with an expired license, told deputies that he didnt pull over because he wasnt thinking straight.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. The recording industry sued Gertrude Walton, accusing her of illegally trading music over the Internet as smittenedkitten.But the lawsuit was filed more than a month after the 83-year-old woman died in December, and her daughter says Walton hated computers, anyway.A group of record companies named Walton as the sole defendant in a federal lawsuit, claiming she made more than 700 songs available for free on the Internet.Waltons daughter, Robin Chianumba, lived with her mother for the last 17 years and said her mother objected to having a computer in the house.My mother wouldnt know how to turn on a computer, Chianumba said.She said she faxed a copy of her mothers death certificate to record company officials several days before the lawsuit was filed, in response to a letter from the company regarding the upcoming legal filing.I am pretty sure she is not going to leave Greenwood Memorial Park (where she is buried) to attend the hearing, Chianumba said.A Recording Industry Association of America spokesman said Thursday that Walton was likely not the smittenedkitten its searching for.Our evidence gathering and our subsequent legal actions all were initiated weeks and even months ago, said RIAA spokesman. Jonathan Lamy. We will now, of course, obviously dismiss this case.”
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio Taxes are no laughing matter.The citys tax superintendent has been suspended without pay for a week for trying to inject some humor in the city income tax filing instructions.The attempt at humor by Linda Stubbs was called misguided by city Finance Director John Lyons.The forms with such lines as, If we can tax it, we will, were sent last week to all Middletown businesses and residents who pay city income tax.City officials didnt laugh at lines like: Free advice: if you dont have a profit in a five-year period, you might want to consider another line of work.Lyons said revised forms were sent out immediately at a cost to taxpayers of about $5,500.
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