KUNA, Idaho, April 10 (UPI) -- A pair of Idaho sewer workers said they are trying to find the owner of a diamond ring they discovered while performing maintenance.
Carey Knight and Travis Fleming, waste water operators for the city of Kuna, said the diamond ring they found last week while performing maintenance in the Goldcreek subdivision is the most valuable item they have found in their more than eight years on the job, KBOI-TV, Boise, Idaho, reported Tuesday.
"I thought it was fake at first," Knight said. "After I got it cleaned up I could tell it was real."
Knight said there is no way of knowing how long the ring was in the sewer.
Fleming said the ring might belong to a woman who called a few years ago to report a lost ring, but he does not have any contact information for the woman.
The men took the ring to Kuna Mayor Greg Nelson's office the day after making their discovery.
"[It's nice to know] that we have honest and caring employees that actually are trying to get the ring back to its owner," Nelson said.
Man refuses to get rid of goat
GREER, S.C., April 10 (UPI) -- A South Carolina man ordered by his city to get rid of his goat says he is willing to risk jail time for his pet.
Charles Ferguson of Greer said he was ordered by animal control officers Monday to remove his goat, Yogi, from the city by Friday and he could face criminal prosecution if he refuses, WHNS-TV, Greenville, reported Tuesday.
Ferguson said he has been raising Yogi since the animal was born and he will not abide by the order.
"Would the city of Greer ask you to get rid of one of your kids? No! That's like asking me to get rid of one of my kids. This is my kid. It's not gonna happen," Ferguson said.
City officials said the ordinance banning goats from the city has been in effect since before Ferguson got his pet. They said there are no plans to change the ordinance and Ferguson could face charges for violating the rule.
Nude maid service could face fines
LUBBOCK, Texas, April 10 (UPI) -- Police in Texas said a cleaning service offering nude maids could face fines if it continues to operate without a permit.
Melissa Borrett, owner of Lubbock Fantasy Maid Service, which began operating nearly a month ago, said her maids will clean houses while wearing lingerie, topless or nude, but they do not engage in any sex acts with the customers, KCBD-TV, Lubbock, reported Tuesday.
"We have a very strict no touching policy with this business. There is definitely nothing illegal going on, we really clean houses," she said.
However, Lubbock police Sgt. Jonathan Stewart said the business is considered sexually oriented due to the maids working topless or nude and Borrett could face fines unless she obtains a permit to operate such a business within city limits.
"Just the fact employees are topless or semi nude in this case it's just not allowed," Stewart said. "Without a permit would result in a penalty of a $2,000 fine. Each day would result in another penalty."
However, police said they will not investigate the business unless a complaint is lodged.
Alleged toothpaste thief arrested
CHICOPEE, Mass., April 10 (UPI) -- Massachusetts police said they used security camera footage to identify a suspect accused of trying to steal a cartload of toothpaste from a store.
Police Sgt. Patrick Manley said Timmy John Laflamme, 23, of Chicopee, was arrested Monday after officers recognized him from security camera footage taken Wednesday afternoon at the Stop & Shop on North Main Street in Chicopee, The Springfield (Mass.) Republican reported Tuesday.
Manley said Laflamme was confronted by employees Wednesday when he allegedly tried to leave the store without paying for his cartful of toothpaste. Laflamme fled in a white Camry driven by a woman before officers arrived.
The sergeant said Laflamme was in the same Camry when he was arrested by officers Monday in the Bank of America parking lot across from the store.
Laflamme pleaded not guilty Monday to shoplifting by asportation. He was ordered held without bail due to having pending cases against him in Springfield.
Manley said the female driver has been identified by police and they are investigating possible charges against her.
Police said thieves often steal large quantities of products such as toothpaste to sell to small convenience stores.
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