Barking dogs help nab escaped prisoner
FOLSOM, Calif., April 18 (UPI) -- Barking dogs led police to an escaped prisoner who had been missing from California State Prison in Sacramento for 24 hours, officials said.
Folsom police caught up with Marco Cabrera, 32, Monday evening after two Labradors chased him into the bed of a pickup truck, The Sacramento Bee reported. The barking led the dogs' owners to discover the man on their property.
Prison authorities noticed Cabrera was missing from the minimum support facility Sunday during a 9 p.m. head count, the newspaper said.
Because the facility is outside the secure perimeter of the prison's maximum security area, "we call it a walkaway rather than an escape," said Sgt. LeVance Quinn, spokesman for the prison.
Cabrera was serving a five-year sentence for assault with a firearm, transport and sale of marijuana, corporal injury to a spouse, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm by an ex-felon and possession of ammunition by an ex-felon, the Bee said.
Cabrera attempted to steal a vehicle while on the lam, and will face charges of robbery and auto theft, police said.
LoJack busts man who reported car stolen
HESPERIA, Calif., April 18 (UPI) -- A California man was arrested for insurance fraud when the security system in a vehicle he reported stolen led police to where he allegedly hid the car.
Ricardo Felix, 31, is accused of concealing the vehicle behind a family member's home, and then reporting it stolen to Huntington police and his insurance company, the Daily Press of Victorville, Calif., reported Monday.
Victor Valley police said Saturday they received a LoJack notification of the location of the vehicle and tracked it to the home in Hesperia. Authorities detained four people in the home and notified Felix about the discovery of the vehicle.
Investigators later learned Felix allegedly conspired with the family members to hide the vehicle, not knowing it was equipped with the LoJack system, Hesperia police spokeswoman Sue Rose told the Daily Press.
Felix was being held on $25,000 bail for alleged insurance fraud and grand theft auto. Prosecutors office were considering filing charges against the alleged conspirators, the newspaper said.
Man charged with stealing old typewriter
SEATTLE, April 18 (UPI) -- Seattle police charged a Redmond, Wash., man with burglary for allegedly breaking into a school to steal an old typewriter.
While on a trip down memory lane April 6, Scott Sunkel, Corrinne Wahchumwah and Eric Hardy tripped an alarm at Pathfinder School about 7:30 p.m.
Pathfinder was Wahchumwah's alma mater. In what had to have been reminiscent of an episode of the TV sit-com "Saved by the Bell," security officers sent the three running, pursuing them briefly before ordering them to the ground. When caught, they discovered Sunkel was carrying a typewriter in a case, likely one of the least valuable things that could be taken from the building
Nonetheless, the online newspaper Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Sunkel was charged with burglary Monday.
Chef walks away with cafe's recipes
EVANSTON, Ill., April 18 (UPI) -- A suburban Chicago cafe owner has filed a lawsuit against her former chef for removing notebooks containing her recipes, her attorney said.
Susan Davis Friedman, owner of the Fraiche Bakery Cafe in Evanston, Ill., told the Chicago Tribune the suit was filed five days after learning she would have to go to court to get her notebooks back from the unidentified chef.
They contain the only copies of recipes the lawsuit said "were developed, assembled, tested and honed over the course of 3 1/2 years."
The cafe featured a doughnut-like muffin known as the Cinnamon Bomb that the entertainment magazine TimeOut Chicago called "addictive."
A local lifestyle magazine said Fraiche's cupcakes were the best on the North Shore.
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