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April 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM   |   Comments

Ala. fest to celebrate Greece and grease

ATHENS, Ala., April 19 (UPI) -- An Athens, Ala., revitalization group said the city will pay homage to its namesake and pay tribute to fried foods with its first Athens Grease Festival.

The Spirit of Athens group said it is still gathering ideas for the inaugural festival, scheduled to begin Sept. 29, The Athens News-Courier reported Wednesday.

"We wanted to have the fried food, but also celebrate the Greek origin of our name," said Trisha Black, executive director of the Spirit of Athens.

"We're having so much fun with it and it's going to be a fun event to work on. I know I can't come up with all the ideas and I'm trying to reach out to some folks who will want to embrace it."

Black said current plans include having several vendors for various fried foods and some possible ideas include an opening ceremony and live music.


Police: Psychics scammed woman out of $7K

HINGHAM, Mass., April 19 (UPI) -- Police in Massachusetts said they are searching for a fortune teller allegedly involved in a plan to scam a woman out of $7,000.

Investigators said Tiffany Crystal Smith was arrested at a psychic shop on Whiting Street in Hingham Saturday and they obtained an arrested warrant Tuesday for Teresa Nicholas, who also works at the shop, The Quincy Patriot Ledger reported Wednesday.

Police said Smith and Nicholas scammed a 69-year-old Pembroke woman out of $7,000 by claiming they needed the money to prevent her daughter from committing suicide.

Smith pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of larceny over $250 by false pretenses, larceny from a person over 65, conspiracy and two counts of larceny of more than $250. She was released after posting $1,500 bail.


Police: Man took money back from escort

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., April 19 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested a man accused of attacking an escort and taking his money back because he was unsatisfied with the dance she performed.

Investigators said they responded early Monday to the Boynton Beach apartment of Michael Thomas Schuster, 21, on a report of a disturbance and they arrived to find a woman who told them she had been hired as an escort by Schuster, the Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday.

The woman said Schuster paid her $200 to dance for him in the bedroom, but he took the money back out of her purse when she was finished and said he was not satisfied with her performance.

Police said the victim told them Schuster grabbed her by the hair and arm and pushed her out of his apartment.

Schuster was uncooperative with officers and told several contradicting stories about the incident, police said. He was charged with strong-armed robbery and battery.


Lawyer admits to 81-cent theft from 1992

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia, April 19 (UPI) -- An Australian lawyer admitted in court to stealing 81 cents from a wishing fountain nearly two decades ago.

Simon Matters, 38, of Victoria was charged in 1992 with grabbing a handful of change from the wishing fountain in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, when he was 19 years old and he went home after denying the allegations to police, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported Wednesday.

However, he recently discovered charges of stealing and failing to appear in court had been filed and he turned himself over to Gold Coast police.

Matters admitted to the charges Wednesday morning in Southport Magistrates Court. Chief Magistrate Ron Kilner accepted the plea and ruled Matters would not face any sentencing and the conviction would not be entered on his criminal record.

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