Remorseful thief turns himself in
MT. JULIET, Tenn., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A remorseful thief in Tennessee said he decided to do the right thing and confessed to breaking into five cars and stealing a truck.
Austin Sparks, 20, walked into the Mt. Juliet Police Department Tuesday morning and admitted his crimes, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported.
"He walked in and told me that he had just stolen a car and it's parked out front," said clerk Kinnie Long. "It was shocking. He even stated that he felt bad for what he had done."
Sparks told police he stole change and a BlackBerry from the five cars, all of which had been left unlocked, and then saw a Ford F-250 with the keys sitting inside.
"Mr. Sparks stated he took possession of the truck keys and went back home," the police report reads. "Approximately 30 minutes later, he went back to the truck and drove off with it."
Before turning himself in, Sparks told police he ate at the Mt. Juliet McDonald's and contemplated his crimes.
"He told us he wanted to stop," said police Sgt. Tyler Chandler, referring to previous car burglaries Sparks admitted to. "He said while he was at the McDonald's, he started thinking about everything he'd done and he decided that he needed to turn himself in. Hopefully, he is now on the right track in life."
Sparks handed all of the stolen property over to police before they booked him into the Wilson County jail.
Beer line almost foils proposal
CHICAGO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Chicago Cubs fan said his planned proposal at Wrigley Field went awry when his message on the giant screen came up while his girlfriend was getting beer.
Greg Altringer of Great Falls, Mont., said he planned to propose to his girlfriend, Erica Kresge, while they were in Chicago for the Cubs game Monday night, but the "Erica, will you marry me" message he arranged to have flashed on the stadium's giant screen came up while Kresge was in the beer line, the Great Falls Tribune reported Wednesday.
Altringer, who had conspired with fellow fans to capture pictures and video of the proposal, said he decided to improvise a more traditional proposal when Kresge returned with the beverages. He pulled his girlfriend into the aisle and dropped to one knee.
"I love you; will you marry me?" he asked.
Kresge accepted the proposal.
"Tears started coming out all over the place," Kresge said.
Altringer said there was "a little glitch in the plan, but it all worked out."
68 years later, man skydives again
EMERALD, Wis., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A 90-year-old Wisconsin man celebrated the 68th anniversary of his World War II parachute jump by skydiving with his two sons.
Claude Williams of Emerald said he and his sons made good Saturday on a promise he made to coworkers in the 1960s that he would skydive on the anniversary of the July 28, 1944, parachute jump from a falling B-17 bomber if he lived to be 90 years old, the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported Wednesday.
Williams said he took a tandem jump with a worker from Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin, Wis.
"He looked after me like a mother hen," Williams said.
"I think it went even better than I expected," Williams said. "All in all, we had a great time."
The Who tickets replaced after 33 years
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Some very patient fans of the rock band The Who in Rhode Island have traded in tickets to a canceled 1979 show for tickets to an upcoming Who concert.
The Who's planned 1979 concert in Providence was canceled after a fatal audience stampede at a Cincinnati show and the ticket holders are now being allowed to trade their unused tickets to the show for passes to a February 2013 concert at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, The Providence Journal reported Wednesday.
At least one fan said trading in the tickets will allow her to see the band for the very first time.
The general manager of the Dunkin' Donuts Center said the 1979 tickets are being donated for an auction to benefit Rhode Island Special Olympics.
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