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UPI NewsTrack Quirks in the News

Nov. 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

Obituary zings Kansas City Chiefs

GRANDVIEW, Mo., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A Missouri obituary lists "disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs" as contributing to a man's death.

Jennifer Lickteig of Grandview said she and her family decided to include the jab at her father's favorite team in his obituary in The Kansas City (Mo.) Star following his Nov. 14 death because he loved the team and had a great sense of humor, KSHB-TV, Kansas City. reported Monday.

"Loren G. 'Sam' Lickteig passed away on Nov. 14, 2012 of complications from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs," the obituary reads.

"My dad was such a comedian," Jennifer Lickteig said. "He loved the Chiefs, so we had to let him have the last word."

"If we weren't laughing, we'd be crying," said another daughter, Diana Hennessey.

The obituary came on the same day the Chiefs lost 28-6 to the Cincinnati Bengals. The team is currently 1-9.


Police: Woman wore mask to rob mom

CHICAGO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Chicago police said a woman allegedly donned a ski mask to rob her own mother of a $40,000 diamond ring.

Investigators said Julie Franck and an accomplice wore ski masks Oct. 9 when they robbed Franck's mother of the ring and the second suspect used a Taser on the victim about 15 times, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

Police said Franck, who fled in a Smart car, was recognized when a witness pulled off her mask.

Franck, 36, who also allegedly stole $200 cash and credit and debit cards from her mother, was arrested Friday on an armed robbery charge and jailed in lieu of $300,000 bail.

It was unclear whether the second suspect was arrested.


Police: Crash caused by woman's sneeze

CANTON, Mass., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Massachusetts State Police said a woman who crashed into a police cruiser said she lost control of her car because of a sneeze.

State Police released a statement saying the cruiser was stopped Sunday along Interstate 95 in Canton to assist a motorist with a flat tire when the 2003 Buick Century crashed into the cruiser, the Boston Globe reported Monday.

The woman told police she lost control of her car while sneezing.

The woman was not injured in the 5:20 p.m. crash. A trooper who was inside the cruiser was taken to Norwood Hospital as a precaution.

Police said both vehicles were removed from the scene by tow trucks.


Cocaine given to trick-or-treaters

OLDHAM, England, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A British man admitted to accidentally handing out bags of cocaine to trick-or-treaters who turned out to be the children of a police officer.

Oldham Magistrates' Court heard Donald Green, 23, accidentally dropped the bags of cocaine into the candy sacks of three children, ages 8, 6 and 5, instead of the candy bags in his pocket, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

Police Constable Simon Fowell, the children's father, soon recognized the strange packages in his children's bags and Green was arrested on a charge of possessing a Class A drug.

Green pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months of probation as well as 130 hours community work and court costs totaling $230.

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