Girl, 7, steals mom's car, goes for drive
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Police in Pittsburgh say a 7-year-old girl stole her mother's car Sunday morning and drove about a half-mile, crashing into several cars along the way.
The girl's mother called emergency dispatchers at 9:11 a.m. after her daughter disappeared along with her car, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported.
KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, said the girl planned to drive further to visit her father, but came to a stop about half a mile away from her home after hitting several cars.
No one was hurt during the girl's outing.
Canadian kept out of U.S. for Super Bowl
TORONTO, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Canadian Myles Wilkinson says his all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl was derailed by a 32-year-old conviction for possessing a small amount of marijuana.
The Victoria, British Columbia, man told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. he won the trip in a fantasy football league contest and was looking forward to seeing the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers play in New Orleans Sunday.
But when he got to Pearson International Airport in Toronto Thursday, U.S. customs agents told him he couldn't enter the United States because of his 1981 pot conviction in Vancouver when he was 19 years old.
"I had two grams of cannabis. I paid a $50 fine," Wilkinson told the CBC. "I can't believe that this is happening, for something that happened 32 years ago."
Small consolation, but Bud Light Canada, the beer brewer that sponsored the fantasy football contest, invited him to attend its Super Bowl party at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom as their guest Sunday afternoon.
Utah shuts down giant rope swing business
MOAB, Utah, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Utah state officials have banned commercial swinging from the Corona Arch rock formation near Moab, calling it a liability.
The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration on Jan. 17 told an outfitter it could no longer take customers to the arch and allow them to ride a 250-foot pendulum swing, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
"If people want to [chuck] themselves off a cliff or arch that's their business," said John Andrews, SITLA's general counsel. "There is a general principle that owners who hold their land open for recreational use are insulated from liability. We felt there was more risk [exposure to the state] if someone operated under a permit and someone got hurt."
Private parties interested in climbing, rappelling and even swinging from the Corona Arch are still allowed to do so, though, officials said.
"It's a bummer they closed it, but I can understand where they are coming from," said Thad James, owner of the Utah High Adventure outfitter in Sandy that reaped more than $200 a head for its exhilarating rope swing ride."If you don't do it exactly right you can die," James said of jumping from the arch.
Pizzeria robber lied about kids
HELENA, Mont., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Police in Montana say a man who broke down crying while trying to rob a pizza restaurant may have lied about wanting to support his wife and children.
David Randall Lacey, 33, was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with attempted robbery for the Jan. 22 incident that took place at a Papa John's restaurant in Helena, The Independent, Helena, reported.
Lacey allegedly walked into the Papa John's wearing a bandana to hide his face and handed the clerk a note that read: "Hay Bro r Sis I Don't wont eny [expletive] just give me what I want AND you wont Get hert OK! Thank you."
The clerk asked, "What is this?" and the man said, "Just do it," a police affidavit stated.
The clerk pulled a total of $24.56 out of the register, a store report cited in the affidavit shows.
"David said that when the register was placed on the counter, he realized there was hardly any money," the affidavit said. "At that point, David told the clerk the story about needing money for his wife and kids. David does not have any children in Helena and told me he was referring to his friends' kids, who consider him an uncle."
After Lacey broke down, the clerk made him a pizza, which Lacey accepted.
The affidavit said when Lacey was later arrested, he admitted to the robbery, telling police he needed money to buy food. He was being held at Lewis and Clark County jail with bail set at $25,000.