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Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM   |   Comments

Woman called 911 for cigarettes

GRANBURY, Texas, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A Texas woman was arrested for allegedly calling 911 to report she needed cigarettes, authorities said.

The Hood County Sheriff's Office said the woman called 911 around 1:18 a.m. on Feb. 11 and told the dispatcher, "I need some cigarettes," the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported Wednesday.

The woman could be heard telling another person of her plan to "call 911 and tell them I need cigarettes."

The caller gave her name as "Gary Roberts" before telling the dispatcher she "forgot how to spell my last name."

"I think I dialed the wrong number," the woman eventually told the dispatcher.

The dispatcher confirmed the woman's address before the call was ended.

The sheriff's office said deputies responded to the house and discovered the woman was intoxicated and "thought it was funny to call 911 for cigarettes.

The woman, identified as Linda White, 48, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of suspicion of making an abusive call to 911.


Teens use iPhone to mimic police lights

NAPLES, Fla., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Florida police said they arrested a pair of teenagers accused of using an iPhone app to imitate police lights and pull over motorists near a mall.

Naples police said an officer patrolling the parking lot of the Coastland Center Mall in Naples just prior to 7 p.m. saw a tan Ford Ranger pickup flashing red and blue lights behind another vehicle and recognized the driver as Ryan McMahon Schulze, 19, who is not in law enforcement, the Naples Daily News reported Wednesday.

The officer stopped the truck and Schulze and passenger Matthew Levi Davis, 18, said they "were just messing around" while waiting for a friend who worked at the mall.

The teenagers said they were using an iPhone app called "Police Lights" to mimic emergency lights and a text message found on Davis' phone said, "Another person pulled over," the police report stated.

Schulze was arrested on a felony charge of impersonating an officer and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of blue lights.

Davis was arrested on the same charges as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


Bus goes wrong way on highway

DENVER, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Denver Regional Transportation District officials said a bus driver was ticketed by police after driving the wrong way on the interstate.

RTD spokesperson Scott Reed said the driver entered the northbound High Occupancy Vehicle lanes of Interstate 25 and traveled south. Colorado State Patrol and Denver Police closed the HOV lanes for about an hour while they worked to turn the long bus around, KUSA-TV, Denver, reported Wednesday,

"This shouldn't have happened," RTD spokesperson Scott Reed said. "We were very fortunate."

Reed said the driver may have found signs at the interstate entrance misleading.

"We know based upon our initial investigation that we need to do something to modify the signage there," Reed said.

Police ticketed the driver for careless driving, The Denver Post reported.

A similar incident in 2010 on approximately the same stretch of highway led to the resignation of an RTD driver, the Post said.


Bus passenger warned over smell

UPPSALA, Sweden, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Transportation officials in a Swedish city said they told a man he would no longer be able to ride city buses unless he improved his personal hygiene.

Bus drivers in Uppsala said they signed a petition addressed to officials at public transit operator UL after the man's foul stench caused other passengers to often ask to be let off before their stops to escape the odor. The drivers were sometimes forced to replace seat cushions due to a lingering smell, The Local.se reported Wednesday.

"Think of the worst odor you can imagine and then add 10 percent," bus driver Goran Frick told the Upsala Nya Tidningen newspaper. "The stench is awful and has gotten worse."

UL spokesman Sture Jonsson said officials received the petition and agreed something "had to be done."

Jonsson said officials visited the man's home and explained he would not be allowed to continue riding the bus unless he improved his hygiene.

Officials believe the man understood the message and the situation will be resolved, the spokesman said.

"That our hope, anyway," he said.

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