Inmate kept phone in fake leg for a year
UNIONTOWN, Pa., April 2 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania prison inmate who admitted to having a cellphone told the judge he kept the object hidden in his prosthetic leg for a year.
Christopher Glen Greer, 28, who pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge Monday in Judge John Wagner Jr.'s courtroom, told the judge he smuggled the phone and charger into the Fayette County Prison in the pocket of his cargo pants and kept the objects concealed in his prosthetic leg for a year, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Tuesday.
Greer said the objects were discovered after he was transferred to a state prison and a search of his cell was conducted Feb. 23, 2012.
Fayette Warden Brian Miller said he does not believe Greer would have been able to sneak the phone into the prison in a pants pocket and he suspects someone else brought the phone and charger to him somehow.
"We believe that the phone was brought in to him somehow, either through visiting or something like that," Miller said. "We never found out because he won't talk, so there's really no way to tell."
Greer, who pleaded guilty to avoid a more serious charge of contraband, was sentenced to pay a fine and costs.
Police: Man tried to pay cab fare with pot
PHILADELPHIA, April 2 (UPI) -- Philadelphia police said they arrested a man accused of trying to pay a cab fare with marijuana while officers were standing nearby.
Sixth District Capt. Brian Korn told KYW-TV, Philadelphia, officers stopped at the side of a road Friday night in the Old Town neighborhood when they spotted a taxi cab double-parked, and the driver said a customer who owed $8 had left his phone behind as assurance that he would be right back with the money, Philly.com reported Tuesday.
Korn said officers were still standing nearby when the man, Michael Medvec, 23, returned to the scene, still without any cash.
"He just tries to slip him, out of view of the officers, you know, a bag of marijuana to pay for the fare," Korn said.
Medvec was charged with marijuana possession and released Saturday on his own recognizance.
Chink's Steaks gets a name change
PHILADELPHIA, April 2 (UPI) -- The owner of a Philadelphia restaurant known as Chink's Steaks since 1949 has officially changed the name to Joe's Steaks.
Joe Groh, 50, who went to work at Chink's when he was 16 and took ownership of the business in 1999, said the first indication that the name would have to be changed came in 2003, when he received a complaint from an Asian American student, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday.
The eatery had been named for its founder, Samuel "Chink" Sherman, who was given the nickname in grade school as a result of his almond shaped eyes.
However, Groh said it was time for the name of the restaurant to change with the times.
"It's a good and dramatic change," said state Rep. Mark Cohen, D-Philadelphia, who came to the restaurant for the sign changing Monday. "I understand people who want the past to govern the present, but there comes a point when you have to be responsive to changes that exist in the city."
Not all residents were happy with the change.
"I mean, he's ignoring the 10,000 signatures on the petition to keep the name? Now, he's giving in to political correctness," said Robert Quinn, 59.
Eleanor McGonigal, 60, agreed.
"I just think it's ridiculous," she said. "Cracker Barrel hasn't had to change their name. I mean, that could be made into a racist thing."
PB&J burgers for classic meal's holiday
PASADENA, Calif., April 2 (UPI) -- California eateries are celebrating National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day with creations including a PB&J burger topped with bacon.
Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena is allowing celebrants of Tuesday's holiday to purchase a peanut butter and jelly burger that features a ground beef patty, peanut butter, jelly and tick-sliced bacon on a honey wheat bun, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Pasadena's Melt It! eatery, which specializes in grilled cheese creations, is featuring a fried PB&J made by spreading the principal ingredients on two pieces of white bread that are then dipped in tempura batter, dropped in a deep fryer and coated in powdered sugar.
Susan Feniger's Street restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a peanut butter and jelly cookie for those who aren't in the mood for a sandwich. The cookies resemble peanut butter thumbprint cookies, but feature a dollop of jelly in the center instead of the traditional chocolate.
Oinkster in Eagle Rock is offering another dessert option, a peanut butter and jelly cupcake filled with strawberry jam and topped with peanut butter frosting.