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Feb. 13, 2008 at 6:00 AM
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Deputy locked overnight in court tunnel

MADISON, Wis., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A Dane County, Wis., sheriff's spokeswoman said a deputy was accidentally trapped overnight in an underground tunnel under a courthouse.

Deputy Dave Hafeman entered the 8-foot-by-8-foot tunnel, which is used to transport prisoners between the Public Safety Building and the Dane County Courthouse, Friday afternoon after the guard who controls the heavy metal doors at both sides of the tunnel went home for the weekend, The (Madison, Wis.) Capitol Times reported Tuesday.

"It's an area you get buzzed in and out of from a control area," sheriff's spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said.

"I don't know his specific reason for going in there, but I believe it's near where they keep their weapons," Schaffer said.

Hafeman was discovered after his wife phoned authorities to report that he had never arrived home from work. Detectives found his car in the Dane County Parking Ramp and he was found in the tunnel shortly thereafter.

Schaffer said Hafeman was not injured during the ordeal.

New twist on drive-through bank

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- An elderly man drove his car into the front of a Lake Oswego, Ore., bank, but there were no serious injuries.

Vincent Lowenberg, 81, said he drove his car into the front of the US Bank location after his foot became wedged between the accelerator and brake pedals of his Nissan Altima, the Lake Oswego Review reported Tuesday.

"My foot got stuck and it wouldn't come off," he after the collision.

He said he hit the bank after swerving to avoid another car.

Bank manager Patty Zimmerman said one banker sustained a minor injury when a desk collapsed, but no one was seriously hurt.

"I heard a loud noise," she said of the incident. "He just kept accelerating."

Lake Oswego Police Capt. Don Forman said Lowenberg did not receive a citation for the incident but indicated he may be re-tested by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles to determine whether he is fit to continue driving.

Lowenberg said that no matter what, he's through with the Nissan.

"I'm trading this in for a Cadillac," he said.

Town with two names keeps both

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Officials in a West Virginia community known as both Berkeley Springs and the Town of Bath have decided not to narrow the city's titles down to a single name.

The Town of Bath Council took up the issue after Comptroller Margie Allgyer complained that the bills she pays for the city are not properly credited because of the dual names. But the body decided not to take any real action, The (Martinsburg, W.Va.) Journal reported Tuesday.

"Berkeley Springs is much more pronounced and known," said Town of Bath Mayor Susan Webster. However, she said it is unlikely that the town will take any action in the near future to solidify a single name.

"We like the confusion," Webster said. "It makes us different."

Cabbie makes matches in NYC taxi

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A New York cab driver says he plans to decorate his cab with red and white hearts on Valentine's Day to help promote his second job -- taxi cab matchmaker.

Ahmed Ibrahim said the matchmaking service he operates from his taxi cab has led to more than 70 dates between his passengers and at least 19 of the pairings lasted for more than a year, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

"I've organized so many dates, and it really makes me feel good about it. I've not had one complaint," Ibrahim said. "It's really fun. Driving a taxi in New York is not an easy job so I just try to create some fun."

The cabbie said he's very selective about which passengers he invites to partake in his dating services.

"I want to know if they're the real deal or just a player," he said. "If you're a player, then forget about it."

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