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July 2, 2008 at 6:00 AM
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Gas station brawl draws 200-strong crowd

FORT MYERS, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- Authorities in Fort Myers, Fla., said a fight that drew a 200-person crowd at a gas station was ignited by an argument concerning a pack of cigarettes.

Lee County Sheriff's deputy Erik Hurd said the altercation began when a group of arguing females approached a car at the gas station, the Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press reported Tuesday.

Hurd said he was told by a 16-year-old girl who was in the car with her cousin and her cousin's boyfriend that the group appeared to be arguing over a stolen pack of cigarettes, but the details were unclear.

The 16-year-old said the occupants of the car attempted to intervene in the argument, but the group turned on them and beat the car with various blunt objects, Hurd said. An estimated 200 people gathered to watch the incident.

Gloria Hood, 20, Cherrelle Jones, 22, Tamra Harris, 23 and Whitley Rodriguez, 20, were all charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony and criminal mischief by damaging property.

A 16-year-old male was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after Hurd found a gun in his car.

There were no serious injuries resulting from the fight.

$4 million ATM error leads teen to spend

TELFORD, England, July 1 (UPI) -- A Telford, England, woman said her 16-year-old son ended up in debt after an ATM fluke indicated he had $4 million in his bank account.

Joanne Bowen said her son, William, checked his account balance at a Lloyds TSB branch and saw the $4 million sum, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

"He had several friends with him and they confirmed the figure," Bowen said. "A couple of adults also saw it and one of them reported it to a cashier later in the day."

She said he withdrew $600 from the account and immediately spent the funds on some new clothes and an iPod.

Bowen said she went to the bank and discovered the account was showing up as overdrawn by $600.

"(The bank manager) said at first it could not be possible. But when he saw the records he said he could not explain it and it must have been a fluke with the ATM," she said.

She said William plans to pay the money back.

Lloyds TSB said the incident is being investigated.

Police: Party will be met with alcohol ban

TORQUAY, England, July 1 (UPI) -- British police said they plan to prohibit alcohol sales in whatever town is chosen by organizers of a massive beach party.

Police officials said they will use a power outlined under the Licensing Act 2003 that allows an emergency blanket ban on alcohol sales to prohibit the beverages from being sold in one of five towns being considered by organizers of the event, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

The party, which was organized on social networking Web site Facebook, is planned to take place in Torquay, Paignton, Preston, Goodrington or Broadsands. The actual location of the event, billed on Facebook as "the biggest ever beach party," will not be announced until hours before the start of the blowout.

"The event is likely to cause disruption and difficulty for our community. The supply and consumption

of alcohol would add to those difficulties," police Superintendent Chris Singer said.

Retailers have said an alcohol ban during the popular drinking weekend would severely harm their businesses.

"Any ban will annihilate trade which is already struggling," said Brian Harris, proprietor of The Yacht pub in Torquay.

Man hawks Jeep at roadside

DENVER, July 1 (UPI) -- A Denver man said he resorted to holding a cardboard sign at the side of the road after all other methods of attempting to sell his Jeep failed.

Keith Snyder, 30, who spent Sunday afternoon advertising his SUV at the side of Interstate 70 and Quebec, said he was inspired by companies that advertise at the roadside, KUSA-TV, Denver, reported Tuesday.

"I put an ad for my Jeep on Craigslist and I put a sign on the Jeep and it just hasn't sold," he said. "I see people advertising for their companies on the side of the road, so I figured I'd give it a shot."

Snyder said the vehicle has become too costly to keep fueled.

"I'm spending about $74 to fill it up," he said.

He said the fuel efficiency of the Jeep is likely one of the major obstacles to selling it.

"My Jeep probably gets 15 miles to the gallon," he said. "People want 25 miles to the gallon."

Snyder said he is asking $2,500 for the vehicle, well under its Kelly Blue Book value of $3,100.

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