Police to sell confiscated guns to dealers
COLORADO SPRINGS, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The Colorado Springs City Council is working on a program to allow its police department to sell confiscated guns to gun dealers, the vice mayor said.
The final details should be approved by the council in a few weeks, the Los Angeles Times reported. Officials said they hope the sales will bring in about $10,000 a year, Vice Mayor Larry Small said.
That represents a small dent in the $50,000 budget deficit the city faces, Small said, but it helps.
The Police Department initially objected to the plan and is moving to address concerns people have expressed about the sales, Police Lt. David Whitlock said.
"There's all kinds of ancillary issues, one of which is the politics of being in the gun-selling business," Whitlock said. "The other is not introducing another weapon into the community."
The International Association of Chiefs of Police advises destroying firearms rather than selling them, the newspaper reported.
New York man sells bad advice cheap
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Chris Chaplauske carries on a time-honored tradition of trying to make money on the streets of New York in an unusual way, selling bad advice in Union Square.
The 32-year-old advertises his "service" with a sign that reads "Bad Advice $1."
While he was talking to a reporter from the New York Daily News, Chaplauske was approached by 22 year-old Sarah Samuels.
"I'm moving to Ecuador next Friday," she said. "Do you have any suggestions?"
"When you're packing, pack as much drugs as you can," he answered. "And make sure you put your name on your bag."
Samuels handed him a dollar bill and kept walking.
He said he figures he is giving people the same thing for a dollar that big shots in government, finance and industry pay big money for.
Surly Elmo character in Times Square
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A man dressed as the "Sesame Street" character, Elmo, was rude to tourists in New York when they tried to photograph him, the New York Daily News said.
The newspaper reported the character -- surly and dirty, nothing like the Elmo on the TV show -- swore at and jostled people who wouldn't give him money when they tried to photograph him Saturday.
"No picture. No picture. You have to tip Elmo. You have to tip Elmo or Elmo gets angry," the Elmo impersonator said, placing his paw over a tourist's camera lens.
"Elmo" grabbed the camera of Ken Ross, 32, a tourist from New Mexico, the newspaper reported.
"It's just a picture. Don't be rude, and don't touch me. Somebody should rap you," Ross said.
The Elmo imposter tried to take a Daily News photographer's camera, but then apologized.
"Look man, Elmo needs to make a living, too," he said.
Candidate's message jams emergency line
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- An automated message by a Flagler County, Fla., candidate for state senate jammed an emergency operations center phone line, a county official said.
The St. Augustine Record reported Dan Quiggle recorded a message telling people to place calls to the county in protest of a proposed tax hike. The automated calls resulted in around 100 calls to the emergency number, the report said.
Quiggle's message provided an incorrect phone number which turned out to be the emergency number, said county administrator Craig Coffey.
Quiggle, a Republican from Ponte Vedra Beach, is also the Florida chairman of Americans for Prosperity.
Quiggle recorded the message on behalf of the group, but it was not a campaign tactic, said Ann-Marie Matthews, Quiggle's campaign coordinator.
Quiggle did not mention his campaign in the message, said Adam Guillette, the Florida director of Americans for Prosperity. Guillette accused the county of diverting focus from the tax issue, the newspaper reported.
Guillette said Americans for Prosperity double-checked the county's phone number before sending the message, but county spokesman Carl Laundrie said, "They didn't verify it with the Flagler County government or look in the phone book, that's for sure."