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Feb. 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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Lost wallet found 35 years later

SPRING HILL, Kan., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A man who lost his wallet while installing pipes in the attic of a Kansas home more than 35 years ago said he was shocked when it reappeared.

Gean Brown Jr. said he lost his wallet while working in the attic of the Spring Hill home in 1976 or 1977 and never expected to see the item again until last week, when the current resident of the home contacted him, KCTV, Kansas City, Mo., reported Monday.

Shawn Wyckoff told Brown he found the wallet in his attic while working on his antenna and an Internet search helped him track Brown to his address in Paola, Kan.

"This guy 36 years later he goes up there and looks down -- there it is. Bang. Out in the open. And he was decent enough to look me up and find it. He could have pitched it. I don't know this guy. (But he) gives it back," Brown said.

He said the wallet did not contain any cash, but it did have included his original draft card, old photos from his service in the Navy and a picture of his then-girlfriend, who is now his wife.

Brown said he is hoping Wyckoff and his wife will accept a dinner invitation as a way of showing his gratitude.

Man arrested for crushing car

PUNTA GORDA, Fla., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a man was arrested for repeatedly driving his over-sized van over a car at the Redneck Yacht Club off-road park in Punta Gorda.

Charlotte County sheriff's deputies said they were called to the club at 5:05 a.m. Saturday by a woman who told them her 1994 Toyota Corolla had been crushed in the parking lot while she was "mudding" with friends, the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune reported Monday.

Deputies said they determined the car had been repeatedly run over by Norman Le Nowling, 40, in his large van equipped with 5-foot wheels after two other vehicles failed to drive over the car's hood. A security guard told deputies he had seen a crowd encouraging the drivers and telling them the owner of the car did not care if it was crushed.

Nowling was arrested on a felony criminal mischief charge and released after posting $2,500 bail.

Deputies said the incident took place during the annual "Swamp Cabbage Weekend," which draws thousands of people.

4,000 climb John Hancock stairs

CHICAGO, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- About 4,000 people climbed the 94 floors of stairs at Chicago's John Hancock Building to raise funds for a lung disease charity, organizers said.

The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago said the 15th annual Hustle up the Hancock event raised $1.03 million Sunday, bringing the total since the event's inception in 1998 to $9 million, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

Organizers said the average time for the stair climbers was 26 minutes, but Kristen Frey, 28, of Schaumburg beat the 3-year-old women's record of 11 minutes, 16 seconds by finishing in 10 minutes, 57 seconds.

Man sues school for class refund

LAKE WORTH, Fla., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A Florida man is suing his former college for a refund of a $532 course he completed that he said was not as advertised.

Michael Price, 55, said he completed a computer certification course in 2009 at Palm Beach State College and the class only gave about half of the 100 hours of classroom instruction promised by the syllabus, the Palm Beach Post reported Monday.

Price said the instructor was also routinely late and taught the class using an outdated Windows 98 machine.

The school referred the Post to attorney Mark Hendricks, whose office said he was out of town and unavailable for comment.

Henry Kay, Price's attorney, said he expects the case to go to trial soon in Palm Beach County Court.

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