YORK, Neb., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Someone apparently decided it was time to pay a parking ticket issued to his mother in a small Nebraska town -- in 1954.
An anonymous man cleaning out his mother's home found the unpaid ticket issued to a vehicle license in Oklahoma that was parked at Meter 77 in downtown York, Neb., July 13, 1954, and decided it was time to take care of the matter, the York News-Times reported.
On Nov. 1, the man walked into the office of York Police Chief Don Klug and, unseen by the official, left the fine -- a single dime taped to the ticket inside an antique frame -- on the chief's desk.
"This was a pretty unusual thing to see someone pay an outstanding parking ticket 57 years after the fact," Klug said.
"It's really pretty neat, that someone would pay this parking ticket so many years later, or even find it among someone's belongings," Klug said. "Another really interesting part of this whole thing is the wording on the ticket."
It is polite and genteel.
"We are sorry," the ticket states, "to have to leave this tag. However, our parking space is so limited we have to divide it up. A charge of 10 cents is made for your extra time. You may enclose a dime in this envelope and deposit it in the red box located on the corner."
"We hope you understand our parking problem," the ticket language continued. "Help us solve it, won't you? Thanks! Come again!" And then it was signed, "York Police Department."
"I plan to hang it on my office wall," Klug said. "It's just not something you see happen every day."
Forgetful perp botches robbery
VOTUPORANGA, Brazil, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- An unemployed Brazilian mason allegedly robbed a cellphone store only to be locked in and captured by the store clerk after returning for a forgotten folder.
Security camera video of last week's incident allegedly showed EmĂdio Rogerio Alves, 24, entering the GSM Phones Shop in Votuporanga carrying a folder holding working papers documenting employment, the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo reported.
Alves feigned a gun under his shirt, put the folder on a display counter and announced a robbery, demanding the only clerk on staff, Ailton Victor Jr., open the showcase of mobile devices.
When Victor refused, the camera showed, Alves smashed the display glass, grabbed four phones and ran out of the store leaving his folder, the newspaper said.
After Alves remembered his folder he ran back into the store but the clerk locked the door, sealing in the alleged robber who was eventually met by arresting police.
"I suspected that he was not armed, so I refused to open the window where there were cellphones and took courage to leave and close the door with him inside the store," Victor said.
Stolen antique Colt .45 returned
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The owner of an antique, pearl-handled Colt .45, stolen in Florida and missing for more than a decade says he has gotten the heirloom gun back.
Kent Van Riper of Texas said his nickel-plated, single-action revolver was in his car when both were stolen in 1997 as he and his family were traveling through Jacksonville, Fla., The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported.
The pistol had been given to Van Riper's great-grandfather, James M. Van Riper, in 1901 when he was appointed the first chief of the San Antonio Police Department, the newspaper said Friday.
In December, after officials received a tip two people were attempting to sell the antique revolver, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives met with Vyctor Ramone Lockett, 33, of Jacksonville and Jamie Ann Knight, 35, of St. Augustine in a restaurant parking lot.
The gun was recovered, and the pair were subsequently arrested and convicted. The gun, no longer needed as evidence, was returned to Van Riper Wednesday.
"I cannot describe to you how I feel," Van Riper told authorities. "My grandfather gave this Colt to me on his death bed."
African vulture escapes zoo in Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A male white-backed African vulture escaped from the Jacksonville (Fla.) Zoo and Gardens after a device to restrict its ability to fly broke, officials say.
Zoo officials say the vulture flew the coop after a restrictive band on its wing broke Thursday, The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported.
Zoo staff tracked the bird to a tree on the grounds, but were unable to recapture it before it flew out of the site.
Officials from the zoo say they can't remember a bird ever escaping from the zoo before.
"It was a real hunt to get to him before he could fly out," but they couldn't, said zoo spokeswoman Gina Stiles.
The vulture, named Hodari, arrived at the Jacksonville Zoo in 2006 from the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Zoo officials asked birdwatchers to contact the zoo if the bird is spotted, the newspaper said. Although he is not aggressive and does not pose a threat to people or animals, zoo officials say he should not be approached by the public.