Police: Shot reported at Pa. campus was newspaper
Police in Pennsylvania say a student’s report of a gunshot being fired instead was the sound of a newspaper hitting the sidewalk.
Gettysburg police Chief Joseph Dougherty says a Gettysburg College student had reported that someone in a white sedan fired a shot early Saturday morning.
But Dougherty says police investigated and determined the sound came from a newspaper delivery driver throwing a paper from her vehicle.
After the report, the college alerted students and employees via text messages, voicemails and emails.
A college spokeswoman says an all-clear message was sent about 8:30 a.m.
Pittsburghers park free due to computer glitch
Pittsburghers enjoyed a holiday from paying for parking spaces after a computer glitch mistakenly told them free parking was available on Presidents Day.
David Onorato, who heads the city’s parking authority, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that new computerized pay stations mistakenly told motorists they didn’t have to pay because of the holiday.
That wasn’t true because Monday wasn’t a city holiday, despite being a federal holiday.
Still, the parking authority opted not to enforce parking-meter limits because officials couldn’t be sure when some people had parked in the spaces once they were given the false message that parking was free.
The message was removed Monday morning.
Officials couldn’t immediately say how much money the city lost because of the mistake.
911 call asking for cigarettes leads to woman’s arrest
A Texas woman wanted to make deputy sheriffs the butt of a joke, but she picked the wrong audience when she called 911 to have cigarettes delivered to her home.
Hood County sheriff’s Lt. Kathy Jividen says the 48-year-old woman was “very intoxicated” when she requested the special delivery Feb. 11.
Jividen says the caller instead received a visit from two deputies and was arrested. She was charged with a misdemeanor count of abuse of 911. She later was released from the Hood County jail on a $1,000 bond.
The woman lives in Granbury, about 65 miles southwest of Dallas.
Jividen says the woman thought it would be amusing to call 911 to place her order.