Police: Florida clerk’s gun beats thief’s cattle prod
Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man has been arrested after he tried to rob a convenience store with a cattle prod but was thwarted by a clerk with a gun.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Lance Tomberlin went into a store just outside Tallahassee on Jan. 2, produced the cattle prod and demanded money from the clerk.
Officials say he shocked the clerk several times before the clerk pulled a handgun.
Authorities say Tomberlin fled and another employee tried to restrain him, but he eventually escaped in his truck.
Deputies stopped Tomberlin’s truck but he fled on foot.
The sheriff’s office says Tomberlin was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery.
Jail records didn’t say if Tomberlin had an attorney. He was being held without bail.
Houston company must remove fake car from outer wall
Parking hasn’t been a problem for one oddly placed vehicle in traffic-busy Houston.
City officials have ordered a design company to remove a fake Mini Cooper attached to the upper part of an exterior wall near a sidewalk.
Safety concerns have been raised about the shell of the small auto, complete with tires, above some outer windows at Internum & Design.
Code-enforcement officials have cited the business since late December, using warning stickers with notice to remove the car from the building immediately.
A message left Tuesday with Internum was not immediately returned.
Swiss court wipes slate clean on ancient farm debt
A Swiss court has wiped out an annual debt that farmers have had to pay the Catholic Church to atone for a crime 655 years ago.
Swiss public broadcaster RTS says a court in the northeastern canton (state) of Glarus ruled that the current farm owner no longer has to pay 70 Swiss francs ($76) each year because Swiss mortgage reforms in the mid-19th century made the practice invalid.
The broadcaster reported Tuesday the court sided with the landowner in a dispute with the church after he refused to make the annual payment for oil and candles.
The payments had been a tradition since 1357, when a man named Konrad Mueller killed a man named Heinrich Stucki. To atone, Mueller promised always to pay to keep an eternal lamp lit.