Vindicator Logo


Thursday, June 20, 2013


Minn. mother, son accused of stealing gopher feet


A Minnesota mother and her 18-year-old son are accused of stealing nearly $5,000 in frozen gopher feet and selling them for a bounty.

Thirty-seven-year-old Tina Marie Garrison and Junior Lee Dillon, both of Preston, were charged last month with receiving stolen property and theft.

They reportedly gave the feet to local townships that offer rewards as they try to limit the gopher population.

Garrison has pleaded not guilty.

Her son has a hearing next month.

The complaint says a gopher trapper reported to authorities that bags of feet were stolen from his freezer.

According to the complaint, the owner found Dillon had turned in $1,014 in feet in November.

In December, Garrison turned in $3,780 in feet.

The Post-Bulletin reported that Dillon denied turning in any feet for the bounty.

Ed Koch’s tombstone engraved with wrong birth date


Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch meticulously planned his own funeral, but his tombstone has the wrong birth date.

NBC 4 New York reported Monday that the headstone lists his birth year as 1942 instead of 1924.

The engraver, Tommy Flynn, of Flynn Funeral and Cremation Memorial Services, says it was “an inadvertent error” and that he feels “terrible.”

He says he’ll correct it.

Koch was buried in Trinity Church cemetery in Washington Heights after dying of congestive heart failure in February at age 88.

The Democratic mayor is credited with helping save New York from its economic crisis in the 1970s and leading it to financial rebirth.

Driver says he was speeding so he could dry off his car


He was just drying off his freshly washed car.

That’s what the Canadian man told the Mounties when they stopped him doing 112 mph south on Highway 22 south of Black Diamond, Alberta in Western Canada.

The driver, a 67-year-old who lives in that area, was in court Monday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday that the judge fined the man $800 and suspended him from driving for 45 days.

Associated Press