Bright & Brief
SEATTLE (AP) _ Even in Antarctica, one parking-ticket scofflaw wasn’t able to escape the long arm of the law.
Warrant officers Lori Nelson and Sally Cruse of Seattle Municipal Court spent about four months trying to find the woman, a scientist on a Seattle- based research ship who owed the city $845 in unpaid parking fines.
The payment came in the mail recently, sent via Chile from Antarctica, where the ship is stationed.
″It was kind of weird,″ Nelson said. ″When we got the letter, I looked at the stamps and saw that they were from Chile.″
″Her car had an Idaho license. We had about two or three addresses for her and the letters kept getting forwarded,″ said Cruse, who did not release the scientist’s name.
″She finally wrote us a letter and sent us the money. She didn’t want us bugging her any more. She wanted to clear her good name and come back to Seattle eventually without being arrested,″ Cruse said.
In another case, officers recently tracked down a woman in Switzerland who paid the city $1,200 in outstanding fines, Cruse said.
A year ago, the city had more than $10 million in outstanding parking tickets.
″We’re obviously making a dent in this,″ Cruse said.
SACHSE, Texas (AP) - Two accused horse thieves landed in the pokey after running afoul of a lawman whose nose knows manure - he can tell horse from the cow variety.
Police Cpl. Steven Craighead was on patrol early Tuesday in this Dallas suburb when he spotted a pickup truck pulling a new trailer similar to one a friend had bought Friday.
After stopping the vehicle for not having a license plate, one of the things that didn’t make sense to Craighead was the scents.
The trailer was carrying three horses, but it had cattle manure in it, says Craighead. He also knew that his friend had hauled cattle in his new trailer.
″The driver of the trailer told a lot of stories that didn’t jibe, and our dispatcher was able to confirm that the truck hauling the trailer was stolen out of Dallas,″ Craighhead said.
A 20-year-old Dallas man and a 19-year-old Garland woman were in jail Wednesday awaiting arraignment on burglary and theft charges.