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September 16, 2020

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Authorities in California said a man who wound up in the back of a garbage truck survived by building "a coffin around himself" from trash. Yolo County Sheriff's Lt. Martin Torres said the man, whose name was not released, was searching through a Sacramento-area garbage bin for his wallet when the bin was dumped into the garbage truck.

"The man said he was stuck in the truck for about an hour, but estimates show it was more like three or three and a half hours," Torres told local news. "The truck made several other pick-ups before arriving at the landfill, where the driver saw the man crawl out of his trash pile."

The man used objects around him in the back of the truck to "build a coffin around himself" and keep from being crushed by the compactor. "He was lucky the truck was only half full," Torres said. "Had it been full, he would have certainly been crushed and suffocated to death."

Torres said a bulldozer at the Yolo County Landfill nearly ran over the man after the truck dumped its load, but the truck driver spotted the man and alerted the bulldozer driver in time. "The driver was pretty much a hero for that," Torres said. Authorities said the man appeared to be uninjured, but complained of neck and back pain. He was taken to a hospital for an examination.

"While our driver had no idea of anyone in his load, we're very glad and proud of our driver for spotting the man while dumping out his truck at the landfill," said Nick Sikich, chief operating officer of Sacramento-based Atlas Disposal. "If he hadn't, the landfill equipment could have come along and buried him. We hope the man is OK and had a speedy recovery from any injuries."


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Chicago Entrepreneurialism

Prosecutors said an alleged carjacker in Chicago contacted the vehicle's owner and offered to sell the 1998 Chevy Malibu back to her for $50. Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said Jereh Brown, 24, received a ride in the victim's car from a friend of the owner and he forced the woman out of the driver's seat while the car was stopped. Antonietti told a hearing Brown contacted the owner of the car, a 19-year-old woman, and offered to sell the 1998 Chevy Malibu back to her for $50. The woman arranged to meet with Brown and contacted police to accompany her to the chosen location, the prosecutor said. Police found Brown hiding in a closet in a home at the location of the arranged meeting just before 10 p.m. and he was arrested. Investigators found a key to the car inside the home where Brown was arrested. Brown was charged with vehicular hijacking and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was released on electronic monitoring.


Prison for Millionaire welfare Fraudsters

A Minnesota man who collected more than $167,000 in welfare benefits while he had more than $3 million in the bank was sentenced to 21 months in prison. The court heard Colin Chisholm, 63, and his wife, Andrea, 54, collected more than $167,000 in medical and food assistance claims in the seven years leading up to March 2012 and investigators later discovered the couple had more than $3 million in the bank and lived in a $1.6 million mansion in Deephaven. The couple, who once claimed to be Scottish nobility and went by the titles "Lord and Lady Chisholm," were also found to own a luxury yacht worth millions on Lake Minnetonka. Judge Lois Conroy handed down a 21-month prison sentence despite state sentencing guidelines calling for probation. Conroy agreed with prosecutors that prison time was called for due to the severity of the welfare fraud. Chisholm was also ordered to pay $167,420 in restitution following the completion of his prison sentence.


Lewis, In my opinion that is BS, if I buy a scratcher lottery ticket and my winning number matches their winning number and there is a prize printed there, they should honor that and pay out. If you have a misprint and still distribute those tickets you should be held accountable for the misprint that you distributed. I am sure that if I printed some lottery tickets for a local fund raiser and accidently misprinted some tickets and they were winners that I would probably held accountable for paying those tickets in a civil court. -Gary
[I think a lot of people would agree with you, which is why they print a disclaimer on every single ticket that misprints are invalid and if you don't like it you can go ---- yourself.]