News of the weird: Fake rolexes, kidnapping hoax and flea infestation |

News of the weird: Fake rolexes, kidnapping hoax and flea infestation

Thousands of counterfeit watches with Rolex logos, seized during a Philadelphia-area investigation are set before a rolling compactor to be destroyed, in Philadelphia, Monday, April 26, 2010. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and Customs and Border Protection officials smashed the bogus watches to mark the 40th anniversary of "World Intellectual Property Day." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A steamroller has crushed about 7,000 fake Rolex watches in Philadelphia under the orders of federal authorities seeking to deter would-be counterfeiters.

Customs officials staged the destruction Monday to highlight law enforcement’s role in protecting intellectual property rights.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the watches were seized from Binh Cam Tran, who pleaded guilty last year to charges including trafficking in counterfeit goods.

Tran is serving six years in federal prison. He has been ordered to pay more than $2.2 million to the Rolex Co.

Authorities say Tran fabricated hundreds of thousands of fake Rolex watches in his home near Philadelphia.

Officials seized about 24,000 counterfeit watches and enough parts to create 1 million more.

STEVENSVILLE, Mont. (AP) – An 18-year-old in Montana apparently thought it would be funny to yell “I’m going to kidnap you” at a 7-year-old girl, but the joke cost him a $185 fine for disorderly conduct.

The girl told police April 15 that she heard the man yell the threat from a car as she walked on a sidewalk in Stevensville. She helped police in the small town south of Missoula create a sketch, and police Chief James Marble says Justin Stockdale turned himself in Monday after seeing his likeness on flyers distributed around town.

Stockdale pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, was fined $185 and given a 10-day suspended jail sentence.

Marble says the teen apparently thought it would be funny to scare the girl but it appears he has learned a valuable lesson.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A dying Oregon comedian’s last words will be written on his cremation urns – and the message will be sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The animal rights group has paid $200 to place ads blasting KFC and dog breeders on the urns that will hold the remains of Aaron Jamison, who is dying of colon cancer.

The Springfield man offered the ad space earlier this month so his wife wouldn’t be left with funeral costs.

Since then, the $800 cremation cost has been covered, and donations have helped pay some of Jamison’s medical bills.

One of the PETA ads will say: “I’ve Kicked the Bucket – Have you? Boycott KFC.” The other reads: “People who Buy Purebred Dogs Really Burn Me Up. Always Adopt.”

Police: Woman with a fake

SUV plate parks at NY DMV

EAST GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) – Police say a woman who parked her SUV at a Department of Motor Vehicles office on New York’s Long Island had a fake license plate and was arrested.

Nassau County police say the woman owns an auto body shop in Rockville Centre and lives in Malverne, just east of New York City. They say she parked at the DMV in East Garden City on Tuesday afternoon and a DMV inspector saw her SUV and recognized its obviously forged license plate.

Police tracked down the woman and arrested her.

She’s charged with felony criminal possession of a forged instrument. Her arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday.

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) – A county health department in Ohio has closed because of a hygiene issue under its own roof: an infestation of fleas.

Officials with the Fairfield County Department of Health said Wednesday that its offices would be shut down through the weekend so the building can be cleaned thoroughly and fogged with insecticide.

Fleas can transmit disease, but county Health Commissioner Frank Hirsch says he does not believe the bugs have posed a health risk at the department in Lancaster, about 30 miles southeast of Columbus.

He says they’ve mostly been an annoyance for his employees and have been a recurring problem for years.

Several public programs scheduled at the building this week have been postponed until Monday.ꆱ

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