Montana man wants to be reimbursed by feds after dog eats $500

A Montana man whose 12-year-old golden retriever ate five $100 bills hopes to be reimbursed by the federal government. Wayne Klinkel tells the Independent Record that his dog Sundance ate the bills while he and his wife were on a road trip to visit their daughter. Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog’s droppings, and his daughter recovered more when snow melted. He says he washed the remnants of the bills and taped them together and sent them to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing with an explanation of what happened. The bureau’s website says an “experienced mutilated currency examiner” will determine if at least 51 percent of a bill is present and eligible for reimbursement. Continue Reading

Montana pet owner to feds: The dog ate my money

A Montana man whose 12-year-old golden retriever ate five $100 bills hopes to be reimbursed by the federal government. Wayne Klinkel tells the Independent Record (http://bit.ly/143rwRZ ) that his dog Sundance ate the bills while he and his wife were on a road trip to visit their daughter. Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog’s droppings, and his daughter recovered more when snow melted. He says he washed the remnants of the bills and taped them together and sent them to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing with an explanation of what happened. The bureau’s website says an “experienced mutilated currency examiner” will determine if at least 51 percent of a bill is present and eligible for reimbursement. Continue Reading

Man who took hostages from Clinton office found and arrested in NH after escape

Authorities say a New Hampshire man who took hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign office in 2007 has been arrested after he walked away from a minimum-security correctional facility. State Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons says Leeland Eisenberg was arrested by Manchester police without incident Monday. The 52-year-old Eisenberg was missing from his room during a head count Sunday at the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit in Manchester. He was sentenced in 2010 to 3 1/2 to 7 years for probation violations. He would have been eligible for parole in August. Continue Reading

Man convicted of taking hostages at Clinton office in New Hampshire arrested after escape

A New Hampshire man who took hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign office six years ago has been arrested after he walked away from a minimum-security correctional facility, authorities said. Leeland Eisenberg, 52, was arrested by Manchester police without incident on Monday, state Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons said. He will be charged with escape, MyFoxBoston.com reports. Eisenberg was missing from his room during a head count Sunday at the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit in Manchester. In 2010, he was sentenced to up to 7 years for probation violations. Continue Reading

Man who took hostages from Clinton office in 2007 missing from unit

A man who took hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign office in 2007 escaped from a minimum-security correctional facility on Sunday, authorities said. Leeland Eisenberg was discovered missing during an afternoon head count at the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit in Manchester, state Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons said. Eisenberg was sentenced in May 2010 to 3 1/2 to 7 years for probation violations. The 52-year-old would have been eligible for parole in August. Once he is found, he will be charged with escape, a felony punishable by 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison, Lyons said. Continue Reading

Clinton office hostage taker missing from NH unit

Authorities say a New Hampshire man who took hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign office in 2007 has vanished from his correctional facility. The state Department of Corrections tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/10JbGpv ) that Leeland Eisenberg missed a head count Sunday afternoon at the Calumet (kal-yoo-MEHT’) Transitional Housing Unit in Manchester. Eisenberg was sentenced in May 2010 to 3 ½ to 7 years for probation violations. The station reports that he would have been eligible for parole in August. Authorities say the 52-year-old Eisenberg isn’t considered armed. Continue Reading

2 small quakes in Southern California desert

There are no reports of damage or injury from a pair of small earthquakes that struck in Southern California’s desert region. The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.4 quake hit at 12:14 p.m. Sunday about eight miles northeast of Indio and nine miles from Indio. A magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck about an hour and a half later less than miles to the north. The USGS says the epicenter of the second quake was 41 miles from Twentynine Palms, 41 miles from Yucca Valley and 43 miles from Barstow. Sheriff’s dispatchers say there were no reports of damage or injury from either quake. Continue Reading

Suspects booked on murder in Nev. official's death

Investigators believe four suspects stole property in the apartment of Nevada’s chief insurance examiner before killing him and dumping his body in a river, authorities said Sunday. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said all four suspects have been booked on murder charges in the death of William McCune, 62, whose blanket-wrapped, duct-tape-bound body was found Saturday. Initially, Michael Evans, 23, and Anthony Elliot, 20, were booked on murder charges, while Raul Garcia, 22, and Makyla Blackmore, 20, were arrested on burglary charges. But Furlong said Sunday that Garcia and Blackmore were later booked on murder charges. The suspects are from the Carson City area, he said, and the case isn’t related to McCune’s work for the state. Continue Reading

Councilwoman wants to make it a crime to buy knockoff handbags in NYC

Drop the Gucci, and put your hands up! Councilwoman Margaret Chin wants to make it a crime to buy sham Chanels, pirated Pradas and other counterfeit handbags in Chinatown. The Manhattan Democrat’s bill would slap tourists and bargain hunters caught buying designer fakes with a maximum $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison. Chin and lower-Manhattan residents are petitioning for a hearing on the measure, saying Canal Street peddlers are spilling into side streets to harass anyone passing by. “People think it’s an adventure,” Chin told The New York Post. Continue Reading