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WHO@ Newsletter - December 26, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Old fruitcake brings $525 for charity

How much is a 70-year-old fruitcake worth? For a winning auction bidder the answer is $525, which will go to help the homeless in Ohio, the cake's owner said.

The fruitcake was baked and sold by a Cincinnati-area Kroger store in 1941 and wound up back at the store in 1971. A note left with the returned fruit cake said it was one of six bought by a man named E.F. Helbing, WHIO-TV, Dayton, reported. The note said the owner had been carting it around for decades and was finally unloading it on its maker, the Kroger store.

Store manager Frank Bates, now 86, took possession of it and kept it until recently when he gave it to Elite Estate Group owner Larry Chaney, whose firm decided to auction it off for charity.

While even higher offers -- some over $1,000 -- came in later, the winning bid of $525 came Thursday night…

WHO@ Newsletter- December 19, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .N.J. cop arrested for DWI after DWI class

A Midland Park, N.J., police officer was arrested for drunken driving after consuming alcohol during a state police class on DWI arrests, authorities say.

During the Thursday class taught by the New Jersey State Police, Midland Park police officer Joseph B. Gaeta was given measured amounts of alcohol to test its effect on his physical abilities, the Midland Park Suburban News reported

After the class, Gaeta was driven home by another officer, Wyckoff police Chief Benjamin Fox said.

Once home, Gaeta, 31, got on his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle and began driving on a residential street, which authorities said is illegal.

Gaeta was attempting to make a turn when he lost control of the ATV and flipped it.

Fox said Gaeta sustained serious facial injures for which he was hospitalized. He had surgery S…

WHO@ Newsletter - December 12, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man sends funny greeting card posthumously

Friends of a deceased advertising executive from Pittsburgh say they got an unexpected holiday greeting from him.

"Hello, please don't call. I recently moved to a quiet neighborhood and ...," read the front of the card from Bob McCully, who died in August at age 88. Inside the card was a photo of the gates of Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville, where McCully was buried alongside his wife, with the message "My new place doesn't have a phone and our gates close after dark."

"It was the strangest feeling getting that card. It was almost eerie. But when I opened it, I laughed out loud. It was the ultimate Christmas card," David Newell, a longtime friend of McCully's, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

McCully, Ketchum Inc.'s former director of communications and…

WHO@ Newsletter - December 5, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Shoplifted candlelight steak dinner foiled
A Florida man faces theft charges after allegedly trying to walk out of a store with the makings for a candlelight dinner stuffed down his pants, police said.
Collier County sheriff's deputies said Dannial Ashley, 31, of East Naples was charged with retail theft after employees of a supermarket saw him trying to make off with four steaks and some candles.
Ashley tried to run off sans his loot, but was chased down by the grocers, deputies told the Naples (Fla.) Daily News.
Ashley was later released on bail pending further proceedings.

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