The Odd Side – May 2, 2017

500 People Get Duplicate Tax Refund Checks, Can Keep Only One

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Five hundred Rhode Island residents have received duplicate tax refund checks totaling $364,000.

A state official says human error is to blame.

The checks were sent in a group of refunds mailed Friday. The checks people received are identical, but only one of the two checks can be cashed.

The Rhode Island Department of Administration and the Department of Revenue say they expect no financial impact. They say they’re working to prevent duplicate checks from being mailed again.

Department of Administration policy director Allison Rogers says people can cash one check and return the other to the state, along with a brief explanation.

German Police Deliver Pizza After Courier Crashes Car

BERLIN (AP) – Police came to the aid of a pizza courier who crashed his car in the southwest German town of Gaggenau — by completing his delivery.

The 46-year-old driver hit another car early Saturday. Both drivers required hospital treatment.

In a statement, police said that after dealing with the accident the officers were able to hand over the “shaken but still edible pizzas” to the customers.

Boy Turns in $2,000 He Found, Gets Outstanding Citizen Award

ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) – A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy who turned in $2,000 in cash he found in a bank bag lost by a restaurant employee has received an Outstanding Citizen Award.

Arlington resident Jasper Dopman was walking with his father, Erik Dopman, on April 18 when he spotted a cloth bag on the ground near a school. The bag contained cash and deposit slips.

Erik Dopman called the Arlington police and turned in the bag. An investigation determined the money belonged to Tenoch Mexican Food Corp. Police located an employee at the company’s Medford restaurant who said she had lost the bag earlier.

The money was returned to the family-owned restaurant.

Father and son each received an Outstanding Citizen Award from police and gifts from the Mexican food company.

Flower Shop Owner Accused of Stealing Plants From Cemetery

PEQUANNOCK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) – Police say a flower shop owner stole plants and other items from graves at a New Jersey cemetery for months.

Capt. Christopher DePuyt says police installed surveillance cameras at the First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pequannock Township after two plants disappeared from the mausoleum and replacement plants were stolen two days later.

He says the cameras caught a woman in a minivan taking the plants and Riverdale officers recognized her as a former police dispatcher and current flower shop owner.

Authorities charged 59-year-old Lynda Wingate, of Riverdale, with the disorderly person’s offense of theft of moveable property.

DePuyt says Wingate claimed she was cleaning up old flowers from graves of people she knew, but he says that isn’t the case.

A message seeking comment was left at her flower shop.