- - Tuesday, September 27, 2011


City collects $4,000 from sagging-pants ban

ALBANY — Officials in Albany say the city’s ban on saggy pants has generated nearly $4,000 in fines in less than a year.

City Attorney Nathan Davis says 187 citations have been issued and $3,916 in fines collected since the ordinance went into effect Nov. 23, according to the Albany Herald.

Officials say the ordinance bans anyone from wearing pants or skirts more than 3 inches below the top of the hips, exposing the skin or undergarments. First-time offenders face a $25 fine. On further offenses, the fine can rise to $200.

The ordinance also allows 40 hours of community service to be completed in lieu of fines.


Man charged with possessing explosives found

TRAVERSE CITY — A federal agent says a Michigan man charged with possessing more than 4,000 pounds of explosives and detonation equipment told an informant “when the government takes over, we will be mercenaries.”

But an attorney for John Francis Lechner of Sault Ste. Marie says the 64-year-old is no terrorist and planned to use the material in construction.

A federal magistrate ordered Mr. Lechner detained Monday after a hearing where the agent testified that the amount of explosives matched that in the Oklahoma City bombing.

In an affidavit, the agent says authorities got a tip that Lechner planned to transport and hide a cache of ammonium nitrate, fuel oil and detonation devices.


Longtime fugitive caught in Portugal

NEWARK — A convicted killer who escaped a New Jersey prison in 1970 and hijacked a U.S. airliner two years later while dressed as a priest has been captured in Portugal after more than 40 years as a fugitive, authorities said Tuesday.

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