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Thursday, February 24, 2011 6:31 AM


POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a 69-year-old man was arrested after pointing a barbecue fork at motorists and claiming to be a police officer.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office said deputies found Howard Schultz of Pompano Beach pointing his 10-inch cooking utensil at passing cars near a Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) store Monday, WTVJ-TV, Miami, reported Wednesday.

Deputies said Schultz was able to convince at least one motorist to pull over and claimed to be a police officer.

The arrest report does not say what Schultz told the driver after he pulled over, but the motorist told investigators he was scared for his life during the confrontation.

Schultz was charged with aggravated battery and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Pizza driver leads to woman's rescue

MEMPHIS, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Authorities in Memphis said an elderly woman's pizza-heavy diet may have saved her life when a concerned delivery driver decided to check in on her.

Susan Guy, a pizza delivery driver for a Memphis eatery, said Jean Wilson had ordered a large pepperoni pizza for delivery every day for about three years, and she became concerned Monday upon learning Wilson had not called for a pizza in three days, WMC-TV, Memphis, reported Wednesday.

Guy said she drove to Wilson's house and there was no answer when she knocked on the door and windows. She said she went to a neighbor's home and was told the woman had not been seen leaving her home.

The driver dialed 911 and police soon arrived and found Wilson had fallen Saturday and was unable to reach a phone to call for help. She was taken to St. Francis Hospital in non-critical condition.

Police said Wilson's pizza habit may have saved her life by leading to her discovery.

"She treats us really well," Guy said of Wilson. "She appreciates us, and that's something we don't get in customers a lot."

Bologna lollipops at the ballpark?

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The West Michigan Whitecaps baseball team is allowing Web site visitors to vote on potential ballpark menu items including bologna lollipops.

Officials set up an online poll at the team's Web site, web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t582, to allow visitors to vote on menu items for the 2011 season at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, a suburb of Grand Rapids.

Items on the poll, which closes March 4, include the bologna lollipop, a 5-inch diameter, 1-inch-thick slice of fried bologna on a stick, as well as a hot dog topped with duck meat and frog legs, a bacon-topped hamburger on a honey bun, a burrito containing hamburger meat with macaroni and cheese, a meat and potato parfait, a meat salad, a bacon-wrapped "Sonoran dog," and a 5,630 calorie-meal featuring spaghetti and meatballs spread on a 16-inch loaf of garlic bread.

The poll also includes one healthy dish, the "Chicks with Sticks" meal featuring fresh vegetables cut into sticks with ranch dressing or hummus for dipping.

"The Whitecaps have always provided unique food items at Fifth Third Ballpark along with the standard ballpark fare. For the second year we are letting you, the fans, help us choose a new food item to serve up for 2011," the team said on the Web site.

Woman marks 105th birthday at casinos

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A New York state woman who celebrated her 105th birthday with a gambling spree said she has no plans to let her age slow her down.

Carmella Nardolillo of Orchard Park, who turned 105 Tuesday, said she started her birthday with a glass of Tequila Rose strawberry cream liqueur and a pancake breakfast before visiting two gambling establishments in Ontario and playing craps for the first time in her life, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Wednesday.

Nardolillo's family -- including four children 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren -- said she refuses to show her age, making unannounced 1 a.m. visits to relatives after nights on the town and moving furniture by herself so she can vacuum.

"She puts life in perspective," said Nardolillo's granddaughter, Vincenne Lucci, 45. "Work hard, love your family, have faith, believe in God, and do for others. She has more wisdom than Ann Landers has in her pinky finger."

The centenarian said she is looking forward to serving as the flower girl in her great-granddaughter's April wedding.

(Source: UPI )
(Source: Quotemedia)

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