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A man who has been in the United States for only two weeks spends half of it in jail because of a typo. Victor Estrada, who apparently has a history of mental problems, was arrested for vandalizing a pay phone. He was booked in the Shelby County Jail as "Victor Estrata," and there he remained — lost in the system — while family members searched desperately for him. He was finally located when a picture was circulated to relatives. Welcome to America, Mr. Estrada.

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS

In an attempt to thwart car break-ins at Shelby Farms, police set up a "bait" vehicle, leaving a purse in plain view on a seat. They don't have to wait long. Thieves come along, break into the car with a screwdriver, and try to race away. When the police nab them, the cops find the thieves' car stuffed with 11 bags of marijuana. We've heard the fishing is good at Shelby Farms, but we didn't realize it was that good.

The Commercial Appeal, noting that outgoing city councilman Rickey Peete favors Janis Fullilove as his replacement, headlines the story, "Peete Likes Fullilove for His Seat." Hmmmm.

Even though she admitted to killing her husband with a shotgun, an "apologetic" Mary Winkler receives a sentence of 67 days. Women rejoice at the verdict, men are appalled, and in the meantime, it looks like poor old Paris Hilton will spend more time in jail than a convicted murderer.

The good news just keeps a'comin' from MLGW. Your hometown utility now admits that spending $30 million to buy the Memphis Networx fiber-optic firm was a mistake and hopes to unload the company to another buyer. Maybe they can sell the buyer the Hernando DeSoto Bridge while they're at it.

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