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Oops — 2 arrested for arriving at jail in stolen car

Here's a tip: If you're driving to the local jail to pick up a friend who's getting released, you might want to avoid taking a stolen car.

Police in Chehalis, Wash., arrested two women for possession of a stolen vehicle Saturday night after they arrived at the Lewis County Jail in a stolen car to pick up one of their boyfriends, according to the Chehalis Chronicle newspaper.

When the women, Junette A. Short, 31, of Tacoma, and Jennifer C. Ramirez, 28, of Renton, arrived at the Lewis County Jail at about 10 p.m., a Chehalis police officer was nearby in a patrol car equipped with a device that automatically scans license plates of vehicles, Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut told the newspaper. When the car was listed as stolen, the officer contacted the women and placed them into custody. Both women also had outstanding warrants.

Here's how the paper described the rest of the evening:

When they were being booked into jail, the boyfriend was being released from jail, he said.
“As he was walking out, they were walking in,” Kaut said. “So they saw each other in passing.”
A search of the vehicle revealed mail, W-2 tax forms, Social Security numbers, fraudulent checks and other forms that are believed to have been stolen, Kaut said.

City over run by burglaries offers lock-picking class

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of a California city struggling with a spike in burglaries and other crimes is apologizing for promoting a class about how to pick locks in her newsletter.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday she understood the reaction of people who were upset about a listing for the lock-picking class. She said she will do a better job reviewing listings in the future.

The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/WsyCqq) that the class — offered through the website, workshopweekend.net — was geared toward people who misplace their keys. But it didn't go over well with some residents given the city's crime woes, including a more-than 40 percent jump in burglaries last year.

Traffic camera critic remakes PD website

BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (AP) — After a Tennessee police department let its website expire, the site was snatched up by a new owner — a man who uses it to gripe about traffic cameras that issue speeding tickets.

Computer network designer Brian McCrary says he discovered the Bluff City Police Department site was up for grabs, so he paid domain provider Go Daddy for the rights to http://www.bluffcitypd.com.

McCrary, who says he received a $90 speeding citation earlier this year, took over the site May 22.

His site now shows a smiling cartoon police badge clutching green currency. It also posts gripes from others who’ve been cited.

Police Chief David Nelson said the officer who managed the site had been on medical leave and the expiration slipped up on the department.

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