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Curses, Foiled Again Robert E. Dendy, 59, dropped off a Christmas wreath at police headquarters in Tonawanda, N.Y., explaining it was a token of appreciation for the officers on duty. Believing that Dendy could not have afforded the wreath, suspicious officers called the supermarket next door to see if one had been stolen. According to the police report, store officials “stated that the wreaths were kept outside and that they did not recently sell any.” The Tonawanda News reported that officers confronted Dendy, who admitted to stealing the wreath. He also had at least 26 other items thought to have been taken from another nearby store.

• When a 29-year-old man showed up at a police station in Jackson, Mich., for a background check required by the company where he was applying for a job, the computer system showed he was wanted on a domestic-violence charge. Deputy Police Chief John Holda told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that, while searching the man, an officer found several rocks of cocaine.

Technology Follies Three Norwegian tourists cut short their vacation after they got lost returning from a Brazilian beach resort, and the satellite navigation system in their rental car directed them to turn off a main highway as the quickest route back to the airport to drop off their rental car. Instead, they fo