Diamond rign found in fudge
A woman whose diamond ring vanished while she was making fudge for a bake sale was despondent after scouring her home and finding no sign of it.
But Linda Vancel recently got a sweet surprise: A relative of the woman who bought the fudge found the ring when he bit into a piece of the candy.
"It's a very sentimental ring," Vancel said of the white gold ring her mother, who died 15 years ago, wore for 50 years before passing it on.
Linda Rhoades bought the fudge during a bake sale in West Lafayette. She took some of it to her sister-in-law's father, Charles "Red" Matson, in hopes of cheering him up after recent health problems.
When Matson snacked on a piece of the fudge, he bit into something hard - the ring.
Rhoades said Matson called her and said, "Well, Linda, it's got chocolate all over it, but it doesn't look adjustable. It's got a stone that's really shiny."
Vancel said she had looked all over her home, even dumping the trash can on the kitchen floor to sort through the rubbish for the ring. Finally she thought to track down Rhoades and sent her a long-shot e-mail, which Rhoades returned as soon as she got back from vacation.
"It renews your faith in people," Vancel said. "Sometimes there's so much negative in the world, to hear a story like this is reassuring."
They are not as loaded as Leona Helmsley's dog, but three Maryland canines are plenty rich enough to live the good life.
The dogs - named Buckshot, Katie and Obu-Jet - inherited US$400,000 and a house in Hagerstown with the death last year of owner Ken Kemper. Altogether, their estate is worth about US$800,000.
The beagle and two Labrador mixes were strays when Kemper adopted them. They now live at their house with caretaker Roy Grady.
They might not be aware of their wealth, but they do know that on one night a week Grady treats them to spaghetti dinner, with meatballs and garlic bread.
They also get top-notch health care. When Katie got out of the yard last summer and was hit by a car, she made 40 visits to a veterinarian's office to mend her broken legs and hip. The bill was close to US$6,000.
Helmsley's dog, a pampered but reportedly ill-tempered Maltese named Trouble, inherited US$12 million from the late hotelier. But unlike that pooch, Kemper's pets seem content romping in their yard.
The executor of Kemper's estate, longtime friend Karin Anderson, said that when the dogs die, she will probably donate the remainder of the estate to an animal charity because that is what Kemper would have wanted.
Don't steal GPS
AMITYVILLE, New York
Police arrested a man on suspicion of stealing a GPS receiver after the device apparently gave him away.
Amityville police say they stopped the 33-year-old man early Saturday after they spotted him trying to ride a bicycle while carrying several items, including a car GPS unit.
Police say the cyclist gave evasive answers to questions, and when the officer pressed the home button on the GPS, the unit displayed a nearby address. The resident of that home told police the device was his.
Fallon gets hitched
LOS ANGELES, California
Comedian Jimmy Fallon, a longtime performer on the TV show "Saturday Night Live," and movie producer Nancy Juvonen were married in the Caribbean, a publicist announced Saturday.
Fallon, 33, and Juvonen, 40, were married in a December 22 ceremony on Necker Island "with family and close friends in attendance," said a statement from Ina Treciokas. It was the first marriage for both.
Necker Island is a private island retreat in the British Virgin Islands developed as a luxury resort by British billionaire Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.
No other details were released.
Fallon joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 1998.
Diamond rign found in fudge