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In May, in Rensselaer, N.Y., and in June, in Bluefield, W.Va., two men, noticing that police were investigating nearby, became alarmed and fled out of fear of being arrested — since both were certain that there were active warrants out on them.
Nicholas Volmer, 21, eventually “escaped” into the Hudson River and needed to be rescued, but the police were after someone else, and no warrant was on file against him.
Arlis Dempsey Jr., 32, left his three kids on the street in Bluefield to make a run for it before police caught him, but he was not wanted for anything, either.
Both men, however, face new charges — trespassing for Volmer, and child endangerment for Dempsey.
You can’t call
this ‘dirt cheap’
The New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter achieved his milestone 3,000th major league hit in July, and Steiner Sports Marketing of New Rochelle, N.Y., was ready, in partnership with the Yankees and Major League Baseball.
Dozens of items from the game were offered to collectors, including the bases — $7,500 each; 30 balls used during the game — $2,000 each, unsigned; and even Jeter’s sweaty socks — $1,000.
Steiner had also collected five gallons of dirt, under supervision, to assure authenticity, and uberfans can buy half-ounce containers of clay walked upon by Jeter during the game from the shortstop area and the right-hand batter’s box — for a not-dirt-cheap $250 each.
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