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Dumb ways lawbreakers get caught

File this column away in the “D’ya ever notice?” folder.

I’ve been writing, and many of you have been reading, what the business used to call the “police blotter” for more years than, well, more years than many of you readers have been alive.

Hometown crime has evolved somewhat over those decades. Now if you beat your wife, it isn’t “your business” anymore. Illegal substances people are caught with have transformed from moonshine to methamphetamine. In fact, I’ve seen more moonshine at Christmas parties than I ever saw seized by the authorities.

One constant remains and it has to do with what we’ll term “lack of foresight” when it comes to stupid things lawbreakers do to get themselves caught. Helping police do their job, if you will.

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These ‘early birds’ scored donuts for the coming year

Chris Adams of Macclenny really loves Krispy Kreme donuts.

So when the location on Cassat Avenue reopened on May 28 after a seven-plus-year closure, and promised free donuts to the first 100 customers, Mr. Adams had to be there.

He recruited his reluctant girlfriend, Christie Rutland, 29, to spend the night at the Krispy Kreme to ensure their place in the line for the grand opening at 6 am.

As customers number 29 and 30, they will each receive a dozen free donuts once a month for the next year. Plus, they got free T-shirts.

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BCHS junior wins team roping championship

“My heroes have always been cowboys, and they still are, it seems.”

Willie Nelson’s words certainly echo in the ears of Bradon Callen. The BCHS junior, is a cowboy himself, and a good one at that. He recently walked away with a new saddle and a state title in team roping at the Florida High School Rodeo Championships.

Callen finished with 104 points for a 15th place in the All-Around but with teammate Colton Mathews of Lakeland, he took home the team roping championship and moves on to Youth Nationals in Shawnee, Oklahoma and High School Nationals in Rock Springs, Wyoming in July.

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Andrea brings rain, but little else

The first named storm of the 2013 hurricane season, Tropical Storm Andrea, passed through late last week, dropping some 2 inches of rainfall and prompting the county to declare a state of emergency on Thursday.

The worst of the rain and wind cleared out by the weekend. BCSO emergency management director Lt. Adam Faircloth described the emergency declaration as a precautionary step and the first required to receive recovery assistance from federal authorities.

No roads were closed due to the rain, but area ditches were full.  The elevation of the St. Mary’s River rose steadily and reached 7.1 feet early Saturday before receding. The county was under a tornado warning until 10 pm Thursday, but none were reported. The emergency declaration ended Saturday.

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