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Duct Tape Bandit Among Kentuckians Making Weird News In 2007

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A would-be robber accused of wrapping his head in duct tape to hide his identity found himself in a sticky spot when a liquor store employee tackled and held him until police arrived.

Police said the so-called Duct Tape Bandit claimed to have a knife when he walked into Shamrock Liquors in Ashland in September, hoping to find easy money. Instead he may have found the one thing duct tape isn't good for.

In another of the stranger stories that competed for headlines in Kentucky in 2007, a western Kentucky public school teacher got into trouble when she allegedly sent text messages asking to buy marijuana to the wrong cell-phone address. Trooper Trevor Pervine was at his wife's birthday dinner in February when his cell phone began buzzing with the errant requests.

Pervine initially thought the messages were from friends playing a joke. They weren't. When the teacher arrived at a designated meeting place, she found troopers waiting to arrest her.

In another weird Kentucky crime story, a man wearing a ski mask held up an Ashland ice cream store with a chrome-plated stapler. Ashland Police Capt. Don Petrella said he didn't know whether the robber planned to shoot staples or use the device as a blunt instrument if he didn't get the cash, but it didn't come to that because employees handed over the money. A short time later, police took a suspect into custody.

In one south-central Kentucky town, an alleged trespasser met his match in 82-year-old Venus Ramey, a former Miss America.


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