Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on February 23, 1989 · Page 3
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, February 23, 1989
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Thursday, February 23, 1989 The Arizona Republic A3 Page Three C-note evil: Bogus bills jam freeway traffic United Press International IRVINE, Calif. More than $250,000 in counterfeit bills that authorities think were tossed out by a motorist fluttered into traffic and caused more trouble than the bogus money was worth, it was reported Wednesday. The money was scattered over several miles of freeway in suburban Orange County on Monday and Tuesday, appearing as some sort of manna from heaven in the form of $ 1 00 bills, The Orange County Register said. "It was raining Benjics," said police Sgt. Ron Flathers, referring to Benjamin Franklin's visage on the bills. The newspaper said the bogus C-notes caused traffic jams .along Alton Parkway near Sand Canyon Road about 9 p.m. Monday when drivers stopped their cars to scoop them up. More than $50,000 in the fake bills was collected at that spot. A few miles away on the same road, $10,000 in bills was scattered. Tuesday morning, people driving along the San Diego Freeway near San CIcmente may have thought they had struck in rich when they encountered about $200,000 strewn on the freeway. "It was a zoo," Flathers told the paper. "People were really frothing at the mouth. "Most of it is pretty obviously counterfeit when you take a close lc at it." Police have no clues to who might have scattered the bogus money, which apparently was tossed from a car. Authorities collected more than $100,000 of the bills none of which convincingly resembles the genuine article but it is not known how much was kept by motorists. "You can rest assured that merchants throughout Orange County will be on the alert to check all hundreds," Flathers said. The U.S. Secret Service, a branch of the Treasury Department, is investigating the counterfeiting, the newspaper said. J RAQkPT ii BLUNDER What is billed as the world's largest shopping cart is perhaps too big. THe cart, which will serve as a collection basket for food donations during a car show, won't fit into Detroit's Cobo Hall. Donations for the hungry will have to be left with the 15-foot-tall cart at the door. United Press International Elderly twins die 5 hours apart United Press International CARTHAGE, Tcnn. Tommy and Turner White, twins who grew up together in the hills of Tennessee, died less than five hours apart the day after their 81st birthdays, their family said. The twins were very close, getting drafted into the Army only a month apart during World War II and both choosing farming as a livelihood. But they were "as different as night and day," their younger sister said before the twins' joint funeral Wednesday. "Turner's interests were fishing and hunting, and Tommy's was the Bible," Melissa Harris said. "Turner was a brunct, and Tommy was a blond." Tommy White, who lived in Bcthpage, died Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Nash ville, where he had been admitted with cancer nine months ago. Turner White, who lived in Pea Ridge, 10 miles cast of Carthage, died at 1 p.m. that day in the Alvin C. York Veterans Administration Medical Center in Mur-freesboro after suffering a heart attack. He had been in the hospital since November for treatment of, Alzheimer's disease. "I first got word Sunday that Tommy was dying," said Ida Thomas, the twins' older sister. "I was waiting to get further news, and my daughter came to me and said, 'More bad news, Mother. Uncle Turner died.' "It was a shock. The day before, Turner celebrated his birthday. He ate two big pieces of pie, and he was laughing and talking and feeling fine. The next morning, he was gone." They Said It "I kind of fell in love with a lobster, I decided I wanted to keep him for a pet." Suzanne Brown of Tacoma, Wash., who had planned to serve a VA -pound Maine lobster to her husband, Dave, for a Valentine's Day dinner. She presented her husband with the $14 catch wrapped in newspaper, a valentine attached. But when it came time to drop it into the boiling water, Suzanne proved to be softer skinned than her hard-shelled prey. WWII letters last of attic's cache to be delivered The Associflted Press WASHINGTON Two letters from a World War II flier later killed in action over Italy were delivered to the serviceman's brother Wednesday, 45 years after they were written. The letters from Sgt. Clarence F. Smith were the last of 235 pieces of wartime mail to be delivered after their discovery in an attic in Raleigh, N.C., in 1986. The Postal Service spent 30 months tracking down the servicemen or their relatives to deliver the letters. Postmaster General Anthony Frank presented the letters to Norman T. Smith of Henderson, Md., in a ceremony marking the completion of the deliveries. Clarence Smith had written them to his mother and a friend. "Thanks to the efforts of many caring people veterans, reporters and postal employees at all levels we were able to find Sergeant Smith's brother and to return these last letters from World War II," Frank said. Clarence Smith's letters and those from 91 other servicemen were discovered by an exterminator inspecting the attic of the home of an elderly woman. The letters were in an old Army duffel bag that had been stashed in the attic by (he woman's nephew. The letters were written in May 1944 by GIs bound for Algeria aboard the troop ship USS Caleb Strong, the Postal Service said. A homcbound serviceman had promised to mail the letters for the GIs but never did. Smith's letters were the hardest to deliver, the Postal Service said, because Smith is a common name and investigators did not have his full name. In addition, some of his military records apparently had been destroyed in a fire at the Federal Records Center in St. Louis. The Postal Service sought help from another veteran, Pierre J.J. Kennedy of the 781st Bombardment Squadron Association, who located information about Smith through the National Archives' listing of air crews reported missing in World War II. He found that Smith, a tail gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress, was killed in action when his plane was shot down over Verona, Italy, on July 6, 1944. He located Smith's mother's old address in Philadelphia and, through neighbors, learned of Smith's brother. T on FAIL SELECTED STYLES IN MISSES, PETITES AND WOMEN'S WORLD SIZES FROM THESE FAMOUS MAKERS: tmk M if iiX MiMH 111 ill Hw WMw k nA g 1 If J fr&hM$A - I h L0MMMwAf ft III w 1 i Vf w YT1 r- I V f I Selection vanes by store. ! XjfAWife'j "'fel SV.y I Lim,.ed to stock on hand. 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