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 V.25 No.51 | December 22 - 28, 2016 

Odds & Ends

Odds and Ends

Dateline: Poland

London’s Daily Mail reports on the case of a 25-year-old Polish man who “died” after consuming too much vodka, woke up in the morgue hours later and went back to the bar for round two. The man, identified by Polish media only as “Kamil,” was allegedly indulging in his favorite spirit in the southwestern town of Kamienna Góra. After overindulging at a local pub, the man went outside and collapsed from cardiac arrest. Several people called for help and tried to revive him. Kamil was reportedly taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead. His body was moved to the morgue and placed in a refrigerated drawer. Later that day a guard at the hospital heard strange noises coming from the refrigerated room. “I was sure it was a burglary. Young people sometimes break into the morgue,” the guard told Polish media. “But the sounds came from the refrigerators. With shaking hands, I opened the doors, and there I found a naked corpse who asked me for a blanket.” Police were called and doctors once again examined the man, who now seemed much less dead. After the medical checkup, Kamil asked to be released. On the way home he allegedly stopped off at the pub to continue drinking with his friends.

Dateline: Ghana

Ghanaian authorities say they have busted a fake US embassy in the capital city of Accra—after it spent a mere 10 years issuing passports. Until it was shut down earlier this year, the embassy was housed in a two-story pink building with a corrugated iron roof. According to Al Jazeera, a US flag flew outside the building and a portrait of President Barack Obama hung inside. However, “it was not operated by the United States government, but by figures from both Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings and a Ghanaian attorney practicing immigration and criminal law,” the US State Department said in a statement released earlier this month. Turkish citizens, who spoke both English and Dutch, posed as consular officers and staffed the facility, which had allegedly been operating for “about a decade.” The crime ring issued fraudulently obtained but legitimate US visas and false identification documents, including birth certificates, at a cost of $6,000 each. When the ersatz embassy was raided, authorities recovered authentic and counterfeit Indian, South African and Schengen Area (European) visas and 150 passports from 10 different countries. “The criminals running the operation were able to pay off corrupt officials to look the other way, as well as obtain legitimate blank documents to be doctored,” the government statement said. According to Al Jazeera, the fake embassy was open three mornings a week and did not accept walk-in appointments.

Dateline: Pennsylvania

Jamal Goodwin, 25, is accused of robbing a bank outside Philadelphia and leaving behind a staggeringly large chain of clues for police to follow. According to the district attorney, Goodwin checked himself out of a Chester County drug-and-alcohol rehab center on Monday, Dec. 12, took a cab to the Malvern Federal Savings Bank—located some 25 miles west of Philadelphia—handed the teller a note and disappeared with more than $5,000 worth of stolen cash. Unfortunately, Goodwin wrote his note demanding “all the money” and saying he had a firearm on the back of his rehab discharge papers. Goodwin then left the bank with $5,110 and got back into the cab to escape. The teller he robbed was able to tell police he left in a Main Line Taxi Co. cab. After exiting the cab at his home in Philadelphia, Goodwin apparently left behind a gym bag with $2,700 in it. The bag had a tag with Goodwin’s name written on it. In addition, the robber forgot his wallet, which contained his driver’s license and an identification card. Also in the car were two sweatshirts, which a bank teller identified as the ones the robber was wearing. On top of all that, Goodwin left his discharge papers from the Malvern Institute with all his information and roughly a quarter page torn away. That missing quarter page later turned out to match exactly the piece of paper given to the teller at the Malvern Federal Savings Bank. Police were able to talk to the driver of the Main Line Taxi Co. cab, who told them exactly where he took Goodwin. Goodwin was arrested on Tuesday. At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of heroin, cocaine and about $1,000 of the bank’s money. He has been charged with robbery, theft and related charges.

Compiled by Devin D. O'Leary. Email your weird news to devin@alibi.com.
 

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