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Crime time line

Shortly before his release from prison in spring 2005, Michael Damron wrote to a Bismarck judge vowing to commit an "evil act" a month against society.

Michael Damron

Shortly before his release from prison in spring 2005, Michael Damron wrote to a Bismarck judge vowing to commit an "evil act" a month against society. Prior to his arrest Wednesday for theft of $100,000 worth of construction tools and equipment, the man who cut telephone lines disrupting power for 20,000 users for a 1995 burglary, had kept a fairly low profile.

Here are some of his monthly mischievous highlights:

May 2005: Yelled "Bingo" without completing card.

July 2005: Illegally lit fireworks within city limits.

October 2005: Dressed as a Wookie, stole bags of candy from trick-or-treaters on Halloween.


November 2005: Sent out holiday greeting cards with insufficient postage.

December 2005: Cleaned out Christmas tree lot and bragged to neighbors about the "piney fresh" scent of his apartment.

April 2006: Dressed as the Easter Bunny, stole eggs before Easter egg hunt.

June 2006: Stood outside movie theaters and gave away ending to "The Da Vinci Code."

Change for mayor

TAMARAC, Fla. - Joe Schreiber isn't mayor anymore. But he wants to wear the shirt.

Problem is, city commissioners have agreed to pass a resolution prohibiting former elected officials from using the city seal without permission.

Several weeks ago, Vice Mayor Ed Portner threatened to have Schreiber removed from a city meeting for wearing his red polo shirt emblazoned with the word "mayor" and the city seal, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported July 11.


Schreiber, 83, had been a commissioner for five years and mayor for nine.

He said he would not comply with the resolution until he gets legal advice. He argued that President Clinton doesn't call himself "Former President Clinton."

Bird + snake = lights out

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A power outage that blacked out about 2,000 customers in Las Cruces is being blamed on the combination of a snake and a bird.

The customers lost their electricity Tuesday after a bird dropped a bull snake on a power line, shorting out the line, El Paso Electric Co. spokeswoman Teresa Souza said.

"I know that's weird. ... I've never heard anything like that and I've been working here for 10 years," Souza said.

She said she did not know how large the snake was, and she would not speculate on what type of bird dropped it.

Power was restored in less than an hour.


Today's Best Bet

Sketch your Journey

Kids 7 and older can bring a sack lunch and a backpack. Sketchbooks are provided for those who don't have one. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Log Cabin Gallery, 315 4th St. N. Moorhead(701) 361-6008

If there's something you'd like to see in The Rail, e-mail Features editor John Lamb at jlamb@forumcomm.com

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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