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Did cold feet lead to hot ring? Milford, Conn. (AP)—Is the wedding still on? That’s one of the unanswered questions in the case of a man who police say staged a break—in at his own home so he could sell his fiancee’s engagement ring. George Rich, 43, was charged last week with falsely reporting an incident and providing a false statement. He was released on a written promise to appear in superior court on Dec. 7. Police said Rich made the couple’s home look like a burglar had broken in and stolen jewelry, including the gold engagement ring with diamonds. Court documents show Rich pawned the items for $5,000 at the Hock It To Me shop. On Sept. 21, Rich called police to report that burglars ransacked his home and stole a gold cocktail ring and the engagement ring, both valued at $2,500. He also said a gold chain was missing. Detectives became suspicious when they noticed Rich’s name in a weekly update on pawnshop activity. Records from Hock It To Me showed that Rich pledged a gold chain and two gold rings -including the engagement ring-at the business on Sept. 14. Rich later admitted the scheme to detectives, police said. Girl sentenced to jail for cellphone Central Islip, N.Y. (AP)—A 17-year-old girl was sentenced to 21 days in jail for contempt when her cellphone rang after a judge warned everyone in the courtroom to shut off all electronic devices. Mariela Acevedo was in court on Nov. 16 when District Court Judge Salvatore Alamia issued his warning. “If you don’t know how to shut it off, go outside and introduce it to the heel of your shoe,” he said, according to a transcript reported in Newsday. When Acevedo’s phone subsequently sounded, Alamia asked the teenager, “Did you think I was playing with you?” When she told him she thought it had been turned off, the judge sentenced her to 21 days. “I know you’ve been playing with it all morning, sayonara,” he said. Acevedo returned to court the next day and pleaded guilty before Alamia to criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. The judge allowed the contempt charge to run concurrently. Drug defendant freed, cop jailed Gadsden, Ala. (AP)—A judge dismissed charges against a drug defendant and ordered a police officer to jail for five days after he allegedly lied about the reason he was late to court. Officer Shawn Griffin was supposed to be in Etowah County Circuit Court for a drug trial that began at 8 a.m. Wednesday, but he didn’t arrive until shortly before 10 a.m. Judge Allen Millican said he put Griffin under oath and asked why he was late, and Griffin responded that he had car trouble. Griffin said he couldn’t notify the court because he didn’t have a telephone, but he finally found someone who took him to another car so that he could get to court. “The story just kept getting deeper and deeper,” Millican said in a Nov. 18 interview. The judge called a brief recess for Griffin to get proof that he had car trouble. Prosecutors, however, came back and said Griffin had simply overslept. “That is perjury and I found it as such and I gave him five days in jail,” said Millican, who cited the officer for contempt of court. Police Capt. Jeff Wright said Griffin’s conduct was under investigation. “This officer has been notified that he is on administrative leave,” Wright said. Charges were dismissed against the defendant, who was accused of drug possession charges stemming from a traffic stop made by Griffin, who had been with the department more than two years.

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