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It's all about the Lincolns

A Rhode Island man using counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at a Target store made a monumental mistake.

The bills had a picture of President Lincoln on them. Real $100 bills have Benjamin Franklin's face on the front. Lincoln's portrait appears on $5 bills.

On three consecutive days, Dana Leland, 29, went to a Target in Attleboro, Mass., and allegedly purchased socks and other items with the counterfeit bills, then left the store with the change, police said.

Squeeze play

A University of Rhode Island student who was trying to cut through an alley had to be rescued after becoming wedged between two buildings.

An eyewitness said he heard the woman's cries for help.

"We were walking by and heard someone say, 'Help me! I'm suffocating'," Dan LaPlante told WPRI-TV.

They thought the voice was coming from a trash bin, but when it was rolled away, they found the woman wedged between two buildings, less than a foot apart.

Rescue crews used saws and other heavy tools to breach the second building, and after an hour, they were able to free Courtney Malloy, of Cheshire, Conn.

Malloy appeared to be intoxicated and couldn't recall how she became trapped. She later told reporters that she was cutting through an alley when she got stuck.

Doogie Howser, Fake M.D.

The Florida teen convicted of impersonating a physician's assistant and practicing medicine without a license was sentenced to a year in jail.

The attorney for Matthew Scheidt, 18, said her client was an overachiever motivated by fantasy, not malicious intent.

Investigators said Scheidt administered CPR on a hospital patient. Scheidt's attorneys argued it was the hospital's fault, since Scheidt was given the wrong hospital identification.

The Osceola teen burst into tears when the verdict was read at the August trial. Scheidt still faces charges for impersonating a police officer.

- Scott McCabe

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Scott McCabe

Staff Writer - Crime
The Washington Examiner