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GOOD INTENTIONSKevin Carter, 21, and Michael Harrison, 26, were charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder and armed robbery at a jewelry store a Boynton Beach, Fla. The men reportedly planned the job because they needed $2,500 so they could pay the tuition at the Palm Beach Community College police academy. "He actually said, 'I guess I can't become a police officer now,'" Detective Ray Schilke said after interviewing Carter.Police in Fort Pierce, Fla., charged Richard Dorsey, 19, with robbing a grave when they found bones in the trunk of his car. Dorsey explained that he needed the bones to measure for a coffin he was building that he planned to use for Halloween, but when he went to return the bones a few days later, the grave had been filled in.CURSES, FOILED AGAINA London gang planning to rob an armored car decided one of them should dress as a woman pushing a baby's stroller, then surprise the security staff dropping cash off at a store while the rest of the gang appeared. The plan failed because the man's disguise was so convincing that builders working on a nearby site whistled and made suggestive remarks at what they took to be a tall blonde woman. Incensed, the man pulled out a shotgun to silence them, alerting the security guards, who fled.RANK HAS ITS PRIVILEGECharlene Sykes, the mayor of Madison, Ark., was charged with taking advantage of her check-signing authority to write herself city checks. State police said Sykes took the money because she believed she deserved a $10,100 raise.WHY THEY CALL IT DOPEPolice in northern Poland arrested 12 men who were digging up a road. They explained they had heard a rumor that it had been built with confiscated hashish.Four juveniles in Sanger, Texas, including the police chief's son, were accused of breaking into a funeral home to steal embalming fluid, which they intended to dip cigarettes in and smoke. According to the authorities, when the youths couldn't find any embalming fluid, they cut the finger off a corpse and tried to smoke it to draw out the fluid.Police in Layfayette, Ind., arrested Michele G. Phebus, 27, and Tony A. Phebus, 29, after the couple fell asleep at a fast-food restaurant drive-through window between the microphone and the pick-up window. A search of the couple's car turned up marijuana butts in the car and a brick of marijuana in the trunk.Police in East Providence, R.I., found Brian K. Costa, 27, asleep at the wheel in the middle of an on-ramp to Henderson Bridge with five bags of cocaine in his lap.STUPID IS AS STUPID DOESAnchorage, Alaska, requested an exemption from an Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring cities to remove at least 30 percent of "organic waste" from incoming sewage before treating it. Officials pointed out that the city had so little organic waste to begin with that its sewage before treatment was cleaner than most cities' sewage after treatment. The EPA, nevertheless, insisted that the city comply with the rule, forcing it to have to pay fish processors to dump unused fish parts into city sewer so there would be enough organic waste to remove.Stockholm's police college had to cancel a lesson on dealing with drunk drivers because half the trainee officers had been out drinking the night before and officials doubted they had sobered up enough to drive. "Three of the lads said that they had drunk six or seven strong beers each," said academy head instructor Krister Nyberg. "We must have limits. You can't be at the police academy while smelling of alcohol."The Hong Kong Stock Exchange censured and fined the Great Honest Investment brokerage firm for charging clients less than the exchange's minimum 0.25 percent commission on transactions. After announcing the $1,900 fine, the exchange printed the censure in Hong Kong newspapers, explaining that Great Honest's generous conduct was "injurious to the character and interests and prejudicial to the objects of the exchange."When people living near Hong Kong Stadium objected to a planned rock concert because of the noise, concert organizers offered to accommodate them by handing out 17,500 pairs of gloves to audience members to muffle their applause.British Rail announced plans to harness some of its employees to posts 6 to 9 feet from railroad tracks to determine how close maintenance workers could safely work to trains traveling up to 140 mph. No BR workers volunteered, but, according to a spokesperson, more than 50 members of the public called to offer their services, including one caller who termed the experiment "the railway equivalent of bungee-jumping."German police arrested more than 60 people involved in a telephone sex ring. The suspects reportedly obtained large sums from telephone companies for providing a service that tricked callers into spending $260 million a year thinking they were talking live to telephone sex partners. Actually, up to 80 percent of the so-called conversations were pre-recorded.Paul Brennan III, 24, persuaded police in New Britain, Conn., to let him set up a can next to a picture of a rescue boat at the police station to raise money for state lifeguards. About 50 officers donated $59 before officials learned that Brennan had been arrested 13 times for fraud and ordered by the state to stop soliciting donations. Police arrested him when he stopped by the station to collect the money.Police in Bakersfield, Calif., chased two suspects in a liquor store robbery 25 miles to Lamont, where one of the men pulled a gun. Before the suspect could fire, officers shot him in the arm and leg. The wounded man's weapon turned out to be a toy pistol.

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