Wis. man accused of tagging jail cells

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A man who faces sentencing on graffiti violations now faces another accusation – that he tagged his jail cells, too.

Troy Lee Mosby placed his signature “Syrup” tag on the walls, beds, tables, locker and mirrors of six cellblocks at the Milwaukee County House of Correction, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday.

Mosby, 20, of Wauwatosa, was scheduled for sentencing Friday on 14 misdemeanor graffiti counts. Instead, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Paul Van Grunsven adjourned the matter to April 21 so Mosby has time to answer the new accusation.

Alpaca owner demands truth

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – A barnyard soap opera that arose over an alpaca’s paternity is now in court amid demands for the woolly critter’s real father to step forward.

Cathy Crosson wants the owners of an Illinois breeding farm to disclose which of its male alpacas sired the year-old offspring of her prized female, Peruvian Lily of the Incas.

She filed a lawsuit last week in Monroe Circuit Court, alleging breach of contract and accusing Likada Farms of Wayne, Ill., of improperly breeding Peruvian Lily and then refusing to identify the offspring’s father.

Without the male’s name, Crosson said she can’t register or sell the young alpaca.

Carrier jailed for hoarding mail

LONDON (AP) – A mailman who hoarded thousands of letters and parcels at his home because his mailbag was too heavy to carry was jailed for four months.

Christopher Meek, 19, admitted hoarding 13,819 postal items, saying he had taken them home because his bag was too heavy to carry.

He was arrested in December after the Royal Mail received complaints from people who had not received Christmas gifts sent through the mail, prosecutors told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court in northern England.

Meek opened more than 1,400 of the items and stole the contents, including compact disks and DVDs, jewelry and gift vouchers, prosecutors said.

“When he was interviewed he denied any wrongdoing, saying the work was too heavy and he had always intended returning the mail,” said prosecutor Paul Herron. “He admitted spending the money he had stolen and giving other items away.”

Meek’s lawyer, Peter Thubron, said his client – who is short and slight – had struggled to carry his mailbag and had taken the mail items home to deliver later but then let the situation get out of control.

Magistrate Alex Hendry told Meek he had “brought unhappiness to a lot of people.”