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Cafeteria accepts counterfeit lunch money

Someone paid for their meal at the Austin High School cafeteria with a counterfeit $20 bill, police said Tuesday.

Staff members accepted the bill during lunch Sept. 19, and later discovered the bill was counterfeit when they took the deposit to the bank, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

"They didn't know who had given it, and it's very possible that whoever had it didn't realize it was counterfeit either," Mathews said.

— Seth Burkett

Police: Woman wrecks car, reports it stolen

A woman faces charges for reporting her car stolen after she wrecked it and ran, Decatur police said Tuesday.

Crystal Dawn Burns, 38, of 1218 Seton Ave. S.E. reported her car stolen to police Sep. 14 at about 7: 20 a.m.

But a witness recognized Burns as the driver who fled the scene after wrecking with a parked vehicle on Seventh Avenue Southeast near Eighth Street at about 2 that morning, said Detective George Silvestri.

Police obtained warrants and arrested Burns on Monday on charges of filing a false report with law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident.

Silvestri said police vigorously prosecute those who file false reports. A conviction can result in up to a year of jail time and $2,000 in fines plus court costs, he said.

— Seth Burkett

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