Posted by: Idioma Extra | April 28, 2010

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The Weird and the Wonderful

Montana teen fined for trying to scare 7-year-old

STEVENSVILLE, Mont. – An 18-year-old in Montana apparently thought it would be funny to yell “I’m going to kidnap you” at a 7-year-old girl, but the joke cost him a $185 fine for disorderly conduct.

The girl told police April 15 that she heard the man yell the threat from a car as she walked on a sidewalk in Stevensville. She helped police in the small town south of Missoula create a sketch, and police Chief James Marble says Justin Stockdale turned himself in Monday after seeing his likeness on flyers distributed around town.

Stockdale pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, was fined $185 and given a 10-day suspended jail sentence.

Marble says the teen apparently thought it would be funny to scare the girl but it appears he has learned a valuable lesson.

Word of the Day 

Main Entry: 1fine
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French fin, fine, from Latin finis boundary, end
Date: 13th century
1 obsolete : end, conclusion
2 : a compromise of a fictitious suit used as a form of conveyance of lands
3 a : a sum imposed as punishment for an offense
b : a forfeiture or penalty paid to an injured party in a civil action
in fine : in short

More Vocabulary 

Apparently: adv. Visibly, clearly
Kidnap: v. to seize and detain or carry away by unlawful force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom
Likeness: n. the quality or state of being like: resemblance
Plead: v. when an accused person answers a charge or indictment in criminal practice

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Check back tomorrow for phrasal verbs!

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