A N D E R S O N, S.C. — Airing your dirty laundry is one thing. A South Carolina woman is learning the hard way that selling it is quite another.
Christine Vetter, 21, of Central, S.C., pleaded guilty last week to federal charges of mailing used underwear and worse over a Web site catering to perverse fetishes.
Vetter admitted in federal court to selling her soiled underthings, used feminine hygiene products, used condoms, sex aids and food items covered with bodily fluids to customers over the Internet. Vetter sold the items on her Web site "blondestrippergirl.com" from November 2000 to March 2002 while she was a Clemson University student, prosecutors said. The site has been shut down.
South Carolina U.S. Attorney Strom Thurmond Jr., filed charges against Vetter under a rarely used federal law that prohibits "mailing indecent and filthy substances."
"I don't know of anyone that has been prosecuted under this statute before," said Thurmond's spokesman Scott Schools.
Vetter faces up to five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
Vetter's site came to the attention of authorities when U.S. Postal Service agents spotted a letter addressed to her with a label saying it contained child pornography.
Inspectors found that the envelope did not actually contain child porn, and determined that the sender was a disgruntled customer of Vetter's Web site.
Postal service agents obtained records showing Vetter made 225 Web site sales averaging about $40 each from customers throughout the United States.
Cops: Pizzeria Offered Pot Pies
S O U T H L E B A N O N, Ohio — For a Chubby's Pizza in South Lebanon, requesting "special seasonings" meant more than just getting some extra garlic and oregano — it meant getting some pot with your pie.
David Kilpatrick was arrested July 2 for allegedly running a marijuana operation from the pizzeria, where he has worked for 17 years.
Officials from the Warren County Drug Task Force said Kilpatrick was arrested following an undercover investigation that last more than six months.
"The investigation began after there had been several complaints about drug trafficking," said John Burke, Warren County Drug Task Force commander. "People in the neighborhood knew about the drug sales for several years, and we started getting anonymous complaints."
According to police, customers who specifically requested "special seasonings" for their pizza were sold marijuana along with their slices and pies. The marijuana would be placed inside hoagie bags and given to the customer after they uttered the alleged password for pot.
Authorities say Kilpatrick sold marijuana to undercover agents on at least three different occasions. Burke said it was hard to say how much money Kilpatrick's operation generated but estimated that he sold one or two ounces of marijuana a day.
Kilpatrick was released after posting bail and could face a maximum of one year in prison.
Authorities are still investigating whether Kilpatrick had help in the alleged marijuana sales and whether his employers knew about or were involved in his activities.
The owner of Chubby's Pizza has denied any previous awareness of the pot pie operation.
Cops: 911 Caller Demands Cash, Gets Cuffs
G A I N E S V I L L E, Fla., — A man who called Alachua County's 911 system more than 1,000 times didn't exactly have an emergency, but he did apparently have a desperate need for $15 million, or at least a new car, police said.