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FBI releases bank robbery statistics

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Want to avoid being in bank when its robbed?

Then it's probably best to not visit one on a Friday. Or in the morning. In California.

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That's the day when most bank robberies occurred and between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. is the time when most crimes took place, according to FBI statistics from the last quarter of 2011.

California topped the country in bank robberies with 166; North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Maine and New Hampshire had none. (Illinois tallied 37).

The overall number violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statute were down nearly 18 percent from the same period in 2010.

During the third quarter of 2011, defined by the FBI as July 1 to Sept. 30, 1,094 violations were reported.

Most of these -- 1,081 -- were robberies, but also included burglaries, larcenies and an extortion attempt. During that same time frame in 2010, there were 1,325 violations reported.

Some other observations:

• Money was stolen in nearly nine out of 10 incidents with an average of $9,521.30 taken.

• Overall, 18 people were injured, three people killed and four hostages taken. But only one in 20 robberies got violent.

• About 30.4 percent of robberies occurred between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., with 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. the runner-up with 21.9 percent.

• About 20.8 percent of robberies occurred on a Friday, while Tuesday was second with 17.9 percent.

• The most common method of robbing a bank? Handing over a note demanding money.

For the full report, click here.

Where's the beef?

A Hinckley man recently settled a lawsuit he filed against a Wendy's restaurant at 1905 W. Wilson St., Batavia, claiming he got sick after he was served a hamburger bun that was contaminated by chemicals from a fire at a different Wendy's.

Terms were not disclosed in the court file, but the suit was dismissed "with prejudice," meaning it cannot be refiled again.

Kevin Lasswell filed suit last year, seeking more than $100,000 damages after he got sick on May, 26, 2011 after taking two bites from a triple cheeseburger that had an "odd, chemical smell."

Lasswell claimed a delivery driver for Aunt Millie's Bakeries picked up the buns from a Sycamore Wendy's after a fire there on May 21, 2011, but instead of destroying them, they were resold to the Batavia location, according to the suit filed in Kane County.

An emergency room doctor also smelled a "bleach-like odor" on the second sandwich purchased by Lasswell, and the Kane County Health Department reported four complaints from Wendy's patrons that day about food there having a chemical smell to it, the lawsuit stated.

Attorneys from the QSC Management Group, which operates the Wendy's, and Aunt Millies, did not return phone messages. Lasswell's attorney, Gary Newland, did not return phone calls either.

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