CALIFORNIA — Checkpoints are becoming part of the scenery in many parts of the country. Excuses for blocking roads range from catching drunks, to finding drugs, to catching illegal immigrants, to just simply making people show their papers in order to continue down the road. In California, they employ daily checkpoints to catch polluters.
CHICKEN, AK — A group of gold miners working in the remote Alaskan wilderness were shocked when they saw eight members of a well-armed gang emerge from the forest pointing shotguns at them. The gang was wearing body armor and claimed to be the police. Why were these shotgun-toting men swarming their job site? A water cleanliness check.