Odds and Ends: Boy Scout finds, returns wallet containing $800

By The Associated Press

DORR, Mich. – When an 11-year-old Boy Scout found someone’s wallet with $800 inside, he understood what the person who lost it was going through.

Only a few weeks before, he had lost his own wallet and the $45 it contained.

J.R. Bouterse immediately told an adult about his discovery, which was turned over to a law-enforcement official and returned to its grateful owner.

“We’re just so proud of him,” said the boy’s mother, Michelle Bouterse, 41. “We can’t say enough.”

To reward the boy, the Michigan State Police threw a pizza party for the law-abiding child Monday night.

Another guest at the party, to J.R.’s surprise, was 20-year-old Jessica Cutler, the wallet’s owner.

“I can’t believe someone would find a wallet with that much money in it and not take some,” she said. “A lot of people maybe wouldn’t have done that same thing. I’m just glad he found it and not someone else.”

J.R. found the wallet a little more than a week ago while leaving a Scout meeting at the church.

“I knew exactly how she felt,” he said.

Not exactly: His own wallet has not been returned to him.

Chilean suburb offers free Viagra to senior citizens

SANTIAGO, Chile – A working class suburb of Chile’s capital began handing out free Viagra to senior citizens on Wednesday.

Lo Prado Mayor Gonzalo Navarrete said he launched the program because “an active sexuality improves the overall quality of life.”

About 1,500 residents of the working-class area are eligible to receive as many as four pills of the erectile dysfunction drug each month, the mayor said. They have to be at least 60 and be registered with the municipality’s health service.

“A doctor will have to certify that they suffer from erectile dysfunction and that their condition would not put them in danger of suffering cardio-respiratory side effects,” Navarrete told The Associated Press by telephone. He said he has assured about US$10,000 (_6,400) in financing for the program through the end of the year.

Some government insurance plans in the United States and elsewhere provide Viagra, but Lo Prado hands the 50mg pills out free, with no membership in any public or private insurance plan required.

Navarrete said some other mayors in the Santiago area, which includes 34 municipalities, have told him they plan similar programs.

Navarrete said he did not know how many pills had been distributed so far.