Summer 2000. There is a new hero in Pleasantview this morning, and her name is Demi Love. Early this morning, Love, a Patrol Officer with the Pleasantview Police Department, apprehended Jessica Ebadi at the home of Dina and Nina Caliente. Ebadi was allegedly attempting to steal a fitness machine from the Calientes’ living room.
Both Caliente sisters were at home when the attempted robbery occurred. Ebadi was not armed and did not engage in contact with the residents. “I don’t know what she was thinking,” Nina Caliente says, “Why on Earth did she think she could lift the exercise machine? Doesn’t she know how heavy that thing is? We have a computer sitting less than a ten feet away.”
Ebadi will face a charge of third-degree robbery which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. Ebadi’s sentence, if convicted, could be more severe if evidence is found that links her to other recent robberies in the Pleasantview area.
While everyone is cheering Love on for the arrest, she is careful not to toot her own horn. Love says, “I credit my success to the alarm system the Caliente sisters had installed. Ebadi barely had a foot in the door, and I was already on my way.”
Dina Caliente agrees, “That alarm system saved the day. It’s already paid for itself. It cost us $250, and the insurance company is giving us $1000 for property damages. That’s a 400% return on investment! Do you think they could let Jessica go so that she can try to steal something else? We could make a killing!”
Editor’s Note: The publisher of this newspaper does not condone insurance fraud in any form.
August 2000-Leisure Days signals the beginning of a new school year, but one student wasn’t ready to return to Sunset Valley Community School. Someone broke into the school over the Leisure Day weekend to do some interior decorating.
When the principal’s staff returned to work this week, they found the office blanketed with toilet paper. “It was a mess,” said the principal’s secretary. “I’ve never seen so much toilet paper in my life! It took us the whole day to clean it up.”
When asked if there were any leads in discovering who the vandal was, the principal said, “Our security team examined the tapes from the weekend. We did detect a figure entering and leaving the school. Unfortunately with the rain and the darkness, we weren’t able to make out who it was. The best we can determine is that it appeared to be a teen-aged boy.”
The principal vowed that the toilet paper will not be going to waste. “The vandal actually did us a favor. There’s enough toilet paper here to cover a couple of weeks, so I’m going to reduce the school’s order with our supplier.”
August 2000-The threat of heavy rain kept all but Sunset Valley’s most faithful away from the festival grounds today.
Marley Williams didn’t let the rain scare him away. “This is my daughter Malika’s first Leisure Day. We wouldn’t have missed this for the world.”
Miraj Alvi and Lawrence Lum enjoyed a water balloon fight.
Down at the beach, Clark Sauer found he had the entire ocean to himself. “I can’t believe there aren’t more Sims here. It’s Leisure Day, for Will’s sake! Where’s the community pride? I mean, it’s just rain, right? Sims act like they’ve never seen rain before.”
Back at the Festival Grounds, the annual hot dog eating contest went off without a hitch. This year’s franks were provided by Hogan’s Deep Fried Diner, conveniently located at the corner of Mirabello and Main.
VJ Alvi grinned from ear to ear while chowing down on the hot dogs. “I hate hot dogs, but I know this is killing my old man. He thinks eating pork is a sin.”
Editor’s Note: Hogan would have you know that his franks are all-beef.
Despite VJ’s enthusiasm, Pauline Wan is this year’s hot dog champion.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature made good on her threat of rain, so the fireworks display was cancelled.
Iqbal Alvi tried to shoot off one bundle of fireworks, but the rain put them out.
Mr. Alvi said, “Even though there were no fireworks, I still had a good day. I got to spend time with my sons. They are growing up so fast, and I don’t know how many more Leisure Days I will get to spend with them. That’s what these holidays are all about anyway, spending time with the Sims you love.” Well said, Mr. Alvi. Wherever Sunset Valley’s residents spent their day today, hopefully they spent it with their loved ones.
July 2000--It’s the scandal of the year! Local Representative Vita Alto has resigned over allegations that she stole money from the Community Improvement Fund. The Sunset Valley City Treasurer reported that 300,000 Simoleons of the Le Petit Shark Pool Center Fund went missing last month. Mrs. Alto’s bank records were subpoenaed last week, and someone close to the investigation revealed that Mrs. Alto received an anonymous donation last month in the same amount.
Yesterday morning, Mrs. Alto tendered her resignation at City Hall. Our reporters tried to get a statement from her, but she refused to comment. Her husband, Nick Alto, however, did agree to speak with us. “These allegations against my wife are outrageous. Vita Alto has faithfully served the Sunset Valley community for nearly two decades. Clearly, someone is jealous of her and fabricated this story.”
A confidant of the Alto family said that Mrs. Alto was devastated and could barely pull herself out of bed. Mr. Alto denied this claim. “That is utterly preposterous. Vita Alto fears no one. Vita Alto cowers to no one. She is simply resting and re-grouping.”
When asked if his recent resignation from Goth Industries had anything to do with the allegations against his wife, Mr. Alto responded, “Certainly not! I will always have fond memories of my tenure at Goth Industries, but it is time for me to move on to other endeavors.” Mr. Alto also made it clear that he is standing by his woman. “I have been and will continue to be by my wife’s side every step of the way. Vita Alto will return to the political arena, and she will be the leader of the free world one day. Mark my words.”
June 2000—Cornelia Goth has just returned from what she calls a “life-altering” trip. “I went to visit my cousins in Moonlight Falls this spring, and I learned so much about my heritage. I never realized how in tune my family is to nature.”
Her cousins, Beatrice, Belinda, and Bianca introduced her to a practice called “alchemy.” When people think of alchemy, they tend to think of someone in a pointy hat, crouched over a cauldron, plotting to turn people into toads.
Mrs. Goth says that couldn’t be further from the truth, “Alchemy is more science than hocus-pocus. By understanding how the elements that make up the many plants and minerals found in our area can benefit our body, we can develop chemical-free remedies for many of our illnesses and disorders. Cures found in nature are surely better for you than the toxins manufactured in labs.”
Alchemy is more than a hobby to Mrs. Goth. She has gone to City Hall and has registered as a licensed alchemist. “I am still learning my craft, but I hope to open up an all-natural clinic soon for those wanting an alternative to Sacred Spleen.”
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