A homeless man's improbable fortune and the American dream

Timothy Yost, a 46-year-old homeless man was in jail on Tuesday in Bastrop, Texas, charged with public intoxication and criminal trespassing.   He must be feeling pretty happy, though. Within a day or two, he'll get the $77,000 he found on a riverbank last January. It consisted of 70 $100 bills and 40 gold Krugerrand coins from South Africa.   To whom did the fortune originally belong? Nobody knows. So Yost is getting the cash under Texas' finders-keepers law -- following proper legal notices and the Bastrop City Council's 6-0 vote on Tuesday -- a perfunctory decision taken, reported the Austin American-Statesman, after little discussion.   The city had been holding the fortune while detectives tried to determine the money's rightful owner or whether it was connected to a burglary or drug dealing or other criminal activity. Police drew a blank. So the proper legal notices were published -- and ran their course.   "Under common law in...(Read Full Post)