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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Cops: Pa. inmate hails cab from hospital

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies say a western Pennsylvania county jail inmate wearing an orange-and-white striped uniform tried to hail a taxi to escape from a hospital where he was taken for medical treatment. The Beaver County Times ( ) reports Tuesday that 23-year-old...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

9.5 tons of garlic stolen in Austria 

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police did not need sniffing dogs to locate this suspected heist — 9.5 tons of garlic. The Austria Press Agency says police stopped three overloaded and sagging vans about to cross into Hungary from Austria on Wednesday and found them packed...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

Ohio woman broke into house to clean 

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Cleveland say a woman who owns a cleaning service broke into a house and washed the dishes, took out the trash, and vacuumed before leaving a handwritten bill with her name on it. And police say it might...

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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

Naked unicyclist arrested in Texas

KEMAH, Texas (AP) — Police say a man arrested in a Southeast Texas city for riding his unicycle in the nude was distracting drivers and creating a hazard. Kemah police Chief Greg Rikard says 45-year-old Joseph Glynn Farley was not intoxicated or impaired when he...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2012

Judge: Buy wife flowers, then dinner

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A spat over forgetting to wish his wife a happy birthday landed a South Florida man in jail on domestic violence charges. When Judge Jay Hurley heard the circumstances that brought 47-year-old Joseph Bray to bond court Tuesday, he issued...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

This Dec. 13, 2011 photo released by the Oregon State Police shows the interior of a car driven by two men arrested Monday night after leading Oregon State Trooper Clay Core on a 100 mph chase along Interstate 5 south of Eugene, Ore., while ripping open half-pound bags and flinging marijuana buds out the window. Troopers and deputies recovered approximately 5 pounds of marijuana along the roadway and from the car. Core says that the pot was "pelting my car" as the chase continued. ( (AP Photo/Oregon State Police))

Fleeing Ore. men hurl marijuana from car

This Dec. 13 photo released by the Oregon State Police shows the interior of a car driven by two men arrested Monday night after throwing marijuana out the window during a high-speed police chase. EUGENE Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state trooper says he was...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011

Nigeria dismisses 'killer' phone number

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government is assuring people in Africa's most populous nation: a phone call can't kill you. A text message has spread across the oil-rich country in recent days, warning that people will die if they answer mobile phone calls from 09141....

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

SAfrican man wakes in morgue fridge

By NASTASYA TAY,Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African man awoke to find himself in a morgue fridge — nearly a day after his family thought he had died, a health official said Monday. Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the man awoke Sunday...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

Spain: Contortionist thief hid in suitcase

By DANIEL WOOLLS,Associated Press MADRID (AP) — A man was arrested in Spain after curling himself up inside a large suitcase that was placed in an airport bus cargo bay and sneaking out to steal from other people's luggage, police said Thursday. The man arrested...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

Pair serves pool time for rafting offense

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio couple found themselves up to their ankles in trouble for rafting on a flood-swollen river without life preservers and lying about it afterward. A judge sentenced them to stand in a tiny swimming pool while wearing life jackets...

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

'Batman' charged w/ trespassing in Mich.

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — Holy trespassing, Batman! A 31-year-old man dressed as the comic book Caped Crusader was arrested Wednesday in Petoskey after he was seen hanging from the top wall of a downtown business. The Petoskey News-Review reports officers went up on the roof...

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

DUI suspect stops for food before arrest

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a woman insisted on picking up some fast food before she allowed an officer to charge her with drunken driving. The Plain Dealer newspaper of Cleveland reports police in suburban North Royalton got a call about...

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Ohio man charged after barking at K-9

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio man has been charged with a misdemeanor for barking at a police dog. A police report says 25-year-old Ryan James Stephens was charged with teasing a police dog in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason. Officer Bradley Walker...

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Dumpster hideout prompts mental exam

A man hid in the back of a garbage truck near East Wenatchee on Tuesday, prompting authorities to take him to receive mental health treatment. The site manager of the Waste Management Land Fill, 191 S. Webb Ave.,saw the man crawl out of the back...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

Colo. woman busted for DUI after griping

DENVER (AP) — Police in a Denver suburb say a woman was arrested for drunken driving after she complained to officers about how they parked their patrol cars as they were investigating a DUI-related crash. Trevor Materasso of Westminster police told KMGH-TV that 49-year-old Katherine...

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Ohio DUI suspect drinks in front of cop

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Police in northern Ohio say a man who was asked during a traffic stop whether he'd been drinking took a swig from an open can of beer and told the officer, "Yes." According to Cleveland's WJW-TV, the Elyria police report says...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

Police: Ohio DUI suspect pulled self over

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio can't take too much credit for stopping a woman they say was drinking and driving — they say she pulled herself over. Officers in the Lake Erie town of Sandusky say the woman stopped because she thought she...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011

Giant spoon stolen in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Hey, diddle, diddle! The cat and the fiddle ... the thief ran off with the spoon? The owner of Bellingham's Fountain Bistro is hoping someone will spot a 4-foot-tall silver spoon that vanished from the restaurant over the weekend. Jill Holmes...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011

Woman accused in child support scam

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Georgia woman used a friend's baby to collect more than $1,600 in child support from an ex-boyfriend after she convinced him the child was his. Dougherty County Sheriff's Capt. Craig Dodd says Regina Thompson's ex-boyfriend paid the money...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010

Cash flying out window reveals robbers

CEDAR BLUFF, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say all they had to do to catch six bank robbery suspects was follow the money flying out the window of a speeding car.The Gadsden Times reports that a deputy spotted the red Nissan Maxima cruising down...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

Robber's getaway rig? A lawnmower

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina say a man attempted a slow getaway by lawnmower after robbing a convenience store.Aiken County sheriff's deputies told The Aiken Standard the man left the store on a riding lawnmower Thursday morning but didn't get far before...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010

Gunshot victim eats before seeking help

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say a 25-year-old Connecticut man who was shot twice after buying a sandwich at a New Haven deli went home and ate his lunch before going to the hospital.Miguel Soto said he was leaving the deli Tuesday when he...

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Joint, not cigar, celebrates baby's birth

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a new father faces drug charges because he lit up a marijuana joint, instead of a cigar, to celebrate his child's birth at a western Pennsylvania hospital.Police aren't identifying the man found smoking the pot in a designated smoking...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2010

Mug shot spotlight: the greatest ever?

This mug shot appeared on The Oregonian's website today. It's Mark David Siebenmorgen, a 46-year-old man arraigned on several charges for an alleged crime spree in the Portland area last month. He was arrested last month after an employee at Safeway reported "unsettling" comments made...

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