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Weird National Briefs (12/13/2017)

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Wheels of justice

BOISE, Idaho - Authorities say a man upset with the court system tried to crash a car into the courthouse in downtown Boise, Idaho.

The Ada County Sheriff’s office says the man drove toward the courthouse in the state’s capital city Sunday morning.

Authorities say 37-year-old Jonathan Joseph Locksmith apparently made it onto the courthouse plaza in the car, spinning it around in a “doughnut” before landing it in a fountain.

There were no injuries reported.

Locksmith has been arrested on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge and is now in jail.

It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

The sheriff’s office says Locksmith told a passerby that he was upset with the court system and wanted to be arrested to go back to jail.

TME – Ball’s in your court now, Ada County – and so is that car.

Pacified pooch

EDMOND, Okla. - An Oklahoma mother and father couldn’t figure out what was happening to their child’s pacifiers until the baby’s grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.

One nauseous pooch and a trip to their veterinarian’s office confirmed the couple’s hunch: Dovey had 21 pacifiers lodged in her stomach.

The couple told the veterinarian Dovey had slowed her eating and was vomiting for a few days, but other than that, they thought she seemed fine.

KFOR-TV reports that at first, the veterinarian thought there were only seven to nine pacifiers in Dovey’s stomach, but the surgery proved otherwise.

Dovey is on the mend and has already gone home.

The veterinarian cautioned pet owners in a recent Facebook post that “dogs will eat anything, anytime and at any age.”

TME – Poor little sucker.

Foolproof planning

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Police say a getaway car ran out of gas after an armed robbery near Atlanta, leading to the speedy arrest of two suspects.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera says 18-year-old Najee Logan and 21-year-old Justin Larry were charged with armed robbery after their arrest early Tuesday after officers found the car on empty.

Pihera’s statement says the victim surrendered a wallet to two men at gunpoint in a grocery store parking lot about 1 a.m. Tuesday in a greater Atlanta suburb. Police say officers found the car about 15 minutes later with Logan and Larry inside.

Both men were jailed, and police didn’t say if they have lawyers.

Pihera says it’s fortunate the victim wasn’t hurt, chalking up the arrests to what she called “poor planning” by the suspects.

TME – Maybe rob a gas station next time?

Toughest ticket in town

MIAMI - It’s a good time to be a bad driver in Florida’s most populous county.

The Miami Herald reports that Miami-Dade County police officers are rationing the paper tickets they issue as the department awaits a new electronic system next month. County officials didn’t want to order new paper tickets and then have leftovers.

Department officials concede that means only the worst of the worst traffic scofflaws are getting tickets.

Maj. Hector Llevat told the paper, “officers are using their discretion.”

Officers told the paper they are down to their last ticket book, which contain 25 citations.

TME – Florida Man: “No traffic tickets? Hold my beer.”

Lactose larceny

LONDON, Ky. - Authorities say a homeowner found an unknown Kentucky man in his kitchen, drinking milk and eating ice cream.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release announcing that 24-year-old Joshua Hampton was arrested Friday at a home south of London. Deputies responding to a complaint of a burglary in progress were told by the homeowner that he had been upstairs when he heard his dog barking, and came down to find Hampton in his house.

The homeowner said he didn’t know Hampton and deputies determined he’d unlawfully entered the home.

Hampton is charged with second-degree burglary. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

TME – Anyone else wish this had happened on a Sunday?

Poor pot spot

NORTHPORT, N.Y. - Authorities say a woman arriving at a Long Island court to answer a marijuana possession summons was smoking pot when she parked her vehicle in the local police chief’s spot.

Newsday reports that the 26-year-old woman had been ticketed in May for unlawful possession of marijuana. Police say she was arriving for her court appearance in Northport on Monday night when she cut off an unmarked police car in the parking lot while talking on her cellphone.

Police say she then pulled into the parking spot clearly marked as reserved for the village’s police chief, Bill Ricca. He says when the officers asked the woman to roll down her window, pot smoke billowed out.

Police issued the woman another appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana. She was also ticketed for using her cellphone while driving.

TME – At least she found the station – not easy when you’re high and on the phone.

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