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July 10, 2013

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Friendly neighborhood Spider-Vandal

CINCINNATI - Authorities in Cincinnati have arrested a man who they say was vandalizing a high school while wearing only Spider-Man underwear. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it happened early Sunday when a suspect used rocks to break several windows at Moeller High School, crawled in one of the windows and sprayed fire extinguishers around the building. 

Hamilton County sheriff's deputies say 23-year-old Thomas Williams was wearing Spider-Man underwear when he was arrested. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Kenwood man was charged with felony vandalism and breaking and entering.

Police reports gave no explanation for Williams' attire. 

Williams was still in jail Monday morning. Online records didn't indicate if he had an attorney. 

TME With great underwear comes great responsibility.

Michigan summers are the pits

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. - Matt 'BB Gun' Krause won his first-ever International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship on Saturday, returning the crown to a family that has dominated the annual competition in southwestern Michigan for four decades. 

Krause was crowned the most 'spit-tacular' competitor at the championship event held at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, just north of the Indiana border. 

But to be the champ, the 30-year-old Krause first had to beat out a competitive field that included fellow family members, who also were former champions. Krause's father, Rick 'Pellet Gun' Krause, and older brother, Brian 'Young Gun' Krause, had won 24 of the previous 39 championships. 

But Matt's 41 foot-six-and-a-half-inch launch was enough to claim the crown for the Dimondale resident. 

Matt's win made it 25 of 40 for the Krauses since owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament in 1974 as a lark - but also to mark the region's tart cherry harvest. 

TME But really, who gives a spit?

The Dark Knight Robs

PUEBLO, Colo. - A 16-year-old boy wearing a Batman shirt and mask broke into a building at the Colorado State Fair, then turned himself in to police after seeing his likeness on the news. 

The Pueblo Chieftain reported that the boy is one of three accused of breaking into the Fair's VIP building early Thursday. The trio took televisions, a laptop and an empty cash register. 

The suspects managed to lock themselves in the building and had to break out. 

KRDO-TV aired surveillance video of the suspect dressed as Batman. After the video aired, the boy turned himself in to police. Authorities plan to seek charges including burglary and criminal mischief. 

The boy wasn't named because of his age. Police were still seeking the other two suspects.

TME You'd think the one dressed as Robin would be easier to identify. 

Drive-thru dough

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - That was no burrito. 

Three people who ordered food at a Taco Bell drive-thru in western Michigan got something more valuable: $3,600 in cash. 

A Taco Bell employee mistakenly passed the cash to the trio instead of their food Saturday. The money was returned a short time later. 

Kennidi Rue told WZZM-TV and that she and two friends thought about keeping the money but decided they would feel guilty if they didn't return it. Grand Rapids police Capt. Jeff Hertel confirmed the incident, saying an officer was called to assist. 

'I thought it was joke,' said Rue, 18, of Holland, Mich. 'I thought we were on camera. ... The store manager literally just burst out in tears. She was so happy we brought it back.' 

The money was in a store bag for deposit at a bank. A message seeking comment was left with Taco Bell. 

Rue, boyfriend Grant Kruse, 20, and another friend, Luke Postma, 25, got their meal when they returned the money. Kruse and Postma are National Guard members who were in Grand Rapids for training. 

TME The temptation to run for the border must have been intense.

Weapon of choice

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Police are searching for a man they say used a weed whacker to rob a Las Cruces convenience store. 

Investigators say the man posing as a landscaper walked into a Check `N Go store Saturday night and demanded money. 

Police say the unidentified man, wearing a blue jump suit, gloves, a mask and a khaki fisherman's bucket hat, then fled from the scene. According to police, the suspect was carrying a string trimmer, or weed-whacker, which he threatened to use as a weapon. 

No arrests have been made. 

TME Please tell us he said 'Hand over the money and nobody gets whacked!'

Bad call, bro

ALTOONA, Pa. - Police say a suspect's phone call from a convenience store telephone helped them to charge him with stealing $142 worth of change from the business. 

The Altoona Mirror reports 32-year-old Jason Comer, of Pittsburgh, has been charged with theft Saturday afternoon at a Sheetz store in Logan Township. That's near Altoona, about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh. 

A clerk told police that a man asked to use the phone because he was out of gas before grabbing a change dispenser attached to the store's cash registers. Police used the phone's redial button and the woman who answered the call told the officer that Comer had just called her. 

Police also identified Comer from surveillance video and found him nearby, waiting for a tow truck. 

Online court records don't list an attorney for Comer who remained jailed Tuesday. 

TME So he actually was out of gas? Talk about poor planning.

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