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February 22, 2012

February 22, 2012
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Follow that bird!

SOUTH HERO, Vermont - An elusive emu on the lam in Vermont has been amusing residents in communities on Lake Champlain.

The 150-pound flightless bird looks like a small ostrich. It has been spotted wandering here and there in Grand Isle and South Hero since it escaped from a local farm five weeks ago.

It was spotted again Friday outside the South Hero elementary school, where it walked by a window of the principal's office. School worker Steve Berard tried to lasso it with an extension cord, but it broke free.

The emu's owner tells WCAX-TV he bought three emus for his grandchildren but they don't make great pets.

He's taken out an ad in a local newspaper saying, 'Free emu if you can capture it.'

TME Who would have thought an emu would be a flight risk?

Cheating death kind of

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - An Albuquerque woman who signed away her Chihuahua to be euthanized four months ago after it was viciously attacked by another dog has discovered that her dog is alive.

And one-year-old Lola the Chihuahua has a new owner.

KOB-TV reports that Lisa Gossett she was told by a veterinarian that the outlook was grim for her injured dog and suggested that the Chihuahua be euthanized. So Gossett said she signed away the dog.

But she got a call this from a company that programs the ID microchips that go into pets. The company said a woman was requesting to switch Lola's chip over to a new owner.

The vet had turned Lola over to a foundation that rehabilitates dogs.

Gossett wants an apology and refund for the euthanization fee.

TME It's Witness Protection for dogs; that Chihuahua has seen too much.

A family affair

CROSS CITY, Fla. - It's a generational thing: Deputies in Florida say a man, his daughter and his grandson, along with a fourth person said to be a family relative, are accused of working together to manufacture methamphetamine.

Dixie County Sheriff's officials say 54-year-old Allen J. Brannin, his 34-year-old daughter, Amy M. Brannin, and her 18-year-old son, Austin J. Brannin, were arrested Thursday. Another relative, 18-year-old Tyler W. Cannon, was also arrested.

The Gainesville Sun reports the suspects were arrested after deputies served a search warrant at their Cross City home.

Sheriff's Maj. Scott Harden says it's hard to imagine someone 'cooking up meth' with their daughter or grandson, let alone both.

The four were booked into the Dixie County Jail.

TME Meth brings families together. The more you know

Sybil disobedience

LEECHBURG, Pa. - Police say a western Pennsylvania man who claims to have split personalities confessed to robbing a Chinese restaurant after reading about it in the newspaper and realizing he was the person who did it.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 23-year-old Timothy Beer, of Leechburg, who's been jailed since surrendering in Sunday's robbery of the China King Restaurant about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Beer came to the police station Tuesday, saying he wasn't feeling well and 'did something stupid.'

Beer told police he ordered food and became angry when he perceived the person waiting on him was continuing to speak Chinese. The next thing Beer remembers, he was playing video games at his cousin's home - but says he later realized he committed the robbery when he read about it in Tuesday's Valley News Dispatch.

TME The argument over who got the last egg roll must have been epic.

Gaming the system

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A toddler has been rescued from inside a game machine at a Lexington coin laundry.

WKYT-TV reported Caitlin Campbell was playing with other children when a patron at the laundry saw her head pop up among stuffed animals Tuesday night.

The girl was inside a machine where players insert coins and then try to maneuver toys into a chute. She had crawled up the chute and couldn't get back out.

Caitlin was brave until firefighters had to use a saw to cut off the lock and then she cried a bit.

After a firefighter picked her up and handed her to her grandmother Judy Campbell, Caitlin was given two of the stuffed animals that lured her into the machine.

TME Why saw the lock? Just put in a buck and grab the kid with the claw.

Should have kept his mouth shut

AMBRIDGE, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania man is jailed on drug charges because police say something other than a confession came out of his mouth when he was hit with a stun gun.

The Beaver County Times reports Tuesday that 56-year-old Frank Lee Turner was mumbling when Ambridge police stopped a car in which he was a passenger on Feb. 5.

Police say Turner was mumbling before he struggled with police and was hit with the stun gun - only to have 23 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine fall out of his mouth.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Turner, who faces a preliminary hearing on drug possession, resisting arrest and other charges.

Turner remained in the county jail Tuesday, unable to post bond.

TME Little known fact crackheads have cheek pouches for rock storage.

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