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October 19, 2011

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Six Flags over icky

AUSTELL, Ga. - Want a free season pass to Six Flags? All you have to do is eat cockroaches.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Six Flags Over Georgia plans to hold a cockroach-eating contest Saturday. Participants who eat Madagascar hissing cockroaches will receive free 2012 season passes to the amusement park.

A park spokesman tells the newspaper the park has done similar contests in the past and has been assured by public health officials it's safe to eat the insects.

The contest begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner's Cove Theater.

TME - There's not an awesome enough roller coaster in the universe.

Guns, drugs and hot dogs

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Authorities say a Northern California hot dog vendor offered undercover officers more than just mustard, ketchup and relish on the side

Fifty-eight-year-old Jose Gilberto Ortiz was arraigned in U.S. District Court in San Jose on Thursday on charges of selling firearms to the officers from his hot dog stand.

His partner, 23-year-old Guillermo Gonzalez Castillo, was also arraigned on weapons charges. Castillo is additionally accused of selling the San Jose police officers methamphetamine.

Authorities say the officers purchased a sawed off shotgun, a machine gun and other firearms from the pair. They were arrested at the hot dog stand on Sept. 2.

Messages for the men's attorneys were not immediately returned.

TME - This is officially the greatest hot dog stand in the history of ever.

The cost of winning

PUEBLO, Colo. - Colorado officials have disqualified the grand champion goat from this year's State Fair because they say it tested positive for an unapproved drug.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported Friday that a second goat entered by another child from the same family also was disqualified for the same drug.

Susan Weinroth of Sedalia says the family got a letter from the attorney general's office saying her family's goats tested positive for a feed additive approved for swine but not goats.

She suspects the food may have been tampered with and says the family reported their suspicions to officials. She says the family will appeal.

Disqualification means her daughter and son can't collect their earnings from the sale of the goats, $5,500 for the champion and $1,300 for the other.

TME - Back in our day, goats played the game right. Performance enhancing drugs are ruining the sport.

Gimme shelter

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah transportation officials are trying to evict a reptile rescuer who's using his rental home as a shelter for hundreds of animals.

The Utah Department of Transportation filed papers on Friday against James Dix of West Valley City. The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reports Dix has more than 900 rescued animals at his home.

The transportation department got involved because the home is in the path of a planned freeway called the Mountain View Corridor. It says that Dix was paid more than $18,000 to vacate, but has failed to meet deadlines.

Court records show Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court has issued a summons for Dix.

Dix told the Associated Press on Wednesday he has found a new place, but has been delayed by zoning problems.

TME - Good call, Utah - that's a supervillain origin story waiting to happen.

This week in criminal masterminds

ROSWELL, N.M. - A New Mexico woman faces charges after police say she put an ad on Craigslist looking to buy drugs.

Roswell police arrested Anamicka Dave, 29, this week after officers posing as sellers arranged to meet her through text messages.

Dave's ad on Craigslist's 'casual encounters' section said she was new to town and 'looking for Mary Jane,' KOB-TV reported.

Roswell Police Sgt. Ty Sharpe said the ad was so blatant, he had to make sure it wasn't posted by another undercover officer.

'I was really surprised that someone would actually put on there they were looking for weed - an actually illegal product - to the fact that I called my boss to make sure it wasn't one of our guys trying to do a reverse sting,' Sharpe told the station.

Police met the Albuquerque woman in a parking lot and then arrested her.

It was unclear if Dave had an attorney, and a message left at a phone listing for her wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.

TME - When what you're doing makes a cop think another cop is doing it, you've clearly made a wrong turn.

Lost in a maize maze in Mass.

DANVERS, Mass. - Authorities in Massachusetts say a family that got lost in a seven-acre corn maze called 911 for help, apparently taking advantage of the police department's motto that says 'We Want To Be Bothered.'

The maze at Connors Farm in Danvers can take up to an hour to navigate.

A police officer entered the maze with a farm manager to search for the disoriented father, mother and two children. The family didn't realize they had almost made their way out and were just 25 feet from the street.

Farm owner Bob Connors tells the Boston Globe that they designed the maze so that people get lost in the long corn stalks.

TME - The bank robbers and murderers of Danvers thank you.

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