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December 12, 2012

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A sticky situation

ELIZABETHVILLE, Pa. - Burglars tend to have sticky fingers but usually not because they're using glue.

Police say a Pennsylvania man broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and glued her refrigerator and a utensil drawer shut.

The Patriot-News reports 42-year-old Dennis Michael Homberg also allegedly poured glue into his ex's computer keyboard during the Nov. 12 break-in at her apartment in Elizabethville, about 15 miles north of Harrisburg.

Homberg was arraigned Saturday on charges including burglary and stalking and held on $50,000 bail. Court records don't list an attorney for him.

TME This is what happens when you take relationship advice from Johnny Knoxville.

Natural childbirth

SYRACUSE, New York - An upstate New York zoo got a surprise visit from the stork.

A woman gave birth on a wildlife path at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse on Friday, delivering her baby girl with the help of zookeepers not far from the bear exhibit.

Zoo educator Liz Schmidt tells The Post-Standard that she rushed over from the reindeer pen to find the 21-year-old woman pushing out the baby.

Other zoo workers arrived with blankets to keep mom and baby warm.

The zoo's elephant expert herded away curious zoo patrons.

An ambulance soon arrived to take the newborn to a hospital. Zoo Director Ted Fox says the zoo plans to send a gift to the family.

TME This is clearly the beginning of a Disney movie.

Ribs don't kill people

ROSWELL, N.M. - New Mexico authorities say they're puzzled by what turned up in a package of meat at a Roswell grocery store.

A worker at Albertsons opened a case of frozen ribs Wednesday and found a handgun and ammunition packed with the meat.

Roswell police Sgt. Jim Preston tells Albuquerque television station KRQE that it would be speculation to say how it got there.

Authorities have some clues.

A police report shows that the meat came from the Swift Packing Plant in Greeley, Colo., and is marked with the date June 8, 2011.

Greeley police say they're reviewing cases to see if the gun was used in any crimes.

Authorities say the semi-automatic Rock Island Armory .38 Super had not been reported stolen. A firearms trace could take weeks.

TME You'll get our ribs when you pry them from our cold, dead hands.

Frank the Tank!

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A Springfield man is giving new meaning to the phrase 'fitness buff.'

Police have received several reports of a man jogging nude through a city neighborhood, but so far have not been able to locate him.

The most recent reports came at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday when several people called to report the au naturel runner.

Police responding to the scene couldn't find the man.

Sgt. John Delaney says there have been prior reports of a man running without clothes through the same neighborhood at about the same time of day.

He is described as a white man in his 30s.

Police say if apprehended, he faces charges of open and gross lewdness and indecent exposure.

TME Legality aside, we're very curious about how he deals with the lack of support.

Eau Canada

DALLAS - Oh, to be one of 110 select Canadians!

They'll find in their mailboxes a bottle of pizza-scented perfume before Christmas, courtesy of Pizza Hut Canada.

The Canadian subsidiary of the Dallas-based pizza chain selected the 110 from more than 1,000 responses to a social media-based promotional campaign. The promotion was to mark Pizza Hut Canada reaching 100,000 fans on its Facebook page.

Pizza Hut Canada marketing executive Beverly D'Cruz says they created just 110 bottles of Eau de Pizza Hut. Will there be more going on department store shelves? She says only time will tell.

TME Who wouldn't want to smell like pepperoni and regrets?

Erotic exchange gone awry

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine - Police say a New Hampshire man is facing charges in Maine after he called police to complain that a prostitute had not given him his money's worth.

Police announced the arrest of 34-year-old Scott Pipher this week.

The Portsmouth Press Herald reports that the investigation started in the spring. Police say Pipher called them on March 25 to complain that a woman he had hired did 'had shorted him by 10 minutes.'

Police say the investigation led to the arrests announced this week of two alleged prostitutes as well Pipher.

Pipher is scheduled to be arraigned in Maine District Court in Biddeford on Dec. 12. He could not be reached for comment. Calls to phone numbers listed for him in Portsmouth, N.H., were unanswered.

TME If you can't trust a stranger solicited for sex on the internet, who can you trust?

Good Guy Grinch

BOARDMAN, Ohio - A thief who made off with cash from a Salvation Army red kettle at a northern Ohio mall this week apparently has had a change of heart.

Police near Youngstown say that two days after the kettle was emptied out, someone left $130 and an apology at the Salvation Army.

A note found at the Salvation Army on Wednesday morning read: 'Here is the money I took plus money for a new kettle and bell.'

The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown reports that the note also said 'please forgive me.'

Police in Boardman say a witness saw someone wearing a Salvation Army jacket take the kettle Monday night while a bell-ringer was on a break.

A Salvation Army official says it's unclear how much money had been in the kettle.

TME Sounds like someone's heart grew three sizes that day.

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