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December 19, 2012

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Chauffeur shenanigans

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Quick action by a woman kept a drunk man from driving away with a limousine filled with members of a bachelorette party celebrating at a New York casino.

Saratoga Springs police say 22-year-old Tyler Bellick of Schenectady was intoxicated when he jumped into a limo at Saratoga Casino and Raceway early Sunday morning and started to drive away with about a dozen women inside the vehicle.

Michele Swart tells the Times Union of Albany that another member of the bachelorette party climbed over the limo's divider, grabbed Bellick by the neck and shifted the vehicle out of drive. Bellick fled on foot with several of the women giving chase. He was caught by casino security guards and held for police.

Bellick's charges include DWI and grand larceny. Information on his lawyer wasn't available.

TME The streets tend to be safer when roamed by herds of drunken bridesmaids.

A match made in heaven

LINCOLN, R.I. - Rhode Island State Police say a husband and wife both face charges of driving under the influence after they were stopped separately on the same night.

Police say 43-year-old Stephanie Souza, of Warwick, was stopped in Cranston on Friday, and a chemical test on her at the Lincoln barracks indicated she'd been driving under the influence.

They say 44-year-old Michael Souza was pulled over for a motor vehicle violation in Lincoln while driving to get his wife, then taken into custody. They say a chemical test on him at the Lincoln barracks indicated he was also driving under the influence.

A number for the Souzas could not be located Sunday and they could not be reached for comment.

TME Think they're one of those couples that finish each other's sentences?

The most Russian thing ever

MOSCOW - Circus trainers claim two of their elephants were saved from the deadly Siberian cold by vodka.

Emergency ministry spokesman Alexander Davydov said Friday that the elephants were in a trailer that caught fire Thursday outside the city of Novosibirsk, forcing trainers to take them out into the bitter cold before another truck arrived to deliver them to a warm gym at a local community college.

The Komsomolskaya Pravda daily reported that trainer Leonid Labo had the animals, aged 45 and 48, drink 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of vodka diluted in warm water - and a veterinarian said later that only the tips of their ears were frostbitten.

Although scientists say that alcohol can make humans feel warmer but actually lowers their core body temperature, Novosibisk zoo director Rostislav Shilo told the daily that the vodka saved the animals from frostbite and pneumonia, without harming or even intoxicating them.

TME Say what you will about them Russian elephants know how to party.

Crime of the century

REDDICK, Fla. - Sheriff's detectives have a real whodunit on their hands after a north Florida woman came home and found her driveway missing.

According to deputies, the woman felt a 'bump' when she drove onto her driveway Tuesday night. She got out of her vehicle and discovered about 300-square-feet of brick pavers were missing.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports she told deputies the pavers were in place when she left home about 7:30 that morning.

A witness told deputies about seeing two men digging up the pavers. But the activity didn't seem suspicious because construction workers were building a barn on the property. The witness told investigators the men were driving an older model black pickup with a flat-bed utility trailer.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-368-7867.

TME This heist was clearly planned by an obscure fourth-tier Batman villain.

Pants-off protest

GARY, Ind. - A Gary man was arrested after authorities say he pulled down his pants during a court hearing.

Nineteen-year-old Maurice Donelson was being held in the Gary city lockup on $500 bond Thursday following his arrest on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.

The Post-Tribune reports that Donelson was attending a hearing in Gary City Court on Wednesday when he stood up, raised his shirt and lowered his jeans to mid-thigh, exposing his underwear.

Authorities say Donelson argued and tried to return to his seat after police escorted him into the hallway and told him he would have to raise his pants around his waist due to the courtroom dress code. Donelson allegedly struggled with officers as they tried to arrest him.

TME Dropped drawers rarely lead to dropped charges. Words to live by.

Get me to the church on time

PORTAGE, Ind. - A man who was arrested for driving 100 mph on a northwest Indiana road told police he was late for his wedding, but he wound up in jail instead.

The Times reports that police arrested 23-year-old Timothy N. Thompson about 7 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior Catholic Church in Portage, where he was followed by an officer.

Authorities say relatives at the church flailed their arms at Thompson as he spun his Jeep in a 'doughnut.'

He told the officer he was supposed to be married at 7 p.m.

Thompson told police he had just been released from jail, and they took him back there. The Times says Thompson didn't make the wedding.

The Associated Press couldn't contact Thompson Tuesday because his phone number wasn't published.

TME Not exactly the old ball and chain he was expecting.

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