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January 16, 2013

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Baby on board

YEREVAN, Armenia - A passenger has given birth aboard a plane flying to Armenia and named her daughter after one of the flight attendants who helped with the delivery.

The birth of the healthy baby occurred Saturday, two hours before the Armavia airline flight landed in Yerevan, Armenia's capital, after a long flight from Siberia.

Flight attendant Asmik Gevondyan said she noticed that 31-year-old passenger Armina Babayan appeared to be in labor and organized the delivery.

'All of our crew helped to deliver the baby,' Gevondyan told The Associated Press.

Babayan, who had claimed to be 6 1/2 months pregnant during check-in, named her first child Asmik, local television reported.

TME Thus giving the 'Mile High Club' a whole new meaning.


AUSTIN, Texas - A man who took a $40,000 SUV on an unauthorized test drive in Central Texas has been accused of selling the vehicle for two rocks of crack cocaine.

Travis County Jail records show 50-year-old Carlos Sergio Valdes was being held Monday on a theft charge. Online jail records did not list an attorney for Valdes, who was arrested Saturday by Austin police.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Valdes sought to test drive a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe when he drove away without permission. An affidavit says Valdes nearly two hours later called police to claim the SUV had been stolen.

Police later pulled over a woman driving the SUV and she said Valdes sold her the vehicle for two rocks of crack.

Details weren't immediately available on any additional charges.

TME One SUV = two rocks the crack math checks out.

What could possibly go wrong?

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - A 19-year-old upstate New York man has been sentenced to one to three years in prison for shooting his friend in the chest as part of a scheme to get disability payments.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that Terrance Naylor of South Glens Falls was sentenced earlier this week in a Saratoga Count court for shooting 20-year-old Richmond Principe last June.

Police say the two friends staged a robbery during which Naylor shot Principe, just missing his heart. Principe has recovered.

The scheme called for Principe to collect disability payments and share them with Naylor. No payments were ever made.

Both men pleaded guilty in November, Principe to making a sworn false statement and Naylor to attempted assault.

Principe faces a year in jail when he's sentenced Jan. 24.

TME Nothing says friendship like a bullet to the sternum.

An error in judgment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man has been arrested after he tried to rob a convenience store with a cattle prod but was thwarted by a clerk with a gun.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Lance Tomberlin went into a store just outside Tallahassee on January 2, produced the cattle prod and demanded money from the clerk. Officials say he shocked the clerk several times before the clerk pulled a handgun.

Authorities say Tomberlin fled and another employee tried to restrain him, but he eventually escaped in his truck. Deputies stopped Tomberlin's truck but he fled on foot.

The sheriff's office says Tomberlin was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Jail records didn't say if Tomberlin had an attorney. He was being held without bail.

TME This is what happens when you bring a cattle prod to a gunfight.

This week in drunken landscaping

LOS ANGELES - Authorities say a tipsy tree trimmer dangled for nearly two hours in a West Los Angeles tree and it took a battalion of firefighters to rescue him.

Authorities say the man was reported about 40 feet up a eucalyptus tree Monday evening in the Brentwood area. He apparently had lost his footing and was dangling from a strap around his chest and arms.

Fire spokesman tells City News Service that it took 27 firefighters, a 35-foot ladder and ropes to rescue him.

Authorities say the man appeared to be tipsy and had a half-full bottle of tequila was in his belt.

He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

TME If you're going to be drunk in a eucalyptus tree, shouldn't you be drinking Foster's?

Clove crime

STOCKHOLM - Swedish prosecutors say they have issued international arrest warrants for two Britons suspected of masterminding a smuggling ring involving over a ton of Chinese garlic.

Prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand says the men first shipped the garlic to Norway by boat, where it entered the country duty-free since it was considered to be in transit. They then drove the approximately 1.2 tons of garlic across the Swedish border, avoiding customs checks and Swedish import duties.

Ahlstrand said Wednesday the men avoided some (euro) 10 million ($13.1 million) in Swedish taxes through the scheme.

The prosecutor says a lengthy police investigation led to the identification of the two British allegedly behind the operation, which took place in 2009-2010.

TME At least we know they weren't vampires.


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