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July 4, 2012

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) A New Mexico woman was arrested and spent a night in jail for not returning the book 'Twilight' and two-DVD set 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' back to the library on time.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Lori Teel was arrested and handcuffed at her Portales home in front of her five small children earlier this month for the $36 worth of library materials not returned since 2010.

Her attorney says arrest warrants were mailed last year to an address at which Teel hadn't lived since childhood, but Teal was arrested by officers investigating a disturbance.

Her charges were dismissed.

TME: We happen to think anyone who reads Twilight' should go to jail.

Talking urinal cakes

DETROIT (AP) Michigan is hoping to keep drunks off the road with the help from a special bathroom message.

The state says talking urinal-deodorizer cakes have been distributed to Michigan Licensed Beverage Association members in Wayne, Bay, Ottawa and Delta counties. A recorded message will play reminding men who step up to the urinals to call a cab or a friend, if needed, to get home safely.

The messages are part of a statewide Fourth of July education and enforcement effort. A kickoff is planned Monday at Detroit pub The Old Shillelagh.

The federally funded drunken driving crackdown runs through July 8. It also includes stepped up patrols in 26 counties involving local police, county deputies and state troopers.

Talking urinal cakes have been used in other states for similar efforts.

TME: Of course if you're drunk it might seem normal that your urinal cake is talking to you.

Reward offered for missing dinosaur

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) The folks at Hi-Noon Petroleum in Montana have a new way to turn a dinosaur into gasoline.

They're offering a $250 gas card for information leading to the safe return of Dino, a 12-foot-long fiberglass Sinclair dinosaur that disappeared June 21 from the Crossroads Travel Center west of Missoula.

'We just wonder what happened to him,' Hi-Noon marketing manager Earl Allen said Friday. 'It's a little odd for him to just walk away.'

The 6-foot tall green dinosaur sat on a hill overlooking Interstate 90 for at least five years, Allen said, with occasional appearances in University of Montana Homecoming parades.

'That was his home for a number of years,' Allen said.

Allen said taking the prehistoric icon would have been a bit of a project.

'It's not like you can just throw him in the back of a pickup,' he said.

Anyone with information on Dino's whereabouts is asked to call Hi-Noon.

TME: Do you want to tell them dinosaurs are extinct, or should we?

The thing about speed cameras is that they're cameras

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) Police in Maryland say a man has been charged with assault for using a slingshot to fire glass marbles at a speed camera van.

Authorities say Bruce Lawrence May of Ellicott City was arrested Tuesday. The 50-year-old Lawrence was also charged with destruction of property and reckless endangerment. He was released on $3,000 bond.

Howard County police say that at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, the van was near Manor Woods Elementary School when the operator heard something hit the side of the vehicle. The operator saw a minivan pass and saw the driver with a slingshot fire another projectile at the speed camera van.

Police say that May had received two speed camera violations recently.

TME: He may be fast, but he ain't the brightest traffic light on the street.

Something doesn't smell right

VIENNA (AP) Austrian police did not need sniffing dogs to locate this suspected heist 9.5 tons of garlic.

The Austria Press Agency says police stopped three overloaded and sagging vans about to cross into Hungary from Austria on Wednesday and found them packed to the roof with the pungent cargo. After questioning the five men in the vehicles they charged them on suspicion of receiving stolen goods.

Police say the garlic apparently came from Spain and estimate its value at (euro) 30,000 ($37,500). The men all Romanian nationals were not named, in line with Austrian privacy laws.

APA cites one officer as saying it was clear what the vans were carrying even before their doors were opened.

'All three vehicles really stunk like garlic,' he says.

TME: Well, at least we can rule out vampires.

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