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June 20, 2012

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For love of the game

READING, Pa. - Police say a man partially paralyzed from a shock suffered while stealing copper from an electrical substation faces charges he helped another man in a recent rash of similar thefts.

Authorities in Berks County say Harris Wilkinson lost use of his arm after a high-voltage shock last year. They tell the Reading Eagle they didn't file charges then, figuring his injuries were punishment enough.

But now investigators say he helped another man in a series of break-ins at Met-Ed substations in the county.

Wilkinson allegedly went with Maurice Ohlinger on most of his 19 thefts between April 19 and May 4. Police say Ohlinger asked for Wilkinson's help after learning how he was injured.

Both men face theft and related charges and are being held in Berks County prison.

TME Overcoming his disability to continue doing what he loves how inspirational.

Seems legit

LILLY, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania man who blamed his dog for causing an apartment fire has been jailed on charges that he set the blaze himself.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reports Wednesday that Cresson Township police have charged 58-year-old John Saparo with setting the July 12 fire, though police have yet to specify how.

What police did say is that they've determined the fire didn't start the way Saparo claimed. He allegedly told officers he was cleaning and had several fans running when his dog knocked over one of the fans, which, somehow, started the fire.

Saparo remains in the Cambria County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing June 20 on arson and related charges. Online court records don't list an attorney for him.

TME It's like when you forgot to do your homework, only with fire.

Ooh that smell

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Authorities say an argument over stinky feet touched off a fight involving a knife that ended with one man injured and the other jailed.

Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Blaise Dresser says 56-year-old Darryl Harris accused his roommate, 61-year-old Crawford Jackson, of having stinky feet.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the complaint led to the fight late Monday night at the men's home on Cedar Street.

Authorities say Jackson grabbed a small knife and jabbed it three times into Harris' stomach and cut his finger. Police described the injuries as minor.

Jackson was been booked into the Richmond County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. Jail records did not indicate whether he has an attorney in the case.

TME When he forgets the dishes, that's when the axe comes out.

Death Race: Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Pennsylvania woman who allegedly hit a man with a stun gun during a pedestrian hit-and-run was arrested after police say her vanity license plate made her easy to track down.

Allentown police say Yardley Joy Frantz was promptly arrested Friday after witnesses spotted her 'ZOMBIE' license plate.

Investigators say Frantz ran into a man and his nephew with her car around 7 p.m., then zapped the man's son with a stun gun after he confronted her.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports Frantz claimed she didn't know who had been driving her car.

Frantz is free on bail as she faces charges including aggravated and simple assault. A phone number for her could not immediately be located.

TME Getting home in time for 'Jeopardy' is serious business.

Green thumb

FLAT LICK, Ky. - Police have arrested an eastern Kentucky man who they say had almost 100 marijuana plants growing in his front yard.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hensley told WYMT-TV that he observed the plants after responding to a complaint from an anonymous caller.

Hensley said when he asked 42-year-old James Denver Cox of Flat Lick whether he had any more plants, the man pointed out some drying on top of a TV and some under an entertainment center. In all, Hensley said he confiscated 92 plants.

Cox declined to speak with the station and it was unclear whether he had an attorney.

He faces a felony charge of cultivating marijuana.

TME Maybe the backyard? Or put up a fence? Make an effort, man.

Rules are meant to be broken

DURANGO, Colo. - A Durango High School senior is getting a bit part in a movie after she gained fame when student editors removed her yearbook photo over dress code violations.

According to the Durango Herald, Sydney Spies will play the small role of 'Missy' in an upcoming SyFy channel movie titled 'American Horror House.'

Spies gained notoriety after the school refused to run her submitted photo as a senior portrait.

The photo showed Spies wearing a short yellow skirt with a black shawl that exposed her shoulders and midsection.

TME It just goes to show you, kids ignore the rules and you shall be rewarded.

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