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Party of the century

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. - A Tampa Bay-area community is looking for more centenarians to try and break a world record. 

The chamber of commerce in Sun City Center is hosting a Centenarian Birthday Party on March 27. South Bay Hospital is organizing the event and hopes to break the record for the largest gathering of people 100 years old and older. 

The hospital's spokeswoman tells The Tampa Tribune that the current record of 28 was set in the United Kingdom during a 2009 tea party. 

Natalia Diaz says Sun City Center has a high concentration of seniors and a good chance to break the record. 

So far, 17 centenarians plan to attend the party. Anyone 100 years old or turning 100 this year is invited to participate.

TME God help anyone who stands on that lawn.

Bugs on a bus

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Riders on a New York City-bound bus from New Jersey are reporting an invasion of cockroaches. 

A passenger on a Manhattan-bound bus from Atlantic City tells WABC-TV that roaches started coming out of the vents inside the bus just 15 minutes into their Friday afternoon journey. 

The passenger reports roaches could be seen crawling on seats, windows, side panels and even on people. 

Greyhound said the 48 passengers on board were moved to a new bus, and the bus they had been riding is being examined to determine where the bugs came from. 

TME Even the roaches want out of New Jersey.

This week in bad decisions

BRADFORD, Pa. - Police have charged a federal prison guard with shooting his own finger in a drunken attempt to remove his wedding ring at his northwestern Pennsylvania home. 

Online court records don't list an attorney for 31-year-old Alfredo Malespini III, of Bradford, who was wounded in the March 2 incident. 

The Bradford Era reports police were called to Malespini's home and found him with a bloody finger, after which he told them he was 'trying to get rid of his wedding ring' and decided to 'shoot it off.' Police say the attempt badly mangled Malespini's finger, but didn't remove the ring. 

Police say he was taken to an Erie hospital for medical and mental health treatment. Online court records show he's yet to be arraigned. 

Officials at the Federal Correctional Institution-McKean couldn't immediately comment on his employment status.

TME You don't even want to know how he undoes his belt. 

Banned from books

RACINE, Wis. - A 20-year-old Racine man who's accused of engaging in lewd behavior in a library has been banned from 'all the libraries on the face of the earth.' 

Tyree S. Carter is charged with misdemeanor counts of lewd behavior and disorderly conduct. He's due in court next month for a pre-trial conference. 

A Journal Times of Racine report says Carter is accused of openly masturbating in the Racine Public Library last week. A witness told investigators Carter was out in the open, not trying to conceal his act. 

The criminal complaint says he apologized to responding police officers. 

His signature bond was set at $1,000. Court records say as a condition of his bond, he was told to 'stay out of all the libraries on the face of the earth.' 

TME The Racine Barnes & Noble better be on the lookout.

Shipwrecked spirits

HELSINKI - Local authorities on the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea say a local brewer will begin producing a beer inspired by bottles found in a 19th century shipwreck three years ago. 

Five bottles of beer, along with 168 bottles of champagne, were pulled from a submerged schooner that experts believe sank in the 1840s. 

Aland authorities say Finnish scientists studied the beer and devised a formula for a recreation that the local Stallhagen brewery will produce. 

Stallhagen CEO Jan Wennstrom said in a statement Thursday that he hopes the vintage beer will help the company reach new markets. 

Production of the 'shipwreck beer' is expected to start in mid-2014.

TME Remember kids drunk sailing is no joke. 

The Bonnie and Clyde Family

TOOELE, Utah - Police in Utah say they've arrested a husband and wife bank robbery team that took their two children along for the illegal excursion. 

An arrest report from police says the man and woman, both 27, were caught Monday soon after a Wells Fargo branch was robbed. A 5-year-old and a 2-year-old were in the back seat. 

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the couple told police they robbed the bank because they faced eviction and growing medical bills. 

Employees told police the woman entered the bank and showed the teller a note demanding money. 

The woman reportedly ran from the bank to the car, which was driven by the man. 

Police say they searched the vehicle and found the demand note, along with hundreds of dollars in cash. 

TME It's never too soon to start learning the family business.

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