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March 6, 2013

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Pantsless pursuit

YORK, Pa. - Police in York County say a naked man swam ashore and was arrested after a high-speed police chase that ended up with the stolen vehicle in the Susquehanna River. 

Authorities say 23-year-old Edgewood, Md., resident Raymond David Kallenberger was driving a stolen minivan missing a tire. Authorities say they tried to pull him over around 10:15 a.m. Sunday after a report of an erratic driver. 

Springettsbury Township police Chief Thomas Hyers says Kallenberger started taking off his clothes during the chase. Eventually, police say he drove into the river. Police say the van had been stolen in a carjacking in Bel Air, Md., earlier Sunday. 

Kallenberger's awaiting extradition to Maryland. He's charged with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, receiving stolen property and other counts. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. 

TME Wet, drunk and naked is no way to go through life, son.

London = Gotham?

LONDON - A man dressed as Batman has brought a suspected burglar into a police station in northern England. 

West Yorkshire Police said Monday that they do not know the identity of the man who appeared in 'a full Batman outfit' and turned in a 27-year-old suspect to police in Bradford, England. 

CCTV images released by police show a caped crusader - fully-clad with the comic hero's boots, gloves and logo across his chest - standing alongside a man in a red hooded sweatshirt. 

Police said the handover occurred on February 25 and the suspect will appear in court on March 8 charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offenses.

TME Who knew that Scotland Yard had a Bat-Signal? 

Carry-on caterpillars

LONDON - British customs agents made a creepy discovery when an airline passenger was found with 207 pounds of caterpillars in his luggage. 

The man claimed they were intended as food for personal consumption. 

The U.K. Border Force said Friday that inspectors at London's Gatwick Airport found the dried caterpillars shrink-wrapped in cellophane and packed into hessian bags carried by a passenger travelling from Burkina Faso via Istanbul. 

The caterpillars were seized by authorities after the Feb. 23 find because they breached restrictions on importing animal products. The 22-year-old passenger was let off with a warning. 

Border Force spokeswoman Ingrid Smith said 'the vigilance of our officers has stopped these dried insects from entering the U.K., and possibly posing a risk to our food chain.' 

TME Caterpillars might be gross, but they're still better than British food.

Shake on a plane

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The latest craze to sweep the Internet is bringing college students the wrong kind of attention - from the Federal Aviation Administration. 

During a flight from Colorado Springs to San Diego, a group of students started the Harlem Shake, a dance to a song of the same name. 

In the suddenly popular YouTube videos, one person starts dancing, then the video cuts to a large group of people dancing, many in costume. 

Matt Zelin, a sophomore, told the Colorado College newspaper, The Catalyst, he asked a flight attendant for permission beforehand. 

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said Thursday they're looking at what phase the flight was in during the dance in the aisles. 

Frontier Airlines says the seatbelt sign was off and safety measures were followed. 

TME When asked to comment, Samuel L. Jackson said several unprintable words in a row.

Picking a class

OAKLAND, Calif. - The mayor of a California city struggling with a spike in burglaries and other crimes is apologizing for promoting a class about how to pick locks in her newsletter. 

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday she understood the reaction of people who were upset about a listing for the lock-picking class. She said she will do a better job reviewing listings in the future. 

The Oakland Tribune reports that the class - offered through the website, workshopweekend.net - was geared toward people who misplace their keys. But it didn't go over well with some residents given the city's crime woes, including a more-than 40 percent jump in burglaries last year. 

TME Also in the curriculum: 'Introductory Assault' and 'Hotwiring 101.'

Firing Fido

LAWRENCE, Massachusetts - Police in the U.S. say a dog searching for a gun in a snowbank accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw, firing the weapon. 

No humans - or dogs - were hurt. 

The episode started early Sunday when an officer on patrol heard three gunshots. When he went to investigate, he saw a vehicle speed away. 

Police saw a man leap out and bury something in the snow. 

Ivan, a dog handled by the Essex County Sheriff's Department in Massachusetts, was called to the scene to find whatever was buried in the snow. Police say he started digging furiously and fired the gun. 

Three men were arrested, and police determined the gun had been stolen. 

TME Ivan will officially be changing his name to 'McGruff.'

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