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March 7, 2012

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The fickle finger of fate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque police say a robbery suspect may have left a piece of his finger behind at a robbery crime scene.

KRQE-TV reports that police arrived to an Albuquerque smoke shop after a report of shots fired at a robbery.

According to authorities, the suspect fled but they believed he left behind his severed fingertip.

Police think the fleeing suspect may have shot off his own finger.

Authorities say a finger print will be taken from the severed finger.

No arrests have been made.

TME That robber must be a sharp guy he didn't miss the point.

Don't leave me hanging, bro!

TYRONE, Pa. - Police say a central Pennsylvania man thanked and tried to high-five the officer who flagged him down for driving without his lights - only to then be arrested on a drunken driving charge.

The Altoona Mirror reports that Gerald Decker was driving early Feb. 19 when a Tyrone officer noticed that Decker's car didn't have its lights on and flagged him down.

Officer Adam Bonsell says Decker told him, 'Thanks, buddy,' and tried to high-five him. Bonsell told him, 'That's not how it works' and gave Decker field sobriety tests.

Police say Decker's blood-alcohol content was 2 1/2 times the legal limit for drivers.

The charges were recently mailed to Decker.

Online court records don't list an attorney for the 27-year-old Decker of Tyrone. His phone number isn't listed.

TME No word on whether he fist bumped the strip-search guy.

Backyard boatyard

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - A Southern California man who's been restoring a 72-foot antique ship in his yard has been ordered to move the boat.

The Los Angeles Times says Sunday that Superior Court Judge Gregory Munoz issued a preliminary injunction last week saying 65-year-old Dennis Holland must move the boat before a trial to determine its long-term fate begins April 30.

Holland may face fines of $1,000 a day if he doesn't move it, which he tells the Times is impossible at this stage.

He has been restoring the 1916 ketch called the Shawnee in his Newport Beach yard since 2006 and had a permit to do it, but it expired last year when he refused to give a completion date.

The City Council then voted to pursue legal action.

TME If he starts collecting two of every animal, it might be time to worry.

Purloined pageantry

EDGEWOOD, Wash. - The reigning Miss Washington says thieves made off with her car _ as well as her crown, pageant sash, wallet and four evening gowns.

Pierce County, Wash., sheriff's deputies recovered the car a few miles from Brittney Henry's Edgewood, Wash., home. The thieves reportedly have used her debit and credit cards in three cities. The other loot taken early Tuesday is still missing.

Henry notes the crown and sash say 'Miss Washington 2011,' which makes them a little hard to fence.

KING-TV reports that when Henry won the pageant, she agreed to spend a year as a full-time volunteer. She travels regularly to schools, visiting with low-income children and talking to them about the importance of a college education.

Henry says it's really the 'power of the crown that influences them and makes them open up and listen to the message.'

She says she pre-packed her car because she had to leave at 5 a.m. for a pancake house appearance in Everett.

TME We're pretty sure this is the plot synopsis for 'Miss Congeniality 3.'

He who smelt it

DAWSON, Pa. - Police have charged a western Pennsylvania man with falsely reporting a natural gas leak, apparently because he was trying to determine if his girlfriend was hiding another man in her residence in an adjoining building.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 36-year-old Michael Sanner, of Dawson, who was charged Sunday, a day after police and fire crews responded to his girlfriend's residence.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the woman told police that Sanner threatened to report a gas leak when she refused to let him into her residence on Saturday afternoon. That's when police went to Sanner's residence and determined the reported leak was false.

Police say Sanner told them he made the false report because he believed the woman had another man in the apartment.

Sanner doesn't have a listed phone.

TME Let that be a lesson: natural gas is not the way to win a woman's heart.

The distinguished feline from Virginia

SPRINGFIELD, Va. - A new U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia wears a tie, has a campaign website and even launched an ad. One big difference? He has a thick coat of fur.

Hank the cat has thrown his paw into the race, running to mock the political status quo. The cat's owner, Anthony Roberts, says he and his partner set up the campaign as an inside joke. But the campaign's website has crashed after a recent spate of publicity.

Hank's campaign posters show the Maine Coon gazing upward, wearing a tie. An ad says Hank, a moderate, will work to make sure America stays the greatest land of all.

Hank is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. James Webb, a Democrat.

TME We like Hank's social platform, but his anti-mouse policy borders on fascism.


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