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The King is dead

LOS ANGELES - For the right price, you or a loved one can rest in peace in the tomb of The King.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien is selling Elvis Presley's original crypt to the highest bidder as part of his 'Music Icons' auction later this month.

The tomb is located inside the granite and marble mausoleum at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

Presley was interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977. Two months later, they were re-buried at his Graceland home. The original crypt has remained empty ever since.

Julien says the winning bid from the auction beginning June 23 will receive the crypt, opening and closing of the vault for burial, a memorialization inscription and use of a chapel for a committal service. Transportation and funeral home charges are not included.

TME If you want this, good luck outbidding Nicholas Cage.

Extreme hazards

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Federal authorities are investigating how a private jet's main cabin door became an unconventional hazard at a South Florida golf course.

The Federal Aviation Administration reports that the Canadair CL60's door landed Wednesday afternoon on the 16th fairway of the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa's golf course in Hallandale Beach.

No injuries were reported.

The jet had just taken off from the Opa-Locka Executive Airport and was headed about 30 miles north to its home base at Pompano Beach Municipal Airport when it lost the door. The pilot diverted the plane to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, where it landed safely.

Wednesday happened to be one of two days during the year that the golf course closes for maintenance. The course is also surrounded by private residences and businesses.

TME When is a door not a door? When it lands on you during your backswing.

This week in criminal masterminds

LA CROSSE, Wis. - A suspect in a Wisconsin theft is in jail after he filmed himself revealing his name, showing his face and admitting he stole the video camera he was using at that moment.

In the 79-second video, the suspect says, 'This is my house, yes, and a stolen camera that I stole. But it's OK, the cop won't figure it out.'

Later he adds, 'Oh yeah, to introduce you, my name is Houaka Yang.'

The 20-year-old is scheduled to make an initial appearance Wednesday on three misdemeanor charges, including two theft charges. Online court records didn't immediately list a defense attorney.

The camera belonged to Chris Rochester. He says police initially tracked down Yang from surveillance tape of people breaking into his boss' car.

TME He also included a map to his house and a link to his Google calendar.

Another roadside attraction

DUBUQUE, Iowa - An Iowa man stopped outside a Dubuque bar with a small zebra and a parrot in his truck has been charged with drunken driving.

KCRG-TV reports officers arrested 56-year-old Jerald Reiter of Cascade on Sunday in the parking lot of the Dog House bar, where people had been taking photos of the animals.

Reiter says the zebra and macaw parrot are pets and like riding in the truck. Reiter claims he sometimes takes the animals into the bar, but the owner says they're not allowed inside.

Officers gave Reiter a field sobriety test and charged him with drunken driving. Reiter disputes the arrest. He says he was about to let a passenger, a person, begin driving.

He says he thinks someone who came to see the animals called police.

TME In this man's defense, getting drunk and looking at a zebra sounds awesome to us.

Criminal blasphemy

ARMAGH, Pa. - Police say two western Pennsylvania men mistook a woman's Bible carrying case for a purse when they tried to snatch it from her, knocking her to the ground.

The Indiana Gazette reports that 26-year-old Christopher Scott Ludwig and 25-year-old Ronald Stephenson Jr., both of Seward, have been charged with aggravated assault, robbery and other charges in the incident Nov. 29.

Police charged Ludwig earlier this month before he told police that it was Stephenson who physically grabbed the Bible, knocking the elderly woman to the ground. Stephenson was arrested Tuesday.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Stephenson, and Ludwig's attorney didn't immediately return a call Thursday.

Police say the incident happened about 7 p.m. outside the rural Robin-dale Union Church in East Wheatfield Township, about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh.

TME If there's a better way to ensure a spot in you-know-where, we'd love to hear it.

Balls deep

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - That alligator that was put down after it grabbed a soccer ball near some children playing on Hilton Head Island apparently had a hankering for athletic equipment.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that an examination shows the 13-foot alligator had eaten two baseballs, a tennis ball, two other balls, as well as 53 fishing lures and a half pound of lead sinkers.

It also had eaten a 4-foot gator.

Mark Carinus with Critter Management also said the animal had eaten 48 rocks.

The alligator was captured several days after it had taken a soccer ball and then spit it back. The gator was too large to relocate under state law.

None of the children were injured.

TME See? Even alligators realize that soccer is a waste of time.

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