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May 9, 2012

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Monkey business

LARGO, Fla. - A Florida man is charged with felony drunken driving and wildlife violations after police discovered a small monkey in his truck.

Largo Police say Eugene Carl Kotelman was speeding when they stopped him Thursday. He was driving on a suspended license and had been previously charged numerous times with driving on a suspended license and DUI.

Officers noticed a 'small monkey' in Kotelman's truck and released the primate to his friend.

After Kotelman was released on bond from the DUI charge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers charged him with possession of wildlife and two counts of violating fish and wildlife rules. They took custody of the monkey.

Police did not have a way to contact Kotelman and no current phone listing could be found.

TME Mickey Dolenz needs to pick his friends a little more carefully.

No riding in style

JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. - Forget about arriving at the prom in a backhoe. And she may think the tractor is sexy, but leave the John Deere back on the farm.

That's what police in the Mohawk Valley city of Johnstown are telling students at Johnstown High School, where teenagers have a tradition of arriving at the prom in the most outlandish vehicle possible.

Some students in the rural district west of Albany have made grand entrances in the bucket of a backhoe, on a farm tractor or sitting on lawn chairs in the back of a rental truck. But police say using those types vehicles can be considered reckless driving.

Police tell the Daily Gazette of Schenectady that they'll issue traffic tickets to anyone arriving at Saturday night's prom in unauthorized vehicles.

TME Not to tell you kids what to do, but showing up in a tank might solve your problem. Just saying.

Candy crime

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Foxborough police have arrested a man they say was so desperate for a sugar fix that he smashed the glass front door of a closed convenience store, left a $5 bill on the counter, and made off with a handful of candy bars.

Police responded to the burglar alarm at the store at about 2:20 a.m. Thursday and found the front door smashed.

As officers checked the area for a suspect, police were called by security at nearby Patriot Place about a suspicious man on the property.

Police tell The Sun Chronicle that 25-year-old Edward Cowen of Taunton matched the description of the robber captured on store surveillance cameras and was arrested.

He was charged with breaking and entering, malicious destruction and larceny from a building.

TME What's the big deal? He left a fiver.

Fight the power

MURRAY, Ky. - A snake slithered into a main power station in southwestern Kentucky and shorted out the system, leaving parts of Murray and Calloway County temporarily in the dark.

Murray Electric System General Manager Tony Thompson says communities across the county lost power Thursday at around 8 a.m. CDT.

Thompson told The Paducah Sun the relay protection reacted properly to the short circuit by clearing the fault and disconnecting electricity before any damage was done to the larger electrical system. Customers were without power for about 25 minutes.

The outage also took down a larger portion of electricity to the TVA system and affected West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corp.'s east Murray substation, knocking out power for many customers in the county.

TME Cobra Commander has really just given up on subtlety.

Message in a turtle 

WASHINGTON, Pa. - A southwestern Pennsylvania man says he's found a turtle his son befriended back in 1965 - complete with the initials the boy carved in the turtle's shell 47 years ago.

Eighty-five-year-old Holland Cokeley says she found the box turtle on the family's 4.5-acre spread earlier this week and e-mailed pictures of the turtle to his son, Jeff, who's now 59 and lives near Rochester, N.Y.

The elder Cokeley tells the Observer-Reporter of Washington, Pa. that his son carved 'JC 1965' into the turtle's shell and says 'you can still see it there.'

Jeff Cokeley says he always liked the outdoors and animals and once camped outside the family's home for an entire summer just to be on his own. He found the turtle on one such outing, but assumed it had died long ago.

TME We just hope that the poor turtle was able to explain who 'JC' was to his wife.

A most adorable rescue 

CONWAY, Ark. - When a black bear climbed a tree in a central Arkansas city and refused to come down, authorities turned to unconventional rescue tools: bouncy houses.

Conway Police spokeswoman La Tresha Woodruff says Foster the Bear is named for the residential street where he holed himself up in a tree, straddled a branch and wouldn't budge.

She says officials shot Foster with tranquilizer darts late Monday, causing him to fall asleep. They inflated two bouncy houses _ usually reserved for children's parties _ beneath the tree. And then firefighters let loose with water from a fire hose, knocking the bear from his perch.

The edge of the inflatable houses broke Foster's fall.

Woodruff says Foster wasn't hurt. Wildlife officials plan to release him back into the wild.

TME It's like a Hanna-Barbera cartoon come to life.

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