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November 28, 2012

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Meaty misrepresentation

HELENA, Mont. - A phone book company has settled a lawsuit over its listing a Montana restaurant in the 'Animal Carcass Removal' section of the yellow pages.

The terms of the Nov. 16 deal between Dex Media Inc. and Bar 3 Bar-B-Q's parent company were not disclosed in court filings.

The owner of the restaurant with locations in Bozeman and Belgrade sued after the listing first appeared in the 2009 yellow pages and was reprinted in 2010 and last year in other print and online telephone directories.

The listing was featured as a joke in Jay Leno's 'Headlines' segment of the Tonight Show in January 2011.

Dex has said it was an erroneous listing. Restaurant owner Hunter Lacey claimed a Dex salesman deliberately published the listing after Lacey refused to buy an advertisement.

TME Technically accurate is the most hilarious type of accurate.

Tired trespasser

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Authorities say a 36-year-old Ann Arbor man broke into a home on Thanksgiving Day and raided the freezer before falling asleep in a bedroom closet.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush says officers responded at 10:08 p.m. Thursday after the residents returned home to find their freezer door open and a pile of property that did not belong to them piled in the living room.

Officers discovered a window off the home's fire escape had been damaged and appeared to be the point of entry.

While investigating the scene, officers reported hearing a strange noise from a bedroom closet, opened the door and discovered the suspect sleeping and snoring.

Bush tells AnnArbor.com the unidentified suspected remains held at the Washtenaw County Jail, pending arraignment on home invasion charges.

TME And another home invader learns the dangers of tryptophan.

Keepin' it realtor

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A Connecticut real estate agent has been charged with stealing a competitor's for sale signs from the front lawns of area homes.

Police say 54-year-old Robert Toth, of Shelton, was charged Wednesday with third-degree larceny and first-degree criminal trespass. Toth owns American Home Realty in Trumbull.

Police say U.S. Asset Realty owner Jihad Shaheer complained in September that his signs had been stolen from more than a half-dozen sites in Bridgeport and from the front of two homes in Stratford.

Police tell the Connecticut Post that they later determined that Toth had been taking the signs. Toth had worked for Shaheer before opening his own real estate company.

Toth declined to comment.

TME Everyone knows the Bridgeport real estate scene is cutthroat.

Hipster heist

BOISE, Idaho - A man in a tassled stocking cap and very long plaid shorts made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and some beer after telling a Boise convenience store clerk he had a weapon.

The Boise Police Department says the man entered the store just south of the Idaho capital city's downtown about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

He told the clerk he had a weapon, but never displayed it.

Witnesses say he wasn't very big, about 5-feet, 6-inches tall and 150 pounds.

In addition to the tassled hat and plaid shorts, he was wearing a black coat with a hood.

Police didn't say how much beer he took.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

TME It must be hard to make a getaway on a vintage Huffy.

Every vote counts

GILBERT, Ariz. - Police in Arizona say a woman ran over her husband with an SUV because he didn't vote in the recent presidential election.

Authorities say Holly Solomon opposed President Barack Obama and was upset her husband didn't go to the polls.

Police say Solomon chased her husband through a parking lot, circled him as hid behind a light pole, struck him and pinned him under the vehicle as he tried to flee.

Solomon told police she was just trying to scare him but accidentally stepped on the accelerator.

She was booked on an aggravated assault count.

The husband told investigators Solomon believed her family was going to face hardship if Obama were re-elected.

TME And they say passion in politics is dead.

Tree's company

HAMLIN, N.Y. - Police in western New York are looking for the thief who drove off with a trailer full of Christmas trees.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Helfer says the holiday heist happened sometime between midnight Tuesday and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in Hamlin, 18 miles west of Rochester and near the shore of Lake Ontario.

A farmer called police after he discovered the pickup truck he'd backed into a driveway was gone and so was the 28-foot trailer behind it.

Inside the trailer were 350 Douglas fir trees worth about $12,000.

Police are looking for the 2011 gray pickup truck and black trailer emblazoned with the words 'Niagara Landscaping' on the rear ramp door.

TME The black market for Douglas firs is surprisingly robust.

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