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HOWARD, N.Y. - Authorities say charges are pending against two men who led police in western New York on a vehicle and foot chase that ended after one of the suspects climbed a tree.

The Steuben County Sheriff's Office says the men fled a deputy who was checking on their parked vehicle in the town of Howard Saturday morning. The driver sped away at speeds reaching 80 mph and drove through a field before going over an embankment.

The two men then fled into the woods.

One of the men was taken into custody about 30 minutes later at a farm. The other man ran into two bow hunters who called 911 while he climbed a tree.

The man remained in the tree for more than four hours before police talked him down.

TME We're shocked that such a well-considered escape plan would fail.

Stranger in my bed

CLINTON, Conn.- A Connecticut man was arrested after police say he wandered into the wrong home drunk and got in bed with a stranger, who woke up startled and called 911.

Police say the incident happened early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in Clinton. Officers say 26-year-old Tyler Sullivan of Haddam told officers he thought he was at his mother's apartment, which is in the same complex.

A man in the home said he told Sullivan to leave, but Sullivan refused. Police say Sullivan was still there when officers arrived.

Sullivan was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. He was released on $1,000 bail and ordered to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Nov. 4.

It's not clear if Sullivan has a lawyer. A phone listing for him couldn't be found.

TME If drunkenly climbing into a stranger's bed is wrong, we don't want to be right.

Pest control

CHICAGO- A cockroach embarrassed a Chicago official in charge of pest control when it took a stroll near him in full view of some aldermen, and its stunt just might have cost it and its buddies their lives.

After Thursday's hearing in the City Council chambers, Fleet and Facilities Management Commissioner David Reynolds had his office call a private contractor to come down to City Hall and do some exterminating.

The cockroach couldn't have picked a worse time to show its antenna on the wall of the City Council chambers: just as Reynolds was testifying during a budget hearing. Alderman Brendan Reilly wondered aloud how much money in Reynolds' department budget was devoted to pest control.

'I was mortified,' Reynolds told reporters after the laughter died down.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Reynolds said he's proud of the condition of the city's facilities, before adding that there is no way a 103-year-old building with lots of places for bugs to hide is ever going to be pest free.

TME We can see how that would really bug the guy.

Squirrelshank Redemption

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- A squirrel that ended up in the back seat of a Michigan police car is out of trouble.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that the animal hopped in on Thursday, apparently out of curiosity.

The police department in Grand Rapids posted a photo on its Facebook page showing the squirrel peering out from the rear window of the car, next to a half-opened window.

The animal didn't spend any time behind bars, however. It soon went free.

TME It's not like they could hold him - they don't even make handcuffs that small.

Marijuana matriarch

BUTLER, Pa.- A 65-year-old Pennsylvania woman has admitted selling hundreds of pounds of marijuana from her home but says she needed the money to raise several grandchildren after her daughter died.

Candace Kelly, of Sarver, was originally charged last fall after authorities found 64 pounds of hydroponically grown marijuana and nearly $400,000 in cash at her home in Buffalo Township.

Those charges were withdrawn because of problems with a search warrant. Kelly was charged again in January after a grand jury investigation.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Kelly pleaded guilty Wednesday in Butler County and faces up to 10 years in prison.

She told a judge she sold as much as 100 pounds of marijuana a year for more than four years.

Kelly is also forfeiting $393,000 seized by the state police.

TME Fun fact: Werther's Originals are excellent at combatting dry mouth.

Spray it, don't pay it

BERLIN, Pa.- A western Pennsylvania convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide.

State police say a masked woman entered the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin, Pennsylvania, on Sunday night.

That's when store clerk Annabelle Miller tells WJAC-TV she took matters _ and the can of bug spray _ into her own hands.

Miller says she refused to give the woman money and waited for her to leave. When she began to retreat, Miller sprayed the woman in the face as the suspect left the store.

The whole thing was caught on the store's surveillance system.

Miller says she's glad she confronted the would-be bandit saying, 'I just got mad. I've got better things to do with my night than that.'

TME Thank goodness they didn't have to call in the swat team.


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