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Weird National Briefs (02-10-2016)

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Stolen sweets

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Authorities say a thief broke into an Albuquerque elementary school and stole more than a dozen boxes of Student Council chocolate.

KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports the bandit broke into Ernie Pyle Middle School last week and also ran out with $120 in Student Council cash, a laptop, a wheel barrow and a garbage can.

Officials say the cash and chocolate belonged to the Student Council, which was fundraising for various school projects.

Parent Cassandra Lucero says the break-in was 'heartbreaking' for students.

The district representative said officials have looked at surveillance video, and it appears the culprit is a young teenager.

No arrests have been made.

TME In the person's defense, fundraising chocolate is REALLY expensive.

Meanwhile in Vermont

TROY, Vt.- Vermont State Police have arrested a 54-year-old man in connection with taking a cat from a home.

Mark Frady was charged with burglary and unlawful trespass. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday. A judge ordered a competency evaluation.

Police say Frady stole a cat named 'Boots' from a family in Troy after saying he was looking for his cat, 'Mason.' They believe he's behind the theft of two other pets in the area.

Police said Frady was found in the family's home Saturday and was asked to leave. The family said they have security camera footage of Frady taking Boots.

Police say Frady returned twice. The family says they chased Frady out of their basement after finding him watching TV, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

TME Wow an actual cat burglar!

Up on the roof

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif.- It's hard to know what was more amazing: An out-of-control car ending up on the roof of a Southern California house or the driver somehow escaping serious injury despite the wild ride.

Palos Verdes Estates police Capt. Mark Velez says a driver with a medical problem lost control of his car on a residential street Wednesday.

Velez tells the Daily Breeze newspaper that the man hit two parked cars, rolled up the driveway of a house, ricocheted off another car and was somehow sent skyward, ending up atop the detached garage of a neighboring house.

Firefighters pulled the man from the car and took him to a hospital, but he wasn't seriously hurt. No one else was injured.

Police got a crane to pull the car off the roof.

TME It's safe to assume that the driver was Vin Diesel.

Sexy justice

PASCAGOULA, Miss.- Hundreds of southeastern Mississippi citizens received jury summons that incorrectly instructed them to call a sex hotline.

Multiple news outlets report that at least 350 jury summons with the incorrect phone number were sent out in Jackson County to potential jurors.

Circuit Clerk Randy Carney says people started calling the circuit clerk's office Monday morning to report the problem. Others stopped by in person to address the issue.

Carney says he doesn't know what caused the mix-up. He has drafted an apology letter that will go out those who received the erroneous summons. He says he doesn't know if his office will be liable for costs associated with any potential jurors billed for using the hotline.

Carney added that he'll personally review summons before they're mailed out from now on.

TME This gives 'due process' a whole new meaning.

Two drugs, one stone

PITTSBURGH- Authorities say a Pennsylvania man tried to sell drugs in a Pittsburgh traffic court.

Officials say 35-year-old Christopher Durkin spoke to a man in court after he appeared Monday to face charges of driving under suspension. A deputy told Durkin to leave.

The other man told deputies Durkin attempted to sell him Suboxone pills.

Deputies searched Durkin and he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.

He is awaiting arraignment and it's not known if he has a lawyer.

TME Maybe he thought he was in drug court?

Wrong place, wrong time

WARWICK, R.I.- A 41-year-old Rhode Island man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk in the Warwick police station parking lot.

Richard Fisher was arrested and charged Sunday with driving under the influence. Police say his blood-alcohol content was five times the legal limit to drive.

Officer John Curley noticed an unfamiliar vehicle parked in the lot as he was leaving the station to get paperwork. The lot behind the station is clearly marked with signs stating that it was for police only.

Curley walked over to the vehicle and found Fisher, who appeared to be intoxicated. Fisher then allegedly failed every field sobriety test Curley administered.

TME Way to cut out the middle man.


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