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Weird National Briefs (02-17-2016)

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For the birds

CARLSBAD, N.M. - A New Mexico city in cracking down on people feeding pigeons.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports that the Carlsbad city council recently approved an ordinance that bans residents from feeding or providing environments that attract the birds.

The city says the ordinance will help eliminate some of the health risks associated with pigeon droppings.

Those caught feeding or harboring the birds could face fines up to $500 or even jail time.

Eddy County Extension Office program director Woods Houghton says pigeons communicate a lot of known diseases to both livestock and humans.

TME The only way anyone will get caught is if someone turns stool pigeon.

Recalculating route

BOSTON- It didn't take Boston police long to track down three suspects in an armed convenience store robbery.

Authorities say the men were all wearing court-ordered GPS devices for unrelated cases, which placed them inside the Dorchester store and allowed investigators to track them to an apartment a block away.

Police say the suspects entered the store at 6 p.m. Wednesday. All three wore masks and one had a gun.

They made off with cash and cigarettes.

All three pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Thursday. Two had their bail revoked in prior cases. A third was held on $50,000 bail.

The prosecutor said 'all their GPSs pinged to the store at the time of the robbery.' Police also found evidence in the apartment that tied them to the robbery.

TME More like IPS Idiot Positioning System.

See you later, alligator

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon.

Joshua James, 24, was arrested Monday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials say he threw a 3.5-foot alligator through a Palm Beach County Wendy's drive-thru window in October. He's also charged with illegally possessing an alligator and petty theft. Jail records show he was released on $6,000 bail Tuesday. He was ordered to have no contact with animals.

Wildlife officer Nicholas Guerin said in his report that James drove his pickup truck to the window at about 1:20 a.m. Oct. 11. After an employee handed James his drink, he threw the alligator through the window and drove off. No one was hurt. Guerin captured the alligator and released it into the wild. Guerin said James was tracked down through video surveillance and a purchase at a neighboring convenience store.

Guerin wrote that James admitted throwing the alligator in a December interview. He said James told him he had found the alligator on the side of the road and put it in his truck.

James' mother, Linda James, told WPTV that her son's actions were a 'stupid prank.'

'He does stuff like this because he thinks it's funny,' she said. She said he meant no harm and had 'no problem turning himself in.' No one answered the door at homes listed to the James family. Phones listed to the family were disconnected.

TME At least he didn't return with a crocodile after a while.

Deep-fried defense

FRIENDSHIP, Wis.- A Wisconsin jury has convicted a man who blamed eating beer-battered fish when he was picked up on his 10th drunken driving offense.

The Adams County jury found 76-year-old John Przybyla of Friendship guilty on Monday. Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune Media reports Przybyla faces up to 12.5 years in prison.

A criminal complaint says Przybyla told the deputy who stopped him in October 2014 that the reason he smelled like alcohol was because he had been at a fish fry and had eaten beer-battered fish.

Court documents say a preliminary breath test showed Przybyla had a 0.062 percent blood-alcohol concentration. The legal limit for Wisconsin residents with three or more drunken driving convictions is 0.02 percent.

A sentencing date has not been set.

TME If nothing else, you have to admire the effort.

Fast food felony

WASHINGTON, Pa.- Police say a woman tried to get a couple to rob the Pennsylvania fast-food restaurant where she worked.

Police say 23-year-old Alayna Weishner-Rush asked the duo to rob the Burger King in Washington, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 14. The suspect wanted them to rob the restaurant while she was working the drive-thru window, so she could split the money with them later.

But police say the couple instead contacted police about the plan and no robbery occurred.

The Washington Observer-Reporter first reported the charges Monday. They were filed last week and Weishner-Rush faces a preliminary hearing on two counts of criminal solicitation on Feb. 16.

Online court records don't list an attorney for the suspect, who remains in the Washington County jail on charges she violated parole in another case.

TME It's shocking that such a well-conceived plan would fail.

What happens in Vegas

LAS VEGAS- A Houston man and a New York woman are facing felony charges after authorities say they were recorded having sex in public during a 30-minute ride in a glass-enclosed cabin 550 feet above the Las Vegas Strip.

A Las Vegas judge on Tuesday set a March 9 date to see if the charges against Phillip Frank Panzica III and Chloe Scordianos can be resolved without trial.

The two were arrested Feb. 5 after riding alone together in one cabin on the High Roller.

Police say surveillance cameras captured the act, security warned the couple to stop, and people in another car shot cellphone video.

Images haven't been made public.

Panzica's attorney, Bennair Bateman, declined comment.

Scordianos' lawyer, Chris Rasmussen, says his client believed the couple had an expectation of privacy.

TME Nothing like stripping on the Strip.

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