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Weird National Briefs (03-09-2016)

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Something's fishy

HELSINKI - Norwegian police have bigger fish to fry so they've allowed a fellow officer to take home a goldfish that had been waiting for its rightful owner in a jam jar at the local police station.

Bodo Police spokesman Tommy Bech says investigators 'were very close to solving' the case of the lost goldfish, found abandoned Saturday in a shopping bag at a soccer stadium in the northwestern town.

Officers had felt it their duty to look after the fish until the owner was found, Bech said Monday. He said the fish had been 'well looked after.'

Bech said that Bodo police were now focusing on other issues and declined to give further details about the goldfish.

TME Let's all look forward to reading 'The Girl with the Goldfish Tattoo.'

Never gonna give you up

ASHEVILLE, N.C.- Motorists in North Carolina who tried scanning fake parking tickets ended getting 'rickrolled.'

WLOS-TV reports the fake tickets in Asheville included a code that could be scanned with smartphones and pulled up a music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song 'Never Gonna Give You Up.' The practice of having that video pop up is known as rickrolling.

Asheville's transportation director said the tickets that appeared Friday were clearly fake. The tickets were for $100. The city's normal parking fine is $10.

Police say whoever handed out the tickets could be charged with littering.

Parking Services Manager Harry Brown said the fake tickets caused extra work and aggravated those who got the tickets and at least one person tried to pay.

The city is not collecting those fines.

TME Never gonna let you down.

Doggone!

MANKATO, Minn.- One dog apparently has learned a new trick: how to drive a semi-truck.

Customers at a Minnesota gas station saw a golden Labrador retriever appear to drive the semi across a road Friday.

Mankato police say the idling truck apparently was put into gear, then went through a parking lot, across the street and over a curb.

The Free Press of Mankato reports a passer-by discovered the dog sitting in the driver's seat when he jumped into the truck to stop it.

David Stegora was at the store when he heard the truck smash into a tree and a parked car. He couldn't see the driver, but saw the dog climb up near the driver's side.

Police say the truck was taken off the road. The driver had left the unoccupied truck running in a nearby parking lot.

TME We can only hope that the dog was licensed.

Rescue 911

GREENVILLE, S.C.- To a 2-year-old girl in South Carolina, struggling to get dressed is an emergency.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office says the child called 911, asking for help getting dressed. Her parents didn't know she had made the call.

Deputy Martha Lohnes was in the vicinity of the home and met the girl at the front door. Lohnes says the girl's pants weren't quite up to her waist and she said she couldn't get them on.

Lohnes said she helped the little girl put her pants on. After that, the deputy said the little girl asked Lohnes to pick her up and hug her. Lohnes called that the best part of her shift.

Sheriff's office spokesman Drew Pinciaro says a family member was at home when Lohnes arrived.

TME A pants emergency is still an emergency.

Porta-meth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Police say an undercover drug bust netted an Albuquerque drug dealer who was doing business out of an adult video store's portable toilet.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 22-year-old Aaron Gonzales was arrested in the Pussycat Video store's parking lot on Tuesday and is facing drug-trafficking charges. Andres Plata, an 18-year-old who is accused of leading an undercover officer to Gonzales, also was arrested.

Court documents show Plata, who said he was Gonzales' brother, took the officer to the porta-potty after he asked him for heroin.

The officer ended up buying $10 worth of heroin and $10 worth of methamphetamine as part of the investigation before Gonzales was arrested.

It's not known whether Gonzales or Plata have an attorney.

TME Coming soon to AMC 'Breaking Gross.'

Nic fit

LAS CRUCES, N.M.- A New Mexico man is accused of breaking in to a convenience store for a pack of cigarettes _ but also making sure to pay for them.

Police in Las Cruces say the 24-year-old man went to buy cigarettes early Sunday, but the business was closed.

Surveillance cameras show him pounding on the front door several times and then kicking and breaking the door's lower panel.

Police say he went inside, grabbed a pack of cigarettes and then made sure the cameras captured him leaving $6.

A witness called 911, and police say they found and arrested the man. He faces a felony charge of breaking and entering.

Damage to the store's front door is estimated at $800.

TME I don't think this guy understands how laws work.

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