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Weird National Briefs - (12/02/15)

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Grand theft ambulance

YORK, Pa. - Emergency workers in Pennsylvania got an unpleasant surprise when they wheeled a patient out of a home to their ambulance, only to find it wasn't there.

Police in York tell the York Dispatch 21-year-old Leonard Eugene Smith took the vehicle for a joy ride Friday before ditching it. They say an in-vehicle camera captured his actions and a tracking device led them to the ambulance.

Jim Arvin, president and CEO of White Rose Ambulance, says the video shows Smith 'having a good time' behind the wheel, adding he 'seemed excited.'

Smith is charged with felony theft and a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person. He's jailed on $75,000 bail.

The patient, who was having breathing problems, got to the hospital without much delay after another ambulance was called.

TME We all have our own definitions of 'emergency.'

Double impact

LAKE HALLIE, Wis.- Police say a Wisconsin driver had a difficult night when he crashed his car not once but twice.

The Chippewa Herald reports that Lake Hallie police responded early Friday to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 29. They found one vehicle in the median and a white Chevrolet Cavalier blocking the eastbound lane. An officer parking his squad car saw the Cavalier drive into the median, emerge from the ditch and head west.

The officer pursued. About a half mile away, police say, the Cavalier, traveling at high speed with no working lights, rolled into the median. Nobody was hurt. Police say the 23-year-old Gilman man told officers he'd consumed five or six beers.

He was jailed on suspicion of drunken driving, attempting to flee police and reckless driving.

TME If at first you don't succeed, crash crash again.

Meat mystery

LOGANTON, Pa.- Where's the beef? That's what authorities would like to know after someone stole 40,000 pounds of it from a meat plant in central Pennsylvania.

State police say it happened Nov. 21 at Nicholas Meat near Loganton.

According to troopers, a trucker loaded $110,000 worth of meat into a trailer during a scheduled pickup and drove off. He was supposed to deliver it by Monday to a company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - but never showed up.

A spokesman for Nicholas Meat says the customer notified him Tuesday about the missing product, which would have been enough to make 160,000 burgers.

Police later discovered the driver used a fake ID to get the delivery contract. Authorities say the company information on the truck was also fraudulent.

The investigation continues.

TME We assume the man was dressed in stripes and muttering 'robble robble.'

Stealing on ceremony

SAN DIEGO- Southern California authorities are looking for a wedding thief who steals wallets, credit cards and other valuables on the couple's happiest day without so much as an 'I do.'

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says an arrest warrant has been issued for 50-year-old Denise Louise Burns - also known as Denise Gunderson.

Investigators say Burns pretends to be a wedding guest, makes her way to the bridal suite and helps herself to wallets, cash and credit cards during the ceremony.

Detective Lisa Jenkins says Burns immediately heads to the store to use the stolen cards.

Jenkins says Burns has pulled off heists during a half-dozen weddings in San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The detective says when it comes to brazen crimes, Burns 'takes the cake.'

TME The woman has also amassed 47 gravy boats and infinite blenders.

Doubling down

PHILADELPHIA- A Pennsylvania teenager's family says he accidentally ran all 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon because he missed a turn on his half-marathon course.

WPVI-TV reports Evan Megoulas runs on his high school's cross country team in Palmyra, 80 miles west of Philadelphia. He set out Sunday to run the 13.1-mile half-marathon. His family was waiting for him at the finish line but became concerned when he didn't show up.

They say they gave police a photo of Evan, and officers tracked him down in the Manayunk section of the city. He felt good despite missing his turn and wanted to keep running.

Evan's brother says after he completed the marathon, officers wanted a picture with him.

His time was 5:23:11.

TME Seems like it all worked out in the long run.

Going batty

SAN FRANCISCO- San Francisco Police are asking for help leading to those chaining up spiked baseball bats to poles throughout the city.

San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak says officers first received reports of wooden or metal baseball bats appearing on poles and parking meters in the city on Thanksgiving morning.

Andraychak says 27 bats with spikes running through them have been found since then. The latest discovery was Friday in the Fishermen's Wharf area.

Andraychak says the spikes on the objects allow them to be considered a prohibited or deadly weapon, which is a felony.

Investigators ask anyone with more information to call them.

TME Apparently a live-action game of 'Double Dragon' is about to break out.


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