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Weird National Briefs - (12/09/15)

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This week in criminal masterminds

LATROBE, Pa. - Police say a suspect had his first name stenciled on a sweat shirt he wore while breaking into a western Pennsylvania taxi company where he used to work.

That's why 26-year-old Joshua Jording, of Latrobe, faces a preliminary hearing on burglary, theft and related charges Dec. 14.

State police security video showed the suspect wearing a shirt with the name 'Josh' on it. They searched Jording's home and found that shirt, as well as two guns and two smartphones taken during the burglary Dec. 2 at the Veterans Cab Co. in Unity Township.

Police also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia during the search.

Jording is free on bond. He didn't immediately respond to a Facebook message and The Associated Press could not immediately locate a listed phone number for him.

TME His address and a list of his priors were printed on the back.

Gift of the Mag-high

CONWAY, Texas- A California man faces drug charges after a Texas traffic stop yielded $120,000 worth of marijuana including some in neatly wrapped holiday gift boxes.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday that marijuana was also found hidden in a spare tire.

A trooper Wednesday night stopped a pickup truck near Conway, in Carson County. A search led to the discovery of more than 20 pounds of pot, in the wrapped packages and the spare tire under the vehicle.

The trooper arrested the driver, 50-year-old Frank Coronado of Turlock, California. DPS says Coronado was charged with felony possession of marijuana in an alleged drug run from California to Oklahoma City.

Coronado was freed Thursday on $10,000 bond. Jail records Friday didn't list an attorney to speak on his behalf.

TME Beats the heck out of frankincense and myrrh.

This Bud's for you

ST. LOUIS- St. Louis police say the Budweiser brewery got an unwelcome visit from a man with a memorable name.

Nineteen-year-old Bud Weisser was cited for trespassing and resisting arrest. Police say he was found in a secured area of the brewery Thursday evening.

Police say in a news release that officers were called after security officers told Weisser to leave and he resisted arrest.

Weisser was taken into police custody, then issued summonses for trespassing and resisting arrest.

TME And thus was the prophecy fulfilled.

Turtle power

ANN ARBOR, Mich.- A Canadian man caught at a border crossing with 51 turtles taped to his body pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling or attempting to smuggle more than 1,000 of the reptiles out of southeastern Michigan.

Kai Xu, 27, would order turtles online and travel to the U.S. to pick them up and then ship them to China or return with them to Ontario, Canada. He pleaded guilty to six crimes in federal court in Ann Arbor and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

It's illegal to export wildlife from the U.S. without a permit from the government.

Xu 'regularly deals in turtle shipments worth $30,000, $80,000 or $125,000,' Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward said in a court filing. 'In China, the turtles he smuggles are worth two to three times the amount he pays here.'

Defense attorney Matt Borgula declined to comment after the guilty plea.

Xu has been in custody since his arrest in suburban Detroit in September 2014. He describes himself as an engineering student at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, although the university said he wasn't enrolled at the time of his arrest.

In summer 2014, weeks before his arrest, Xu was under surveillance in Detroit. After picking up a box at a United Parcel Service site, he hid behind trucks and emerged with 'irregularly shaped bulges' under his sweat pants, wildlife agent Ken Adams said.

Xu returned to Ontario but was stopped by Canadian border authorities who found 51 live turtles in plastic taped to his legs, including box turtles and terrapins.

Despite the bust, 'he did not cease smuggling turtles. He did not even slow down,' Woodward said.

TME Quite the shell game this kid was running.

Disappearing donkey

NORMAN, Okla.- A miniature donkey that hitched a ride in an Oklahoma police cruiser has been reunited with his owner.

Police in Norman called the donkey Squishy and gave him a lift after the animal was found wandering along a rural road on Tuesday morning. It turns out that Squishy is actually named Cruz and belongs to a chiropractor in Norman.

Matt Spaulding says he noticed his donkey was missing when he returned home from work Tuesday night. He thinks the animal somehow escaped underneath an electric wire fence.

Police Officer Kyle Canaan, who chauffeured the donkey, says the animal fit perfectly in the cruiser's backseat.

Spaulding tells Oklahoma City television station KFOR that Cruz is a retired 'basketball donkey,' where people ride on its back at charity basketball games.

TME Do you think Cruz misses the game?

Call of the Tame

BERLIN- A wild pig in Germany has decided to give up its 'boaring' life _ leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle.

Farmer Dirk Reese told the dpa news agency Monday the boar, which he nicknamed 'Banana,' has been living with the eight cattle for more than two months on his property north of Hamburg, not far from the Danish border.

Reese says Banana has been effectively adopted by the cattle _ 'He's fully integrated into the herd, which is fascinating.'

Reese says Banana has achieved something of a celebrity status in the area, so he's not worried that the boar's life in an open pasture might make it easy prey for a local hunter.

He says that 'this pig has a special status.'

TME Failing to name this pig Babe is a huge missed opportunity.

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