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Weird National Briefs - December 25th, 2013

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Christmas in Hollis

HOLLIS, N.H. - Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building. 

The Nashua Telegraph reports that administrators at the Hollis Primary School called police around 10 a.m. Thursday after they saw the man running around the school, tapping on windows and waving at students. 

He was buzzed into the building but fled when he saw a look of alarm on a staffer's face. 

Other schools and parents were notified and kids were kept inside for recess. 

The man has contacted police to say he was only trying to spread 'holiday cheer' and didn't mean to cause panic. Police aren't identifying him because he wasn't charged. 

TME Tis the season to be creepy.

A modest proposal

ELK CITY, Okla. - Talk about a marriage proposal to remember. 

An Oklahoma man proposed to his girlfriend last week while an officer tried to arrest him on two outstanding warrants. 

An officer spotted Justin Harrel of Elk City in a local park last Friday and discovered that he had outstanding warrants out of two counties for obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check, according to court documents. 

Police said Harrel resisted arrest at first. 

'I advised Justin that he was under arrest and directed him to turn around and place his hands behind his back,' the officer wrote in his police report. 'Justin said, Steve, let's talk about this. Give me five minutes.' 

When the officer took him into custody, Harrel explained that he was about to propose to his girlfriend. He asked if he could go ahead with the proposal. 

The officer allowed Harrel to complete the marriage proposal, and Harrel's girlfriend eventually said yes. Harrel then asked the officer to get the engagement ring from his coat pocket and give it to her. 

The officer handed the ring to the girlfriend. 

Harrel was not cited for resisting an officer. 

TME She's one lucky girl.

Highway cal-ham-ity

ATLANTA - A truck overturned in metro Atlanta, spilling tons of hams onto an interstate ramp. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the truck was hauling 40,000 pounds of hams Thursday around 4 a.m. when it overturned, spilling its cargo south of Atlanta. Authorities were working early Thursday to clear the ramp from Old National Highway to Interstate 85 southbound after the crash. 

The cab of the truck was destroyed in the crash, which also caused a diesel fuel spill. 

Truck driver, Rigo Vargas, said he was hauling the hams to Texas when he wrecked. He said he banged his head against the door when the rig flipped over, but wasn't seriously hurt. 

TME And now we know where the rubber meats the road.

(Not) the first Noel

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A Connecticut man named Noel who climbed a tree decorated with Christmas lights has been arrested. 

The electricity for the lights was cut as police and firefighters responded around noon Wednesday after Noel Delgado climbed the tree on the New Haven Green, a 16-acre park in downtown New Haven near Yale University. 

Delgado had two banners in the tree. Police Lt. Jeff Hoffman tells the New Haven Register he shouted about various causes. 

Officers talked with Delgado and persuaded him to climb down. 

Delgado has been charged with breach of peace. Police say he refused medical treatment. 

There's no telephone number listed for Delgado at his New Haven address. 

TME No word as to in which field he was keeping his sheep.

Just the tips

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Police say a woman applying for a job at a Delaware restaurant stole money from a tip jar. 

Rehoboth Beach police say the woman filled out an application at Five Guys last Friday, then took about $15 from two separate jars. 

Police say a review of the application and surveillance footage led to the arrest of 44-year-old Melissa Brittingham. 

WXDE-FM reports that Brittingham later pleaded guilty to a theft charge and received one year of probation. 

Brittingham must also pay a $500 fine and court costs. 

TME We're guessing she didn't make the interview round.

Gator done

MIAMI - Florida wildlife officials say a man tried to trade a live alligator for beer at a Miami convenience store. 

State Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino says the man received a citation for illegally capturing and trying to sell the gator. 

Pino tells WTVJ-TV that the man trapped the 4-foot-long gator at a nearby park and brought it to the store Dec. 10. When he proposed to trade the animal for a 12-pack of beer, the store clerk called authorities. 

Pino says the alligator was 'pretty much in good shape.' The animal was released back into the wild. 

TME An alligator for a 12-pack seems like a fair trade.

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