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Weird National Briefs - January 22nd, 2014

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Feline felons?

FORT ANN, N.Y. - A litter of kittens has found a cozy home in the least cozy of places - a maximum-security prison in upstate New York.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports four kittens found their way into the basement of the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Fort Ann a few months ago. That's near the Vermont border 55 miles northeast of Albany.

The family of feral felines has been cared for by inmates and prison staff, including head electrician Bruce Porter. He arrives at work early so he can tend to the cats, which live in a large cage built by an inmate.

Another inmate takes care of the cats on weekends when many prison employees are off.

Prison officials say they're hoping to find the kittens homes among the staff.

TME In prison for crimes they didn't commit? Sounds like a kitten A-Team.

A tip of the cap

FLINT, Mich. - A University of Michigan-Flint student hopes to use his graduation cap to take a bite out of his education debt.

Alex Benda of St. Clair tells the Detroit Free Press he wants to cash in on the 10-inch by 10-inch hat by selling ad space in 1-inch squares on top. He says if he's able to sell 100 squares he'll have wiped out his about $30,000 in student loans.

The 22-year-old international business major is scheduled to graduate in a few months. He says it's 'scary' to think about trying to find a job while having so much debt.

As of Monday morning, he's raised more than $1,200 online from 10 backers - but no square buyers had yet to make a pledge.

TME To be fair, there are worse things that he could be selling.

Manual mishap

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Springfield police say three men who jumped a food delivery driver also wanted to steal his car, but ran into a major problem - none of them knew how to operate a manual transmission.

The driver told police he stopped to make a delivery at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. He called the number on the order to say he had arrived.

But moments later, he was rushed by three men, one of whom had a knife.

Sgt. John Delaney says they demanded the food and his car keys.

That's when they noticed the pesky stick shift.

Delaney tells The Republican newspaper the thieves argued among themselves then ran down the street with their ill-gotten dinner.

The driver was not seriously hurt. There have been no arrests.

TME Talk about your sticky situations.

Animal husbandry

GULF BREEZE, Fla. - The Gulf Breeze Zoo is experiencing a baby boom.

Since October, the zoo has welcomed several babies, including a hippo, two kangaroos, two bongos and a giraffe.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports the zoo's youngest animal is Gamba, a giraffe born Nov. 10. He's grown more than 2 feet since his birth and is beginning to eat whole foods.

Curator Tenielle Welch says Cooper, the hippo, was born in early October. And two joeys, also born in October, are in the kangaroo exhibit. Two bongos were born a month apart, in October and November.

Next up is a baby zebra, expected in four to five months.

After that Welch says no more babies are on the horizon.

TME They should really stop playing Marvin Gaye on the PA.

Stun gun fun

JUNEAU, Wis. - A 42-year-old Illinois man was fined $250 after allegedly using a stun gun on his wife after she lost a bet on a Packers-Bears game.

John Grant of Tinley Park pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct Thursday.

The Daily Citizen reports Judge Steven Bauer ordered the fine plus court costs.

The couple was driving through Mayville in their semi when they stopped at a bar to watch the Nov. 4 game, which the Packers lost 27-20.

According to the complaint, Nicole Grant bet her husband that he could use a stun gun on her for three seconds if Green Bay lost.

John Grant allegedly used it three times on her, and she called police. She told officers she didn't think her husband would actually use the weapon on her.

TME So she was shocked to discover that this was no joke?

Take a bite out of crime

PINEVILLE, La. - A Chihuahua-carrying burglar was collared after detectives spotted the pooch in its owner's yard, less than a mile away, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators don't know why the Chihuahua was brought along, said Lt. Tommy Carnline, spokesman for the department.

'We have no clue. We have no idea. People do the strangest things,' he said Monday in a brief phone interview.

But the dog caught the eye of a homeowner who zipped home Saturday to check an alarm and saw someone jump out of his window.

'The complainant described the clothing the suspect was wearing but most noticeable was the blonde Chihuahua dog with a teal green collar he was carrying,' Carnline wrote in a news release.

The suspect was identified before deputies spotted the dog in another yard, he wrote. That homeowner told investigators the dog was hers, and she had been letting 19-year-old Kyle Chase Rabalais of Pineville stay at her house.

Carnline said Rabalais was arrested soon afterward and booked with burglary, criminal damage and theft, and on previous warrants accusing him of theft, criminal damage, forgery, failure to pay a fine and contempt of court - the last because he didn't show up for a hearing.

TME Clearly, the dog was the brains of the operation.

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