Wednesday, 09 January 2013 12:25

January 9, 2013

Man's best drinking buddy

BEND, Ore. - An Oregon man who loves beer and loves his dog has concocted some hooch for the pooch.

Daniel Keeton works at Bend's Boneyard Brewery tasting room and calls his canine creation Dawg Grog.

KTVZ reports there's no alcohol in the doggie brew. Ingredients include vegetable broth and spent grain.

Bottles of Dawg Grog are on sale at the Visit Bend store, along with other local beers.

Keeton says his dog, Lola Jane, usually licks her bowl clean.

TME Of course this is in Oregon.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:06

January 2, 2013

Grease is the word

HEMET, Calif. - Two men are accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of used cooking grease from a Riverside County McDonald's.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the owner staked out the McDonald's in Hemet because thieves had been targeting restaurants to steal grease for selling to recyclers.

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Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:57

December 26, 2012

When elves go rogue

HOUSTON - One Houston-area woman received what seemed like an early Christmas gift: her yard neatly decorated with festive ornaments.

But there was a big problem. The decorations were stolen from some neighbors, and the present apparently was a prank.

Police in Friendswood say the ornaments included a gingerbread man, Cat in the Hat, Christmas flamingo, and a bear with a Santa hat and reindeer.

Word spread of the strange incident earlier this week, and several neighborhood residents stopped by to retrieve their missing decorations. The rest were taken to Friendswood police.

The Houston Chronicle reports that investigators say they don't have any suspects.

TME Apparently Clark Griswold sleepwalks.

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Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:54

December 19, 2012

Chauffeur shenanigans

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Quick action by a woman kept a drunk man from driving away with a limousine filled with members of a bachelorette party celebrating at a New York casino.

Saratoga Springs police say 22-year-old Tyler Bellick of Schenectady was intoxicated when he jumped into a limo at Saratoga Casino and Raceway early Sunday morning and started to drive away with about a dozen women inside the vehicle.

Michele Swart tells the Times Union of Albany that another member of the bachelorette party climbed over the limo's divider, grabbed Bellick by the neck and shifted the vehicle out of drive. Bellick fled on foot with several of the women giving chase. He was caught by casino security guards and held for police.

Bellick's charges include DWI and grand larceny. Information on his lawyer wasn't available.

TME The streets tend to be safer when roamed by herds of drunken bridesmaids.

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Thursday, 13 December 2012 10:49

December 12, 2012

A sticky situation

ELIZABETHVILLE, Pa. - Burglars tend to have sticky fingers but usually not because they're using glue.

Police say a Pennsylvania man broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and glued her refrigerator and a utensil drawer shut.

The Patriot-News reports 42-year-old Dennis Michael Homberg also allegedly poured glue into his ex's computer keyboard during the Nov. 12 break-in at her apartment in Elizabethville, about 15 miles north of Harrisburg.

Homberg was arraigned Saturday on charges including burglary and stalking and held on $50,000 bail. Court records don't list an attorney for him.

TME This is what happens when you take relationship advice from Johnny Knoxville.

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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:39

December 5, 2012

Worst. Driving instructor. Ever.

MONACA, Pa. - It's a driving lesson that went awry in more ways than one.

The Beaver County Times reports 26-year-old Bobbie Jo Gacesa of Monaca was charged Friday with multiple counts stemming from an Oct. 26 crash.

Pennsylvania State Police said Gacesa was teaching a teenage girl to drive when the teen's foot slipped from the brake to the gas pedal and the minivan jumped a curb and struck a building.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 17:27

November 28, 2012

Meaty misrepresentation

HELENA, Mont. - A phone book company has settled a lawsuit over its listing a Montana restaurant in the 'Animal Carcass Removal' section of the yellow pages.

The terms of the Nov. 16 deal between Dex Media Inc. and Bar 3 Bar-B-Q's parent company were not disclosed in court filings.

The owner of the restaurant with locations in Bozeman and Belgrade sued after the listing first appeared in the 2009 yellow pages and was reprinted in 2010 and last year in other print and online telephone directories.

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:35

November 21, 2012

Honor among thieves

WICHITA, Kan. - A 51-year-old Wichita man has his wallet back after a would-be robber recognized him as a former fellow inmate.

Wichita police say the man was walking home from work late Wednesday when he was approached by two young men, including one with a gun.

The gunman demanded the victim's wallet and cellphone. As the older man handed over his wallet, the second suspect realized they had spent time together in prison.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 16:41

November 14, 2012

That entrepreneurial spirit

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Police in Connecticut say a man stole a car used to deliver Chinese food and continued dropping off orders so he could keep the customers' money.

Keith Hinds was charged on Friday with larceny, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and other drug charges.

It was not known Monday morning if the 45-year-old Hinds is represented by a lawyer.

West Hartford police received a call from a Chinese food delivery driver reporting that his car had been stolen after he left it idling to run into a school.

The driver also called his boss so customers could be notified that their orders were stolen with the car. Police say one of the orders was delivered after the car was taken.

Hinds was held on $5,000 bond.

TME Criminal or no, you have to admire the guy's work ethic.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 18:36

November 7, 2012

Glory days

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - A central Michigan high school football team may have to forfeit some victories after officials learned that a player was 21 years old.

The young man enrolled at Mount Pleasant High School this fall under an alias, Javier Jones. Athletic Director Jim Conway tells The Morning Sun that the investigation began with a tip from a parent. The student was expelled Thursday.

Conway says documents were altered and forged. The student previously lived in Lansing. Under state rules, a student isn't eligible to play if he or she is 19 before Sept. 1.

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