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Weird National Briefs (03/11/2020)

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Pet mayor

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. - A town in Vermont elected a dog as its pet mayor on Wednesday.

Murfee won the race in Fair Haven, WCAX-TV reported. The therapy dog beat out the incumbent goat, Mayor Mara Lincoln, and K-9 Sammy, a town police dog. Eight eighth graders counted 350 ballots Wednesday morning to determine the winner.

The pet mayor race aims to raise money for a new playground and get children interested in politics.

Murfee visits nursing homes, schools and hospitals as part of Caring Canines Therapy Dogs of Southern Vermont.

TME – Next step, Pet Representative and then, who knows? Pet President?

Getting in his licks

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — A 24-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail for posting on social media a video last August of himself removing an ice cream container from a Texas market freezer, licking the contents and returning the container to the freezer.

D’Adrien Anderson, 24, also was sentenced to an additional six-month jail term probated for two years and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,565 in restitution to Blue Bell Creameries, which had to replace all of its products in the freezer.

Anderson began serving his jail term immediately after sentencing.

TME – This is where we all scream AGAINST ice cream.

From the files of Police Fraud!

ROCKVILLE, Md. - A Maryland man is facing charges of impersonating a police officer after pulling a car over because it cut him off.

The Washington Post reports that the incident occurred Feb. 22 in Montgomery County just north of Washington.

Police said that Yerko Pallominy-Arce of Rockville was driving an orange Toyota Scion that had red and blue lights flashing in the front windshield area. He had pulled over a black Audi and was blocking the flow of traffic.

A real police officer with the Maryland Natural Resources Police drove by and initiated his own traffic stop of Pallominy-Arce.

According to court records, police recovered a Montgomery County Police Department issued hat with police insignia, a shoulder patch, a wooden baton and a device similar to a police communications microphone. Police said that Pallominy-Arce said that his father is a retired police officer and had given him the lights.

He told police said that he pulled the Audi over “because the vehicle had cut him off and the driver was using their cellphone,” according to court records.

The 30-year-old could not be reached for comment. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

TME – Maybe he can cop a plea?

Better late than never

ROXBORO, N.C. - For her 100th birthday, Ruth Bryant crossed a significant item off her bucket list. She went to jail.

The Person County Sheriff’s Office helped fulfill Bryant’s unusual wish when two deputies showed up at her assisted living facility to serve her a warrant charging her with indecent exposure, news outlets reported.

The two deputies handcuffed Bryant to her walker and placed her in a patrol car, giving her the full experience with lights and sirens flashing and blaring. Before she got in, the deputies warned her not to put up a fight, and she playfully kicked at them, WRAL reported.

“Don’t kick me; I’ve got a bad knee!” said one deputy, to which Bryant replied, “I’ve got two bad knees!”

The Courier-Times of Roxboro reported that as Bryant tried to get out of the patrol car, she told the deputies they should go after another criminal.

“The people who make these low damn seats in all these cars,” Bryant said. “You ought to arrest every one of them.”

Once in the jail, Bryant was treated like, well, a criminal. She had a mugshot taken, spent a few minutes in a jail cell, and left with an orange shirt with the words “PERSON COUNTY JAIL” on it.

“I’m in the jail-house now! I finally got here!” she exclaimed.

Before long, Bryant was released. She returned to her assisted living center to a party complete with a birthday cake. No word on whether the cake had a file in it.

TME – Usually when they talk about prison breaks, they don’t mean a hip.

Skeleton scandal

CUYAMUNGUE, N.M. - A New Mexico woman is facing a larceny charge after authorities say she stole a neighbor’s anatomical skeleton model that allegedly was making an offensive gesture toward her.

Court documents filed Monday show that Diana Hogrebe was charged with one count of larceny in connection with the skeleton heist, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

Hogrebe of Cuyamungue, New Mexico, told Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies she was offended by the way the skeleton’s hand was posed _ with the middle finger pointed up.

Hogrebe told the Santa Fe New Mexican the episode was the culmination of a monthslong feud between her and neighbor Joseph Downs, who she said has hassled her family and other nearby residents.

“I just, you know, had it,” Hogrebe said. “It was like the last straw that broke the camel’s back, and I don’t know what to do.”

The skeleton has not been located, authorities said.

According to the deputy’s statement of probable cause, the skeleton was a gift to Downs from a family member and was worth about $1,500.

Hogrebe took it in the early morning hours Feb. 27, the statement said. She told the deputy the finger pose had offended and upset her.

“It just put me to the boiling point,” she said in the interview Tuesday.

Downs, who has lived near her for less than a year, regularly harasses her, her 19-year-old daughter, her husband and other neighbors and family members who live in the area, Hogrebe said.

TME – Clearly, she had a bone to pick with him.

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