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Weird National Briefs-(07/25/2018)

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For art’s sake

NEW YORK - A New York City art dealer who bought the contents of a New Jersey storage locker filled with paintings for $15,000 says he got more than he bargained for.

He found half a dozen paintings he believes were done by artist Willem de Kooning, whose works have sold for millions of dollars at auction.

The New York Post reports David Killen bought the contents of the Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, locker last year. The paintings were originally from the studio of art conservator Orrin Riley, who died in 1986, and his partner, Susanne Schnitzer, who died in 2009.

The paintings aren't signed, but Killen reached out to an expert who's confident they were done by de Kooning, an abstract expressionist from the Netherlands who moved to the United States and died in 1997.

TME – One man’s trash is another man’s minor but vital piece of contemporary art history.


Low and slow

DENVER - The Denver Post reports that a man driving a tractor led authorities on a slow-speed chase through the city Friday night before hitting a police vehicle downtown.

The newspaper says it appears more than a dozen squad cars chased the tractor and many other vehicles were hit. The Post says police rammed the tractor with their cars to end the chase.

The newspaper says the driver of the tractor suffered multiple police dog bites and was hit with a stun gun before he was arrested. He was taken from the scene in an ambulance.

Two newspaper reports the officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital.

TME – I guess you could say the police were … tractor trailers.

Total mix-up

GILLETTE, Wyo. - Wyoming police say a man twice led them in a chase - once in a pickup truck and then in a concrete mixer truck.

Gillette Police Lt. Brent Wasson says the incident began about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday when police tried to stop a pickup truck on the Interstate 90 on-ramp.

The Gillette News Record reports the driver fled, reaching speeds up to 100 mph on I-90 and forcing police to stop chasing him.

However, the pickup later crashed into a ditch in a field, and the driver ran off into a nearby construction business, where he commandeered the concrete mixer.

Wasson says at some point the truck's brakes locked and caught fire, disabling the truck.

Wasson says a 32-year-old man was taken into custody pending formal charges.

TME – He should have gone with the abstract mixer.

Making a splash

WIND GAP, Pa. - Police in Pennsylvania say a group of children and adults in an above-ground pool barely managed to scramble out of the water before a drunken driver plowed into it. says court documents describe a virtual one-man demolition derby in Wind Gap on July 13. Police say Dean Tomsic rammed into multiple items around his neighborhood and dragged his girlfriend alongside the truck when she tried to take his keys.

Tomsic is charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, DUI, disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.

Police say they were called for a report of a driver crashing into objects and possibly running over a woman.

They say Tomsic got stuck in a dirt embankment and then wrestled with officers during his arrest.

No attorney information is listed.

TME – Another tragic misunderstanding of the concept of carpooling.

This week in criminal masterminds

SHREVEPORT, La. - A robbery suspect used a stolen cellphone to snap a selfie and, in the process, gave authorities his identity.

That's according to police in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Shreveport Times reports the victim of a July 10 robbery told police he was held up at gunpoint as he exited his car. The victim said he surrendered cash and two cellphones, and the robber fled.

Three days later, the victim told police the suspect had taken photos of himself that automatically uploaded to the victim's cloud. The victim retrieved the photos, which investigators then released to the public. Two days later, a tipster gave a suspect's identity via Shreveport Caddo Crime Stoppers.

Police say 27-year-old Tommy Lee Beverly Jr. is now being sought on an armed robbery charge.

TME – That’s what we call selfie-incrimination.

Mystery gator

BATAVIA, N.Y. - Police responding to a 911 hang-up call from an abandoned building in western New York found something they weren't expecting: a 4-foot-long alligator.

WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports officers in the city of Batavia were checking out the inside of the building on Monday for anyone in distress when they found the gator in a makeshift aquarium.

Officers notified the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which sent an environmental conservation officer to the scene. The reptile was handed over to the DEC officer. The agency is now investigating.

State environmental conservation laws prohibit the sale or ownership of alligators and other dangerous animals in New York.

TME – It’s like the lamest Bond villain lair ever.

Pug life

CAPE MAY, N.J. - A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media.

Cape May Patrolman Michael LeSage found Bean the pug in a yard on Sunday. He tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short so he had to lift her.

Police posted a photo of Bean on Facebook with the caption: ``This is what happens when you run away from home.'' It took a few hours before Bean's owners tracked her down.

Hadley Hubbard of Baltimore, Maryland, thanked police and posted that Bean was sound asleep after an exciting run.

LeSage posted that Bean paid her bail in cookies.

TME – McGruff ain’t got nothing on this crime dog.

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