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Weird National Briefs (11/30/2016)

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Baby on board

YONKERS, N.Y. - As many Americans hit the road on Thanksgiving, one baby couldn't wait to join them.

Firefighters were called to help a woman in labor in a car on a suburban New York highway on Thursday afternoon. But the baby was born before they got there six minutes later.

It happened on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers, just north of New York City. Fire Lt. Peter Connelly tells The Journal News the woman gave birth in the reclined front seat of an SUV. The father was with her.

Connelly says firefighters checked the baby girl's vital signs, cut her umbilical cord, made sure she was warm and helped her mother stay calm. Both were soon taken to a hospital.

Connelly says the baby appeared healthy.

TME Get ready for a lifetime with the nickname 'Butterball,' kid.

Candy criminal

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - Police say a man wanted in connection with a northern New Mexico candy store heist has been arrested.

The Las Vegas Optic reports 54-year-old Ramon Lucero recently was taking into custody for burglarizing the Ulibarri Farms Candy Shoppe in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Authorities say Lucero took about $300 in cash from the register and $50 worth of candy, including a jar of Squirrel Nut Zippers, Assorted Taffy and Bit O Honey.

An affidavit says police were able to identify Lucero from video surveillance footage.

Lucero is charged with commercial burglary and breaking and entering.

It was known not if he had an attorney.

TME He should plead insanity what kind of madman steals Bit-O-Honeys?

Pizza pass

AMHERST, Mass. - Police in Massachusetts say a woman tried to use a slice of pizza as a form of identification to get into a college town bar and slapped the bouncer when he refused her entry.

Monkey Bar co-owner Rasif Rafiq tells The Boston Globe the apparent college student had attempted to hand the bar's bouncer a slice of pizza she had purchased at a nearby shop as proof of her legal age last week. She allegedly became aggressive and a nearby police officer got involved.

Police say the woman was issued a trespass notice to stay away from the club.

Rafiq says his phone has been 'blowing up' since the early morning incident at the Amherst bar was reported by the Daily Hampshire Gazette and picked up by other news outlets.

TME In a shocking twist, her name is actually Tomato Deepdish.

Some like it hot

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. - A workshop on fire eating sparked a false fire alarm at a former church near Pittsburgh.

Neighbors called 911 after spotting flames inside the building in McKees Rocks about 9 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters arrived to find flames - but they weren't burning out of control.

Instead, a group of 25 people was participating in a workshop, learning to perform the circus trick of fire eating.

Fire Chief Nick Radoycis says the building didn't have running water or fire extinguishers, so the group might be cited for trespassing or using the building without a proper permit.

Ed Pinto, one of the participants, says there was no harm done or intended, saying the group was 'hanging out and doing our crazy stuff' and someone called the fire department.

TME Weirdest church supper ever.

Right place, wrong time

VIENNA - This robbery failed before it began. The bank was closed.

Austrian police have arrested a man who they say tried to rob a bank in Vienna - but arrived too early.

Police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer says the 45-year old suspect entered the bank foyer Tuesday armed with a gas pistol and with a hood drawn over his head but 15 minutes before opening time.

He says that passers-by alerted police after the man hid his weapon under newspapers and paced nervously as he waited for the main doors to open.

The man wasn't identified in line with Austrian privacy laws. Police say his planned getaway vehicle was a stolen scooter.

TME In Austria, the early bird goes to jail.

Fowl play

WEBSTER, Mass. - A Massachusetts man sick of the mess seagulls leave at his dock and boat wants the neighbor he says is responsible for attracting the birds to pay up.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Frank Yacino has sued Lisa Pezzella in small claims court.

Yacino lives on Webster Lake in Webster. He says Pezzella feeds the seagulls that hang around his neighborhood, leaving droppings all over his property and making it impossible to enjoy the water. He's asking for $1,500 to replace his boat's seat covers and $500 for the time he's spent pressure-washing his dock.

The town has issued a cease-and-desist order to Pezzella, based on video officials say shows her feeding gulls.

Her lawyer calls the case silly and denies his client feeds the birds.

TME What a crappy neighbor.

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