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Police: officer impostor confronts real detective

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado say a police impersonator picked the wrong man when he approached an undercover detective and demanded he hand over drugs as part of a police drug bust.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, the undercover detective was in a cellphone store speaking to a clerk when a man came in demanding to know why the detective had so many phones and accused him of being a drug dealer on Monday. He demanded the detective "give him the drugs," according to the paper.

The detective then turned the tables on the impersonator. He showed the man his own law enforcement credentials and advised the man he was under arrest for suspicion of impersonation of a peace officer.

Authorities say Roland Herrera was taken to jail.

Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Jewels on French mountain may be from plane crash

By Lori Hinnant, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — A French mountain climber stumbled upon a case of dozens of cut jewels, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — believed to be debris from one of two Air India crashes decades ago, police said.

Police commander Sylvain Merly of France's Savoie region said the experienced Mont Blanc climber, who asked to stay anonymous, found the box marked "Made in India" while scaling one of the peak's glaciers and turned it in on Sept. 9. Authorities hope to find someone connected with its owner, who is presumed to have been a passenger on one of the two jets that crashed in 1950 or 1966.

Merly said Thursday the metal box, slightly smaller than a shoe box, was filled with small bags of loose jewels, mostly emeralds and sapphires. Merly said debris from the Air India crashes regularly rises to the surface on Mont Blanc.

"Things come up from the glaciers," Merly said. "They're always moving."

Merly said the climber's decision to turn over the box immediately "means that there are still honest people."

"He could have kept them but he chose to turn them in because he knew they belonged to someone who probably perished," Merly said.

It wasn't immediately clear what would happen to the jewels if nobody claimed them.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Quack! Wisconsin bill would legalize duck races

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin lawmaker is introducing a bill, no pun intended, that would legalize duck races.

Well, not real ducks but the plastic ones with numbers on the bottom. Nonprofit organizations commonly race the little plastic ducks as fundraisers. Participants usually buy a raffle ticket corresponding with a duck's number.

The first to float across the finish line wins.

State Rep. Andre Jacque circulated a proposal Thursday to legalize the races. He says the village of Mishicot was warned by the Wisconsin Department of Justice that its annual rubber duck race amounts to illegal gambling.

Jacque's bill creates an exemption for duck races, similar to laws in Minnesota and Michigan.

Rubber duck races in Wisconsin include the "Ducktona 500" in Sheboygan Falls and the "Lucky Ducky Derby" in Menomonee Falls.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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UFO in Augusta turns out to be restaurant light

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several Augusta residents called police and the local newspaper to report a UFO hovering over the capital city this week.

But there were no little green men invading. Just chimichangas and fajitas.

Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills tells the Kennebec Journal the source of the UFO rumor turned out to be a spotlight being used by Margaritas Mexican Restaurant to celebrate its reopening on Wednesday night.

Manager Rob Michaud says the restaurant recently completed renovations and was shut down for about two weeks.

Mills says police asked the restaurant to shut off the light because of the concerns.

Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Suburban Dallas cop helps deliver surprise baby 

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) — A suburban Dallas police officer ended up playing midwife to one mother in labor.

Gene Kimpton says he entered a home in Carrollton Wednesday morning with his weapon drawn. All he knew is there was some sort of emergency situation in the house.

There was.

A young boy pointed Kimpton into the bathroom, where his mother — who hadn't realized she was pregnant — was in labor.

Kimpton helped guide the baby boy out and wrapped him in a towel until paramedics arrived and cut the umbilical cord.

Police say the mother and child are resting comfortably at an area hospital.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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West Michigan farm opening alpaca-themed store

NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The owner of a West Michigan alpaca farm is opening up a store to sell items including socks made out of alpaca fleece and stuffed animals.

Jean McMurray, who operates the 25-acre Scenic Sky Alpaca Farm in Muskegon County, started out with four alpacas and now has a herd of 200. On Saturday, The Muskegon Chronicle reports the store's grand opening is planned in conjunction with National Alpaca Farm Days.

McMurray is passionate about alpacas. She traded her Corvette for one of her first alpacas and later named one of her animals "Mercedes," for a luxury car she could have bought instead.

The store at Scenic Sky Alpaca Farm, located near Muskegon, is scheduled to be open Wednesdays-Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

Online: http://www.scenicskyalpacas.com

Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, http://www.mlive.com/muskegon

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Abandoned gold bars baffle German police 

BERLIN (AP) — Attention all passengers: could the person who left a stash of gold bars and a pile of banknotes in the luggage deposit at Cologne's main railway station kindly contact German police?

That was the appeal that police in the western German city issued Friday for information to track down the owner of the several kilos (pounds) of gold and a six-figure sum of euros in cash.

The stash was found in April in a luggage locker at the station, a major European transport hub. Police said they're going public after being unable to link the haul to any crime and hearing nothing from any legitimate owner.

Whoever the owner is shouldn't leave it too much longer. Police say that if nobody comes forward, the stash will be sold.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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