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Burglary suspect arrested after leaving wallet

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say a teenager who burglarized a Dallas police officer's apartment, taking his service weapon and ammunition, was apprehended after he lost his wallet as he fled.

Police reports say two witnesses chased 18-year-old Adrian Jimmerson when he was seen Feb. 13 carrying a pillowcase full of items. The suspect dropped the pillowcase as he jumped a fence, but his pants ripped and his wallet fell to the ground. A school identification card also was found. Jimmerson was arrested the next day.

He was being held Tuesday at the Dallas County jail on a charge of burglary of a habitation, with a bond of $10,000. A phone message left with his public defender, Frank Douglas, was not immediately returned.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Families celebrate Olympics at backyard sled track

MASON, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan families are celebrating the Olympics with a massive sled track they built into a backyard hill.

WILX-TV reports the Baker and Hines families came up with the idea for a luge track in Mason, located southeast of Lansing.

The course is about 200 feet long and includes a tunnel and a rendering of the Olympic rings. Doug Hines says they used two tractors with front-end loaders to create the course. He says it took about three days to build and a few hours to cover with ice.

His wife, Amy Hines, says "it's a memory maker" for the kids.

Family members and guests use sleds to speed down the curving course. Thad Baker says daily maintenance is done to ensure safety.

Information from: WILX-TV, http://www.wilx.com or www.wilxtv.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Police: Bizarre 911 calls lead to pot discovery

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a series of bizarre and false emergency calls led them to the discovery of a marijuana garden in a Northern California home.

Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves says 47-year-old Victor Jasinsky first called 911 at 3:42 a.m. Monday to report that a nearby house was on fire, then six hours later to say intruders were in his home.

Next, Jaskinsky's neighbor called on his behalf to say two women were being held hostage in Jasinsky's home. Then, Jasinsky called at 7:45 p.m., to report that a man had been shot. Authorities responded to every call.

The Modesto Bee reports that on the last call, officers searched Jasinsky's home and found a marijuana garden inside.

He was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana and filing false reports.

Officers believe Jasinsky was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Information from: The Modesto Bee, http://www.modbee.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Woman says she woke, found intruder asleep in home

MOUNT DORA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman says she awoke to find an intruder asleep on her couch.

Police say they arrested the man Tuesday at a home in Mount Dora and charged him in connection with some recent business burglaries.

Orlando station WFTV reports the woman heard snoring coming from her living room while she made her coffee.

She said she then found the man asleep on her couch, covered with a blanket, and that he had helped himself to a beer from her refrigerator before falling sleep.

When police arrived, they say they woke him up by removing the blanket and found him holding a butcher knife taken from the kitchen. Police say evidence found on the man linked him to recent burglaries and a car break-in.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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West Virginia pizza worker caught urinating in sink fired

KERMIT, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials have temporarily shut down a southern West Virginia pizza restaurant after a district manager was caught on surveillance video urinating into a sink.

Local media reported that the Mingo County health department ordered the Pizza Hut in Kermit, about 85 miles southwest of Charleston, to shut down.

Pizza Hut Corp. released a statement saying it was "embarrassed" by the manager's actions. The company says it has "zero tolerance" for violations of its operating standards. The employee was fired. His name was not released.

The video shows the manager urinating in a sink in the kitchen.

Pizza Hut says the incident occurred after business hours.

City health official Brett Vance says the restaurant is closed until it is thoroughly cleaned and there are reassurances of safeguards in place.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Man sues Oregon restaurant over mashed potatoes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who says he broke two teeth when he bit into some mashed potatoes is suing at Outback Steakhouse restaurant in Portland, Ore.

Roger Branstetter says there were bits of broken porcelain in the food in February 2012 when he cracked two molars, and he says a manager admitted that bits of a broken plate had fallen into the potatoes.

Branstetter is suing the restaurant for $48,000 in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

A managing partner of the Evergreen Restaurant Group that owns the franchise, Jason Bender, told The Oregonian he couldn't speak in detail about the case, but hadn't heard of any other customers with a similar complaint. He says safety is very important to the restaurant.

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Kentucky judge not fooled twice

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge might have been fooled once, but not twice.

The State Journal in Frankfort reports Franklin District Judge Kathy Mangeot originally fined Gary Thompson $100 and waived court costs when he was arraigned Tuesday morning in a trespassing case. She said in a later hearing that he used a fake voice designed to gain sympathy.

After the arraignment, Mangeot says she searched Thompson's name on the Internet and found news coverage in which he told Lexington TV stations last year that he faked having a disability while panhandling.

Mangeot ordered him hauled back into court and told him several times not to speak during the proceeding. She called him a "con artist," told him to pay court costs and increased his fine.

"I also understand based on the interviews that I watched you speak in, that when you wish to speak in a clear, understandable voice, you do so," Mangeot said. ".The voice you used with me this morning was a voice that I feel certain you were trying to garner sympathy from this court by indicating that you maybe had a mental condition that did not permit you to speak clearly."

She also warned that he would be held in contempt of court if he trespassed on the property in question again and jailed.

WLEX-TV in Lexington reported that Thompson said he used to be a millionaire. He told the station he got a $2.4 million settlement in 1993 over a motorcycle crash, but he blew it all.

Information from: The State Journal, http://www.state-journal.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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