Sheriff Deputies was in Danville, Iowa, taking aim at unregulated gambling -- mouse racing. Officers raided the Bucktail Lodge in search of code violations and shut down the popular races.
"We don't consider it gambling at all, its just people having fun. The money goes back to them. If you win, you win; if you lose, you lose," said Scott Beach, owner of the Bucktail Lodge.
When the mice aren't competing, they are adored as pets in the family's apartment above the bar. For now, the races are on hold, but the mice racers said they will be in court to fight for the right to their rodent-race night. They said the incident makes it clear that the local police have little to do.
"There's no meth heads or makers around here, you just gotta mess with the mouse racers," said Beach.
A man's rare coin collection worth about $1 million was scattered along Interstate 95 when the collector's car was involved in a rollover crash near mile marker 250.
A Boca Raton couple was heading north to a coin show in Jacksonville when the back passenger-side tire blew out in VolusiaCounty. The SUV rolled, flipping at least five times, police said.
The rare collection went flying out of the car, spilling across the median.
The collector's wife's arm was fractured in the crash. The coin dealer's injuries were much worse.
The man initially refused to leave the scene. "He was in pain, but he was more worried about the money," Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Darryl Haywood Jr. said.
Rescue crews convinced the dealer, who they said has heart problems, that he needed to go to the hospital. "The pain started setting in. I think his adrenaline kicked in when it first happened," Haywood said.
The man tapped into his network of collectors in the area to help recover the coins. "Eight people came out with metal detectors."
Troopers stayed to help, too, and a tow truck driver found $46,000 in bills in the trees.
Haywood said those trying to cash in by searching for more coins can get a ticket for stopping along the interstate and that troopers are watching the area.
Melton Little loves the Rays, and he hates the Yankees. He owns a T-shirt that captures these sentiments perfectly, especially when worn at Tropicana Field. It is white with blue block letters, and it expresses fans' derision for the New York team in two simple words: YANKEES SUCK.
The usher told him the shirt violated stadium policy because it included a "profanity." He could either flip it over, put on a different shirt, or leave. Little left.
More than 90 years after a Saginaw lumber baron's death, his family members are finally getting their share of his money.
Wellington R. Burt died in 1919 as one of the wealthiest men in Michigan and the U.S. Since then, there has been an ongoing dispute over how his roughly $100 million estate will be divided up. This year, the courts helped make a final decision.
In the early 1900s, lumber baron Wellington Burt wrote his will. It's been at the Saginaw County Courthouse since his death. In the will Burt spelled out that it would be years before his fortune was handed out.
A house dubbed New York City's "skinniest" is on the market with a hefty price tag: $4.3 million.
The town house at 75 ½ Bedford Street in the WestVillage has been home to the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, the anthropologist Margaret Mead and the actor Cary Grant.
It measures just 9 ½ feet wide, has three-bedrooms, four fireplaces and a lush back yard. It was built in 1873. Broker Bo Poulsen at Town Residential says the last buyer paid $2.1 million for the building in 2009 and put in a million-dollar renovation. The kitchen has Italian marble counters and the master bath opens to a balcony overlooking the garden.
Portland police arrested 37-year-old Scott Hamilton on Sunday evening for sitting in his wheelchair, drinking a beer on public property. He was sought on an earlier arrest warrant for the same offense so officers drove him to the jail, giving him a receipt for the wheelchair
When he was released early Monday, his wheelchair was nowhere to be found. Hamilton wound up scooting on his butt out through the jail lobby doors.
Police spokesman Pete Simpson says the wheelchair was eventually located at the police property warehouse.
Thieves make off with $1.6 million in wine
Scotland Yard is searching for $1.6 million worth of vintage wine stolen from an east London warehouse.
Police say thieves disabled alarms and security cameras before breaking into the warehouse on Sunday and using a forklift to load up about 400 cases of the precious cargo.
Some of the stolen wine belonged to private investors, one of whom has offered a $7,200 reward for the return of the stolen stock.
Police appealed to the public for information, saying the stolen wine is rare and valuable and could be sold to private collectors or auction houses.
Six men were seen with what police said they believe are the three getaway vehicles. Police said two men have been arrested in connection with the burglary.
Man dropped ring down toilet gets it back
A 90-year-old man who accidentally dropped his commemorative high school ring down a lavatory in 1938 has been reunited with it after 73 years. The ring was found 200 miles away in a sewer by a sanitation worker who happened to have gone to the same school and recognized it.
Jesse Mattos had dropped the ring, which bore his initials JTM and the year of his graduation, into a toilet in a butcher's shop where he was working when a high school student in Mount Shasta, California.
Tony Congi, 52, a sanitation worker who graduated from the same high school in 1976, found the piece of jewelry in the sewer system and recognized it immediately.
He had the ring cleaned and then looked at the 1938 year book, discovering there was only one person with the initials on it. He returned the ring to Mr. Mattos
Police Lt. Jeff Millard says officers were able to determine where the calls were coming from by triangulating the signal from Green's phone. There were two active warrants for Green's arrest for failure to pay fines.
Compressed air turns man into 'balloon'
A New Zealand truck driver said he blew up like a balloon when he fell onto the fitting of a compressed air hose that pierced his buttock and forced air into his body at 100 pounds a square inch.
Steven McCormack was standing on his truck's foot plate when he slipped and fell, breaking a compressed air hose off an air reservoir that powered the truck's brakes.
He fell hard onto the brass fitting, which pierced his left buttock and started pumping air into his body.
Officers had a warrant for the arrest of 41-year-old James Vernard. Smith and they went to a home looking for him.
Officers said they found Smith in an attic. Police said he was crawling toward the officers when part of the ceiling gave way, and he fell partially through the ceiling. Police said the officers helped lower Smith to the ground and arrested him.
Police said Smith faces several charges including burglary, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, failure to appear in court, and two counts of violating probation.
DUI suspect hits patrol car with another DUI suspect inside
A suspected drunk driver ran her car into a Washington state patrol car while the trooper was getting ready to arrest another DUI suspect.
One answer comes from Gov. Rick Scott, whose worth upwards of $200 million has a spare roof, in storage, for his Naples home. Yes, that's right, he has a second roof, he said this week at the Governor's Hurricane Conference at the BrowardCountyConvention Center.
He didn't say how much the spare roof cost, except that it was "expensive." The CollierCounty property appraiser's website shows the home has a market value of $9.2 million.
Maybe a slow day at the paper
The Beast: Barack Obama's bullet-proof limo gets stuck on US embassy ramp. The US Presidential Cadillac, nicknamed "The Beast" for its bombproof features, fails to make it out of the US embassy in Dublin as it gets stuck on a ramp
Barack Obama and his wife, en route to his ancestral home in CountyOffaly, had to abandon the car after the collision in front of waving crowds in Dublin.
Specially built for Mr. Obama, the General Motors vehicle boasts its own oxygen supply in case of chemical attack and armor-plated doors.
A British Ferrari enthusiast in Sheffield England says he has converted his garage into a den -- not for himself but for his car, a $56,000 Ferrari F355 Spyder.
John Ryder, 28, worked for month and spent about $1,500 to convert the garage into a den and TV room but kept the garage door in place so he can park the bright yellow 1996 Spyder in the middle of the room.
Condom maker wants upscale market
The maker of the world's most expensive condoms says $65 a dozen is pretty fair considering the quality of the product.
Jud Ireland, CEO of Naked, tells his condoms include a high-priced lubricant and are made with latex that is both thinner and softer than most brands found on drugstore shelves in the United States.
And, according to Ireland's sister, Marie, they have a visual appeal. "I'd rather have sex with someone who has a Naked condom," "The guy looks better, I think."
While Naked sells for $5 per unit as opposed to $1 for Brand X, the market for upscale condoms is growing. Ireland called Naked's target audience "edgy, hip and rich."
Ohio pair served time in pool instead of jail
An Ohio couple found themselves up to their ankles in trouble for rafting on a flood-swollen river without life preservers and lying about it afterward.
A judge sentenced them to stand in a tiny swimming poolwhile wearing life jackets and handing out water safety brochures at a festival in Painesville, 30 miles northeast of Cleveland.
Grace Nash and Bruce Crawford both are 22-years-old pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misconduct during an emergency. Searchers spent hours looking for them last month after they were spotted on the Grand River. They made it to land but lied to an official about being in the water.
They chose the pool punishment and community service over 60 days in jail.
School officials say hay is one of the worst things you can bring into a building because of the respiratory problems it causes in enclosed spaces. Several employees have sought medical attention after reporting respiratory discomfort.
Air quality tests show mold spore counts from the hay were four times higher than recommended levels. Officials are awaiting a second round of test results before deciding whether to resume classes.
Bill for Ferrari wrecked by FBI agent: $750,000
An FBI agent wrecks a rare Ferrari during a short ride in Kentucky, and the U.S. Justice Department is refusing to pay $750,000 to a Michigan insurance company that owns it.
In a recent court filing in Detroit, the government says it's immune to tort claims when certain goods are in the hands of law enforcement.
The 1995 Ferrari F50 was being stored in Lexington, Ky., as part of an investigation of stolen vehicles. A prosecutor says he was invited by an FBI agent to take a ride in May 2009. He says the agent lost control, and the car landed against bushes and a small tree.
The GarrettCounty sheriff says an inmate escaped from jail by kicking a hole through a wall.
Sheriff Rob Corley explained how 31-year-old Alisa Shafer of Friendsville escaped Thursday afternoon. Deputies apprehended her that evening.
Corley says Shafer kicked a hole through the half-inch drywall of a bathroom to escape from a holding area into the jail lobby. He says neither cameras nor correctional officers observed her as she turned her black-and-white-striped jail outfit inside-out and fled.
The mother asked if her daughter could be involuntarily committed for a mental health evaluation under the state's Baker Act.
Student drugged teacher over scolding
A 13-year-old OsceolaCounty middle school student was booked into the a juvenile detention center without bond after he drugged his teacher's cup of coffee after she allegedly yelled at him in class.
The arrest report showed the 0.2 mg pill of clonidine — a medication prescribed for treating high-blood pressure or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — caused Discovery Intermediate teacher Danielle Jones on Monday to become "nauseous, very thirsty and she couldn't keep her eyes open," according to the arrest report.
The boy said three students witnessed him drugging his teacher's coffee. The word quickly spread around the school.
Why did he do it?
He "wanted her to go to sleep," deputies said.
Road sign hacked: 'Live nudes ahead'
Delaware highway officials say a portable road-message sign was hacked to read "Live nudes ahead" instead of advising motorists about a coming road closure near Greenville.
Department of Transportation spokesperson Sandy Roumillat says the computerized sign is password-protected, but the contractor that owns the sign was using a password that was easy for his staff to remember, and apparently easy to guess. Roumillat says the password will be reset.
The men were detained by police after they sold a portion of their catch - about 2.5 tons - to a buyer in nearby Malbork.
The 28-year-old and 33 year-old face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Kindergartner takes heroin to school
Police and school officials in western Pennsylvania say a kindergarten student brought stamped bags of heroin to a Pittsburgh school and may have given some to other students.
Investigators said the 7-year-old brought the drugs to RooseveltPrimary School. Officials say teachers found 18 white packets with a stamp of a bunny coming out of a hat, which kids are calling "the magic ticket."
Police spokesperson Diane Richard said the boy didn't know what the substance was. Officials say the boy told police he gave the small bags to three friends.
Richard says one parent has returned a stamp bag to the school, and any parent who finds one should call 911. She says police are investigating how the boy got the drugs.
Man Caught With Pants Down Behind Soda Machine
Oklahoma City police said while they were responding to a shoplifting call at a metro grocery store, a man was caught with his pants down behind a soda machine.
Police arrested 31-year-old Marshall David Osbrone on indecent exposure charges after someone alerted police to a man touching himself behind a soda machine at the store's entrance.
The person told police they saw a pair of legs sticking out from behind a soda machine, according to the police report.
When police went to investigate, they said, Osbrone had his pants down to his ankles touching himself.
Police arrested and handcuffed, and took him to the Oklahoma County Jail.
“I think it’s disgusting,” said Jamie, who is a full-time carer. “I’d cut the pizza in half and given half to Callum and half to my other son Ollie.
“I was upstairs when Callum shouted up, ‘Mom, there’s something on my pizza.’
“I came downstairs and I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. It was a chewed up piece of gum. It’s disgraceful.
“Obviously the person making the pizza was munching away and it fell out of their mouth. I can’t believe they just left it there. “Callum said he’ll never eat another pizza. Just the thought of it makes him ill.”
CecilCountyMd. authorities say a man repeatedly called 911 for an ambulance when there was no emergency to get a ride to another town.
Forty-four-year-old Devin Henson of ChesapeakeCity was arrested Friday and charged with false alarm, harassment and telephone misuse. He is being held on $4,000 bond.
The Cecil County Sheriff's Office says Henson called 911 17 times this year faking an illness. After being taken to UnionHospital in Elkton, officials say Henson would leave the facility before being treated and had been spotted in areas of Elkton where drugs could be purchased.
Authorities say on Friday, Henson allegedly called for an ambulance but when police accompanied paramedics, did not accept the ambulance ride. Officials say Henson called 911 a second time Friday and was arrested.
Man calls 911 80 times in one day
Although 911 is supposed to be for emergencies, authorities say a VolusiaCounty man kept calling the number for everything except emergencies.
In fact, they said he averaged one call every three minutes.
Port Orange police arrested 57-year-old John Calvery Friday for misusing the 911 system.
Officials said Calvery called dispatchers at the R.C.C.Center around 80 times last week in a five hour period. The center dispatches firefighters and police in southeast VolusiaCounty,
R.C.C. Director Dave Bubb said Calvery calls both 911 and the center's non-emergency phone number.
"The same people answer the same calls so it takes them away from doing their emergency work, or taking legitimate calls on seven digit lines,” Bubb said.
In the affidavit, Calvery told dispatchers, "I'll be on my porch with a gun, and I don't give a rats ass if they are the cops."
Some businesses buy used grease for biodiesel fuel.
Harris and Moore were arrested early Wednesday after police stopped a pickup truck hauling a big tank. Officers say the tank smelled like "old, stale french fries." Police say the truck also had no rear license tag.
300 Gold Coins Unearthed
An excavation contractor in Western Australia has confirmed it has handed a large quantity of historic gold coins to the owner of a building they were working on.
Police say 46-year-old Yassir Hassan was visibly drunk when he was pulled over in MiddletownTownship, BucksCounty. When police searched the Trenton, N.J. man's truck, they say they found boxes of wine along with the bottles of urine.
Middletown Township Lt. John Michniewicz tells WPVI-TV a passing motorist called police after seeing the ice cream truck driving erratically.
Hassan faces a June 1 hearing on misdemeanor drunk-driving charges. A phone listing for him could not immediately be located.
Ohio bank robber lowers hood when told to
The FBI says an Ohio bank robbery suspect left authorities with good surveillance photos because he lowered his hood when an employee told him to.
FBI Special Agent Harry Trombitas says the man in his mid-20s entered a Columbus PNC Bank on Wednesday with his dark hood up, covering most of his face. Trombitas says in a statement that the bank has a "no hats, no hoods" policy, so a bank employee told the man to pull his hood down, and he complied.
The FBI says when the suspect got to the counter, he handed the teller a note saying he had a gun and to give him money or he would shoot. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Columbus police haven't announced an arrest.
Police said they may have destroyed $8,000 in cash
A Pennsylvania police official said his department may have accidentally burned the $8,000 missing from its evidence room.
However, Chitwood said a court ruled the search was illegal and ordered the money returned, leading officers to discover the cash was not in the box.
"Everything was in the evidence box but the $8,000," he said. "We have searched the entire evidence room twice."
Chitwood said an evidence technician told investigators he recalled being called away for an emergency while counting the money and the envelope of cash may not have ended up in the right lock box. Chitwood said the envelope may have been burned, as the department frequently incinerates unnecessary evidence.
The city wrote an $8,000 check to replace the cash, Chitwood said.
Peat moss behind $2M fire
It was a gardener's nightmare in Calgary, Alberta, when three homes burned down in a fire officials traced to an innocuous flower planter containing peat moss.
Fire officials say in addition to the three houses lost, two others were badly damaged Sunday when high winds helped flames and embers jump from house to house in a subdivision in the city's northwest.
No one was injured and damage was determined to be at least $2 million.
Late Tuesday, fire officials said they had determined the source of the fire to be a flower planter on the back deck of one of the burned-out homes.
There was evidence the planter had been full of peat moss, which like hay, can smolder and self-ignite when mixed with organic material and moisture.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said his recent comments about doing away with the states pink driver's licenses were made.
Kasich said Tuesday during a speech at the "Dayton's Legislation Day in Columbus" event he is planning to "eliminate the pink driver's license."
"I just got mine the other day, and it's going," the governor said.
"I just got my ... license the other day, and everybody says, 'Can you change it from pink?'" Kasich said. "And then I looked at it and I went, 'Whoa.' So I think we're thinking about whether we can have a better color.
"I have the authority apparently to do it, so we'll see. We're thinking about it," Kasich said.
The licenses, which feature a dark salmon background and light pink coloring elsewhere on the card, were phased in during former Gov. Ted Strickland's administration in 2009.
ParkerCounty Sheriff Larry Fowler says deputies also found drugs in the teen's car.
The Aledo man has been charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, and possession of a controlled substance and marijuana. Stewart was released Monday after posting $8,500 bail at the Parker County Jail in Weatherford, about 30 miles west of Fort Worth.
Man arrested for tp toss during graduation
Police said a University of Iowa student was arrested after trying to "lighten up" a graduation ceremony by throwing toilet paper into the crowd.
Investigators said Robert Koehler, 22, who was not graduating, was arrested after tossing toilet paper into the crowd of students during the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts commencement.
Koehler said he was trying to "lighten up the erroneously long graduation ceremony and stimulate a unified celebration for all the graduates at the commencement."
Koehler has pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.
Litchfield Police say it was a smile the teller flashed to the masked robber that helped tip them off that a robbery at New Milford bank was an inside job.
The teller, 21-year-old Serena Viccaro was ordered held on $25,000 bond when she was arraigned in Bantam Superior Court on charges she conspired to commit first-degree robbery and first-degree larceny.
Police say Viccaro and Preston Hanlon, the man that they robbed the Webster Bank, were involved in a relationship, and that both planned the robbery.
He told deputies he was afraid to report the death because his girlfriend, who owns the property didn't want him to take in boarders, authorities said. The girlfriend called deputies about 12:25 a.m. Tuesday as soon as Hendrix told her about it.
The dead man has been identified as Daniel Ferris, 46. Foul play is not suspected. Hendrix knew Ferris for years and took him in because he was down on his luck, deputies said.
While I’m Here Arrest Me
Woman arrested while visiting boyfriend at jail in pot farm case
She came to see her boyfriend, who was being held after marijuana found at couple's Millwood home.
Katherine R. Gurley, 49, was busted while visiting her boyfriend, Michael Wayne Mancil, in jail in WareCounty.
Authorities had seized at least $1.4 million worth of pot last week at the couple's Millwood home on 33-acres of land they had shared together for four years.
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