Posted Wednesday, December 5, 2012 --- 11:51 a.m.
CHRISTMAS IN ICE
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- How cold is it in North Pole, Alaska? Too cold for the ice sculptors. The town in the Fairbanks area will host the Christmas in Ice festival this weekend. But temps of 40 below zero are making it tough on the ice artists. It's so cold tools are breaking and electric cords are snapping. It's also too cold for the ice. Christmas in Ice chairman Keith Frye says ice becomes brittle at 20 below. He tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner one carver had a wing on his angel break. The ice sculptor had to bring the ice wing inside to warm up before gluing it back together.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Some Southern California kids are getting the drop on Christmas -- with animal dropping ornaments. The Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Orange County Parks are sponsoring nature hikes. The kids study scat -- A-K-A -- animal poop. Then, they recreate the droppings in clay. Conservancy spokeswoman Jenn Starnes says it's a great way for the kids to identify animals of the area.
VENICE, Calif. (AP) -- It's one hot firehouse. Firefighters at the Venice fire station in L-A County are feeling the heat over an exercise video. A barely-dressed model was videotaped doing some dirty dancing with a Hula-Hoop there. It's the same firehouse where fire trucks were used in a porno movie shoot. County fire officials say they're investigating the latest incident. Hoopnotica spokeswoman Lauren Brand says they regret the fuss over their exercise video. She says they just wanted to have some fun with local heroes.
LOST DRUG MONEY
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- How do you tell the cartel you lost their drug money? How about getting the cops to write an excuse? Authorities in Tucson, Arizona, charge Demarco Alonzo Thomas was transporting cash for a drug cartel. Police say he was threatened when he came up 20-grand short. The Arizona Daily Star reports Thomas asked police asked for a phony receipt showing the money had been seized. He was busted on suspicion of money laundering and racketeering. Police say after his arrest, officers found a total of $20,000 in a suitcase and his wallet.
LEAGUE CITY, Texas (AP) -- Even at age 79, a Houston-area man is able to chop a crook down to size. Authorities report Ervin Brittnacher used a karate chop against a man armed with rifle. Police in League City say Brittnacher heard noises outside his house that awakened him early Monday. He opened his door to investigate and a saw man with a gun. Brittnacher told police he got the guy in throat with a karate chop and took the rifle away. Charles Brian Smith is now charged with attempted burglary.
FACEBOOK PAGE ARREST
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Retired sheriff's deputy Carol Dickson says people are reading her "To Catch A Thief" Facebook page. And an arrest proves it. Lief Devin Carrier was busted by authorities in Grants Pass, Oregon, after he was highlighted by Dickson. Officers from an area drug task force read a posting about Carrier's suspicious activity. Police say they arranged an undercover pot buy. Police add a search turned up speed, guns and ammo in Carrier's house. He now faces a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a gun. Carrier claims the guns don't belong to him.