BUSCH STADIUM STREAKER
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Why did a streaker run naked onto the field during a Cardinals game? He says he did it because he lost a bet. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 22-year-old Collin Grundstrom was caught at Busch Stadium after shedding his clothes before the start of the seventh inning during a game last week. Officers retrieved his shorts from the stands before leading him away. Grundstrom was jailed for a night, and the stadium security chief notes it seemed like the guy had been drinking.
SCHOOL CAR LOT
JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (AP) — It looked like a typical used car lot. Cars were parked with signs under their raised hoods saying: "Quality Used Cars." But in this case, it wasn't a real lot — but a prank played by seniors at Science Hill High School last week. The seniors dressed up cars in the sophomore and junior parking lot to look like they were on sale. The seniors may have misled Principal Melanie Riden-Bacon about the nature of the prank. The Johnson City Press newspaper (http://bit.ly/JrN4wM) reports administrators OK'd the signs — but were apparently unaware the cars would be decorated or that the prank would be played during school hours. The principal says the prank won't stop those who took part from walking with their class at this week's graduation.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The drug-sniffing dog was there to check out the teens on the bus, but it wound up busting the driver, instead. It happened in southern Utah, where a group of graduates was boarding a bus for Disneyland. Parents and faculty asked police to bring a K-9 unit to make sure the kids were riding clean. But when the officer and his dog boarded, the 30-year-old driver, Brandon Gillman, started acting suspiciously — fidgeting and taking things from his backpack and putting them in his pockets. The dog honed in on the backpack, and police found prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and what's believed to be cocaine.
SWIPING KIDS CHICKENS?
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — He must have thought swiping chickens from schoolkids was like taking candy from a baby. But an Albuquerque, New Mexico man is finding out otherwise. KOB TV reports Harvey Aragon has been arrested and charged with commercial burglary and possession of stolen property. Police investigating a possible break-in at the school found Aragon hiding in a downtown apartment next door. The clue linking him to the crime: smudges of chicken poop on his jeans. They also say they found three chickens in the back seat of his car. The school uses the chickens to educate students about how to care for poultry.
NO-SMOKING - ANYTHING
GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — When authorities in a western Pennsylvania county courthouse say the building is smoke free, they mean it. Even if the smoke is from those newfangled electronic cigarettes. Westmoreland County Commissioners have voted to add electronic cigarettes to the courthouse's smoking ban. The e-smokes emit water vapor. But court officials complained about people using the artificial cigarettes in court. That means e-smokers will have to take their habit outside, along with those who smoke tobacco-filled cigarettes.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It happens every time tropical weather stirs up the surf in Florida. While some people were trying to hunker down, business was booming at the Red Dog Surf Shop in New Smyrna Beach. Customers rushed in to buy boards and wax to ride Beryl's high waves. Officials have been warning about rip currents, waves and high tides — but some adventurous surfers just can't resist.
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