JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Brooke Collins wasn't about to let a bear make a meal out of Fudge, her dachshund. She ran over and punched the bear in the face. The 22-year-old Juneau, Alaska, woman says it happened so fast, she really didn't think about what she was doing. She says the black bear was carrying her little dog like it was a salmon about to be eaten. Collins tells the Juneau Empire the bear ran down her driveway after letting go of the dog. Collins adds that from now on she'll be more careful about letting her two dogs
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Jimmy Joe Lytle has a hot pepper. He's hoping his 15 and a-half inch chili will set a new world record. If it does, Lytle will keep the title in the family. His mother is the current record holder for the longest chili. The New Mexico farmer says he has even longer chilies. He tells a local paper (Las Cruces Sun-News) some 17-inch peppers got mixed with the regular ones during the harvest. He's hoping to get official Guinness record certification as soon as this coming weekend.
JEEP JUMP RESCUE
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- It sounds like a scene from an action movie -- but there aren't any stuntmen involved. Authorities in Columbus, Georgia, say Michael Perry jumped into an out-of-control Jeep and guided it safely into a guardrail. Driver Christopher Sanders said he blacked out on his way home from work. The Jeep was weaving in and out of traffic. As it slowed, Perry climbed in through the passenger side and steered it into the guardrail. Police tell a local paper (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) Perry likely prevented a potential disaster.
THIEVES RETURN WALLET
OIL CITY, Pa. (AP) -- The wallet was returned. But police say this isn't one of those Good Samaritan stories. Pennsylvania troopers charge an Oil City couple took the lost wallet and used the cash and credit cards. Gregorio and Lora Valencia have been busted on theft and other charges. Police say they found the wallet near a post office, then returned it after a shopping spree at Wal-Mart and other stores. The Oil City Derrick reports officers used security video to help ID the couple.
STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- It's probably not a great idea to taunt the police with "catch me if you can." Well, they did. State police in central Pennsylvania busted a couple of teenage taggers. The "catch me if you can" message was painted in mid-February. The teens are also accused of painting profanity, drug references and other graffiti. The York Dispatch reports the 19-year-old and 17-year-old are charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
ALEXANDRIA TOWN CRIER
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Looking for a gig? The city of Alexandria, Virginia, is looking for a new town crier. You have to be able to belt out official proclamations loaded with cries of "whereas" and "oyez." The town crier also has to wear a three-cornered hat and knickers from the 1800's. But you won't get rich. The job of town crier is a volunteer position.
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