Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

SEX DOLL-PRANK

RUSHVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Tyell Morton is off the legal hook -- for a sex doll senior prank. Prosecutors in Central Indiana have agreed to drop charges against the 18-year-old. Authorities say he left a blow-up sex doll in a girls' high school bathroom on the last day of school. Morton won't face a felony charge of institutional criminal mischief, as long as he stays out of trouble for a year. Local media (Indianapolis Star; TV stations WISH and WRTV) report prosecutors also will drop a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. That is if Morton performs community service and doesn't get arrested again.

STUDENT'S DRONE

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Corey Upton will be studying engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the fall. But he's got a head start in his chosen field of UAV's -- or unmanned aerial vehicles. Upton built a UAV for his high school senior project. It's more than a model plane. Upton's drone can shoot HD video and fly itself using a GPS auto-pilot. He tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that he hopes the technology can be used by police and firefighters, to gather critical information without risking human life.

MEXICO-SMUGGLERS RESCUED

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Talk about the high seas. Three suspected Mexican pot smugglers are learning the hard way that marijuana floats. The same can't be said for their boat. Mexican authorities report rescuing three men from a sinking boat in the Pacific Ocean. A statement from the Mexican Navy says while the boat was going down, bales of pot were floating around it. Authorities figure the suspects tried throwing the pot overboard before transmitting a distress call.

TRAIN STOWAWAY

BATH, Maine (AP) -- It's quite a train ride. Police in Bath, Maine, say a 22-year-old man rode 45 miles on top of a Maine Eastern Railroad train. The train was stopped after a witness reported seeing the man. According to police in Bath, the stowaway said he had been drinking and fell asleep. The man, who hasn't been identified, says he stayed up there because he didn't think it was safe to move. A local paper (Times Record) reports no charges have been filed against the train hopper.

INATTENTIVE ROBBER

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Steal a backpack -- drop a wallet. That's how police in Charleston, West Virginia, describe a robbery. Police Chief Brent Webster says a warrant has been issued charging 23-year-old William Paul West with first-degree robbery. Webster says a woman reported that her backpack had been snatched, as she was leaving her apartment complex. Authorities say the victim found a wallet on the ground after the bandit took off. According to police, the I-D in the wallet matched the gun-wielding mugger's description.

RESTAURANT-FRESH VEGETABLES

FRUITLAND, Md. (AP) -- When chef Jim Hughes tells customers the veggies are fresh, he really means it. Just outside his Restaurant 213 is the garden. What started as a small plot now runs the length of the building near Salisbury, Maryland. Hughes tells a local paper (Daily Times of Salisbury) he even grows 16 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Hughes' cantaloupes and watermelons aren't just sliced up for desert. He uses the melons in what he calls "sipping" soup, made with champagne and chilled.

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