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Florida police department running out of citations
MIAMI — It's a good time to be a bad driver in Florida's most populous county.
The Miami Herald reports that Miami-Dade County police officers are rationing the paper tickets they issue as the department awaits a new electronic system next month. County officials didn't want to order new paper tickets and then have leftovers.
Department officials concede that means only the worst of the worst traffic scofflaws are getting tickets.
Maj. Hector Llevat told the paper, "officers are using their discretion."
Officers told the paper they are down to their last ticket book, which contain 25 citations.
Man who streaked at Buffalo Bills game pleads guilty, fined
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — A Buffalo Bills fan who ran naked across the field during a blowout loss last month and earned praise from other fans for rushing better than the team's players has pleaded guilty to exposure.
Tristan Lambright admitted the violation in Orchard Park Town Court on Thursday. He'll have to do 25 hours of community service and pay $400 in fines and fees.
The 29-year-old ran out onto New Era Field on Nov. 12 during the Bills' 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He was tackled by security officers.
After his arrest, fans rallied around him, offering praise for his physique and money for his defense. But he won't be at another game anytime soon. His sentence includes a one-year ban from the stadium.
Dozens of holiday decorated tractors to be on parade
ST. ALBANS, Vt. — More than 40 tractors and farm machinery decked with holiday lights and decorations will be driven in Vermont during the fourth annual holiday tractor parade.
The Friday evening event is hosted by St. Albans Co-op, to highlight the hardworking farmers of Franklin County. Organizers say donations will also be collected for a local food shelf.
There will also be other activities, such as face painting and meeting Santa at the St. Albans Co-op.
The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Federal Street in St. Albans. Tractors will proceed up Lake Street, across Main Street and down Lower Newton Street.
Police: Getaway car ran out of gas after robbery, 2 arrested
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Police say a getaway car ran out of gas after an armed robbery near Atlanta, leading to the speedy arrest of two suspects.
Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera says 18-year-old Najee Logan and 21-year-old Justin Larry were charged with armed robbery after their arrest early Tuesday after officers found the car on empty.
Pihera's statement says the victim surrendered a wallet to two men at gunpoint in a grocery store parking lot about 1 a.m. Tuesday in a greater Atlanta suburb. Police say officers found the car about 15 minutes later with Logan and Larry inside.
Both men were jailed, and police didn't say if they have lawyers.
Pihera says it's fortunate the victim wasn't hurt, chalking up the arrests to what she called "poor planning" by the suspects.
Portrait of Hillary Clinton set off security dogs in Miami
MIAMI — When two security dogs reacted to a suspicious crate before an art show opening, Miami police officers briefly shut down the area to investigate the possible threat.
But when they opened up the crate Saturday morning, officers found something else instead: a portrait of Hillary Clinton in a studded jacket and shaggy pink haircut.
The Miami Herald reports officers ran the acrylic-on-wood artwork through an X-ray machine, which turned up no suspicious material.
The painting — titled "Punk Hillary" — had been shipped with a similar portrait of President Donald Trump (called "Trump Pimp"), depicting him in a zebra-printed hat with a gold dollar-sign chain around his neck. The Trump portrait had been removed from the crate before the security check. Both were done by Orlando-based artist Scott Scheidly.
SantaCon arrives with hundreds of Santas for a bar crawl
NEW YORK — Santa Claus is in New York, in the form of hundreds of people wearing his lookalike-costume to bar crawl for the annual SantaCon.
But because of rowdy incidents in past years, the Santas were not allowed to drink on trains bringing them to Manhattan.
That didn't keep them from crowding Penn Station and streets Saturday on their way to city watering holes.
The rules of SantaCon are simple — don't mess with kids, cops, bar staff, the charity mission or simply, the city of New York.
What put a bit of a damper on the event was the first snowfall of the season. It was expected to wind down early Sunday, leaving about 3 inches of snow on the ground, according to the National Weather Service.
Oklahoma veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog's belly
EDMOND, Okla. — An Oklahoma mother and father couldn't figure out what was happening to their child's pacifiers until the baby's grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.
One nauseous pooch and a trip to their veterinarian's office confirmed the couple's hunch: Dovey had 21 pacifiers lodged in her stomach.
The couple told the veterinarian Dovey had slowed her eating and was vomiting for a few days, but other than that, they thought she seemed fine.
KFOR-TV reports that at first, the veterinarian thought there were only seven to nine pacifiers in Dovey's stomach, but the surgery proved otherwise.
Dovey is on the mend and has already gone home.
The veterinarian cautioned pet owners in a recent Facebook post that "dogs will eat anything, anytime and at any age."
Information from: KFOR-TV, http://www.kfor.com
Wisconsin man fleeing police crashed while checking phone
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee prosecutors say a man who led police on a high-speed chased told arresting officers he crashed his minivan because he became distracted checking his cellphone for directions.
The Milwaukee District Attorney's Office said in a criminal complaint released Friday that 20-year-old Logan Michael Brandenburg made the comment unsolicited while he was being transported from a hospital to the county jail.
Prosecutors say Brandenburg told officers he had smoked marijuana and was on probation so a "fight or flight mentality kicked in" when a West Allis police officer attempted to pull him over on Nov. 19.
Authorities say the chase reached speeds of 100 mph and involved four different police departments before Brandenburg's minivan jumped a curb and plunged down an embankment.
Brandenburg is charged with two felonies.
Swiss woman angry over champagne refusal ejected from plane
BERLIN — German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne.
Reutlingen police say crew members were unable to calm the 44-year-old business class passenger, who was angered by their refusal to serve her more sparkling wine on the flight from Moscow late Saturday.
Police said in a statement Sunday that the woman, who wasn't named, was escorted off the Airbus A320 and ordered to pay a security of 5,000 euros ($5,871).
They said the 43 passengers on board were never in danger, but the total cost involved in the unplanned stopover likely amounted to several tens of thousands of euros.
Firefighters rescue girl stuck in McDonald's playground
SPENCER, Mass. — Firefighters in Massachusetts responded to a fast food restaurant over the weekend to free a young girl who got stuck in the playground.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that firefighters responded to a McDonald's in Spencer at around 8 p.m. Sunday.
Firefighters say they needed a ladder to reach the girl, who was stuck 10 to 12 feet (3 to 4 meters) in the air. Police say it took a cutting tool and about 30 minutes to free her.
Police think the girl suffered a dislocated knee. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Her name and age were not released, and it is unclear how she became trapped.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com