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Mad Minute stories for Monday, September 28th

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CENTER LINE, Mich. (AP) -- A man with an apparent case of arachnophobia caused a fire at a suburban Detroit gas pump by putting a lighter to what he says was a spider near his fuel door.
WJBK-TV reports Saturday that he escaped injury and his vehicle suffered little damage, but the gas pump was destroyed. A clerk shut off the pump from indoors and called the fire department.
The motorist can be heard on the surveillance video at the Center Line station asking: "Is that a spider in there?" The video then shows flames erupting along the car's side, the pump and the pavement.
The man darts to safety and later uses a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. A spider is not seen.
The clerk says he apologized the next day.

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SICKLERVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- An 8-year-old girl received a one-day suspension from her southern New Jersey public elementary school for wearing a shirt that was the wrong shade of green.
The girl's mother tells WTXF-TV that Winslow Township Elementary School No. 4 sent her daughter home Tuesday for wearing a kelly green polo shirt, which was deemed to be in violation of the Camden County school's dress code.
The school's dress code specifies that shirts and blouses may only be white, dark green or navy.
Winslow Township School's code on dress and grooming says "school attire can influence a pupil's behavior and potentially impact the academic environment."
Other parents have reported that their children were suspended for wearing wrong colored shirts as well.
The girl's mother called the suspension "a little ridiculous."

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Maya Donnelly awoke to what sounded like thunder in the early morning hours, but dismissed it as a typical monsoon storm and went back to sleep.
Later that morning, she looked in the carport at her home in Nogales, near the U.S.-Mexico border, and saw pieces of wood on the ground. She found a bulky bundle wrapped in black plastic.
Inside was roughly 26 pounds of marijuana - a package that authorities say was worth $10,000 and likely was dropped there accidentally by a drug smuggler's aircraft.
"It's all right on top of our dog's house," Donnelly said of the Sept. 8 incident, which was first reported by the Nogales International newspaper. "It just made a perfectly round hole through our carport."
Living near the border, Donnelly said she assumed the object was drugs. She immediately called her husband, Bill, who told her to call 911.
The couple said officers who responded told them an ultralight aircraft smuggling marijuana from Mexico had probably let part of its load go early by accident before dropping the rest farther north, the newspaper reported.
Nogales Police Chief Derek Arnson said it's the first time in his three-year tenure that he's ever seen a load of drugs hit a building.
"Someone definitely made a mistake, and who knows what the outcome of that mistake might be for them," Arnson said.
Police are trying to determine whether the bundle was transported by an aircraft or a pilotless drone. Such runs usually occur at night.
Maya Donnelly said she thinks it's unlikely someone will come looking for the drugs, which are now in police custody. Arnson agreed but said police have boosted patrols in the Donnellys neighborhood for now.
The family will have to pay the estimated $500 in repairs, as well as pay for a new home for their German Shepherd, Hulk. But the scenario could have been much worse for the couple and their three teenage daughters.
"Where it landed was clear on the other side of the house from the bedrooms," Maya Donnelly said. "We were lucky in that sense."
Friends and family also have gotten a laugh. Several joked that the couple could have profited from the surprise package.
"That's what everybody says: `Why did you call 911?'" Maya Donnelly said. "But how can you have a clear conscience, right? We could have made lots of home repairs with that."

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio runner plans to jump rope the Akron marathon in his quest for a Guinness world record.
David Livingston of Wooster has been training for several months for the attempt, which involves continually swinging the rope over the 26.2-mile course.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports Livingston has run every Akron marathon since its 2003 launch. He did it while juggling in 2008 and wearing sandals in 2010.
Livingston must run just under 4 1/2 half hours for the record at Saturday's race. One son is videotaping the entire run, a Guinness requirement, while another is taking still photos.
Race Director Brian Polen says nontraditional runners are common, such as the man last year who wore a LeBron James mask while dribbling basketballs.

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) -- A McDonald's customer in New Mexico was not loving it when employees mistakenly put pickles on his order.
Police in Carlsbad say officers had to squash a public disturbance at the fast-food restaurant after the customer began harassing employees over the mistake.
Workers told police the man raised his voice and started throwing things off the restaurant's counter.
Police say officers issued the man a verbal warning Wednesday. His name was withheld because he wasn't arrested or cited.
No one was injured.

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SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) -- Matthew Murraine wants to know who swiped his 100-pound pumpkin.
Murraine has been growing a type of large pumpkin at his home in Spearfish, South Dakota, this summer. Last Friday, someone stole the largest one in a heist Murraine believes was carefully planned.
"They backed right up to the house. That's pretty brazen," he told the Black Hills Pioneer. "They brought a saw. You could see on the stem where they had cut."
The pumpkin grew as much as 2 inches per day, which Murraine said was fascinating "in a nerdy pumpkin grower kind of way." It still had a month of growing time left and would have reached about 120 pounds, he estimated.
"It dwarfed my daughter, and she is 3," he said.
During the growing season, the pumpkin required 20 gallons of water every four days and a gallon of milk each week for calcium. Murraine said the pumpkin was worth about $200, but the value isn't what he considers most important.
"I want them to felt guilty about taking (it) from kids," he said.

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BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa couple got married in a hospital chapel this weekend after the bride broke her leg on their wedding day.
The Quad-City Times reports Melissa Eisenbacher slipped on gravel after getting her hair done Saturday morning and fell.
Doctors determined that Eisenbacher had separated her ankle and fractured her tibia, but she wasn't about to let the surgery and a wheelchair stop the wedding.
The groom, Rex Grebner, says he and his wife wanted to get married Saturday, so their groomsmen and bridesmaids joined them in the hospital chapel at Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park.
The couple went to their planned reception to celebrate before heading home. Their honeymoon to Kentucky will be delayed while Eisenbacher recovers.

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LEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A gun stolen during a burglary 33 years ago at a southern Michigan home has been returned to its owners after being recovered in Tennessee.
Marge and Richard Montague said they had nearly forgotten about the Remington Nylon 66 until the Calhoun County sheriff's department recently reunited the Lee Township couple with the .22-caliber rifle. Richard Montague said it looks almost new - and still fires properly.
"I am thinking 'I hate to see what condition this was in,'" he said. "But it still looks as good today as it did then. Somebody had taken care of it."
The gun was stolen Sept. 1, 1982. Sheriff's Detective Steve Hinkley said his office was contacted by police in Covington, Tennessee, after a person tried to sell the rifle and a check of the gun's serial number determined it had been stolen in Michigan.
"The best part of this case is we were able to get it back to the owner," Hinkley said.
The person with the gun had bought it years ago at an estate sale, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported. This week, Marge and Richard Montague recalled the burglary, which they didn't realize had happened until the next day when the gun was discovered missing.
"We weren't gone but 20 minutes," Richard Montague said. "We didn't even lock the house."
Marge Montague had purchased the gun for her husband, maybe for Christmas or maybe for his birthday - she couldn't remember.
"At the time we had livestock and we had rats and I would take it with when I would do chores and I had shot a lot of rats," Richard Montague said.

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MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri police officer his being called a hero for calmly peeling a 5-foot python off a woman's arm after the snake sank its teeth into her arm and began to squeeze tightly.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Mount Vernon Police Cpl. Shaun Cobb went to the home of Leadeana Oetker on Friday after she told a 911 operator the python had latched onto her arm.
Oetker says the snake grabbed her when she reached into the 20-year-old reptile's cage. Her stepson called 911 when her hand and arm started turning purple.
Cobb used the dull edge of a butter knife to force the snake's jaw apart so he could detach it from her arm.
Oetker says she'll let her boyfriend feed the snake from now on.

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ASHVILLE, OH (WWBT) - A man and his girlfriend, accused of robbing a bank, were arrested after posting pictures to Facebook. The pictures allegedly show them flaunting the stolen money.
John Mogan, 28, and Ashley Duboe, 24, were charged after the August 24 robbery of the Savings Bank in Ashville, Ohio.
Mogan waived his right to a preliminary hearing on September 23. Police say Mogan entered the wearing a black hoodie, handed the teller a note and left with an undisclosed amount of money.
Mogan appears to be holding the money in several photos posted to his Facebook page. Police say between the pictures, tips from witnesses, and Mogan's previous criminal history - he recently served time for a previous robbery - they were able to piece together the evidence and make the arrest.
Mogan is being held on a $250,000 bond.

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