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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, September 29th

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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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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- A monkey that escaped its owner's home in an Orlando, Florida, suburb chewed on its neighbors' mail, pulled molding off a police car and rocked back and forth on a street sign.
Zeek was eventually caught when his owner returned home a short time later.
Sanford police officers responded to the neighborhood Monday morning after a neighbor called to report that a monkey was eating mail out of a mailbox.
Zeek jumped on the officers' squad car and pulled some molding off the roof. The monkey also drank from a water bottle the officers offered as a distraction.
Sanford police officers took video of Zeek and posted it on the agency's Facebook page. "Zeek had a little fun with our patrol car," the officers posted in one video.

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ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) -- Police say a dog alone in a pickup had to be rescued after it caused the truck to go into a lake in Maine.
Ellsworth Police say a man was walking the dog near Branch Lake on Saturday afternoon in Ellsworth. He put the dog into the truck after an encounter with another dog.
While the man spoke to the other dog's owner, the Yorkshire terrier managed to bump the Chevrolet Silverado into gear, causing it to roll about 75 feet into the lake, and bounce off a rock before sinking in roughly 10 feet of water.
Police say a family friend immediately swam into the lake and saved the trapped dog. A towing company was called in to remove the truck. No humans or dogs were injured.

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A man from St. Petersburg, Florida told police he only stole a spoon so he could eat his Captain Crunch. 
Police arrested 46-year-old Gregg Lerner after he walked out of a Walmart without paying for the $1.12 spoon and was stopped by security. 
Since he has two prior theft convictions, police charged him with a felony and booked him into jail on a $2000 bond.

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Not all doors are meant to be opened. Take the emergency exit doors on planes, for example. Unless, of course, in an actual emergency, one should never go so far as to even touch the handle on those doors.
But what if you simply mistook it for a door to the plane's lavatory?
This is what James Gray, a passenger on a recent flight from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Amsterdam, is claiming. Soon after the plane touched down at Schiphol Airport, Gray was led away by authorities, in handcuffs.
According to the Sunday Post, Gray then spent the night in an airport detention center, before being released with a $658 (434 British pounds) fine, and being issued a five-year ban against flying KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
The reason for his penalties? Trying to open the door on the plane while midair at 30,000 feet.
"The crew told me to stay in my seat and I was to be arrested when the plane landed. I tried to explain it was a simple mistake," said Gray, describing what happened after he tried the handle of the emergency door, allegedly under the assumption it was the bathroom.
"It was a misunderstanding," he said. "The police came and arrested me.They weren't too friendly."
When Gray went to board his return flight to Edinburgh on KLM, he was denied access. The five-year ban was effective immediately. So Gray flew back to Scotland on another airline.
KLM didn't reply to TODAY's request for comment, and a spokesperson for Schiphol Group declined to comment.
Gray said he would never try to open an emergency door on a plane, as he "realizes the danger of that sort of thing."
It would seem that KLM doesn't care much for Gray's defense, even if it is true. His action still qualifies as "unruly behavior."
Vaughn Jennings, managing director of government and regulatory communications at Airlines for America, an airline advocacy group based in Washington, told TODAY that his organization has supported the vigorous prosecution of passengers charged with unruly behavior aboard aircraft.
"We also have supported international efforts, principally at the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Air Transport Association, to assure that other countries appropriately deal with unruly passengers," he said.
Gray isn't the first person to tamper - knowingly or not - with an emergency exit door on a plane.
Earlier this year, a man was detained at Nanjing Lukou International Airport after opening an emergency door while a Boeing 737-800 was preparing for take off. This guy, however, didn't defend or excuse his actions.
In that case, witnesses said the door opened "with little effort." But that would not be the case had the plane been in air. With the pressure differential, it's virtually impossible to open a plane door while in flight. What's more, many airplanes have mechanical locks that only release in an emergency.

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SAN DEIGO, CA - A baby was born at a San Diego Padres game last week. 
A very pregnant fan who wasn't able to make it to the hospital in time, ended up giving birth on a bench during the third inning.  
The baby boy, named Levi, is the first baby to be born at the stadium.  both mom and baby are reportedly doing well.

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Vail, Colorado - A family of moose in Vail, Colorado has made themselves at home in an unlikely place -- a parking garage. 
While locals say moose are often seen roaming the area, this sighting is unique. 
A hospital parking garage under construction has been repurposed by a female moose and her two babies.  Although officials have no intention of hurting or putting down the moose, a website was created to protest police officers killing the three animals.  
Now officers want people to know, they mean no harm to the moose.  
"We're not sure where that information came from or why they thought that. Our procedure is to just let them do what they are going to do," said Sgt. Bill Clausen of the Vail Police Dept. "What has made these unusual is they have been visiting a local parking garage on the fairly usual basis over the past few weeks they go in and hang out a while and that draws a crowd."

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Deputies in West Palm Beach, Florida arrested a man threw "deadly urine" at an officer. 
Deputies were responding to a call at 40-year-old Alfonsa Loftin's house, when he greeted them by throwing a liter of urine from a bottle at them. 
Deputies aren't sure where the pee came from, but they're calling it a deadly weapon, because urine can cause respiratory infections or bodily harm.
The incident led to a standoff that lasted several hours. Police say Loftin finally surrendered when deputies told him they were going to kick a hole in the door and shoot him with a stun gun.
When they finally got their hands on him, police say Loftin fought back and threw the open bottle of urine at deputies, and then grabbed the police dog's head. 
He was arrested on several charges and booked into jail on a $36,000 bond. 

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A woman named Lisa in Sheffield, England found a unique way to dump her cheating husband. 
She bought space on a billboard, knowing he would see it on his commute to work, and wrote "To my cheating husband Paul. You deserve each other. When you get home I won't be there. Enjoy your drive to work! Lisa."
At nearly 20' by 9', there's a good chance "Paul" saw the sign, it was next to the busiest highway in town. 
The owner of the billboard says Lisa paid more than $600 for it, and the sign stayed up for a week. 

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AVALON, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey woman must get her two parrots to quiet down after the birds gave someone something to squawk about.
Elaine Scattergood was ticketed in May after someone complained that her birds, Edmund and Arthur, were too loud.
Scattergood tells The Press of Atlantic City she would place the parrots on the porch of her Avalon home because people like them. She says people would say hello to the birds and the parrots would reply with a greeting.
A judge on Monday told Scattergood the noise complaint will be dismissed if there are no violations reported in the next 90 days.
 

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