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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, October 6th

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HONOLULU (AP) -- A Big Island family was reunited with their dog after a rescue team removed the Labrador retriever trapped in a crack in the earth at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Volcano resident Marta Caproni and her boyfriend were walking the 4-year-old chocolate Lab, Romeo, and his littermate, Tommy, at the park when Romeo ran off and disappeared, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
"We had no idea that to the left of this gravel area, there is a major crack in the earth about 20 feet deep," she said. "Romeo went jumping around this area and disappeared. We couldn't tell he had fallen in."
Caproni says they tracked Romeo's faint whining and discovered that it was coming from deep inside a crack.
A rescue team was able to remove Romeo by sending in Ranger Arnold Nakata. A park news release says he found the dog apparently unhurt, and he was above ground by around noon Sunday.
"When they pulled him up, he came walking toward me unharmed, happy as he could be," Caproni said. "He was rolling around in the grass and went back to the park rangers and kissed them."
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman says dogs must be on leashes at all times in areas of the park where they are permitted.
"There have been cases where animals have fallen into steam vents, never to be seen again," she said. "Luckily, this turned out with a happy ending."
Caproni has lived across from the entrance to the park for 15 years. She says the dogs are obedient, so she would let them run off-leash - something she doesn't plan to do again.

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A woman wanted on identity theft charges has been arrested in Oregon after a construction worker lifted the lid of a portable toilet to find her hiding inside.
The Register-Guard reports that 27-year-old Treasure Dawn Shockey, who had two warrants for her arrest, ran when police in Eugene tried to talk to her Saturday.
Police say a witness told them she saw the woman run through her yard and climb a fence onto the property of the Eugene Swim and Tennis Club.
About 20 minutes later, a construction worker told police he had lifted the lid of a port-a-potty and been surprised to see her inside. Police say Shockey left the toilet and they arrested her.
Her public defender, David Saydack, didn't immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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BOSTON (AP) -- Renoir didn't leave much of an impression on a group of art lovers in Boston.
Protesters gathered outside the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to stage a mock demonstration against the French impressionist painter.
Some carried signs that read, "God Hates Renoir" and "Aesthetic Terrorism" and chanted, "Other art is worth your while! Renoir paints a steaming pile!"
The Boston Globe reports that Monday's playful protest was organized by Max Geller, creator of an Instagram account called Renoir Sucks at Painting. Geller says he wants the MFA to take down its Renoirs and replace them with works by other artists.
The museum isn't commenting, and the demonstrators acknowledge they were just trying to be ironic.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Police in Ohio say they were called to a house by a man who complained he'd gotten too high smoking marijuana.
The Youngstown Vindicator reports that Austintown Township police on Friday found the 22-year-old man curled in a fetal position on the floor, groaning and surrounded by snacks that included Doritos, Goldfish crackers and Chips Ahoy cookies.
The newspaper reports that the man told officers he couldn't feel his hands.
Officers found a glass jar of marijuana and paraphernalia in the man's car after he gave them his keys. The man refused medical treatment and so far has not been charged with a crime.

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WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- A 53-year-old man has been charged with burglary and harassment after he was found asleep in an empty bedroom of someone else's Missouri home.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Gregory Trent Cole was charged Monday. Authorities say Cole entered a home in the St. Louis suburb of Wentzville and went into a bedroom early Sunday while the people who lived in the home were in another room. They say he removed some of his clothes and went to sleep. Police say the man was discovered around 8 a.m., wearing only underwear and a shirt.
Cole was taken to the St. Charles County Jail, where he is jailed on $15,000 bond.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Hundreds of Lexington, Kentucky, residents have urged county officials to move Halloween trick-or-treating to Oct. 30 this year.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that residents are concerned a University of Kentucky home football game and the Breeders' Cup will strain the city's resources, since both are being held Oct. 31 in Lexington. As of Monday night, more than 400 people had signed the petition in favor of celebrating Halloween a day early.
City spokeswoman Susan Straub says Halloween will continue to be celebrated on Oct. 31, but several events are being organized by businesses that will allow families to celebrate Halloween on another date if they wish.
Luther Andal posted the petition Sept. 29. He plans to forward the petition to the Fayette County council if he gets 1,000 signatures.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has suspended a county judge who was captured on video berating and threatening to assault a public defender.
In an order released Tuesday, the court ordered Brevard County Judge John C. Murphy suspended without pay until the end of his judicial discipline case, which is still pending. Murphy also must explain why he should not be removed from office. He was given 20 days to respond.
Murphy is accused of hitting former assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom last year after they argued over whether Weinstock's client could have a speedy trial.
In May, the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission recommended a four-month suspension, reprimand, mental health therapy and up to $50,000 fine for Murphy.
A message left with Murphy's attorney was not immediately returned.

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Police in Australia have arrested a prisoner who escaped from a minimum security jail almost two months ago. 
They found 58-year-old Myles Fergus Wilson hiding in a kitchen cupboard.
He disappeared from the St Heliers Correctional Centre in Muswellbrook, north-west of Newcastle back in July. 
Officers finally found him over the weekend inside a home at Alfords Point in Sydney and booked him into jail. 

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He may have admitted that he sacrificed a goat and drank its blood during a Pagan ceremony, but U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Sol Invictus still wants to run for office. 
He's the only person running in the Libertarian Party in Florida to fill the seat previously held by Marco Rubio. 
Invictus says he supports eugenics, draws support from neo-Nazis, and predicts a great war in America. 

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A man in Japan managed to light his room on fire, while playing the game Minecraft. 
40-year-old Daasuke, as he's known, had his webcam recording a live stream, so the whole ordeal was caught on video. 
In the clip, you see him light a cigarette with an oil-match lighter while taking a break from the game. He has some trouble, and the lighter catches on fire. 
He drops it, and while he tries to clean up, he throws something hot into the garbage, which is filled with tissues soaked in oil. 
Somehow, he didn't notice when it burst into flames. 
When later tries putting water on the fire, it doesn't do anything. Same thing when he tries to hit the fire with a cardboard box. 
Eventually he ran out of the room. 
The man, his parents, and another relative reportedly suffered injuries in the fire. 

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LAKEWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- It's a role "Scary Lucy" was born to play: Frightening people at Halloween.
A bronze statue of Lucille Ball that drew worldwide scorn earlier this year for its unflattering depiction of the "I Love Lucy" star has provided inspiration for an annual haunted house event in a mall near her western New York town.
Event planner Scott Mekus says an actor portraying the statue will be part of the Chautauqua Mall's "Haunting at the Mall" during weekends through Halloween.
The life-size statue was unveiled in 2009 in a park in the village of Celoron, on Chautauqua Lake. In April, a statue replacement campaign launched on Facebook gained renewed interest in the wake of local media stories on the statue, which was called Scary Lucy for its grimace-like facial features.

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