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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, October 20th

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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) -- Two thrift-store workers in Truth or Consequences found more than clothes and knickknacks in the donation box, instead finding an envelope stuffed with $290,000 in U.S. savings bonds.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that an employee of the Community Health Foundation Thrift store found the envelope while sifting through donated items. The manager called the police and turned the bonds over to an officer who happened to know the man in whose name the bonds were subscribed.
Police say they contacted the man, who recalled the exact amount of the bonds and said he was unaware his personal property had been donated. He had recently been moved into an assisted living center and an advocacy group acting as his guardian had cleaned out his apartment.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Felimina Rotundo works 11 hours day, six days a week at a Buffalo laundromat and says she has no plans to quit working even though she turned 100 two months ago.
She tells WGRZ-TV that she got her first job at 15 during the Great Depression and has been working ever since.
Rotundo works from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. washing clothes and handling dry cleaning at the College Laundry Shoppe. She says she hasn't considered retirement and will continue working as long as her health is good.
Rotundo, who hit the century mark in August, says she likes being out and working because it gives her something to do.
She says too many people retire too soon. Her advice to her peers: "Get out and do some work."

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a man and woman left the woman's name and telephone number in the guestbook of a South Florida art gallery before stealing about $6,000 worth of jewelry.
Palm Beach police say 24-year-old Megan Ohara and 19-year-old David Ziskowski took a bracelet and a ring Sunday from the Attila JK exhibition at the ICFA Gallery. They were spotted a short time later at a nearby grocery, and police reported finding the jewelry in the woman's purse.
Officers found multiple fake email addresses and at least one obscene drawing in the gallery's guestbook. The South Florida Sun Sentinel  reports that two of the fake emails included the name "Meg" and one included Ohara's phone number.
Ohara and Ziskowski were arrested and charged with grand theft. Jail records didn't list attorneys.

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BOSWELL, Pa. (AP) -- Faced with a choice of paying its utility bills or two part-time police officers, a tiny western Pennsylvania borough has opted to pay the bills.
Boswell Mayor Sue Sarver tells the (Somerset) Daily American, "You can't not pay your utilities."
The borough about 65 miles southeast of Pittsburgh set aside about $21,000 a year out of its $240,000 annual budget for the officers. The borough has about 1,200 residents.
But Sarver says utility costs associated with moving into a new borough building in August 2014 have put a strain on the budget.
By defunding its police, the borough is relying on state police for coverage.
Sarver is hoping to resolve the borough's fiscal situation in time to again fund the police in March.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco police say they arrested a man who was squatting in a mansion on the market and sold several paintings from the home valued at more than $300,000.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that officers found the 39-year-old Arizona man at the home in the ritzy Pacific Heights neighborhood after receiving reports of a suspicious person.
Officer Carlos Manfredi says the man told police he was buying the home, but a real estate agent said he was trespassing. The agent also said 11 paintings were missing.
Police responded to the home Sunday and found the man with a painting next to a moving van. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Authorities say they tracked down nine of the paintings and expect to find the other two soon.

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DENVER (AP) -- A Denver woman says police mailed her a ticket after photo radar caught her SUV speeding. But it wasn't her behind the wheel - the vehicle was stolen weeks before.
Denver news station KMGH-TV reported Monday that Melissa Gonzales got the ticket showing her 2014 Ford Explorer going 85 in a 45-mph zone on Sept. 15, about two weeks after it was taken from outside her home.
She hopes someone recognizes the four males in the photo, but she says it's a little upsetting to see them smiling.
Gonzales says her SUV also got a parking ticket and triggered a $9.20 toll in the Denver area last month. Both were mailed to her.
She says the paper trail makes it seem like whoever is driving wants to be found.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After a California couple called off their wedding, the bride-to-be's family decided to turn the $35,000 extravagant event into a feast for the homeless.
The bride's mother, Kari Duane, said Sunday that rather than cancel the reception, they invited Sacramento's homeless for a once in a lifetime meal Saturday at the Citizen Hotel, one of the city's finest venues.
Duane said her 27-year-old daughter called her Monday to tell her she and her fiance had decided not go through with the wedding. Soon after, the family decided to share the nonrefundable event with the less fortunate.
"Even though my husband and I were feeling very sad for our daughter, it was heartwarming to see so many people be there and enjoy a meal," Duane said.
She said they had already paid for a reception that would have hosted 120 guests. About 90 homeless single people, grandparents and whole families with newborns showed up and enjoyed a meal that included appetizers, salad, gnocchi, salmon, and even tri-tip. Some even dressed up for the occasion.
Erika Craycraft arrived with her husband and five children.
"To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind," Craycraft told KCRA-TV.
Part of the wedding price tag includes a nonrefundable honeymoon, so on Sunday mother and daughter set off for Belize.
"I hope that when she looks back at this, she knows she was doing something good with a bad situation," Duane said.

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Police in Idaho Falls, Idaho, say an Oregon man accidentally dialed 911 while making an alleged drug deal that was overheard by dispatchers.
The Post-Register reports that Lawan Sanders, of Portland, is accused of several drug-related charges stemming from the Sept. 27 incident. He has a preliminary hearing Oct. 23.
Court records show dispatchers overheard three men talking about selling drugs. They triangulated the call and officers arrived at the location to find three men standing by a car.
Police found marijuana on one of the men. Officers also reportedly found pot inside the car. Two men, from Shelley, Idaho, said Sanders told them he would sell them marijuana at a hotel where he and his girlfriend were staying. Police got a search warrant for that hotel room and found marijuana and other drugs.
Sanders and his girlfriend, Charity Fournier, were booked into Bonneville County Jail. They have posted bond.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The city of Oakland, California, sent a letter warning a church that it could be fined after a neighbor complained that choir practice was causing unbearable night-time noise.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church has served residents in West Oakland for 65 years. Pastor Thomas A. Harris III says he was surprised to learn he could face an initial fine of $3,529, followed by $500-per-day penalties, for the "joyful noise" of choir practice.
Harris says rehearsal ends at 9 p.m., but the complaint sent to the city says the loud music sometimes lasts until 2 a.m.
City spokeswoman Karen Boyd says the letter was a courtesy notice and that she hasn't received any more complaints. She says she doesn't intend to fine the church.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A man and woman have been arrested after officials say they prolonged a standoff with police in order to have sex.
Police tell local news outlets they responded Wednesday night to a Jacksonville mobile home in search of 34-year-old Ryan Patrick Bautista, who was wanted on several warrants. Bautista and 30-year-old Leanne Hunn were holed up in the mobile home, leading to a standoff.
Police say they tried to make contact with the people inside for about 45 minutes. At one point, Hunn told police over the phone that she would give up, but that she wanted to have sex with Bautista "one last time."
Bautista and Hunn were arrested after SWAT team negotiators arrived. Both were charged with resisting arrest and false imprisonment.

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina woman says she entered her daughter's apartment and found a bear, who had entered by opening an unlocked door, roaming through the home.
Asheville Fire Department spokeswoman Kelley Klope told local news outlets the mother called emergency personnel Tuesday night after spotting the bear eating some pet food.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission biologist Mike Carraway says the bear smelled dog food right inside the door and was able to get in through the door by pulling down on the unlocked handle.
Klope says crews arrived and hit on the ceiling to scare the bear, which then left unharmed.
Klope says all that was left in the wake of the bear's visit was a broken flowerpot and blind.
Carraway says similar break-ins are rare, with this being the first one this year in the Asheville area.
 

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