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Mad Minute stories for Tuesday, November 24th

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A California man sent 20 dozen coconut doughnuts to police officers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as payback for getting kicked out of a Badger football game.
The man traveled from Los Angeles to see the Badgers play Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. He was assigned a seat in the student section away from his friends, so when he tried to join his friends, officers threw him out, UW-Madison police spokesman Marc Lovicott said Tuesday.
Come Monday, 240 coconut doughnuts mysteriously appeared at police headquarters. The delivery driver gave officers the man's name and Lovicott tracked down an email address and began corresponding with him.
"This was meant as a harmless way to both show general gratitude for the job you do (which is awesome) but slight disdain for my treatment Saturday (which was not so awesome)," the man wrote, according to Lovicott. "Donuts (sic) are awesome, but coconut donuts are not so awesome."
Lovicott declined to release the man's identity because he wasn't arrested and the agency wanted to respect his wishes to remain anonymous. The man refused to give his name to The Associated Press.
It wasn't clear exactly what transpired between the man and the officers at the game.
Lovicott said police tend to be very strict in the student section. Asked if the man was drunk, Lovicott answered by saying he wasn't belligerent and was respectful, calling the incident an "unfortunate misunderstanding."
"This was a teachable moment," Lovicott said. "If we knew more about his circumstances, we would have done things differently to get him with his group."
Lovicott didn't immediately respond to an open records request for the man's name and copies of the emails.
As for the doughnuts, police donated them to the Salvation Army.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Pennsylvania teenager's family says he accidentally ran all 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon because he missed a turn on his half-marathon course.
WPVI-TV reports Evan Megoulas runs on his high school's cross country team in Palmyra, 80 miles west of Philadelphia. He set out Sunday to run the 13.1-mile half-marathon. His family was waiting for him at the finish line but became concerned when he didn't show up.
They say they gave police a photo of Evan, and officers tracked him down in the Manayunk section of the city. He felt good despite missing his turn and wanted to keep running.
Evan's brother says after he completed the marathon, officers wanted a picture with him.
His time was 5:23:11.

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PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- Rapper Fetty Wap gave fans a run for his money this weekend, tossing wads of cash over a balcony at a New Jersey mall to the delight of screaming onlookers.
Videos posted to social media show the Paterson native throwing money Saturday as he walked through the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus.
The rapper posted on Twitter that he was so happy to be shopping with his daughter that he threw $2,000 to fans. He tweeted: "never no who needed it."
Wap's real name is Willie Maxwell. He's had a breakthrough year with multiple hits, including the pop smash "Trap Queen."
His self-titled debut came in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this month, and his other Top 10 pop hits include "679" and "My Way."

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Days before Thanksgiving, a wild turkey chose an opportune time to show up on the doorstep of an Orlando church, appearing to seek shelter.
The large fowl appeared early Friday and spent the day pacing outside of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, gazing into its dark glass doors, media outlets in Orlando reported.
Church spokeswoman Dawn Fleming said the animal, now known as the St. Luke's Turkey, wasn't aggressive.
"It was like he really wanted to get in," Fleming said.
Staff posted about the turkey on social media. Fleming said that by Monday, a Facebook post had reached more than 30,000 people and media outlets as far away as Norway had picked up the story.
"The St. Luke's Turkey has gone global," Fleming said.
Some online posters speculated that the turkey was at the church seeking pardon and protection from the Thanksgiving table. Others theorized that divine providence had delivered the congregation a turkey dinner.
"(P)ardon for sin and PIECE that endureth..I'll take a dark piece please," the Rev. Jennifer Stiles Williams, lead pastor at St. Luke's, wrote on Facebook.
The turkey went on its way after Fleming said staff members were unable to find an animal rescue organization to pick it up.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque burglary suspect who was held at gunpoint by two of his victims is back in jail after allegedly committing another robbery.
Police say 26-year-old Aaron Lujan was arrested Saturday night on several charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police spokesman Fred Duran says this is Lujan's third arrest in a week.
According to Duran, Lujan robbed an elderly woman and then offered to meet her to return her keys.
She called authorities who went to the meeting spot.
Lujan led officers on a foot chase through a golf course. He was found hiding in a tree and arrested without incident.
Lujan was arrested Thursday after a couple caught him loading their belongings into his car.
The husband observed Luan putting a generator, power tools and other items of his into an SUV and confronted him.
The 70-year-old man then grabbed his shotgun while his 66-year-old wife took a handgun and both held Lujan at gunpoint until police arrived.
Police said Lujan had just been released from jail earlier Thursday.

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NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida man who claimed he was sleepwalking when he broke into a neighbor's house has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The Naples Daily News reports that 56-year-old Mark Nowak was sentenced Thursday. He was convicted last month of burglary, theft and resisting arrest.
Prosecutors say Nowak deliberately cut through the neighbor's lanai, forced open a sliding door, disabled an alarm and rummaged through the house. Authorities say Nowak barricaded himself in a laundry room and tried to escape in the neighbor's vehicle when police arrived. Investigators reported finding burglary tools inside the home.
Nowak testified at his trial that he accidentally mixed medications before the burglary, causing him to lose all memory of a five-hour period.

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A hunter in France had to go to the hospital, when his dog accidentally shot him. 
The 61-year-old man had just shot down a bird, when his dog got excited and knocked over his gun, and then jumped on the trigger. 
Bullets hit the man's hand and arm. Other hunters near the Pyrénées-Atlantiques hamlet of Mesplède called for help, and paramedics took the man to the hospital. 
He should make a full recovery.

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Police in Wayne, New Jersey arrested a wanted woman after she made fun of law enforcement online. 
Police say 25-year-old Hayley Oates filed a false police report by calling 911 with a fake emergency call in order to avoid a DUI. 
Moments after the call, she reportedly wrote on social media "lmao.. 2 mins later the cop peals out..silly piggies tricks r for u." 
Luckily, that comment helped police find her and figure out what was going on. 
Officers arrested her two days later.

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A British woman leaned the hard way not to believe everything you read on the internet. 
66-year-old Suzanne Dale was trying a "life hack" she found on Facebook, that was supposed to be an easy way to make a grilled cheese.
The post told her to put her toaster on its side, and slide in the uncooked sandwich. 
She thought it was a good idea at first, until the toaster caught fire and filled her kitchen with smoke. Luckily she threw it out the window, and the fire didn't spread to the rest of her home. 

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OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man they say stole two big screen TVs at a Honda dealership in central Florida, loaded them into an SUV on the showroom floor and drove through double glass doors in an attempt to make a getaway.
Ocala Police say Vantice Beshears, 46, crashed into another vehicle before jumping out of the SUV he was driving. Police found the SUV parked outside a nearby subdivision and saw Besehears walking nearby. Authorities said he appeared intoxicated.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports he faces six charges, including grand theft over $20,000 and commercial burglary. He remained at the Marion County Jail on Friday. It's unclear if he has retained an attorney who could comment on the charges.
Authorities said he also had outstanding warrants from Marion and Lake counties.
 

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