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Mad Minute stories for Wednesday, November 25th

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a man bringing in his trash can from the street found a human skull in the front yard of his home and called police.
Investigators also found several bones along the road not far from the skull, Bakersfield Police Department Sgt. Gary Carruesco said Wednesday.
The skeletal remains first discovered Monday all appear to be from the same person, Carruesco said.
The Kern County Coroner's Office is trying to identify the remains. The coroner is also working to determine the cause of death and how long ago the person died.

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HAMILTON, Ga. (AP) -- If you don't like a Georgia sheriff's political incorrectness, you can leave his county.
That's what Harris Sheriff Mike Jolley warns on a new sign posted outside his department building.
The sign reads: "Warning: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you. Leave!"
Sheriff Mike Jolley installed the sign Tuesday. Jolley tells local media that he paid for the sign himself and wanted to give voice to what he considers to be a "silent majority."
Jolley says he has received overwhelming support from the community and plans to install more of the signs around the county. Some residents have offered to pay for them.

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A former clerk at an Ohio county's fiscal office has been fined $1,000 for trashing a co-worker's office with glitter and purple Silly String.
A judge in Akron also ordered 25-year-old Samantha Lockhart on Tuesday to complete 50 hours of community service and to write an apology.
She had been working for Summit County when police say in January she smashed photos, threw glitter and sprayed Silly String in the office after sending a resignation notice.
Prosecutors say Lockhart also destroyed a computer, scanner, printer and keyboard.
Lockhart told the Akron Beacon Journal after sentencing that she didn't do everything she was accused of doing.
She said everyone makes mistakes, but a prosecutor told the judge Lockhart didn't show any remorse.

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities in suburban Phoenix say a handcuffed and shackled inmate was seriously injured after he kicked out a window in a police transport van on a freeway and jumped out of the moving vehicle.
Gilbert police Sgt. Jesse Sanger says Adam Arlington broke out of a city police van bringing him to the Maricopa County jail in downtown Phoenix about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say the 31-year-old leaped from the van's passenger's side window and ran across Interstate 10 before being recaptured.
Sanger says Arlington suffered a head injury and was taken to a Phoenix hospital. He's listed in serious condition.
Arlington was in custody on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and was going to be booked into jail after he was unable to post bond.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Southern California authorities are looking for a wedding thief who steals wallets, credit cards and other valuables on the couple's happiest day without so much as an "I do."
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says an arrest warrant has been issued for 50-year-old Denise Louise Burns - also known as Denise Gunderson.
Investigators say Burns pretends to be a wedding guest, makes her way to the bridal suite and helps herself to wallets, cash and credit cards during the ceremony.
Detective Lisa Jenkins says Burns immediately heads to the store to use the stolen cards.
Jenkins says Burns has pulled off heists during a half-dozen weddings in San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The detective says when it comes to brazen crimes, Burns "takes the cake."

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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials have captured a 7-foot alligator found roaming the soccer field at a South Florida elementary school.
A Broward Sheriff's sergeant said the gator was spotted Friday and was in a place where it would not have easily gotten back to nature on its own. A deputy lassoed the reptile's tile and the sergeant held the gators mouth closed while a wildlife official taped it together.
The Sun Sentinel reports a trapper took custody of the alligator, which will be taken elsewhere or euthanized.

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CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) - Castleton University's green-caped Spartan mascot hasn't been seen in a month and school officials say they want him back.
The costume known as Sparty disappeared from the Student Government Association offices sometime between late September and the middle of October.
Student activities director Matthew Patry says Sparty is usually kept in a storage locker but had been put in a bag under a desk in the offices after the closet shelves collapsed.
He said he expected the costume to show up on Halloween but it didn't.
The Student Government Association bought the mascot for $1,700 last year to replace one that was showing its wear. The school is using the old mascot for now.
The Rutland Herald reports that university officials have said that if the mascot is returned in good condition, they'll consider the matter settled.
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You've heard of farm to table, but what about lab to table? If that sounds like your ideal meal, you may want to head to Corvallis, Oregon. 
The company Juicy Foods is offering a burger that has never seen a day in a field. It's called the "totally Artificial Lab Grown" burger. 
However, if you want to eat it, it'll cost you $300,000. Why it's that expensive, we're not sure, but it's definitely the world's most expensive burger.

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A man named Miller apparently tried to run off with a Coors truck, but police in Columbus, Georgia say he got hurt when the beer truck took off on him.  
Quiet and peaceful is the way Virginia Sanders would normally describe a morning sitting on her front porch where she's lived for 20 years, but this was another story. 
"He got run over by the truck because it was still in motion," Sanders said. 
Columbus Police say the thief forgot to put the truck in park, was ran over and suffered severe injuries to his ankle. 
Detectives think it all started with a Coors beer driver leaving his keys in the truck while going into a Circle K to make a delivery, making it easier for 55-year-old Gregory Miller to drive off in the 18 wheeler.
"Officers put out a broadcast on the beer truck at which time it was later discovered operating on Victory Drive" said Columbus Police Major J.D. Hawk. He says officers chased Miller briefly, ending with the Coors truck crashing into a fence, right in front of where Sanders lives. 
"It's really strange that you would see a beer truck go through something like that," she said. 


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OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Doctors say a central Florida laborer impaled by a piece of rebar from a concrete block is lucky to be alive after the object narrowly missed his vital organs.
Casey Zawojski, 20, was painting an Ocala home earlier this week when he fell backward off a ladder, landing on a partially constructed pillar. The rebar pierced his lower back.
A pastor who was putting up drywall nearby heard the man's screams and rushed to his aid. Dax Romine grabbed his electric power saw and cut the rebar so Zawojski would not be hanging from it.
The pastor said he hadn't planned on bringing his tools to that site because he had another job that day, but at the last minute threw them in his car.
"I really honestly believe that God provided that piece of tool in this case," Romine said.
Miraculously, the Ocala Star-Banner reports a piece of the victim's shirt also went into the cavity and kept the wound from bleeding.
Zawojski said he knew he'd hit something when he fell because he tried to get up and couldn't move. But he said his first instinct was to remain calm and stay awake.
"All kinds of thoughts were going through my mind. I wanted to be alive, I wanted to see my family again," he said.
Zawojski said he also prayed Romine would "cut as fast as he could so it could be over with."
Zawojski suffered a collapses lung and damage to several ribs. His uncle Richard Maitha said the rebar passed through his chest and stopped close to his neck, and barely missed his heart.
A surgeon moved skin and muscles aside so the rebar would come out easily when it was removed. The doctor said the surgery to remove the rebar, which was about an inch around and 10 to 12-inches long, lasted about two hours.
The victim was sitting up in a wheelchair Friday and said he was already feeling much better.

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