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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, December 15th

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An armed robbery suspect who fled a courtroom during trial and escaped the grasp of deputies is back in custody after lawyers tackled him in the courthouse hallway.
Surveillance cameras at the Oklahoma County courthouse captured candid video of Israel Pointer's attempt to flee.
KWTV-TV reports that the 19-year-old Pointer had just learned his bond was revoked and that he was heading back to jail when he bolted from the courtroom.
Cameras show Pointer grappling with and twice escaping jail deputies.
Footage from another camera then shows him encountering Oklahoma County district attorney David Prater and several other attorneys, who tackled the young man and pinned him to the ground.
Prater equated working in the courthouse with "being in the Wild West."

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DELTONA, Fla. (AP) -- Deputies say a wife thought her husband was having an affair when she found a 22-year-old woman wearing his pajamas. Turns out the woman was just hiding from the law.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Monday that Eryn Rice slipped into the couple's Deltona home on Sunday after escaping from a deputy who'd arrested her for shoplifting. They said she washed her clothes, showered and took a nap.
The Orlando Sentinel reports when the 73-year-old woman first saw Rice, she thought her husband was cheating on her. The husband was playing golf; when he returned, he swore he'd never seen her before.
Not knowing she was on the run, the couple drove Rice home. Later, they contacted authorities, who arrested Rice.
Jail records didn't list an attorney.

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KELLER, Texas (AP) -- A Texas school district is reviewing a sixth-grade assignment that had students make a step-by-step plan showing how cocaine gets from a drug cartel to a street dealer.
KTVT-TV reports that a teacher in Keller, northeast of Fort Worth, gave out a science class assignment called "The Cocaine Trade: From Field to Street."
Parent Scott Pick says he contacted administrators after his 11-year-old son brought home the study sheet for an assignment on "Following a Sequence." He says he felt it was "a diagram of how to become a drug dealer."
Administrators issued a statement Monday saying the assignment "will be reviewed before being considered for future use," adding that the district will continue efforts to regularly "review, remind, and revise drug educational material."

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BOSTON (AP) -- SWAT cat is missing.
The Boston Police Department's SWAT team is looking for a stray that's become its unofficial mascot.
The department posted a note on Facebook this week seeking help finding "SWAT Cat," which has white, black and light orange fur. The note includes a picture of the feline lounging on the hood of an armored tactical truck.
The department says the cat has been beloved part of the team since 2013.
The department says "SWAT Cat" would show up for chow time with the unit and roll over for belly rubs from officers. The cat hasn't been seen for about three weeks.
The department's Facebook post that it was sad the cat wasn't around anymore because she'd become like family.

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ALVA, Okla. (AP) -- A man shown in a surveillance video crashing his pickup into the front desk of a northwestern Oklahoma hotel and nearly hitting two women is facing charges.
The Enid News and Eagle reports the incident happened last Thursday at Alva Comfort Inn and Suites after a bill dispute. Police say 62-year-old John Parsley of Gonzales, Texas, wanted a refund on two transactions.
Officer Wade Suffon says he offered to talk to a manager, but Parsley drove off and crashed into the hotel.
The video shows the truck back up after the initial hit and slam into the lobby again.
Parsley faces two felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of malicious injury to property over $1,000. It's not clear whether he has an attorney.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A 12-year-old boy is accused of stealing a car from an 89-year-old man in St. Petersburg, Florida, after telling the man his tire was low.
Police spokeswoman Mike Puetz says the boy was riding a bicycle Friday morning when he told the man a tire on his Toyota was low. When the man stopped to check his tire, the boy jumped into the car and drove away.
The man was not injured as the boy drove away in the vehicle.
Police looked at surveillance video and a detective recognized the boy, who's been arrested more than 20 times.
He was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with grand theft motor vehicle.
Puetz said the child has been previously charged at least 20 times. The charges have been both misdemeanors and felonies, including auto theft, possession of marijuana, simple battery and robbery.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Police have arrested a fast-food worker they say was suffering from herpes and spat on an officer's burger.
Spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department, Cpl. Don Coppola, tells The Advocate 21-year-old Elijah Johnson was booked Sunday on counts including mingling harmful substances.
Coppola says a lieutenant noticed what looked like spit on the top of a burger he ordered at a Dairy Queen.
He says a surveillance video showed that Johnson grabbed a bun, walked off to the side, brought the burger up to his mouth and walked back to finish making the burger.
Coppola also says the saliva is being tested to see if it matches Johnson. According to Coppola, Johnson admitted he suffers from herpes.
Online jail records do not list an attorney for Johnson.

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BOW, N.H. (AP) - State police say a Manchester man who was stopped for speeding a few days ago picked up right where he left off when he got his car back.
Joel Figueroa, 21, was arrested Thursday and charged with reckless operation after a trooper observed him driving 107 mph on Interstate 93 in Hooksett. On Sunday, the same trooper spotted a car traveling 86 mph on I-93 in Bow. The driver again was Figueroa, who told the trooper he had just picked up his car from the tow company. Police say he was upset that he was stopped again because he was only going "about 80 mph."
A phone listing for Figueroa could not be found Sunday.

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If you're a huge Star Wars fan, here's your chance to take your obsession to a whole new level -- religion. 
The Zion Church in Berlin, Germany is holding a special service the weekend "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" comes out, to give people a place to officially worship the franchise. 
The congregation will reportedly get to see scenes from the 1983 movie "Return of the Jedi," and an organist will  be playing music from the film's score. 
People who show up dressed like characters from the films will even be able to win tickets to the latest movie in the series. 
"The Force Awakens" comes out on Friday. 

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An NBA mascot really came through big time for a Denver Nuggets fan. 
$800 was riding on the backwards, half-court shot. Remarkably, Rocky made it, and a celebration ensued. 
Although he made it look easy, it's a difficult shot, made by one of the best in the business. 
 

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