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Mad Minute stories from Monday, March 14th

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ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a central Pennsylvania man who locked himself out of his house wound up locked up in jail once emergency responders realized he had unpaid court fines.
The Altoona Mirror reports 35-year-old Jeffrey Jones climbed onto the roof Sunday night while trying to get into his house through a window, but had to call 911 when he got stuck.
Altoona police say that's when they discovered Jones was wanted by the Blair County sheriff's office for failing to pay about $750 in court costs and fines.
As a result, Jones was taken to jail, where he remained Monday.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Jones.

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LONDON (AP) -- Witnesses say a base jumper has safely parachuted from the European Union's tallest building, the Shard in London, and evaded police by jumping on the subway.
Passers-by captured the stunt on social media Saturday. Video footage and photographs showed the man with green chute deployed floating from the Shard onto a street near the London Bridge station.
They say the unidentified man folded his chute, handed it to an accomplice, and ran into the station minutes before police arrived.
It's the first documented base jump since the 2012 completion of the Shard, a spire-shaped skyscraper that stands 95 stories and 1,016 feet (310 meters) high. Base jumpers did film themselves leaping from the structure when it was still under construction. The finished building has no external rooftop viewing platform.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- One of Florida's top regulators is being ordered to stay away from his office because of 10 pounds of bat guano discovered above his desk.
Inspectors say they found the bat feces this week in the area right above the ceiling of Ken Lawson's office. Lawson is secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. They have told Lawson that no one should enter his office until the guano is removed.
The bat guano was discovered Thursday.
State legislators in the new state budget ordered that state workers leave the Tallahassee offices where the department is housed. The new budget says no money can be spent on lease payments for the offices, but that provision does not take effect until this summer.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A federal appeals court says a sleeping defense lawyer is almost as bad as none at all.
The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday tossed out a North Carolina man's conspiracy and racketeering convictions because his lawyer slept through his trial.
The judges said attorney Nikita V. Mackey's sleepiness meant Nicholas Ragin was deprived of his constitutional right to a lawyer. Ragin was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The ruling sets a precedent for federal cases in the Carolinas, Virginia and West Virginia. The decision says five of the 11 regional federal appeals courts now have ruled the same way on slumbering defense attorneys.
Mackey did not return a telephone call to his law office and had no listed home number.

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FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) - A handcuffed prisoner seated in the back of a police car in a New York village was able to slip the cuffs in front of him and steal the police vehicle, leading officers on a chase before crashing into several parked cars in a residential community on Long Island, officials said Friday.
Police in the village of Freeport, about 30 miles from Manhattan, pulled over Andrew Howard's minivan around 10 p.m. Thursday after an alert from license plate readers the village recently installed notified them that the 36-year-old had open warrants, authorities said.
The officers arrested Howard, handcuffing him and placing him in the back of a police sport-utility vehicle. But they say Howard was able to slip the handcuffs in front of him and squeeze through a small partition between the front and back seats. Police say the opening was about 1 foot square. Newsday reported Howard is 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 155 pounds.
"This is a very nimble and very agile individual ...," Det. Lt. Richard Lebrun, a Nassau County Police Department spokesman, said at a news conference Friday. "It was a sliding Plexiglas partition and nobody ever thought that an individual could squeeze through an 11.5 by 12 and a quarter square hole."
Police said Howard made his way behind the wheel and took off in the police SUV, leading officers on a chase for nearly two miles before he crashed into four parked cars in a residential neighborhood in Merrick.
No injuries were reported.
Howard was arrested on charges including escape, resisting arrest, unlawful fleeing of police, and grand larceny. Two women who were in the minivan also were arrested after police say they found a knife in the van.
After his arrest, Howard was taken to a hospital for what police say was an unrelated medical condition. He remained hospitalized Friday night and will likely be arraigned Saturday, a spokesman for the Nassau County prosecutor's office said.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Howard had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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(AP) A full grown male leopard that fell into a well bites a rope thrown to it by rescuers in Gauhati, north eastern Assam state, India, Saturday, March 12, 2016. The leopard is believed to have fallen into the well in the early hours of the day while searching for prey in this part of a hill that has recently been encroached by humans. The animal was rescued by Saturday noon and taken to the zoo. 

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CLERMONT, FLA. (AP) -  A man in central Florida has been arrested after telling a deputy he was speeding because he had to go to the bathroom.
Lake County Sheriff's officials say 24-year-old Carlos Adonis Ramos-Erazo refused to get out of his vehicle after being nabbed for going 20 miles over the speed limit Thursday. He said he had to go to the bathroom and drove off, hitting the deputy's arm with the vehicle.
Authorities say the deputy followed the man to his home. When the Ramos-Erazo tried to run inside, he was shot with a Taser.
Authorities say he urinated and defecated in the back of the patrol car on the way to the jail.
The Daily Commercial reports he faces charges including fleeing and battery on a law enforcement officer.

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(KPRC) HOUSTON - The Houston Fire Department rescued a man Saturday afternoon who was floating down the San Jacinto River.
HFD said firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 2:39 p.m. after a man was spotted floating in the river near Timberline Drive and Highway 59 in northeast Houston.
Firefighters were sent in three boats that were placed along the river near the dam area, officials said. HFD also requested a Houston Police Department helicopter to aid in the search.
Officials said he was found around 4 p.m. in a tree near 211 Forest Cove. He was naked when they saved him.
"He just kept saying 'help,'" neighbor Sharon Hambrick said. "We had a short conversation for 20 minutes, and it would get quiet and it made me nervous. I thought 'Oh please, don't let him drown!'"
The man said the water was very cold and the tree's thorns poked into his arms. Authorities said there were several people in kayaks present at the time.
He was taken to Kingwood Hospital for observation, firefighters said.
HPD Lake Patrol Division is investigating why the man was in the river naked.

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Lambourn, England - The Cheltenham Festival begins Tuesday, and one bookmaker has marked the occasion by helping design the first ever Harris tweed suit for a race horse.
20 time champion jockey AP Mccoy unveiled the suit, which was modeled by veteran race horse Morestead at its stables in Lambourn, located 70 miles from London.
Bookmaker William Hill commissioned Emma Sandham-King with creating the bespoke suit. 
It took four weeks for Sandham-King and her team to make it and they used more than 59 feet of tweed -- ten times more than would be used to make a human suit.

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One player certainly wasn't welcome on the field during a soccer game in Australia. 
A bull escaped from its home, and ran onto the field -- charging at players in Maryborough, Queensland. 
Witnesses caught the ordeal on camera and posted the video online. It it, you can see the animal walking out from some trees, and then starting to run towards a child, and runs away. That's when the bull decides to turn around and go back to where it came from. 
No one got hurt, but witnesses say if the player who had been charged wasn't as fast as he was, the bull likely could have gotten him. 

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