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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, March 22nd

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man who tried to steal liquor from a delivery truck in Bismarck was caught after a driver locked him in the trailer.
Virgil Standing Crow III is charged in South Central District Court with robbery. He is being held on $5,000 cash bail.
The Bismarck Tribune reports (bit.ly/1R1C0rR) that Standing Crow was trying to steal liquor from the trailer when the driver pulled the door shot and locked him in.
Police say Standing Crow threw around cases of liquor bottles while he was trapped and caused nearly $600 in damage.
Court documents do not list an attorney for Standing Crow.

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AVON, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say a western New York man led police on a car chase that ended when he attempted to elude officers by ducking into a fire hall where a ham raffle was being held.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office says deputies tried to pull over 31-year-old John Palermo of Rochester as he drove on Interstate 390 on Saturday night. Police say Palermo exited the highway and drove into Avon (AY'-vahn), 20 miles south of Rochester.
Palermo sped across several lawns before stopping at the East Avon fire hall and running inside.
He tried to blend in with the crowd attending a ham raffle, but an off-duty deputy who's also a volunteer firefighter helped capture him.
Palermo was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and fleeing from police. It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A library book overdue by nearly 50 years has been returned to a university library in southwest Ohio.
The University of Dayton says a former student who borrowed the "History of the Crusades" in 1967 has sent it back with an apology for the late return.
The university says James Phillips, of Minnesota, apparently checked out the book as a freshman before leaving school to join the U.S. Marines. Phillips says the book and other belongings must have been gathered from his dormitory room and sent to his parents' house where they remained until his parents' died. Phillips recently found the book in a box of belongings forwarded to him by his brother.
University officials say they won't be charging Phillips the late fee that would have been about $350.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The odds don't look good for the latest effort to authorize a casino in New Hampshire, yet a quirky bill would give adults another way to gamble: children's bingo games.
Under current law, hotels and campgrounds can host separate bingo games for adults and kids. Republican Rep. James Webb, of Derry, wants to allow adults to join the children's games, with some restrictions.
Under a bill he presented to a state Senate committee Tuesday, anyone over age 18 would be allowed to play if they are supervising a child or children, but they would not be eligible to win prizes.
"It sounds worse than it is, but it's really not," said Webb, who was inspired by camping trips with his grandchildren. "I tried to write it as much as possible to make sure this is a children's game."
"Sometimes you'll see that adults will drop their kids off and leave. This will take care of that problem," he said. "I'd like to stay there and enjoy them having fun and enjoying bingo."
Brian Pinard, of Goffstown, said his children no longer are interested in bingo, but he wanted to advocate for relatives with small children.
"It's difficult to send a 6- or 7-year-old into a building to play bingo alone, unsupervised," he said.
The bill also would increase the maximum value of prizes from $2 to $5. After hearing from Webb and Pinard, the Ways and Means committee, without debate, voted to recommend that the full Senate pass the bill.
Meanwhile, a bill that would authorize a single casino in the state is stalled in the Senate. A similar bill that would have authorized two casinos passed the Senate last year, but it failed in the House, which has never gone for the idea.

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COLUMBIA, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a burglary suspect made himself at home before a central Pennsylvania family returned from a trip to find him settled into their residence.
Police say 21-year-old Zachary Jock was arrested Sunday after a family returned to find him wearing their clothes, eating their food, and even rearranging their furniture.
Columbia police believe Jock had settled in for at least two days and damaged the home by throwing two knives, which stuck into the ceiling. Police also found pills, alcohol and cigarettes in the home that didn't belong to the owner. Police say Jock also had $2,800 worth of items in a backpack that belonged to the home's owner and his child.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Jock, who remains in the Lancaster County jail.

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STUART, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities in Florida have arrested a man they say stole a BMW after trying to buy it with a food stamp debit card.
The Martin County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets in a statement that 36-year-old Nicholas Jackson was arrested Friday and charged with grand theft auto.
Deputies say Jackson was turned away at the Pompano Beach auto dealership after trying to buy the $60,000 car using his EBT card and a credit card.
However, deputies say the suspect returned the next night and stole the car along with keys from 60 other vehicles.
Deputies say they later found Jackson with the car and the keys after he ran out of gas because he didn't have money to fill the tank.
It isn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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A burglar in Hamilton, New Zealand has a serious addiction to stealing men's underwear and socks. 
Weird, right? Don't worry, this cat burglar is just that -- a cat. 
Brigit is a 6-year-old Tonkinese cat, who goes out into the streets and subsequently her neighbors' homes where she finds exactly what she's looking for. 
In the morning without fail, her owner wakes up to find a random stranger's clothing in her home. 
Since January, Brigit has managed to hoard 11 pairs of underwear and more than 4 dozen socks. 

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MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis-area robbery was foiled when the owner of a business realized the would-be robber was using a water pistol.
KMOV-TV reports that Amanuel Perkins is charged with first-degree attempted robbery. He is jailed on $25,000 bond and does not yet have an attorney.
Police say the crime happened last week at Sole Survivor Leather store in Maplewood. Police say Perkins demanded money and the store owner feared for his life before realizing it was a multicolored water pistol, and not a real gun, that was being pointed at him.
The store owner pushed away the gun and told the assailant to leave, before police arrived to make the arrest.
Police say Perkins told them it was a St. Patrick's Day joke.

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A soap bar from the company Lush should apparently be sold at plant nurseries. Lush says its products are as organic as possible, and here's proof. 
People have reported Lush's 'Wiccy Magic Muscles' massage bar resulting in plants sprouting in their showers. The bars are full of aduki beans, which are evidently still alive. When you use the bar, some of the beans fall out, and if they get stuck inside your shower drain, they can get enough water to sprout. 
Apparently no one has been reading the instructions on the the bars however, because they say to "glide the massage bar directly over dry skin; it will melt upon contact." Got that? You're not supposed to use them in the shower. 
Aduki beans are often used in Japanese and Chinese cuisine. The sprouts can grow to be a few inches tall.

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Taipei, Taiwan - Taiwan's first Hello Kitty Themed train made its maiden journey this week. 
The event attracted many Hello Kitty fans who came to Shulin Train Station in New Taipei City to take pictures in front of the train and with a life-sized mascot of the famous cartoon character.
Taiwan's railway administration is hoping the Hello Kitty trains will help to put rail travel back on the map as a means of leisure transportation, aiming at an international market.
Each car of the new Taroko Express is themed in a different color, and the headrest covers all bear an image of Hello Kitty's face.
The Taiwan railway administration plans to add more themed trains to the fleet in the future, while also introducing other merchandise like Hello Kitty themed lunchboxes.
Trains themed after the cartoon character already exist in Japan, Hello Kitty's home country.
 

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