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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, May 4th

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ALLIANCE, OH (WCMH) - Police in Alliance would like prospective drug purchasers to stop calling a suspected drug dealer's phone so that they can search the device without being interrupted.
Police arrested Steve Notman Tuesday night after they say he was seen on video selling methamphetamine.
Police are trying to search through texts and contacts, but they say that the constant stream of calls and texts is "really annoying."
In a very tongue in cheek Facebook post, police said, "First of all, he is all out of drugs for tonight. Secondly you don't need to call - we will come to you soon enough."
Police also say Notman's ringtone is terrible.

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MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) -- Apparently this was one alligator determined to meet the neighbors.
An alligator wandered through a subdivision in Moncks Corner near Charleston this week and at one point wandered onto the front porch of a house and climbed up the front door. It appeared to reach for the doorbell.
The Monday visit was captured on video by Gary Rogers, whose daughter Danielle Barkley lives nearby.
Barkley tells local media that alligators have visited the neighborhood before and last year she saw one on the front porch of another neighbor's house. But she says this is the first time one seemed to reach for the doorbell.
The alligator, which was several feet long, hung around for about an hour before it wandered back into the woods on its own.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans police are investigating an armed robbery of two men where the assailant walked away with only 35 cents
Police say the robbery happened Wednesday morning in the city's Carrollton area.
Police said that a 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old man were robbed by a man armed with a semi-automatic gun.
No one was injured. A police report gave no explanation as to why the perpetrator came away with such a small amount of money.

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A deer in Long Island, New York literally got caught in headlights. It managed to get its head stuck inside a light post bulb, and had to be rescued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Here's the message the agency posted on Facebook:

"This morning at 9:45 a.m. Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Jeff Hull received a call reporting that a deer in Centereach NY (Suffolk County), had managed to get its head stuck inside a light globe and had been laying in the woods since the previous night. Upon arrival, ECO Hull spotted the deer about 20 yards from the road in a housing development. ECO Hull approached the deer, but on his first attempt, the wet globe slipped out of his hands and the deer ran into a nearby downed tree, causing it to fall.
On his second attempt, ECO Hull flung his coat over the globe, bear hugging it with both arms as the deer kicked and struggled to break free. The deer managed to slip out of the globe and ran off into the woods. ECO Hull was left with a good story and a few bruises but his integrity intact."

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Police say two men were caught flouting the Eighth Commandment when surveillance video captured them stealing nearly $500 worth of Bibles from a Christian store in Massachusetts.
The Republican newspaper reported on Wednesday that images shared by police show the men lifting eight Bibles from the Morning Star Christian Store in West Springfield on April 23.
Police have not identified the men and ask that anyone who recognizes them from the images to contact police.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County police are asking for help identifying a man they say used a fraudulent credit card to steal an expensive bathtub.
Police say the man wanted to buy a $13,000 bathtub from Union Hardware in Bethesda that was on sale for $6,700 on April 26. The credit card he used was initially declined, but the man said he would call his bank to find out why.
Police say the man handed his cellphone to the employee, saying the bank would explain how to process the card. The employee followed the instructions and a receipt printed out as if the purchase was approved.
A short time after the man drove off with the tub, police say the bank notified the store that the card was fraudulent.

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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Alaska wildlife was a factor in a weekend traffic crash but this time it wasn't a moose, caribou or bear.
Alaska State Troopers say 75-year-old Myrna Losquadro, of Ketchikan, braked as she rounded a curve on the Tongass Highway to avoid striking a marten dragging or fighting with a chicken in the road on Saturday.
Burton Morrison, 47, was following Losquadro.
Heavy rain made it hard to stop. Morrison's truck slammed into the back of Losquadro's car.
A passenger in the truck was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Martens are members of the weasel family prized for their fur. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says they feed primarily on voles but will kill birds and squirrels.
The department says bald eagles will sometimes kill and eat martens.

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Stray cats are sneaking into the Miami Zoo at night and relieving themselves, using sand in exhibits as litter boxes. But their feces can contain a deadly parasite, which causes a disease called toxoplasmosis. It's blamed for the deaths of three squirrel monkeys and a red kangaroo at the zoo. The crafty cats are sneaking in from an adjacent park. Now the zoo is trapping them, putting the healthy ones up for adoption. That doesn't sit well with the people of Cat Network, who say the best solution is for the zoo to keep all other land species "out."

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A college student in Bowling Green, Ohio is facing charges for an interesting crime to say the least. 
Police say 19-year-old Monique Vanderhulst thought a catering truck was her own car, and took it. The truck had been running outside a nearby building, where the driver was making a delivery. 
Officers pulled Vanderhulst over after the catering company reported their truck had been stolen. Before she was stopped however, police say she hit at least one car, ran over several curbs in a Bowling Green State University parking lot, and was driving so erratically, she made things fall out of the truck. 
Police say they believe Vanderhulst was extremely drunk at the time. Later, she reportedly admitted to police that she had been drinking, and was carrying a fake Illinois ID.
She was arrested for receiving stolen property, drunk driving, giving false information to police, and underage consumption of alcohol.

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Caldwell, ID - A lively 90-year old grandmother celebrated her birthday this weekend...by making her first skydiving jump.
Beth Roberts joined her two sons and a grand-daughter on a windy day in southern Idaho...getting suited up for her big adventure.
The plane took the group up to 16-thousand feet...where the excited woman had no hesitation in beginning her jump.
Beth tandem-jumped with a professional...they dropped for about a minute before opening parachutes and gliding safely to the ground.
The gusty winds threatened to blow them off course but the pair managed a good landing...a little wind-blown but happy.
She wasn't fazed by the jump, and told her jump partner she may come back when she's 95 to do it again!
Beth was born in Colorado, lived most of her life in Wyoming and now lives in the Boise, Idaho area.
 

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