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Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 9th

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say a man seeking revenge against the man dating his ex-girlfriend went to the wrong New Jersey house and caused $10,000 in damage to vehicles in the driveway.
NJ.com reports Ajinka Kelkar believed a vehicle in the driveway of a South Brunswick home belonged to the other man. Police say the family that lives there soon discovered several vehicles had been damaged.
Investigators say the vehicles' tires were slashed and one had obscenities scratched into its door and fender.
Police say Kelkar was caught on surveillance footage walking around the property with a knife and damaging the vehicles. They say they went to his South Brunswick home and arrested him hours later.
He's charged with trespassing and criminal mischief. He's in custody and can't be reached for comment. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- A teenager who toured an Ohio high school while posing as a state senator has been sentenced to jail.
A judge last week sentenced Marion resident Izaha Akins to three months in jail. But the 18-year-old will need to serve only a little over a month more because he's already spent close to two months in jail.
Akins pleaded guilty in March to impersonating a peace officer. The charge includes anyone who poses as a state employee.
Authorities say Akins spoke to a government class at Mohawk High School in Sycamore last December. School officials didn't realize they'd been duped until weeks later.
His attorney has said Akins is sorry for the negative attention he brought to the school, but he's glad it pushed schools to improve their security procedures.

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Vernon police have arrested a man accused of firing a gun into a bathroom because he thought someone was taking too long using the facilities.
Around 3 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to the Portico 1 Villa Apartments, 142 Vernon Ave., in the area of apartment #80 for a report of a highly intoxicated man who shot a gun inside an apartment.
Police said they located Shawn Cummins, 22, of apartment #80, and he was highly intoxicated.
Officers learned through their investigation that Cummins had gone to his neighbor's apartment to hang out around 2 a.m.
While they were hanging out, Cummins became upset when someone wouldn't get out of the bathroom, then took out a 9mm handgun he had concealed in his waistband and fired one round into the closed bathroom door, just missing the person inside, police said.
Cummins then left the apartment and fired a second shot into the outside wall of the apartment complex.
Cummins was arrested and charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a firearm while intoxicated.
Cummins was charged with reckless endangerment, threatening and disorderly conduct.
Following his arrest, police searched Cummins' apartment and seized a .45 caliber handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun. He did have a Connecticut pistol permit, which was also seized.
He is being held on a $20,000 cash bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday at Rockville Superior Court.
It's not clear if he has an attorney.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- This wasn't your typical traffic stop.
Two Los Angeles police officers pulled over a speeding car on Mother's Day to find a woman about to give birth and a frantic man behind the wheel.
Police say Officers Maraea Toomalatai and Brian Armendariz escorted the couple to a downtown hospital Sunday.
When they arrived, one officer alerted the medical staff. But before doctors could get to the mother-to-be inside the car, she gave birth to a healthy boy with the assistance of the other officer.
In a statement, police say, "Messiah Tindley was born on Mother's Day, inside the vehicle escorted by LAPD officers."
Police later issued a photo of the newborn inside the hospital with his beaming parents - Sasha Murphy and Mohammed Tindley - and the equally beaming officers.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- As a firefighter, Jeremy Roberts is used to getting quickly from Point A to Point B.
Still, he wasn't quite quick enough Saturday for his daughter, Adeline.
She was born in the front seat of Roberts' truck as the firefighter and his wife were heading to Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, California.
When it became clear Adeline wasn't going to wait, Roberts pulled over and used his paramedic training to deliver her.
It was about 4:15 a.m. when the firefighter's wife first said it was time to head to the hospital.
Parents and baby did eventually get there, but as a trio.
Riverside Fire Department Capt. Tyler Reynolds says Roberts, his wife, Kirsten, Adeline and her brother, Hudson, are all "doing great."

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ROHTAK, India (AP) -- Even beasts can be beautiful.
Hundreds of cows and bulls walked the ramp in a north Indian town Saturday in a bovine beauty pageant aimed at promoting domestic cattle breeds and raising awareness about animal health.
As farmers led their animals, the panel of experts judged the beasts for their size and overall looks, the length of their horns and, for the cows, their milk-yielding capacities.
The judges selected 18 winners in various categories, choosing the healthiest and best-looking cows and bulls from more than 630 animals in the contest, held in the farming town of Rohtak in Haryana state.
On the ramp, the bovines displayed their individuality. Some sashayed with casual grace, while others dug in their heels and had to be pulled and prodded by their owners to walk for the judges.
The winners, representing three different breeds, carried home prizes and a winner's sash.
The farmers led their prize cows with pride at the sprawling grounds of the International Institute of Veterinary Education and Research.
"I have brought my best cow for the show and she has won a prize," Randhir Singh, a farmer from nearby Dwarka village, said as he pointed to a red ribbon tied around the head of his well-groomed cow, which won first place in its category. "I wanted my cow to win and she has done me proud."
Prem Singh, the Haryana official in charge of animal husbandry, said only indigenous breeds were allowed to take part in the contest because the state government was trying to popularize local breeds of cows.
Farmers from all 21 districts of Haryana participated in the cattle show and pageant, the official said.
In recent years, India has emerged as one of the world's largest producers of milk, although yields from Indian cows are low compared to those in Europe or America. The government is trying to improve milk yields of domestic cows by offering better veterinary support and counseling to cattle farmers.

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) -- Spring in Vermont means muddy roads, the return of green to the landscape, farmers planting crops ... and Shiitakepalooza.
At least 100 people are expected to gather at the Eddy Farm in Middlebury on Saturday to help two mushroom growers prepare logs for next year's crop and to learn how to grow their own shiitakes.
At the sixth annual event, volunteers will be inoculating logs with shiitake spawn that will sprout mushrooms in about a year. Participants will get to take home a log for their own crop of mushrooms, considered by fans to be superfood.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the volume and value of sales of mushrooms and the number of growers have increased each year from 2012 to 2015.
Most mushrooms are grown indoors in sawdust, but log-grown shiitakes sell for $16 to $20 a pound in the Northeast, making them a viable additional source of income or hobby for farmers and woodlot owners.
And more people are catching on to the art and science of growing them. The number of shiitake growers with at least 200 logs in production or an indoor commercial growing area rose to 216 in 2014-15 from 179 in 2012-13, according to the USDA.
Growing them on logs can make for a lot of work at certain times in the cycle, so any extra hands are appreciated. That was partly the origin of Shiitakepalooza.
"The inoculation aspect of it is definitely very labor-intensive, which is why setting up a few assembly lines and getting as many people involved really makes it fun," said Nick Laskovski of Dana Forest Farm in Waitsfield, who sells about 500 pounds of mushrooms a year, primarily to local restaurants.
Katy Marshall and Ryan Baxter, of Swanton, showed up Friday to learn more about the shiitake process, joining other friends and family of growers Andy Bojanowski, of Eddy Farm, and Laskovski, helping to fill logs with shiitake spawn. They recently bought some land and may grow mushrooms.
Once the logs are inoculated, they sit for a year before they're dunked in cold water or shocked. Weeks later, they yield mushrooms. The logs can be shocked again eight to 10 weeks later for another crop, Laskovski said. They then are rested for another year before the process is repeated again, he said.
But the logs only last about five years before they start to deteriorate, so growers continually add logs to their operation. Laskovski has about 1,000 and is shooting for more. But he says there's a fine line between how much he can manage on his own with a full-time job.
"Shiitakepalooza will help my ... log backup," he said.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Police in Ohio's capital are searching for a man who's been pilfering plumbing from stores, hospitals and restaurants.
Dubbed the Bathroom Bandit, Columbus police say he enters various local establishments, visits the men's restroom, disconnects the plumbing and leaves with the stolen parts in his backpack.
A police department spokeswoman says the businesses won't only have to replace the parts, but hire a plumber to repair the man's toilet tinkering. She said his crimes may be unusual, but they're still felonies.
The thief has struck a Kmart, several restaurants and the Mount Carmel West Hospital, all on the city's west side.
He is described as a white male between 40 and 50 years old, 5'7" to 5'11" and 180 to 200 pounds. He's been seen driving a black Honda Accord.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado State University students went ahead with Friday's annual "Undie Run" despite opposition from university officials.
The event started as an end-of-semester clothing donation drive but has devolved over six years into a raucous gathering.
According to KMGH-TV, university police say there were no serious incidents as students ran about in their underwear.
University official said in a campus-wide email that it will trash all clothing discarded in the event.

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ESTERO - An Estero father is accused of being so drunk, he should be brain dead.
Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested Stephen Allbritton Friday morning. They say he was passed out behind the wheel of his SUV with his kids in the backseat.
Deputies say he was unresponsive and after they took him to the hospital, doctors found out just how intoxicated he was.
Allbritton's blood alcohol content was measured at .604 -- more than seven times the legal limit.
Jackie Mason of Estero couldn't believe it when she heard it.
"Horrifying, you've got the kids' lives, you've got his life, you could destroy them," said Mason. "The kids are probably terrified, traumatized because they don't know, 'Did dad suddenly drop dead?'"
Two decades ago, Mason's husband Larry made the mistake of drinking and driving and got a DUI, but he's been sober ever since.
"Coming up this July, I'll have 20 years in a program that helped me," said Mason.
He knows what it takes for someone to turn their life around.
"Get help, quit," said Mason. "Make sure that you make a life change."
Allbritton's B.A.C. was so high he was too drunk to take to jail. Deputies waited seven hours until the level dropped to around 0.4, and he was arrested for DUI and child neglect.
"I just hope that that family can hopefully mend from this and that those kids don't have this in their mind forever," said Mason.
Neither Allbritton nor his young kids were hurt. The kids are with their mother.

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EUCLID, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio home that was pelted with eggs more than 100 times over a year will finally get a fresh finish thanks to a local painting company.
WEWS-TV reports Neubert Painting in Brook Park is planning to paint the Euclid (YOO'-klid) home. Work was scheduled to start May 4 but was postponed because of the weather.
Jason Kozan was charged in March with vandalizing the home between May 2014 and June 2015. He tells WEWS-TV he isn't responsible for the vandalism.
Neubert Painting had offered to paint the home last summer as part of its Paint it Forward program. The company was waiting for police approval because the case was under investigation. It was given the go-ahead last fall.
 

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