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Mad Minute stories from Monday, June 6th

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VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Police in Northern California say they arrested five men for stealing $4,700 worth of energy drinks.
San Jose television station KNTV reports Vacaville police officers nabbed the four adults and one juvenile Friday night as they wheeled a cart full of Red Bull out of a grocery store and loaded it into a waiting U-Haul van.
The Vacaville Police Department says the grocery store was one of many places visited by the group. Police said the U-Haul van was packed with the energy drink.
Police say the four adults were booked into Solano County jail and the minor into a juvenile hall. All are from Oakland.

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Jane Kangas has the most valuable nostrils in North Dakota.
The environmental scientist's state-certified nose gives her the ability to decipher whether a landfill is meeting standards for odor control - needing just a whiff or two to determine whether it has reached peak reek. Her verification: a device that records the level of odor.
Kangas conducts odor inspections for 25 landfills in eastern North Dakota, none more scrutinized than the one in Fargo, the state's largest city. Several years ago, complaints about the stench from the dumping ground were so common, the city received criticism from people who worked in a horse park with a 400-stall barn. The city has since cut down on the funk by installing wells to mine the methane gas and turn it into electricity.
Even so, rising summer temperatures make more people bitter about the litter.
"My job is very interesting because we talk to the public on a daily basis," said Kangas, who inspects the Fargo landfill at least once a week. "The odor part is such a small part of my job. I enjoy my job, so to go on an odor complaint, it doesn't bother me."
To make sure her olfactory senses stay sharp - "The older I get, the tougher it gets," said the 21-year veteran of the health department - she is required to annually attend odor school, where she is tested on a variety of scents.
The tool Kangas uses is called the Nasal Ranger, which looks like a radar gun with a nasal mask on one end. It is used to test everything from landfill smells to second-hand marijuana smoke in Colorado, where environmental officials have been trained to sniff out weed.
The device was designed by St. Croix Sensory, a consulting business in Minnesota's Twin Cities that's run by Chuck McGinley, an environmental engineer who has trained odor inspectors since the 1980s.
"We train up to several hundred inspectors a year, including people around the country and around the world," McGinley said. "The training is pretty basic. We train people to describe smell and to measure smell in the ambient air. Most people are trainable."
The Nasal Ranger measures aromas in odor concentration units, which essentially is the odor compared to clean air. Anything over seven units is a violation according to North Dakota law enacted in 1999 after a series of pungent debates in the Legislature.
The worst reading for Kangas - who also protects the public from asbestos, mold, lead and radon hazards, though not with her nose - was a snort of 31 units at a now-defunct ethanol plant near the northeastern North Dakota town of Grafton.
"At 31, you are about dropping over," she said. "It was a case where you would take the readings, shove Kleenex up your nose and run away."
McGinley said each community has different expectations about an acceptable level of smell, what should be done about it and how much money should be spent to fix it.
"Odor is not like a speed limit," McGinley said. "It's more like observing and recording a habit of driving politely in the community."

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HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston rookie Tyler White was the victim of a prank on Saturday that left his Range Rover Evoque on the warning track in center field before the game.
Some of Houston's veterans, led by ace Dallas Keuchel, orchestrated the prank.
Keuchel says: "As long as you don't take it out of context it's all fun and games and it makes you a little bit stronger. So (White) is one of the guys we like and we'll continue to get on him a little bit and it will make him tougher."
White wasn't amused by the incident and fumed as he made the long walk from home plate to the outfield to try and move the car. But he couldn't find the keys and he soon retreated back to the clubhouse. A clubhouse employee finally moved the SUV, but not before Carlos Gomez hit a ball that crashed onto the top of it. Keuchel said they'd pay for any damages the stunt caused.

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DEBARY, Fla. (AP) - A construction worker in Florida has been arrested after authorities say he buried his boss in dirt using a front-end loader.
Citing an arrest report, the Orlando Sentinel reports 32-year-old Erick Cox of Sanford was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery.
Witnesses say Cox was arguing with 57-year-old Perry Byrd of Orlando at a construction site in DeBary when Cox dumped two loads of dirt onto Byrd, pinning him to the ground.
The report says Cox then began hitting Byrd in the head with a 6-foot aluminum level. Byrd was knocked unconscious.
Cox told investigators Byrd had threatened him and he accidentally buried Byrd's leg in dirt while reaching for his keys.
It's unclear whether Cox has an attorney.

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Campbell, CA - This is about as close as you can get to getting caught red, white and blue handed. Campbell Police say a man was caught on surveillance video stole an American flag from the porch of a home. Moments later, the video also caught him face planting onto the sidewalk while he tried to run away. 
In the video, he was trying to jump over a fence when he clearly biffed it. 
While police haven't found the falling-flag-thief yet, they say thanks to the surveillance video, he likely won't have a leg to stand on in court when they arrest him. 

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A moose that darted across the lawn of Utah's State Capitol and evaded wildlife officers for hours will be relocated to a canyon about 60 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Mike Roach with Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources said the young female moose emerged from a canyon Friday and ended up in a city park north of downtown Salt Lake City.
The animal was spooked by passers-by and climbed a nearby hill to the grounds of the Capitol. She ran across lawns before dipping down into the park, returning again to the statehouse and running down nearby roads to escape officers.
Roach said "she just would not hold still."
Officers tranquilized the roughly 700-pound animal and joggers and bystanders helped carry it on a tarp to a waiting trailer.

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DAYTON, Oh - A woman in Ohio is recovering after she says her drug dealer beat her with the lid of a toilet bowl in an alley.
The woman told Dayton Police officers she went to Five Oaks and Richmond Avenue to buy marijuana from her dealer who goes by "Tutu." The woman says when she got to their usual meeting spot, her dealer told her to come down the alley off of Victor Avenue. She says when she got close enough, she told him she had to urinate and asked him to turn away. She then says while she was squatting down, he used the lid of a toilet bowl to hit her over the head, then took $30 from her.
When officers found her, they confirmed that she had pieces of porcelain in her hair and had a wound on her forehead above her right eye. The woman gave officers a description of "Tutu;" she says he's a black male who was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and had bad teeth, some of which are gold.
Police weren't able to track down the alleged drug dealer, but after paramedics took the woman to the hospital, officers issued a summons for her to come to court after she admitted her intentions of buying drugs.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The body of a girl found last month inside a small metal casket still holding a rose was laid to rest 145 years after she was first buried under what now is a home in San Francisco.
Dozens of community members, cemetery workers and event organizers dressed in black attended her burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Colma, California, where about 30,000 people originally buried in San Francisco's Odd Fellows Cemetery were moved to in the early 1920s. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.
A local poet read an original work to honor the little girl, who appeared to be about 3 and was dubbed Miranda Eve, at the ceremony Saturday attended by about 100 people and led by a volunteer minister.
"I rejoice that you've found it in your hearts to come offer your love, your care and to be here for this little girl," retired Minister Allan Musterer told the crowd. "The discovery of Miranda is such a happening outside of what anyone could deem as normal."
The well-preserved body of the unidentified girl was found May 9 in an airtight coffin that helped preserved her golden locks of hair and even a rose she held in her hand. The metal and glass coffin was unearthed from under a concrete garage floor by workers doing remodeling work at a house in the city's Richmond District.
Since the girl's discovery, people across the county have worked on trying to find her identity and her DNA is being tested.
Elissa Davey, the founder of the Garden of Innocence charity, helped arrange the girl's reburial.
"It was tough, very tough," Davey said about the process, as she began to cry. "But she is not just our child. She is everyone's."
Barbara and Heather Reynolds traveled from Sacramento to attend the ceremony.
"I just felt that she needed to have people here," Heather Reynolds said. "The amount of people who came forward is amazing."

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Guntur, India - An unusual thief robbed a jewelry store in India last month. The culprit was a monkey!
Surveillance video shows the monkey push open the door, come into the shop and head straight for the checkout counter.
After sitting there for a bit, it pulls out a bundle of cash from the register, jumps over the counter and bolts out the door.
An employee ran after the monkey, but it was too late.
The monkey made off with $150.
Employees say this was the second time the monkey had visited the store, but this was the first time it got inside.

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It's a case that may come down to what the bird heard.
Family members believe an African grey parrot named "Bud" may have witnessed the fatal shooting of his owner. woodTV
Martin Duram, 45, was shot and killed in his Michigan home in May 2015 in what police first thought was a double homicide. Duram's wife, Glenna, had also been shot, in the head, but police realized an hour later she was still alive.
Investigators now list Glenna as a suspect in her husband's death, suggesting she had tried to pull off a murder-suicide, according to reports obtained by NBC Affiliate woodTV. Glenna has denied the allegations and has not been charged.
However, family members say they may have a witness to the killing; the couple's pet parrot. In a video taken several weeks after the murder, the African grey parrot named "Bud," who is now being cared for by family members, can be heard saying, "Don't f-ing shoot."
The bird, they say, can be heard mimicking both Martin and Glenna as if they were arguing.
"I personally think he was there and he remembers it and he was saying it," Duram's father, Charles Duram, told woodTV.
Police records detail financial and gambling problems in the couple's marriage, and Michigan police say Glenna left several suicide notes. Glenna later denied doing so in an interview with detectives, although handwriting analysis matched her handwriting to the notes, the station reported.
Newaygo County Prosecutor Robert Springsted told woodTV that he was aware the couple had a bird, but had not seen the video. He added that he expects to decide in the next two or three weeks whether or not to file charges, pending the outcome of the Michigan State Police's ongoing investigation. 

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