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Mad Minute stories from June 16, 2016

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1. FAWN SAVED FROM BATHTUB

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) -- A fawn trying to make a clean getaway after it got caught in some fencing instead wound up in the bathtub of a Colorado home.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, which posted a photo of the wayward fawn in a tub online Wednesday, says a man freed the animal from some fencing outside his home in Evergreen Tuesday night. Instead of returning to nature, it ran through an open door in his house and into the bathroom. He told deputies that he put it in the tub before calling for help.

The sheriff's office says deputies put the fawn in a blanket, carried it outside and set it free away from the fences. Its mom couldn't be seen but deputies hope they were able to reunite.

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2. QB NEEDS SAVING

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- New Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz says he became trapped in a bathroom of a New Jersey gas station and had to be rescued.

Wentz tweeted Wednesday night that he had to be rescued by attendants with garden shears and another person with a "leg kick" after he became locked in a bathroom.

WCAU-TV reports his comments were retweeted thousands of times and elicited numerous social media responses, including memes and gifs.

The Eagles traded up in April to draft Wentz at second overall.

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3. ANIMALS REMOVED

COTTRELLVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Pet owners could face charges after 98 dogs and three cats were removed from their Detroit-area house following a neighbor's complaints about the smell and noise.

The Cottrellville Township couple appears to have been breeding, showing and rescuing dogs, according to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon. The animals — Norwegian Buhund, Norrbottenspets and Norwegian Spets mix — were covered in feces and urine, but in overall good physical condition, the sheriff's office said.

"I think somewhere along the line, things got out of control," Donnellon told WJBK-TV.

A neighbor complained to authorities about a foul odor and loud barking at the home, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit. The homeowners allowed deputies inside and 22 dogs were taken out Tuesday by Animal Control officers.

"Really, what set it off was the stench," neighbor Greg Bosel told the television station. "It just got to be so nasty — the stench — you couldn't sit outside and enjoy yourself if the wind was blowing in the wrong direction."

The homeowners turned over another 23 dogs Tuesday to a Colorado-based Norwegian Buhund rescue, the sheriff's office said. The organization arranged temporary housing throughout Michigan for the dogs.

The homeowners gave nine more dogs to the St. Clair County Humane Society.

"On Wednesday, deputies and the Animal Control officer returned to remove the remaining dogs," the sheriff's office said Thursday in a release. "This time, a search warrant had to be served to enter the home, as the residents refused to cooperate."

Animal Control removed 38 dogs and three cats Wednesday. Officers also learned that six dogs had been given to another humane society.

Authorities in Cottrellville Township will consider possible code violations, while the St. Clair County Health Department is investigating possible health code violations. The St. Clair County prosecutor's office will consider filing criminal charges.

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4.KIDNAPPER BOUNCES  

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 61-year-old Ohio grandmother says she used a bottle of perfume and a swift kick to get rid of a kidnapper.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/1trlTLm ) a masked man approached Joyce Kenney as she stepped out of her Middletown home, grabbed her and forced her to drive him through the city.

Kenney says she sprayed the man in his eyes with perfume and kicked him as hard as she could. She says he went out the door and she saw him "bounce on the street."

She then drove to a gas station where she called police and waited for officers to arrive.

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5. GUY BREAKS INTO POLICE STATION  

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — It's not unheard of for an arrested person to try breaking out of a police department, but in one Georgia community officers at police headquarters charged a man with breaking in.

The Gainesville Times (http://bit.ly/1sEPb99 ) reports that police arrested 32-year-old Samuel Espejel-Sanchez on charges including interfering with government property.

Officials say Espejel-Sanchez broke into the Gainesville Police Department early Sunday morning by climbing a fence. Officers inside the building heard "glass shattering and noises" from a secured area. Officials said the suspect broke windows and doors, causing hundreds of dollars in damage.

Police say he appeared to be hallucinating and claimed that people were after him.

He was booked into the Hall County Jail. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Gainesville is about 55 miles northeast of Atlanta.

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6. SYMPATHY CARD TO LIVING WOMAN  

CROZET, Va. (AP) — A Virginia hospital is apologizing after accidently sending a sympathy card to the family of a woman who's still alive.

WVIR-TV reports that (http://bit.ly/1YjPpOV ) Marilyn Mullins received a card from the chaplain Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital almost a month and a half after her three-day stay there. The card, which was addressed to Mullins' family, said her family was in the hospital's thoughts after her death.

The only problem is that Mullins is still alive.

The hospital blamed the incident on a clerical error. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital said in a statement that an official accidently clicked the box for a deceased patient instead of "discharge to home" in the electronic medical record.

The hospital said the erroneous information was not sent to any outside organizations or government agencies.

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7. DOG EATS GORILLA GLUE

A Weimaraner in Oklahoma City had an experience that is hard to stomach: He swallowed a half bottle of Gorilla Glue.

Krystal Wilson said the sticky situation began when Lake, her 6-month-old pup, saw some glue that was being used for a home improvement project and mistook it for food.

That night, Lake soon started showing signs of an advanced case of canine constipation.

“I didn’t think anything of it, until that night when she started vomiting,” Wilson told CNN.

Wilson immediately stuck her glue-gobbling pooch in the car and took her to a vet. 

“Just a small amount had just swollen up to the size of a turkey leg,” Wilson told KFOR TV. “It was huge, pretty much took the size of her stomach.”

There are specific signs when a dog ingests Gorilla Glue and other types of strong adhesives, according to PetPoisonHelpline.com.

These include excessive drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite, retching and a distended stomach.

Veterinarian Dr. Leonard Baez used an X-ray machine to examine Lake. Once he saw the giant glue mass, the dog was immediately rushed into surgery.

Two hours later, the vet, Dr. Leonard Baez pulled out a big hunk of glue that looked like a perfect mold of Lake’s stomach, with bits of the glue bottle and grass inside it.

Wilson admits feeling unglued about what happened.

“It’s hard not to feel guilty,” she told KFOR TV. You feel like you kind of failed. We were very upset that we failed, but you can’t prevent everything.”

She said Lake was “back to her crazy self”within a few hours 

Fortunately, Lake is back home.

“We’re very lucky that she’s here with us, back to her crazy self,” Wilson said. 

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8. FAMILY JEWELS

Someone needs to get to the bottom of this.

A suspected jewel thief in Konya, Turkey, has been arrested after stolen rings and necklaces were found in his rectum during an X-ray exam, police said.

The suspect, who is identified as “Ö.A.,” was arrested after police investigating a break-in noticed his “peculiar” walk, according to DailySabah.com.

The 24-year-old was taken to a local hospital to be examined by an X-ray technician, according to the Anadolu Agency.

The technician found several objects in the suspect’s rear end, including two gold rings, four gold earrings and two gold necklaces.

In an amazing coincidence, those objects belonged to the technician’s family, according to Hurriyet.com.tr, a Turkish language website.

The recovered jewelry was handed over to authorities, presumedly after a good scrubbing.

Police arrested the suspect. They believe he was involved in two other robberies in the same neighborhood, according to Haberturk.com, a Turkish language website.

A second suspect, believed to be an accomplice, was also arrested.

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9. BLACK MARKET AVOCADOS  

They’re creamy. They’re slightly mushy. They’ve been called “green gold.

What are these mysterious gems? They’re avocados. 

And New Zealanders are resorting to theft to get hold of them.

As the desire for the fruit continues to grow in the country, criminals are raiding the luscious groves on the North Island, reports The Guardian.

“People want them, people know they need them in recipes, so the thieves are thinking, ‘Maybe we’ll be able to get a good price for these avocados,’” said New Zealand Avocado CEO Jen Scoular on BBC’s “Newshour” program. (Who knew there was an CEO of avocados, and how do we get that job?)

In the interview, which can be heard below, Scoular elaborated on the cause of the problem: “In New Zealand, we don’t import avocados, and we’ve had a moderate supply of avocados in the last season and a big increase in demand.”

The going rate for the guacamole eggs is currently $4 to $6 New Zealand dollars ($2.80 to $4.20) each. That’s a pretty high price to pay for something you smush on toast, which explains the appeal of stealing them and selling them on the black market. 

New Zealand police are thinking the criminal — or criminals — are using the cloak of darkness to pluck avocados from trees.

“They must have spent a few hours there taking fruit off the trees, loading them into his own car. We are not sure if he parked the car down the driveway or kept it on the side of the orchard,” Sergeant Aaron Fraser told Stuff.co.nz.

Kiwis apparently love their avocados.

Despite all this madness, there is one thing thieves should know: The avocados they’re plucking aren’t ripe yet!

The crops are immature this time of year, Fraser has said, and they aren’t expected to be ripe and ready until around September or October. Black market buyers: Beware of shoddy avocados!

Our resident Kiwi in the office, who asked to remain anonymous, had this to say about avocados: “I enjoy them sometimes.”

For the other New Zealanders who are desperate for avocados, it’s going to be okay. Your avocados are coming, so please stop stealing them. We hope you’ll take Scoular’s food advice when they arrive.

“You can have them as a smoothie, you can have them on your toast, you can have them in your salad or pizza, but there are also foodies finding whole other new recipes, chocolate mousse,” she said. 

Mmmmm.

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10. POLITITIAN SHOOTS OPPONENTS IN CAMPAIGN VIDEO

SYDNEY — Australian lawmaker Bob Katter drew online complaints on Wednesday after posting a campaign video in which he shoots dead political opponents just days after a gunman killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub.

The video, uploaded to his social media channels, features two men wearing shirts for Australia’s major political parties, the conservative Liberal Party and center-left Labor Party, putting up an “Australia for sale” placard.

Seconds later the video cuts to a smiling Katter, blowing smoke from the barrel of a gun as the camera pans down to the two men apparently lying dead on the ground.

But the timing of the ad, just three days after gunman Omar Mateen shot dead 49 people in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, drew sharp rebukes on social media.

Katter, whose minor Australian Party focuses on issues related to rural Australia, denied that he was attempting to be deliberately controversial with the video. Australia is set to hold national elections on July 2.

“I’m not giving an explanation. You can go and watch the advertisement because it’s an anti-selling off Australia advertisement,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“It was just for humor value. But it was humor getting a message across.”

That argument did not seem to gain much traction on Twitter, where users savaged Katter.

“Wouldn’t be a real election without Katter doing something weird or borderline insane,” Twitter user Samuel McAuliffe wrote.

“So Bob Katter decides that now would be a really good time to release a video showing him shooting people dead,”

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