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Mad Minute stories from Monday, June 20th

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NOXEN, Pa. (AP) -- Dozens of serpents have been collected as a part of an annual Rattlesnake Roundup in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Thirty-nine of the 59 registered hunters brought in a rattlesnake to Noxen during the weekend. Eight poisonous copperheads and 20 nonvenomous snakes were also hauled in.
The largest dark phase and light phase rattlesnakes both came in at nearly 4½ feet. The heaviest rattlesnake weighed 4 pounds, 1.8 ounces, and one hunter brought in a rattlesnake with 13 rattles.
The largest nonvenomous snake was a black rat snake that measured nearly 6½ feet.
The four-day event sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission was first held in 1973 and raises money for the Noxen Fire Department and other local groups.
The snakes are returned to their natural habitat.

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ORANGE, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts woman can check something off her bucket list: She celebrated her 87th birthday by skydiving.
The Recorder reports Janis Lefebre's children bought her the skydiving package from Jumptown, a skydiving center based in Orange, after learning that jumping out of a plane was something she always wanted to do.
A crowd of family and friends gathered on Sunday to cheer on Lefebre's descent from 13,500 feet.
Lefebre says her first try was "perfect." She says skydiving lived up to her expectations and she wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
Lefebre's family members think Lefebre might go running with the bulls in Spain or ride in a racecar for her next birthday. Her daughter Lori Craig says her mother "wears us out."

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- Police in Maine shot and killed a slaughterhouse-bound cow that escaped from a trailer and ran into traffic.
Police say they were called around 10 a.m. on Monday when a cow being transported from Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls kicked open its trailer door and made a run for it in Auburn.
The Sun Journal reports the cow ended up at a gas and welding supply company. Police say it was difficult to find a safe place to put the cow down because of flammable gases on the site.
Police say it eventually took about 10 to 15 rounds to put the cow down.
Truck driver John Ethridge says it was impossible to calm the cow and it had to be put down before it hurt someone.

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An alligator was caught on camera using a crosswalk in Flagler County, in northern Florida, Monday morning.
According to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, the gator was spotted in the bushes near the intersection at Cypress Point Parkway and Cypress Edge Drive in Palm Coast.
FCSO Cpl. Kenny Goncalves said the gator was more than 5 feet long. It was sitting by the crosswalk and suddenly scampered across the roadway in the crosswalk.
"He just walked in the crosswalk like it was normal," Cpl. Goncalves said.
Officers stopped traffic to allow the gator to cross, which they said took about 30 seconds.
A trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called, but before his arrival the gator went to a wooded lot and back to its natural habitat.

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SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington family says sewage workers found a diamond in the rough after their 4-year-old son flushed his mom's wedding ring down the toilet.
The Seattle Times reports that Ryan and Anna Cornish reached out to Bothell city workers earlier this week asking for help to retrieve the ring.
Ted Stonebridge - the city's water and sewer maintenance supervisor - says workers found the ring a day later after sifting through paper, rock and human waste.
Ryan Cornish says that he took the ring to be cleaned before sharing the good news with his wife. The parents say they had been planning to hand down the ring to their younger daughter.
Ryan and Anna added their son now knows what he did was a big no-no.

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PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (AP) - A Garvin County transport deputy has been fired after authorities said he had an inmate disguise himself as a fellow deputy and help transport U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.
The former deputy is accused of telling the inmate to wear a black windbreaker jacket and a deputy sheriff ball cap on April 11 before removing the inmate's restraints. According to jail inspection records from the state Health Department, the inmate helped handle detainees at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center in Oklahoma City, and was left unattended without restraints at one point.
After the former deputy and inmate were done transporting the detainees, authorities said the inmate was allowed to sit in the front of the transport van.
The inmate reported the incident to the Garvin County jail administrator.
Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes called the former deputy's actions "inexcusable." The Oklahoman reports that the he was fired April 14.
According to authorities, another deputy was driving from McAlester to help with the transportation but was told the situation was handled. Two deputies must be present during the transportation of detainees under the sheriff's office contract with the federal immigration agency.
Rhodes said he thinks that the former deputy did not want to wait for his fellow officer to arrive.
No state or federal charges have been filed against the former deputy.
"I'm embarrassed about it, I'm mad about it, and if I could have stopped it, if I would have been there, I can tell you it wouldn't have happened," Rhodes said.

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BOSTON (AP) -- One Massachusetts commuter believes it's never too late to say you're sorry - or pay your train fare.
The Boston Globe reports Matthew Andrewes hand-delivered an apology letter, along with $300 in cash, to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on June 9. That's the amount Andrewes believes he owes the MBTA for evading fares.
The 31-year-old Andrewes says he avoided paying the train fare whenever he could as a teenager and in his 20s.
He wrote: "I am so sorry. Please accept this money as compensation."
Andrewes is Christian and says the guilt was weighing on him and he was praying about what to do.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo says this isn't the first time a fare evader has apologized, but it might be the biggest reimbursement it's received.

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CLINTON, Tenn. - There was more going on than met the eye during this bizarre DUI stop, and the eye was met by plenty.
When Curtis Scott Eidam, 35, of Oak Ridge was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving at a sobriety checkpoint last month, his wardrobe immediately grabbed attention, an official said.
He was wearing "some kind of red mesh see-through hose" with a ribbon tied in his goatee, said Investigator Bobby Joe Higgs of the Anderson County District Attorney General's office.
Capping Eidam's outfit: "He had on some kind of little skirt," Higgs said.
Others familiar with the May 14 stop called the garment a tutu.
Eidam made a disclosure once in custody, according to the arrest warrant filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Dennis Smith - he needed a key.
Eidam told officers he was wearing what he called a locked chastity belt, and it was "attached to his penis," the warrant states. 
One key was on his key chain, the suspect said, and the other on a necklace around his passenger's neck. That 44-year-old woman, described as "highly intoxicated" in the trooper's warrant, wasn't charged.
One of the two keys was retrieved by another officer and given to Anderson County jail personnel, according to court records.
Eidam is charged with DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence. He is scheduled to appear in Anderson County General Sessions Court on July 12.

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't make it to the Washington Democratic Convention, but a crochet version of him did.
Donna Burdick, a delegate from Everett, crafted the life-sized upper body of Sanders, complete with tie and eyeglasses, shortly after the caucuses earlier this year. The final touches - his teeth and a bird on his shoulder - were added on Friday, the first day of the convention.
She said that she brought him because Sanders is "always by my side."
"He represents everything I represent," she said. "He can't be at our convention today, so I thought I'd bring him and raise awareness about Bernie."
Sanders won the Washington state caucuses in March.

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The Boulder County Justice Center allows service animals into the building, but security guards drew the line when someone tried to sneak his pet iguana through the X-ray machine.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield tells The Daily Camera that security staff caught the reptile as it passed through the machine Friday. The pet's owner was turned away and waited outside for his friends to come out of the courthouse.
The sheriff's department tweeted an X-ray image of the iguana, or at least its skeletal outline, inside a bag.
Haverfield says people have tried to sneak dogs, cats and mice into the building.

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