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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, June 21st

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Police in New York City say they've nabbed the culprit who outfitted a van with more than 50 speakers and blasted loud music late at night near the New York Mets' stadium.
WNBC-TV reports police received multiple noise complaints Saturday night in the Queens neighborhood of Willets Point, near Citi Field.
Police found the van and confiscated it.
Authorities say the van's owner, Nelson Hidalgo, has been arrested on charges of criminal nuisance, unreasonable noise, unlawful assembly and other offenses. It wasn't immediately known if Hidalgo has an attorney.
The NYPD tweeted out a picture of the van on Sunday.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- There's some monkey business afoot at a Massachusetts zoo.
WWLP-TV reports a 12-pound guenon monkey named Dizzy escaped from its enclosure at The Zoo in Forest Park, in Springfield, on Tuesday. The zoo is temporarily closed while employees try to recapture the animal.
The zoo says on its website that an employee was cleaning the enclosure and had walked out to help a visitor when Dizzy twisted a doorknob and let himself out. The zoo says that had never happened before.
Staff members located Dizzy inside the zoo and were trying to get him back into his enclosure on Tuesday afternoon.
The zoo says Dizzy poses no harm to the public.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A type of algae called "rock snot" that was thought to be an invasive species in the Northeast is actually native to the northern United States, researchers have concluded.
The aquatic algae, Didymosphenia geminata, has caused massive blooms in some U.S. rivers. Fishermen spotted it in rivers in Vermont in 2007, sparking alarm.
To fight the spread of rock snot and other organisms, Vermont and about a half dozen other states banned the use of felt-soled waders by anglers. But officials now say Vermont will lift its ban next month, apparently the first state to do so.
The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife said scientists discovered that the algae's spores were present in many Vermont rivers and can cause nuisance algae blooms under certain conditions.
"The fact that we had a ban on something to avoid spreading something that was already where we didn't want it to be spread didn't make any sense," said state biologist Shawn Good.
The algae, also known as didymo, are native to northern North America, Europe, and Asia, but research in recent years has shown that they are also indigenous to the northern United States, scientists say.
It attaches to rocks in river bottoms and has been described as resembling a sewage spill. It prefers pristine, low nutrient rivers. In its early stages, it forms nubby brown growths on rocks and later develops a woolly texture.
Algae blooms aren't new, but they seem to be happening more frequently in certain places and are more noticeable than they were historically, said Max Bothwell a research scientist with Environment Canada in British Columbia, who had initially suggested that anglers were spreading it.
Bothwell, who has been studying didymo since 1993 and gave a talk in Vermont last fall, said the only demonstrated cause of blooms is due to low phosphorus levels in waterways. He and another researcher hypothesize that phospshorus is declining in rivers due to climatic warming and nitrogen-enriched soils, leading to more frequent blooms.
After Tropical Storm Irene inundated Vermont in 2011, fish were removed from the White River National Fish Hatchery in Bethel out of concerns that they may be exposed to didymo or pathogens.
Mary Russ, executive director of the nonprofit White River Partnership, said the group is disappointed that Vermont is lifting its ban on felt-soled waders, which she said can transport other organisms.
"We were thinking that it was a good management strategy," she said.
While the waders may be used again on July 1, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is urging anglers and others to clean and dry all equipment after leaving any body of water and before going to another one to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species that can sicken fish.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Police in Mississippi are investigating a break-in at a fast food restaurant where frozen chicken was taken.
Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones tells WJTV that witnesses told police they saw a man enter a Church's Chicken just before 5 a.m. Tuesday, steal three boxes of frozen chicken and ride off on his bike.
Jones says police caught up with 67-year-old Cliff Hayes several blocks away.
The Clarion-Ledger reports Hayes was charged with business burglary. Several boxes of frozen chicken were recovered and returned.
It was not immediately clear whether Hayes has an attorney to comment on his behalf.

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BRISTOL, Vt. (AP) -- Police say a man operating a lawnmower on a road in Vermont has been accused of driving under the influence of drugs.
The Burlington Free Press reports police say 67-year-old Claude Spaulding, of Bristol, was stopped Monday after they got a report that a man was driving the John Deere lawnmower down the town's main thoroughfare.
Police say Spaulding showed signs of impairment and screened for driving under the influence of drugs. A court date is pending results from the state forensic lab.
It wasn't immediately known if Spaulding had a lawyer. A phone number rang unanswered Tuesday.

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CEMENT, Okla. (AP) - A teenager in rural Oklahoma made a startling discovery when his barking dog alerted him to an enormous python in his front yard.
Fifteen-year-old JC Lara says he thought he was dreaming when he saw the 14-foot python hissing at his dog outside their home last week in Cement, about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The teen woke his father, Carmelo Lara, who says he grabbed a shovel because he thought it was a small snake.
Once he saw the python, Carmelo Lara got his gun and shot the snake three times, killing it. Carmelo Lara tells Lawton television station KSWO that he was terrified at first but did what he had to do to protect his family.

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Slalom canoeist Joe Jacobi's 1992 Olympic gold medal, stolen from a car two weeks ago, was found by a 6-year-old Atlanta girl on Saturday.
Chloe Smith found the medal near a road on a walk with her father, but it was missing its metallic base and ribbon.
"When I picked it up, I had to even bite it, I had to even bite down on it, just because I'm like, I don't think this is how they make gold medals," Chloe's father, Wayne, said in a Facebook video.
On June 6, the medal was inside a backpack that was taken from the car after it was broken into, according to NBC's affiliate in Atlanta.
Jacobi, 46, competed in the 1992 Barcelona and 2004 Athens Olympics.
"This medal and seeing people engage with it and just seeing the good that can come from it, I think that's really what today's all about," Jacobi said. "Chloe, we're so grateful to her."

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Huancayo, Peru - Smiling ear to ear, a red-nosed clown took the hand of his blushing bride in a clown-filled wedding ceremony in Peru over the weekend.
A band of balloon-wielding clowns held up their inflatable weapons in homage to the bride and groom.
Local media reported that the couple has been together for more than ten years and that they finally decided to take the plunge.
The groom has been a professional clown for more than 16 years, and he didn't leave his face paint at home on his wedding day. The ceremony was filled with clown antics.
Once instructed by the priest to kiss the bride, the groom laid three smooches on his giddy bride.
There were no sad clowns in sight, though a few tears of joy may have been shed.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- A mystery is brewing in Atlanta, where someone stole an ocean of beer.
A brewery in the city says nearly 3,300 cases of beer went missing when two of its refrigerated trailers were stolen.
SweetWater Brewing Co. said the trailers had been loaded for a morning pickup when they were taken from the plant north of downtown in the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday.
"For a small company like us to lose that much beer, it really hurts," said Steve Farace, who handles marketing for the 140-employee craft beer company.
The two trailers carried 3,272 cases altogether - or more than 78,500 bottles - of SweetWater's Summer Variety Pack, company spokeswoman Tucker Berta Sarkisian said.
Both trailers were later found in the Atlanta area by using GPS, but both were empty.
By Tuesday afternoon, about one-fourth of the stolen beer was found at a warehouse in Clayton County just south of Atlanta, Sarkisian said.
Farace was at the warehouse as police looked over the recovered beer and sought clues about who stole it.
Though some of the beer was found, "we can no longer trust that that beer would be up to the quality standards that we as a brewery maintain, so unfortunately we have to destroy it all," Farace said.
The warehouse where the beer was found isn't far from some of the locations where the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit was filmed. In the movie, Coors Beer is hauled across the South with a sheriff in hot pursuit. Those similarities have led to plenty of jokes inspired by the movie since word of the crime spread through the SweetWater plant, Farace said.
But it's not generating many laughs at the company.
The timing of the heist is unfortunate, because one of the beers in the Variety Packs contained the company's "Goin' Coastal," a pineapple-flavored IPA which has been in extremely short supply.
"This has pretty much wiped out our Atlanta inventory" for that particular beer, Sarkisian said.
The company is asking retailers to contact them if someone other than the company attempts to sell the beer, which has expiration dates of Sept. 20 or Sept. 21.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A Fort Collins groom was bitten by a rattle snake while taking wedding photos at scenic Horsetooth Reservoir.
The Coloradoan reports Johnny Benson got immediate help from a Larimer County Park ranger and then was treated at Poudre Valley hospital after being bitten Monday evening and was able to attend his reception with his new wife Laura. His guests, though, were rattled.

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