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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Police say a woman who missed the last bus for the night is accused of stealing an ambulance to get home from a hospital in Ohio.
Court documents filed in Hamilton Municipal Court in Cincinnati say 43-year-old Lisa Carr is accused of getting into an ambulance that a driver had left running Thursday night and driving to her home in suburban Cincinnati. The driver apparently had left the ambulance to go inside the hospital with a patient.
Police say the Springfield Township woman was arrested after a short pursuit. They say she told them she took the ambulance because she had missed her bus home.
Carr is charged with theft, failure to comply with a police order and driving under suspension. Court records don't show an attorney for her.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut state worker fired after he was caught smoking marijuana on the job was punished too harshly and should get his job back, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Gregory Linhoff was fired from his maintenance job at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington in 2012 after a police officer caught him smoking pot in a state-owned vehicle. He had no previous disciplinary problems since being hired in 1998 and had received favorable job evaluations, according to his union. He was arrested, but the charges were later dismissed.
State officials said firing the New Hartford resident was the only appropriate penalty for his conduct and not doing so would send a bad message to other employees. An arbitrator disagreed and overturned the firing, saying Linhoff instead should be suspended without pay for six months and be subject to random drug testing for a year after he returned to work.
The state appealed and a Superior Court judge overturned the arbitrator's decision on the grounds that it violated Connecticut's public policy against marijuana use. Linhoff's union, the Connecticut Employees Union Independent SEIU, appealed the judge's ruling to the Supreme Court.
All seven justices agreed that the lower court judge was wrong to overturn the arbitrator's ruling, saying that while state policy on drug use in the work place allows for firing workers it does not require it. Justices also said that judicial second-guessing of arbitration awards is uncommon and should be reserved only for extraordinary circumstances.
"The misconduct at issue was completely unacceptable, and we do not condone it," Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers wrote in the decision.
"By the arbitrator's estimation, (Linhoff's) personal qualities and overall record indicate that he is a good candidate for a second chance," Rogers wrote. "Moreover, the discipline the arbitrator imposed was appropriately severe, and sends a message to others who might consider committing similar misconduct that painful consequences will result."
Linhoff couldn't be reached for comment Friday. A phone number for him could not be found.
His lawyer, Barbara Collins, said the Supreme Court ruling is important because it acknowledges the value of upholding decisions made in arbitration, which was designed as a way to settle disputes out of court.
"Perhaps as important the court acknowledged whether directly or indirectly that there is a public policy of rehabilitation and second chances which should be recognized in the work place," she said.
A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's Office said officials are reviewing the ruling and they declined further comment.
At the time Linhoff was fired, he was seeking treatment for depression, stress and anxiety because his wife had filed for divorce and he had a cancer scare; he believed smoking pot helped to alleviate his worries, Collins said.

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DALLAS, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a drunken driving suspect upset that his vehicle was still impounded a week after his arrest threw pizza and punches at a Pennsylvania police station.
Police in the tiny borough of Dallas say 44-year-old Sean Mulloy showed up Thursday and began wrapping a chain around the railing outside the police station. He also had a statue and a full box of pizza with him.
Authorities say when the patrolman who arrested Mulloy last week confronted him at the station, Mulloy started throwing punches and pizza and had to be subdued with a stun gun.
Mulloy is charged with aggravated and simple assault and resisting arrest. He remained in the Luzerne County jail Friday awaiting an Aug. 25 preliminary hearing. He doesn't yet have an attorney.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An 85-year-old drag queen in Portland has been crowned the world's oldest performing drag queen by Guinness World Records.
Guinness awarded Darcelle XV the designation this week.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports ( ) Darcelle's friend Doyle Stiles worked on the application and said the quest began last year when a female impersonator who is younger than Darcelle was listed as the world's oldest.
Walter "Darcelle XV" Cole will turn 86 in November. Cole is the owner and operator of Darcelle XV Showplace in the Chinatown area of Portland.
Guinness reports Darcelle XV Showplace is home to the West Coast's longest running drag show.
Darcelle performs there at least four times a week.
She told OPB the designation is an honor and she doesn't even mind being called old.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Madison police say a suspected drunken driver disobeyed an order to get out of her car and instead cracked open a beer into front of the officer who stopped her.
Police say an officer on foot spotted an SUV driving fast early Wednesday on State Street near downtown Madison, where regular traffic is not allowed. The officer jumped into her car and pulled the driver over.
According to a police report, the driver, a 42-year-old Madison woman, refused to get out from behind the wheel. Instead, it alleges, she opened a can of beer and began drinking. Police say it took several officers to get her out of the car, under control and put her in handcuffs.
The woman was jailed on suspicion of reckless driving and operating while intoxicated.

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Royal Oak, MI - A new twist in the case against a woman who allegedly drop-kicked a cake in Michigan last year.
Surveillance video shows 46-year-old Tricia Kortes in July of 2015 reaching over the counter and slapping the manager of Ray's Ice Cream in Royal Oak.
She allegedly did it because they were out of the flavor ice cream she wanted.
Kortes quickly fled the shop after the assault.
In June of 2016, the manager of the shop said she saw a newspaper article describing an incident at a Kroger grocery store where a customer drop-kicked a special order cake because she didn't like it.
The manager recognized Kortes.
Officers say Kortes was notified of the warrant for her arrest and turned herself in.
She was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery and was also convicted of disorderly conduct.
She faces a penalty of 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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DAYTON, OH (WDTN) - Police arrested a man Tuesday night after a witness said they saw him trying to have sex with a parked van.
According to a police report, officers were called to the 700 block of St. Nicholas Street around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday on a report that a man was pulling his pants down and swinging on a stop sign.
When police arrived in the area they found a man walking in the 1900 block of Deadwood Street only wearing black gym shorts and shoes. The report says the man, later identified as Michael Henson, appeared to be intoxicated.
Officers put him in the back of a police car and spoke with the woman who called police. She told them she saw the man standing near a parked van at 805 St. Nicholas Street. She went on to explain she saw Henson pull his shorts down and place his genitals in the front grill of the van that was parked on the street.
The woman said he did this for a while then appeared to pass out in a nearby yard. That's when she called police.
Henson was arrested for public indecency and is now in the Montgomery County jail.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Officials say a grocery store in Pennsylvania has become the first supermarket since Prohibition to sell wine in the state.
A Giant Eagle store in suburban Pittsburgh began selling wine Friday. Only state-owned liquor stores or kiosks had been allowed to sell wine since the nationwide constitutional ban on alcohol that lasted from 1920 to 1933.
Under a new law, customers can buy up to 3 liters of wine to go from businesses that hold restaurant or hotel liquor licenses.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says it has approved more than 80 supermarkets, restaurants and hotels to sell wine to go. The licenses became active this week, and sales also began at sub shops and eateries, including Big Woody's in Allentown and Super Sub & Six Pak's in Dubois.

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A team of scientists and technicians scanning the rocky ocean floor off Southern California couldn't contain their excitement when they spotted a bright-purple, googly-eyed stubby squid.
They let out a collective "whoa" on video posted on the Exploration Vessel Nautilus' Facebook page as a camera on a remote-operated vehicle came across the iridescent cephalopod with giant round eyes.
Then the jokes started. "He has weird eyes!" said one enthusiastic observer. "Get close! Get close!" urges another.
One suggested it resembled a child's dropped toy, and another said the creature's eyes appeared to be painted on.
"It looks so fake," says one member of the Nautilus' team.
The creature looks like a cross between a squid and an octopus but is closely related to a cuttlefish, according to the Nautilus Live website.
The find could be more than just bemusing.
"In addition to the googly-eyed cuteness, there is one thing biologically interesting about this observation," said cephalopod expert Michael Vecchione of the Smithsonian Institution. The creature could be a new species, he wrote in an email to the expedition.
It was spotted at nearly 3,000 feet deep, which is unusual, but not unheard of. But, on top of that, the stubby squid didn't have chromatophores, cells that allow it to change color, as members of its species do, Vecchione said.
The question can't be answered because this particular stubby squid remains deep in the ocean, out of scientists' reach.
The Nautilus team is part of a four-month Ocean Exploration Trust expedition to map underwater fault zones from Canada to California and understand ecosystems around them.
The team spends hours scanning the barren ocean-scape, "then to come across something adorable like that - it's a real treat," Exploration Vessel Nautilus spokeswoman Susan Poulton said.

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Talk about a crappy commute. I don't mean a commute with a lot of traffic, or one that takes a long time though, I seriously mean "crappy."
A tanker truck full of sewage was on a busy street in Moscow, Russia, when it exploded near the Altufyevo subway station.
Yeah, your commute looks pretty good in comparison. The blast covered several nearby cars in brown milky water, but while it looked like chocolate milk... it wasn't. And you know exactly what it was. 
So while the brown stuff might not have been hitting the fan, it was pretty much hitting every thing else. 

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