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Mad Minute stories from Friday, November 17th

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 76-year-old homeless man accused of robbing a Reno bank with a steak knife entered a not guilty plea after an unusual exchange with his public defender.
Tommy Ray McAdoo has been in out of prison since 1964 so he knew the drill when he appeared at his arraignment Thursday in federal court across the street from the same bank.
But when U.S. Magistrate William Cobb asked for his plea, McAdoo turned to his lawyer and said, "Guilty or not guilty? It's up to you."
Public defender Chris Frey recommended not guilty, and McAdoo repeated, "Not guilty."
FBI agents say they found McAdoo eating lunch at a nearby casino shortly after last week's holdup and asked him what he did for a living. They say he answered: "I used to rob banks."
His trial is set for Jan. 23.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Daniel Bronson's biggest play on a record-setting day as the quarterback at the University of Rochester came off the field.
The 21-year-old junior from Lockport in Niagara County was leaving a restaurant in his hometown on Nov. 5 when he saw a man run past a 73-year-old woman and yank her purse out of her arms as she walked with her husband.
Bronson took off after the man, who dropped the purse but kept on running. Bronson kept running, too, and tackled the suspect and held him down with the help of his girlfriend's father and brother. Police arrived and arrested the 31-year-old suspect on a robbery charge.
Bronson's off-field heroics came just hours after he piled up nearly 400 yards in total offense and ran 60 yards for a touchdown in a 37-34 home loss to Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His 192 yards rushing was the most ever by a quarterback at the Division III school. He also completed 21 of 32 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown, despite suffering what was later diagnosed as a separated right shoulder in the third quarter.
But, it's what happened after the game that has the microbiology major in the spotlight.
After having dinner with his girlfriend and her family at a Lockport restaurant, the group was walking to the parking lot when Bronson saw a man steal the purse of the elderly woman who had just left the eatery with her husband.
"She screamed, 'Help! Help!'" Bronson said.
The 6-foot, 190-pound quarterback took off in pursuit.
"I chased him a little over 100 yards and jumped on his back," Bronson told The Associated Press on Friday. "I rode him to the pavement because I didn't want to hit the concrete."
His girlfriend's father, Patrick Ellinger, and son, also named Patrick, soon caught up and helped subdue the suspect.
On Friday, troopers presented Bronson and the Ellingers with Citizen Recognition Awards during a ceremony in Lockport. Afterward, Bronson told the AP that the night of Nov. 5 was his first time he had ever eaten at that Lockport restaurant.
"I guess someone put me in the right place at the right time to help someone out," he said.

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BOSTON (AP) -- A bank robber dubbed the "spelling bee bandit" because the notes he's passed to tellers contain the same misspelling is being sought for four robberies in Massachusetts.
The FBI says the man's notes have just one word: "robery" with one "B."
His latest target was a TD Bank in Peabody on Sunday. He's also suspected of hitting banks in Arlington, Reading and Burlington since Oct. 31. In all the robberies, he's worn sunglasses and either a baseball hat or hood. He's described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s, between 5-feet, 11 inches, and 6-feet-2.
The FBI says it's concerned because the man's becoming increasingly aggressive toward the tellers.
The reward is up to $1,000.

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PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) -- The "mannequin challenge" has gone to the dogs.
Canines are getting in on the internet craze that has featured videos of athletes, students and celebrities frozen in various poses.
Kansas college student Ryan Thomas has garnered nearly 200,000 retweets for his video of a boxer named Boston sitting perfectly still while wearing costumes. The dog also displays impressive willpower by posing in front of a tray of muffins and on a couch while covered in Doritos.
Not to be outdone, WTVC-TV reports Ralfi, a dog in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the star of a challenge video, posing with bacon in its mouth, a ball on its nose and a full glass of wine on its head.

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A deer hit by a car in Tennessee went airborne and struck someone walking by hard enough to break some of the pedestrian's bones.
Clarksville Police spokeswoman Officer Natalie Hall tells The Leaf-Chronicle that a driver hit the deer Thursday evening near downtown Clarksville. The animal flew off the car and hit a pedestrian, who was treated at Tennova Healthcare for broken bones.
She added that it's not the type of crash that happens often.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say a New Jersey man was arrested after racking up over 300 toll violations and failing to pay more than $20,000 in tolls and fees.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement that James Clicerio, of Old Bridge, New Jersey, was arrested on Thursday after failing to pay a toll at the Outerbridge Crossing connecting Staten Island and Pert Amboy.
Officials say Clicerio was driving a white Mercury SUV when he was pulled over and an officer discovered he had five different EZ Pass accounts and 323 violations.
The fees and violations totaled $20,869.
It's unclear whether Clicerio has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.
Clicerio faces larceny and obstructing governmental administration charges.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Two moose were recently discovered frozen in battle and encased in ice near a remote village on Alaska's unforgiving western coast.
Jeff Erickson, the student activities director of Bering Strait School District in Unalakleet, captured the stark image of the massive animals poking through the ice as they lay on their sides with antlers apparently locked together.
Erickson said in an email to The Associated Press Friday that he grew up in the area and has hunted for 50 years, but has never seen anything like this, "frozen in time."
Erickson says a friend made the discovery a couple days before he saw the moose himself.
He says it took a few hours to remove the animals from the ice, recovering some of the spoiled meat for dog food and trapping bait.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Police in Ohio are accusing a woman of selling sex for $60 and some nachos.
Officers near Youngstown say they arrested 36-year-old Crystal Hotlosz during an undercover operation Monday.
Beaver Township police say an officer texted the woman after seeing an online advertisement for sex services.
Officers say she first wanted $50 and some nachos and later upped her price to $60.
Police say that when the undercover officer later met the woman in the parking lot of a Mexican restaurant, she asked if he had the extra money and her nachos.
WKBN-TV in Youngstown reports Hotlosz has been charged with solicitation and possession of criminal tools.
A message seeking comment was left with her attorney on Friday.

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Near Corpus Christie, TX - A billy goat named Sid is teaching young kids in Texas that it's okay to be different, and to not take any gruff from bullies. That's why instead of "sid, the billy goat," he's now going by "Sid, the anti-bully goat."
Sid is not your average goat. He's unique in that he has no ears, and he's deaf.
But Sid, who resides at the Rockin' K Maze near Corpus Christie, serves a very important purpose.
Hundreds of elementary and middle school children visit Sid every week on field trips, and they immediately notice that he's a little bit different than the other goats. But that's a good thing, because Sid's special circumstances are teaching them a valuable lesson about bullying.
Rachelle Klepac, from the Rockin' K Maze, says he "teaches them differences like not to do bullying or to tease somebody because they have a little bit of a disability or something different about them."

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AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- The Long Island home that served as the inspiration for the book "The Amityville Horror" and the subsequent films of the same name is being bought.
Newsday reports the infamous 1927 Dutch Colonial on Amityville's Ocean Avenue went into contract this week.
The property's listing agent declined to discuss the terms of the sale. The home came on the market in June for $850,000.
The 5,000-square-foot home sits on a quarter-acre lot along the Amityville River. It boasts five bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, a boathouse and a slip.
The home has been restored and updated while retaining period details such as leaded glass and oak floors.
Before gaining fame with the release of the original movie in 1979, the house was where 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his parents and four younger siblings in 1974.
 

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