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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, October 17th

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CONCORD, Mass. (AP) - Prison officials in Massachusetts say someone tried to send drugs to an inmate by mailing a laminated prayer card that contained wafer-thin strips of a prescription narcotic.
The Boston Globe reports that the state Department of Corrections discovered orange strips of Suboxone sandwiched inside the card, which featured an illustration of Jesus Christ and offered a prayer of comfort.
The card containing more than a dozen strips of the drug was mailed to an inmate housed at the state's medium-security prison in Concord.
Authorities say the discovery was made Tuesday as guards were sifting through a prisoner's mail.
Corrections spokesman Chris Fallon says Suboxone is in demand and inmates are "always coming up with creative ways" to obtain it.

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NEW YORK (AP) - A New Jersey man says a television news report led him to check lottery tickets he had stuffed in an old shirt, and one was a $24 million winner.
Jimmie Smith, of East Orange, claimed a $24.1 million New York lottery jackpot on May 23, two days before the prize would have expired.
The New York Lottery released his name Wednesday after a review was completed.
The retired security guard told lottery officials he's been buying lottery tickets in New York and New Jersey since the 1960s but doesn't rush to see whether he's won. He said he'd check them when he had the time.
Smith says he bought the ticket from a grocery and tobacco shop in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood.
He chose to receive the payout over 26 years.
 
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REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 21-year-old man wanted for probation violations surrendered at a suburban Detroit police station - with a dozen doughnuts for officers.
The sweet gesture didn't help Michael Zaydel. He still was sentenced to 39 days in jail Tuesday, a day after walking into the Redford Township police department.
Sgt. Duane Gregg says Zaydel had promised to turn himself in if a post on the department's Facebook page was shared 1,000 times. The threshold was easily met.
Gregg says Zaydel was arrested when he appeared Monday with a bag of doughnuts and a bagel. He told TV station WXYZ that "cops like doughnuts," and he wanted to reward them for any inconvenience.
Gregg got the bagel. Did other officers eat the doughnuts? The sergeant says: "No comment."

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police have rounded up an unusual suspect - a young bull on a soccer field.
Police say the Brooklyn bovine was spotted at Prospect Park late Tuesday morning.
The bull was herded into a police horse trailer about two hours later and headed toward rescuers on Long Island.
WABC news helicopter video showed the bull wandering around the field, staring back at people lined up along a fence and occasionally breaking into a jog.
It's unclear where the bull came from. Previous urban livestock roundups have involved animals that escaped from slaughterhouses.

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BOSTON (AP) - A cigar half-smoked by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a 1947 trip to Paris has sold for just over $12,000 during an online auction.
Boston-based RR Auction says the 4-inch (10-centimeter) cigar was bought Wednesday evening by a collector from Palm Beach, Florida. The buyer's name wasn't released.
The auction company says Churchill smoked the cigar on May 11, 1947, at Le Bourget Airport. Included in the auction was a photo signed by the prime minister that shows him with the cigar in his hand at the airport.
RR Auction says a British airman, Cpl. William Alan Turner, kept the cigar after his crew flew Churchill and his wife to and from Paris.
The label on the La Corona cigar from Havana, Cuba, includes Churchill's name.

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey newspaper has scored an easy scoop.
A Corvette crashed into the newsroom of the Press of Atlantic City newspaper in Pleasantville.
The newspaper reports the car's driver fell asleep Tuesday before driving through an intersection, jumping a curb, traveling about 75 feet (23 meters) and then slamming into the newspaper's office.
No one in the office was hurt. The crash shattered two first-floor windows and knocked over several filing cabinets.
The female driver and a male passenger are being questioned by police.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The attorney for a 72-year-old Florida man who was convicted in a tax scheme is using obesity to try to keep his client out of prison.
Curtis Fallgatter wrote in a court filing on Monday that Stephen Donaldson Sr. doesn't have an average man's life expectancy because he's 5-foot-9 and weighs 273 pounds (124 kilograms). For that reason, the attorney wrote, it's not right to make him serve 6 years and four months in prison. Fallgatter wrote that the prison term could translate to 61 percent of Donaldson's remaining time on earth.
The Tampa Bay Times reports Donaldson was sentenced last week in Tampa for his part of peddling an offshore tax shelter that cost the IRS an estimated $10 million.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio defendant who vowed he was penniless and couldn't pay a fine now faces a big one after deputies escorting him from court found he had over $4,000 in his clothes.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that 36-year-old Lawrence Knox swore he was indigent during an Oct. 5 hearing after pleading guilty to a drug charge in Franklin County court. Deputies taking him to be processed for his six-year prison sentence then found he had $4,060 on him.
When the judge learned that, he gave Knox the maximum fine of $20,000, plus court costs.
About half the discovered cash was ordered to go to Knox's attorney, Michael Hayes, who'd been shorted on his fees. The rest was applied toward the fine.
Hayes declined to comment about the matter Tuesday.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man sprayed a foul-smelling brown liquid on produce at a grocery store in South Carolina, telling police the store owed him money.
Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said 41-year-old Pau Hang was arrested Sunday afternoon at a Harris Teeter.
A police report says the manager called 911 after seeing Hang in the store. The former contractor was ordered to stay out two years ago.
Police say the manager saw Hang empty a bottle with a brown liquid and a bad odor like feces on the produce. He estimated it would cost at least $3,000 to throw away the produce and clean the cases.
Investigators are testing the substance.
Hang is charged with damage to personal property and trespassing after notice. Jail records do not list a lawyer.

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TANNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Two women charged with robbing a pair of New Jersey banks are also suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains while dressed as nuns.
Nineteen-year-old Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of New Haven, Connecticut, and 23-year-old Melisa Aquino Arias, of the Dominican Republic, appeared before a judge in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday. They're charged with robbing banks in Garfield and Teaneck, New Jersey, while one or both wore head scarves.
The Garfield heist was Sept. 27. The Teaneck heist was Sunday, when the women were arrested.
Law enforcement officials say the women are also suspected in an attempted robbery of the Citizens Bank in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 28. Those robbers were dressed as nuns and ran away without money after an alarm was triggered.
The FBI had posted surveillance photos on Twitter from the Pennsylvania heist.
The women's attorneys didn't immediately return messages Tuesday.
 

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