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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Some Montana drivers got Thanksgiving turkeys instead of tickets when they were pulled over by traffic officers.
The Billings Gazette reports that officers with the Billings Police Department checked for outstanding warrants Wednesday after pulling over drivers for traffic violations.
If they found none, they issued a written warning and a frozen turkey.
Businessman Steve Gountanis bought the 20 turkeys and asked the department to distribute them in time for the holiday.
Driver Larry Riddle appreciated the surprise after he was pulled over for not signaling a turn.
Riddle's wife died of cancer and he lives alone on a limited budget. Each year, he tries to make a holiday meal for his daughter and himself.

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HOUSTON (AP) - A suspect robbing a Houston doughnut shop handed out doughnuts to customers whose cellphones he stole.
The Star-Telegram reports that the robbery happened at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 at a Shipley's Do-Nuts. Police released surveillance video this week that shows three men wearing hoodies and bandannas robbing the store.
While two of the men were behind the counter demanding the cash from the registers, the third took the cellphones of the two customers in the store. He then jumped over the counter, exchanged words with the customers and picked out two crullers, which he handed to them in wax paper.
The suspects then left the store. Police are searching for them.
 
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NEWTON, N.C. (AP) - An 800-pound heifer made a big splash when it was found in a North Carolina family's swimming pool.
Catawba County Chief Animal Control Officer Jenna Arsenault told news outlets the agency received a 911 call Wednesday morning and arrived to find the young female bovine defiantly staring from the pool in Newton.
The pool's owner, Burt Thornburg, says he looked out the door and thought something fell into the pool. He says he started ripping off the cover and uncovered the cow.
Authorities say a team managed to lasso the horns and pull the cow from the pool. The cow was believed to be in the pool for two hours or more.
Authorities believe the cow was grazing and walked across the pool cover, thinking it was solid.

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VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a woman tried to sneak more than $1,800 worth of electronics through a Florida Walmart's self-checkout by switching the items' price tags with those from clearance items.
Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that 25-year-old Cheyenne Amber West was arrested Monday and charged with felony grand theft and felony shoplifting.
An arrest report says a loss-prevention officer at the Vero Beach Walmart told a deputy he saw West and another woman select a computer, video game controllers and other merchandise from the electronics department. The report says West covered the bar codes with stickers removed from less expensive items that rang up to just $3.70.
West was free on $3,000 bail. Jail records didn't list an attorney.
The woman who was with West wasn't arrested.

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MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut say a man who mixed up Tuesday with Sunday has been arrested after threatening a construction worker with a knife.
Milford Police say 48-year-old Myles Safyre came up to a construction worker on Tuesday, telling him to stop working because it was Sunday.
When the construction worker asked him to leave the work zone, police say Safyre pulled out a knife and demanded that he stop working.
Safyre was arrested on charges of threatening and breach of peace. Court records on Thursday said he was ordered held in custody.
His public defender did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - A substitute teacher at a northern Virginia school has been charged with being drunk in public after police say students found him passed out at a desk.
Local media reported Friday that 24-year-old Konbeh Koroma of Springfield was filling in for an art teacher who taught grades 10-12 at a Fairfax County public school.
Fairfax County police say students noticed Koroma unresponsive and tried to wake him up. Police say a school resource officer responded and determined Koroma was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken to an adult detention center.
A Fairfax County schools spokesman tells WTOP Koroma has been dismissed from his position.
A phone number listed for Koroma was disconnected. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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MASTIC, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a Long Island teenager was arrested for robbing the same bank twice in two days.
Suffolk County police say 18-year-old Shakeem Smith was arrested Wednesday after robbing the HSBC bank on Montauk Highway in Mastic. They say he hit the same bank the day before by handing a note to the teller demanding cash.
The Mastic Beach teen is to be arraigned on robbery charges at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday.
It wasn't clear if Smith had a lawyer who could provide comment.

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Tel Aviv, Israel - An unattended hippo escaped from a zoo in Israel.
By the looks of the security video, the big animal appears to simply walk through the door.
A zookeeper found the hippo as it was escaping and watched it eat some grass and inspect some toilets before returning shortly thereafter.

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Toledo, OH - A former Ohio school superintendent who was banned from district property was elected to its school board Tuesday.
Voters in Toledo elected to give Patrick Hickey one of three spots on the school board for the Washington Local District.
Hickey resigned as superintendent back in 2015 after he was placed under investigation for misspent funds. 
He also failed to disclose that he had been accused of inappropriate relationships with students decades prior.
The school board banned Hickey from district property last year after officials stated he verbally abused referees at a basketball game and harassed school employees.
Many are outraged that he was elected to the school board, as the ban is still in place.

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The woman distracted the museum security guard at the base of the stairs, while the man walked upstairs and used a blade to cut the painting from its frame. The painting is believed to have been rolled up, and tucked under one of the thieves' coats, as they hurried out of the building.
At the time, there were no cameras and few clues except for a rust-colored two-door car speeding away outside.
"It was a very traumatic event for the institution and the people that lived through it," said Meg Hagyard, UAMA interim director.
"It was always a concern that the painting had been destroyed and didn't exist anymore," Hagyard said. "So, to have it recovered just a mere few hours from us is an incredible thing. To realize that possibly all of this time it was just a short drive away."
James Cuetara was the first to recognize the de Kooning leaning against a table at Manzanita Ridge Antiques, the store in Silver City, New Mexico, which bought the Alter's estate for $2,000.
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The antique store where Ron Roseman sold a $160 million painting for $2,000  
"This is a furniture store," said Cuetara, a customer. "It's consignment. The last thing I ever expected to see was that."
"James actually kneeled down in front of the painting and was trying to scratch at it," said Buck Burns, a co-owner of the shop. "I grabbed him by his wrist, and he said: 'Do you know what you have here?'"
"I think that I offered them $200,000 got their attention a little," Cuetara explained.
"By the time the third customer came in and said something, that's when we picked it up and locked it in the bathroom," recalled David Van Auker, a shop co-owner.
"We were afraid someone would bash it or flick paint off it so that's when we decided we would pick it up and stick it somewhere safe," Van Auker said, "and the only door we had in the store that locked was the bathroom door. So, we kind of slipped it in next to the toilet and locked the door."
Van Auker began looking on the internet for clues about the painting. He saw a 2015 news article from USA Today about a stolen painting that looked strikingly similar to the painting in their shop so Van Auker called the Tucson museum.
"I had daydreams of getting that phone call, of someone calling up or someone mysteriously sending a package and the painting being inside of it," said Olivia Miller, curator for UAMA. "I don't think I honestly thought it would actually happen."
"The thing he said that really stood out, that made me - I was taking it seriously but really made me stop - was he said there are lines across it as if it's cracked like it's been rolled up," Miller said. "Ok, that's just a detail that - nobody could just say that."
Within 36 hours of the initial phone call, Miller said UAMA decided to send a team on the 200-mile trek from Tucson to Silver City to take a look.
Miller said she arrived and saw the painting propped up against a wall in a private home where it was taken for safekeeping.
"It was like seeing a ghost of something," Miller recalled. "I've only known this painting from photographs. Seeing it in person there were certain elements of it that were really familiar and certain elements that you can only discover by looking at the original work of art."
University of Arizona Police Chief Brian Seastone has investigated the theft of the painting for more than 30 years, and said he always thought it would eventually be recovered.
"If you look at art across the country, the world, that's been stolen, there's a couple reasons it gets found," Seastone said. "Either somebody dies and someone comes across it, it gets sold, or someone brings some information forward. One of the three happened."
"I just had this feeling," Seastone added. "So, 32 years later I got to see the tears of joy and happiness as it really did come home."
Seastone said the FBI is now heading the investigation into the theft. He said he could not comment or speculate about any possible thieves.
"If this painting could talk, she would have a magnificent story to tell us," Seastone said.
However, others like antique shop co-owner Buck Burns, said he believes the Alters were involved in the theft.
"My personal thought, and it may be totally wrong, but when I first saw where the painting was hanging in the house, it was for their private display," Burns said. "Not for anybody else. It was hung behind that door and when that door was open nobody could see it."
There's one other interesting clue; a book of short stories entitled "The Cup and the Lip" that Jerry Alter wrote in 2011.
In it, a fictional account about a woman and her daughter who steal a 120-carat jewel from a museum. The guard is distracted. And the woman removes bolts, grabs the jewel, and flees in a getaway vehicle with the guard in pursuit.
Upon arriving safely to her home, the jewel, known as the "Eye of the Jaguar" is hung behind a secret wall panel in their home for their own, exclusive viewing pleasure.
The details are similar to those from the art heist.
Ron Roseman said he doesn't want to believe his favorite aunt and uncle were involved in any theft.
"I just can't imagine that they would," Roseman said. "That wasn't the aunt and uncle that I knew."
One thing is for sure: after 32 years and under armed guard, Woman Ochre returned to its home at the museum. But who stole it and where it lived for 32 years is the mystery that remains.


 

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