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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, November 30th

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SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A person who apparently sped off after hitting a parked car in a Minneapolis suburb more than 30 years ago anonymously sent $1,000 to local police this month and asked them to pass it on to the car's owner, if possible.
The sender also sent a letter to the South St. Paul police department asking for forgiveness, The Pioneer Press reported .
"I was quite shocked," police Chief Bill Messerich said. "It's not something you see every day."
The note says the anonymous driver hit a parked car one evening in 1985 or 1986. The sender expressed remorse and requested police try to track down the vehicle's owner. The note says the money could be donated to a police charity if the victim isn't located.
"I am sorry for any inconvenience that I have caused and I ask for your forgiveness," the letter says.
Police records don't go that far back so the money was put into the department's general account, Messerich said. It will be used to buy new equipment or technology.
"I guess this was just weighing on this person's conscience for over 30 years and they came to a certain point in their life where they wanted to try to make things right if they could," Messerich said.
City Administrator Steve Kind has been in city government for 35 years. He said he hasn't seen a similar donation.
"It's a pleasant surprise," he said. "It's nice to be the recipient, so there's that part of it. But it's also good to see there's redemption after all those years."

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REVERE, Mass. (AP) - A bank robbery suspect is in police custody after authorities say he tried to make a smelly escape in a portable toilet.
Police say 41-year-old Steven Spolidoro, of Woburn, walked into a Revere bank around 1 p.m. Wednesday, demanded money and fled with about $1,000 cash.
An off-duty officer in the area provided authorities with a description of Spolidoro's vehicle. It was spotted in Boston, and police say Spolidoro abandoned his vehicle and ran away on foot.
Authorities eventually located Spolidoro hiding in a port-a-potty near the TD Garden arena.
His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.
One officer crashed his SUV during the pursuit of Spolidoro. WCVB-TV reports the officer is expected to be OK.
 
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PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say someone left a hand grenade inside a box of donations that was dropped off by a woman at a Goodwill store in Southern California.
The Los Angeles Times reports an unidentified woman dropped off the box Wednesday at the store in the city of Placentia near Los Angeles.
The Placentia Police Department says store workers discovered the grenade as they sifted through donations.
Officers evacuated neighboring businesses and a bomb squad was sent to safely retrieve the grenade.
The nonprofit Goodwill Industries International Inc. has more than 3,200 retail thrift stores.

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NEW YORK (AP) - A unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year Award and runner-up in Most Valuable Player voting, Aaron Judge also received ballots in another election: for New York City mayor.
The New York Yankees right fielder was listed on 10 ballots as a write-in candidate for mayor, according to final totals released late Tuesday by the New York City Board of Elections.
Judge received three votes in New York County (Manhattan and the Marble Hill section of the Bronx), four in Brooklyn, two in Queens and one in Staten Island.
He was far behind Bill de Blasio, who won re-election with 713,634 votes on the Democratic line and 46,478 on the Working Families line.
Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi and former Yankees captain Derek Jeter, now CEO of the Miami Marlins, got two write-in votes apiece.
Kristaps Porzingis, a Latvian player on the NBA's New York Knicks, received nine write-in votes. There was an additional vote for each of two misspelled variations of his name: Kristaps Porzinais and Kristops Porzingis.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who was benched this week, got one vote.

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DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) - Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona arrested a man and seized 10 bundles of marijuana after a cross-border zip line smuggling attempt.
Agents using surveillance technology detected a person a few feet from the international border attempting to conceal himself in a vacant lot Wednesday morning in Douglas.
Other agents patrolling the area responded and found the marijuana bundles and an 18-year-old Douglas man.
They also discovered a zip line affixed to a tall building across the Mexico border in Agua Prieta, Sonora.
Agents transported the bundles to the Douglas Station for processing.
Authorities say the marijuana had a combined weight of more than 240 pounds and an estimated value of more than $120,000.
They say the unidentified suspect is being held on federal smuggling charges.

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WOOLSTOCK, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a pheasant hunter in north-central Iowa was accidentally shot when a dog stepped on shotgun trigger guard and the gun fired.
The Iowa Natural Resources Department says the shooting occurred around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at a public hunting area near Woolstock in southwestern Wright County. The department says four hunters and two dogs were looking for the game birds when one of the hunters placed a loaded 12-gauge shotgun on the ground. It went off when one of the dogs stepped on the trigger guard, and shotgun load sprayed another hunter. The department says several pellets lodged in the back of William Rancourt, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, but he was able to walk soon after being wounded.
He was taken to a hospital in Fort Dodge for treatment.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's capital city has said merci via Skype to a French city it's named after for some misspelled soccer jerseys that were sent its way.
Montpelier (mahnt-PEEL'-yuhr), Vermont, says Montpellier (mahn-peel-YAY'), France, ordered jerseys for its professional soccer team and fans but the jerseys came in misspelled, with just one L instead of two. The city in southern France decided to send the jerseys to Montpelier, Vermont, which is spelled with one L, not two.
Montpelier Mayor John Hollar thanked Montpellier Mayor Philippe Saurel by Skype on Thursday.
Student soccer players at Montpelier High School wore the donated jerseys for the event.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine officials say they have no clues and have made no progress in the case of a hit-and-run driver who caused $3 million in damage by cracking a highway overpass.
Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot says the crash on a highway in Augusta left no debris, no witnesses and wasn't caught on camera. The Bangor Daily News reports officials discovered the massive dent and crack in October, and emergency repair work cost about $3 million.
The department has reached out to social media and to news organizations for help with the investigation. If found, officials want the person responsible to pay the millions needed for repairs.
Talbot says no outside agencies have been called upon, and won't be contacted without meaningful leads.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A man suspected of breaking into a northern Michigan home left a big clue: The toilet seat was down.
Police say a Traverse City man who lives alone figured something wasn't right last Saturday. Why? He told investigators that he typically keeps the seat up.
Police Chief Jeff O'Brien says a 26-year-old man was found passed out in the man's garage. O'Brien tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that the intruder appeared to be intoxicated and had taken prescription drugs from the home.
The man and the resident don't know each other. Charges will be pursued.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a robber asked for a cookie then demanded cash at a Subway store in Pittsburgh.
The heist occurred Wednesday afternoon at the store on East Carson Street.
Police say after asking for a cookie, the man placed his hand in his pocket as though he had a gun and told the clerk he wanted money from the cash register.
The bandit fled with an undetermined amount of cash.
 

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