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Mad Minute stories from Monday, May 14th

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BERLIN (AP) — Police called in a crane to lift five fugitive water buffalo off a highway in western Germany during an operation that lasted about nine hours.
News agency dpa reported that the buffalo, including two calves, escaped from a field Sunday night and walked onto the A3 highway near Leverkusen. The road was closed temporarily.
Police said they initially corralled the animals using two trucks and several patrol cars, but weren’t able to get them off the road.
A zoo vet was brought in to tranquilize the animals before they were lifted. One bull that had got stuck in a crash barrier had to be freed, but was unhurt.
A Cologne fire service crane removed the animals from the highway. They were taken back to their field.

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BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan boy found a way to make his mark on the occasion of his mother's marriage proposal.
Allyssa Anter said "yes" Saturday to the question popped by her boyfriend, Kevin Przytula. Video shows the bride-to-be and man on bended knee are blissfully unaware that right next to them, 3-year-old Owen Anter had dropped his pants to urinate in front of Bay City's Ring of Friendship sculpture.
They were alerted to the pint-sized proposal crasher by the giggling videographer, Przytula's 11-year-old daughter, Kayleigh.
Allyssa Anter says her son "stole the show," and acknowledges his potty training is a work in progress.
The video was shared Monday by WNEM-TV and The Bay City Times.
 
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — A book nearly five decades overdue has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library.
The copy of Eldridge Cleaver's memoir "Soul On Ice" was due back at the Eureka Valley branch Dec. 9, 1970, making it 47 years, four months and 29 days late. The library's late fee would've been $1,731.70 if it didn't cap the fine at $10.01.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the paperback's cover is detached from its spine and there's a hole in the title page.
Branch manager Anne Vannucchi told the Chronicle last week she'd like to know who the library patron is so she can get the story behind the returned book.
A man at another branch last year returned his great-grandmother's book titled "Forty Minutes Late" — but it was more than 100 years late.

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LULA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia beekeeper says thieves stole dozens of hives, taking off with up to $20,000 worth of equipment.
Don Kuchenmeister tells WSB-TV the hives disappeared Sunday morning.
With more than five decades of experience in beekeeping, including 35 years as a commercial beekeeper, Kuchenmeister operates Dixie Bee Supply in Banks County, where he often teaches disabled vets his craft.
He theorizes that at least half a dozen people were involved in the heist. He says the thieves likely had beekeeping experience and were looking to either resell the hives or use them to pollinate their own beekeeping business.
Whatever the reason, Kuchenmeister had one message for the abductors: "I hope you get stung good."

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TROY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law into her own paws.
A cat named "Pawfficer Donut" was sworn in Friday by a judge, a day after a cat named Badges was removed from the Troy Police Department due to a serious illness.
Donut will be used for therapeutic purposes and public appearances. Troy police say Badges will always be considered the department's first "pawfficer."
Troy police pledged to add a cat if it could reach 10,000 Twitter followers by April. It took just eight days to go from 4,000 to 10,000.

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(Palm Beach Post) LANTANA, Fl. - A Lantana-area man said he bit his 2-year-old dog's ear in an attempt to "establish dominance,"  Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office records show.
Patrick Shurod Campbell, 27, was arrested on charges of aggravated animal cruelty at about 1:15 a.m. Thursday. 
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control took control of the Husky, Dimitri. 
Officers went to Campbell's apartment, south of Lantana Road and east of Congress Avenue, to investigate a complaint that someone was abusing a dog, according to the report.
There, Campbell's two roommates told the officer that Campbell "beat the hell" out of it, PBSO said.
On Wednesday, Dimitri destroyed items in Campbell's apartment, including a pack of cigarettes, the sheriff's report said. Campbell came with a replacement pack of cigarettes and showed it to Dimitri, and the dog laid flat on the ground, according to the report.
While the dog was down, Campbell tried to grab the dog's neck to discipline him, PBSO said.
When officers came early Thursday morning, Dimitri was barricaded in a dark bedroom closet. When the light came on, Dimitri was shaking and laying his ears flat, according to a report. The bedroom smelled like urine and feces, and blood was smeared on the floor and a chair arm rest, according to the report.
Dimitri's ear had blood on it and a cut, PBSO said. When officers asked Campbell about it, they said Campbell said he bit the dog to "establish dominance."
On Friday, Judge Ted Booras set Campbell's bail at $10,000 and ordered him to have no contact with animals. 
Animal Care and Control Capt. Dave Walesky said Campbell voluntarily gave up the dog, and there will not be a custody case.
Dimitri will be placed with a rescue partner in the next few days, and will likely not be up for public adoption with Animal Care and Control, he said. 

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May 14 (UPI) -- An electronic sign that was supposed to warn drivers on a Pennsylvania highway of an upcoming detour was hacked twice in one day to show a profane message.
Drivers on Interstate 95 Sunday in Ridley Park said they were surprised to spot the sign Sunday morning with a profane message instructing Delaware County to "suck" a certain male organ.
"I was going south," driver Terry Banet told WPVI-TV. "I saw it immediately and said 'OMG, this thing was hacked!' and then I laughed."
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said officials learned of the message about 10 a.m. Sunday and dispatched the Delaware County Maintenance Unit to correct the sign.
The crew reset the electronic sign, but it was soon hacked a second time and made to display the same message.
The sign was turned toward a wall while officials investigate.
"We are looking into the matter," a PennDOT representative told WCAU-TV. "It is not our sign and the contractor operates the sign within their construction zone."

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May 14 (UPI) -- A teenager on horseback took her mount onto a Maryland highway to help rescue a horse that fled from a 4-H show.
A video filmed last week on Maryland State Highway shows Caroline Shoults riding her horse, Tink, on the stretch of highway while chasing after a horse named Ice that fled from the Linthicum Hi-Riders Horse Show in Glen Burnie.
The filmer said Ice finally became tired after running about 3.5 miles and wandered onto the grass next to the roadway.
Shoults was able to use a lead rope halter to capture the exhausted equine, the filmer said.
The horses were brought back to the show on a trailer.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona Beach International Airport was evacuated briefly Friday when a nude man took a joyride on the baggage carousel and made a hoax bomb threat, authorities said.
A sweep of the airport turned up no sign of explosives, but authorities did find a backpack with the man's clothes hidden in a hole in the wall of a bathroom, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
John Greenwood, 25, was taken into custody and transported to Halifax Health Medical Center, where the sheriff said he is resting "comfortably."
Greenwood faces charges of burglary, making a false bomb report, criminal mischief, resisting without violence, exposure of sexual organs and unlawful possession of another person's identification.
Chitwood said the episode began about 6 a.m. when deputies were called to deal with a naked man in baggage claim who was trying to get out onto the tarmac.
He said deputies confronted and tased Greenwood, who then shouted: "We gotta get outta here, there's a bomb going to go off. I planted a bomb in the bathroom."
The sheriff said Greenwood, described as a frequent flyer, is known to law enforcement. Court records show he's awaiting trial following his September 2017 arrest for battery on a first responder.
The 25-year-old, who's been committed under the Baker Act multiple times, acknowledged taking the club drug Molly and other substances Thursday night, Chitwood said.
The evacuation caused some delays, but no flights were canceled as a result, according to an airport spokesperson.

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May 14 (UPI) -- A Florida high school apologized after sparking outrage with a surprise appearance by a live tiger at the school's jungle-themed prom.
Students and family members said they were surprised Friday night when the Christopher Columbus High School prom at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel near Miami International Airport featured surprise animal guests including a caged tiger, a fennec fox, a lemur and two macaw parrots.
Mari-Cristine Castellanos, whose brother attends the school, posted cellphone footage of the tiger to Facebook.
"This poor tiger was used as an EXOTIC amusement for the mindless teenagers who were present, it is not the students' fault to be so naive BUT it's the CCHS STAFF who arranged this event, therefore they are responsible for this tiger's misery," Castellanos wrote.
Maria Del Carmen Castellanos, the student's mother, said the tiger was being mistreated.
"Mistreatment comes from a multiple of things. When you change their habitat, when you change their environment, when they are exposed to 500 screaming teenagers with fire surrounding them. Tigers are terrified of fire," she told NBC Miami.
Ron Magill, an animal behavior expert and spokesman for ZooMiami, agreed the tiger was "obviously stressed."
"The tiger is clearly looking for a way to get out of that situation, it's not difficult to interpret that behavior," Magill told the Miami Herald. "He was surrounded by people, cell phones, lights, jugglers juggling fire. I really don't know what they were thinking. Exploiting animals for entertainment at parties -- that time has passed. We know better; we've been educated."
The school said in a statement Sunday that the tiger was not harmed by the experience.
"The tiger, which was displayed for a few minutes in a cage, was never harmed or in danger, was not forced to perform, was always accompanied by his handlers, and for the great majority of the time was laying down in a relaxed state, facing away from the audience," the school said in the statement provided to WPLG-TV.
Principal David Pugh released a statement Monday morning apologizing for the stunt.
"Upon reflection, we regret the decision to have live animals at our prom," he said. "This decision in no way reflects the Marist values, teachings of the Catholic Church and/or the accomplishments of our young and that of our distinguished alumni. We remain proud of the work we do in our community by raising awareness for pediatric cancer, autism and our homeless veterans, to name a few."


 

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