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Mad Minute stories from Friday, June 15th

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BIG COPPITT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 48-year-old Florida man raised a can of beer and chugged it after a sheriff’s deputy stopped him on suspicion of drunk driving.
Daryl Royal Riedel told Monroe County Sheriff’s investigators he was scared when he fled in his pickup truck as Deputy Anthony Lopez stepped out of his patrol car Thursday. Riedel drove for a short distance before stopping.
Riedel has three prior DUI convictions between 2003 and 2010 and a fourth is pending from 2017.
The report says Riedel got out of his truck, beer can in his hand and chugged it.
Riedel faces numerous charges, including felony DUI, fleeing from a deputy, driving with a suspended license and failure to submit a breath test.
He’s in jail without bond. Records don’t list a lawyer.

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MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A recent college graduate desperate to recover a family heirloom mistakenly left curbside when he moved out of his apartment is plastering his neighborhood with signs warning, "My mother will kill me."
Colin Trimmer is offering a reward for the return of his great-grandmother's iron and brass bed frame, given to him by his mother when he moved into his apartment near Tufts University.
The bed frame was left curbside last month by new tenants of the apartment, who mistakenly thought Trimmer had already moved out and it was trash.
Trimmer's mother, Carol Kazmer, tells the Boston Globe the bed frame was one of the few items her grandmother had to leave to her 17 grandchildren.
She says the bed frame is "just a thing," but she'd like it back and the reward would be "sizable."
 
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PRAGUE (AP) — A fiery stunt by the Czech president has really stunned journalists this time.
Milos Zeman announced a press conference for Thursday, but instead of briefing reporters, he had two firefighters in protective gear burn a huge pair of red underpants in front of them.
Czech media said the boxer shorts in question had been hoisted by activists in 2015, replacing the official presidential flag on Prague Castle. The red underwear was meant to symbolize Zeman's close relationships with Russia and China and has since become a symbol for criticism of his presidency.
After the incineration, Zeman told reporters: "I'm sorry to make you look like little idiots, you really don't deserve it."
Zeman, 72, has often clashed with the press, even waving a fake machine gun at reporters last year.

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Add Fireball to the menu served up by Arkansas roads.
Two tractor-trailers collided Thursday on Interstate 40 in central Arkansas, causing one to spill hundreds of mini-bottles of the cinnamon-flavored whiskey on the highway.
Over the past year, Arkansas drivers have endured a veritable feast spilled on their roadways. Trucks carrying bourbon, frozen pizzas, pasta sauce and gin have all dumped their wares on the asphalt.
State Department of Transportation spokesman Danny Straessle says investigators are still looking into the cause of Thursday's wreck, which caused major delays in both directions for a few hours.
He says one truck's cab caught fire and at least one person was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — An emergency slide was accidentally deployed from a plane at a Connecticut airport, causing the flight to be delayed for several hours.
Delta officials at Bradley International Airport tell WVIT-TV the chute was deployed before passengers boarded a flight to Detroit on Thursday.
No one was hurt, and no damage has been reported.
Delta says the flight had 158 passengers, and about two dozen went on a later flight, while the rest were accommodated on other flights.

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters had to break the windows and run a hose through a car that was blocking a fire hydrant in New Jersey.
Firefighters arrived on the scene of a house fire early Thursday in Hamilton Township. But they found the car parked in front of the hydrant.
A picture posted on the Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters' Facebook page shows they punched out the windows and threaded the hose through the car.
They had the fire under control quickly and no one was injured.

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SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) — Police say two employees of an inn at a popular Vermont tourist destination ate marijuana-laced chocolate left behind by guests and got sick.
Shelburne Police were called to the Inn at Shelburne Farms on Wednesday after receiving a report an employee felt ill and was lying in the parking lot.
The two employees were taken to the hospital and have since been released.
The inn's spokeswoman says that any food left behind is not to be consumed by staff and that the inn's training programs will be reviewed with employees. Police are asking that people who possess edibles keep them secure.
The edibles in this case resembled malted milk balls.
No charges will be filed against the guests.
Recreational use of marijuana will become legal in Vermont on July 1.

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SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois hardware store is looking for a man who apparently tried on a pair of snug work gloves and left a ring inside.
Mark Driscoll, owner of Ace Hardware in Sugar Grove, Illinois, says he found the ring when he went to buy a pair of gloves before a trip to Wisconsin.
He tells the Aurora Beacon-News that it could be a wedding band, but he doesn't want to give many details. He says the ring owner must provide a good description. Two women called on behalf of their husbands, but it's not their ring.
Driscoll says he hopes the mystery has a "happy ending."

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(Huffington Post) People in love do strange things, but sabotaging their partner's career is not typically one of them.People in lov
A Canadian court has ruled that's what Jennifer Lee did to her boyfriend by deleting an email he'd received from a prestigious music school and replacing it with a fake rejection note.
On Wednesday, Ontario Superior Court Judge David Corbett found that Lee deliberately stalled the career of then-boyfriend Eric Abramovitz in 2014 when the two of them were music students at McGill University in Montreal. Corbett awarded a judgment worth $260,000 in U.S. dollars as payback.
In late 2013, Abramovitz applied to study at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles under Yehuda Gilad. The famed clarinet teacher accepts only two new students a year. Each one receives a full scholarship that covers tuition, room and board, and money for other expenses. 
Perhaps most important, the chosen few are virtually guaranteed a high-paying symphony career upon graduation, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Abramovitz went through an extensive screening process, including a live audition in February 2014, and felt confident he'd be accepted, according to The Washington Post. But a few weeks later, he received a rejection email. He was crushed and chose to finish his bachelor's degree at McGill.
Two years passed before Abramovitz discovered that he'd actually been accepted and that Lee, whom he had been dating for five months at the time, had forged the rejection note.
Abramovitz told the court that Lee had access to his email and was able to delete the real acceptance letter before he could see it. He said Lee also impersonated him and sent Gilad an email declining the offer.
Her alleged motive: to keep Abramovitz from moving away.
After earning his degree at McGill, Abramovitz was still determined to learn from Gilad. He entered a two-year certificate program at the University of Southern California, which allowed him much less study time with the master teacher and didn't come with a full scholarship.
At a second meeting, Gilad asked Abramovitz, "Why did you reject me?" The student replied, "Why did you reject me?"
The two musicians couldn't figure out what had happened. Eventually, Abramovitz forwarded the fake rejection email to Gilad, who replied, "I've never seen that in my life," according to the National Post.
"That's when I knew that something underhanded was afoot," Abramovitz told the paper.
In 2015, he and a friend tried to gain access to the email account that had sent him the fake rejection letter. Since Abramovitz and Lee once shared a computer, he knew one of her passwords.
"Miraculously, it logged right in," he said, and what she'd done became clear. "We felt like Sherlock Holmes."
At that point, Abramovitz told Gilad. He also hired an attorney and contacted Lee, whom he was no longer dating.
"At first she tried to deny it, but the evidence I had was overwhelming," Abramovitz told BuzzFeed. "Then she blocked me on social media and we only spoke to each other through lawyers."
Lee did not respond multiple times to the court action, which is one reason why the judge ruled for Abramovitz. "A defendant who has been noted in default is deemed to admit the truth of all allegations of fact made in the statement of claim," the judge wrote.
Abramovitz is happy with the verdict, although he told the National Post he doesn't know if he'll be able to collect the damage award from Lee.
Meanwhile, he is in a better place in both his career and his personal life. Not only has Abramovitz just got a new position as associate principal and E flat clarinetist at the Toronto Symphony, but he has a new girlfriend, according to BuzzFeed.
"We're really happy," he said. "I would like to think that since my first relationship, my judgment of character has improved just a little bit."

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(FOX) A California man was charged with stalking after he allegedly sent his ex-girlfriend thousands of text messages and hacked into her social media accounts after she broke off their "short dating relationship."
Raul Plancarte-Hernandez, 33, of North Hills, was arrested Thursday after the Thousand Oaks Police Department began investigating his treatment of his ex, a 38-year-old unidentified woman.
The victim said she dated Plancarte-Hernandez briefly in 2016, the department stated in a news release. Since she ended the relationship roughly a year and a half ago, the man allegedly called the woman approximately 300 times and texted her around 4,000 times "during all hours of the day and night."
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Plancarte-Hernandez's ex-girlfriend reportedly blocked his number, but he found ways to get to her. Police allege the 33-year-old hacked into the victim's social media accounts, and her PayPal and iCloud accounts, in addition to her cell phone account. 
At that point, the woman reportedly changed her email address and cell phone number, her Apple ID and "all electronic means of identifying herself." But, police say, Plancarte-Hernandez still contacted her by phone and email.
In what police describe as a "further attempt to liberate herself from the stalking," the victim moved from Moorpark to Thousand Oaks.
But, Plancarte-Hernandez allegedly did not relent from his efforts to get to his ex, and police say he began sending her "threatening text messages" that included information that he "could have only known if he was nearby and watching the victim."
On June 7, police found Plancarte-Hernandez parked outside the woman's home, where he was arrested for stalking and booked at the Ventura County Jail.
He was arraigned on Tuesday at Ventura County Superior Court for stalking and remains in custody on $100,000 bail.


 

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