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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Police: Man tried to pay for McDonald’s with bag of weed

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a 23-year-old man went through a McDonald’s drive-thru and tried to pay for his order with a bag of marijuana. News outlets report Port St. Lucie police say the fast food worker denied the trade and Anthony Andrew Gallagher drove off, only to return again a short time later. Police arrested him Sunday on charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence. Police were alerted to Gallagher’s offer early Sunday morning and got a description of him from the worker. They say a suspect matching his description went through the drive-thru a little while later and police approached him. It’s unclear if Gallagher attempted to pay for his order with drugs the second time.

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence for illegally killing hundreds of deer. The Springfield News-Leader reports that David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents are calling one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history. Prosecutors say the deer were killed for their heads, with their bodies left to rot. Berry was convicted in southwest Missouri’s Lawrence County of illegally taking wildlife. Three relatives and another man also were caught in connection to the poaching case. They’ve paid $51,000 in fines and court costs. Berry also was sentenced to 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation.

Oregon jail inmates sentenced for stealing ATV to escape

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon jail inmates have been incarcerated longer following an escape attempt that Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge A. Michael Adler says was “one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in a while.” The Bulletin reports 30-year-old Christopher Turre was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail, and 34-year-old Shawn McCallister was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office says the two men stole an all-terrain vehicle while on a work detail at the county’s horse rescue ranch in early November. They drove through a gate and led police on a pursuit before crashing on a field. Prosecutor Steve Gunnels says both men “were visibly intoxicated and admitted to drinking hand sanitizer.” He says Turre was one week from release before the escape attempt.

Federal court says NY ban on nunchucks unconstitutional

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal court says New York’s ban on nunchucks, the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee but prohibited in the state for decades, is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. Judge Pamela Chen issued her ruling on Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. The plaintiff, James Maloney, started his legal quest after being charged with possession of the nunchucks in his own home in 2000. Maloney wants to teach a form of martial art using nunchucks that he created to his sons. The state has completely banned private citizens from owning nunchucks, two rigid rods connected at one end by a chain or rope, since 1974. The suit names the Nassau County district attorney as defendant. The county’s lawyer had no immediate comment.

Maine shuts down pot Facebook page after criticism

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine has shut down a Facebook page detailing the potential dangers of marijuana use in response to a satirical page launched by pro-pot critics. State Center for Disease Control spokeswoman Emily Spencer tells Maine Public that Maine took the page down out of concerns about consumer confusion, misinformation and message dilution. She said Maine asked Facebook to review the satire page for compliance with standards. Maine launched the online awareness campaign earlier this fall, with a budget over $300,000. A related website remains active. Critics called Maine’s page “prohibition propaganda” at a time when marijuana is legal for medical and recreational uses in Maine. Marijuana advocate Paul McCarrier, who says he wasn’t involved in the satire site, says Maine’s response demonstrates the ineffectiveness of the original campaign.

Man who demolished landmark house ordered to build replica

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who illegally demolished a San Francisco house designed by the modernist architect Richard Neutra has been ordered to build an exact replica. The city Planning Commission also this week ordered Ross Johnston to add a sidewalk plaque telling the entire saga. Johnston had received permission only to remodel the 1930s home, known as the Largent House, with a design that would have largely kept the first floor intact. Instead, everything but the garage door and frame of the two-story home was knocked down. Johnston later applied for a retroactive demolition permit and for permission to construct a new home that would expand the size from 1,300 to nearly 4,000 square feet. He said he wanted to move his family of six into the larger home.

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