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Monday, December 31, 2018

Mississippi man orders wife diamond bracelet, gets 48

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man says he ordered his wife a $2,000 diamond bracelet for Christmas and was shocked see 48 of the bracelets when he opened the box. WATN-TV reports Olive Branch Alderman Dale Dickerson ordered the bracelet from a company called Jewelry Unlimited that's based in Atlanta. When Dale received his shipment, there were dozens of bracelets in the box but no paperwork. He called the company after catching his breath. He says the manager sounded panicked but Dale sent the extra bracelets back. The manager thanked him for his honesty in an email and the company sent a pair of diamond earrings as a thank-you for returning the bracelets.

Weed that sprouted holiday cheer mysteriously uprooted

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A street corner weed that had been decked out with Christmas lights and brought out holiday goodwill in Ohio has apparently met an early demise. WTVGTV in Toledo reports that someone pulled out the "Christmas weed" early Friday morning and drove off with it in his trunk. The weed had become a holiday attraction after a family decorated it with tinsel to spread some Christmas cheer. Others added their own ornaments and began leaving behind donations for the needy. It became so popular that Toledo officials set up donation boxes and handed out the items to local charities. The weed had been scheduled to be cleaned up on Saturday along with all of the decorations and donations surrounding it.

Runaway cow caught on I-80 recovering at animal sanctuary

WANTAGE, N.J. (AP) — A cow bound for a slaughterhouse who led authorities on an hour-long chase along Interstate 80 in New Jersey before being captured is recuperating at an animal sanctuary. The director of the Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in northwestern New Jersey tells the New Jersey Herald the cow suffered cuts and scrapes from falling from the second floor of the trailer early Thursday near Paterson. Mike Stura tells the newspaper the cow has received shots and been examined by a veterinarian. She will remain at the sanctuary if she is able to recover fully. The cow has been named Brianna in honor of the police officer named Brian who alerted the sanctuary to the animal's escape.

A year after being stolen, New Jersey man's dog is returned

WALL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been reunited with his dog, more than a year after the pooch was stolen from his car. The dog-napping happened in Virginia when the owner was on vacation. A few days ago the Yorkie was taken in as a stray by Richmond Animal Care and Control.NJ.com reports the dog's microchip showed its owner lived in Wall Township. The owner, identified only as John T., wasn't able to drive to Virginia, so volunteers from the shelter drove the dog to New Jersey on Thursday.

Armed standoff ends after SWAT member sings Christmas carol

EAST VINCENT TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an armed man who held off SWAT members for 10 hours surrendered after one of them sang him a Christmas carol. Nathaniel Lewis, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody in East Vincent Township early on Dec. 26. The Reading Eagle reports the 34-year-old Lewis allegedly fired at police officers who had responded when a concerned relative reported him acting erratically Christmas night. The shots hit a police vehicle, a house and another vehicle. Police returned fire. Eventually a negotiator got Lewis to agree to surrender after singing "White Christmas" to him. Lewis was charged with multiple counts of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other offenses. He was being held in Chester County Prison without bail.

Oklahoma prison worker charged after death-row shakedown

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A worker at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is facing felony drug charges after authorities say more than 40 grams of methamphetamine were discovered in his prosthetic leg during a search of the prison’s death row. The McAlester News-Capitol reports 35-year-old Adam Michael Siemer of McAlester was charged Thursday with felony drug trafficking and bringing contraband into a prison. Prison authorities told police two bags of meth were found in Simer’s prosthetic leg during a shakedown of the prison’s H-Unit, which houses Oklahoma’s death row. Siemer was a food service supervisor at the prison. Siemer told police “he had been set up.”

2 homeless men break into apartment, cook dinner

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Two homeless men have been charged with burglary after a California man said he came home to find them cooking dinner. Robby Spillman tells KNBC-TV he returned from Christmas shopping last Friday to find the men in his Santa Monica apartment. Spillman says the men, who stank and wore filthy, ripped clothing, told him they hadn’t expected him home so soon and asked if they could “hang out” for a while. Spillman says he played along, asked if they had enough food, then pretended to take his French bulldog for a walk and called 911. Nineteen-year-old Markis White and 29-year-old Elijah Smart were arrested. It’s unclear whether they have a lawyer. Meanwhile, Spillman and his pregnant girlfriend plan to find a new home.

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