Friday's American Oddities

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The Associated Press

Marshals: ‘Fugitive of Week’ found tanning in backyard

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. marshals say they found a New Hampshire “fugitive of the week” tanning in a family member’s backyard in Massachusetts and arrested her.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force featured 35-year-old Amy Beth Tremblay in local media in New Hampshire on July 12.

An arrest warrant had been issued for her in March on bail violations following a drug conspiracy charge.

The task force said Wednesday that tipsters reported seeing Tremblay sunning herself in a yard in Haverhill, Massachusetts. They showed up and arrested her.

Tremblay was jailed in Boscawen, New Hampshire. She was scheduled to appear in federal court in Concord on Thursday. It wasn’t immediately known if Tremblayhad a lawyer.

New Jersey man accused of owing nearly $88K in tolls, fees

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Police have arrested a New Jersey man who is accused of evading nearly $88,000 in tolls and fees.

A Port Authority of New Jersey and New York law enforcement officer pulled over 60-year-old Anthony Cotugno, of Newark, after they say he drove through an E-ZPass lane on the George Washington Bridge without paying a toll on Wednesday.

Police say a records check showed he owes more than $40,700 in tolls and fees at Port Authority crossings and an additional $47,000 in unpaid tolls and fees on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Cotugno is charged with theft of service, toll evasion and a traffic violation.

No telephone number was available for Cotugno to seek comment.

Woman escapes as car falls into hole in Florida driveway

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Mary Boone of Spring Hill, Florida, did not have a good night’s sleep.

Awakened by a loud bang around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, she looked outside and saw the driveway buckling under her car.

She says she hurried out to move it, but just as she got in, the driveway collapsed and the car fell nose-first into a 6-foot (2-meter) deep hole.

She told news outlets that she managed to get out, scraping her leg in the process, but now the hole stretches about 30 feet under her home, which had to be evacuated.

Hernando County officials said in an email that water from a broken main washed away sandy soil.

Officials plan fix the pipe, fill the hole, and determine any damage to the building.

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