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Dog rescued from Colorado wastewater treatment plant

PUEBLO, Col. (AP) — A 2-year-old English mastiff led astray by an escape-prone hound dog is home, but still stinks after being found stranded in muck at a wastewater treatment plant in Colorado. firefighters rescued Gidget from an aeration tank Monday. Owner Mandi Smith says Gidget and coonhound named Buddy escaped their house Sunday. Buddy returned home Monday without Gidget. Smith says Gidget still stinks, even after seven baths, but is happy to be home.

Probation for Colorado man who set fire over phallus prank

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A 25-year-old Colorado man accused of setting fire to a garage in retaliation to his roommates drawing phallic symbols on his face while he was asleep has been sentenced to two years of probation. Stephen Elmore pleaded guilty to fourth-degree arson. Court documents say that in January, Elmore’s Snowmass Village roommates drew on his face with a felt-tipped pen while he was asleep. When he discovered the drawings, he confronted a roommate before going downstairs and eventually starting a fire in the garage. The roommates put out the fire.

Dodging flames, police rescue man from burning car

ROSELLE PARK, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey rescued a Washington state man who resisted their efforts as smoke and flames consumed his car. Roselle Park officers arrived on the scene Saturday to find the auto’s engine compartment engulfed in flames and the passenger compartment obscured by dark tinted windows. Police video shows officers grabbing the man while he was slumped over the wheel and refusing to get out. Police say the 42-year-old Everett, Washington, resident was evaluated at a hospital. His name was not released. Police say the driver was observed sleeping in the vehicle and may have pressed the gas pedal causing the engine to overheat and catch fire.

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