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Spain police dog wins British award for bravery

MOSTOLES, Spain (AP) — Ajax has a nose for trouble.

The retired Spanish police dog has received a prestigious award by a British animal charity group in recognition of his bravery and skill.

The bushy-coated, black-and-gold German Shepherd detected a bomb on the Spanish island of Mallorca only hours after two officers were killed in a terror attack on July 30, 2009.

The 12-year-old dog found the bomb planted under a car by the armed Basque group ETA in the town of Palma Nova.

He was decorated with the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals' Gold Medal at a ceremony Tuesday on the outskirts of Madrid.

Ajax is the 22nd dog to receive the award.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Police: New Mexico suspect tried to escape on girl's bike

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico burglary suspect is facing additional charges after Roswell police say he slipped out of his handcuffs and tried to make a getaway using a small girl's bicycle.

KRQE-TV reports that 32-year-old Manuel Munoz was initially arrested last week during a suspected burglary at a storage building.

According to police, officers found Munoz hiding under a desk.

Police say Munoz then managed to get out of his handcuffs and run from police. That's when police say he found the tiny girl's bike and attempted his escape.

He was eventually caught again.

Munoz is charged with breaking and entering, escaping from custody, resisting and evading police.

It was unclear if he had an attorney.

Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Northwestern Pennsylvania woman digs up 2-headed piglet in mom's yard 

MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania woman has donated an unusual body to science: the carcass of a two-headed piglet she found preserved in a jar dug up outside her mother's home.

Sharon Reagle tells the Meadville Tribune she unearthed the jar while planting shrubs at her mother's home in Saegertown on Sunday.

Reagle calls the find "unique, pretty neat really." But she felt it was better to donate it to the biology department at nearby Allegheny College in Meadville. That's about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Assistant professor Lisa Whitenack says, "This is like Christmas for a biologist. The students will love it."

Reagle says her parents didn't raise pigs in the 56 years they lived on the property, so she has no idea how it got there.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Plan hatched to remove trash bin from Grand River

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids officials say they have come up with a plan to remove a trash bin that's stuck in the Grand River.

Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong told the City Commission on Tuesday that crews are waiting for the water level to drop before venturing into the river to pump water out of the bin and drag it back to shore.

DeLong says that "as soon as conditions are appropriate, we will mount a Dumpster river rescue."

According to MLive.com, the blue trash container is stuck in the river south of the Bridge Street bridge downtown.

A resident recently asked city officials to get the bin out of the river.

Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Police: Pennsylvania wedding guest stole, hid loot in bra 

CHICORA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with stealing money from cards brought to a wedding reception she was attending — and trying to hide the loot in her bra.

State police say 40-year-old Jennifer Ann Martz, of Chicora, attended Saturday's wedding with her boyfriend, who was an invited guest.

The Butler Eagle reports guests found 11 cards missing from a gift table and noticed Martz heading to the ladies room. Police say Martz ripped up the cards and tried to flush them down a toilet, while stuffing $475 in cash and $80 in checks into her bra. That's where other female guests told police they found the loot.

Martz doesn't have a listed phone, and online court records don't list an attorney for her.

The groom's brother, Jeremy Scherer, says Martz "ruined the whole time for everybody."

Information from: Butler Eagle, http://www.butlereagle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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