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Serial soiler leaving marks in Ypsilanti park

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Someone has been soiling slides at an Ypsilanti playground over the last six months, prompting city officials to take measures to put a stop to the so-called mystery pooper.

"This winter, it wasn't necessarily a problem," city council member Pete Murdock said Friday. "Now that the weather is getting warmer, we need to get a handle on it."

Police or other Ypsilanti employees have been stopping at Prospect Park each morning to make sure another surprise was not left overnight, said Murdock, the city's former mayor and the founder of a group called Friends of Prospect Park.

He said there are plans to have Friends of Prospect Park members and other volunteers watch the park at night.

Police Chief Tony DeGiusti, in an email sent in January, ordered officers to "make frequent checks in the area and record them on your daily log."

"We have a problem in Prospect Park with a miscreant that does not understand the difference between a children's playground slide and a toilet," the chief wrote. "Apparently this extremely misguided individual feels the need to defecate on the slide despite the cold weather."

Murdock said the "well-used" park, which sits near a school and features a basketball court, a tennis court being used as a skateboarding venue as well as a picnic area, needs to be protected.

"No one wants to play in other people's feces," he said.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Heroin-stuffed Teddy Bear is focus of police probe

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police are trying to learn who shipped a Teddy Bear -- with heroin hidden inside -- from Mexico to northeast Georgia.

A woman told Athens-Clarke County police that she received the bear on Thursday, in an unexpected package from Mexico.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the woman opened the package, saw an old Teddy Bear and called police because she suspected something dangerous might be inside.

An officer who examined the toy found something hard within the stuffing, then noticed a slit in the back of its neck. He pulled out a plastic bag with some type of powder. A drug task force member later determined the powder was heroin.

Police are trying to determine where the heroin came from and whether someone else was the intended recipient.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Massachusetts home intruder turns out to be a duck

NORTH READING, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts responding to reports of an intruder in a woman's home quickly quacked the case.

A North Reading (REH'-ding) woman called police Saturday from her upstairs bedroom to report that she heard loud banging noises downstairs and feared someone had broken into her home.

Officers who responded found no sign of a break-in.

But during a quick search of the home, police found a soot-covered wood duck.

Police say it appears the duck got in through the chimney.

An officer caught the duck and released it into a nearby pond.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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