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Severed finger leads police to Arizona theft suspect

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A severed finger left at the crime scene helped police in Arizona arrest a man suspected of trying to steal copper wire.

An air conditioning company employee told Glendale police someone tried to steal the wire from his truck on Oct. 7.

The spool of wire — worth more than $300 — had been pulled out about 20 feet from the truck, and what appeared to be a cut off finger was caught in the wiring.

Police retrieved the finger as evidence, and forensic technicians were able to match the fingerprint to 29-year-old Joshua Allen Goverman.

Goverman told detectives he lost part of a finger while working on a car. He was booked on suspicion of theft.

Authorities didn't know whether Goverman had a lawyer who could be reached for comment.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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State police warning of central Pennsylvania jury duty scam

RIDGWAY, Pa. (AP) — What's worse than jury duty? State police in one western Pennsylvania county say it might be a scam in which someone is trying to pry personal information out of people by telephoning to claim they've missed jury duty.

WJAC-TV reports troopers from the Ridgway barrack say several Elk County residents have received the bogus calls.

Residents are being warned that they face fines if they refuse to verify their names, Social Security numbers and even their credit card numbers. Police believe the callers are hoping to use the information gathered in identity theft schemes.

Police say residents should just hang up if they get such a call. But anyone who has provided information to such a caller should contact their local police and closely monitor their credit report and card statements.

Information from: WJAC-TV, http://www.wjactv.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Scammer persists even with Pennsylvania cop on the phone 

AMBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a telephone caller running a Homeland Security-themed scam was so persistent he continued his shtick even after a western Pennsylvania police officer answered the elderly target's phone.

Harmony Township police tell the Beaver County Times a caller told a 70-year-old woman she won $480,000 in a contest, but could only collect $100,000 under the Patriot Act — and then only if she sent a $5,000 cash "bond."

The woman sent the money by FedEx, but her family learned of it and contacted police before it could be delivered to an address in Brooklyn, N.Y.

While police were at the victim's house Monday, an officer answered a call from a man claiming to be a "Homeland Security agent" demanding to know why the package was delayed.

Police haven't identified or charged any suspects.

Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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3 bikini baristas arrested at Washington coffee stand 

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Police say the service at a bikini espresso stand in Washington state was too hot.

Officers arrested three baristas Wednesday at the Hillbilly Hotties coffee stand in Everett.

Spokesman Aaron Snell tells KOMO that police received complaints the women were exposing body parts and behaving inappropriately.

A 20-year-old and 21-year-old are facing charges of violating the city's adult cabaret law. A 33-year-old was arrested for investigation of lewd conduct.

Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Rescued man arrested on Bremerton beach 

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A man who was stranded on a Port Washington Narrows beach when the tide came in at Bremerton called 911 for help and was arrested by police Oct. 5 after the water receded.

The Kitsap Sun reports the 44-year-old man had cut off an ankle monitor the day before. He was supposed to be serving 35 days on home detention for drunken driving.

The man's sentence was increased to 51 days, which he is now serving high and dry in jail.

Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Judge denies attempt to close Sriracha plant 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has denied a Southern California factory town's attempt to shut down production of the popular Sriracha (sree-YAH-chah) chili sauce.

City News Service reports the judge rejected Irwindale's initial bid Thursday to cease operations at the Huy (hoy) Fong Foods plant. The city sought the closure to reduce the pungent smell of pepper and garlic fumes emanating from the factory.

The sprawling 650,000-square-foot factory processes some 100 million pounds of peppers a year into Sriracha and two other popular Asian food sauces.

Residents have complained the odor gives them headaches, burn their throat and make their eyes water.

Huy Fong executives say they've been cooperating with the city to reduce the smell.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Dozens see fireball flash over Northwest

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Dozens of people reported seeing a fireball flash across Northwest skies at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, moving east to west.

Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society told the Statesman Journal it had 165 reports from sky watchers in the Northwest and Canada.

Mostly clear skies made it more visible at a time when people where heading to work or school.

Dick Pugh of Portland State University told KGW that the flash apparently was a small piece of an asteroid burning up in the atmosphere.

Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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