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Anchorage airport police lose track of explosive

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police at the Anchorage airport lost track of a small quantity of explosives used for training bomb-sniffing dogs.

The explosive was attached to a rental car that a customer drove away Monday at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Airport Police and Fire Chief Jesse Davis tells KTUU the explosive was recovered Monday afternoon in the Anchorage area.

He says the amount of explosives in the vehicle was small and didn't pose a threat to the driver or the public.

The department is reviewing policies to make sure officers don't lose track of explosives again.

Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police: Man 'armed' with potato in robbery attempt

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police say a man used a potato to pretend he had a gun while trying to rob a Rhode Island business.

WPRI-TV reports that the man entered a convenience store Monday with a potato and shouted: "Give me the money." A police report says the store manager chased him off with a baseball bat. Police provided a description of the suspect. They say officers later went to a laundromat where an employee told them a man fitting the description came in carrying a potato and yelled: "I need the money."

The TV station reports that the employee gave the man a $20 bill from a decoy cash register, and he left.

Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Half-eaten cinnamon roll leads police to car thief

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A half-eaten cinnamon roll helped Madison police track down a suspected car thief.

The car was stolen Monday about 4:30 a.m. The driver parked at a hotel with the key in the ignition, and when he walked inside he heard his car start up. Surveillance video got a glimpse of the suspect, who was seen eating something.

A police officer found a half-eaten cinnamon roll in the parking lot. He went to a nearby restaurant that sells similar pastries, and a staffer there described the customer.

The staffer also noted that the man had been dropped off by a Sun Prairie police officer, after the friend who'd been driving him was arrested for drunken driving. Sun Prairie police helped the Madison officer locate the 26-year-old suspect.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Extra crispy: French fry truck burns in Maine

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Bring on the ketchup: A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of french fries caught fire in a Wal-Mart parking lot in the Maine city of Waterville.

The city's fire chief says overheated brakes were the suspected cause of the blaze night blaze in the middle of the busy parking lot. The driver said he pulled over when he smelled smoke from the back of the truck.

The Portland Press Herald reports that nobody was injured in the fire.

The driver was on his way from the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island to New Jersey to deliver the fries. Waterville is about 15 miles north of Maine's capital, Augusta.

The truck is operated by Midland Transport Limited, a Dieppe, New Brunswick-based company.

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Indiana cat missing 5 years reunited with owner

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an implanted microchip.

WOWO-AM and WANE-TV report the 10-year-old cat named Charlie showed up at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control on Monday. Workers there scanned the cat and discovered Charlie had a microchip that identified Virginia Fryback of Fort Wayne as his owner.

Fryback says Charlie disappeared from her home five years ago and she thought she'd never see him again. She thanks the veterinarian who convinced her to get a microchip when Charlie was a kitten.

The microchip might have saved Charlie's life. Shelter spokeswoman Peggy Bender says most people adopt much younger cats.

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and transmit information via radio waves.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Twisp police chief's dog brings home skull

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — A dog belonging to the family of the Twisp police chief brought home a skull.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says Chief Paul Budrow and deputies searched Monday and found the rest of the human remains about 300 yards from his home in a wooded area near the Methow River.

The sheriff says a cellphone at the scene indicates the remains are those of 21-year-old Nicholas A. Tortora who was reported missing in June 2012. His family said they were concerned about his mental and emotional health at the time.

Rogers told The Wenatchee World there was nothing to indicate Tortora was a crime victim. The remains were found about a half-mile from his home.

Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Andy Warhol flower planned for Tacoma Dome

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The city of Tacoma hopes to give the 30-year-old Tacoma Dome some pop by turning the arena's 5-acre roof into an Andy Warhol painting.

Warhol submitted a giant, colorful flower design in a 1981 competition and lost, but it's getting a second look.

City Arts Administrator Amy McBride says it would be "the world's largest Warhol."

KING reports the city decided Tuesday to test the design for six-months using a plastic adhesive commonly used in advertising wraps. After that the city would decide whether to approve a $2 million paint job, which would be funded by private donations.

Used for concerts, exhibitions and sports events, the Tacoma Dome is one of the largest wooden domes in the world at 530 feet in diameter and 152 feet tall.

Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Rabbit heads left in 2 sisters' mailboxes

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Westfield police are investigating after severed rabbit heads were found this week in two mailboxes in this western Massachusetts town.

The Westfield News reports that a man called police Monday evening to report that a rabbit's head had been left in his mother's mailbox.

The woman says a rabbit's head also had been left in her sister's mailbox about four blocks away.

The heads were removed and disposed of.

Police say a hunter who saw the heads said they appeared to be from wild rabbits, not domesticated rabbits.

Police say no one in the neighborhood reported seeing anything suspicious and they are seeking the public's help.

Information from: The Westfield (Mass.) News, http://thewestfieldnews.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


New Jersey tot wipes out hours of monks' work

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey tot has made his inadvertent mark on an intricate sand display created by Buddhist monks.

The monks have been building a sand mandala in Jersey City's municipal building since Monday. It's a flat, multicolored display that is created and then destroyed in a ceremony meant to symbolize the fleeting nature of life.

The Jersey Journal reports the young boy climbed over a rope barrier Friday and got onto the 4-foot-square display. The sides and middle were smudged as a result.

Some of the monks spent a few hours repairing the sand in time for its ritual destruction Friday afternoon. They led a group to the Hudson River and threw the sand into the water.

Information from: The Jersey Journal , http://www.nj.com/jjournal 

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

 

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