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911 caller: Where can I buy some marijuana?

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A man recently called a Washington County 911 dispatcher with an unusual request.

He asked, "Where can I buy some marijuana this morning?"

When the dispatcher asked him if he realized he was calling the police department, he said that was interesting but he had a legitimate question and repeated the request.

KATU reports the dispatcher told him she had no idea where he could buy some pot. He thanked her and the call ended.

By the way, the time on May 1 when the man was looking for marijuana "this morning" was at 9:41 at night.

Information from: KATU-TV, http://www.katu.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Post Office seeks to delivery 1945 letter

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — In 1945, a letter was addressed to a western Michigan couple and mailed from a sergeant at an Army base in New York State.

It apparently never reached "Mr. and Mrs. Sensabaugh" on Washington Avenue in Muskegon and — nearly 70 years later — postal officials are hoping to find relatives to deliver the letter to, The Muskegon Chronicle reported Wednesday.

A vintage sealing material on the back gives the appearance that the letter never has been opened, postal officials told the newspaper.

"We're not going to disturb it until we can see if we can find the family first," said Veronica Mauseth, a secretary to Muskegon Postmaster William Rowe.

Sgt. Myron C. Cook's name was listed as the sender. Somehow the letter made its way Minnesota, where it was placed back in the mail, Rowe said.

A 2013 postmark from Minneapolis was stamped over the original 1945 postmark. "We think somebody put it back into the mail stream," he said.

A mail carrier, who also served in the Persian Gulf War, later saw the letter and its old postmark and saved it from the ordinary "dead mail" pile, Rowe added.

The home on Washington is empty and officials have reached out to historian Richard Mullally.

Mullally has documented Muskegon County World War II veterans and has a photo of Edward Lee Sensabaugh, a Navy veteran from the same time period as the letter.

Mullally plans to do research on Cook and Sensabaugh in hopes of finding relatives.

Anyone with information about the letter, can contact Muskegon Postmaster William Rowe at william.j.rowe@usps.gov.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man says he broke into neighbor's home for eggs

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) — A southeastern Pennsylvania man charged with breaking into a neighbor's house says he was only borrowing eggs to make breakfast.

The Bucks County Courier Times says Middletown police contend Christopher King didn't have an omelette on his mind when he climbed through the window Tuesday morning.

Police who responded to the report of a burglary in progress say they arrived to find him walking out the front door. They say they found dresser and cabinet drawers and doors open throughout the house.

Detective Patrick Nicastro says King claimed he climbed through his neighbor's window because he wanted some eggs for breakfast.

The homeowner told police nothing appeared to be missing.

King is charged with felony burglary and related charges. Online court documents don't list an attorney for him.

Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Arizona teen arrested at prom: I'm no tuxedo thief

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Laderoot was walking into his high school prom in a designer tuxedo when police officers pulled him aside and began interrogating him about his attire. They had reason to believe the tuxedo was stolen.

Minutes later, the 18-year-old was led away from the dance in a police car on allegations that he broke a window at a northern Arizona store and stole the $600 tuxedo off a mannequin. He denied any theft, saying he bought the formalwear at a yard sale for $100.

"I didn't do anything wrong," he told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Prescott Valley police are gathering more evidence at the request of prosecutors who declined late Tuesday to file charges in the case, Sgt. Brandon Bonney said. Laderoot would not have been arrested if police didn't believe he was involved in the Friday burglary, Bonney said.

"It's definitely going to be pursued," the sergeant said.

Laderoot was booked into jail on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage but posted bond Sunday.

Newly graduated, Laderoot drove friends to the dance Saturday in Jerome, a historic copper mining town about 100 miles north of Phoenix. Police and the store owner were staking out the prom in search of the thief of the three-piece designer tuxedo that had specific markings on the inside, authorities said.

Laderoot said he was walking into the dance looking "cool" when the store owner spotted the tuxedo and police pulled him aside. He told authorities he happened upon the tuxedo at a yard sale Friday. He gave his keys to friends as police led him away.

Laderoot wasn't able to give the location of the yard sale or say who sold it to him, according to a probable cause statement.

The teenager said he had nothing to do with the burglary but told authorities he was in the area at the time. He also said he had asked about renting the tuxedo on the mannequin when he went to the store with a friend who was renting a suit there.

Police say that incident tipped off the store owner to look for it at a prom. Prescott Valley police called local schools and found out that PACE Academy was holding its dance in Jerome.

The store owner didn't return messages left by the AP.

Laderoot said the arrest ruined his night and his first prom.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Jesus fails to lift the Benfica curse again

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Sports fans are by nature a superstitious lot and are no strangers to their clubs being "cursed."

It took the Boston Red Sox 86 years to break the Curse of the Bambino, while for the Chicago Cubs, it's 104 years and counting. So in the annals of great sporting hoodoos, Portuguese football club Benfica has a way to go.

However, after eight defeats in European finals since 1962, it becomes harder to deny that the club's Bela Guttman curse lives on.

The Portuguese club was arguably the better side over the 120 minutes of Wednesday's Europa League final, but ultimately lost 4-2 to Sevilla on penalties after the match ended goalless.

It is the second successive year that Benfica players have had to console themselves with runner-up medals, after losing to Chelsea in the final of the same competition last season.

"The players fought but they lacked a bit of luck again," Benfica captain Luisao said. "Once again, in a final, the ball just didn't go in."

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus and several of the players laughed off talk of the infamous curse in the buildup to the final, but it has now been 52 years since coach Guttman stormed out and the club has failed in every single one of its subsequent European title clashes.

Known as the Jose Mourinho of his era, Guttman had just led Benfica to back-to-back European Cup victories and the Portuguese club looked set to rule the international stage for years to come.

However, shortly after steering his side to victory over Real Madrid in 1962, Guttman quit when his request for a pay rise was turned down.

On leaving he allegedly cursed the club, declaring "not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champion."

And so far it hasn't.

It has lost to AC Milan (twice), Inter Milan, Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven in the European Cup and Anderlecht, Chelsea and now Benfica in the Europa League or UEFA Cup as it was formerly known.

The last European Cup final it was involved in was held in Vienna, where Guttman is buried, and legend Eusebio even went to the grave of his former manager to pray for the curse to be lifted.

It had little effect and Benfica remains jinxed.

Jesus bullishly said in the pre-match press conference that he didn't believe in any sort of hoodoo, adding: "most of the players don't even know about these statistics. It's folklore."

However, after once again bemoaning his team's poor luck in a final and saying "the best team did not win the Europa League," Jesus may be rethinking his opinion on the curse.

Benfica fans will be consoling themselves that there only 48 years to go.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Ohio teen scoops 3-foot carp from flooded street

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio teenager is reeling in attention for a big catch after he spotted a 3-foot carp swimming in receding floodwaters on his street and scooped it into his arms as his mother caught the scene on video.

North Royalton resident Jake Sawyer, 16, waded through more than ankle-deep water as he stalked the big fish in the dark Monday night and eventually trapped it.

First he tried to throw a towel over it to stun it. He said when that didn't work, he tried to push it toward a curb.

"I just slowly put my hand on it, and then once it got comfortable with me, I just kind of bear-hugged it and lifted it up," he told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Sawyer said heavy rains that day had caused flash-flooding as high as his mailbox, and he suspects the large grass carp slipped out of a nearby pond as the water rose.

He said he wanted to ensure the fish didn't become trapped and die in the street, so he carried it back to the pond. He estimates it weighed 40 pounds.

"I think our only option was to put it in the pond," he said. "I mean, I could've put it in my pool, but it would've died."

The result, he said, is one fishing tale he'll never forget.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man on Yakima street with sign offering jobs

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Most people holding signs at Yakima intersections are panhandling for money.

Lance Forsee was holding a sign this week looking for another kind of help — employees.

He told KIMA he was "thinking outside the box" to fill five jobs at his landscaping business.

It worked. The business lobby was filled with people filling out applications because they saw "the guy on the corner with the sign."

Information from: KIMA-TV, http://www.kimatv.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Roommates buy $20 used couch, find $40K in cash

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — Three roommates who bought a used couch for $20 found $40,000 in cash stashed inside and returned the money to the 91-year-old upstate New York widow who had hidden it there.

WABC-TV in New York City reports that a State University of New York at New Paltz student and his two roommates found the money stuffed in envelopes hidden in the couch they bought from the Salvation Army in early March.

Third-year New Paltz student Reese Werkhoven of New York City says he found the first batch of cash. They searched the couch and found other envelopes stuffed with money.

One envelope had a woman's name on it. After debating what to do, the roommates contacted the woman and delivered the money to her the next day.

Information from: WABC-TV, http://www.7online.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


UK tower accused of melting car to get sunshade

LONDON (AP) — A London skyscraper that drew ire for having a glare so strong it melted nearby cars and shops will get a permanent fix.

Developers say the tower, known as the Walkie-Talkie for its curved shape, is to have a sunshade attached to its south-facing facade to stop it from reflecting sun rays and beaming them in concentrated form to a nearby street.

Last September the 37-story building made headlines when a Jaguar owner who parked his car at its foot complained that the solar glare melted part of the vehicle. Locals also said the heat blistered paintwork and burnt a hole in a floor mat.

Developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said Thursday a permanent sunshade made of "horizontal aluminum fins" will solve the problem by absorbing and diffusing sunlight.

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

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