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POSTED July 1, 2014 10:20 p.m.

• POLICE CHARGE PA. MAN FOUND DRIBBLING ALONG I-78: BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A 22-year-old Pennsylvania man faces charges after police encountered him dribbling a basketball along Interstate 78 near Bethlehem.

The Express-Times of Easton reported Monday that police said Marquis Johnson, of Hatfield, was found on Sunday with a Pennsylvania license plate sticking out from his shirt and shorts, and smelled of marijuana.

Police say a key in Johnson’s possession matched a vehicle about 2 miles away that didn’t have a license plate.

They say he wouldn’t answer questions about the vehicle, and they found marijuana in the car. The vehicle had less than 700 miles on the odometer and was traced to a dealership.

Johnson is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, abandoning a vehicle and drug possession. Court records didn’t list a defense attorney.

 

• GROOM CHASES THIEF WHO GRABBED WEDDING GIFTS: JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas couple who had just renewed their wedding vows got a rude shock when a man tried to steal wedding gifts from the reception and the groom ran after him shouting “Stop! Thief! Stop!”

Jared Lightle, of Galena, Kansas, was outside during the reception Saturday after renewing his vows with his wife, Stephanie, at the Scottish Rite Temple in downtown Joplin when his mother yelled that someone had taken cards from a gift table in the lobby.

Lightle said he saw a man across the street with wedding cards in his hand and yelled at him to stop. But the suspect began running and Lightle took off after him, yelling “Stop! Thief! Stop.”

Police who were investigating a traffic accident nearby eventually caught the suspect, The Joplin Globe reported. Rosario Caruso, 31, of Lamar, was charged with trespassing, larceny and resisting arrest

If we hadn’t caught the guy, it would have ended an otherwise perfect celebration on a very bitter note,” Lightle said.

The couple was left with the hassle of trying to match recovered gift cards and cash with the gift givers.

Lightle was pleased that police apprehended the suspect, and said it appears justice will be served.

The Lightles were renewing their vows Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of their wedding at a courthouse near Fort Hood, Texas, just before Jared, a combat engineer with the 1st Cavalry Division, was deployed to Afghanistan. The Joplin ceremony, with 175 guests, was the traditional wedding that the couple planned for when he returned.

 

• PROSTHETIC LEG FOUND ON WASHINGTON BEACH RETURNED: KINGSTON, Wash. (AP) — A woman who found a prosthetic leg on a Washington state beach has returned it to its owner.

Hannah Listle posted information on Facebook about the prosthetic she found while looking for shells Sunday at Point No Point 

Megan Smith of Poulsbo gratefully claimed the leg Monday. She said she and her husband had been swimming Saturday night when she realized the leg was gone.

 

• POLICE: BURGLARY SUSPECT MADE GETAWAY IN KAYAK: AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Police used a boat to catch a burglary suspect who made his getaway in a kayak in southern Minnesota.

The 31-year-old man from Austin, Minnesota, was arrested Sunday as he tried to kayak away from a restaurant with allegedly stolen items.

Police say the restaurant was closed when an employee giving a tour interrupted a burglary.

Officers found two people in kayaks on the Cedar River and got one to talk to them. That information led police to believe the second man was involved in the burglary.

Police got a fire department boat and, with a firefighter driving, were able to catch the kayaker. Authorities recovered cleaning supplies and lighters apparently taken from the restaurant.

 

• BEAR RESCUED AFTER HEAD GETS STUCK IN COOKIE JAR: RINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A frightened bear cub got its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar while rummaging through some trash and had to be rescued from a tree in New Jersey.

Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese says the 6-month-old cub apparently found the animal crackers jar Friday night in Ringwood, near the New York border.

As the 28-pound animal tried to eat what remained in the jar, he apparently pulled it over his head and it got stuck.

The cub became spooked when approached and went up a tree, but got wedged about 40 feet up.

DEP staffers arranged netting in case the bear fell to the ground. After the animal was tranquilized by a DEP biologist, it was brought down and local firefighters gingerly cut the jar off its head.

 

• RULING GOES AGAINST BOY IN ‘THE POP-TART CASE: ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A hearing examiner has affirmed the suspension of a Maryland boy who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

The Washington Post reports that hearing examiner Andrew Nussbaum supported a principal’s assertion that the suspension was based on a history of problems, not the pastry episode some refer to as “the Pop-Tart case.” Nussbaum’s 30-page opinion is dated June 26.

The incident took place last year when the Anne Arundel County boy was 7 years old.

The case happened during a time of increased sensitivity to guns after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The boy’s punishment was one of several D.C.-area suspensions involving imaginary or toy guns.

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