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POSTED October 16, 2012 8:25 p.m.


MICHIGAN 'BATMAN' SAYS HE HAS GOOD INTENTIONS: PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man whose efforts to keep an eye on his community while wearing a Batman outfit landed him in court said he has good intentions with his crime-fighting work.

State troopers arrested Mark Wayne Williams, 33, on Sept. 29 because they said he refused to leave them alone while they searched for a driver who fled an accident. Williams was charged with resisting and obstructing police in an investigation.

"I don't want to be a police officer. I think what police officers do is great, but it's up to each person to take a stand and do something to make things better," Williams said. "A lot of times, what I've seen from situations I've been in, people see something going on and think the police will handle it, but if nobody calls the police or takes a stand, it's not going to help.

"Dressing up in my costume, as Batman, is my way of saying that it's not up to the government to save us."

Williams is due in court Thursday. Police said they arrested him in part because they didn't want a tracking dog to follow him. He wasn't carrying any dangerous weapons, but his costume and gear were confiscated, police said.

Williams said he dresses up as Batman and tries to go out every Friday and Saturday, and sometimes on Thursdays, with a partner who dresses up as Batgirl. They patrol from about 10 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., both on foot and in a vehicle.

John Calabrese, director of Petoskey Department of Public Safety, said there have been two occasions when Williams helped his department with information.

"In general, I don't think it's a good idea for someone to get involved unless we request it, but if people do have information, we appreciate it," Calabrese said.

SHOTGUN WEDDING? JEWELER OFFERS RIFLES WITH RINGS: NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — Have you spent your life hunting for the perfect wife? Maybe you have met the one but are feeling gun shy?

An Iowa jeweler is offering free rifles for husbands-to-be who spend at least $1,999 on an engagement ring at his store near Iowa City.

Jeweler Harold van Beek said that he wanted to "do something for the boy who doesn't like to hunt for diamonds but likes to hunt for deer."

POLICE SAY SMARTPHONE LED THEM TO HOT ELECTRONICS: LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — There's a reason they're called smartphones.

Police in central Pennsylvania said a man who allegedly was breaking into homes of Bucknell University students was nabbed after the owner of a stolen iPhone used its GPS tracking system to pinpoint the address where the loot was stashed.

Twenty-one-year-old Tristan Swigart of Lewisburg was arrested by Buffalo Valley Regional Police and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and related counts.

Police said students from at least three homes reported burglaries last month, when items from TVs and DVD players to laptops and cellphones were taken.

One of the victims told investigators her stolen iPhone had software installed that tracked it to a nearby home.

Police said they arrived at the address and found a number of the items in Swigart's room.

 

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