OHIO WOMAN CHARGED IN THEFT OF $2.87 FROM FOUNTAIN: BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A western Ohio woman charged with petty theft for allegedly stealing $2.87 from a courthouse fountain says she is jobless and took the change to buy food.
The woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday. A police report alleges she stole the change Oct. 7 from the Logan County Courthouse fountain in Bellefontaine and an officer asked her what she was doing and found change in her pocket.
The woman says she worries she'll end up in jail for taking money that she says didn't belong to anyone. She says she has no job, is on the verge of losing her apartment and was trying to feed herself and her four cats.
NO SPITTOON: ATTACK ON CHIHUAHUA DRAWS POLICE: SEATTLE (AP) — The call came in and Seattle police responded. The reported crime: assault on a Chihuahua.
When they got to the scene this week, the dog's owner filled them in. She alleges a man in her apartment complex had spit on her small dog from an upper balcony.
She told officers this wasn't the first time she'd had problems with the man.
On their website, police reported they tried to contact the suspect at his apartment but no one came to the door.
The official police report noted the Chihuahua was not seriously hurt.
FLA. MAN SUFFERS BURNS LIGHTING HALLOWEEN DISPLAY: PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suffered second-degree burns over roughly half his body after accidentally setting himself on fire while lighting a Halloween display.
Authorities say Ron Nielson of Palm Bay was using gasoline, a wooden cross and candles.
Palm Bay Fire Rescue spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez tells said it's not clear whether Nielson was trying to light the cross or the candles Tuesday night. She says Nielson's clothes caught on fire.
Nielson was airlifted to an Orlando hospital. His condition early Thursday isn't known.
One of his neighbors said Nielson had put up ghosts, a scarecrow and other Halloween decorations earlier in the day. Brenda Lister says she heard an explosion and ran outside to find Nielson lying in a ditch with burns over much of his body.
PA. TEACHER ON HEROIN PASSED OUT IN CLASS: PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a substitute teacher at a Pittsburgh-area high school took heroin before work and passed out in class.
KDKA-TV reports that Bellevue Police Sgt. Mike Hudson says 26-year-old Christopher Chiappetta, of Pittsburgh, was arrested Wednesday after he passed out in front of 11 students.
Authorities say they found four baggies of heroin in Chiappetta's pocket and marijuana in his car, and that he confessed to using heroin around 6 a.m. Wednesday.
NYPD: TEENS IN SHOP WITH APPARENT REMAINS ARRESTED: NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say two teenage girls suspected of shoplifting who were found to be carrying an apparent fetus have been arrested.
Authorities say the 17-year-old girls were arrested Thursday on charges of petit larceny. One has been hospitalized and the other is being questioned by police. The medical examiner's office is performing an autopsy on the apparent human remains found inside a bag the girls were carrying. More serious charges could follow.
The girls were shopping at a Victoria's Secret lingerie store in midtown Manhattan on Thursday. Police say one of the girls told police she gave birth a day earlier but didn't know what to do with the remains. Officials say they don't think the girl gave birth at the store.
GRANDMOTHER ARRESTED IN ARIZ. IN ALLEGED DRUG PLOT: GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — A Texas woman has been arrested on allegations that she had her 9-year-old granddaughter plant drugs in her son-in-law's car in Arizona so she could gain fulltime custody of the child.
Gilbert police say 58-year-old SanJuanita Carbajal was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse.
Authorities say Carbajal has limited custody of her granddaughter. Her hometown wasn't immediately available.
Police suspect she gave the child several packets containing 4 grams of cocaine and told her where to put them in her father's vehicle.
Carbajal also allegedly told her granddaughter to tell people about the drugs at her elementary school and show one of the baggies to a teacher.
FIREFIGHTER ACCUSED OF BEATING WOMAN FEEDING CATS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles firefighter faces felony battery and other charges for allegedly beating a woman feeding stray cats in his neighborhood after she threw cat kibble at him during a verbal altercation.
The Los Angeles Times reports 37-year-old Ian Justin Eulian, a fire engineer, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.
His 70-year-old mother, Lonieta Antonietta Fontaine, is due in court Friday to also face charges connected to the Sept. 14 beating of an unidentified 47-year-old woman.
Prosecutors say Ian Eulian yelled at the woman for feeding stray cats. When she threw kibble at him to get him to back off, he allegedly punched her several times.
Lonieta Fontaine is accused of slapping the woman several times.
CONN. MOM ACCUSED OF SLAPPING BRIDE AT RECEPTION: FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a heavily intoxicated mother of the bride slapped her daughter as she tried to escort her out of her wedding reception in Massachusetts.
Prosecutors say 55-year-old Leslie Duane of West Haven, Conn., was drunk Sunday after the ceremony and caused a scene at the Arabian Horse Farm Inn in Sudbury. The bride and several guests escorted Duane out of the reception. Duane allegedly slapped her daughter as she was helping her into a car.
Duane was freed on $200 bail and ordered to have no contact with her daughter after pleading not guilty to assault and battery Wednesday.
Duane's lawyer says the daughter tried to bail out her mother and that the no contact order is too much.