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July 4, 2018

CABBIE CLOTHING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge says he won’t send a cabbie to jail for violating a city ordinance requiring a collared shirt. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that during a hearing for Keith Gordon, Volusia County Judge David Foxman suggested the city review its cab ordinance. Police gave Gordon a notice to appear in court for violating city regulations by wearing jean shorts and a shirt without a collar during Bike Week. The infraction includes a fine up to $500 and 60 days in county jail. During a May 23 hearing, Foxman questioned the policy of misdemeanor charges for a clothing violation, adding it’s like living “in a communist country or something.” City Attorney Robert Jagger told the newspaper it’s a civil violation even though there’s a possibility of jail time.

MARIJUANA-COP’S PHONE

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A mistake worthy of a Cheech and Chong skit has left a man under arrest in northern Virginia on drug-distribution charges. Fairfax County Police say a man who dialed the wrong number sent a text last week to one of their officers offering to sell marijuana. Police say narcotics detectives took it from there. The detectives scheduled a meeting and the man was arrested in possession of more than a pound of marijuana. Officers found another pound of marijuana after obtaining a warrant and searching his home. Police did not release the man’s name. He’s been charged with possession with intent to distribute.

DEER IN BARBER SHOP

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Deer have broken through the door and plate-glass window of a barbershop in Mississippi. Jackie Saujon (SO-john) tells WLBT-TV that she was in downtown Brookhaven Sunday evening when three deer shattered the storefront. Saujon says what the animals didn’t break on the way in, they broke on the way out. She captured video of them running away. Brookhaven Barber Shop owner Jill Lewis Case says she doesn’t have insurance, so she will pay for the damage on her own. Brookhaven has a population of about 12,200. It is surrounded by woods in southwestern Mississippi.

WILD BEAR-ZOO IDAHO

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Not usually such an odd thing to find a bear at a zoo. But this was different. An eastern Idaho zoo reopened yesterday after wildlife officials captured a wild black bear that somehow made it past a perimeter fence and climbed a large tree. Officials with the city of Pocatello say wildlife officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game captured the bear and put on a collar and ear tag for tracking. Zoo Idaho Director Peter Pruett says the bear climbed a Ponderosa tree and was about 50 feet off the ground at one point. Pruett says the zoo already has two black bears and doesn’t need another. Officials say the bear is likely a young male looking for new territory.

PRANKSTERS CONFESS

CLAY CENTER, Kan. (AP) — A group of Kansas pranksters are finally coming clean right before the 50-year anniversary of a high school finding a mysterious hole through its roof. The Kansas City Star reports that Richard Klocke and his friends fired a small cannon full of gunpowder near Clay Center Community High School for the Fourth of July in 1968. Authorities reported that mysterious metal scraps had gouged the school roof and caused a water leak, but they never figured out where the scraps came from. The pranksters stayed quiet about the incident until now to avoid getting in trouble. The 65-year-old says he wants to take responsibility because “it’s never officially been told as to what happened at that event.” Klocke now works as an artist and exhibition designer in Lawrence.

PROPOSAL-SOCIAL MEDIA

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A photographer captured a beautiful picture of a couple on a Florida beach, silhouetted by the setting sun moments after their marriage proposal. As The Tampa Bay Times reports, Lori Hayes realized that she had the couple’s moment in her hands, but they left Clearwater Beach before she could share it. Hayes then took to social media, asking if anyone knew of an engagement there Friday. She also asked television station WFLA to share the image. Word spread, and within days, a friend tagged Brooke Houseworth. She and her fiance Bryan Parker found the photo on WFLA’s website and got in touch. Houseworth calls it “such a gift to have that moment” captured by someone who thought it was “as beautiful as we did.”

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