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Passenger awakes to find himself locked in plane PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 14:13

HOUSTON (AP) — The captain of an oil platform supply boat in the Gulf of Mexico is no stranger to bumps and other movement while he sleeps. So when Tom Wagner nodded off on a flight from Louisiana to Houston, it was no surprise that the landing bounce didn't wake him.

"That's the norm for me," Wagner said. "A little jolt wouldn't bother me."

The more perplexing revelation came when he opened his eyes to a dark and locked plane parked at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport.

"I looked down the aisle, there was nobody on the plane," Wagner said Monday from California, where he's visiting his sister. "It was locked up. Lights were off. No motors running. It was like it was secured for the night."

Wagner, 51, from Lafayette, La., who had a window seat near the back of the plane, said he didn't panic.

"I had a little smile: I've got to get off here," he said.

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Police: N.J. man didn't know he had knife in back PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 14:11

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man awoke after a long night's sleep to discover a knife stuck in his back.

Police in Trenton say the 42-year-old man didn't know why his back was hurting when he got up Sunday so he had his brother take a look. The brother saw a knife protruding from the middle of his back.

Police did not identify the man. They say he had gotten into a fistfight on his porch after a night of drinking and apparently didn't realize he had been stabbed.

Police tell The Times of Trenton (http://bit.ly/1dhXNF9 ) the man was uncooperative when detectives tried to talk to him at the hospital. He was expected to be released as early as Monday.

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Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times, http://www.nj.com/times


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Hijack call leads police to 12 tons of pot PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 07:24

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California truck driver who called police fearing hijackers unwittingly led officers to a 12-ton haul of pot in his own trailer.

Tustin police tell City News Service that the driver didn't know an estimated $7 million worth of marijuana was hidden in the cargo of electronics he was taking from San Diego into Orange County.

Sgt. Andrew Birozy says the driver was on the road Monday morning when two men in a van ordered him to pull over, claiming they were law enforcement officers.

The suspicious driver pulled into a local business and had an armed security guard notify police.

The men fled. Officers inspecting the goods found bricks of marijuana. They were turned over to a drug task force.


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Couple accidentally gets bag of cash at drive-through PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 06 December 2013 16:10

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A suburban Nashville couple got more than they expected in their to-go order in a McDonald's drive-thru: A bag of cold cash.

WTVF-TV reports (http://huff.to/18okWFS) thousands of dollars in cash packaged for a bank deposit had been placed in a paper to-go bag near the drive-thru orders on Tuesday morning. An employee mistakenly passed the bag to Greg and Stacye Terry who had just been looking for breakfast.

The employee realized the mistake almost immediately and followed the Terrys to their home a short distance away.

Meanwhile, the couple was ready for breakfast.

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Man learns driving tank harder than it looks PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 06 December 2013 07:28

GOLD BEACH, Ore. (AP) — Sometimes an owner's manual is not enough.

Oregon State Police say that's what a 58-year-old man learned when he tried to drive a 50-ton battle tank up a steep grade near the coastal town of Gold Beach.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/8B9APs ) that the 1969 Chieftain had been purchased by a local resident, but a truck driver transporting the tank was unable to climb the grade. So he unloaded it at a turnout along U.S. Highway 101.

The owner's caretaker, Jeffrey Glossop of Pistol River, decided he could get the tank up the hill.

State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings notes that Glossop had the operator's manual.

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