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(Updated) Police 'like' wanted suspect's Facebook post PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:30

FREELAND, Pa. (AP) — Police in one northeastern Pennsylvania town really "liked" this Facebook post.

Officers in Freeland arrested 35-year-old Anthony Lescowitch on Monday night, less than two hours after he shared a wanted photo of himself and taunted police for not being able to find him, the (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader (http://bit.ly/1bg0cOK ) reported Tuesday.

Lescowitch shared the wanted bulletin minutes after Freeland police posted it on the department Facebook page Monday night, authorities said. He was being sought on assault-related charges.

An officer pretending to be an attractive woman then messaged Lescowitch, according to police. Lescowitch refused the offer of a drink but eventually agreed to meet for a cigarette, and was arrested at the agreed-upon location.

After the arrest, police posted this message: "CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER."

Lescowitch, of Drifton, remained in the Luzerne County Jail Tuesday. Court records don't list a defense attorney for him, but show he faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 29 on charges including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident July 14.

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Information from: Times Leader, http://www.timesleader.com


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:39
 
New Jersey's pigskin-picking camel dies before Super Bowl PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 17 January 2014 10:39

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's pigskin-prognosticating camel has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.

Princess was a fixture at the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township for 10 years and gained fame for picking winners.

Zoo manager John Bergmann tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1av4tRs ) the 26-year-old Bactrian camel was euthanized after arthritis made it impossible for her to stand.

Princess' made her picks with graham crackers. Bergmann would hold one in each hand, marked with the names of the competing teams. Whichever hand she chose was her prediction.

Princess correctly picked the Baltimore Ravens in last year's Super Bowl. Her best run came in the 2008 season, when she picked 17 of 22 games correctly, including the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowl XLIII.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com


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Alcoholics work for beer in Amsterdam program PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:33

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The men streaming in and out of a small clubhouse in east Amsterdam could almost be construction workers at the end of a hard day, taking off their orange reflective vests and cracking jokes as they suck down a few Heinekens, waiting for their paychecks.

But it's only noon, the men are alcoholics and the beers themselves are the paycheck.

In a pilot project that has drawn attention in the Netherlands and around the world, the city has teamed up with a charity organization in hopes of improving the neighborhood and possibly improving life for the alcoholics. Not by trying to get them to stop drinking, but instead by offering to fund their habit outright.

Participants are given beer in exchange for light work collecting litter, eating a decent meal, and sticking to their schedule.

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Manual transmission stymies Massachusetts car thieves PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:20

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

Police in Springfield say the men pulled a knife on a food delivery driver Tuesday night and demanded the grub and his keys. But then they noticed the car had a manual transmission.

Sgt. John Delaney tells The Republican newspaper (http://bit.ly/1mahyod) the thieves argued among themselves then ran down the street with their ill-gotten dinner.

The driver was not seriously hurt. There have been no arrests.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/


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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:21
 
Thieves try to steal Sigmund Freud's ashes PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:38

LONDON (AP) — Police are hunting burglars who tried to steal the ashes of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud from a London crematorium.

The Metropolitan Police force says a 2,300-year-old Greek urn containing the remains of Freud and his wife Martha was severely damaged in a break-in at Golders Green Crematorium on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1.

Detective Constable Daniel Candler said Wednesday that the attempted theft was "a despicable act."

The father of psychoanalysis moved to Britain from Nazi-controlled Austria in 1938. He died in London in September 1939.

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