Odds and Ends – Friday December 22 – December 28, 2017

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New Jersey police try to
trace source of loud banging noise

Sayreville, N.J. (AP) – Police in New Jersey are trying to trace the source of a loud banging noise that’s waking residents and causing dogs to bark. Sayreville police say they started to receive reports on Monday about noises coming from nearby South Amboy. Police initially thought a private company hired to control the geese population was responsible, but the Middlesex County Parks Department said that was not the case. The investigation is ongoing.

Spies on strike: Spooks in Slovenia
demand higher wages

Ljubljana, Slovenia (AP) – Employees at Slovenia’s state intelligence agency have gone on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions. Slovenia’s Public Administration Minister Boris Koprivnikar on Thursday described the move as “surprising and unique.” He says Slovenia’s spies are required by law to ensure the basic functioning of the agency to protect national security. Local media say the strike started Wednesday with employees of the Slovene Security and Intelligence Agency, or SOVA, complaining they are understaffed and not paid enough. No other details about the strike, including how many employees were affected, were immediately known.

Man who streaked at Buffalo
Bills game pleads guilty, fined

Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP) – A Buffalo Bills fan who ran naked across the field during a blowout loss last month and earned praise from other fans for rushing better than the team’s players has pleaded guilty to exposure. Tristan Lambright admitted the violation in Orchard Park Town Court on Thursday. He’ll have to do 25 hours of community service and pay $400 in fines and fees. The 29-year-old ran out onto New Era Field on Nov. 12 during the Bills’ 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He was tackled by security officers. After his arrest, fans rallied around him, offering praise for his physique and money for his defense. But he won’t be at another game anytime soon. His sentence includes a one-year ban from the stadium.

Cops: Woman parks in police
chief’s spot while smoking pot

Northport, N.Y. (AP) – Authorities say a woman arriving at a Long Island court to answer a marijuana possession summons was smoking pot when she parked her vehicle in the local police chief’s spot. Newsday reports that the 26-year-old woman had been ticketed in May for unlawful possession of marijuana. Police say she was arriving for her court appearance in Northport on Monday night when she cut off an unmarked police car in the parking lot while talking on her cellphone. Police say she then pulled into the parking spot clearly marked as reserved for the village’s police chief, Bill Ricca. He says when the officers asked the woman to roll down her window, pot smoke billowed out. Police issued the woman another appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana. She was also ticketed for using her cellphone while driving.

Police: Getaway car ran out of gas
after robbery, 2 arrested

Stone Mountain, Ga. (AP) – Police say a getaway car ran out of gas after an armed robbery near Atlanta, leading to the speedy arrest of two suspects. Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera says 18-year-old Najee Logan and 21-year-old Justin Larry were charged with armed robbery after their arrest early Tuesday after officers found the car on empty. Pihera’s statement says the victim surrendered a wallet to two men at gunpoint in a grocery store parking lot about 1 a.m. Tuesday in a greater Atlanta suburb. Police say officers found the car about 15 minutes later with Logan and Larry inside. Both men were jailed, and police didn’t say if they have lawyers. Pihera says it’s fortunate the victim wasn’t hurt, chalking up the arrests to what she called “poor planning” by the suspects.

Maine police: Bouncing roll
of duct tape leads to 911 call

Bangor, Maine (AP) – Police in Bangor, Maine, say a reported intruder turned out to be a roll of duct tape. Officers responded to a call from a woman who heard noises from her basement and reported that her dog was barking aggressively at the noise. Police said it turns out a “thump-thump-thump” sound the woman heard was a roll of duct tape that fell off a shelf and bounced down the stairs. Sgt. Tim Cotton wrote on Facebook that the woman had already investigated before the first officer arrived. The officer felt that the woman could’ve held her own until police arrived because she was “from Maine, had a dog, and a roll of duct tape.”