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Published: Mon, October 8, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

oddly enough

Police: Call from ‘burglar’ actually came from dog

OREM, Utah

Police in Orem, Utah, say a man who thought he was getting a call from a burglar actually had gotten a call from his dog.

Authorities in the community south of Salt Lake City say the man alerted police Wednesday after he received a phone call from his home phone on his cellphone. Officials say the man heard banging and scratching noises on the line and figured it was an intruder.

Police went to the man’s home but didn’t find anything missing or broken.

The man later called officers and told them he figured out the mystery.

He said his dog had grabbed the home phone’s receiver and apparently hit the redial button while burying it in the backyard.

Western Pa. judge sets example by doing jury duty

EBENSBURG, Pa.

A western Pennsylvania judge spent the day in the county courthouse — but not in her usual seat.

Instead, Cambria County Judge Linda Fleming sat among 119 other people who reported for jury duty Thursday at the courthouse about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Fleming says she felt it was important to serve and not use her position as an excuse to get out of jury duty. Potential jurors watch an orientation video in which Fleming and four other judges explain the process. Fleming says a woman sitting next to her didn’t recognize her in the video.

Fleming was picked for a 36-member panel assigned to a criminal case. But she wasn’t seated as one of the case’s12 jurors after an attorney objected.

Fleming says she declined the $9 each juror is paid for the day.

Pa. boy, 7, reunited with prize-winning pumpkin

CATAWISSA, Pa.

A 7-year-old eastern Pennsylvania boy has been reunited with his prize-winning pumpkin.

Troy Mead didn’t expect to see the 66-pound pumpkin again after Bloomsburg Fair officials tossed it when his family missed a pickup deadline.

After an article about the missing pumpkin in the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise on Wednesday, a fair worker called the paper to say she had found it near a trash can and took it home so the gourd didn’t go to waste.

She said she wanted to return the great pumpkin to its rightful owner.

It’s now greeting visitors on the Mead family’s front porch in Catawissa.

Troy says he’ll be drying out and saving the seeds to plant next year, in hopes he can grow another giant.

Associated Press


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