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Scuba Santa feeds fish this holiday season in California

SAN FRANCISCO

’Tis the season for Santa to take a scuba dive.

As part of holiday festivities at the California Academy of Sciences, the fish are getting fed by a diver dressed as Santa Claus. The show, known as “Scuba Santa,” runs through Christmas Day. It takes place during the morning feed at the Philippine Coral Reef tank at the San Francisco museum.

Volunteer diver George Bell donned his Santa suit, from hat to coal-black boots, and scuba gear for a recent feed and fielded visitors’ questions from inside the tank.

Floating amid the coral reef and array of fish, he explained that Santa likes to “take a tropical vacation or two” during his off months and first learned to scuba dive in the Bahamas and then trained in California.

Christmas-package thieves chased by resident with pipe

LAKELAND, Fla.

Two Florida men are spending the holidays in jail, thanks to observant neighbors who spotted them taking Christmas gifts from a nearby home and another homeowner who chased them with a metal pipe.

The Polk County Sheriff’s department announced that a Lakeland resident heard a loud noise Wednesday morning and called another neighbor, who looked outside and saw the men taking gifts from a nearby home. The neighbor yelled and they fled in a car.

Lakeland police and deputy sheriffs tracked them down. They bailed from the car and ran into a home, but the homeowner chased them out with a metal pipe.

Authorities arrested 18-year-old James Davis and 21-year-old Antonio Thomas. Both face multiple charges and remained in the Polk County Jail on Friday.

Police rescue ‘frozen’ woman in car, who turns out to be a mannequin

HUDSON, N.Y.

Police in New York broke a car window to rescue a woman who turned out to be an extremely realistic mannequin.

The unusual incident happened Friday in Hudson.

The Times Union of Albany reported that a caller told police there was an elderly woman “frozen to death” in a parked car. Officers rushed to the scene and found what appeared to be a woman sitting in a car’s front passenger seat wearing an oxygen mask.

A sergeant busted a rear window and discovered that the woman was a realistic mannequin. The car owner arrived and said he uses the dummy for his job selling medical training aids.

The police chief says the owner was “incredulous” that police broke the window to rescue the mannequin.

Associated Press

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