Man arrested for overdue library book
Call it throwing the book at the bookworms. A Texas man who was arrested for failing to return an overdue library book ignited an online flurry of snarky comments and headlines about the Lone Star State extending its tough-on-crime bravado to books. Jory Enck learned that the hard way. He was arrested for not returning a GED study guide that he checked out three years ago in the Central Texas community of Copperas Cove. Enck told the Killeen Daily Herald that he wouldn't set foot in a library again. Police were called to the 22-year-old's apartment on an unrelated disturbance charge, but officers arrested him after finding a past warrant for the study guide. Enck was released on a $200 bond, requested time-served — and returned the book. He said he couldn't do it earlier because he checked it out before beginning a three-year prison term for robbery.
Raising a stink
Sea lion poop leads to lawsuit
San Diego's La Jolla Cove stinks, and the culprit is sea lion poop. A lawsuit filed last week by La Valencia Hotel and George's at the Cove says the stench is driving away customers and poses a health risk. Their lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, argues that the city hasn't done enough to deal with the problem.
From trees to treats
Holiday trash a treasure for goats
Your trash could become a holiday treat for some goats in western Colorado. The Top of the Hill Ranch in Collbran is offering to pick up discarded Christmas trees from nearby homes to give their goats some extra roughage during the winter. Rancher Teresa Fletcher says the goats can devour a tree in less than an hour.
Can't get free
Escapee charged with stealing cuffs
A western Pennsylvania man was jailed on charges he stole a pair of handcuffs he was wearing when he allegedly escaped from a state police cruiser. Troopers say 29-year-old Douglas Lydic of Commodore was handcuffed but not yet charged while they searched a scene in his hometown for drugs on Sunday. Police have yet to charge him in that case but say he climbed out a cruiser window while cuffed and wound up at his girlfriend's home miles away.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.