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WHAT A TURKEY

Reckless driver made to cook for the law

Lawbreakers in Ohio better make sure they know their way around a kitchen because the punishment for a Canton woman accused of reckless driving will include making Thanksgiving dinner. During the Canton Marathon in June, Valerie Rodgers, 46, knocked over a police officer directing traffic when she failed to stop at his signal. Rodgers pleaded guilty last month to felony assault and three misdemeanors and was placed on probation for one year. But the judge handed down another punishment for Rodgers: She was ordered to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for three police officers on leave or unable to work. Justice is served.

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TRICK OR TREAT?

Man handed out cocaine to kids

A British man admitted accidentally handing out bags of cocaine to trick-or-treaters who turned out to be the children of a police officer. Oldham Magistrates' Court heard that Donald Green, 23, accidentally dropped the bags of cocaine into the candy sacks of three children, ages 8, 6 and 5, instead of the candy bags in his pocket. Police Constable Simon Fowell, the children's father, soon recognized the strange packages in his children's bags, and Green was arrested on a charge of possessing a Class A drug.Green pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months of probation as well as 130 hours community work and court costs totaling $230.

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CHIEF ILLNESS

Obit blames NFL team for death

A Missouri obituary lists "disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs" as contributing to a man's death. Jennifer Lickteig of Grandview said she and her family decided to include the jab at her father's favorite team in his obituary in the Kansas City (Mo.) Star after his Nov. 14 death because he loved the team and had a great sense of humor. "Loren G. 'Sam' Lickteig passed away on Nov. 14 of complications from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs," the obituary reads. "My dad was such a comedian," Jennifer Lickteig said. "He loved the Chiefs, so we had to let him have the last word." The obituary came on the same day the Chiefs lost 28-6 to the Cincinnati Bengals. The team is currently 1-9.

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LUCKY KITTY

Cat found alive 6 days after blast

A missing family cat has been rescued from the ruins of a home near the center of the deadly Indianapolis house explosion on Nov. 10. Fire Capt. Rita Burris says the black cat named Gidget had been missing since the blast. A federal investigator found Gidget on Friday hiding behind a couch in the home of her owners, Glenn and Gloria Olvey. The Olveys live next door to the house where the blast is believed to have originated. Glenn Olvey says the blast hurled him several feet and trapped him, his wife and one of their two teenage daughters when their roof collapsed.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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