The man reached in his pocket, pulled out a marijuana cigarette, lit it, smoked it and was immediately taken into custody.
Sheriff: Man stirs the pot by lighting joint in court
LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The rapper Afroman famously sang about how getting high on marijuana prevented him from going to court. A Tennessee man decided to combine the two when he lit a marijuana cigarette in the courtroom, authorities said.
Spencer Alan Boston, 20, was arrested Monday and charged with disorderly conduct and simple possession after sparking up in the courtroom, news outlets reported.
Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said Boston was in court Monday on a simple drug possession charge. Boston approached the bench to discuss his sentence but instead expressed his views on legalizing marijuana.
Boston reached in his pocket, pulled out a marijuana cigarette, lit it, smoked it and was immediately taken into custody, Bryan said.
Sheriff's Office Lt. Scott Moore said the courtroom crowd chuckled. It's unclear whether Boston lit up a joint or a blunt but Bryan said the defendant's marijuana did have a strong odor.
Wienermobile pulled over in Wisconsin for traffic infraction
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Oscar Mayer's iconic Wienermobile got a grilling from a Wisconsin sheriff's deputy because the driver of the giant hot dog failed to give enough room to another car on the road with emergency lights.
The deputy pulled over the Wienermobile and gave the driver a verbal warning for not following the law, the Waukesha Sheriff's Office said in a tweet posted Monday. It showed a picture of the sheriff's deputy's SUV parked behind the Wienermobile with the hashtags, #MoveOver #SlowDown #Wienermobile.
Traffic laws require vehicles to move out of the lane closest to another car that is on the side of the road with emergency lights flashing.
The first Weinermobile was created in 1936 and it has gone through several iterations since then.
Kansas residents find boa constrictor in living room couch
ROSE HILL, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters are looking for anyone who might be missing a boa constrictor after some Kansas residents found the 6-foot snake in their living room couch.
Police officers responding to a 911 call Monday from a resident in Rose Hill, a town about 20 miles southeast of Wichita, requested assistance from Butler County firefighters.
The Wichita Eagle reported deputy Fire Chief Melvin Linot, the department's "snake charmer" wrangled the nonvenomous snake from the couch with the help of another firefighter.
The fire department said in a Facebook post that the residents have lived in the duplex for four years and never owned a snake.
Man cited for using fake skeleton to drive in HOV lane
PHOENIX (AP) — A 62-year-old man was cited in Arizona this week after trying to disguise a fake skeleton as a passenger just to use the HOV lane.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a trooper pulled over the man on Thursday after noticing he had placed a fake skeleton in the passenger's front seat.
The skeleton was sitting upright, wearing a hat and tied to the front seat.
Department spokesman Raul Garcia said troopers cite about 7,000 HOV lane violators every year. Last April, a man was pulled over after driving in the HOV lane with a mannequin wearing a sweatshirt, baseball cap and sunglasses.
Infamous Florida Easter bunny arrested after hit-and-run
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who became a video sensation after fighting a man on the street while dressed as the Easter Bunny was arrested and tried to use the costume to elude capture, authorities said.
Antoine McDonald became an overnight phenomenon when a video captured him fighting a man on the streets of Orlando last year.
Earlier this month, McDonald was driving a motorcycle when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a carport before fleeing the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The carport collapsed on top of the vehicle.
Deputies went to McDonald's address and spotted a gray car driving away and found McDonald laying in the backseat of the car.
When a deputy went to arrest him, he denied it.
"I wasn't in any crash. I'm the Orlando Easter bunny, Google it," he said, according to an arrest report.
The Orlando Sentinel reports authorities asked him to remove his costume before arresting him. He is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, driving with a suspended license and operating a motorcycle without a license.
Dog and goat vie for honorary mayor of Vermont town
FAIR HAVEN, Vt, (AP) — It's Lincoln the goat versus Sammy the dog in the race for honorary mayor of one Vermont town.
The Nubian goat had won the post in Fair Haven, Vermont, last year after the town manager came up with the pet mayor election to raise money to rehabilitate a community playground and to get kids civically involved.
"In Fair Haven, just like everywhere else, voter participation is not always as high as we want it," said Town Manager Joe Gunter.
Resident Cheryl Daviau said the race has gotten children involved in the election process. Her granddaughter got her picture taken with the goat mayor and loved it, she said.
To up the ante, this year the police chief nominated K-9 Sammy, a German Shepherd, who visits local schools daily with a resource officer, attends concerts in the park and is beloved around town.
The town announced the goat would run again after police debuted Sammy's campaign.
Both Lincoln and Sammy are popular so it could be a tight race.
"We're definitely look more forward to Sammy winning the race," said Sharai Thayer, who has three kids in school. The friendly canine sits at the school when the kids are going in and out and even goes through the halls, she said.
A driver who was stopped for inspection violation on Friday told the police chief that he was voting for the dog.
The election is on March 3. People pay $1 to vote and a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise more funds for the playground. Last year, $200 was raised from the race, according to Gunter. Combined with other donations the town has about $10,000 of the $80,000 needed for the playground, he said.
The position comes with responsibilities, said Gunter. The mayor "marches in parades, manages the playground fund, and on occasion meets with the Board of Selectmen, just to keep an eye on them," he said by email.
—By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press
Giraffe still missing after 2 escape from truck in Thailand
BANGKOK (AP) — Has anyone seen a giraffe running on a highway in Thailand?
Two giraffes escaped from a truck and only one has been caught.
The pair were being transported Tuesday from a Bangkok airport to a new zoo in Prachinburi province. When the truck stopped at an intersection, the giraffes jumped out and ran away, local media reported.
Their escape caused a traffic jam and some motorists honked their horns to scare the giraffes away.
A video posted on social media showed a giraffe galloping in the middle of a road during daytime, while another filmed at dusk showed a giraffe in front of a bush, with vehicles passing in the background.