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This edition of Stolen from the Headlines covers an escapee from the Yellow Brick Road, the usual reports from nosy neighbors glued to their phones, a ticked off dance group, and a serious wardrobe emergency.


Chauffeur Opening
Originally reported by Yahoo! News

A man chosen to portray the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum’s upstate New York hometown was still in his character’s makeup when his mug shot was taken after a drunken driving arrest.

Police say the 31-year-old driver, Nicholas Sherman, told troopers that he had just left the Yellow Brick Road Casino in the nearby village of Chittenango, where he was hired to portray the Tin Man character from The Wizard of Oz during last weekend’s Oz-Stravaganza event.

  
 
Troopers say the man’s blood-alcohol content was 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. Court officials didn’t know if he has a lawyer.

Or a brain.


POLICE BLOTTER
Originally reported by Flathead Beacon

7:23 a.m. A trade involving an RV and a truck went south.
9:26 a.m. A large dog was going for a run on the U.S. Highway 93 bypass.
10:33 a.m. A Columbia Falls gas station attendant reported that a man stole gas two weeks ago. The man had filled up his tank and then said he forgot his credit card. He asked if he could leave his driver’s license as collateral, go home, and get the credit card, but he never returned. Law enforcement tracked down the man, an older gentleman, who said he had totally forgotten about paying for gas. He had also already ordered a new driver’s license.
12:29 p.m. A dog was running for the landfill.
12:53 p.m. A Kalispell woman called police because she’s getting tired of the people who she let live on her property in a camper.
1:08 p.m. A Bigfork man keeps calling the sheriff’s office and telling them to “come and get him,” but no one is sure why they’d want to come and get him.
1:41 p.m. A dog got tangled in his chain.
5:04 p.m. Mail was stolen in Kalispell.
5:10 p.m. A Hungry Horse woman reported that her ex-boyfriend was driving in circles in her front yard and screaming out the window. Apparently, he wasn’t taking the breakup well.
9:26 p.m. A Kalispell woman called because someone was taking photos of her motorcycle.

There ought to be a law.


Subway Dancing News
Originally reported by Yahoo! News

A New York City subway performer says he was injured by a subway dance group that was angry because they didn’t receive tips for a dance routine.

Jean Loup Wolfman says he tried to calm down the dancers after they started threatening an elderly couple at the Union Square subway station on Monday. But his attempt to intervene led to the three unidentified dancers chasing him around the station, catching him, and beating Wolfman with a hula hoop that he was carrying for subway performances.

The NYPD says they’ve arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the assault. Wolfman needed stitches and staples for wounds sustained in the assault, but he says he would do it again to help someone in need.

Maybe Wolfman needs to leave his hula hoop at home, since it’s practically a lethal weapon and all.


The Zippo Solution
Originally reported by The Modesto Bee

A Modesto Walgreens was evacuated after a man set his underwear on fire in the bathroom.

The man, 45-year-old Andrew Cheadle, was caught and arrested on two felony warrants out of Sacramento but not charged with arson due to the reason he lit his pants on fire. Modesto Police Sgt. Steve Hinkley said he’d had an accident and was trying to get his underwear off but couldn’t, so he used a lighter to burn them off.

Cheadle threw the burning underwear in the toilet, which quickly extinguished the fire, but smoke filled the bathroom, prompting an evacuation of the store.

Cheadle left the store, admitting to several employees that he started the fire, then headed south on Carver, said Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Anderson. Cheadle was found in a nearby neighborhood on Otis Avenue and Sheldon Drive.

Maybe not the best area to find fresh underwear.

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