Tuesday 4/24

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Troy Long went into the office at Compton-Woodley airport just outside Los Angeles and grabbed a fistful of keys, finding one set that matched a plane that struck his fancy. He got into the cockpit, fired up the engine and tried to take off, but found that something was holding him back — not his conscience, but a thick chain used to hold the craft in place.  He was still revving the engine when cops arrived to yank him out of the pilot’s seat and into the back seat of a cruiser.

Robert Biggs, of Paradise, CA said he went out hiking and gold panning near Whiskey Flats, and stopped to watch a mother bear with a yearling and a cub sitting on a stream bank.  Biggs said he was turning to leave when a mountain lion jumped onto his back. He said he hit the lion on the head with a rock pick and he turned to see the mother bear grab the mountain lion by the neck and throw it to the ground. The hiker, who suffered a wound to his arm, said the lion fled after a brief struggle. “I think the lion was stalking the bear’s cub and I got in the way,” Biggs said. “The bear walked calmly back to her cub after, and I wrapped my arm up with a T-shirt and went gold panning before I went home.”

To make money as a drug dealer, you’ve got to sell more of your wares than you actually consume. One South Carolina man must have inhaled a pretty ample amount of his own product to make this boneheaded mistake. Cedrick Barnes allegedly tried to sell a half pound of marijuana (street value: $1,200) to his former probation officer Friday night. The tipped-off cops met Barnes in the shopping center parking lot where the deal was supposed to go down and transported him right to the clink.

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