Wednesday 11/21

Offi­cials at The Broad Street Mall in Read­ing, Eng­land, said the Santa Claus was rap­pelling into the mall to enter­tain the chil­dren when his false beard became caught and he was left dan­gling 15 feet off the ground for about 30 min­utes. Some peo­ple were absolutely mor­ti­fied while oth­ers thought it was the fun­ni­est thing ever. They had to let another rope down and get him down and there was such a roar from the crowd. Stephanie May­nard, mar­ket­ing man­ager at the mall, said the Santa was uninjured.

James Way­land, 51, was locked up this week on $55,000 bail after he allegedly took pot shots from his boat docked at a marina near the Main Street bridge, police said. The arrest report said Way­land told arrest­ing offi­cers he was upset over his rela­tion­ship with a woman and had been drown­ing his sor­rows with about 16 beers before he decided to squeeze off a few rounds into the air and in the gen­eral direc­tion of the bridge.Wayland responded to demands for his sur­ren­der by mak­ing a
rude ges­ture at the offi­cers onshore, but then recon­sid­ered and rowed ashore with­out his weapon. He was arrested on charges of fir­ing a gun while under the influ­ence, The Florida Times-Union said.

Ger­man author­i­ties say a police van became stuck in wet con­crete when it took a wrong turn while chas­ing some sus­pected criminals.Police in Braun­schweig said the offi­cer dri­ving the van was chas­ing a man and a woman accused of steal­ing bicy­cles when the vehi­cle rounded a cor­ner and became stuck in freshly-laid con­crete, The Mir­ror reported Mon­day.  Police said the van had to be pulled out by a tow truck, the British news­pa­per said. The sus­pects were appre­hended later, inves­ti­ga­tors said.

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