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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