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Police Crack Missing Mannequin Caper
Monday, September 03, 2007 4:59:14 PM

Two men are charged with commercial burglary for stealing a mannequin and the Budweiser shorts it was wearing.

Hattiesburg police tracked down Jeremy Carothers and Josh Ashleyon on Friday.

Police say they broke a window at JMH Graphics and snatched the brown mannequin.

Police say they solved the crime when they went to Carothers' home and noticed the mannequin, minus its head, inside a truck parked there.

A police spokesman said the mannequin's clothing was found inside the home.

Carothers, a 22-year-old Hattiesburg man, and Ashley, a 24-year-old Wesson man, were both arrested and charged with commercial burglary.
 

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A Heady Experience: Fountain Prank Leaves Derby in a Lather

Fountain Prank Leaves Derby in a Lather
Monday, September 03, 2007 4:44:26 PM

Officials and residents of Connecticut's smallest town are in a lather over a soapy stunt at its historic downtown fountain.

Derby, which has been struggling to polish its image, had just rededicated its 1906 fountain less than a day before a civic booster discovered it overflowing with suds early Sunday.

Now, the search is on for the culprit.

Town leaders and business owners in the working-class municipality north of Bridgeport quickly raised more than $1,000 for a reward for information leading to the prankster's arrest and conviction.

Town officials also put a rush job on ordering high-resolution surveillance cameras to monitor the area, which has been hit by vandals before.

The 7-foot granite fountain was not damaged, but community leaders say feelings and civic pride in the 12,000-resident town certainly were.

"I thought it was disgusting... It was disrespectful," said resident John Kowarik, who discovered the sudsy mess shortly after sunrise Sunday.

The chairman of the town's Board of Aldermen personally flushed out the fountain Sunday with help from his 7-year-old and 5-year-old children.

At 5.3 square miles, Derby is Connecticut's smallest city by size and has launched several revitalization efforts in recent years to improve its image and appearance.

Last week, it raised the fines under its "pooper scooper" ordinance to $200 for people who fail to clean up after their pets on town property. That level is the maximum allowed under state law.

It also has threatened to ban dogs altogether from town land if the $200 tickets -- and the possibility of landing in court for unpaid fines -- do not do the trick.

Derby officials say the fountain soap-suds prank was another insult to a town where residents have donated time, money and materials to burnish its image.

"I don't think you can step on us anymore. There are too many people watching and too many people who care," said Leo Mosacato, who owns the Studio 275 eatery and culinary school in Derby and was among the first donors to the growing reward fund.

If caught, the prankster or pranksters could be charged with criminal mischief, breach of peace or other offenses, police say.
 

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Bowel Out Gracefully: City May Nix Cops' Pooper Scoopers

City May Nix Cops' Pooper Scoopers
Monday, September 03, 2007 4:42:14 PM

The city's pooper scooper law applies to everyone, even police officers on mounted patrol and K-9 unit duty -- but a new statute may allow them to start leaving the evidence behind.

An ordinance amendment to be taken up Tuesday is aimed at making it easier for the city to increase its use of mounted police patrols.

Alderwomen Judy Compton and Lauren Cnare, co-sponsors of the amendment, said the change is meant to allow officers in the saddle or partnered with canines to patrol events such as University of Wisconsin football games without having to stop to pick up droppings like civilian pet owners.

Lt. Victor Wohl, who oversees the police department's five-dog canine unit, wasn't aware of the proposed change, but he said it isn't likely to affect his officers' work.

"The K-9 handlers are in most instances going to pick up after their dogs," he said.
 
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