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Pigs escape onto highway

Toronto -- A busy highway junction just west of Toronto was closed Monday morning when about 60 pigs escaped from a flipped tractor trailer, police said.

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Graham Williamson said the driver lost control of the truck, which was carrying 235 pigs, on the ramp leading from southbound Highway 427 to the eastbound Gardiner Expressway and the vehicle overturned, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

Police said the junction would remain closed until the 60 escaped pigs are herded off the roadway. Authorities from the Canada Food Inspection Agency were called to the scene to examine the animals.

The truck driver, who was not injured, was charged with careless driving, police said.

Parrot attacks burglars

Coventry, England -- A young parrot that attacked burglars who invaded an English pet store could crack the case, police said, because it obtained DNA samples.

Caroline Hobday, who owns Hobday's Pet Shop in Coventry, called Jack, a sun conure parrot, a hero, saying the bird may have prevented thieves from taking more and doing worse damage, The Mirror reported. The burglars, who left a blood trail, made off with three corn snakes and another parrot late Tuesday or early Wednesday, killed some tropical fish and tore a lizard's tail off.

Police: Parking-spot spat turned violent

New York -- Police in New York said they arrested a man who allegedly hit a woman three times with his car while she was standing in a parking space at an airport.

Ercan Karabeyoglu, 56, of New York, allegedly became enraged when he found Remzija Sahanic, 49, of Hartford, Conn., standing in a parking space at John F. Kennedy International Airport and she refused to move, the New York Post reported Thursday.

Sahanic told the man she was saving the spot for her daughter and he allegedly replied by asking if she was a terrorist and threatening to hit her, police said.

Car ticketed with dead driver inside

New York -- Police in New York said a vehicle was issued a parking ticket while a man was dead in the driver's seat.

Investigators said Nicholas Rappold, 21, was slumped in the front seat of his Jeep Cherokee Tuesday morning when a traffic officer placed a ticket on the vehicle for being illegally parked during street sweeping, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

Police said the vehicle's windows were heavily tinted and the parking enforcement officer was unable to see inside. Rappold's body was discovered by a friend about an hour after the ticket was issued.

Police: Man smoked all his pot during stop

Forest Park, Ill. -- Police in Illinois said a man admitted to smoking the last of his marijuana in his car during a traffic stop so officers wouldn't be able to find any drugs.

River Forest police said Giovanni Lyles-Dawson was pulled over at 6:09 p.m. Sept. 9 for allegedly driving with expired plates, and officers detected a strong odor of marijuana when they approached the vehicle, the Forest Park (Ill.) Forest Leaves reported Wednesday.

Police said they asked Lyles-Dawson to exit the car, but he instead locked his door and rolled up his window.

Police: Woman wore thong, pasties to store

Moorehead, N.D. -- Police in North Dakota said they cited a woman after she allegedly walked into a drugstore wearing only a thong, pasties, a small towel and whipped cream.

Investigators said Katherine Margaret Watson, 37, walked into the Walgreens store in downtown Moorehead at about 5:45 p.m. wearing a "partial" green towel, a thong, pasties and whipped cream, The Forum, Fargo, N.D., reported Tuesday.

A bystander called police and the woman told officers she was a "free thinker" making a statement, Lt. Tory Jacobson said.

"She said that if she did this at Sturgis, no one would look twice at her," Jacobson said.

However, he said the woman later admitted her stunt might have been "a little over the top."

Man cited for alleged chair toss

Winona, Minn. -- Police in Winona, Minn., said a man was cited for disorderly conduct after his neighbors snapped pictures of him throwing a chair onto their roof.

\Police Sgt. Gary Hoeppner said Phillip James Bronk, 57, who was convicted of disorderly conduct in January after a dispute with his neighbors about a pile of dirt, threw the chair onto the roof twice Wednesday and was caught on film the second time, the Winona Daily News reported Monday.

Hoeppner said Bronk told police he "set" the chair on the 10-foot-high roof, but it was clear from the photographs that the chair was thrown.

Bronk also faces charges for allegedly peeping into his neighbors' window during the spring, police said.

Suspect attempts escape -- in police car

Greely, Colo. -- Police in Colorado say a man arrested and handcuffed after being stopped for drunk driving tried to escape -- in the police car of the officer who stopped him.

Adam Segura, 32, was recaptured after a chase lasting about a mile, The Greely (Colo.) Tribune reported Sunday.

Segura had been pulled over near Greely for speeding, and the police officer allegedly noticed alcohol on his breath and slurred speech.

Segura was cuffed with his hands behind his back and placed in the back seat of the unmarked patrol car.

As the officer, along with a backup patrolman, questioned a woman passenger in Segura's car, Segura allegedly managed to get the handcuffs in front of him, climb into the patrol car's front seat and drive away, the newspaper said.

Demand for more cash foils bank robbery

Coral Springs, Fla. -- A South Florida bank robber, unsatisfied with the $430 take from her stickup, paid for her greed, police say.

Halina Zalewski, 55, of Coral Springs walked into a SunTrust bank branch in her hometown near Fort Lauderdale at lunchtime Wednesday and handed a teller a note reading: "Give me cash, I have a knife," police told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

A local police report and a federal complaint stated a teller gave Zalewski $430 while triggering a silent alarm. The bandit then asked, "That's all you have?" and sent the teller to get more cash, the reports said.

While in a backroom calling police, the teller heard "the click of handcuffs" being placed on Zalewski, police said.

Stolen coin back at store within hours

Vero Beach, Fla. -- Police in Florida said a $9,000 coin stolen from an antique store was brought back within a few hours by someone who purchased it from the alleged thief.

Police said Christopher William Saunders, 27, of Vero Beach, took the coin from the West Bay Trading Company in Vero Beach while selling some coins at the business Friday and sold it for $167 that same day to Gold Coast Antiques, reported Thursday.

The antique store owner took the coin to West Bay Trading Company for a resale and the owner of that store recognized it as coming from the Luz, a Spanish treasure vessel that sank in 1752.