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MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN HORSE SEX CASE
(Seattle) - A man has pleaded guilty to trespassing in connection with a fatal horse sex case. James Michael Tait, 54, was accused of entering a barn without the owner's permission. Tait admitted to officers that he entered a neighboring barn with friend Kenneth Pinyan to have sex with a horse, charging papers said. Tait was videotaping the episode when Pinyan suffered internal injuries that led to his death. Tait pleaded guilty and was given a one-year suspended sentence, a $300 fine, and ordered to perform eight hours of community service and have no contact with the neighbors. The prosecutor's office said no animal cruelty charges were filed because there was no evidence of injury to the horses.

SHOPLIFTER RUNS FROM STORE INTO K-9 TRAINING AREA
(Oregon) - From the opening act to the hot-pursuit chase to the grand finale, the Three Stooges couldn't have choreographed a foiled shoplifting attempt in Medford, Oregon any better. It began when a Fred Meyer's worker spotted a man snatching a $42 bottle of Calvin Klein perfume and stuffing it down the front of his pants. The man left the store, but security caught up with him just as he jumped into the frigid waters of Bear Creek. When the 33-year-old suspect emerged from the creek, he made for some baseball fields. What he didn't know was that the fields were the training grounds for the Medford police department's K-9 units. Police dogs Tiko and Rudy, along with their handlers, were honing their crime-fighting skills. The dogs found the suspect almost immediately, and he surrendered.

COP SAID TO TASER PARTNER AFTER SODA FIGHT
(Michigan) - A police officer has been charged with using a Taser on his partner during an argument over whether they should stop for a soft drink. Ronald Dupuis, 32, was charged with assault and could face up to three months in jail if convicted. The six-year veteran was fired after the incident. Dupuis and partner Prema Graham began arguing after Dupuis demanded she stop their car at a store so he could buy a soft drink, according to a police report. The two then struggled over the steering wheel, and Dupuis hit her leg with his department-issued Taser, the report said. She was not seriously hurt. Hamtramck police union lawyer Eugene Bolanowski said he expected Dupuis to hire a private lawyer.

WOMAN ALLEGEDLY HIRES HIT MAN FOR CHEESE
(Tennessee) - In an unusual case of mistaken identity, a woman who thought a block of white cheese was cocaine is charged with trying to hire a hit man to rob and kill four men. The woman also was mistaken about the hit man. He turned out to be an undercover police officer. Jessica Sandy Booth, 18, was arrested for four charges of attempted murder and four counts of soliciting a murder. According to police, Booth was in the Memphis home of the four intended victims last week when she mistook a block of queso fresco cheese for cocaine, inspiring the idea to hire someone to break into the home, take the drugs, and kill the men. An informant described the plot to police, who arranged a meeting between Booth and the undercover officer. The undercover officer gave Booth some nonfunctioning handguns, bought ammunition for her because she was too young, and the two proceeded to the home under police surveillance. Booth told the officer that any children inside the house old enough to testify would have to be killed, police said. A search of the home with the permission of the occupants revealed no drugs, only the white, crumbly cheese common in Mexican cuisine. "Four men were going to lose their lives over some cheese," said Lt. Jeff Clark.

MAN ACQUITTED IN SEX ASSAULT BECAUSE HE WAS ASLEEP
(Canada) - A judge in Toronto has acquitted a 33-year-old man of sexual assault, accepting evidence he was asleep during the attack. "His conduct was not voluntary," said Justice Russell Otter. The woman in the case cried and left the courtroom upon hearing the acquittal and said she fears the ruling could set a precedent. "I believe the floodgates have been opened," said the woman, who adds she will pursue her case "to the highest level." The court heard Jan Luedecke and the woman met at a party in July 2003. Both had been drinking and the woman fell asleep on a couch. She woke up to find him having sex with her and pushed him off. Luedecke testified he only suspected he had been having sex when he went to the bathroom and discovered he was wearing a condom. He confessed to police. Sleep expert Dr. Colin Shapiro testified that Luedecke had parasomnia, a disorder with symptoms such as sleepwalking. The doctor also said Luedecke suffered from "sexsomnia," which is sexual behavior during sleep. Luedecke previously had sex with four girlfriends while asleep. The court also heard Luedecke had cut down on his drinking and is taking medication to stop his sexsomnia.

ROBBER WRAPPED UP TOO WELL
(Germany) - A robber almost bungled a hold-up when he wrapped up his face so tightly that his victim couldn't tell what he wanted. The man walked in to the newsagents in Cologne, Germany, and mumbled something to cashier Michaela Sobor. But the 24-year-old said she couldn't understand a word he was saying and asked him to repeat himself. "I didn't realize it was a robbery, I just thought he had wrapped himself up warm because of the cold weather," she said. She added it was only when he pushed his way behind the counter and pointed a gun at her that she realized what he wanted. The man was able to make off with over $1,750 in cash. Police are now asking for witnesses to come forward to help in their investigation.

KISS MAY HAVE BEEN FATAL FOR TEEN WITH NUT ALLERGY
(Canada) - A 15-year-old girl in Quebec's Saguenay region is believed to have died as a result of an allergic reaction to her boyfriend's kiss. An autopsy will be performed on the body of the teen, who was allergic to peanuts. Officials said she did not consume the nuts, but they believe she had a reaction to kissing her boyfriend, who had eaten peanut butter. Although an adrenaline shot was administered almost immediately, the teen did not recover, the Montreal newspaper La Presse reported. The girl was rushed to hospital, where she died after suffering respiratory failure.

MAN SEEKING TAXI HOPS INTO POLICE CAR
(California) - A night of drinking left a man so disoriented that he hopped into a police patrol car thinking it was a taxi, police said. The 20-year-old man was arrested soon after he let himself into Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputy Esther Beckman's car while she was out of the vehicle questioning a bicyclist. The suspect's name was not available. Officers let the bicyclist go, but the man in search of a ride was taken to jail on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol and cocaine.

PARROT CALLS OUT HUSBAND'S MISTRESS' NAME
(Germany) - A cheating husband was exposed after his wife's parrot imitated him calling out another woman's name. Frank Ficker, 50, was having an affair with a woman named Uta. His romantic trysts were observed and apparently "recorded" by the family's pet parrot, Hugo. Petra Ficker, 50, says, "Hugo always liked to mimic Frank and he could do his voice perfectly." The parrot could "do" Frank asking who's at the door, yelling at the nephews, however one day Petra heard Hugo "doing" something she never heard Frank "do." "I heard him doing Frank's voice, but saying 'Uta, Uta'," says Petra. Petra turned the house upside down and found two plane tickets for a weekend break in Paris booked for her husband and a mystery woman named Uta. "I kicked him straight out. It's just me and my parrot now," says Petra.

BRAINY BATS ARE THE BIGGEST LOSERS IN SAC RACE
(New York) - Males that boast the largest testicles also have the smallest brains, a study of bats has revealed. Although not quite proof of the charge that men tend to think with their genitals, the discovery offers the first firm evidence that males make an evolutionary trade-off between intelligence and sexual prowess. The large amounts of energy needed to support large testicles that pump out vast quantities of sperm, and big brains that support a more advanced intellect, mean that male bats struggle to do both, the findings suggest. So in species where females are promiscuous, creating an evolutionary advantage for large testes and lots of sperm, the males tend to grow big testicles at the expense of smaller brains. Brain size, however, falls as the bats' testicles get larger. In the study, a team led by Scott Pitnick of Syracuse University, in New York State, looked at testicle and brain size in 334 different species of bat. They found that testicle size increased markedly in species with particularly promiscuous females, and that the animals' brains were smaller to match. Promiscuity is known to make a difference to testicle size. When females mate with multiple males it gives males with large testicles that produce more sperm a significant reproductive advantage. Chimpanzees, for example, are promiscuous, and their testicles are many times larger than those of gorillas, in which a single dominant male has exclusive access to a "harem" of females. The size of human testicles lies somewhere between these two extremes.

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