Man's Best Friend Turns Him In

Sometimes dogs can be a bit too faithful.

Grapevine, Texas, police officer Cris Brichetto noticed a familiar funky smell coming from three mellow dudes playing Frisbee golf (search) in a city park on Valentine's Day.

Brichetto walked over, asked for the men's IDs and, since they weren't doing anything obviously illegal, began checking for outstanding warrants.

That's when J.D., a black Labrador retriever accompanying the trio, decided to help out.

He dove into a nearby creek and came back with a bag of marijuana in his mouth.

"It's been kind of a running joke," Grapevine police Sgt. Todd Dearing told The Dallas Morning News. "People have been asking us if we're going to recruit the dog for police work."

J.D.'s owner, Matthew Porter, 25, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. His 24-year-old friend, Micah Hays, was charged with possession of marijuana.

The third guy got to take J.D. home.

— Thanks to Out There readers Roger F., Rollie A., Brian M., Becky B., David B., Ruth M. and Tim T.

He Was Rude, but the Music Was Lovely

NEW RIEGEL, Ohio (AP) — The village police chief was surprised when he woke up in the middle of the night to find a man inside his home playing Beethoven on the piano.

New Riegel Police Chief Steve Swartzmiller said he grabbed his gun and went to investigate the noise in his house. He found 19-year-old Shawn Chadwell playing the piano.

Chadwell was drunk and looking for a friend's house when he mistakenly wandered into the wrong place early Monday, Swartzmiller said.

Seneca County sheriff's deputies charged Chadwell, of Bethel, with underage drinking and burglary.

Swartzmiller said his house was the only one around that had lights on and it probably attracted Chadwell. The chief added that Chadwell played beautiful Beethoven.

— Thanks to Out There readers Andrea D. and Steve W.

A Truly Happy Meal

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Carol Birmingham almost had a heart attack when she realized her Big Mac attack had cost her $8,700.

The 62-year-old British tourist didn't notice until Sunday morning that she had left her cash-stuffed purse on a McDonald's counter when she bought lunch the previous day.

Inside was her down payment for a vacation home.

But the panic was short-lived since an assistant manager at the restaurant turned the money over to the Orange County Sheriff's Office (search) for safekeeping.

Ilona Barattin, 23, said she found cash, mostly hundred-dollar bills, but no ID.

On returning the cash, she said: "It was the right thing to do."

The Birminghams returned to McDonald's on Monday to give Barattin and fellow manager Aileen Norris an undisclosed reward.

— Thanks to Out There reader Bonni F.

Cops Bust Kid's Birthday Party

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police on a drug raid burst into a home during a toddler's birthday party, startling children who were getting ready to eat their cake.

"The first thing I saw was the birthday table and cake, so I yelled for everyone to put away their guns," Shannon Hills, Ark., Police Chief Richard Friend said. "Everyone just froze and looked at me. The parents started crying, and then the kids started crying."

Elizabeth Leah Sauls, 21, was hosting her niece's second birthday party at the time of the Feb. 4 raid. She was allegedly smoking marijuana in the master bedroom and continuing to sell pot out of the house as the police moved in.

"We barely had time to conduct interviews because the phone kept ringing with people wanting to buy narcotics," Friend said.

Parents were about to light candles on a cake adorned with green and white cartoon characters and a big "2" on top when the cops came through the door.

"The kids were up in high chairs eating pizza and the cake was just about to be lit and cut when we kicked the party off a little early," Friend said. "We got them something they wish they could return."

Sauls was arrested on drug charges but was released without bond because the jail was full, Friend said.

The 2-year-old birthday girl and Sauls' 1-year-old were turned over to their grandmother, who was at the party.

Miller, Bud — There Is a Difference

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A man may have found out firsthand just how nasty the competition is between the world's two biggest beer makers.

Isac Aguero, 24, said he was fired from his job with a Miller Brewing (search) distributor, the same day a picture appeared in The Journal Times of Racine of him drinking a Bud Light (search), which is brewed by Anheuser-Busch Co. (search)

The photo, taken Feb. 5, was part of the newspaper's weekly "On the Town" feature, which depicts the city's nightlife.

Aguero, who had been a forklift operator at CJW Inc. (search) for four years, told the newspaper he was informed by co-workers when he arrived at work last Monday that he was in trouble because of the picture.

He said he was called into the general manager's office and told he was fired. Aguero said he was not given a reason and claimed he never had problems with his bosses.

"It was a Saturday and I wasn't at work," he told The Journal Times. "They can't tell me what beverages I can drink.

"Bud Light's my beer of choice," he added. "I always drink that. Just because I work there, do I have to change what I drink?"

Thomas Bey, a CJW sales manager, read a statement to The Associated Press last Friday and would not answer any questions. He said the company does not publicly discuss past or present employees.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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