An alleged crook made a big mistake when he tried to rob a coffee shop in the same building as the FBI.
Carl Spicocchi, head of the Toledo FBI office, was standing in line at Beaner's Gourmet Coffee (search) around 8 a.m. Monday when he saw a man go behind the counter and take $165 in cash from a drawer.
Spicocchi and other customers at first thought Andrew Johnson worked there, but caught on quickly after manager Jordan Mocek confronted him and Johnson leaped back over the counter.
"It surprised me," Spicocchi told the Toledo Blade.
Mocek grabbed Johnson around the waist, according to witnesses, and both fell into a juice machine. Johnson got up, pushed Mocek back into the machine and tried to run, but Spicocchi, Mocek and two other customers tackled him.
Spicocchi called 911 and more FBI agents rushed down from the eighth floor, followed quickly by police officers. Johnson allegedly gave up the fight when he saw he was outnumbered, but once placed in a squad car he allegedly thrashed around, shouted obscenities and kicked out the car's back window.
A police prisoner van came, but Johnson, apparently recognizing its drivers, refused to get out of the squad car and had to be pepper-sprayed before he would move.
One officer was cut by flying glass from the squad car window, and Mocek banged his head during the fight. Both were treated by ambulance personnel.
Johnson, 34, was charged with robbery and felony vandalism and booked at the Lucas County Jail (search).
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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A high school student convicted of throwing up on his Spanish teacher was ordered to spend four months cleaning up anytime someone loses his lunch in a police car.
Johnson County Magistrate Judge Michael Farley, during sentencing Tuesday, called the boy's actions "an assault upon the dignity of all teachers" and said he'd hoped to receive a "full confession."
The teen, now 17, was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery in June after spewing on Spanish teacher David Young as he turned in his textbook during the last day of classes at Olathe Northwest High School (search).
The boy's attorney, Brian Costello, said the teen had been nervous about final exams.
But two other students testified that the teen said he threw up intentionally.
One girl said he'd told her in advance that he planned to puke on Young. She wasn't there to witness it, but testified that the boy later told her, "You missed it. I did it."
Young said the student, who was failing his class, made no effort to avoid throwing up on him.
"I was just sort of stunned," he said.
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Drinkers in the Greek capital who suspected their tequila sunrise was too bright or thought their rum tasted strange might be right after all.
Government inspectors carrying out spot checks in the greater Athens area found a staggering 100 percent of samples from rum and tequila to be adulterated, authorities said on Tuesday.
The checks took place at 39 restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Unscrupulous bar owners in Greece frequently serve their clients locally made moonshine, saving huge sums in state alcohol taxes.
Such adulterated alcohol, made with cheap and often toxic raw materials, can cause drinkers a splitting headache, permanent blindness or, in extreme cases, death.
The finance ministry's financial crime squad, SDOE, said half the vodka samples tested were found to have been adulterated, and 20 percent for whisky.
Greeks usually drink rum, tequila and vodka in cocktails, while whisky is more often consumed neat — making adulterated batches easier to detect.
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Education officials said Tuesday they were investigating allegations that noisy pupils at a primary school near Sydney were given strips of masking tape and told to tape their mouths shut.
The 11-year-olds, from St. Francis Xavier's Catholic Primary School (search), were in music rehearsal Monday when their rowdiness apparently became too much to bear, said police Chief Inspector Mark Lavers in Wollongong, about 50 miles south of Sydney.
"Basically yesterday, a number of children were inside a hall practicing for a concert, they were making a lot of noise. [Someone] at the school got upset about that, asked them to quiet down," Lavers said. "They didn't. As a result, he's cut up a number of strips of masking tape and said 'Stick them on your mouth.'"
Nobody forced the children to apply the tape, he added. Police are not expected to file any charges, but George Whitby, director of schools for the Wollongong Diocese Catholic Education Office (search), said he expected an investigation to be completed in the next few days.
The person accused of telling children to tape their mouths shut was a member of the local parish community who was working as a volunteer at the school, he said.
HOBART, Ind. (AP) — The owner of pet pigs has been convicted of violating the city's nuisance ordinance following complaints from neighbors about the obnoxious odor of the animals.
Debra Fields kept two 300-pound hogs — Bacon and Molly — as family pets in her home in the northwestern Indiana city. Earlier this month, during a court trial on the nuisance charge, she argued that under city code she is allowed to keep pigs in a residential area.
"The issue before the court is not whether the defendant may keep her pigs, but whether the odors generated are something her neighbor must accept," City Judge William Longer wrote in a ruling last week. "They are not."
The two pigs, according to evidence submitted during the trial, could generate as much as 35 pounds of solid waste and several gallons of liquid waste every day.
Fields testified there is no odor because she did not smell it, and that the odor detected by a Hobart code enforcement officer was attributable to swine flatulence.
In his ruling, the judge said that testimony was "not credible."
He ordered Fields to pay a fine of $250 plus court courts for violating the nuisance ordinance. Longer suspended $200 of the fine on the condition that no other violations occur through the end of the year.
Fields, who could have been fined up to $2,500, declined comment after the Thursday ruling.
One neighbor, Robert Tosch, said it was a shame the odor dispute ended up in court.
"I don't think anybody won in this," he said. But, "The ruling bears out what neighbors have said about the odor."
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — After disappearing for 10 days, Skip the dog is back among the 165 residents of a senior citizens complex that adopted him a year ago.
The Bernese mountain dog mix vanished from Brighton Gardens on July 15 and reappeared at the front doors of the center on Monday, a little thinner and slightly dusty but otherwise in good shape.
Staffers and residents don't know how he disappeared or how he got back, but they were happy to see him.
"He came in and almost didn't know who to get a pet from first. We've had people crying and people laughing — just a wonderful range of emotions," said Shaun Anderson, Brighton Gardens' director of community relations.
Anderson said Skip, who has "a really sweet soul," is known for stopping to visit residents who are ill or sad. He is so beloved that his portrait hangs in the reception area.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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