Plenty of people get upset when they don't get the Christmas presents they asked for. But most of them don't shoot at their families.
Not so with Cameron Keith Miller of Alexandria, La., according to the Rapides Parish (search) sheriff's office.
"Cameron got mad because he didn't get what he wanted for Christmas," Deputy Todd Poche wrote in the official report, which was obtained by The Town Talk newspaper. "The family gave him CDs and he wanted cash."
Following a Christmas-morning argument with his mother, Lael Zickrick, 44, and stepfather, Larry Lord, 43, the 19-year-old stormed out of his parents' home.
A few hours later, the rest of the family, including Miller's two stepbrothers, got into his stepfather's truck to visit grandparents.
Waiting by the side of the road, according to authorities, was the aggrieved son — armed and angry.
The truck drove past, but Lord, perhaps sensing trouble, took a look in the rear-view mirror and saw Miller "step into the road and raise a shotgun out from under his coat."
Lord shouted for everyone "to get down" as a gun blast shattered the driver's-side rear window.
The truck sped away and Lord called 911 from a gas station.
Police found Miller, along with the gun and a spent shell, at a nearby home where he'd been staying, but had to zap him with a Taser before hauling him in.
"He wanted to fight the police," Sgt. Daniel Caldwell told The Town Talk. "But he didn't win."
Miller was charged with four counts of attempted murder, one count of criminal damage, one count of resisting an officer and one count of resisting arrest by violence.
— Thanks to Out There readers Kenny S. and Angelique R.
Dog Takes No Sides in Family Fracas
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A family fight turned uglier when a pet pit bull (search) joined the brawl.
Christina Lyman told authorities she was trying to break up a Christmas-evening altercation between her brother and sister, Nicholas Lyman, 19, and Yvonne Lyman, 22, both of Indianapolis.
That's when the family-owned pit bull entered the fray and "turned on all three parties," according to Cpl. Chad Gillenwater of the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department.
Arriving at the home, Gillenwater said he found dents in the siding, a broken storm window and torn screen from the fight and Yvonne Lyman outside in a "violent and intoxicated state."
The officer found Nicholas Lyman and Christina Lyman inside. Both appeared to have been drinking as well.
All three Lymans were suffering from dog bites and had to be taken to the emergency room for treatment.
Nicholas and Yvonne Lyman were charged with domestic violence assault. Yvonne Lyman also was charged with disorderly conduct. They face a Jan. 12 arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court.
No action was taken against the dog.
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Father Accused of Stealing Day Care Center's Christmas Gifts
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A father was charged with burglary and grand theft after he took presents from underneath a day care's Christmas tree, police said.
Carl M. Griffin was arrested Dec. 23 after police believe he stole the presents intended for 44 children from the Little Foxxes Daycare (search) in Gainesville.
Griffin told police he took the presents to feed an alcohol and drug habit, and that he also wanted to buy gifts for his 7-year-old daughter, who celebrated her birthday on Tuesday, authorities said.
Detectives felt sorry for the girl and collected stuffed animals and games for her.
Police officers, high school students and area residents donated gifts to replace those stolen at the day care center.
Griffin was being held at Alachua County Jail (search) without bond. Information on his lawyer wasn't immediately available.
Stolen Car Found After 23 Years
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A vintage 1963 Ford Fairlane (search) stolen 23 years ago from Greenville, S.C., has turned up some 2,600 miles away in California.
California Highway Patrol officers called Terry and Robin Smith last week to tell them authorities had recovered the vehicle.
"What a wonderful gift at Christmastime ... After 23 years to receive news that they'd found our car," Robin Smith said.
A few weeks ago, a person brought the car into the CHP's San Bernardino office for inspection. A sharp-eyed officer noticed the car's identification numbers didn't match and began investigating.
CHP's Lt. Greg Williams said authorities don't believe the people who brought the car in had anything to do with the theft.
Smith said the car was a wedding gift from her parents, but the couple have not decided whether to bring it home or sell it in California.
A Charity of One
FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — A woman accused of putting fake charity donation boxes around the Twin Cities wasn't out of jail long before being arrested again.
The woman, who has not been charged, was released from jail Dec. 22 after being arrested in Eagan, where liquor store employees had discovered The Salvation Army (search) wasn't receiving donations left in boxes at the store.
Just hours after her release, the woman was shown on surveillance video from a Fridley store — trying to drop off a new donation box and collect an old one. The clerk recognized her from television news reports and called the police.
Officers arrested the woman and her 18-year-old son. KSTP-TV reported Thursday that police found 20 donation boxes in her car — some with money still in them.
After the Eagan arrest, police cautioned the public about donating to boxes that were red and wooden, or clear plastic, with stickers of the Salvation Army logo or a picture of a missing little boy with brown hair.
Teachers Recall Strange Gifts From Students
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Middle school teacher ReBecca Kutcher remembers the sixth-grader who gave her a necklace for Christmas with what she thought was a cubic zirconia.
At a conference with the parents the next month, Kutcher noticed the student's mother kept staring at the necklace. When the Laing Middle School teacher thanked the parents for the gift, she found out the mother had been looking for her one-carat diamond necklace for a month.
Marrington Elementary School first-grade teacher Jane Schuler got hair curlers one year and a pair of men's socks, size 10-13, another Christmas.
"My feet are not that big," she said.
Cario Middle School teacher Rebecca Strong told her seventh-graders during her first year of teaching that she loved peanut butter. She was expecting peanut butter cookies or candy.
"The following week, I was very excited to see that so many of my students had thought about me during the holiday season," she said. "I received six jars of peanut butter."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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