A steamy little rendezvous with his girlfriend proved a costly affair for one firefighter when he was forced to 'fess up to the crime of fornication.
The lusty duo met for a forbidden tryst in a newly constructed South Carolina home, hoping to inflame their passions, the Associated Press reports.
Days after the sexy encounter between the man and his then-girlfriend, an unrelated blaze in the house sent the fire department to scope out the area.
Knowing his DNA was, ahem, left at the scene, the frisky firefighter was forced to confess to his crime, saying the couple had wanted to be the first "to have sex in the mansion."
The initial charge was burglary, which is defined as unlawfully entering a building with the intent to commit a crime. But given the circumstances of the entrance, the police determined that the real crime was fornication.
The misdemeanor charge of fornication — sex between an unmarried man and women — is still on the books in South Carolina, although the state Supreme Court has ruled the law unconstitutional.
The man's penalty for the misdemeanor crime is a $200 fine … along with some public embarrassment. However, the police will not be pursuing any further penalties.
Beware the Prankster Monkey!
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Panbanisha the bonobo is up to her tricks again.
For the second time in two months, the 20-year-old monkey triggered a fire alarm at the Great Ape Trust of Iowa research center.
The trouble started at about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, when Panbanisha wanted to go outside but the staff was too busy to let her out, trust officials said. Panbanisha then apparently lost her temper and pulled the alarm, officials said.
It's a trick Panbanisha initially learned in October when she saw a welder start the alarm. It took her less than a day to learn how to duplicate the excitement.
When the alarm sounded again the next morning, "I went to check on Pan, and she was sitting there next to it with a smile on her face," said lead scientist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh last month.
Savage-Rumbaugh said she explained the danger of such mischief and Panbanisha promised not to do it again.
Panbanisha is one of seven bonobos at the Great Ape Trust and was among the first group to arrive in April 2005. Bonobos are one of the most human-like of the great apes and have sophisticated language skills.
Trust spokesman Al Setka said there are fire alarms throughout the center. The one Panbanisha triggered was about the level of a light switch and had a pull handle, he said.
Trust officials said they will cover the alarms to prevent a third prank from Panbanisha.
And the King Lives On and On and On …
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — In June, Tupelo will hold tryouts for Elvis Presley Enterprise's first ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
The Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival earned one of two slots in the preliminary concert lineup that will lead to a finals competition in Memphis during Elvis week Aug. 11-19.
Collingwood Elvis Festival in Toronto, Canada, is the other site for preliminary competition, and more festivals and fairs could join the lineup.
"This is huge," said Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, organizer of the city's annual festival that is held the first weekend in June.
The 2006 festival drew record crowds thanks to a reenactment of Elvis' 1956 homecoming concert.
Brangenberg said the tribute contest should draw scores of impersonators to Tupelo for the ninth annual festival.
Winners of the preliminary contests will compete at the finals in Memphis, with the best overall performer being named "2007 Elvis Tribute Artist of the Year" by EPE, which owns Presley's likeness and image.
That's a title professional tribute that artists like Las Vegas' Steve Connolly said could get him and others to compete.
"It would appeal to me because it's EPE," said Connolly, who was named Best Elvis of Las Vegas 2006. "You can use it for recognition and for cachet. It gives you credibility."
Tourism director Linda Butler Johnson said the event was a good deal for Tupelo.
"From a tourism industry perspective, we are Elvis," said the executive director of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We are the birthplace, and no other competition can offer that."
Are Crocodiles on the Banned Liquids List?
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino man who flew home from Cambodia said he was carrying live fish in his carryon luggage, until a check at Manila airport revealed three 1.5-foot-long crocodiles, officials said.
The head of the Manila International Airport Authority said Wednesday it wasn't clear how Enrique Yu Castillo, 50, was able to carry the Siamese crocodiles from Phnom Penh to Singapore to Manila on Monday night.
The crocodiles are on an endangered species list and their importation is prohibited, airport manager Alfonso Cusi said in a statement.
He said charges were being readied against Castillo, while the reptiles were turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Castillo had earlier sought a permit to import the exotic animals but his application was denied, said Teddy Aguir, from the environment department's Wildlife Traffic Monitoring unit at the airport.
Talk About Involved Parenting …
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A student's call for help to his mom may have gotten him more parental involvement than he bargained for.
Police said Inez Horne, 45, was arrested Wednesday after she, two daughters and a family friend stormed a classroom to defend her 15-year-old son, who had called home to say he was afraid another student was planning to attack him.
"The mom decided to show up at school and take matters into her own hands," said Police Officer Robert Fey.
Police Sgt. Randy Haigler said the incident unfolded Wednesday morning after Horne's son called to tell her he was being threatened.
"They arrived on campus, they didn't check into the office, they went directly to the classroom and started to assault a 16-year-old student," Haigler said.
Horne was charged with misdemeanor trespassing. Daughters Keisha Horne, 19, and Marquitta McNair, 18, were charged with misdemeanor trespassing, simple assault and carrying concealed weapons — Horne a knife, McNair a box cutter — according to arrest records. A boyfriend to one of the daughters was also charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
"From our perspective, it just makes a tough job even tougher when parents aren't part of the solution," school spokeswoman Nora Carr said.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Hannah Sentenac.
Got a good "Out There" story in your hometown? We would like to know about it. Send an e-mail with a Web link (we need to authenticate these things) to firstname.lastname@example.org.