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FakeTV designed to fool burglars

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A Minnesota company is marketing a product called FakeTV, which is designed to produce a TV-like light to deter potential burglars.

Hydreon Corp., based in Eden Prairie, said FakeTV is designed to emit light similar to that given off by a TV set so burglars looking at the windows of an empty home will think someone is inside watching the tube.

The product is available for $34.95 at FakeTV.com.


Groom arrested en route to wedding

PORTAGE, Ind., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Indiana police said a man arrested after driving erratically through traffic and stopping at a church told officers he was late for his wedding.

Portage police said Timothy Thompson, 23, was seen driving an estimated 100 mph in the center lane of a road around 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the motorist was seen switching lanes abruptly and nearly crashing the car before pulling into the parking lot of Nativity of Our Savior Church, nwitimes.com, Munster, Ind., reported Tuesday.

Thompson told police he was late for his wedding and estimated he was driving "about 90 mph" in an effort to reach the church. He told officers he had been flashing his emergency lights and honking his horn to warn other drivers.

Police said Thompson got back into his car and drove toward the church entrance when an officer walked away from the vehicle.

"Oh, I thought you were done and I'm late for a party in Chicago," police quoted Thompson as saying. "It now means I have to drive really fast to get there."

Thompson was taken to Porter County Jail on charges of resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and reckless driving. He also received citations for speeding and improper passing.


BWI airport pledges to get rid of mice

BALTIMORE, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Officials at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport pledged to clear the facility of mice after complaints from passengers.

Passengers waiting for a Southwest flight at Gate 5 in Concourse B Friday night said they saw a group of mice searching for food near the gate, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

"It was more than one. There was one by the window and one in the middle of the room. People were startled, horrified. Some jumped out of their seats, some literally said, 'Eek,'" said Pete Wright, an author and Virginia lawyer. "The lady sitting next to me jerked up and raised her feet off the floor. She was wearing sandals, and a mouse had run into or over her foot."

Jonathan Dean, a spokesman for the airport, said the mice come inside the facility from the surrounding grassland and woods. He said the mice have had an easy time getting into the airport this year due to constriction projects.

Dean said the pest control company employed to keep the airport free of mice is increasing its efforts.

"We have a vigorous, joint effort with our tenants," Dean said. "BWI is fully committed to pest control. This is a major priority."


Drunk patron leads to drink limit for pool

MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A German pool complex said a drunken guest biting police officers was the last straw leading to a three-drink limit for visitors.

The Erding Thermal baths near Munich, which features a bar in a warm water pool, said it has had problems with drunken guests for years, but the last straw was a 35-year-old Austrian man who was naked and causing a disturbance in one of the saunas, The Local.de reported Tuesday.

The complex said the man pushed a security guard into a pool and pulled out a chunk of the other man's hair. Police arrived and the man bit a female officer in the thigh and a male officer in the arm. Police said the man injured a third officer's shoulder.

Officials at the resort said the incident has resulted in the imposition of a three-drink limit for guests.

"This was the final straw," said Jorg Wund, manager if the Erding Thermal Baths. "Self control does not work."

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