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Feb. 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM   |   Comments

Dog kicks gun; gun goes off; man's leg hit

SEBRING, Fla., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Memo to pet owners: Don't leave a gun on the floor of a truck where a dog could kick it and shoot you -- which is what happened to a Florida, man, police said.

Sebring police said Gregory Dale Lanier, 35, of Frostproof was traveling in his truck when his dog kicked a gun on the truck's floor, shooting him in the leg, the Tampa Highlands Today reported.

Sebring police ruled the shooting accidental. Lanier was not seriously injured.

The dog wasn't arrested, pending an investigation, Sebring Police Cmdr. Steve Carr said, adding he never heard of a case like this.

Lanier told investigators he thought the gun in his pickup truck was empty, Highlands Today said.

He said that he was driving "when his dog kicked his ... .380 pistol causing it to fire and the bullet struck his leg. Lanier said he heard boom, saw smoke and felt a burning in his leg," the police report said.


Students try luck at Condom Casino Night

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A casino night at Central Michigan University will feature "5 Card Foreplay Poker" and "STD Bingo" where the winnings are condoms, the university said.

The private company running Condom Casino Night, scheduled for Wednesday at the Mount Pleasant, Mich., campus, said it would be a "highly interactive" program "arousing college campuses around the country," the conservative CampusReform.org website said.

CMU outsourced the event to the private company, the website said.

In a video, a spokesman for the Condom Casino Tour says organizers try to avoid topics such as morality in its programs.

The tour "doesn't talk about morals, we don't talk about ethics," the spokesman said.

University administrators didn't respond to CampusReform.com's inquiry about how much the school was paying for event, but a tour representative said the cost ranges from $2,500 to $3,500.


Thief steals cookies from Girl Scouts

SPARTANBURG, S.C., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A thief in South Carolina's Spartanburg County allegedly stole nearly $19,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies from a storage facility, police said.

An incident report filed this week said the thief made off with 450 cases of Girl Scout cookies -- worth an estimated $18,900 -- from Carey Moving and Storage, Inc., WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, S.C., reported Wednesday.

The cases contained about 5,400 boxes of cookies.

Brian Carey, the owner of the storage company, said surveillance footage from the facility has been handed over to investigators, adding that his company performs strict drug and background checks and if it turns out that one of his employees was involved in the theft, such behavior won't be tolerated.

Carey also he would order more cookies to help reimburse the Girl Scouts for the loss.

A spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of South Carolina said the cookies would have been sold at cookie booths across the 22 counties throughout the state. Proceeds from the cookie sales would have gone to help local scouts plan trips and organize community events.


Teen finds buried treasure in Kingston

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A Jamaican teenager said he uncovered buried treasure dating back to the 1860s while working to clear a vacant lot in Kingston.

Michael Taylor, 19, was using a sledge hammer to demolish a concrete column in the lot Wednesday discover what appeared to be a vault, he told The Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica.

Taylor called over fellow workers who helped him open the vault. Inside it, they found a vial containing silver coins, a medallion and a parchment paper.

"We tried to take up the paper but it just crumble. We saw seven coins and the pendant and we say this is really something major," Taylor said.

The coins date back to as early as 1860 and as late as 1902, the newspaper said. The medallion features a man holding a Bible and the words "Ignace de Loyola/AD Majorem dei Gloriam."

"It is amazing to know that we find something like this, 'cause none of us never born yet when whoever bury this treasure. Is like part of history. Is like it telling us something of what happened in the past," Taylor said.

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