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May 13, 2009 at 5:30 PM
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Obama dog Beanie Babies get new release

OAK PARK, Ill., May 13 (UPI) -- Illinois-based toy giant Ty Inc. has released a fresh litter of Beanie Babies based on President Barack Obama's Portuguese water dog, Bo.

The Oak Park company's original $4.99 Bo the Dog Beanie Babies sold out within hours of their mid-April release, leading to Tuesday's release of the Bo Beanie Babies 2.0 version for the same price along with a larger version for $9.99 and $2.99 Bo key chains, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

Additionally, a miniature pet Bo comes with each of Ty's Marvelous Mariah and Sweet Sydney dolls, which were originally named Malia and Sasha after the first daughters, but were renamed in February after first lady Michelle Obama objected.


Leash law has some dog owners barking mad

BALTIMORE, May 13 (UPI) -- Some dog owners in Baltimore say the Maryland city's increased fines for a violation of a leash law are completely unfair.

Baltimore resident and dog owner Jackie McGee said during a recent City Hall meeting she considered moving out of Baltimore after learning the hard way the city increased the fine for dogs caught outside without a leash from $100 to $1,000, The Baltimore Sun said Wednesday.

"I really wanted to pack my bags and move," she said at a City Council hearing Tuesday. "One of the simple pleasures of city living is going to a common area and playing with my dogs."

Nearly 50 people attended the hearing, many of which came to complain about the increased fines.

"What you've done is said to the people, 'If you have a dog don't live in Baltimore,'" Baltimore resident Bill Roberts, who was one of those fine opponents, said.

The Sun said council members in response voted to create a staggered fine system for unleashed dogs as well as create certain hours that dog owners will be allowed to have their canines unleashed in certain parks.


Pizza driver nabs suspect in own robbery

PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 13 (UPI) -- A pizza driver in Providence, R.I., said he and his wife were able to capture one of the three men who beat and robbed him in a recent incident.

Domino's Pizza driver Ceasar Lopez said four days after he was savagely beaten by three robbers, he became convinced one of his assailants was lounging outside a Providence eatery and gave chase, the Providence (R.I.) Journal said Wednesday.

As Lopez, still suffering from injuries from the robbery, chased the suspect Sunday, his wife, Maria Reyes, followed the pair in their car.

Eventually the couple caught the fleeing man, identified as 20-year-old Michael Long, and held him until police arrived on scene. Long was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy.

Police told the Journal Long allegedly identified two additional suspects in last Wednesday's robbery and assault of Lopez. Those suspects, who face charges identical to those against Long, were identified as Elvin Delacruz, 25, and Markus Matthews, 20.


Police: Fleeing suspect sought burrito

FORT WAYNE, Ind., May 13 (UPI) -- Authorities in Indiana said a suspect who led officers on a 90 mph chase through two counties told police he was trying to get a burrito before going to jail.

Sgt. Mark Walters of the Fort Wayne Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Division said officers tried to pull over Jermaine Cooper, 36, at 11 a.m. Tuesday after he was recognized as a suspect wanted on multiple felony counts, The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reported Wednesday.

Walters said Cooper sped away through several city neighborhoods and at one point threw a .45-caliber Colt semiautomatic handgun out the window of his car.

Cooper then drove onto U.S. 27 and sped out of the city at speeds reaching 90 mph and continued into Adams County, Walters said.

The suspect ended the chase after 16 minutes at a Taco Bell restaurant in Decatur, Ind.

Cooper, who was arrested in the parking lot before entering the eatery, told officers he was trying to get a burrito because he "knew he was going to jail for a while," Walters wrote in his report.

Cooper was charged with resisting arrest by fleeing, possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of Ecstasy, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and four counts of dealing cocaine. He was being held without bail.

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