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Feb. 15, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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Valentine's Day a bondage experience

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Valentine's Day romance takes many forms and for one couple it meant the guy duct-taping his naked sweetheart and driving her around Portland, Ore., police say.

Unfortunately for Nikolas Harbar, 31, and Stephanie Pelzner, 26, the day for lovers included being charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police said someone reported seeing a naked woman with duct tape on her mouth tied up in the back of the car. The witness informed police the driver said they "were just having some fun."

A police report said when officers caught up with the couple, Harbar said they were just "doing some Valentine's Day role-playing." Sure enough, the report said, Pelzner confirmed to the officers "she was voluntarily bound and nude in the back of the Subaru."

Many people apparently have a live-and-let-live attitude toward the couple's bondage experience, the Times said.

"Nothing wrong with that, they were just trying to have some fun, you monsters," one man wrote on the Portland Police Bureau's Facebook page.

"Keep Portland weird, man," another implored.

Another suggested the arresting officers omitted a charge: "She should be booked for not wearing her safety belt."

Police Lt. Robert King told the newspaper there were practical public safety factors at play, including tying up several squad cars looking for a possible abduction victim.

"Why would the officers think it was a Valentine's Day thing?" he said. "This kind of stuff, whether it's being naked in the back of a car tied up, or running down the street with an airsoft gun pretending to shoot at people, it's not OK, because it creates a lot of concern from the public."

Porn accidentally plays at kid's party

TREMONTON, Utah, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Police in Utah said a man playing a DVD at his child's birthday party accidentally showed pornographic images to the assembled kids.

Tremonton Police Chief Dave Nance said the images were briefly shown on the projector connected to the man's laptop computer while he was attempting to play a rented copy of "The Smurfs" on DVD, The Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, reported Tuesday.

The man, whose name was not released, reported the incident to police Monday and blamed the DVD, but officers did not find any problems with the disc and believe the pornographic images likely came from the man's laptop.

Nance said police are not pursuing the matter any further.

"He's got some explaining to do (to children at the party and their parents)," he said.

Police: Man doesn't have knife-proof abs

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Russian authorities said a man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a friend who claimed his abs were strong enough to resist a knife blade.

The Russian Interior Ministry released a statement Tuesday saying the man, whose name was not released, was practicing martial arts techniques with a friend at a party in Rostov-on-Don, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.

"The owner of the home got a big kitchen knife and asked his guest to stab him in the stomach. He refused at first, saying he was afraid he would kill the host. However, the host said that in his childhood he was involved in martial arts and the knife could not penetrate his abs," the statement read.

However, the homeowner's claim turned out to be exaggerated and he soon found himself hospitalized with a serious stomach wound.

The man is being charged under Article 111 of the Criminal Code, with causing serious bodily injury. He could face up to eight years imprisonment if convicted.

Australia: Queen mooner fined $800

BRISBANE, Australia, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- An Australian man who bared his buttocks to Queen Elizabeth during the monarch's visit to the country was fined $800.

The court heard Liam Warriner, 22, displayed his bare buttocks with an Australian flag held between his cheeks while running alongside the motorcade carrying the queen and the duke of Edinburgh during their Oct. 24 visit to Brisbane, The Guardian reported Tuesday.

Warriner said the act was a political protest he would repeat for "any self-propagating elitist," including U.S. President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Warriner was fined $800 for making a public nuisance, but was spared a criminal conviction.

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