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May 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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Deputy invited into Fla. pot grow house

KEY LARGO, Fla., May 24 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a deputy responding to a report of a possible suicide was invited into a home containing 124 marijuana plants.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Sgt. Jason Madnick was responding to the Key Largo home of Joseph Ebeling, 49, at 9:30 p.m. Friday on a report of a possibly suicidal person and when he knocked on the door he heard a voice call, "Come in," reported Wednesday.

Madnick said he opened the door to find Ebeling cutting up one of 124 marijuana plants inside the home. He said Ebeling was surprised to see Madnick was a law enforcement officer.

Ebeling was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of a felony amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Monroe County Detention Center in lieu of $11,000 bond.

Ebeling was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2004 and his previous arrests also include charges of aggravated battery, fraud for writing checks with insufficient funds, driving with a suspended license and petty theft.

Attempted burglar becomes wedged in fence

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 24 (UPI) -- Police in Sweden released a picture of a heavyset attempted burglar who wound up wedged in a fence as he tried to make his getaway.

Stockholm police said a homeowner called the emergency number early Tuesday to report a man who had attempted to break into his house was stuck in a fence outside of his home, The reported Wednesday.

Police snapped a picture of the suspect, who was not injured, before prying him free and placing him under arrest.

The picture was posted to the department's official Twitter page, which has about 4,500 followers.

Woman, 84, trapped in chair for two days

KARLSKRONA, Sweden, May 24 (UPI) -- An 84-year-old Swedish woman who fell through the fabric of a chair on her balcony was stuck for two days, friends said.

Neighbors in Karlskrona told the Kvallsposten newspaper they became concerned when they noticed the woman's newspaper hadn't been brought inside and the woman failed to show up for church on Sunday, The reported Wednesday.

Friends and neighbors contacted the building's caretaker, who was accompanied by Lilian Orrgren, chairwoman of the tenant's association board, to the woman's apartment Monday and they entered with the skeleton key.

The elderly woman said she had been enjoying the sunshine Saturday when the fabric of the chair tore and she fell through. She said she attempted to free herself but wound up trapped for two days.

The woman, who was conscious when she was found, was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Survey: 'My sexy car makes me sexy'

TORONTO, May 24 (UPI) -- About half of young Canadians say driving a sexy car makes them feel more attractive and sexier themselves, a survey published in Toronto Wednesday indicated.

The Web site poll conducted by Angus Reid May 2-3 of 1,524 randomly selected adults found nearly half of respondents less than 35 associate attractiveness with their own and others' vehicles.

Although vehicle choices have been associated with status and wealth since the transition from horses and buggies, AutoTrader executive Ian MacDonald said in a release the findings appear to corroborate the theory.

"We discovered that people not only judge others on the type of car they drive, they also internalize their choices -- cars appear to be a key part of how we identify ourselves personally," he said.

Among other results, 61 percent of Canadians would be willing to walk away from their fantasy car if it weren't the right color, the release said.

Some 20 percent of respondents said they felt it was important for people to drive cars that match their appearance.

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