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Aug. 10, 2012 at 6:01 AM
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Man orders TV, gets military rifle

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A Washington man says he ordered a flat-screen television through and instead received a military style assault rifle.

Seth Horvitz, 38, a musician from San Francisco who moved to Washington a year ago, told The Washington Post he was alone getting ready for a dinner party at his Brookland apartment when he heard a knock at the door. A UPS man had left a package outside.

He had ordered the TV set for $324 from a third-party seller through Amazon. He told the Post he thought the package might be TV accessories.

But Horvitz got a surprise when he opened the package and found a "tactical military-style SIG716 semiautomatic rifle ... with an empty magazine for 7.62x51mm ammunition" and an owner's manual from German arms company Sig Sauer, the Post said.

Horvitz, who said he's never handled a weapon before, said an invoice with the gun showed it was meant to be sent to a Pennsylvania gun shop. Horvitz and his guests had their dinner party, looking at and discussing the assault rifle.

The Post said he called police, who came by a week later and drove off with the weapon.

"I definitely knew it was a mistake," Horvitz told the Post. "But I was confused as to how that kind of mixup could happen. Especially given the recent events, the recent shootings. It surprised me to see how easy it would be for a gun to show up on someone's doorstep -- not just a gun, but an assault weapon."

The Post said Amazon did not respond to calls for comment. Horvitz said he still wants his TV.

Man charged with lawn mower DUI

CITRA, Fla., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A Citra, Fla., man was arrested and charged with DUI for driving a lawn mower while drinking heavily, police said.

James David Gray, 68, was charged Tuesday, The Ocala Star-Banner reported.

A police officer on patrol spotted Gray riding his law mower in the wrong lane on a residential street and pulled him over. The officer observed Gray's eyes were bloodshot, he smelled strongly of alcohol and a cold beer was sitting in the lawn mower's cup holder.

Gray had ridden the mower 2 1/2 miles from a convenience store where he had bought an 18-pack of beer because it was hot and he was depressed. By the time he was pulled over, Gray told the officer he only had four beers left.

Gray said he has been drinking since he was 16 and needs help. "I need to get into a long rehab program," he said Wednesday. He said although he used to drink a 12-pack a day, for the past two years he had not touched a drop.

Recently, Gray said he was depressed because his monthly $459 disability check combined with the $300 a month he makes mowing lawns is not enough.

He is currently being held in the Marion County Jail without bail.

Woman fights off would-be car thief

CAMERON PARK, Calif., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A California woman stopped a man from stealing her car by dragging the alleged thief out of her vehicle, police said.

Tania Nichols and her two daughters, ages 8 and 10, were at a car wash in Cameron Park, Calif., around 9:30 a.m. Monday when the incident happened, The Sacramento Bee reported.

When the three were getting change from a coin machine, a man, later identified as Daniel Craig Wright, 42, allegedly tried to steal their car, El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies said.

Nichols ran to the car and fought with Wright and ended up yanking him out of the vehicle, deputies said.

Wright fled on foot as Nichols called police and reported the attempted car theft and ensuing fight, deputies said.

Deputies caught up with Wright and arrested him on charges of attempted carjacking, as well as assaulting a police dog for "violently assault" a sheriff's K9, and resisting arrest for fighting a deputy who tried to handcuff him.

Woman finds naked intruder in her bed

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A man was arrested in San Diego on prowling charges early Thursday after being found naked in his neighbor's bed, police said.

The 25-year-old man, whose name was not reported, apparently broke into his female neighbor's home, undressed and got into her bed, the U-T San Diego reported.

When the neighbor got home and discovered the naked intruder, she called police.

Officers arrived and arrested the man who told them he went into the woman's house because he heard a noise, then got naked and into her bed because he "he did not want to startle her," police said.

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