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Sept. 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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Manual transmission stymied N.J. carjacker

NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A New Jersey man who carjacked a Porsche only to realize he couldn't make his getaway because it had a stick shift has pleaded guilty.

Anthony Reynolds, 18, of Newark pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Monday to theft of a motor vehicle by force, violence and intimidation, the U.S. attorney's office said in a release. He faces a maximum 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Jan. 22, the prosecutors said.

Reynolds carjacked the owner of a 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo at gunpoint on March 14. While the car's owner ran and flagged down a nearby Newark police officer, Reynolds, realizing he couldn't get the car into gear, fled on foot and was apprehended shortly thereafter.

Had he been able to drive it, Reynolds likely would have had better luck evading police; the Porsche 911 goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds -- provided, of course, you can drive a stick.

Batman streaker strikes Ravens game

BALTIMORE, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Police said a man arrested after running through a Baltimore Ravens game in Batman shorts and a cape was the same man who streaked at a Baltimore Orioles game.

Baltimore police said Mark Harvey, 26, was charged with trespass, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace after running onto the field two minutes before the end of the second quarter Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium wearing only his Batman shorts and a cape, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

Police said Harvey was the same man who streaked at the Orioles' opening game in April. He escaped charges on that occasion due to a miscommunication from the City Attorney's Office, officials said.

Harvey said his stunt Sunday was designed to raise awareness of bullying. He had the words "Don't be a bully, be a superhero" written across his chest when he ran onto the field.

"We decided to bring Batman back for the cause of stop bullying," he said.

"Kids are dying because kids are picking on kids. I know a couple of people whose kids are getting bullied," he said. "I thought, 'I can make a difference.' "

Officials said Harvey will not be welcome at M&T Bank Stadium in the future.

Giant golf ball stolen from roadside

CHICAGO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Police in Chicago said a 3-foot molded plastic golf ball was stolen from a North Michigan Avenue exhibit promoting the Ryder Cup golf tournament.

The ball, which bore an image of the Chicago skyline and the signature of actress Jenny McCarthy, was stolen during the weekend from the spot where it was placed alongside two other balls, bearing images representing the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.

"We are upset about it, of course,'' exhibit spokesman Eric Schmidt said. "It's an empty spot, so we're certainly disappointed. We did everything to try and secure them as best we could.

"They weigh about 30 pounds but it takes a little working to get them out of the base," he said. "The most disappointed person is the artist, Jeff Budzban."

The two remaining balls were initially removed from the downtown site just north of the Michigan Avenue bridge north of the river, but the Blackhawks ball was later returned with chains securing it in place.

Police: Man stole car for hospital trip

DELTONA, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a suspected carjacker who allegedly threatened to shoot the vehicle's owner was trying to get his pregnant girlfriend to a hospital.

Volusia County Sheriff's deputies said Robert Boudreaux, 31, and his 22-year-old girlfriend, whose name was not released, ran out of gas in DeLand Sunday and received a ride from a friend to Deltona, where they walked several miles toward their home until the woman began feeling dehydrated and started bleeding.

Deputies said the couple bypassed a fire station without asking for help and did not use either of their working cellphones to call 911. Investigators said Boudreaux instead carried the woman and stood in front of a car, threatening to shoot the driver when he initially refused to give them a ride.

The motorist told deputies Boudreaux again threatened him and forced him to exit the vehicle when he refused to drive through red lights on the way to the hospital. The driver said he did not see a gun during the incident.

Deputies said they were able to box in the stolen car in the parking lot of the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.

The woman, who is not facing any charges, was taken to the emergency room.

Boudreaux was taken to the Volusia County Jail on charges of carjacking, fleeing or eluding and driving with a suspended license.

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