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March 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM
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Dog driver injures pedestrian

WEST YORK, Pa., March 28 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania said a dog left unattended in a car shifted the vehicle into gear and struck a pedestrian.

West York Police said they responded to a call at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday about a man being struck by a car and officers arrived to find a dog had been left unattended inside the running car and managed to knock it into gear, the York (Pa.) Daily Record reported Thursday.

The man, a Hokes Mill employee, attempted to stop the car before it hit a parked truck, but was unsuccessful and ended up pinched between the vehicles.

The worker struck his head, fell to the ground and was unconscious for a time. He later regained consciousness and was taken to York Hospital for treatment.

It was unclear if any action would be taken against the owner of the car.

Men caught smoking pot in police lot

TOTOWA, N.J., March 28 (UPI) -- The New Jersey State Police said a trooper followed the scent of marijuana to a group of alleged pot smokers in the police barracks parking lot.

Police said the trooper was at his personal car in the parking lot of the Totowa barracks Tuesday when he detected the scent of marijuana and looked over to see a group of three men smoking marijuana in a 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue two cars away, The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Thursday.

Investigators said the men were waiting for a fourth friend who was attempting to pick up a car from impound.

Lt. Stephen Jones said all four men were arrested and charged with marijuana and Ecstasy possession.

Tamer Abdelrahim, 22, Isaias Parrilla, 22, Hensly Nunez, 21, and Bernardo Cuevas, 23, were arrested. Cuevas and Parrilla had warrants out for their arrests in Paterson and Totowa, respectively, and were transferred to those departments. Abdelrahim and Nunez were released on their own recognizance.

Woman decorates yard with distressed dolls

CONVERSE, S.C., March 28 (UPI) -- A South Carolina woman said a macabre display of tortured, executed dolls in her yard is part of a New Year's resolution not to be afraid to do what she wants.

Larriatt McHale, who shares her Converse home with boyfriend Brad Kennedy, said she has always enjoyed decorating her house for Halloween, WYFF-TV, Greenville, S.C., reported Thursday. She said she got the idea for the doll display when Kennedy showed her an episode of the TV show "Destination Truth" titled "Island of the Dolls."

Her yard is now decorated with dolls in nooses, in fire pits, impaled with various instruments and stabbed in the eyes.

"[My boyfriend] is the one who put the noose in the tree and came up with the idea of putting shackles on the baby, even though he won't admit it," McHale said.

"It's nothing negative," Kennedy said. "Just like a little creativity, like demons in your mind. Just trying to express yourself, basically."

Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement said the display does not break any county ordinances or laws and officials have not received any complaints about the home.

However, two neighbors said they are upset by the display, with one calling it an "abomination."

Caretaker says missing vintage rye rotgut

SCOTTDALE, Pa., March 28 (UPI) -- A former caretaker swears he never touched a drop of the vintage whiskey he had been told to safeguard at a Pennsylvania bed-and-breakfast.

John Saunders maintained the rye whiskey, which had been bottled around World War I, probably evaporated on its own, and likely wasn't worth the six-figure price tag his employer, Patricia Hill, had placed on it.

"I think Pat is ... looking for money," Saunders said after his initial appearance before a Scottdale judge. "I would say that whiskey's real value is about $10 a bottle and she hired someone to inflate the price."

The liquor was discovered hidden behind a wall in the historic J.P. Brennan mansion in 2011. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said the rye was the product of a distillery once owned by 19th Century tycoons Andrew Mellon and Henry Frick.

Hill said that based on recent auction prices, the 52 empty bottles of Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey were worth $102,400.

The newspaper said Scottdale police allege they found Saunders' DNA on the mouths of the empty bottles. But Saunders, however, insisted he wouldn't touch the stuff regardless of price. "That stuff had floaters in it and all kind of stuff inside the bottles," he said. "I don't think it would even be safe to drink."

Saunders was ordered to return to court for further proceedings May 15.

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