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May 23, 2012

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Police: California teen, friends tried to kill strict mom
May 23rd 2012, 15:50

By staff

A 13-year-old Hesperia, Calif., girl who called her mother too strict with curfew was in custody Wednesday with two of her friends after the trio allegedly tried three times to kill the mom, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

The mother called authorities early Tuesday to report an attack by her daughter and two 14-year-old friends, who were not identified because of their age, deputies said, according to a report by

Besides complaining about curfew, the 13-year-old said her mother was too critical of her friends, sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Rose said.

The three were arrested at a school and booked into the High Desert Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center on suspicion of attempted homicide, conspiracy and burglary, The Sun newspaper of San Bernardino reported.

Three separate attempts were made on the woman's life, but she did not seek medical attention, officials said.

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thumbnail Man arrested for drunk driving with zebra, parrot in truck
May 23rd 2012, 14:58

By Miguel Llanos,

An Iowa man arrested for drunk driving after he left a bar appears to have his "kids" to blame -- a baby zebra and parrot that were with him and his girlfriend.

Jerald Reiter, 55, was charged with operating while under the influence and spent the night in jail before being released Monday.

He told that he suspects the only reason police were at the bar in Dubuque was that someone among the crowd taking pictures of the zebra and parrot contacted authorities.

"He was standing outside of his vehicle," Reiter's girlfriend, Vickey Teeters, told "He was getting ready to switch drivers."

Dubuque Police Dept. via KWWL

Jerald Reiter

"These are our kids," Teeters added, in explaining why the animals were with them. 

The couple said they often take the animals with them, and had planned to bring them into the bar but were told they could not enter because food was being served that night.

Reiter, from nearby Cascade, was arrested after he, Teeters, the zebra and the parrot returned to his truck.

Police said Reiter had actually started driving away from the bar's parking lot, but he insists he had not yet moved the vehicle. Under Iowa law, he can be charged with drunkenness for simply being behind the wheel, reported.

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thumbnail School backpack holding pot, scale lands dad in jail
May 23rd 2012, 14:55

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Larry Cornelius Stephens in his booking photo, as provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

By Miguel Llanos,

"Look what I got" was how the 6-year-old in St. Petersburg, Fla., told the teacher of a surprise find in the child's backpack. Turns out the "what" was 3 ounces of marijuana and a weight scale -- and it landed the child's father in jail, the Tampa Bay Tribune reported Wednesday.

Larry Cornelius Stephens, 25, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and child abuse.

Stephens acknowledged the pot and scale were his but insist it was for personal use, police said.

Police say he apparently placed them in the backpack, then forgot or didn't realize the child would take it to his school, Campbell Park Elementary.

When Stephens realized what happened he went to the school, but by that time the pot had been discovered, the Tribune reported.

Stephens left the school but later turned himself in to police. He was released late Tuesday on bail, records show, and has done prison time for drug possession in the past.

Police did not release the name or gender of the child.

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