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LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — This story brings new meaning to the term “joint custody.” In this case, a Tennessee man was taken into custody for lighting a joint in court. Spencer Alan Boston is charged with disorderly conduct and simple possession for his actions during a court appearance Monday in the town of Lebanon. Boston was in court on a simple drug possession charge. When it was time for him to discuss his sentence, he pulled out a joint — and fired it up. Spectators chuckled, but it was no laughing matter to the court. Boston was hauled off into custody, leaving behind the telltale smell of what led to his arrest.


FAIR HAVEN, Vt, (AP) — Once again, the idea of voting for an animal as honorary mayor is being unleashed on voters in Fair Haven, Vermont. This year’s electoral battle pits Lincoln the goat against Sammy, a dog. For now, it appears Lincoln has the upper hand — or hoof — since he won last year. But Sammy might use a “wag the dog” strategy. Voting on animals is an idea hatched by town manager Joe Gunter. It’s designed to raise money to fix up an area playground — and get kids into civics.


NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. (AP) — When it comes to the aftereffects of a set of frozen structures, a New Hampshire woman isn’t willing to let it go. Kelly Trinkle has sued operators of Ice Castles, a seasonal attraction in North Woodstock. She says when the ice creations melted and operators failed to control the runoff, her basement was flooded with more than 15,000 gallons of water, creating an unwanted 16-inch pool. Trinkle is seeking $100,000 in damages. But she’s also worried the same thing will happen again this spring. For its part, an attorney for Ice Castles says the exhibit didn’t cause Trinkle’s flooding. He says the ice structures were still mostly solid when most of her flooding took place.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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