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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) \u2014 A Massachusetts judge has denied a man's request to juggle during his trial to show jurors he was just clowning around when he allegedly tried to rob a convenience store.

The Republican reports (http://bit.ly/2rJzyk4 ) that a Springfield judge on Thursday rejected Orlando Melendez's request to juggle for jurors when the case goes to trial. He claimed in his written motion that he is a real clown.

Melendez has pleaded not guilty to charges he used a toy gun to try to rob a convenience store in December.

The 20-year-old man, who is representing himself, asked that he be allowed to juggle three wads of paper for 20 seconds to show jurors that the alleged attempted robbery was a misunderstanding.

Jury selection is set to begin June 8.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) \u2014 A driver could be facing a $10,000 bill after he plowed into newly poured concrete in Lincoln, Nebraska, and became stuck.

The accident occurred Wednesday on a portion of a road repair project in the state capital. Police spokeswoman Angela Sands said Friday that police won't cite the driver, 19-year-old Shadrach Yasiah. A police incident report says it wasn't obvious that the concrete wasn't dry and that Yasiah drove into it through a 24-foot (7-meter) gap between traffic control cones.

Attempts by The Associated Press to contact Yasiah were not successful.

City engineer Thomas Shafer says the driver is responsible for the repairs. He says the contactor estimated it will cost more than $10,000 to pay for removing the car, scraping out the ruined slurry, repouring more and finishing it.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) \u2014 A large, black-and-white checkered statue of a swan that was stolen in Florida by a naked man was found on Friday.

The Polk County Sheriff's office says the statue was found by a 32-year-old man who was fishing on a pond in Lakeland. The man returned home from fishing Thursday and told his family about the statue. When they saw the news of the stolen statue on TV Friday, they called authorities.

Officials say the swan doesn't appear to be damaged.

Surveillance video from May 19 showed a man holding a white bucket in front of his nude body as he tried to open doors at a storage center in Lakeland. The video showed him driving away from the storage center in a stolen truck with the swan.

The man was arrested in nearby Tampa, according to law enforcement. He's charged with the theft of the truck \u2014 but isn't talking about the swan, said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, during a news conference Friday.

The swan is named \"Aspyre\" and is valued at $25,000.

Investigators say they've found the truck that was reported stolen in a nearby county, but they still don't know why the man was naked as he apparently tried to break into Lakeland Cold Storage. Ronald Thompson, 47, being held at the Hillsborough County Jail, with bail set at $2,000, and is being investigated for the swan theft.

During the news conference, Judd had a message for anyone who knew the swan's whereabouts.

\"Look folks. Where are you going to hide a five-foot tall, checkered swan? If someone's harboring this swan and not telling us, we're going to put them in jail. And we hope when we find them, they have clothes on,\" Judd said.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on the stolen swan statue in Florida (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

A large, black-and-white checkered statue of a swan that was stolen in Florida by a naked man has been found.

The Polk County Sheriff's office says the statue was found by a 32-year-old man who was fishing on a pond in Lakeland.

The man returned home from fishing Thursday and told his family about the statue. When they saw the news of the stolen statue on TV Friday, they called authorities.

Officials say the swan doesn't appear to be damaged.

Surveillance video showed a naked man driving away from a storage center in a stolen truck with the swan.

Lakeland is between Orlando and Tampa.

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9:30 a.m.

Surveillance video shows a naked man driving away from a Florida storage center in a stolen pickup truck loaded with a large, black and white checkered swan.

Now deputies are looking for the swan was stolen last weekend. In a Facebook posting Thursday, Polk County Sheriff's officials said they know \"it's got to be hard to hide one of these,\" adding, \"Someone has seen it.\"

Investigators say they've found the truck that was reported stolen in a nearby county, but they still don't know why the man was naked as he apparently tried to break into Lakeland Cold Storage.

The video shows the man holding a white bucket in front of his body as he tries to open doors at the storage center in Lakeland, which is between Orlando and Tampa.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) \u2014 Two pastors renovating and working to reopen a historic New Mexico church found out they already had visitors \u2014 bees.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, reports (https://goo.gl/0FcOQ5) that Dee Brown and his wife, Bernadine, discovered the bees while working to remodel Emerge Church ABQ. Both are pastors of the church targeting Albuquerque's South Valley's African American community.

The bees had swarmed one side of the church and threatened renovations.

A local bee rescuer offered to remove the honey makers for free.

Raymond Espinoza of Honeybee Rescue Farm removed the bees and planned to relocate them elsewhere amid large bee losses nationwide.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) \u2014 Two brothers launching a new restaurant in North Carolina found themselves deluged by a $308,000 water bill. But now their water worries are over.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/2rVImke) that Faraz and Faisal Syed received the enormous bill in March, about two months before the Lazeez Mediterranean Grill had opened in that city. They say it covered just 13 days of service.

The brothers had the restaurant checked by a plumber and there were no leaks. They also say water was cut off three times before service was restored Wednesday, two weeks after the restaurant had opened.

Charlotte Water spokesman Cam Coley wouldn't discuss specifics of what had happened, but says the issue had been resolved. Coley said it sometimes takes weeks or months to resolve billing issues.

___

Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) \u2014 Police in northeastern Pennsylvania say they've put about $1,600 worth of crack cocaine in their \"lost and found box\" in hopes of reuniting the drug with its rightful owner.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice (http://bit.ly/2rVu6I4 ) reports the drug was found in the parking lot of a shopping center outside Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree).

Wilkes-Barre Township police posted about the find on the department's Facebook page. In a post headlined \"FOUND ITEM,\" police quipped the drug had been placed in the department's \"lost and found box\" and invited the owner to come retrieve it.

The post requested a picture of the crack's owner holding the drug, along with ID and a \"written statement containing your claim to the crack.\"

___

Information from: The Citizens' Voice, http://www.citizensvoice.com

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CINCINNATI (AP) \u2014 The Cincinnati Zoo's prematurely born hippo named Fiona is getting a new beer in her honor.

Listermann Brewing Company is releasing a Team Fiona New England-style IPA. The hippo's care team helped brew the beer.

And the brewing company says 25 percent of the beer sales proceeds is being donated to the zoo's care team.

The brewing company describes the beer as having a soft mouth feel, hazy appearance with a fruit-juice flavor.

Fiona was born at the zoo in January, weighing just 29 pounds (13 kilograms). She now weighs more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms). Zoo caretakers are preparing to move her to a group of hippos that includes her parents.

Listermann's general manager says watching Fiona grow up has been a joy.

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COCOA, Fla. (AP) \u2014 Another day, another python in Florida.

This time a woman found a python wrapped around her pet rat's blanket while she was doing laundry.

Juanita Tedesco called police after spotting the snake as she rinsed blankets Wednesday. She says she believes it was trying to get to her pet rat Princess.

Cocoa police Lt. Mike Dellatorre tells WESH (http://bit.ly/2rCOwIP ) the snake is likely a pet that slithered away from home.

It was the third python sighting in Florida in a week. On Tuesday police say a man in Orlando found a python coiled on the floor of his kitchen pantry. Last Friday a man found an 8-foot (2 meters) python in his garage in Pembroke Pines, north of Miami.

Tedesco says it may be time to get rid of her pet rats.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) \u2014 With just three stings and no serious injuries, two beekeepers have safely removed an estimated 40,000 bees that bedeviled a Virginia townhouse community.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/2rCfkZo ) the 40-pound (18-kilogram) swarm was carefully snipped from a tree branch May 17 in a grassy area of the Fredericksburg community by 33-year-old Nathan Thompson and his 70-year-old father Earl. The two belong to a family of beekeepers spanning three generations.

A county animal control officer, Anthony McCall, responded to the outsized swarm. But a sheriff's office statement described McCall as a self-admitted \"chicken\" regarding bees. So he summoned Nathan Thompson, interim chief of neighboring Aquia Harbor police, for help.

The Thompsons removed the swarm to beehive boxes. Now they hope the bees can be loaned out to help pollinate farmers' crops.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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