34,000 Pounds of Vermont Cheese Grilled on the Highway

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RICHMOND, Vt. – A cheese truck caught fire on I-89N just north of exit 11 (Richmond exit) Friday morning.

A press release says the truck was carrying 34,000 pounds of cheese.  Officials believe the fire was caused by a mechanical failure of the trailer’s brakes.

The truck driver was not injured during the fire. The driver was transported to Fletcher Allen Healthcare from an unknown medical condition he received when he tried to disconnect the truck from the burning trailer.

The trailer and its contents are a complete loss. The northbound lane in that area on I-89 was closed for about an hour.

NOTE: Thanks and a tip of the hat to Kat Bennett!

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Cheese Dip Fight Lands Man in Madison County Jail

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A Commerce man was taken into custody last week after he and his wife got into a fight over cheese dip. The man was charged with one count of battery FVA.

According to the incident report, the man’s wife told officer Chad Parr that the two had had a physical altercation but that it was “nothing major.” Parr noted that she had red marks around her neck and on her face, but she denied that the man choked her; however she did say that he wrapped his legs around her waist and would not let go of her.

The man told Parr they were arguing over cheese dip and it got out of hand.  The man said his wife came up and pushed him on the shoulder trying to get him to go to the bedroom and talk to her.

According to the man, she continued to try to fight with him and he grabbed her and held her on the ground. The man was then placed under arrest for battery as well as a probation violation out of Cobb County.

Man Buying $3 Ice Cream Treat Gets Meth With His Change

kelly_brown_2BRENTWOOD — A man buying a $3 chocolate treat from an ice cream truck got an extra something with his change — a baggie of methamphetamine.

It could have been an innocent mistake, according to police, but the ice cream man was arrested and prosecutors will ultimately decide if he should be charged.

The 30-year-old Brentwood man told police he took a break from working on his pickup truck at about 3 p.m. Wednesday on the 200 block of Mountain View Drive to cool off with some ice cream. When he handed the suspect $20, a dime-bag size of meth was tucked in his $17 in change.

After the man said he didn’t want the drug, the suspect replied he didn’t know how the baggie ended up in his truck and asked the man to throw it away, according to police. The man kept the bag and called police.

Five minutes later, officers found 62-year-old Kelly Brown of Oakley and his truck at a gas station at John Muir Parkway and Balfour Road. Brown repeated to officers that he does not sell drugs, and theorized the bag of meth could have come from a customer earlier in the day. Brown was arrested on suspicion of possession and transportation of methamphetamine, both felonies.

He was booked at Martinez Detention Facility. The case will be sent to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office for review. Lt. Doug Silva of Brentwood police called it an isolated case and said they have no reports of similar incidents involving Brown.

“It’s very possible he could have accepted this from someone else,” Silva said. There were no children involved in the incident, police said.

NOTE: Thanks and a tip of the hat to Lisa Fenger!

Armed Suspect Arrested After Botched Ice Cream Robbery

vanilla ice cream cardboard tub with plastic SpoonAn armed man was arrested after attempting to steal ice cream from a Richmond market and pointing his gun at the employees who confronted him, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The attempted robbery happened around 6 p.m. Monday at the Bayview Meat and Fish store at 1025 S. 47th St., according to Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.

When two workers saw the suspect trying to steal ice cream and stopped him, the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at them, she said.

Abetkov said it appears the suspect pulled back the gun’s slide to place a bullet in the weapon’s chamber but did not fire it. He then ran from the store, but officers caught him a short time later.

The suspect, a 28-year-old Richmond man, was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and brandishing a weapon and was taken to county jail in Martinez. No injuries were reported during the attempted robbery.

Wanted Man Turns Himself in For Chocolate Milk & Mountain Dew

Michael-Crockett-maine-519-jpgPORTLAND, Maine — Police said a home invasion suspect who’d been hiding in the woods for several days had two conditions for giving up: chocolate milk, and Mountain Dew.

Police said 30-year-old Michael Crockett Jr. of Buxton was thirsty and hungry — and covered with mosquito bites and ticks — when he surrendered Sunday night.

York County Chief Deputy William L. King Jr. told the Portland Press Herald that he purchased Mountain Dew and chocolate milk under terms of the surrender after the man emerged from woods with his hands held high. Crockett’s lawyer, Amy Fairfield, also ordered a pizza.

Police said Crockett is one of three people suspected of breaking into a Buxton home and assaulting and tying up the 60-year-old woman occupant last month. Two others were already arrested. Crockett appeared in court on Monday.

NOTE: Thanks and a tip of the hat to Elizabeth Corey!

Cheesemakers Arrested for Using Cow’s Milk Instead of Buffalo’s Milk

Police in Italy have shut down a mozzarella factory and arrested 13 people after finding that prized local buffalo milk was being cut with cheaper imported cow milk.

Authorities also found that the cheese, produced near the southern town of Caserta, contained as much as 20 times permissible levels of bacteria, said Carabinieri Police Maj. Alfonso Pannone. Police on Monday also shut down seven stores selling the cheese in the Campania region which includes Naples.

Milky white buffalo mozzarella is prized by Italians and tourists. It carries a special label supposed to guarantee quality and protect its reputation.

Among those arrested were two public health service veterinarians who allegedly tipped the factory to upcoming inspections. The probe began after a worker lost some of his fingers because of safety flaws.

Angry Teen Smears Mom’s Car with Yogurt For Breaking Bong

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It was her prized piece of paraphernalia. And when the bong was shattered during a fight with her mother before school, the 17-year-old Omaha girl was not just mildly upset. No, she blew a gasket and began smearing yogurt.

The dairy disturbance on April 23 was prompted when the girl’s mother attempted to destroy the glass bong.
The girl tried to restrain her mother from damaging the marijuana accessory, according to an Omaha police report. In the tussle, it dropped and broke.

The girl fumed. She punched her mother in the stomach and threw pieces of the bong at her, according to the report. She then distributed yogurt across her mother’s sport utility vehicle, screaming as she did.

As a police officer arrested the girl, she tried to kick him in the groin. The girl, ticketed on suspicion of misdemeanor assault, was taken to Immanuel Medical Center.

NOTE: Thanks and a tip of the hat to Kat Bennett!