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Updated Oct. 31, 2002, 2:29 p.m. ET

WHITMAN, Mass. — A cat lover was obliged to pay up for his cat's radioactive feces.

William Jenness agreed to pay a $3,856.47 fee for mishandling his cat's litter box after a trip to the local clinic. Diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, a veterinarian treated Mitzi, an 11-year-old shorthair, with an injection of radioactive iodine and gave Jenness strict instructions to flush his pet's waste down the toilet, rather than throw it out.

The treatment makes the cat radioactive for weeks and requires special care, including limited snuggling and using protective gloves when flushing the cat litter.

When Jenness's garbage made its way to the SEMASS waste incinerator in Rochester, an alarm detecting radioactive material went off. An investigation uncovered the source of the radiation as cat poop.

The city picked up the costs of disposing of the waste and then billed Jenness, threatening to charge him if he didn't comply. He immediately brought a check down to the department of public works.

As for why he didn't follow the instructions, Jenness said he was afraid of his septic system being clogged.

"When [the feces] hardened it came into fairly big lumps," Jenness reportedly said. "I probably should have put more effort into breaking it up."


AKRON, Ohio — Garfield Hooks may have committed the ultimate crime of passion.

Hooks, 38, was arrested Oct. 19 after being accused of stealing $183 worth of condoms from a Walgreens store, according to the Akron police department.

The so-called "rubber bandit" allegedly took eight cartons of LifeStyles prophylactics and one box of Trojans and ran out of the store. A police officer patrolling the area quickly gave chase and nabbed Hooks several blocks away.

He is now charged with one count of theft. Authorities declined to comment on a possible motive behind the crime.


GREEN BAY, Wis. — An apparently drunk driver being chased by police figured he'd be sent to jail anyway, so he drove himself there.

The 22-year-old Green Bay man, whose name has not been released, ignored signs and went the wrong way on a one-way street when spotted by police at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 27, according to the Brown County sheriff's department. An officer chased the man's pickup, which often traveled as slowly as 20 miles per hour.

The man parked in the jail's parking lot, smoked a cigarette, got out of the truck and lay face-down on the ground to be arrested. He reportedly told police he knew he was drunk and it was just a matter of time before he was arrested.

A 21-year-old female passenger got out of the car near an intersection, shortly before the chase ended. She was not injured.

Besides drunken driving charges, the man was arrested for cocaine possession and on an outstanding warrant for a hit-and-run accident, police said.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — A pair of WNBA fans were arrested after they left a game with souvenirs they weren't allowed to take and then proudly wore them to a nearby bar.

Ryan McCallister, 28, and James Masterson, 21, face charges stemming from an Oct. 24 incident in which the two allegedly took the head and foot of "Zap," the mascot for the Detroit Shock, after attending a game. The two said they made a wrong turn coming out of a restaurant in the Palace of Auburn Hills and ended up accidentally walking into a storage area where they spotted the oversized mascot uniform.

McCallister put on the head of the costume, while Masterson wore the boot. They then decided to go to a bar across the street. An employee promptly called police.

McAllister is charged with larceny in a building, according to the Auburn Hills police. Masterson is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property worth more than $1,000.

This is not Zap's first misfortune. The mascot was knocked out several years ago by Reggie Miller, the All-Star player for the Indiana Pacers, according to the mascot's official biography.

Stupid Crimes & Misdemeanors, a weekly feature of Courttv.com, is reported by Hozaifa Cassubhai

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