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Telescope: Halloween jokester brings out the Dirty Harry in trick-or-treater

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Every year, we read about sad stories of big kids stealing Halloween candy from little kids. Not this time. Not in South Carolina.

A woman in Aiken said that on Halloween Night, she saw some children she recognized and jokingly suggested she'd take their candy away. "No," responded one of them, a 10-year-old boy … and then he pulled a gun on her.

According to the Augusta Chronicle, the handgun wasn't loaded, but the boy did have a clip of ammunition on him, presumably in his trick-or-treat bag.

The boy was taken to police and later turned over to his parents. He took the gun without permission.

Hot and frozen

Train robbers broke into a rail car in the Southern California desert and made off with 20 boxes of what turned out to be frozen pigs' feet.

Union Pacific Railroad cops say the thieves likely did not know what they were stealing. They shouldn't have bothered. According to the Victorville Daily Press, the entire haul was probably worth no more than $200.

Forget something?

Police in Provo, Utah, say they had no trouble tracking down a burglar who broke into a car. It seems he left his dog at the scene of the crime, reports the New York Post. The dog wore tags that led detectives straight to the suspect's home.

This dog didn't go to heaven

Then there is the stray dog that was sent to the gas chamber at an Alabama dog pound and, figuratively anyway, lived to tell the tale. Make that tail.

The young beagle mix was left anonymously in a drop box at the pound in Florence, reports ABC News. He was supposed to be put down but he emerged from the gas chamber unscathed, his tail wagging. In the past 12 years, only three dogs have been so lucky.

The pup, named Daniel, will be given a fresh start with a family in New Jersey, thanks to the Eleventh Hour Rescue group. In the meantime, Daniel has been placed with a rescue volunteer in northern Jersey named Jill Pavlik. "He's absolutely fabulous," said Pavlik, a hairdresser. "He walked in the house like he had always lived there."

Breaking news

Speaking of good fortune, members of a TV news crew in Canada were stunned to learn — on live TV no less — one of their colleagues had just won $2 million in a lottery.

The lucky ticket holder is Barry Deley, a sports reporter for Global TV in Vancouver, British Columbia. He wasn't in the studio when his ticket was drawn, but his colleagues reached him by phone to break the happy news.

The winning ticket for the B.C. Children's Hospital Dream Lottery was drawn live on Global's Noon News Hour. When Deley's name was announced — surprisingly, the on-air hosts got it wrong at first, calling him Delaney — the anchors working the broadcast were visibly stunned. They called Deley, who was buying groceries at the time, reports the Vancouver Sun.

"You know people are going to think this is kind of fishy," said Deley when told the news by anchors Sophie Lui and Squire Barnes. He didn't say if he'd be back to work any time soon.

Wrong withdrawal

Sometimes picking up money is more of an adventure than you'd care to experience.

A man in Spain was shocked when he went to an automated teller machine to get some money — and a snake came slithering out with the cash.

According to the Euro Weekly News, the snake tried to bite the man, but he managed to grab his money and run. The bank manager was alerted and activated the machine from the inside and police were able to trap it. The snake was taken to a shelter.

Armed and dangerous

The guy in Spain is lucky he didn't lose an arm, which is what happened to a fellow in Bellingham, Wash., who accidentally severed his own arm with a homemade guillotine.

According to the Bellingham Herald, police found the severed limb and the guillotine in a transient camp. Doctors attempted to reattach it, but it's not known if the procedure was successful.

The guillotine was dismantled.

And finally …

"Man Steals Sandwich, Flees On Forklift, Police Say"

— Headline in the Arizona Republic over a story that we must see much too often these days

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