CHESTERTOWN, Md., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- "Frosty the Snowman" was arrested in Chestertown, Md., for allegedly assaulting a police dog and two police officers at a parade, authorities say.
"Frosty," or at least the man wearing the snowman costume, Kevin Michael Walsh, 52, was arrested Saturday morning at the town's annual Christmas parade, and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton reported.
Sgt. John A. Dolgos said Walsh kicked at a police dog that was sitting with handler Pfc. James Walker as part of the traffic control detail for the parade. Walker "kindly escorted him away from the crowd and then it got heated," Dolgos said.
While taking off the head portion of his costume, Walsh allegedly hit Walker in the face with it, police said.
As Walker and Pfc. Marty Heinefield put Walsh on the sidewalk "as part of routine takedown [procedure]," Dolgos said, the man began yelling, "You have no right to arrest me."
When the two officers tried to put Walsh in the back of a squad car, he allegedly pushed Heinefield, police said.
Walsh is on probation for a September conviction of disorderly conduct.
3 plead guilty in toilet paper scam
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Three South Florida salespeople face up to 20 years in prison for conning elderly people into buying unnecessary septic products.
Christopher Lincoln, Mary Moore and Joseph Nouerand pleaded guilty in federal court this past week to conspiring to commit wire fraud, The Miami Herald reported Saturday.
Authorities said the three worked for FBK Products of West Palm Beach and told their victims they needed to buy the company's special products to avoid ruining their septic tanks.
During phone sales, salespeople for the FBK Products claimed the company was affiliated with the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, federal prosecutors said. Victims were also told they needed to buy special soap, detergent and toilet paper or their septic tanks would not pass federal inspections.
Prosecutors said the company made about $1 million from more than a dozen victims nationwide.
Lincoln, Moore and Nouerand will be sentenced in February. Three other suspects are awaiting trial.
Bikini boosts SoCal dog search
LA JOLLA, Calif., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A San Diego woman says she'll be stationed at a busy intersection in her bikini as long as it takes for her missing dog to come home.
Arlene Corona spent a mercifully warm Thanksgiving Day near a La Jolla, Calif., shopping center dressed in a bathing suit and holding a sign that was definitely getting a look from passing cars.
The sign alerted passers-by that Corona's Chihuahua, Chipy, had gone missing. She told KTLA-TV in Los Angeles she would not be eating anything either until her pooch was back safe and sound.
Strange town names decorate the Texas map
SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Texas is host to hundreds of towns with strange names, including one dubbed Nameless, a folklorist says.
The town of Nameless got its handle after several other names for the proposed town were rejected by the U.S. postmaster in 1880, the San Antonio Express-News reported Sunday.
Finally, after the sixth rejection, a resident sent a note to the postmaster saying, "Let the post office be nameless and be damned!" And thus the town of Nameless was born.
Other towns adopted names for specific reasons, said Rhett Rushing, a folklorist at the Institute of Texan Culture.
Some residents named their towns after large cities as a way of raising attention, such as Atlanta, Detroit, Paris and Carthage.
Others were named after the town's roots, like Bovina, where cattle were shipped to market, and Muleshoe, which grew around a blacksmith's shop.
Happy, Joy, Utopia, Paradise, Eden, Placid, Prosper and Loyal Valley were all named with good feelings.
There are dozens of towns named after men and women, Native American tribes, food and actions, while some are just bizarre. Looneyville, Fluvanna, Loco, Noodle, Cut And Shoot, Gun Barrel City and Lazbuddie can all be found on the state's map.