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Spencer Pratt arrested for illegal firearm possession; released

Spencer Pratt, former star of 'The Hills,' was arrested and released in Costa Rica on Saturday. He was taken into custody Saturday at an airport in Costa Rica for carrying an illegal weapon, according to U.S. reports.

Suspect attempts escape -- in police car

Greely, Colo. -- Police in Colorado say a man arrested and handcuffed after being stopped for drunk driving tried to escape -- in the police car of the officer who stopped him.

Adam Segura, 32, was recaptured after a chase lasting about a mile, The Greely (Colo.) Tribune reported Sunday.

Segura had been pulled over near Greely for speeding, and the police officer allegedly noticed alcohol on his breath and slurred speech.

Segura was cuffed with his hands behind his back and placed in the back seat of the unmarked patrol car.

As the officer, along with a backup patrolman, questioned a woman passenger in Segura's car, Segura allegedly managed to get the handcuffs in front of him, climb into the patrol car's front seat and drive away, the newspaper said.

5 US health workers arrested in Zimbabwe

Five US health workers, including two doctors, two nurses, and an organizer, were arrested on Thursday in Zimbabwe on grounds of running an AIDS clinic without the administration of a pharmacist or proper medical licenses.

Gibson arrest deputy suing LA County

Los Angeles -- The sheriff's deputy who arrested actor-director Mel Gibson is suing the County of Los Angeles for alleged discrimination and harassment, court records show.

Deputy James Mee arrested Gibson for drunken driving in 2006. Mee became a household name after it became public Gibson made anti-Semitic remarks during his arrest.

Mee, who is Jewish, is seeking undisclosed damages, claiming in his lawsuit that he has been subject to repeated disciplinary action and overlooked for promotions because he alleged his bosses ordered him to delete portions of his report about Gibson, reported. Mee has denied that he is the one who leaked the report to the media.

Police: Man claimed defibrillator was bomb

Las Vegas -- Las Vegas authorities said they arrested a man who walked into a casino strapped with a defibrillator he claimed was a bomb.

Police said Richard Sellers, 61, had the defibrillator vest strapped to his chest when he entered Arizona Charlie's at about 9:49 a.m. Saturday and told a security supervisor the item was a bomb, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday.

"Someone put this on me and said if he didn't win $1,000 in five minutes he was going to blow up the casino," police quoted Sellers as telling the security supervisor.

Sellers eventually admitted the vest was not dangerous after a two-hour standoff with a SWAT unit, police said. He told officers he worked alone.

T.I., wife arrested on drug charge

Los Angeles -- Rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle were arrested in Los Angeles on a drug-possession charge, an arrest report indicated.

The report said they were taken into custody Wednesday after Los Angles County sheriff's deputies "smelled a strong odor of marijuana" during a traffic stop, reported Thursday.

In a subsequent search, T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., and his wife were "found to be in possession of a controlled substance," the arrest report said. The illicit substance was not revealed.

Harris and Cottle each posted $10,000 bond and were released, sheriff's deputies said.

A Sept. 3 court date was scheduled.

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Man asked 911 for hug, hot cocoa

Beaverton, Ore. -- Police in Oregon said a homeless man broke into a fenced-in hot tub and -- after about 10 hours in the water -- called 911 to ask for a hug and hot chocolate.

Beaverton police said Mark Eskelsen used a cellphone to call 911 at about 7:10 a.m. Sunday and initially identified himself as "the sheriff of Washington County," The (Portland) Oregonian reported Thursday.

Eskelsen told the dispatcher he had been in the water for about 10 hours and he did not have any dry towels.

"I just need a hug and a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows in it," Eskelsen told the dispatcher.

Two arrested in bird thefts

Chicago -- Police in suburban Chicago said they arrested two people believed to be involved with a series of exotic-bird thefts at area pet stores.

The man, whose name was not released, and Rebecca Cozzi, 40, were detained Wednesday along with another man and woman, who are being questioned in the case, when a manager at the Petland store in Wheaton recognized them from released security camera footage from a Tuesday robbery at a Petland in Naperville, the Naperville (Ill.) Sun reported Thursday.

The manager said the four people were wearing the same clothes as the suspects in the surveillance footage from the Naperville theft, which involved the theft of a 6-month-old, rose-breasted Australian cockatoo.

Newlyweds T.I. and Tameka Cottle arrested for drug possession

Rap star T.I. and his new wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle have been arrested in West Hollywood for possession of a controlled substance, according to the Associated Press.

Tampa Bay Bucs coach arrested for DUI

Tampa, Fla. -- An assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been accused of driving under the influence in Tampa, Fla., police say.

Chris George Mosley, 32, in his second year with the team and his first as defensive assistant coach, was arrested late Tuesday, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported.

He had a blood-alcohol level ranging from 0.137 to 0.143, police said.

The legal limit to drive in Florida is 0.08.

Mosley was released from the Hillsborough County Jail Wednesday on $500 bail.

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