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2 ex-Kansas workers charged in ticket scam

Topeka, Kan. -- Two former University of Kansas Athletic Department officials were charged with ticket skimming in a $1 million sports ticket scandal, authorities said.

Jason Jeffries, former assistant director of ticket operations, and Brandon W. Simmons, former assistant athletic director for sales and marketing, were each charged with allegedly knowing more than $5,000 in Kansas Jayhawks tickets had been stolen from the university but not reporting the crimes.

The charge -- misprision, or concealment, of a felony -- carries a maximum sentence of three years in federal prison, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported.
The defendants' lawyers and a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office declined to comment.

Police: Drunk man took mower on highway

Madrid, Iowa -- Police in Iowa said they arrested a man who was erratically driving a riding lawnmower on a highway after midnight with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.19.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office said Robert Grimstad, 38, was pulled over just before 1 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of 300th Street and Iowa Highway 17, near Madrid, the Des Moines Register reported Thursday.

Deputies said Grimstad's blood alcohol concentration was measured at 0.19, much higher than the legal limit of 0.08 for operating a motor vehicle.

Grimstad, who told deputies he was picking up cans, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He has previously been charged with the offense on two occasions, authorities said.

Five arrests in Orlando park ticket sales

Orlando, Fla. -- An Orlando police officer has been charged with selling discounted employee passes to Walt Disney World on, court documents revealed.

Officer Wendell Robey was charged along with his wife and three other individuals with grand theft for allegedly selling tickets to the amusement park as well as Universal Orlando, The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel said.

Robey moonlighted at the Universal theme park and obtained employee passes marked "Not for Sale" that he sold to buyers who responded to Internet ads.

Accused burglar: I thought I was home

Punta Gorda, Fla. -- A Florida man charged with breaking into a neighbor's house says he simply got disoriented during a walk and thought he was in his own home.

Sheriff's deputies in Charlotte County in southwest Florida did not believe the story, WBBH-TV, Fort Myers, reported. Cody Hansen has been charged with the unarmed burglary of an unoccupied house.

Judy Blume's grandson charged in rape case

Tisbury, Mass. -- The 18-year-old grandson of author Judy Blume has been arrested for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl, authorities in Massachusetts said.

The Martha's Vineyard Times reported Elliot Blume-Pickle was arrested Tuesday and charged with rape by force and assault and battery for the alleged June 25 assault of a teen female at his family's Martha's Vineyard estate.

Tisbury police described the alleged incident as "acquaintance rape" when talking to the newspaper.

Blume-Pickle pleaded not guilty to the charges and posted $5,000 bail, the Times said.

The New York Post identified Blume-Pickle as the famous author's grandson and said a representative for Blume's publishers declined to comment on the case Thursday night.

'Staff member' at golf club has four legs

Philadelphia -- One of the most important "people" charged with keeping the golf course clean at Pennsylvania's AT&T National is a black-and-white dog, his boss says.

Charlie is a border collie, considered "part of the staff" at Aronimink Golf Club, who runs goose patrol keeping the birds off the course so their droppings don't soil the immaculate greens, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.

"She's kind of doing a patrol thing," assistant superintendent Ben Little said. "She's just prepared to chase anything that moves. Never actually caught anything, but she has fun with it."

Course superintendent John Gosselin said Charlie's job is to help deter animals interfering with golfers.

Barefoot bandit heading east?

Everett, Wash. -- A 19-year-old wanted for a string of burglaries in Oregon and Washington appears to have moved as far east as Illinois in recent weeks, police say.

Colton Harris-Moore, nicknamed the "barefoot bandit," has been charged with burglary and theft in Nebraska, the Everett (Wash.) Herald reported. Surveillance video from an airport in Norfolk, Neb., suggests he is the person who tried to steal a plane from an airport there on June 19, a police affidavit said.

While Harris-Moore has not been charged with stealing planes in Washington, investigators suggest he has done so after learning the rudiments of flying on the Internet.

Reds' Phillips booked for reckless driving

Cincinnati -- Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was jailed and charged with reckless driving Friday night, police said.

Kenton County, Ky., jail officials said Phillips was clocked driving 72 mph in a 35-mph zone in Park Hills, Ky., south of Cincinnati, and was booked into the Kenton County Jail, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Phillips was released after posting a $25 bond.

The infielder told the newspaper Saturday he was with his mother at the time and was rushing to get to a restaurant for a late meal with his parents when he was pulled over.

10 charged in director Yan Po's stabbing

Beijing -- Police in Beijing say they have charged 10 men in the stabbing of Chinese movie director Yan Po, who survived the attack.

The 43-year-old filmmaker was stabbed by four men in Beijing's Chaoyang District June 8, the day Yan's movie "Shaking Marriage" was released, Xinhua said.

Yan reportedly was seriously injured and remains hospitalized.

The news agency said two men turned themselves into police and confessed they hired eight others to attack Yan because he was dating the ex-girlfriend of their friend.

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Woman charged with assaulting Margera

Philadelphia -- A 59-year-old woman was charged with hitting reality TV personality Bam Margera in the head with a bat outside of a Pennsylvania nightclub, police said.

Best known for his appearances in the "Jackass" TV show and movies, Margera, 30, was treated at a hospital for his injuries and released, The Philadelphia Inquirer said.

Elizabeth Ray was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, after the alleged incident early Saturday near the Note nightclub in West Chester, Pa., Margera's hometown.

Ray posted $10,000 bail and was released after her arraignment, the newspaper noted.