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Ex-New Mexico football star found in bathtub, arrested

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico high school football standout is facing charges after police say he walked into a home that was left unlocked and took a bath.

KOB-TV reports that Ronald Daniels Jr. was charged with burglary Sunday stemming from the bizarre case.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman and her daughters returned to their Albuquerque home to find Daniels half-naked in their tub.

The woman told police that Daniels asked her not to call the police and offered her money before fleeing the scene. He was later arrested.

Police say Daniels told officers he felt comfortable in the home.

The former La Cueva High School star played one season at Texas Tech before getting kicked off the team for violating team rules.

It was unclear if he had an attorney.

Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Arizona officials: Squirrel, snake in bizarre brawl 

GOLD CANYON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities rushed to an Arizona woman's home after she called to report a brutal brawl on her back patio — between a ground squirrel and a gopher snake.

KPHO-TV reports that Apache Junction firefighters recently stumbled upon the bizarre backyard beat down at the Gold Canyon home and believe the two were going at it at least 30 minutes before their arrival.

Firefighter Ryan Philips immediately grabbed his smart phone to record the wildlife fight, which continued until firefighters stepped in and broke it up.

Officials say the snake had a few wounds when it was released back into the desert while the squirrel had only a couple of injuries.

Philips says he believed the squirrel had a nest nearby.

Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Police: Pennsylvania man quotes Bogart, Sinatra while DUI 

TYRONE, Pa. (AP) — A 78-year-old man was apparently doing things "His Way" when police charged him with drunken driving following a fender bender in his apartment building's parking lot.

Herbert Goss of Tyrone quoted famous lines from Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra when police responded to the wreck on the night of June 18, the Altoona Mirror reported Tuesday.

When Officer Barry Frye tried to question Goss, the suspect allegedly recited Bogart's famous line from "Casablanca" saying, "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world."

Police said Goss segued into Sinatra's "My Way" once it became clear he was in trouble, saying "And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain."

Goss told The Associated Press he plans to fight the charges and isn't guilty — although the version of events he gave Tuesday is the same as that spelled out by police.

But Goss doesn't believe he should have been charged with drunken driving because his car was parked and he was already out of it by the time police arrived. Goss said he wasn't that intoxicated but was instead dizzy from taking two medications on an empty stomach while at a nearby bar before driving home.

"I was overmedicated," Goss said.

He acknowledged regaling the police with movie and music lines to a reporter who called him at home on Tuesday.

"I'm locally known as a legend. Everybody says that's in my own mind, but if you don't blow your own horn, who's gonna blow it for you?" said Goss, who writes a weekly column for his tiny hometown newspaper.

Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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