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Indiana police chief shot with Taser raises $800 cash

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. (AP) — A police chief of a small eastern Indiana town who was shot by a stun gun at fundraising event to buy a new squad car says he raised about $800 in cash and received a $25,000 pledge from a Texas company.

Knightstown Police Chief Danny Baker says he's been receiving calls from all over the country and expects to collect more money. His goal was to raise $9,000 so the town of about 2,100 people about 25 miles east of Indianapolis could lease a new squad car. He says he might be able to get a second car.

He says the feeling of being hit with 50,000 volts of low-amp electricity Wednesday night felt like someone hitting him in the back of the head repeatedly.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Tied Ohio's mayoral election: draw of the cards

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio community's mayoral race could be decided by a drawing from a deck of cards if the tie between two candidates holds during a recount set for next week.

Chad Waters was declared the winner of the Hanover mayoral race this week when he drew a nine of diamonds from the deck to beat the five of spades pulled by Nicole Gieseler, The Advocate newspaper in Newark (http://ohne.ws/Ifu7Pn) reported.

The county's official tally after the general election had the two tied with 104 votes apiece once provisional and absentee ballots were counted. A winner has to be declared before a recount under state law, said Sue Penick, director of the Licking County Board of Elections.

Officials opted for the card drawing instead of a coin toss, the other option permitted by law.

"We felt that was the most fair way," said Mary Ann Lollo, who leads the board.

Gieseler said she doesn't plan to withdraw before the recount and believes Waters will do a good job if the position becomes his.

"I'm at total peace with the decision," said Gieseler, a preschool teacher and daughter of a former mayor.

Waters, who runs a golf store in Heath, said he'll seek to consult his opponent's if his first bid for public office turns out to be successful. But, he said, he's awaiting the recount first.

Information from: The Advocate, http://www.newarkadvocate.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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LDS bishop dresses as homeless man to teach lesson 

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Members of a Mormon congregation in a Salt Lake City suburb encountered someone they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. What they did not know was the man was a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

At least five people asked David Musselman to leave the church property in Taylorsville, some gave him money and most were indifferent.

He said he disguised himself as a homeless man to teach his congregation a lesson about compassion. To make his appearance more convincing, he contacted a Salt Lake City makeup artist to transform his familiar face to that of a stranger not even his family recognized.

"The main thing I was trying to get across was we don't need to be so quick to judge," Musselman told KUTV-TV.

He received varied reactions to his appearance at church, he said.

"Many actually went out of their way to purposefully ignore me, and they wouldn't even make eye contact," he told the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/1aYkBtP ). "I'd approach them and say, 'Happy Thanksgiving.' Many of them I wouldn't ask for any food or any kind of money, and their inability to even acknowledge me being there was very surprising."

The reaction that touched Musselman the most was from children.

"I was impressed by the children. I could see in their eyes they wanted to do more," he said.

Musselman, who told only his second counselor that he would be disguised as a homeless man, walked to the pulpit during the service. He finally revealed his true identity and took off his wig, fake beard and glasses.

"It had a shock value that I did not anticipate," he said. "I really did not have any idea that the members of my ward would gasp as big as they did."

Ward member Jaimi Larsen was among those surprised it was her bishop. "I started feeling ashamed because I didn't say hello to this man ... He was dirty. He was crippled. He was old. He was mumbling to himself," she said.

It wasn't Musselman's goal to embarrass ward members or make them feel ashamed, he said. Instead, he wanted to remind them to be kind to people from all walks of life not just at the holidays, but all year long, he said.

"To be Christ-like, just acknowledge them," he said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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'Duck Dynasty' inspires Pa. church to go 'camo'

BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania pastor inspired by the popular reality TV series "Duck Dynasty" is encouraging his congregation to come to church in camouflage clothing on Sunday.

The Rev. Chris Terbush tells the Bradford Era he's hoping to attract new members to The First Wesleyan Church of Bradford, and to celebrate the state's outdoors heritage before deer-hunting season opens Monday.

"Ultimately, the major goal is to draw new parishioners," Terbush said. "I thought it'd be neat if nothing else to show the community who we are."

"Duck Dynasty" chronicles a family known for their long beards and camouflage clothing that has made a fortune making and selling duck decoys to hunters.

The 30-year-old pastor and outdoor enthusiast is a native of Indiana and a life-long hunter. He plans to dress in his hunting clothes, as the evangelical Protestant denomination doesn't require that he wear a clerical collar or other garb to preside at church services.

"There are a lot of hunters in our congregation," Terbush said. "I know we live in a hunting community and we're open to all people including hunters."

The church is located about 120 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, not far from the border of New York.

Terbush said he's still working on a sermon that "could very well deal with the subject of camouflage itself."

"Camo Sunday" might even become a regular event if it proves popular.

"We'd love to do it every single year," Terbush said.

Information from: The Bradford Era, http://www.bradfordera.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Shrunken head? Ripley's New York to shoppers: Believe it

NEW YORK (AP) — Where's a Black Friday shopper to turn for a 19th century vampire-killing kit?

Believe it or not, the item is part of the Black Friday madness at the Ripley's Times Square Odditorium. It will set you back about $25,000.

At a little more than $19,000 a shrunken head is a comparative bargain.

Or the thoughtful gift-giver might prefer a taxidermy Albino giraffe. The price tag is about $1.7 million. Gift-wrapping is not included.

Still got tons of room under the Christmas tree — and about $2.5 million to spare? Your loved one might be clamoring for 18th century, iron-clad elephant armor from India.

Already shopped out? No problem. The "featured collection" is being offered until Dec. 24.

Online: http://www.ripleysnewyork.com/giftacular/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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