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December 03, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Michgan (AP):

A Canadian man caught at a border crossing with 51 turtles taped to his body pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling or attempting to smuggle more than 1,000 of the reptiles out of south-eastern Michigan.

Kai Xu, 27, would order turtles online and travel to the US to pick them up and then ship them to China or return with them to Ontario, Canada. He pleaded guilty to six crimes in federal court in Ann Arbor and faces a maximum

penalty of 10 years in prison. It's illegal to export wildlife from the US without a permit from the government.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP):

A former Ohio Lottery Commission employee has been sentenced to probation for stealing $115,000 in instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners.

WFMJ-TV in Youngstown reports a judge in Mahoning County ordered David Dragelevich (druh-GEL'-uh-vich) on Monday to pay restitution and serve five years of probation. An Ohio Inspector General's office report released last May said Dragelevich would keep tickets returned from an unidentified retailer, then enter in a lottery database that they'd been resold and cash out winning tickets.

YORK, Pennsylvania (AP):

Emergency workers in Pennsylvania got an unpleasant surprise when they wheeled a patient out of a home to their ambulance, only to find it wasn't there. Police in York told the York Dispatch that 21-year-old Leonard Eugene Smith took the vehicle for a joy ride Friday before ditching it.

They say an in-vehicle camera captured his actions and a tracking device led them to the ambulance. Jim Arvin, president and CEO of White Rose Ambulance, said the video shows Smith "having a good time" behind the wheel, adding he "seemed excited".

SWETT, South Dakota (AP):

The south-western South Dakota ghost town of Swett is once again for sale, and this time the asking price is a lot cheaper.

Swett is home to about six acres of land, an empty house reputed to be haunted, and a closed bar. It first went on the market in June 2014 for $399,000. It generated interest around the world, but the three written offers fell through for

various reasons. Real estate agent Stacie Montgomery told the Rapid City Journal that she's put the town south-east of Rapid City back on the market, at a reduced price of $250,000.