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Cops: Woman drops cocaine baggie in police station

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — A woman cited for public drunkenness in Pennsylvania accidentally dropped a baggie of crack cocaine on the police station floor, officials say.

Uniontown police say 23-year-old Savannah Turachak of Lemont Furnace was patted down for weapons but not otherwise searched when she was brought to the station Nov. 19. That’s because police were just citing and releasing her.

But police say Turachak returned moments later to report being harassed by someone and, in the process, fluffed her shirt to straighten it out — and the drugs fell out.

Surveillance video shows she tried to pick up the bag but instead left it when three other people walked in. Police found it a short time later and charged her.

When pigs fly? Not on this U.S. Airways plane

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — This was a pig that truly could not fly.

The pig was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Wednesday after crew members determined the animal had become disruptive, Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for U.S. Airways parent American Airlines, said Friday.

The pig had been brought aboard the flight by a passenger as an emotional support animal, Masvidal said.

She said both the pig and its owner left the aircraft before it took off. She had no other details and did not immediately know where the flight was headed.

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The woman tethered the pig, estimated at 50 to 70 pounds, to the arm rest, but the animal began walking back and forth, a passenger said.

Emotional support animals are allowed on commercial flights under U.S. Department of Transportation rules as long as they are not disruptive.

Black Friday checks late due to payroll boss’ vacation

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — About 1,200 government employees in a northeastern Pennsylvania county got their Black Friday paychecks late because the person in charge of payroll went on vacation and didn’t approve an electronic transfer.

Luzerne County administration officials say they corrected the error by Friday afternoon.

The Citizens’ Voice newspaper in Wilkes-Barre reported some employees were paid in the early afternoon, while payments were in the works for others.

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