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Pot-smoking mum left baby on car roof

A teenage mother drove off from a friend’s house after smoking marijuana – forgetting she had left her baby on the car roof.

Catalina Clouser, now 21, drove 12 miles home before realising the two-month-old tot was not inside the vehicle and was arrested as she re-traced her journey.

The tiny baby was discovered by a passerby, still in a car seat and miraculously unharmed, in the middle of the road. Clouser, from Phoenix, Arizona, astonishingly escaped jail and was instead sentenced to 16 years probation after pleading guilty to child abuse and driving under the influence.

She was just 19-years-old in 2012 when she went to a friend’s home to smoke marijuana. Clouser told Maricopa County Superior Judge Cynthia Bailey: “I just want to say, I do know that what I did was horrible.”

School dress code for parents

A Florida school board member wants parents who pick up their children to pick up their pants, too.

Rosalind Osgood, the Broward County board member, said enforcing any dress code inside the classroom is especially difficult when there are parents showing up at school dressed in hair curlers, pajamas and saggy pants that hang below the waist, The Sun Sentinel reported.

She admits that there would be challenges enforcing such a dress code, but offered a few ideas that might help parents support the idea, like staging a fashion show.

“If we’re going to train little boys and little girls to dress appropriately at school, no sagging pants, no hair curlers, no short shorts. Parents should follow the same rules,” Osgood said last week.

A column in the Miami Herald poked fun at Osgood’s initiative, “Schools have dress codes for students because they spend the entire day there. My fuzzy bunny slippers will not interfere with their learning.”

Flats planted on top of tower block

A Chinese businessman has been caught after illegally building two flats on top of his 18th floor penthouse which he tried to hide by covering it with plants.

The scam was revealed when one of the residents complained to the local media after becoming concerned that it might damage the rest of the building.

Journalists in turn confirmed that the block should have only been 18 storeys high but had somehow acquired an extra two floors that were not officially registered in the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province, southeast China.

The person who leaked the news said they had reported the matter two years ago to local council officials but that nothing had happened, and complained that the businessman was too successful and well-connected for anything to be done.

According to the unnamed source, the businessman had purchased the penthouse which covered the entire 18th floor several years ago and people had been been surprised when he put huge trees and thick bushes on the roof. He later added camouflage nets that were filled with plastic plant foliage.

But under the cover of the mass of greenery, the man had slowly started to build an extension, incredibly hiding it from most of those in the block of flats by saying he was doing renovations on the 18th floor.

The local council has so far not commented although building experts interviewed by local media said that the extra floors could adversely affect the entire structure and added that it would need to be carefully tested to see if there was any permanent damage.

Male cop dressed as Amish woman for two months

An undercover cop spent two months dressed as an Amish woman in the hope of scaring off a man exposing himself to Amish children.

Pulaski Township Sergeant Chad Adams posted a picture of himself in the Amish attire on the department’s Facebook page.

Police were unable to charge the man because of a lack of evidence, but Sgt Adams thought it was important to publicise his assignment to deter the suspect or others in the future.

He wrote: “I wanted to share with you that we will use all means available to try and protect our children.

“That includes dressing up as an Amish woman to attempt to apprehend a pervert!”

The picture shows Sgt Adams in a blue dress, black cloak and bonnet.

Local Amish residents, who did not want their children to testify in court, supplied the officer with the clothes to help scare away the suspect.

Sgt Adams said the man has not been seen in Pulaski, around 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, since January.

Police believe the suspect is the same man who was sentenced to house arrest that month for similar behaviour in neighbouring Mercer County.

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