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Real-life Grinch arrested for making off with Christmas presents

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 10:22 PM

VIDEO: Real-Life Grinch Arrested After Stealing Christmas Presents

Mississippi man with a history of Grinch-like behavior is off the streets for the second Christmas in the last few years after police caught him snatching presents from houses as they were being delivered.

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Jason Robert Phillips, 34, was arrested on Thursday morning and charged with five counts of petty larceny. In a press release, investigators described the porch pirate as a “Grinch” and Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell wrote that the Phillips’ crimes were all caught on video.

The arrest comes two days after Mississippi resident Heather DeHart posted a video of a man stealing packages from her porch. DeHart wrote “UPS delivered some of the kids’ Christmas gifts, as well as a much-anticipated Star Wars bow tie and suspenders for the Christmas program. Our security camera caught him, I zoomed in, but unfortunately no luck on plates … we don’t give our kids electronics, so he was probably pretty disappointed with his Advent calendars, kid-sized Star Wars attire, Hot Wheels, board games and my contact solution.”

And for the southern Grinch, getting arrested is basically a holiday tradition. In 2015, he was arrested by the same sheriff’s department when he snatched Christmas packages from a porch. In that incident, which was reported by the Sun Herald, a resident managed to take down Phillips’ license plate number as he was peeling out of the driveway. He was arrested on stolen property charges for that crime and this year, the Sun Herald reports that Phillips was convicted of the charges. However, it seems that he was able to weasel his way out of prison since he had the opportunity to repeat his thefts this year.

In fact, we’ve seen a lot of Grinchy behavior this year — the nation seems to be suffering from an overall deficiency of Christmas spirit. In Alaska, a middle-aged preacher burst into a holiday store and started bellowing at the children that “Santa Claus isn’t real.” Meanwhile, a pregnant woman in Georgia has been dinging doorbells before breaking into homes and making off with property. Hopefully, old Saint Nick is taking the names of these coal-deserving Scrooges down for his deliveries.

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American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at Florida airport

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:12 PM

File photo.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Tim Boyle/Getty Images
File photo. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)(Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

An American Airlines plane flying from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Palm Beach International Airport developed a hydraulic leak Saturday afternoon. 

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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the airport after the plane landed safely at the gate at about 1:07 p.m, according to Capt. Albert Borroto.

The plane -- which was scheduled to land at PBI -- did not need to make an emergency landing, and there are no reports of injuries, Leonard Serratore of PBI said. 

It is unclear if the plane experienced the leak before or after the plane took off from Charlotte. 

In August 2016, a similar incident with an American Airlines plane occurred at PBI in which the plane developed a hydraulic leak on a taxiway. In that instance, 23 passengers and one flight attendant were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries, including burning eyes, itchy skin and difficulty breathing.

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Trump considers pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

FILE - This undated photo shows boxer Jack Johnson.  President Donald Trump says he's considering
FILE - This undated photo shows boxer Jack Johnson. President Donald Trump says he's considering "a Full Pardon!" for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his relationships. Trump tweets that the actor Sylvester Stallone called him to share Johnson's story. Trump says Johnson's "trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial." The president adds: "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!" (AP Photo/File(AP)

Prodded by actor Sylvester Stallone, President Donald Trump said he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion, more than 100 years after he was convicted by an all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines.

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Jack Johnson, who died in 1946, was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes.

"His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon from Mar-a-Lago. "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"

Johnson's family has tried to get a posthumous pardon for years. The tweet comes a week after Trump pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a top aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

Verne Troyer, famous for his role as
Verne Troyer, famous for his role as "Mini-Me" in the Austin Powers comedies, died Saturday. He was 49. (Photo: Verne Troyer/Facebook)

Verne Troyer, famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" comedies, died Saturday. He was 49. 

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‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74

Published: Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 7:09 PM

Remembering R. Lee Ermey

Actor R. Lee Ermey, famous for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” died Sunday. He was 74. 

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