Iowa man says he planned to compost pot, not smoke

By The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Police in Iowa say a man caught with a large quantity of marijuana claimed all he had in mind was recycling.

A complaint by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says the 30-year-old man told police in Iowa City that he planned to turn several large bags of marijuana into compost.

Officers report the bags he had when he was arrested early Saturday held a “gallon” or more of marijuana each.

The complaint says officers didn’t buy the compost story. The suspect remained in jail Sunday without posting $14,000 bail on a charge of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

Stolen soda machine’s tracks lead back to owner

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HUGHES, Ark. – Police didn’t have to look too hard to figure out the source of a soda vending machine found in a front yard – they just followed the tracks.

Deputies from the St. Francis County sheriff’s office spotted a Pepsi machine on Thursday in the yard of a home in Hughes. A set of dolly tracks in front of the machine led back to a liquor store less than a mile away that had reported it missing.

Two men in the yard fled when authorities arrived. One was arrested on suspicion of theft, fleeing on foot and obstructing government operations. The other remains at large.

About 1,800 residents live in Hughes, about 30 miles southwest of Memphis, Tenn.