Odds and Ends: Police dress as firefighters to arrest NH man

By The Associated Press

NEWPORT, N.H. – Police in Newport, N.H., say they dressed as firefighters to trick and arrest a man.

Police set off a fire alarm to evacuate an apartment building Tuesday night and arrested 34-year-old Matthew Miller when he opened his door.

Earlier, an officer knocked at Miller’s door after neighbors complained about loud music. Miller pointed a shotgun at the officer, who talked Miller into setting it down but backed off when he saw weapons and a toddler inside.

Officers returned dressed as firefighters to draw Miller out of his apartment and avoid a standoff. Police say Miller is a convicted felon with a history of violence.

New Hampshire’s largest firefighters’ union is protesting the disguises.

Man at border asks for manners, gets pepper spray

BLAINE, Wash. – A Canadian says he got a face full of pepper spray after repeatedly asking a U.S. border inspector in Blaine, Wash., to say please.

Desiderio Fortunato says he thought the inspector who told him to turn off his engine Monday was rude and asked him to say please.

The 54-year-old British Columbia resident told The Bellingham Herald that the inspector repeatedly ordered him to turn the car off and then said he would spray him if he didn’t.

Fortunato says he was stunned and blinded by the pepper spray and was pulled out of the car and handcuffed. He was detained about three hours.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mike Milne (MILL’-en) in Seattle says it was a lawful order that travelers must obey. He says the use of force is under review.