Man dressed as tree arrested for blocking traffic

PORTLAND, Maine — Police say they've arrested a man dressed as a tree for blocking traffic in Maine.

They say the man didn't respond to officers when they warned him against obstructing traffic in a busy intersection in downtown Portland.

WCSH-TV posted video of the man being arrested after he blocked traffic again.

A friend of the man says he was trying to study the city's traffic patterns.

The man appeared to be dressed as a pine tree or other type of evergreen.

Portland police haven't provided additional details.

Man thanks trooper in letter after speeding ticket

EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. — New Jersey State Police say the general manager of a company that operates radio stations complimented a trooper in a letter after he was ticketed for speeding.

The agency wrote on its Facebook page Thursday that Dave Coskey praised the trooper's attitude after he was pulled over on the Garden State Parkway on Sunday.

Coskey says Trooper 7515 could've given him the ticket and walked away but instead explained that they're trying to save lives, not just hand out tickets.

Coskey says the trooper told him they want people to slow down because there have been some deadly accidents recently on that section of the parkway.


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The former head of marketing for the Borgata casino and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers says the trooper then escorted him off the shoulder and back onto the roadway.

Associated Press