Max sat quietly throughout his trial, never uttering a word in his defense. Max, after all, is a 7-year-old miniature schnauzer which was accused of breaking and entering a home and impregnating two female Pekingese. Lisa and Kenny Minton of Grand Prairie, Tex., filed a civil suit against Max's owners, Ken and Juanita Holbrook, contending that last March 7 Max had broken a window in their home, soiled two sofas, the carpet and a stereo speaker and impregnated their dogs, Sen Le and Dolly. The Mintons said that, when they returned home that night and opened their door, Max ran outside. Kenny Minton had identified Max by pointing at him in court and saying, "That's the dog." But County Clerk Pat Harris contradicted Minton, saying that, when he filed suit, he described the canine as a poodle. "The burden of proof was on you," Justice of the Peace Cameron Gray told Minton in dismissing the charges, "and I don't feel that you've proved it was Max." The Mintons were seeking $350 for the cost of cleaning their carpet and other furnishings and $80 for abortions for their dogs.
--Cyril Kimbrough's hobby seemed to be innocent enough. Kimbrough, a resident of a senior citizens' home in Evansville, Ind., likes to devote time to the 27 potted plants on his third-floor balcony. But the garden-variety endeavor soon led to a brush with the law, as Kimbrough was arrested for growing marijuana. "We just sat there, and here he comes like he was putting on a show," Vandeburgh County Sheriff Clarence Shepard said. "Then he turned around and went inside." Shepard said that he and several narcotics officers waited outside the apartment building after receiving a telephone tip. Kimbrough, 71, who is believed to be the oldest person in the county ever arrested for growing pot, said that the marijuana was for his 20-year-old girlfriend.