December 16, 2012

Swift fan takes bus to Nashville, marks singer's birthday in jail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man took a bus from Wisconsin to Nashville, climbed a fence at a home linked to singer Taylor Swift on Friday and told police he was there to surprise a woman on her birthday, authorities said. He is jailed on a trespassing charge.

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Taylor Swift turned 23 on Thursday but she was traveling overseas for the occasion.

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The singer, who is overseas, turned 23 Thursday. Court documents show 24-year-old Jacob Nicholas Kulke of Marshfield, Wis., was arrested early Friday after climbing a fence and secured gate.

The affidavit did not identify the property owner, and Swift's spokeswoman declined comment on whether the home was linked to the family. But online celebrity news websites indicate Swift had a connection to the home. The City Paper previously reported that the $2.5 million house in Belle Meade, a Nashville suburb, was bought last year by a trustee who has previously handled property deals for Swift.

The affidavit said Kulke claimed he was in contact with a person at the home through "social media" and it was her birthday and he wanted to surprise her and that he was also dating her.

"He continuously stated once he was released, he was going to continue to have contact" with the people at the home, the affidavit said.

A lawyer for Kulke did not immediately return a message.

He was charged with criminal trespassing and his bond was set at $10,000.

Nashville police said in a news release that Kulke is also wanted in Colorado for contempt of court and probation violation in regard to a burglary case. He also has misdemeanor charges of battery, disorderly conduct and possession of THC from 2010 in Wisconsin, according to court records.

Nashville police say Colorado authorities have indicated they plan on extraditing Kulke back to the state once the trespassing charge is adjudicated.

Palin's son files to end his marriage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The oldest child of former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has filed for divorce.

Alaska court records show Track Palin and his wife, Britta Hanson, filed a petition for dissolution of marriage on Dec. 1. The court system website does not list attorneys for either party.

The couple married in May 2011 and they have a 16-month-old daughter.

The 9/11 attacks prompted Track Palin to enlist in the Army and he spent a year deployed in Iraq.

When his mother was the GOP vice presidential candidate in 2008, she spoke at his deployment ceremony in Fairbanks, one of the few trips back to Alaska while on the campaign trail that fall.

Ailing Mandela, 94, has gallstones removed

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela underwent a successful surgery to remove gallstones Saturday, the nation's presidency said.

The procedure was done while the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon is recovering from a lung infection.

Doctors treating Mandela waited to perform the endoscopic surgery as they wanted to first attend to his lung ailment, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement. Mandela has been hospitalized since Dec. 8.

In the procedure, a patient usually receives sedatives and an anesthetic to allow a surgeon to put an endoscope down their throat, authorities say. The surgeon then can remove the gallstones, which are small, crystal-like masses that can cause a person tremendous pain.

"The procedure was successful and Madiba is recovering," Maharaj said, using Mandela's clan name as many do in South Africa as a sign of affection.

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