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Girl (13) hit car with pickaxe

A girl who attacked a car and home yesterday while armed with a pickaxe was arrested in the early hours of the morning.

It is understood the 13-year-old, who has previously been taken out of her mother's care, targeted a family who have made complaints to gardai about her relations.

The teen was arrested in the Garryowen area of Limerick at 2.30am yesterday after she attacked the car and home in the Fairview Crescent estate.

She was arrested near the house by officers from Henry Street Garda Station.

Fake gun used in extortion bid

A Louth man tried to extort €25,000 from his late brother's friend by producing a fake handgun.

Thomas Hogan (48) of Cedarfield Close, Drogheda told his victim he was going to kill him and his wife.

He pleaded guilty to using an imitation firearm to demand money from and threaten to kill Frank Martin at the Fingal House pub, Glasnevin Avenue, Dublin on December 27, 2008.

Judge Katherine Delahunt, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court remanded Hogan on bail to November.

Heroin addict robbed bookie

A DublinER who developed a heroin addiction in his late forties will be sentenced later for a string of robberies.

Christopher Dorman (48), of Harold's Cross Road, Harold's Cross, blew his savings on bets, panicked and tried to get his money back by using a knife to rob a bookie shop of €1,785.

Dorman pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing Paddy Powers Bookmakers, Balbriggan at knife-point on January 13, 2008. Judge Ryan adjourned the matter to later this month.

Study to map Ozzie's DNA

Scientists are to study Ozzy Osbourne to find out why he is still going strong after a life of excess.

DNA researchers said they are part of a team working to determine why decades of substance abuse did not end the reign of the 61-year-old Prince of Darkness.

Jon Armstrong, chief marketing officer for St Louis-based Cofactor Genomics, said Osbourne asked a Massachusetts human genomics company to map his DNA.