Mice overrun Fla. courthouse, fall from ceiling

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - There are so many mice in one
Florida county courthouse that they've been seen falling from
ceiling tiles.
One judge at the Palm Beach County Courthouse calls it an
infestation. Some staffers say they check their handbags for
stowaways before leaving the building each day.
Court employees and lawyers say the rodents scuttle down
corridors, munch legal papers and scratch behind the walls. Last
week, one mouse ran around a courtroom floor for an hour during a
burglary trial.
The courthouse facilities manager says he's put out a few dozen
traps to capture the rodents. He says he's not sure there has been
an uptick in mice lately but says they're getting more press than
they deserve.


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