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CNN’s Anderson Cooper praises Wichita police official

Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte has a new job title – of sorts.

He has been crowned “the greatest public information officer in the world” by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Nolte earned the informal moniker for his handling of the case of the marijuana-munching mice last week. Evidence clerks at the police department’s property and evidence building at 410 N. Waco discovered that mice had chewed into and nested in three bags of marijuana connected to cases from 2009.

It was evident the mice ate some of the marijuana, according to a police report, and the clerks had to weigh and catalog how much marijuana had vanished.

“We’ve got some mice that are stoners,” Nolte said with a straight face on the day news of the marijuana-munching mice first surfaced.

The next day, Nolte displayed an artist’s rendering of the chief suspect in the case: a mouse.

The caper earned a place in Cooper’s “RidicuList” on CNN Monday, during which Cooper gave Nolte his lofty praise.

Nolte was keeping it all in perspective on Tuesday.

“After 20 years in law enforcement, nothing surprises me,” he wrote in an e-mail response to questions.

But his brush with national fame has brought Nolte an unexpected but welcome bonus.

“My kids think am ‘cool’ now. #thanks,” he tweeted to Cooper on Tuesday.

“Thanks for being a good sport! I hope you catch the mice!” Cooper tweeted in response.

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