Saturday, August 01, 2015

It's the weekend

Little superhero eats its dinner

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Orphaned baby flying-fox enjoys a cuddle

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Lady arrested for downing Jell-O shots while driving bus

A woman accused of taking Jell-O shots of alcohol while transporting passengers at an Illinois River resort was arrested on a complaint of driving while impaired. Tammy Jones, 53, of Wagoner, Oklahoma, was arrested at about noon last Saturday in Cherokee County on a complaint of driving a motor vehicle while impaired.

Jones, who has since been fired by Eagle Bluff Resort in Tahlequah, posted $2,500 bail that day and was released from the Cherokee County Detention Center, authorities said. Jones consumed Jell-O shots supplied by passengers, said Ed Fite, administrator for the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission, which oversees the waterway.

“It’s absurd that someone who is retained to drive a bus that the general public has paid is consuming an alcoholic beverage,” Fite said. “It’s beyond me. I’ve seen a lot in working 32 years on the Illinois River. But I’ve never run up against this particular type of incident where one of the people we rely on to make sure the public is safe failed to keep their responsibility.” Jones’ breath alcohol level was measured at 0.07 percent, said Capt. Bill James of the Rogers Division of the OSRC.

A person can be arrested on a complaint of driving under the influence of alcohol with a reading of at least 0.08 percent. The threshold for a DWI complaint is 0.06-0.07 percent, according to Oklahoma statutes. After disembarking, a passenger told a ranger about Jones’ consumption of alcohol, James said. It is unclear how many passengers were on the bus, but the average number before noon is 15-20, he said. Jones was a temporary employee who had begun driving the bus on July 18, Fite said.

Couple charged with theft of pet hamster from school

Two residents of Skowhegan, Maine, were arrested on Thursday after they admitted to stealing a pet hamster from the Cornville Regional Charter School, as well as other items from the school and area camps, police said.

The hamster, named Link, is a pet of the school’s kindergarten class and was recovered during the execution of a search warrant, according to Sheriff Dale Lancaster, of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. Gerry Braley, 26, was arrested and charged with four counts of burglary and four counts of theft.

Alexis Lloyd, 19, was summoned on one count each of burglary and theft for her alleged involvement in the break-in at the school. “I believe they felt (the hamster) was alone in the school and they wanted a hamster,” Lancaster said. He said Link was returned to the school’s executive director, Justin Belanger, who was elated at the return of the pet.

“I’m not a veterinarian, but he appeared to be healthy,” Lancaster said. Sheriff’s deputies and Skowhegan police executed the search warrant as the result of an investigation into several burglaries in the area. Stolen items included tools, televisions, electronics and the hamster. Surveillance videos and information from the public helped in the investigation and eventually led police to Braley and Lloyd. The investigation is ongoing.

Man acquitted of speeding offence following banana testimony

A district court in the Västmanland region of Sweden have found a man not guilty of having speeded at 68 kilometres per hour on a 60 km/h road in the city of Västerås because the offender was eating a banana.

He had been snapped by a police camera in September last year and was handed a 1,500 kronor ($110, $174) fine at the time. In the picture it is clearly visible that the driver was eating a banana. However, the car owner claimed it couldn't be him because he is on a low-carb diet and doesn't eat bananas.

“I have not eaten bananas for more than two years because I am on the LCHF diet,” the man wrote in his appeal. The driver also told the court that his car was up for sale in September last year and that between six and ten people had been test driving it around the time of the alleged offence.

In the end, mainly because the photograph snapped by the speed camera was found to be of too low quality to prove the identity of the person behind the wheel, the court ruled that the man would not have to pay the fine. Proponents of the LCHF diet (Low Carb and High Fat) eat a lot of protein-rich and fatty foods but avoid high-carbohydrate contents found for example in pasta and certain fruits.

Ladders in the news

The quick thinking actions of a homeowner may have prevented his flat in Manchester's Northern Quarter from being burgled.

The concerned man had called 999 when he saw ladders against his window, thinking it was attempt to break in.

While he was on the phone, he saw two people stop to talk to the potential thieves below and quickly pulled their ladders up in through his apartment window. Police are now investigating the incident which happened at around 11.30pm on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile in Ireland, the Roscommon Herald report about Mr Lukas Selucky, who was shocked to discover that a ladder had an owner.

Cat left looking permanently puzzled after bumping his head when a kitten

A cat is now permanently cross-eyed after falling from a window and bumping his head as a kitten.

Eight-year-old Ozzy lives with Ian and Evelyn McDougall in Perth, Scotland.

Ian says: “Ozzy fell off a window sill and we reckon he dunted his head then. That’s when we took him in because he was the runt of the litter.

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“I think he’s got tunnel vision, it’s very comical when he’s chasing a fly. He’s got real character about him. He’s a bit daft but very friendly. The condition doesn’t hinder him in the house.”

Petition opposes council's demand for removal of pub landlord's 12ft high wooden Stonehenge

Villagers and tourists have started a petition opposing a council's decision for a wooden version of Stonehenge in Swanage, Dorset, to be taken down. Pub landlord Charlie Newman built "Woodhenge", a sculpture of tree trunks, in a field by the Square and Compass pub at Worth Matravers.

Purbeck District Council said it must be taken down by 4 September as the structure opposes planning rules. An online petition against the decision has attracted hundreds of signatures. Resident Valerie Burden said: "It enhances what is already a unique place to live and visit.

"It is not a blot on the landscape but a beautiful natural attraction which has to be left to be shared with as many as possible." Mr Newman who built the sculpture just before the Summer solstice on 21 June would like to see the creation stay for a couple of years. He said: "It does sit well in the landscape.

"It's not offensive, being timber it's got a limited life, so if it could stay for a little while longer it would be quite nice." Purbeck District Council said it had been in contact with Mr Newman and agreed the structure could stay for a temporary period until 4 September. The local authority said people should get in touch with them if they are planning any sort of building work.

Man called 999 demanding that police arrest girlfriend’s cat for eating his bacon

A man called West Yorkshire Police wanting to press charges against both his girlfriend and her cat.

He accused his girlfriend of having allowed her cat to eat his bacon. 

Despite the call handler explaining that a cat eating bacon is not a criminal offence, the man seemed determined that someone was at fault.

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Asked whether he would like to press charges against the cat or his girlfriend, the caller said, "Both of them," before being told that the police don't arrest cats.

Friday, July 31, 2015


Dog freezes up in silent protest

Mia the Golden Retriever has an odd way of demonstrating that she's not happy about a delay in departure to play fetch at the park.

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Residents unhappy about worms in their tap water

Residents of a small east Texas town say they are dealing with worms in their drinking water.

About 30 neighbours from the Woodland Acres subdivision of Old River-Winfree went to the water facility on Wednesday afternoon with their own samples to show. They all said that worms are flowing out with their tap water.

"There's these red ones, there's these black ones, almost look like tadpoles," said Andrea Devault. Private company, J&S Water, says it did have a power outage this weekend and some equipment broke, so it flushed the system and on Tuesday asked people to start boiling their water.

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But the company says it's tested the water multiple times with the state environmental agency and found no sign of worms. They're blaming some other source, like the pipes. The neighbours went to the water facility hoping to talk to someone from the company but the spokesman is out of town.

Motorist who was speeding in reverse with his genitals exposed conceded that he was impaired

A man who was speeding in reverse and had his genitals exposed told deputies: “There is no doubt that I am impaired.” At about 2:35am on July 11 police officers reported a man later identified as Steven Nichols, 64, pulled in the parking lot of an abandoned building in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Nichols, driving a Nissan utility vehicle, revved the engine and started speeding in reverse. He nearly crashed into a concrete pillar. St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies spoke to Nichols, who had a pack of beer in the front seat. Investigators saw an open Budweiser in the cup holder, but Nichols denied it was there.

He said he went to the gym, then a bar in Stuart and quaffed “at least” three drinks. He said he was trying to get home to Virginia, which is approximately 800 miles away. He said he “needed to be here” and wanted to “detox himself mentally” before going home.

Before Nichols participated in field sobriety exercises, deputies noticed that his genitals were exposed. As Nichols, of Jensen Beach, took field sobriety exercises, he said, “There is no doubt that I am impaired.” Nichols was arrested on a DUI charge and received citations including refusing to submit to a breath test and having an open container.

Man should probably stay away from 18th and Emmet Streets

A 27-year-old man shot and wounded on Sunday night in Omaha, Nebraska, remains in a critical condition.

Ran’dell Busch was shot at about 10:40pm near 18th and Emmet Streets. He was hit in his leg or legs and was taken with life-threatening injuries to Creighton University Medical Center, police said.

Busch has been shot before. In January 2012, he was shot in the leg by police when he ran away from a van parked near 18th and Emmet as officers approached. He later pleaded no contest to resisting arrest in connection with the incident.

Busch was again shot in September 2014, also near 18th and Emmet Streets. Police said at the time that he was uncooperative and offered little information about the shooting. The investigation into Sunday night's shooting is continuing.

Missing peacock returned before leaving again

A missing peacock in western Prince Edward Island, Canada, returned briefly to his enclosure on Tuesday, but took off again before he could be recaptured.

Owner Kevin Cook said his bird Tango was spotted by neighbours. "I went and looked and there was nothing, so he must have, I thought, flew up into the trees or jumped over and gone somewhere in our wooded area, or who knows where.

"But he was gone. It was a short little show that he knows where home is at least. That was the positive out of all that." Cook only recently acquired the four-year-old bird and has been actively trying to find Tango since he went missing.

He is trying to attract him by playing peacock calls on his cellphone. Cook said he's had calls from the mainland from people who've seen peacocks on the loose, but he's pretty sure Tango hasn't wandered that far.

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Man who rode out of shopping mall on Pooh bear-type children's car finally arrested - Update

A man has finally been arrested for stealing a Winnie the Pooh bear-type toy car from a shopping mall in Belarus. CCTV of the incident was released by police several days after the crime was committed on 6 May.

The footage shows a man walking around the mall and taking a seat on the toy car while talking on his phone. The man then edges it towards the exit doors.

He is then seen slowly but surely manoeuvring the toy car across the shopping mall's car park. Police in the capital Minsk made a public appeal for anyone who recognised the man to come forward.

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They also promised confidentiality to those who could help identify the thief. A labourer has now confessed to the crime, saying he was drunk and did not remember where he abandoned the toy car that night. It has yet to be found.

Badger recovering at animal shelter after being found drunk on Polish beach

A female badger is recovering at a Polish animal shelter, two days after the party animal was found passed out on a beach having had too much to drink.

“Oh, youth. Oh, summer holidays,” animal shelter Dzika Ostoja joked on Wednesday on it's Facebook page, detailing Wandzia the badger’s plight in the Baltic seaside resort town of Rewal.

“We found Wandzia drunk, surrounded by seven [empty beer] bottles. There were two more in the bushes, so it’s possible Wandzia began partying there. Haha.” The badger is believed to have stolen the booze from fellow beachgoers, before removing the beer caps with her teeth.

The black and white omnivore was unconscious for two days, the shelter’s manager, Marzena Bialowolska, said, adding that the badger had partially recovered but was still unable to sit up. “She’s been sleeping, drinking water and eating chick meat,” said Bialowolska. If all goes well, Wandzia will be released back into the wild by the end of the week.

There's a short video of a recovering Wandzia the badger here.

Man's unusual eight-month campaign against neighbour's fence gets a result of sorts

A man has spoken of his relief after planners at Kirklees Council in Yorkshire finally made a decision over nis neighbour's fence. Retired plumber Gary Flowers, 68, went into battle with council planners over the 8ft fence next door which was put up in June 2013. Gary insisted the fence failed to comply with council policy, yet the council hadn’t made a decision in eight months.

Following his long campaign, the council have finally rejected a retrospective planning application, saying it was an eyesore and a road safety danger. Even though the decision had gone his way, Gary said: “I don’t consider it a victory because that’s not what it was about. I don’t have anything against my neighbour, this was all about the council and planning policy. If this application had been approved it would have set a precedent.” Gary, of Wakefield Road, Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, pointed out that a fence next to a highway needed planning permission if it was over a metre (3ft 3in) in height.

In parts the fence which surrounds the house next door is between two metres and 2.5 metres (8ft 2in) tall. Gary said drivers emerging from the driveway couldn’t see down the road until the last minute. Believing his protests were falling on deaf ears Gary went to extreme lengths to publicise his case, spending up to £1,500 on his one-man campaign. He put up a sign board with slogans and banners in his front garden and had a row of toy monkeys sitting on top. He also hired a planning consultant, set up a YouTube channel and hand-delivered 7,000 letters to homes and businesses across Kirklees.

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Refusing the application, the council’s decision notice said the height and design of the fence “fails to retain a sense of local identity and is not in keeping with the appearance and character of the street scene” and was “prejudicial to the visual amenity.” It said the fence to the front of the house was “harmful to highway safety” as was the fact that cars emerging from the gateway would have to slow down or stop on a busy main road. Gary said he now wanted the council to enforce the decision and order the fence be lowered or taken down.

Cow and bullock got heads stuck in same tree four days apart

A cow and a bullock both got their heads stuck in the same tree days apart. The animals were found wedged at Trelissick House in Cornwall. During the first incident last Friday, staff on the estate spent half an hour trying to find a way to free the bullock before deciding to chisel away some branches to release its ear.

In the second incident, which happened on Tuesday, a cow did exactly the same thing and was again freed by staff. National Trust worker Craig Hardman said he thought it was a joke when he was told about the first incident. But when he arrived at the field and saw the bullock's head stuck in the sycamore tree he said he realised it was actually quite serious.

"We don't know why the cows did it," he said. "We've looked at the hole and there is nothing of any interest in there. We just think there were some insects in there that attracted them. Maybe they just wanted some alone time. We don't know how long they had been stuck in there when they were spotted.

"We've had two different cows get their heads stuck in the same hole four days apart. To my knowledge it has never happened before. It is a bit of a weird one." The National Trust has now fenced off the tree to stop the cattle from doing it again. They belong to a local farmer and graze on the estate near Truro.