Friday, October 31, 2014

Busy rat stole and stashed hoard of Milkbones

Claudia Kucharek from Wichita, Kansas, thought someone was playing a prank when more than 100 Milkbone dog biscuits disappeared overnight on Saturday.



Kucharek said, "I went outside, inside looking for trails tracks or anything that would lead me to the Milkbones."



On Sunday her husband heard a suspicious noise under the hood of her car while in the garage.



He found all the bones packed under the hood and a large rat. The couple were able to trap the rat the next morning.

Video.

Members of anti-violence group arrested for assault

Two members of a anti-violence group in in Washington, Pennsylvania, were arrested by police, accused of beating a man unconscious. According to the Observer-Reporter, police arrested Emanuel Velez and Nikole Ardeno for punching and kicking 26-year=old Joshua Magraff.

Magraff had severe injuries and is in critical condition. The beating took place in Washington just before 4:30pm on Tuesday. Police said that Ardeno punched Magraff through the window of her vehicle. Then Velez got out from the passenger side and punched Magraff in the head, knocking him to the ground.



Police say the two them kicked Magraff while he lay unconscious on the sidewalk. Ardeno and Velez were arrested a short time later. The day before the beating, police say Ardeno, who is the co-coordinator for the Stop the Violence group, led a peace rally through the streets of Washington.

When police arrested her, she was wearing the same white “Stop The Violence” shirt from Monday’s rally. Velez wasn’t at the rally, but police say he is a member of the same anti-violence group. Investigators believe the two attacked Magraff because he was a former roommate and went to the apartment to collect his belongings.

There's a news video here.

Man accused of trying to steal TV from Walmart said he wanted to watch the Dukes of Hazzard

A 32-year-old Florida man reportedly tried to walk out of a Walmart with a large-screen television on Friday afternoon.

After he was stopped by store security, the man reportedly walked to a store display and started eating chicken. Authorities say Travis Ryan Royal of Dunnellon was seen dragging a 48-inch, flat-screen television toward the front door of the Walmart just before 2pm.



When stopped, he told store employees he had paid for the item and needed the security tag taken off, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report. Royal, who was reportedly heavily intoxicated, then wandered over to a display holding fried chicken and ate $3.67 worth of food.

When asked where he was going with the television, Royal said he was going to take it to a restaurant inside the store to watch the “Dukes of Hazzard.” Royal was booked into the Marion County Jail on one count of grand theft. He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

Dog's master fled from police, dog followed master, police followed dog, master arrested

A drug suspect is behind bars after his own dog helped police track him down.



Police say Edwin Henderson took off when two drug officers arrived at his home on Wednesday with a search warrant.

An investigator pointed to a fleeing Henderson and told his dog Bo "go get him." When the dog stopped and wagged his tail in tall grass, the officers knew they had found the man.



Henderson is charged with failure to obey Prattville, Alabama, police, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Teletubby will now face charges for break-in and theft of Chinese food leftovers - Update

In a reversal, Pennsylvania police have filed criminal charges against a college student who, dressed as Laa-Laa the yellow Teletubby, broke into his friends’s home, raided the refrigerator, and fled with leftover Chinese food that he dumped into his “man purse.”



Police officers on Wednesday charged Terez Owens, 20, with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct counts in connection with Sunday’s 2am break-in at a Bethlehem apartment two blocks from the campus of Lehigh University, which Owens attends. According to a Bethlehem Police Department report, a male suspect broke into an apartment “while wearing a yellow Tele Tubbie outfit.”

He then “took Chinese food from the refrigerator and dumped it into his man purse” before departing. Investigators quickly identified the 6’ 2”, 310-pound Owens as the man in the “Laa-Laa,” costume. “Chinese food was found in his purse,” noted officers, who reported that sesame chicken and sweet and sour chicken were purloined.



Additionally, “The Tele Tubbie had cut himself and also left blood all over the place.” While Owens’s friends, who also attend Lehigh, initially declined to press charges, when they realized that they would be responsible for a $495 repair bill, they had a change of heart , according to police Chief Mark DiLuzio. The collegian, a business major from Jacksonville, Florida, will receive a criminal summons by mail, added DiLuzio.

Thieves wrote apology on table after ransacking and flooding pub

Thieves ransacked and flooded the oldest pub in Merseyside before scrawling a message saying they were sorry. CCTV footage shows the gang as they broke into the Scotch Piper Inn in Lydiate, which dates back to 1320. The burglars ripped a boiler off a wall to get at the pub safe, bursting a pipe and severely damaging the interior of the Grade II listed building.



Phil Moran, who runs the inn with his business partner Julie Pringle, said the three men struck at around midnight on 24 October, just minutes after he locked up and went home. He said: “They broke in upstairs and had a look around there and then they broke in at the back of the building.

“They pulled the immersion boiler on top of the safe off the wall, which flooded the place. It’s caused extensive damage downstairs. It was a sea of water when I came in the next morning. They took enough to make it hurt. They took the safe itself and a lot of stock as well.”



After smashing two windows and flooding downstairs, one of the gang wrote an apologetic message in permanent marker on a nearby work surface. It read: “Sorry tried to turn water off. Could not find it. Hope you fix pub.” Mr Moran said: “They must have had a guilty conscience, but it’s hard to speculate what sort of mindset they had.”

Attention-seeking man banned from lying on the ground or pretending to have an injury

A man from Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, who caused a “nuisance” by feigning injuries and making time wasting calls to the emergency services has been given a two year anti social behaviour order. Andrew Davies has been banned from lying on the ground or pretending to have an injury as a way of attracting attention. He has also been told he cannot be intoxicated whilst in a public place or call the emergency services or initial response unless in times of a genuine emergency.

The 51-year-old received the ASBO order at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court. PC Chris Allman, Wycombe anti social behaviour officer, said: “Davies came to police attention initially by making time wasting calls to the emergency services. On most occasions he would be intoxicated. When dealt with by a police and council joint team he gave away his telephone to stop the temptation. However he then took to pretending to fall in the street near his home as a way of attracting attention to himself.



“He would lay there feigning an injury until an ambulance attended. Local residents came to know what he was doing and started to ignore him and regard him as a nuisance. Davies then would orchestrate his falls on a nearby main road whereby he would be seen by a larger number of people. Numerous motorists have done the decent thing and stopped to assist the man laying on the ground. Not realising they were being duped, they invariably would call the ambulance to attend to him. The ambulance staff and paramedics would normally recognise Davies and know what he was doing but were duty bound to deal with him professionally.

“On a number of occasions he was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital where he was more thoroughly checked over but he was always discharged as having no injuries. He has been offered support from numerous agencies and given many opportunities to change his behaviour. Davies’ continual lack of engagement has ultimately resulted in this town wide ASBO.” The court concluded that an ASBO was necessary to protect persons in England and Wales from further anti-social acts by him. The ASBO will expire on October 14, 2016. Thames Valley Police has asked anyone who sees Davies breaching his ASBO to contact them.

Three-year-old girl shocked after witnessing Tigger having sex in public toilet

A worried mother called the police after her young daughter caught 'Tigger' having sex in a toilet. The young girl caught a man in fancy dress having "full-blown sex" in the public loo at Barton Hill in Dawlish, Devon.



Grandmother Maryanne Saunders posted details of the incident on the Dawlish Neighbourhood Police Facebook page. She wrote that her daughter took her own young child to the toilets.

"There was a couple in the baby changing room having full blown sex," she said. "They slammed the door in my granddaughter's face and caught her hand in the door resulting in bruising to her fingers.



"This is a disgusting act and in a baby changing room. They were about 30ish, the man had a Tigger outfit on, the woman was undressed. It's not very nice for a three-year-old child."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anything good on TV?

Dog and sheep vie for human's attention


YouTube link.

Residents unhappy about mothball-lined driveway

Residents of a Florida neighbourhood say a woman with "400 or more" mothballs lining her driveway is causing a health hazard. Dana Nicol of the Mandarin neighbourhood in Jacksonville said a neighbour's driveway is lined with mothballs, some in bags and others loose.



"It started off with just a few and now it's got over 400 or more," Nicol said. "She drives back and forth and crushes them up with her car to make them stink even more." Neighbour Kim Bristol said she filed a complaint with the city, accusing the neighbour of causing a health hazard.

"I've talked to nearby neighbours and we're suffering symptoms from the mothballs," Bristol said. "Respiratory, coughing, headaches and it's not just adults. It's also affecting the children. My own children included." A woman at the offending home said the mothballs are intended to keep dogs from defecating in her yard.



The Pet Poison Helpline classifies mothballs as having a "generally moderate to severe, life-threatening" effect on dogs and cats. City officials said an inspector visited the property on Oct. 23 and the investigation is ongoing.

There's a news video here.

Naked man told police he felt a spiritual calling and had noticed strange things in the sky

A naked man spotted at an intersection in Port St. Lucie, Florida, told police he felt a “spiritual calling” to be outside in his birthday suit and that he saw “strange things in the sky.”

When police encountered Keith Berfield, 56, at about 10:48 pm on Oct. 17, the only thing he had on was “a large metal ring around his testicles,” according to recently released records. Asked why he was outside naked, Berfield said he felt a “spiritual calling.” He said he’d been “called” to his back porch and further “moved” or “called” outside where he noticed “strange things in the sky.”



“The defendant (Berfield) could not describe what he meant by strange things but stated that he has been seeing this for the past several days and that standing in the driveway naked with officers was deja vu,” the report states. He started rambling about a “spiritual initiation,” and investigators suspected he may be under the influence of drugs. He told police he had “meth and weed” in his home, which was nearby.

Police and Berfield went in his residence, and Berfield put on some underpants. Investigators found a variety of drugs, including suspected LSD, methamphetamine and marijuana. Berfield was taken to the hospital, and police asked him again why he was outside naked. He said he’d been on drugs and wasn’t really sure why. Berfield, of Port St. Lucie, was arrested on seven felony and two misdemeanour drug-related charges.

Kitten freed after getting head stuck in wheel

Two Sheriff's Animal Control officers from Martin County, Florida, helped rescue a 10-week-old kitten that got itself in a tight spot.



The officers, Heather Belknap and Michele Thonney, said they couldn't believe their eyes when they found the kitten’s head lodged in the hole of a car wheel.

At first the officers said they weren’t sure if they were able to set the animal free unharmed, but they worked slowly and managed to dislodge the kitten without causing injury.



The kitten is now being cared for at a local veterinary hospital, and is likely to be up for adoption soon, said a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.

Stolen sheep found in woman's bedroom

A woman has been arrested after a flock of sheep which was reported missing was found in an outside room used as a bedroom on her property in Thabong, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, said Free State police.

The room had a bed and a wardrobe in it, said police spokesperson Malebo Khosana. The woman was questioned about why the 12 sheep were there and she failed to give an explanation.



"She was arrested and the sheep were confiscated by the police," Khosana said. A farmer in Virginia had reported that 23 of his sheep were stolen. Police searched the area and five of them were found grazing in a nearby veld.

The sheep in the veld and the ones discovered in the women's bedroom were positively identified as the farmer's sheep through their markings. It was unclear what had happened to the five others which were still unaccounted for. The woman was expected to appear in court soon.

Vicar seeks ban on farting baby commercial

A vicar in Norway was outraged and has called for a ban on a cinema commercial trying to promote baptism using a farting, rapping baby. The offending advert was aired to encourage more people to baptise their children.



Helge Helgesen, a vicar from Stavanger, has demanded the advertisement be banned. The Tjensvoll church vicar said: “This is, to say it mildly, one of the worst ways of representing the baptism ritual of the church that I have ever seen.”

Norwegian religious organization “Aksjon dåp” (“Baptism aid”) of Stavanger are behind the 30-second video clip that is now shown in cinemas in Rogaland. The purpose, claim its producers, is to “show the richness and blessing of baptism”.


YouTube link. Vimeo link.

Helgesen demanded to have the ad removed immediately and said: “Someone has completely lost their mind. Because I feel it is only offensive to what we stand for as a church.” PR expert Jarle Aabø backed Helgesen and said the baby in the advert “sounds like a drunkard living under a bridge drinking methylated spirit.” Aabø added: “I think this is nothing to laugh about.”

Man brandished knife at party-goers after being accused of taking too much stuffing from buffet

A man from Llandderfel in Gwynedd, Wales, brandished a knife at terrified party-goers in a row over buffet food. Craig Peter Stewart of Hen Ysgol threatened a man who he claimed insulted him while he was helping himself to food from a buffet table laid out for a birthday party at Llandderfel Hall, near Bala in the early hours of Sunday, 24 August.



Stewart, 31, pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing a knife when he appeared before Dolgellau magistrates last Thursday. The court heard that police were called to the hall at around 2.10am. Stewart said he had been “insulted” at the party by a man who made reference to the amount of stuffing he was taking from the buffet.

After leaving the party, the court heard, an intoxicated Stewart ret urned wearing different clothes with a hood, and carrying a large bread knife, a kitchen knife and a paring knife from his home, which was just 200 yards from the hall. When officers arrived on the scene they found Stewart being restrained by two fellow party-goers.



In defence, Stewart claimed he returned to the party with the knives as he “wanted more food” and there was “no cutlery on the buffet table”. And he said he had changed his clothes because he was feeling cold. But the prosecution labelled his version of events as “fantastical”. Stewart will be sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court on Thursday, 6 November, after Dolgellau magistrates declined jurisdiction. He was released on conditional bail until the hearing.

Police seek thieving couple who walked out of store carrying table

A couple were caught on CCTV walking into a store and moments later leaving with a £299 table.



West Midlands Police have released CCTV footage of the theft in a bid to trace the pair.



The footage shows the pair walk inside the Next store in Arena Park, Coventry, on the afternoon of October 9.


YouTube link. West Midlands Police original video.

The man, wearing a flat cap, takes a photograph frame off the table before less than a minute later the woman helps him to pick up the piece of furniture. They can then be seen to carry it through the front doors and out to the car park.

Garden ornaments banned after elderly residents row at sheltered housing complex

Garden ornaments have been banned at a sheltered housing complex in Wales after police had to be called to stop months of rows between elderly residents. Swansea council said the dispute concerning the communal garden at Waverley Close in Clydach had provoked threats and intimidation.

One 80-year-old man had to be taken to hospital after suffering an angina attack after an argument. South Wales Police confirmed residents had been "spoken to". Now Swansea council has said all ornaments must be removed from the shared garden.



A letter to residents from a Swansea Council housing team leader said: “Over a period of time officers have responded to issues raised by residents, which included threats, intimidation, accusations of theft, financial inconsistencies and damage to the communal areas. While this type of behaviour is inappropriate and unacceptable, officers have been working with those involved in order to reach a satisfactory outcome without success.”

It added: “Regrettably, however, after careful consideration as landlords of this complex, it has been decided that all structures, ornaments of any descriptions must be removed from the communal areas with immediate effect. I am sorry that the behaviour of a small minority of residents has resulted in this decision being made. However, there is no other option available to us as landlords to ensure the health and well-being of all residents.”