Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happiness is a piece of cabbage

Little dog doesn't like to dine alone

Rescue dog Bonnie has a solution in order to eat alongside her new friend Clyde.

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Four caged puppies strapped to roof of van rescued by police

Police officers in Akron, Ohio, pulled over a van on Interstate 76 on Friday after getting multiple calls of caged puppies strapped to the roof. Police rescued the four puppies halfway through a Mennonite family's 300-mile trip from Ashland County to Pennsylvania.

"They've been travelling a long way already and had a long way to go and they had no idea what they were doing was wrong," said Sergeant Kris Beitzel. "I did ask him why the dogs were not in the car and he said he had far more important things to put in the car and there wasn't room."

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Police did not arrest the family of six which included a couple with their four children less than six years old. Instead police gave them a warning and educated the family on the law. "I didn't see any injuries, I did notice all four would not leave each other," said Beitzel. "They were huddled together, they were scared.

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"They had urinated throughout the cage, when I tried to get them out they ran back in the cage. They were very scared and I imagine intimidated, having been on top of that van for that long. Now they did have a tarp that covered three sides of the cage, but they are still experiencing a lot of wind, a lot of noise." The three-month-old puppies were taken to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron where they are cared for before being taken to Summit County Animal Shelter.

Peculiar self-amputating vertical swimming sea creature found washed up on beach

An unusual self-amputating, vertical swimming, serpent-like marine specimen has washed up on Aramoana Spit at the entrance to Otago Harbour in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Department of Conservation service manager David Agnew said he was called by resident Don Gibbs, who discovered the 3m-long fish. He had never seen anything like it in his 20 years with DoC. University of Otago New Zealand Marine Studies Centre manager Tessa Mills confirmed it was an "oarfish".

They have been known to grow up to 11m long. "They are usually found in deep water in tropical temperatures but I think they do come up to feed on the surface." She said it was unusual that it had been found washed up in a cold-water area. Marine studies programme director Sally Carson said it was one of the most "bizarre rare fish".

She said the oarfish hangs vertically in deep water and is known to "self-amputate" by biting off its own tail. "Why it would do that I have no idea." Myths have surrounded the fish with people around the world mistaking it for a sea serpent - there has even been a suggestion the mythical Loch Ness Monster could be an oarfish.

Wild chimpanzees look both ways before crossing roads

In a 29-month survey, researchers observed and recorded 20 instances of wild chimpanzees crossing a busy road in Sebitoli, in the northern part of Uganda's Kibale National Park. They watched 122 chimps cross the highway used by 90 vehicles an hour, many speeding at 70 to 100 kilometres an hour.

It's the first report on how chimpanzees behave crossing a very busy asphalt road, says Marie Cibot of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. Chimps are exceptionally cautious when they cross the road. Ninety-two per cent of them looked right, left, or both ways before or during crossing, and 57 per cent ran across, showing that they knew the value of reaching the other side as quickly as possible.

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Alpha males led and organised 83 per cent of the road-crossing groups. This implies that they recognised the importance of extra vigilance during road crossings. There was also evidence that healthy and dominant chimps often made sure that stragglers or more vulnerable members of the group crossed safely. Some 86 per cent of the healthy chimps looked back or stopped when at least one vulnerable individual, such as an infant or injured chimp, trailed behind.

Cibot now hopes to work with the Ugandan authorities to test new safety measures. "We aim to test mitigation measures such as bridges, underpasses, reduced speed limits, speed-bumps and police patrols in the area," she says. "Road infrastructure is spreading throughout Africa to support regional development, industry and tourism, and studying chimpanzee adaptation facing roads represents a way to reduce the risk of collisions."

Man fined for putting rats in wife's attic

A court has heard how a man whose wife took action to evict him from their home in Dumfries, Scotland, retaliated by putting rats in the attic. Lee Thompson, 42, bought the animals at a pet shop knowing his wife had a phobia about them. He admitted behaving in a manner likely to cause fear or alarm at the house in May last year.

Thompson, of Portling, near Dalbeattie, was fined £710 for the offence at Dumfries Sheriff Court. The court heard the couple had been married for 12 years but their relationship had broken down prior to the offence. Ann Thompson then took legal action to have him removed from the house and within hours he went to the pet shop and bought the two rats. When she returned with a friend to the house they found empty boxes from the pet shop with literature about caring for rats.

Fiscal depute Jennifer McGill said: "The wife has a deep-rooted phobia about rats, which he is well aware of." It was a few days later that the scuttling was heard from the attic and rat traps were put down in the loft. Ms McGill said: "The first night one of the rats was found dead in a trap and the following day the other was also discovered dead." Solicitor Carolyn Priestley said the relationship had now resumed and the couple were back living together and working things out.

She said Thompson, who had been going through a period of ill-health at the time, now realised it had been "a stupid thing to do". She added that the children of the family had been talking about rats as pets and this was partly why he bought them. Sheriff Kenneth Robb dismissed the suggestion they had been bought with the children in mind and told Thompson: "This was a nasty piece of behaviour to get back at your wife."

Man surprised and his sister hospitalised after 3ft-long snake found dangling from oven

A man from Halliwell in Bolton, Greater Manchester, found a 3ft-long snake dangling from his oven on Wednesday evening. David Atherton, 65, had left his oven on to preheat, and was opening it to put on some food, when he saw the reptile hanging at its side. As he watched, the black and white snake, now identified as a banded California king, fell onto the floor and curled up. Mr Atherton said: “When I pulled down the oven door this black and white thing was hanging down from the side of it.

“It was about an inch thick and at first I thought it was part of a packet, but then I realised it was a snake. There is a small gap between the oven and the fitted cupboards, which must be what it came through. You could not make it up. It is not something that happens every day.” Mr Atherton put the snake in a plastic food recycling box, and when police arrived it was moved to an empty bin for safekeeping.

RSPCA officers later retrieved the snake and the escapee has found a temporary home with Atherton conservationist and reptile enthusiast Crocodile Joe. Mr Atherton’s sister Margaret Meadows, who is in her seventies, has a huge phobia of snakes and suffers from heart problems. While she did not see the snake, after hearing about what happened she became distressed and was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital, where she remains in a stable condition.

Mr Atherton added: “Her phobia is so bad she cannot even look at a snake on TV, let alone see one in real life. I would not like to hazard a guess as to what would have happened if she had been the one to open the oven and see it. It could have been much worse. Nobody is saying Margaret is in hospital as a direct result of what happened, it is not what put her in hospital, but obviously it hasn’t helped either.” Crocodile Joe, who said that banded California king snakes can grow up to 6ft in length and as thick as a broom handle, said the Halliwell escapee was a “beautiful” specimen.”

Suspected would-be thief cut free from charity clothes bin after becoming trapped inside

A man suspected of trying to steal clothes had to be freed by firefighters after becoming trapped in a charity bin at St Stephen's Shopping Centre in Hull. A member of the public alerted security at the shopping centre when they heard banging coming from the bin at about 4.30am on Friday morning.

Because of the way the bins close, they were unable to reach in and get the man out themselves. In the end, emergency services had to free the suspect from the British Heart Foundation recycling bin using a disc grinder. Police also attended and an arrest was made. Shopping centre manager Jim Harris said: "It would appear some individual who was trying to steal clothes out of the bin had fallen in.

"These things have got a closing mechanism which only opens one way – he couldn't get out and we couldn't get him out. We had to call the fire brigade and they to grind the corner off and cut him out." The clothes bin is in the shopping centre's car park and is owned by the British Heart Foundation. The fire service confirmed officers attended shortly after 5am.

A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said: "A man was arrested after being found allegedly removing clothing from a charity bin in Hull. Officers attended after receiving a call and found a man inside the recycling bin. Humberside Fire and Rescue Service was called to assist in helping the man out of the bin and the 33-year-old man was then arrested on suspicion of theft."

Vigilance urged after naked grunting bald man seen aggressively masturbating at bus stop

Residents of Grove Park in south east London have been urged to be extra vigilant after a naked man was seen “aggressively masturbating” at a bus stop.

A woman was walking past the bus stop in Heather Road at 12.30am on April 16 when she noticed the man, who she described as being a white, in his late 50s and balding with light grey hair on the sides.

The woman, who cannot be named, said: "When he saw me, and I saw him, I started running and he started making the most awful grunting sounds and became quite aggressive with his willy.”

The woman added: "Even though he never chased me, who's to say he won't chase the next young woman and do something more aggressive." A police spokesman said: "We were called to reports of a naked man outside Grove Park station playing with himself. When officers arrived the man had made off, the area was searched but officers were unable to locate the man."

Mixed feelings over mystery bench plaque

A mysterious message has appeared on a bench in Leytonstone, east London. A plaque on a bench close to Saint John the Baptist Church in Church Lane now reads “Sit on me. I bet you haven’t felt wood this hard since Church.”

Staff at Artistry hair salon, in Church Lane, said they were shocked by the message. Carole Edrich, 40, from Wanstead, burst out laughing after the message was pointed out to her. She said: “I think it is brilliant. I’m sorry if it used to be a memorial bench, but it is funny.”

Lady Catherine, a Christian who works in Wild Goose coffee shop in High Road, was not impressed by the message. She said: “It is awkward. It is like an innuendo but with lewd anti-religious connotations, theres a lot going on. I’m not offended but I wouldn’t want to have to explain it to children and it is a family area.”

The Vicar of Saint John the Baptist Church, David Britton, said: "I only noticed it walking past a couple of weeks ago. I have no idea who put it up. I'm not quite sure what is meant by the message but I suppose the plaque is not a ringing endorsement for church pews. My hope and prayer is that for whoever wrote the plaque, the next time they are in church they would feel a sense of God's presence and his love rather just the hard wood of their seat."

Saturday, April 18, 2015

It's the weekend

Dog wants attention

Lexi expresses exasperation that no one will play with her.

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Man fired gun after becoming upset with neighbour requesting air for his bicycle tyres

A Florida man is being held with no bond after firing his gun outside his home, police said.

Police were called to Delray Beach shortly after 7pm on Sunday on reports of shots fired. Tom Condra told police that he went to his neighbour's house to ask him to put air in his bicycle tires, as he did a month previously.

Condra said he knocked on Stephen Gianuzzi's door, but no one answered. Condra said that as he was walking away, Gianuzzi opened the door and said, "I will blow your head off." Condra said Gianuzzi fired the gun once into the ground and then pointed the gun at him.

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Condra said he got onto his bike and went to the home of a neighbour, who is also a deputy. Police officers were able to get Gianuzzi to come out of his home. They said he appeared to be intoxicated. Investigators said that Gianuzzi asked them, "Guys, what's the big deal? I shot wide to the left of him."

Man arrested for riding a horse while drunk

A man from Betsy Layne, (population 688), in Floyd County, Kentucky, has been arrested on a litany of charges after police say he was found under the influence while riding a horse. Kentucky State Police responded to a call on Monday evening about an intoxicated horse rider on US 23. When they arrived, they found Michael Kimmel, 40, of Betsy Layne, matching the description.

The arrest report, filed by Trooper J. Gabbard, says he was ordered to stop, but instead he ran down an embankment, fleeing on foot, wearing only a brown hat, jeans, and boots. During the search for the suspect, police say the found his clothing on the back porch of his own house. Later, Kimmel was found by Trooper Goodsell, again on horseback. Officers say he resisted arrest, saying “I didn’t do [expletive], just riding my horse.”

The report says Kimmel would not submit to a field sobriety test, and later refused a breath test and blood alcohol test as well, though troopers took note of his slurred speech and the smell of alcohol, adding that he was unsteady on his feet. “Subject made threats to ‘[expletive] [expletive] up driving drunk in a car next time and he would give me something to worry about,’” the arrest citation quotes Kimmel as saying.

In their first attempt to lodge Kimmel at the Floyd County Detention Center, he was instead deferred to Highlands Regional Medical Center, after he claimed to have taken 15-20 Xanax, smoked meth, and used cocaine. While he was cleared by physicians at HRMC, troopers escorting him note him as saying “You cops are [expletive] when someone is not wearing handcuffs, and if I didn’t have these cuffs on I would kick your [expletive].” Troopers were then able to house Kimmel at the Floyd County Detention Center on charges of operating a non-motor vehicle under the influence, first-degree fleeing or evading police, menacing, third-degree terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, and third-degree criminal mischief.

Woman removed from flight after poking seatmate with pen for his alleged snoring

A female flier was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight on Thursday after allegedly jabbing another passenger in the arm with a pen. The passenger "was removed from the flight for poking her seatmate with a pen to stop him from snoring," Southwest said in a statement. But it's unclear whether snoring was the root cause of the incident. Michael Sutton said his friend, Lenny Mordarski, was asleep as Flight 577 was taxiing down the runway at Chicago's Midway International Airport en route to Manchester, New Hampshire, when a woman got agitated and stuck him in the arm with a pen.

"I was right beside him the whole time. Didn't hear snoring," Sutton said. "I guess his arm kind of brushed over to her. And she just went nuts and started stabbing (him) with (her) pen," Sutton added. "He screamed really loud, almost like a little girl." Mordarski said he yelled out to get flight attendants' attention after feeling pain in his arm. "Imagine being asleep and then being stung by bees," he said, "and then waking up and going, owwww." The woman smirked afterward, Mordarski said, but remained silent. "All I wanted to do," he said, "was not (to) be sitting next to her."

Sutton and Mordarski were connecting through Chicago on their way back from a multimedia convention in Las Vegas. The pilot returned the aircraft to the gate, where the woman was removed from the flight. "We were escorted off, they questioned us, and they took her away," Sutton said. The flight, which was already delayed, took off for Manchester after the woman was removed. It arrived in New Hampshire nearly two hours late. "The passenger in question will be accommodated on a later flight," a Southwest spokeswoman said.

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"No injuries were reported." No serious injuries, anyway. "Luckily he wore a thick long sleeve shirt or there would have been blood," Sutton said. "He will have a few bruises in the morning." By Thursday evening, Mordarski was smiling about the ordeal. He said it was unfortunate that it happened, but praised the airline for how the incident was handled. Sutton said Southwest treated them to free gin and tonics, and passengers cheered when they learned the woman wasn't coming back to the flight. "Everyone on the plane was happy afterward," Sutton said. "They were glad to get rid of her."

Men stabbed each other with broken beer bottles during debate about which is best phone

Two men have been hospitalised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after an alcohol-fuelled argument over whether iPhones are better than Android phones.

Police say a woman found a man covered in blood, stumbling around the parking lot of the Evergreen Apartments at around 1am on Friday.

When police arrived at the apartment complex, they learned that the roommates had been drinking and arguing over their mobile phones. Police say the two men broke beer bottles and stabbed each other with them.

One of the men smashed a bottle over the back of the other man's head. Police aren't sure who they will charge or if charges will be filed at this time. Both men are being treated at hospital for their injuries.

Elusive 'Tree Ninja' caught attempting to chop down tree with a hammer

After years of terrorising plant life in the Brighton neighbourhood of Boston, the so-called "Tree Ninja" has been apprehended. Boston Police observed a man "damaging a tree with a hammer."

For several years, someone has been engaged in periodic botanical brutality, killing or damaging young trees that were planted in Brighton. Flyers posted in the neighbourhood have warned residents about the “master of evasion”.

“The tree killer has now moved on to damaging and destroying flowering shrubs and bushes. YOURS COULD BE NEXT,” the poster reads. Over the past few weeks, detectives have been gathering video evidence. They set up surveillance in the area of the Brighton Elks Club to try and catch the culprit.

On Wednesday, police say 65-year-old Joseph Rizza showed up and began attacking a tree. As detectives approached him, they say Rizza tried to hide a hammer he’d been using, but it was too late. Rizza has been charged with five counts of willful and malicious destruction of property.

Raccoon climbed 200 metres up crane before going back down again

A fearless raccoon climbed more than 200 metres (700 feet) up a tower crane in Toronto, Canada. Rob MacFarlane spotted the raccoon clutching a ladder, looking a little apprehensive, with his eyes wide open.

MacFarlane said that it then went back down. The raccoon had made the 213-metre climb overnight and was waiting for MacFarlane when he arrived at work.

When he got close, the raccoon stared at him blankly and hissed a bit. Seemingly annoyed by MacFarlane’s presence, it then confidently made its descent to the ground.

This was not the first time MacFarlane has encountered a raccoon so high off the ground. Face-to-face, this was the second incident, but he has seen “evidence” multiple times before. “It’s not unusual,” he said. “Raccoons seem to like cranes.”

Unfortunate beaver crushed by tree it was felling

A beaver in Norway has been crushed to death after misjudging which way the tree it was gnawing down was going to fall. Beate Strøm Johansen, a Zoologist at the Agder Natural History museum in Kristiansand on the southern tip of Norway, was called to the scene after a local logger stumbled upon the animal.

“This beaver has been extremely unlucky,” she said. “I hope it’s not something that happens very often for the beavers' sake.” Johansen said that beavers normally have an uncanny ability to predict when and where a tree is likely to fall. “When the tree is falling they have to jump aside so the tree doesn’t hit them.

"Instinctively, they should know where it is falling, but sometimes they don’t know which way to jump,” she explained. “Sometimes there’s a strong wind and the tree doesn’t fall where the beaver thinks it's going to fall.” Leif Hægeland, the logger who found the beaver said he had never seen a beaver caught out like this in his 25 years in working as a woodsman.

“I have seen many beavers, but I have never seen such a thing,” he said. Beavers sometimes fell trees to provide logs to dam the rivers where they live, and sometimes for tree bark and cambium tissue to eat. In 2014, another beaver was found starved to death in southern Norway, after its tail was trapped under a fallen tree.

Hippopotamus spotted in London pond was probably remote controlled

A hippopotamus has been spotted swimming through the boating pond at Bushy Park in Richmond, south west London.

The hippo, typically native to sub-Saharan Africa, raised a few eyebrows as it appeared in the pond last Sunday.

A Royal Parks spokesman said no one had raised the alarm.

He said: "We are unaware of specifically what it is other than we’ve had no reports of a hippo in the park ... it’s probably remote controlled."