Thursday, February 26, 2015


Husky puppy makes conversation

Little Ramsey has a lot to say for himself.

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28-year-old man accused of assaulting 92-year-old girlfriend

Memphis police have charged a 28-year-old man with assault after he was accused of choking and shaking his 92-year-old girlfriend. Thomas Standley was arrested on Wednesday morning and charged with domestic assault and assault.

Police were called to a duplex in East Memphis at around 10pm on Tuesday. The victim’s daughter told police that she heard her mother screaming saying “let go of me, you’re hurting me.”

The woman said she went next-door to check on her mother and Standley became angry and pushed her out of the front door. Police arrived at the scene and detained the suspect. The 92-year-old woman told police that the suspect got mad at her because she did not want to take her medicine. She said he choked her, squeezed her arms and shook her.

She told officers that the Standley, who is her live-in boyfriend, hurts her all the time and she was afraid to call police. She said she lived in fear and that she after she signed over power of attorney to the suspect she can’t get away from him, according to the affidavit. Standley was uncooperative with police and arrested. He is due in court on Thursday.

Woman refused to leave burning home because it was too cold outside

A woman from Maryville, Tennessee, escaped serious injury on Friday morning after facing the dilemma of remaining in a burning house or seeking refuge in the freezing cold. When Blount County firefighters were dispatched to a fire alarm call at 1:43am they didn’t yet realise the homeowner was still inside the structure. Blount County Fire Capt. Jerry Phillips called the house several times, and eventually got in touch with homeowner Rose Creech. “He could hear a fire alarm beeping in the background and she was coughing,” said Blount County Fire Lt. Tim Ogle.

“He asked her if she was okay, and she told him, ‘My kitchen’s on fire.’ And as soon as she said that he lost contact with her.” Phillips was able to get Creech back on the line and discovered she was still inside the home. Phillips told Creech she needed to leave the residence, but she replied that it was too cold to leave, Ogle said. Phillips begged the woman to leave the home, but when Blount County Firefighter Richie Storie arrived, he discovered she was still inside. As Ogle explained, when Storie arrived, the garage door was open. He walked through and found an open door which led into the home.

“He encountered black smoke,” Ogle said. “Thick, dense, black smoke, almost all the way to the floor.” Storie had heard that Creech was still inside, so he yelled inside the home and she responded. The firefighter, who had arrived in his own vehicle without an air tank, asked if she could make it outside. But because of the thick smoke, she was unable to see well enough to do so. Storie tried to lead her out with his voice, and Creech eventually found her way out another nearby door, where deputies from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office were waiting. Ogle said they were able to help Creech down to a neighbour’s house, where they waited for an ambulance.

As for the fire, firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the kitchen. There was still heavy smoke damage throughout the home. But because of the cold, all the water firefighters were using was freezing, Ogle said. “Not only was our water freezing outside anywhere that it hit the ground, but the water that we sprayed in the kitchen on the vinyl flooring was freezing on the floor,” Ogle said. “We were ice skating around that house.” It appears the fire started on or near the range top of an electric stove in the kitchen, Ogle said. Creech was transported by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to be treated for smoke inhalation. She did not suffer any burns or major injuries, Ogle said.

Man unsuccessful in attempt to make passable counterfeit money using printed table napkins

A suspended sentence was handed down recently in a Canadian provincial court to a Lennox Island man who tried to produce counterfeit money using table napkins manufactured with images of $100 bills printed on them.

The court was told that 22-year-old Cass Alder purchased a package of napkins stamped with images of $100 bills, cut the images out of the napkins and secured them to paper using a glue stick.

To ensure the image of the $100 bill was affixed to the paper, it was placed in the oven for a short period of time. Alder then tried to purchase several items at a convenience store with one of the bogus bills. The clerk refused to accept it.

Alder then left the store, leaving the bill behind. His attempt to pass counterfeit money resulted in a term of probation of 18 months. Speaking for himself, Alder said he’d made a lot of mistakes in his life. "It took me a long time to realise I deserved better than this for myself,” he said.

Indian-born man who duped woman into sex by pretending he was caucasian has avoided jail

A man of Indian descent who thought he’d get more online dating profile hits pretending to be a blond caucasian has narrowly avoided jail after taking his deceit too far. Deepak Dhankar, 29, and a father of three, used photos of a muscular, blond stranger and adopted the name “Jamie” for a dating profile he used to arrange a tryst with a woman in Melbourne, Australia. Dhankar, a financial planner, turned to online dating in 2012 after his third child was born and his wife became ill.

In October that year, he started chatting and exchanging explicit photos with the victim before they agreed to meet at her house for a sexual liaison. Dhankar let himself in through the unlocked door and entered the bedroom where the woman was naked and facedown on the bed. The two had agreed beforehand that “Jamie” would play the role of a dominant and the woman would be a submissive. As part of that arrangement, Dhankar insisted she keep her eyes closed and never look at “Jamie”. The woman consented to this and Dhankar performed sex acts on her while she lay on the bed.

He then told her to go into her bathroom where their sexual activity continued until the woman’s small child stirred. When the woman went to settle her child, she saw Dhankar’s hand and realised he was not the blond he’d described himself to be. She decided to play along because she was afraid of what might happen if she let on she was aware he wasn’t “Jamie”. In her victim impact statement, she told the court the incident left her feeling violated. Speaking in Victoria County Court on Wednesday, Judge Jane Patrick questioned the wisdom of the woman’s actions but said that did not diminish Dhankar’s moral culpability.

The sexually frustrated man was charged with procuring sex by fraud after the woman discovered he was not who she thought he was. Dhankar was sentenced to a two-year order that required him to perform 200 hours of community service. Judge Patrick told Dhankar it was a serious matter to obtain access to another person’s body by deception and had he not pleaded guilty she would have jailed him. “It appears that you chose this extremely selfish, immature and inappropriate way to deal with your frustrations arising from the problems you and your wife were having,” Judge Patrick said.

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Woman scattered nails on road in bid to boost business at her husband's tyre repair business

A 36-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly scattering nails on a main road in Hua Hin, northern Thailand, in an effort to bring more business to her husband’s tyre repair shop.

After receiving regular complaints about burst tyres since January, police took to the streets as undercover garbage men and spotted a woman spilling nails while riding a motorcycle.

Officers arrested the woman, identified as Kesarin Channiem. According to police, Kesarin said her husband’s tyre business had fallen on hard times, and that the nails were an effort to bring in more customers.

Police have charged Kesarin with damaging property, and urged other motorists affected by the nails to come forward and press charges.

French man again crowned 'world's best pig squealer'

Noël 'Nono' Jamet the pig squealer from northern France has done it again. His impression of a breastfeeding pig won him the top prize for the sixth year in a row at France's annual agricultural fair in Paris.

Truck driver Monsieur Jamet, 48, dresses up in pink, straps on pig ears and a pig-nose, and then uses a microphone to do pig noises to the best of his ability.

"When it comes to being a breastfeeding pig, you really have to entertain the public," he said after the event at the Agricultural Fair (Salon de l’Agriculture) at the Porte de Versailles.

Noël 'Nono' Jamet's winning pig squealing performance from back in 2012.

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The competition pulls in the crowds every year to watch competitors grunt and squeal for a chance to win the trophy. When Monsieur Jamet's not acting like a pig at agricultural shows, he can also be found squealing at weddings and birthday bashes. And it's not the kind of skill one can pick up overnight. He's been practicing since the age of 15.

Swan rescued by firefighters after becoming trapped in telephone cables

Firefighters have rescued a swan which became tangled in telephone cables up a pole in Edinburgh. The bird got stuck up the telegraph pole at about 10:00pm on Monday. A fire crew went to the scene after a warden from the Scottish SPCA called to ask for help in rescuing it.

The firefighters used a short extension ladder and bird netting to bring the injured swan, which has a suspected broken wing, down to safety. The bird is now being cared for by the Scottish SPCA. The rescue operation, involving five firefighters, took about 35 minutes.

Steph Grant, Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer, said: "The swan had become caught in telephone wires above an Edinburgh garden. "It was around 15ft up and in a great deal of distress as one of the wires had wrapped around its wing.

"As it was wet last night the swan may have been confused and thought it was near a pond. I called the fire and rescue service for assistance and would like to thank them for all their help. They were fantastic throughout the rescue and were able to reach the swan using a ladder and bring it down to safety."

Police issue apology after horse left unwanted gift on man's shoe

Not-so jobsworth staff on the Greater Manchester Police Twitter account responded after receiving a complaint via the social media channel.

A disgruntled member of the public complained about an encounter with one of the force’s police horses, which left him with something unpleasant on his shoe.

Twitter user @edgardavidgeps tweeted: “One of your police horses just did a big shite going past me on Withington Road. Some’s gone on me trainer. Livid.”

Officers were happy to have some horseplay with their response to the complaint about the incident which occurred some time on Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Giddy up

Synchronised horses wander around their field

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Man suffered bruised knee after being blown out of exploding bathroom

A New York man escaped with just a bruised knee after he was a launched out of a bathroom by an explosion. Jeffery Oppenheim was visiting his friend Andrew Pessin in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday when the unusual incident occurred.

He was inside the home for only ten minutes when he went to the first floor bathroom and heard a strange clicking noise. Then there was a gigantic bang and the walls started to cave in. The force of the blast threw him out of the room.

Oppenheim said, "It happened in an instant like getting hit by a cannon." Pessin said, "I was in the kitchen with my kids and immediately smelled the burning smell and we just picked them all up and ran out of the house."

Everyone made it out safely. Oppenheim has a bruised knee but says he's just glad it wasn't worse. An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blast.

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Fog blamed for boat crashing into restaurant

As fog shrouded the Florida coastline at about 5pm on Monday, a 39-foot boat crashed onto the shore in front of the Sunset Grille in Little Harbor, sliding across a broad beach and smashing into the restaurant.

Two people suffered minor injuries. Seven people were on the boat and one was taken to a hospital. The person driving the boat "just kept going straight and never turned,'' said witness Bob Schafer.

The four-engine boat was travelling at 40 to 50 mph, said Nacole Revette, a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman. She said firefighters shored up the restaurant roof.

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No alcohol was suspected. The fog appeared to be a major factor in the crash, said Baryl Martin, a Fish and Wildlife spokesman. The boaters' names were not released. An investigation is ongoing, Martin added.

Cheeky koala caught in the act while trying to steal Land Rover

A schoolboy from rural Victoria, Australia, returned home on Monday to find a furry carjacker behind the wheel of the family Land Rover.

Sam Box, 15, said he had just got off the bus after school when he found the koala “trying to drive”. He quickly snapped photos showing the koala sitting in the driver’s seat with its paws on the steering wheel.

“We see them a fair bit here but never in the car,” Sam said. He said he made a bit of noise so it would move on but the friendly intruder was not afraid. “It was checking me out as much as I was checking him out,” Sam said.

“I opened the door and he just got out and walked away.” Sam and his father Michael Box live on a 200-acre sheep farm at Maude near Geelong. Mr Box said he “couldn’t believe it” when Sam showed him the photos.

Return of crustacean hat means crab races can continue

Crabs will again be racing in Broome, Western Australia, this year, following the mysterious return of a metre-long crab hat central to the show. Owen Pointer - better known locally as Rabbit - hand-made the wide-brimmed crustacean hat 21 years ago when he started hosting weekly hermit crab races at a local pub.

But this year's racing season, due to start at the Easter long weekend, may not have gone ahead because of the apparent theft of the headwear. Last Thursday Mr Pointer went to the pub's storeroom to collect his unique headgear, but it had vanished. "I went to grab the hat to do some TLC on it before we start the season, and lo and behold it wasn't there," he said.

A devastated Mr Pointer circulated the story among locals, prompting an anonymous drop-off to the hotel it had been stolen from. "From what I've heard, a red car went by and hurled the hat out there, and it landed on the hedge," Mr Pointer said. "It was a drive-by return sort of thing. I guess it might of been done as a drunken lark, and they've realised the error of their ways and returned it back to us."

The theft of the hat had thrown this year's crab-racing season into doubt. But Mr Pointer said the hat would be back in action after getting a bit of care. "The crab races will definitely be on," he said. "I'm sure security will be stepped up after this." Crab racing is a popular sport in the Kimberley region, with hermit crabs taking to an indoor racetrack in Broome, and the larger, more aggressive mud crabs raced outdoors in the nearby town of Derby.

Lady's celebratory 21st birthday balloons led to police accusations of Islamic State propaganda

After Sarah Ericsson hung up balloons in the shape of the number '21' for her birthday, her home in Sweden was paid a visit by police officers who thought they stood for 'IS' and had been put up by supporters of the Islamic State extremist group. "It was a little strange," the 21-year-old student said.

She was already in class on Monday when her boyfriend Fabian Åkesson, who was staying at her home in Karlskrona, received a visit from police. A passer-by had called them after looking through the window at two balloons pushed together to make the number '21' and confusing their reverse image with the letters 'IS', which the extremist group also known as Isis and the Islamic State often uses as part of its propaganda.

"We understand why someone would report it if they thought it looked like IS-propaganda, although everyone else just thought it looked like the number '12' from outside," Ericsson said. Her boyfriend Fabian Åkesson explained that he was stood looking out of a window brushing his teeth on Monday morning when he noticed several police cars outside the house and then heard a knock on the door. When he went to open it, he was greeted by three police officers, who quickly realized that they had made a mistake.

"I laughed about it and they showed me a photo that they had taken where from their perspective, it did almost look like the letters IS," he said. But despite police accepting the error, Åkesson said he was still asked to remove the balloons from the window. "They asked me to take down the balloons to avoid further misunderstanding. We laughed some more about it all and they wished me a nice day, and wished my girlfriend a belated Happy Birthday," he said. "Extremism should always be taken seriously, and we did take the balloons down immediately," added Ericsson.

Man who tried to have sex with a postbox found dead

A man who tried to have sex with a postbox has been found dead. Paul Bennett was discovered at the rear of the Shanghai Palace in Poolstock, Wigan, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police said they are not treating the death of the 45-year-old from Worsley Mesnes, as suspicious. A source has suggested that it may be drugs-related.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “We were called at 1.35am on Sunday, February 23, following reports the body of a 45-year-old man was found in Poolstock. His death is non-suspicious so the coroner is now dealing with it.”

Mr Bennett appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court last month as he pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent exposure as well as using threatening and abusive words and abusive behaviour. An acquaintance of Mr Bennett said: “He had his troubles but he wasn’t a bad lad.”

Scabby the mange-ridden fox nursed back to health with honey sandwiches

A woman nursed a mange-ridden fox back to health using honey sandwiches. Louise Carlton, 31, from Blackheath, south East London, has managed to cure the sick ginger visitor after Googling mange treatments. After leaving mange medicine in honey sandwiches, "Scabby" is now back to full health and still pays regular visits to her garden. She said: "It all started in August - I was in the garden sunbathing, had fallen asleep, and awoke to find this little fox licking my ear. To this day I am not sure whether he was being friendly/inquisitive or I was about to become his dinner. After this I became quite fond of him and used to notice him in the garden."

Miss Carlton named the fox Scabby last September when she noticed the fox looking ill and chronically underweight. She described him as being skinny and covered in mange with part of his tail bleeding. "I had become quite attached to him by this point and had a look on Google to see if I could work out what was wrong with him and make it better." After visiting a fox welfare website, Miss Carlton was advised to leave mange treatment medicine for Scabby in honey sandwiches. This was because Scabby would not take the medicine on its own and cats and dogs would not be interested in anything sweet.

Miss Carlton added: "It turns out Scabby absolutely loves honey sandwiches and I have been making them for him long since he completed his course of mange treatment." Since the sandwiches, Scabby's menu has received an upgrade and Miss Carlton's partner Jonathan now thinks the fox is better fed than he is. Miss Carlton said: "He has leftover roast chicken sometimes on a Sunday and I cooked him a Turkey crown at Christmas. He even knows when I have been shopping and has been known to turn up at the kitchen window at the sight of a shopping bag."

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: "It is wonderful to see these people obviously enjoying the wildlife in the garden and wanting to help, but it is important to remember that if you regularly see foxes in your garden, they have probably already found a good food supply in the area and so do not need extra food. As a result we would always recommend caution when feeding foxes. It is also important that people take care to avoid making foxes tame, so never hand-feeding them or putting out too much food as foxes may not move far if all the food they need is available in one garden. In this particular case, the fox does look overweight and this may well affect his welfare."

Thief caught out when phone rang in his shoe

A student who denied stealing an iPhone was exposed as a thief when the device started ringing in his shoe. When Harold Penn-Timity was confronted by the victim and his friends, as well as an off duty policeman, he thought he could brazen it out that the thief wasn't him. That was until someone rang the number of the missing mobile and the phone could be heard ringing from Penn-Timity's footwear and he was promptly arrested.

At Luton Crown Court the 25-year-old pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft. Douglas Page, prosecuting, told how on November 10 last year in Fitzroy Court, a halls of residence at Luton University, Penn-Timity was confronted by a group of young men over the theft of the iPhone 5. In fact a passing off duty policeman saw a group of males surrounding the defendant and decided to go and investigate. One of the young men present shouted out "That twat robbed me - look in his back pocket."

Mr Page said the off duty officer discovered the group suspected Penn-Timity of stealing the phone, but he was denying any responsibility and saying "I haven't got it." The prosecutor said it was then that the owner of the phone asked one of his friends to call his number. "It could be heard ringing and it was found in Penn-Timity's shoe," said Mr Page. The court was told he said "I didn't take it on purpose. I was going to give it back."

Penn-Timity claimed he had come across it and picked it up and then been frightened to hand it in thinking he would be accused of stealing and kicked out of the university where he was on a media course. Tim Nutley, defending, described it as a "opportunistic offence" and out of character. Judge Peter Wright sentenced Penn-Timity to a 12 month community order and told him he must perform 80 hours of unpaid work.