Thursday, September 03, 2015


Dog transports puppy

In a little doggie bag.

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Man saved wife, child and slab of barbecue ribs from fire

A Californian man has proudly displayed a slab of barbecue ribs he saved after a fire ripped through an apartment adjacent to his.

After escaping the fire in the Fresno apartment, Robert Wright approached a crew from local news station KMPH Fox 26 and told them of the moment he sprang into action. “The only thing I think first is ‘make sure them ribs is right’ and ran over and got my family man,” Mr Wright said.

He managed to get his wife and children out of the house, along with the ribs, while a woman and child who were in the burning apartment managed to scramble out the window. The blaze broke out at 3am on Tuesday, and Mr Wright was quick to explain why he was barbecuing at such a peculiar time.

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“It was three o’clock in the morning, I was hungry man, I was like put them ribs on there,” he said. The two occupants of the burning apartment were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation, although Mr Wright said he had no need for treatment. “I didn’t get any injuries except for all the smoke in my lungs, but I already had smoke in my lungs so I’m alright,” he said. “I’m gonna enjoy this barbeque and have a good night.”

Dog fell 14 storeys into man's arms

A man from Portland, Oregon, became a dog's best friend after the dog fell 14 storeys from the balcony of a Southwest Portland high-rise. “I just looked out my window at my apartment at the apartment across the street.

“There was a dog that had ended up climbing through the railing on its balcony and it was perched on this little ledge,” recalled Ted Nelson. Nelson said a 5-year-old Bichon Frise named Mordy was all the way up on the 14th floor of the building.

“You could tell it was distressed,” said Nelson. Mordy looked like he was about to fall, so Nelson jumped into action. “I said I might have to try and catch this dog,” Nelson said. He said he ran out and got right under Mordy, just in case. It’s a good thing he did. “Eventually it slipped,” said Nelson.

“I just looked up at it and it was looking at me and it landed right in my chest … caught it for a minute, kind of fell, it did hit the ground. It let out a yelp but it was a huge relief to hear it yelp,” he continued. Afterwards, Nelson and his girlfriend took Mordy to the vet, who said that aside from a couple bruises he's fine. Mordy's owner said that this has been pretty traumatising for the family. He said thank God Ted Nelson was there to catch Mordy.

With news video.

Crowbar-wielding, cross-dressing laundromat robbery suspect appears in court

A 62-year-old man faced a judge Tuesday on charges of trying to rob a laundromat in Covina, California, while dressed as a woman. Charles Durant, of San Jacinto was positively identified by an employee as the robber trying to break into a video game machine inside a laundromat on West Covina Boulevard, Covina police officials said.

Police say the robbery happened on Sunday at about 6:36am. An employee told police she watched a robber use a crowbar to pry open the video game machine on the laundromat’s surveillance system. The robber, who wore a dress and long hair, was initially believed to be a woman. But when the employee confronted the robber, she realised he was a man because the wig fell off.

During a brief struggle to detain the robber, he used the crowbar and struck the employee in the arm, police said. Police say the employee chased the robber out of the laundromat and saw him get into the passenger side of a vehicle. Responding Covina police officers saw the suspect vehicle later that morning and initiated a traffic stop, and found Durant in the passenger seat.

Durant was positively identified by the employee and arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, drug-related offenses and three felony warrants, police said. He is being held on $405,000 bail. Gabriel Curiel, 40, of La Puente, the driver of the suspect vehicle, was also charged with robbery and possession of burglary tools.

You can watch surveillance footage of the robbery here.

Man walking down street shot in groin during theft of his potato chips

A man is recovering after being shot in the groin over his potato chips.

He was walking down the street in Detroit when a man walked up and demanded the chips.

The victim refused. That's when the gunman shot the victim. He then ran off with the potato chips.

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The 60-year-old victim was taken to the hospital. He is expected to recover.

Emergency responders smashed car's window to rescue lifelike doll

Authorities in Oakland, California, were surprised when they responded to a report of what appeared to be a baby trapped in a car.

Emergency personnel smashed the car window and forced their way into the vehicle on Monday, only to find a lifelike doll sitting in the car seat, Officer Johnna Watson of the Oakland Police Department said.

"Although this incident did not involve a baby or small child, it was unknown at the time," Watson said. "And first responders' number one priority is to ensure ... safety. Fortunately, it was not a baby or small child."

"We encourage anyone who believes there is a dangerous situation such as this incident to contact emergency personnel so we can make that determination." The police do not know why the doll was in the car seat, Watson added.

With news video.

Indian festival introduces no selfie zone due to stampede fears

A "no selfie zone" will be implemented at a major Hindu festival in India due to fears they could cause stampedes. The ban is being imposed at the Kumbh Mela, a pilgrimage that has attracted nearly three million people since July.

Authorities say that selfies will be banned on the days that people ritually bathe in the sacred Godavari river. Organisers say they conducted a study that showed people took too long taking selfies. This slows down the flow of people, leading to pushing and panic.

Signs saying "no selfie zone" can now be seen around the two festival sites in the state of Maharashtra. The festival takes place every three years. It began in mid-July and runs until late September. The decision was taken after over 100 volunteers conducted a study on behalf of the Kumbhathon group which works with the authorities to help monitor the festival.

"Since 13 July, our volunteers on the field have been collecting data which showed that people stop to take selfies. They also climb to dangerous spots to take selfies," Kumbhathon CEO Sandip Shinde said. Local official Dr Pravin Gedam added that selfies would only be banned during the "days of the holy dip as we don't want to take away from the festive mood on other days".

Seriously shaggy sheep finds shearing saviour

A national shearing champion has been called in by the RSPCA to shear a heavily overgrown sheep found near Canberra, Australia. The animal was found and rescued by RSPCA staff on Wednesday after it was reported by a member of the public. But it is so woolly its life is at risk, as sheep can develop serious medical conditions if they are not regularly shorn.

That prompted calls from the RSPCA for shearers to come forward, and Wednesday afternoon four time Australian Shearing Championship winner Ian Elkins put his hand up for the job. Mr Elkins is based in Canberra and will shear the sheep on Thursday morning. "Ian Elkins was in touch with us just recently, and apparently he has won 110 open shearing competitions, so I think we have our man," RSPCA chief Tammy Ven Dange said.

Originally the RSPCA wanted to shear the animal immediatelly, so they could see if the sheep was injured under its fleece. "It'd be great to get someone here immediately so we can assess any serious medical conditions he might have as a result of this," Ms Ven Dange added. "It can actually make it impossible for them to go to the bathroom ... we don't know how bad the damage could be because this has been building for a while. There are so many things that could go wrong with this, we won't know though until we can properly shear him." Ms Ven Dange said while finding a shearer was good news, the sheep was not out of the woods yet.

"He has obviously not been around people in a very long time, and it's probably going to take a couple of goes before we get it all off him," she said. "He could go into shock during the shearing process tomorrow so we're going to sedate him to try and take some of that pressure off him." She said sheep were often found not shorn because they had lost their herds, but there was the chance the animal had been neglected. "If it was done deliberately, yes, it would be a cruelty case, but in many cases it's not, sometimes it's just a lost sheep, literally," she said. The RSPCA said it was not clear how long the sheep had gone without being shorn.

Update: The sheep has now been shorn. With photos.

Mother unhappy about finding human poo at bottom of log flume

A mother was left disgusted after discovering human faeces besides a swimming pool at a popular water park. Justine Bell visited Wet ‘n’ Wild, in North Shields, as a summer treat for her 10-year-old daughter Millie Doughty before she returned to school. However, just minutes in to the visit, Ms Bell was left sickened as she had to grab Millie to keep her from stepping in human faeces at the foot of one the water park’s popular slides.

She said: “It was just so dirty. I went to pick my daughter up and there at the bottom of the flume was faeces. She nearly stepped in it. It was horrendous. We told a lifeguard and he just stood there grinning.” Ms Bell, of Walkergate, hit out at the lack of urgency from staff and said far from treating the matter as a priority the staff seemed to be “joking around”.

Along with Millie and her partner she left the pool immediately and demanded a refund. A spokesman for the firm said: “We can confirm a customer reported to lifeguards that there was faeces on the floor next to the bottom of one of our flumes. The incident was reported to the supervisor and the faeces promptly cleaned up and the floor area disinfected. There was no indication that this had originated from inside the flume, and faeces was not found in the pool itself.”

Sally Kurton, contract manager at Serco, which runs Wet ‘n’ Wild, added: “The health and safety of our customers is our top priority, especially with so many being families with young children. We are sorry that on this occasion a customer felt we fell short of these high standards. We have already provided her with a full refund as a gesture of goodwill and would like to offer her family free entry on their next visit.” Ms Bell added she is in no rush for a return visit.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

What's cooking?

Stealth dog doesn't watch man eat


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Fighting friends hid in restaurant freezer after police were called

Police in Eustis, Florida, arrested a man last Wednesday evening after finding him and a man he was reportedly fighting in a freezer.

Michael Allen Higginbotham, of Mount Dora, was charged with battery and remains in the Lake County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

According to an arrest affidavit, police were called because of a fight at The Crazy Gator restaurant and were told both men ran toward the back of the business. Police were directed to the freezer, where they discovered Jesse Strickland with a bloody nose. Higginbotham was found hiding in the corner of the freezer.

Strickland admitted that he and Higginbotham had been drinking at the restaurant when they decided to catch a taxi home. But while waiting outside, the two got into an argument and Higginbotham punched him. Strickland added that after hearing police sirens, he didn’t want to get Higginbotham in trouble so they both hid in the freezer.

Man accused of urinating in washing machines

Police in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, have arrested a man in connection with an incident at a laundromat in which a suspect could be seen throwing a potted plant into a washing machine and urinating in two washing machines.

Ivan B. Beaulieu, 23, of Rollinsford, turned himself in to police after learning the department had an active warrant issued against him. He was charged with criminal trespass and three counts of criminal mischief in connection with the incident that occurred at the Village Washboard last Friday.

Police claim that Beaulieu entered the laundromat at approximately 3am and spent "a good amount of time in the building." While there, police allege Beaulieu took a potted plant and threw it in a washing machine, took towels out of a dryer and put them in another washing machine, took a doll and placed it in the washing machine, and then appeared to urinate in both washing machines. Video surveillance captured the whole event.

After completing those activities the suspect was seen going up to the security cameras and tilting them up toward the ceiling. Police posted images of the suspect on the department's Facebook page and within hours several calls were received identifying Beaulieu as the suspect. Bail was set at $2,500 personal recognizance. Beaulieu is scheduled to appear at the Dover Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 17. After the booking, Beaulieu was transported to the Strafford County House of Corrections.

Police called to knife-wielding 'unicorn' chasing man through cemetery

Police in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, say they’ve never seen anything like it. Officers were called to the Ross Bay Cemetery at around 7pm on Sunday night.

The man was apparently terrified. He was yelling. He was screaming. And of more concern, the man was being chased by a seemingly mystical equine/human hybrid, armed with a knife.

Officers arrived to find one man, wielding a large, black, hunting knife over his head, wearing a unicorn mask, while another man was frantically attempting to avoid this first man. Officers approached with great caution, and issued commands for the unicorn-masked male to drop his weapon.

Both men complied with officers commands and quickly revealed that they were, in fact, attempting to make a “funny video”. Two Victoria men in their early 30s explained their intent to officers and were both understanding and apologetic for the unintended impacts of their actions. With the unicorn unmasked, no charges were laid.

There's an audio report here.

Thousands of mysterious balls swamp beach

Thousands of "grass balls" have washed up along the north end of Oreti Beach, near Invercargill in New Zealand.

Environment Southland senior manager natural hazards Dallas Bradley said the balls were not an uncommon occurrence at the beach.

He said his best guess was that they could be eroded marram grass that has been washed out to sea.

"I think the marram grass gets rolled around in the water."

German man crowned arse bombing world champion

The finals of the "arse bombing“ world championship 2015 were held in southwest Germany on Sunday. Arse bombing, or as its officially known 'splash diving', is a sport which requires a great deal of athleticism ... and a bit of bravery too, judging by the sound made when contestants hit the water. Whereas in diving, contestants are judged upon their ability to land as smoothly as possible in the water, in splash diving points are awarded for the size of the splash that is created on impact.

But leading competitors say that it doesn't hurt as much as it looks. "The pain is minimal," said newly-crowned world champion Rainhard Riede from Bavaria, adding that the more often he jumps the less it hurts. Contestants can choose from 13 ways of hitting the water, including the classic 'arse bomb' – landing bottom first with knees tucked into the stomach. Other shapes are called 'the cat,' 'the chair and 'the plank.'

But it's not just about the impact. Riede managed to get his hands on the prize through performing an impressive array of somersaults and twists before hitting the water with maximum impact. J├╝rgen Hellmuth, a corpulent 33-year-old who impressed the crowd with the heftiness of his landings, explained that his weight was a disadvantage. Being heavier meant he fell quicker than lighter competitors and had less time to perform moves.

And in the women's competition a German also walked away with gold, even if she had no competition. Franziska Fritz, a 15-year-old from Saarland, won the competition for the third year in a row but bemoaned the lack of female interest in the sport. "It's a shame that I'm always so alone," she said, guessing that women were put off the sport by the apparent pain involved. But here message was the same as that of the men. "You get used to the pain," she said.

There's a news video in German here.

Two people arrested following police chase after attempt to steal sheep sculpture

A newly installed sheep sculpture at Wrexham, north Wales was stolen shortly after 1am on Monday, with two people arrested after a foot chase by police.

There is currently a bare patch of grass next to the other two sheep, Blessing and Wheely Good Sheep, where Doris the sheep should have been.

Police Inspector Paul Wycherley tweeted: “Two arrested @wrexham following a foot chase for stealing the third one of there. (sic) Item recovered.”

The sheep are hefty items, and were secured to the bank via a bracket connected to a wooden post so would have required some effort to remove.

NHS nurses could face disciplinary action for wearing the wrong socks

Nurses working within the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust have been told they could face disciplinary action because of the colour of their socks. The Trust’s uniform policy states that if socks are being worn with a tunic and trousers, they must be plain and muted in colour. However, nurses working at the Eastbourne DGH and Conquest Hospital in Hastings are being told if they are found to not be wearing matching black socks during random uniform spot checks, they could be given a written warning.

One nurse, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Ward seniors are telling nurses that the NHS are going to start spot checks on the colour of staff’s socks within the Conquest and DGH. If they are not plain black on these random checks, staff could face written warnings. We do often get uniform checks, such as no facial piercings, stud earrings not hoops, hair off the collar, black shoes, rings have no stones - only one plain wedding band, no necklaces, bare arms below the elbows, but we understand these things are on show and some of them are within infection control precautions to protect our patients, ourselves and our family.

“But socks? Really? Coloured socks don’t affect how efficient we work. Most of us wear trousers that mean you can’t even see the socks - has there actually been any complaints from patients or relatives about our socks if they are visible? What happens if we refuse to lift up our trouser leg? They’ll be asking to check the colour of our underwear next. We’re not stupid - we won’t come into work wearing a dress with bright coloured socks pulled up to our knees. When we wear dresses, we wear tights and look professional and approachable to those who come first - our patients.”

Alice Webster, Director of Nursing, said: “It is not trust policy to discipline staff for the colour of their socks. The Trust has a uniform policy to ensure staff dress at work demonstrates a smart and professional image which will inspire confidence for patients and relatives. Compliance with the uniform policy helps to minimise the risk of cross infection and risk of injury to patients. The only reference to socks in the policy is that when wearing a tunic and trousers socks should be a plain muted colour. No member of staff has been disciplined for the colour of their socks.”

Shopping centre employs balloon-holding people wearing owl masks to save public from seagulls

A Hampshire shopping centre has become the first in the country to hire workers to prevent seagulls attacking customers and eating their food. The two staff members, called "scaregulls", wear owl masks, red tops and hold brightly coloured balloons – which are proven to deter the sea birds. They even had a run-in with one bird but managed to startle it before the gull flew away from Southampton’s WestQuay shopping centre. Their new appointment comes after a number of people this summer were attacked by the violent birds in seaside towns across the UK.

Alexandra Thomas, from WestQuay, said: “We’re thrilled to have our new ‘scaregulls’ on board at WestQuay. Seagulls have been wreaking havoc around the country and our customers’ safety is of the utmost importance.” But many shoppers at WestQuay reacted with laughter to the scheme. While some said any efforts were welcome others expressed scepticism about whether it was necessary and the scaregulls’ effectiveness. Joanne Sullivan, 44, of Fareham, said: “It’s a bit silly. I have seen in other places where they have put an owl on top of the building to scare off seagulls –I think that would be more appropriate.

“I have been to seaside resorts like St Ives where they have swiped my Cornish pasty, but not here.” Mark Trowbridge, 49, of Totton, said: “As long as it works that’s the main thing. It’s worth a try. They seem to be on the increase – looking at the news when you see them taking mobile phones and ice cream – if I had younger children I’d be concerned.” Lucy Carroll, 42, of Hamble, added: “I have never known WestQuay to be overrun with seagulls – pigeons, but not seagulls. It’s scary – I imagine they will attract a few children for photos which is probably not the idea or scare a few children.”

Madelaine Attwood, 44, of Sholing, said: “I guess if it gives someone employment it’s got to be a good thing. I just think it’s quite funny.” Victoria Rice, 37, from Lymington, said: “To me it just looks like people in fancy dress. I can’t imagine that that would scare a seagull, it looks ridiculous. I would have thought they were going to a party but then I’m not a seagull so I’m not sure how they would react. I haven’t noticed an issue [in Southampton], I live in Lymington and we’ve probably got more there. But I think they would stick out like a sore thumb if they were running around Lymington.”