Monday, May 25, 2015

Belly up

Chihuahua practices swimming technique

Look at those little legs go.

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Cyclist jumps red light

I suppose he can take some consolation in that he wasn't run over.

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Woman hit self on head with bowling ball as cover for robbery

A 30-year-old employee of Pla-Mor Lanes bowling alley in Decatur, Illinois, triggered a massive rapid response from police when she reported she was knocked unconscious by a robber with a bowling ball who emptied the company's safe. However, when police looked at the surveillance video, it told a different story. At 9:25pm on Thursday, eight officers reponded to the report of the robbery, many of them using their emergency lights and travelling at "an increased rate of speed," said an affidavit by patrol officer James Weddle.

Jamie L. Gordon said "she had been struck in the head with a bowling ball and all of the money, $2,100, had been stolen out of the safe," Weddle wrote in his statement. She said she did not see her assailant because she was struck from behind and knocked unconscious. When a manager arrived at the bowling alley, he granted Weddle permission to view the surveillance video. "I observed Jamie walk into the office. Jamie walks over to the counter in the office and picks up a red bowling ball with her left hand and a cash drawer with her right hand," the affidavit said. "Jamie proceeds to strike herself twice in the back, left side of her head with the bowling ball."

Gordon then "droppped to the floor," where she remained for 13 minutes, waiting for another employee to discover her. After informing Gordon that he "just watched her strike herself in the head with a bowling ball twice on video," he asked her where the money was. "Jamie sighed and stated, 'Some of it is in my car.'" She led the officer to her car "where she pulled out a Hello Kitty brand bag full of money. The bag contained $439." When asked where the rest of the missing money was, Gordon said she had gambled it away in the bowling alley's slot machines.

During an interview, Gordon said she recently gambled away her pay cheque. After that, "she began taking money from the drawers and safe." She said she "already owed Pla-Mor Lanes $250" as a result of the other missing cash. "Jamie admitted to striking herself in the head with the bowling ball in an attempt to make it look like she had been robbed. Jamie advised she struck herself with the bowling ball so that she would have a knot on her head when police arrived." Gordon, who has no prior criminal record, was booked into the Macon County Jail, where she was being held on $7,500 bond.

Man named Bacon arrested after becoming involved in sausage dispute

A man from Madison, New Jersey, was arrested recently for assaulting another person during a dispute over sausage.

On May 12 at 3:32am, Officer Lisa Esposito responded to a residence for a reported dispute in progress.

When Officer Esposito arrived, she found that Thomas Bacon, 19, had allegedly assaulted another person inside the house over eating a piece of sausage.

Because of the sausage, Bacon was charged with simple assault and released pending an appearance in the Madison Municipal Court.

The world's first bumblebee highway created in Norway

The Norwegian capital Oslo has inaugurated the world's first 'bumblebee highway', a corridor through the city pollen stations every 250 metres. “The idea is to create a route through the city with enough feeding stations for the bumblebees all the way,” Tonje Waaktaar Gamst of the Oslo Garden Society said. ”Enough food will also help the bumblebees withstand manmade environmental stress better.”

Bumblebees and other pollinating insects struggle in urban environments where there are few flowers rich in nectar, effectively starving them. Gamst and his team have placed flowerpots on rooftops and balconies along a route from east to west through the city. During the last few years, bees, bumblebees and other insects have suffered, with many colonies dying out, causing damage to agriculture that depends on the insects.

Six out of 35 Norwegian bumblebee species are close to extinction. Oslo's municipality is co-operating with environmental organisations, the public, and and companies, who are asked to plant bumblebee friendly flowers on their property. To help the insects along, the organisation ByBi (Bee Town) has created an app, where the public can see the “grey areas”, long stretches with no food for bees, in order to encourage the planting of flowers in areas that don’t have nearby parks.

“It will be easy to see barriers and obstacles on the map. The goal is to inspire people to fill these gaps.” Agnes Lyche Melvær of ByBi said. The public will also be able to upload pictures of their projects to improve the situation for bees and bumblebees, such as flowerpots and bee hotels. ”Some bee species like to live in solitary rooms. They need small hollows like a crack in an old tree truck. It’s very important to have some old wood lying around,” says Melvær.

Mystery over cremated remains from Michigan that washed up on Scottish beach

Morag Paterson was going for a swim near Inverness on Friday morning when something on the beach caught her eye. A plastic bag sat near the water and was full of a greyish powder.

The bag was sealed and attached to it was a round metal tag that said simply, “Central Michigan Crematory Battle Creek MI” with a five-digit identification number. And so the mystery began. Paterson tried to email the crematory, run by Brutsche Concrete Products, but could not get through, so she contacted the Battle Creek Enquirer instead to make known what she had stumbled upon.

When they contacted the company’s Mickey Brutsche, he said they know who the remains belong to through the ID number. He has no idea how the remains ended up in Scotland but said remains have been known to show up far from where they might be expected. “It does happen somewhat often,” he said.

“They found the remains in Ireland (actually in the north of Scotland) and we are working with our records and the funeral home and letting them know. It happens a couple of times a year.” Brutsche would not identify the funeral home that handled the service and he said it would be the funeral home’s responsibility to notify the family. “But this is someone’s loved one so it’s up to them if they want it to be public or not,” he said.

Train company apologises for 'callous and tasteless' death announcement

A rail company has apologised after a staff member told passengers the train was delayed because someone "couldn't be bothered to live any more". Passengers aboard a train to Plymouth were delayed after a fatality on the line. Esmee Phillips, 21, complained to First Great Western, saying "the shocking and callous" loudspeaker announcement left people "completely open-mouthed".

The company has apologised for "any distress caused". Its services were disrupted on Friday after a man was killed by a train between Slough and Reading. Miss Phillips was travelling back from Oxford to Plymouth on a delayed service and said a female staff member made two loudspeaker announcements about the fatality. She said the announcement said: "Our delays are due to someone who couldn't be bothered to live any more.

"Because of this, there are severe delays. Some of you have missed your connecting flights for the Bank Holiday." Miss Phillips said she and other passengers "cringed" at the message. "It was shocking as it was said in a very callous and tasteless way, especially as you don't know what personal experiences other passengers have gone through," she said. Fellow passenger Jay Young said the announcements, made once near Westbury and again just before Exeter, made passengers in his carriage "gasp".

First Great Western said: "We expect high standards from our onboard teams, who are trained to make clear announcements about delays. When this involves a fatality this should be done with sensitivity and care. We're sorry for any distress caused to customers yesterday and can confirm that this incident is under investigation."

Anger over kitchens on first floor of new homes

Internal changes to a new housing development have created tension between a developer and neighbouring residents. Developer Bramber Construction Co Ltd has built four three-storey houses in Shoreham, West Sussex, with kitchens located on the first floor. The original planning application for the site included kitchens on the ground floor of the properties and the changes were made before an amendment application was submitted. Angry residents have hit out at the developer’s conduct and believe if the internal layout of the houses is not changed back it will make a mockery of the planning system.

Jose Enticknap, 59, said: “I think this sets a precedent. If we’re told the developer can do what they want where do we stop? I’m gobsmacked with all of it really.” The development backs onto Mrs Enticknap’s Grade Two listed house. Concerns include overlooking, additional noise, smells and disturbance. Mrs Enticknap and her husband Kevin said none of the above were issues in the approved application. The couple have lodged a formal complaint against Adur District Council for ‘neglecting their duties in overseeing the development being built to the agreed plans put in place by Adur planning office’. Bruce Williams, chairman of Bramber Construction Co Ltd, lives in Shoreham and said there was ‘no way’ he would be party to something he should not be doing.

“The whole thing is unbelievable,” said Mr Williams. “We were advised to put them on the first floor by local agents who had quite a few people interested who wanted kitchens on the first floor. It costs more money to put them on the first floor. We are incredibly disappointed actually that it’s got to this stage.” The Shoreham Society had planned to present Bramber Construction Co Ltd with a plaque for the development being ‘exemplary’, but it will now withhold the award. Gerry Thompson, an architect and member of the Shoreham Society’s building and planning sub committee, called the alteration ‘significant’ and said the society objected to developers applying for retrospective planning approval. He said: “The developer has not built in accordance with planning approval. We are very strongly against that.”

Mr Williams submitted an application for variation of an approved application to Adur District Council on March 27. A council spokesman said: “The council is currently negotiating with the developers to reduce the amount of overlooking caused by relocating the kitchens to the first floor of this development.” He said the council relied on developers to build in accordance with approved plans, and for them to notify the council if internal layout elements are changed. The spokesman continued: “The developer has submitted a retrospective planning application for these amendments and the application will be assessed on its planning merits, having regard to all representations received from adjoining occupiers. The council remains hopeful that a compromise solution can be found to address the concerns of neighbouring properties.”

Man wearing only underpants and socks left taped to traffic lights

An unfortunate man was left taped to traffic lights at Hazel Grove in Stockport, Greater Manchester on Saturday morning.

Motorists were left bemused when they pulled up at the lights to see the half-naked man attached to the metal pole.

Wearing just a pair of patterned briefs and socks, the man was strapped with his hands behind his back using duct tape and cling film.

It is not known how long he was left taped to the lights.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Smile for the camera

Young lady has first encounter with a chicken

Little Angelina is probably mentally scarred for life now.

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Twin brothers arrested for throwing bricks at each other

Twin 52-year-old brothers from Orange City in Florida are facing the same charge after throwing bricks at each other during an argument, police said.

James and Michael Remelius were arguing with each other in the front yard of a home at about 8:45pm on Tuesday when Michael picked up a brick and threatened to throw it at his brother, according to a police report.

James then picked up a brick in a threatening manner. Michael threw his brick and hit his brother in the leg, causing a small cut, according to the report. James then threw his brick and struck Michael in the right eye, causing bleeding and swelling.

The brothers were both charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and taken to Volusia County Branch Jail, where James is being held on $25,000 bail. Michael’s bail is set at $20,000.

Naked man rescued after getting stuck on raised drawbridge

A naked man sitting on top of a drawbridge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was rescued on Friday. Fort Lauderdale police and rescuers were called to the railroad drawbridge at about 8:30am. Witnesses said the man was walking across the bridge when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top.

"Once you're up there, I would imagine you realise that you don't want to be up there anymore," Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Timothy Heiser said. "There's no place to go. There's no way to climb down." Heiser said two firefighters scaled the bridge, made their way to the top, gave the man a sheet and secured him with a rope harness.

The bridge was then slowly lowered back down. "He didn't have much to say. He just wanted to get down," rescuer David Bassion said. When elevated, the bridge is about 100 feet high. The man was taken to Broward Health Medical Center to be treated for burns to the buttocks. The man had been swimming in the river.

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The FEC and New River were closed to all boating and train traffic for about three hours during the rescue operation. The Florida East Coast Railway bridge has had similar incidents in the past. In October 2013, Wanda McGowan, 55, of Dania Beach, was participating in a cancer walk when she got stuck on the bridge as it rose. She was clinging to the bridge about 22 feet above the tracks when she was rescued by firefighters.

Woman arrested for assaulting her father with mouthwash

A woman has been arrested for allegedly dousing her 70-year-old father with a bottle of Cool Mint Listerine during an argument at the home they share in St. Petersburg, Florida.

According to police, Elaine Robinson, 47, became “agitated” as she quarrelled on Wednesday afternoon with her father Marvin. At one point, Robinson retrieved a “one litre bottle of Listerine Cool Mint and splashed” the mouthwash all over her father’s face.

The incident, officers noted, was observed by an independent witness. The elder Robinson was not injured in the mouthwash attack. Robinson was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery and booked into the Pinellas County jail, where she is locked up in lieu of $5,000 bond.

While a police report notes that Robinson does not have any prior battery convictions, her previous convictions include voluntary manslaughter, for which she served seven years in prison. Robinson, who has been in and out of state prison over the past 25 years, has also been convicted of grand theft, cocaine sales, possession of stolen property, and disorderly intoxication.

Wandering goat followed girl onto school bus

A goat jumped onto a bus bound for North East Middle School in Cecil County, Maryland, on Wednesday morning. “He was a good size, maybe 110 pounds,” said Eric Eldreth, who was waiting with his daughter Elizabeth at around 7:30 a.m. “We saw the goat cross the street,” Eldreth said. “It actually looked both ways.” The goat kept its distance, nibbling on the leaves in the tree line nearby. As the bus approached to pick up students, the goat started to move. Eldreth offered to accompany his 12-year-old to the bus.

“But she’s in middle school. She said, ‘I got it, Dad,’” he said. “I felt comfortable once she got on.” Up until that point, the black-and-white goat, which Eldreth said was larger than his German shepherd, kept its distance. “But then it went on the bus and jumped in (the bus driver’s) lap,” he said. “To her credit, she put on the emergency brake.” Stefanie Gunter was driving the bus. She heard the students discussing the animal, but she didn’t see it at first. Intent on watching the students file in and get seated, Gunter then caught the animal from the corner of her eye.

“He did a hop on the steps, another hop and then he was in my lap,” she said. “I have to say this is the first time I’ve had a goat on my bus,” she added. She said she applied the emergency brake for fear of what the goat might do. “I didn’t know if he was going to kick, or bite or poop in my lap,” the Conowingo woman, who has been a bus driver since 2008, said. Eldreth jumped in to get the animal off the bus. “It got caught behind the seat,” he said, adding he grabbed the goat by its horns. “I was hoping it was a nice goat.”

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Fortunately there wasn’t much struggle, he noted. “He followed me out, but he wasn’t happy,” he said. Gunter said the students were not fearful. “Nobody was up in a panic. It was more like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ and laughing,” she said. Once the goat was evicted, Eldreth called 911 to put out an alert for the wandering farm animal. Lt. Michael Holmes with the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy were dispatched to the scene. “The deputy could not locate the goat or its owner,” he said. Eldreth said none of his immediate neighbours have goats.

Dog recovering after surviving stingray attack

Last Sunday afternoon Bill Mansbridge took Tilly the blue heeler-border collie cross for a swim near his yacht mooring at Boulder Bank in Nelson, New Zealand, when the dog was attacked, likely after accidentally stepping on a stingray while playing in the shallows. The venomous barb pierced Tilly's abdomen and she was in deep shock. Mansbridge contacted the after-hours vet and was told to keep her as comfortable as possible and then bring her ashore for treatment the next morning.

He was warned that she might not survive the night. On Monday morning his wife Binky was waiting at the marina. It was too windy for a dinghy and her husband had to take Tilly to land in the yacht. She was taken to the Victory Square Veterinary Clinic and underwent a four-hour operation to repair her torn bowel and the other damage done in the attack - the first of its type the clinic has ever dealt with. It was a life-and-death event, without surgery 15-month-old Tilly would definitely not have survived, said vet Chris Saunders.

"This fish has a sting a bit like a steak knife with a serrated edge, covered in a mucin, a jelly-like material which contains toxin. It's a bit like being stabbed with a poisoned blade," he said. Tilly would have been in a great deal of localised pain, he said, and had first undergone an exploratory operation to find out the extent of the damage. Another of the clinic's vets, Jacqui Hickman, said Tilly's injuries had required large incisions to treat, and she had "bounced back" well. Although Tilly went home on Friday she wouldn't be "out of the woods" until her stitches were removed and it was certain that she hadn't suffered long-term damage, Hickman said.

"She's very hardy. She's improving each day, she's eating, it's looking good." Binky Mansbridge said Tilly had been chasing seagulls when attacked, with only a lot of splashing to indicate what was happening. "She screamed and got out of the water and shook herself, and then deteriorated quite quickly." It had been a rough night for both her husband and Tilly, but the dog had borne her injuries bravely and even walked into the clinic, to everyone's surprise. "She is recovering incredibly. She's our baby, definitely a family member. She's more important than me."

Drink driver told police he was driving because he was less intoxicated than his passenger

A drink driver in Austraila's Northen Territory told police he was driving because he was less intoxicated than his passenger.

The driver was pulled up at the Thirsty Camel bottleshop in Katherine on Thursday afternoon.

Acting Superintendent Brendan Muldoon said police noticed the vehicle when it pulled into the drive-through for some supplies at about 2.20pm.

The driver allegedly appeared intoxicated, so police decided to breath test him. He returned a .153 reading. “His excuse for driving was that he was less intoxicated than his passenger,” Supt Muldoon said.

RSPCA rope team rescued entangled raven from cliff face

A raven entangled in baling twine has been rescued from a 60ft (18m) cliff face in mid Wales. The bird became entangled in the twine which was stuck on a nest in a remote area above Staylittle, near Llanbrynmair, in Powys. A rope rescue team cut it free.

RSPCA inspector Phil Lewis said: "The twine was attached to the bird's leg which restricted movement. The bird's mate had been coming back and forth feeding it." He said fellow inspector Andy Broadbent had abseiled onto a small ledge to cut the raven free.

"As soon as he cut the twine, the bird flew and went into a pine tree unharmed," he added. He said it was not known if the raven had brought the twine back to the nest itself, or if it was the result of littering.

But the RSPCA issued a warning about the dangers of littering to wild birds and animals. It said twine or fishing line can wrap around necks, causing deep wounds in flesh and cutting off the blood supply; hooks can pierce beaks or become embedded in skin; and litter like weights can also be swallowed, causing internal injuries and blockages.

Mystery of dog found alone on top of England's highest mountain

An animal welfare charity has launched an appeal to locate the owner of a dog found wandering on the top of the highest mountain in England. The black and tan male collie cross was picked up at the summit of Scafell Pike in the Lake District on Saturday by a couple of Scottish holidaymakers.

Concerned about its well-being, they took it home and handed it to the Scottish SPCA rescue centre in Glasgow. The charity now wants to locate the owner of the dog, nicknamed Scafell. The dog, which had not been microchipped, is believed to be aged between five and eight years old.

Described as "petrified and nervous" when found, it took the couple, from Maybole, South Ayrshire, about half an hour to coax it over to them. Anna O'Donnell, from the Glasgow centre, said: "At this stage it's all a bit of a mystery but we believe Scafell may have been taken up the mountain by his owner and become lost.

"There is also a chance he was abandoned and made his own way up to the top. It would be fantastic if we are able to reunite him with his owner if he has gone missing. If not, we will find him a loving new home in Scotland." At 978m (3,209ft), Scafell Pike is the highest peak in England.