Saturday, April 25, 2015


It's a dog eat dog world

This is Sid the regal beagle.

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He also likes pizza.

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Thieving baboon steals supplies from truck

A sneaky baboon purloins snacks from the back of a truck at Nagorogoro Park in Tanzania.

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Man who stole entire cooler full of ice cream as store clerk slept arrested

Police in Florida apprehended a man on Wednesday suspected of stealing a Good Humor ice cream cooler from a gas station in Oakland Park, Broward County.

Dennis Norman, 25, who moments before the robbery looked up to extend his middle finger at surveying cameras, was arrested and charged with grand theft. Surveillance footage shows a “swaying and spitting” Norman walking into the store on April 2 at 4:09am through the rear parking lot.

After minutes of browsing around, Norman noticed the gas station attendant, Beauvais Guisman, sleeping behind the counter. Norman then cautiously pushed the ice cream cooler away from the register and from a sleeping Guisman, who was just inches away behind a window.

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Approximately 15 minutes later, Norman pushed the cooler, valued at $2,500, through the store’s doors. Police believe that Norman fled the same way he entered the store, on foot. Details leading to Norman’s final arrest are not available but police say they had reason to believe that he was a member of a nearby gym and lived in the area.

Burglar tried to make getaway on wheelchair he had stolen from victim

A 54-year-old man allegedly broke into a man’s apartment in Hillcrest, San Diego, early on Thursday and rode off on a stolen electric wheelchair, but was arrested nearby after being bitten by a police dog, authorities said.

Stanley McQuery allegedly confronted 79-year-old William Ballard at his apartment shortly after 3:30am, pushed him out of his wheelchair and took his phone, San Diego police Officer Frank Cali said.

Ballard, who has only one leg, suffered minor injuries. McQuery then attempted to ride the electric wheelchair to freedom, but police officers caught up to him a couple blocks away, Cali said.

He then ditched the wheelchair and tried to run off, but was bitten by a police dog and taken into custody. Locked up in the San Diego Central Jail in lieu of $105,000 bail, McQuery has been charged with two felonies (robbery and burglary) and several misdemeanors, including elder abuse.

There's a news video here.

Firefighters rescued man who got stuck in wall of his home while attempting to evade police

Steven Shuler, 44, from Monrovia, Indiana, tried to hide from police but ended up getting stuck between the walls of his home. On Monday, officers with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office went to Shuler’s home to serve him an arrest warrant. When officers pulled up, they saw a woman coming out of the home.

“They didn’t make entry to the house. They met his ex-wife as she was coming out of the residence and we were advised he wasn’t at the place,” said Captain Brent Worth with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. Officers say Shuler’s ex-wife didn’t live at the home; she had just stopped by to pick up some of her belongings.

When officers drove by the home the next day, they again saw Shuler’s ex-wife. Officers say she stopped them. “She’s like, ‘He’s not going to be happy, but he’s trapped in the wall and we need your help,’” said Worth. Officers had to call the Monroe Township Fire Department for help. Firefighters say somehow Shuler managed to squeeze his way through a 16-inch spot and then made it all the way down a 6-8 foot drop.

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He was trapped in the spot for more than 24 hours. Despite their efforts, officers couldn’t reach Shuler. Firefighters had to use a chainsaw to cut part of the ceiling in order to rescue him. He was taken away in handcuffs minutes later. Police had arrest warrants for Shuler on intimidation and domestic battery charges. He wasn’t hurt during the encounter is currently being held at the county jail.

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Dog rescued after 13 days under concrete slab

Lucy the miniature dachshund, who went missing on April 3, was pulled from underneath a concrete slab in her own backyard in Derby, Kansas, last Thursday after being trapped for 13 days. “It really is a miracle that God gave me back Lucy right before her birthday, and if she could talk, we’d be able to write a book about it,” Felix said of Lucy, who turned 4 years old hours after she was rescued. Felix said she left town April 2 to tend to an ill family member, so her husband was in charge of watching the dogs. He would let their two dogs, Lucy and Thor , a Jack Russell terrier-chihuahua mix, outside during the day in their fenced-in yard while he went to work.

And then Lucy went missing. “I was devastated,” Felix said. “Our assumption was that she got out, but we couldn’t find anywhere where she could have gotten out.” Lucy had gone around to the side of the house and dug a hole in the dirt under the home. After digging deep enough, she made a turn and dug four feet underneath a concrete slab that was supporting the house’s air-conditioning unit. She was stuck. “Every day we would go out and walk the yard and call her, hoping if she was anywhere near, in the area, she would hear us and maybe bark,” Felix said. “We heard nothing.” After about 10 days, she said, Thor led them to the spot where Lucy was buried underground, but Felix could not figure out why he was insisting they look there.

Then, last Thursday, when they were searching, they heard a quiet arf come from under the concrete. Felix’s husband used an app on his phone to play a high-pitched dog whistle, and he heard another arf from underneath the concrete. Her husband dug deep enough on the other side of the concrete to see Lucy’s nose and one closed eye. When he called her name, she opened the eye, which had developed ulcers from all the dirt she was trapped in. He called 911. Firefighters with the Derby Fire Department and Derby police officers came to the house and were able to extract Lucy from underneath the concrete. From there, Lucy was taken to the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital of Wichita.

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Veterinarians there diagnosed her with “starvation and dehydration,” and “severe corneal ulceration.” She was treated and transferred to Rainbow Valley Veterinary Clinic in Derby, where she goes for regular check-ups. “We can’t believe there was no organ failure,” said Kelly Miller, a veterinarian at Rainbow Valley Veterinary Clinic. “Fourteen days without water, you expect the kidneys to have not survived through that. She somehow managed to make it. It’s amazing.” Lucy has returned to Rainbow Valley a few times since her rescue so that veterinarians can monitor her recovery process. She has a patch of skin on her back that has turned dark after being pressed against the concrete for so long - the cells were beginning to die, Felix said. Other than that, it is difficult to tell that Lucy recently spent so long trapped underground. “I don’t know how it happened,” Felix said. “It had to be divine intervention.”

Kangaroo thinks he's a dog

Two-year-old Dusty the kangaroo is convinced he is a dog. Ashley Stewart and his family farm at Wittenoom Hills, 60 kilometres north-east of Esperance, in Western Australia. Mr Stewart rescued the joey after its mother was killed when hit by a car in a road accident.

"We weren't sure he would even survive but we fed him and of course he's just taken off from there," he said. "He lives on the back patio. We've actually had to go and buy a third dog bed for him to sleep in because he used to pinch one of the beds from the dogs."

Mr Stewart said Lilly the golden retriever and Rosie the border collie loved their kangaroo. "He thinks Lilly is his mum, he's always grooming her, they're always together and if Lilly goes out of the yard he pines for her and sort of hops up and down the fence until he's let out to go with her." Mr Stewart said Dusty wore a collar like a dog.

"When he was little we let him out during the day and then we'd get him at night and lock him back up in the backyard and we couldn't find him because they don't make any noise and they just sit very still so I'd have to go out in the dark with a torch. So I got a collar and I put some reflective tape on it so it would shine out in the torch light and I could find him."

There's an audio interview with Mr Stewart here.

Swiss municipality bans tourists taking photos with St Bernards

The municipality of Zermatt in Switzerland decided on Thursday to ban the taking of tourist photos with St Bernard dogs in the mountain resort town in the canton of Valais. The measure came after concerns were raised by animal rights activists over the ordeal faced by the dogs, who were forced to pose for hours on end without moving and sometimes had to carry children on their backs.

The Swiss Animal Protection (SAP) association congratulated the municipality for taking the action. The organization had earlier filed complaints for several years about the conditions in which the dogs were kept. By putting an end to the use of these dogs to pose with tourists, the municipality of Zermatt is showing that “it likes animals”, the SAP group said.

The association recently issued a report about the poor conditions allegedly faced by the St Bernards, used as props for tourists to pose with against the backdrop of the Matterhorn. The report follows investigations by SAP in 2012, 2014 and from January 26th to February 4th this year when representatives of the group closely observed the conditions the dogs underwent.

The St Bernards were tied up extensively, were not taken for walks and often went without food and water for long periods, said the report, which singled out a photo agency as the worst offender. The report maintained the animals were kept in cruel conditions that violated Swiss laws for animal protection.

Woman rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in baby swing at park

A 18-year-old woman playing with her toddler brother ended up getting stuck in a baby swing for more than an hour before she had to be freed by firefighters.

Cody, from Malmesbury in Wiilshire, had taken her brother to her local park and he wanted to go on the swings.

So she jumped in to show how it was done, but then realised she could not get out again.

Eventually firefighters had to be called to help extricate her from the swing, much to her embarrassment.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pillion passengers should always wear a helmet

Jockey had a cracking finish

Australian jockey Blake Shinn finished a race while coming second, riding Miss Royale at Canterbury Racecourse in Sydney, with great style yesterday. A horse named Modesty came third.

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Three people arrested for possession of meth, heroin, ginseng and a squirrel

Three people were arrested on Tuesday after the Lawrence County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a home in Bedford, Indiana. According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley, officers from both the Bedford Police Department and Lawrence County Sheriff's Department SWAT Team executed the warrant.

"Working on information received about illegal drug activity at the home officer secured a search warrant," Parsley says. "When officers arrived there were three people in the home and all three were arrested after officers found various amounts of meth, heroin, firearms, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash.

"They also found ginseng and a squirrel." Officers arrested 51-year-old Sheila Aslinger Phillipe and 53-year-old Bradley Bundy, both of Bedford, on charges of dealing heroin over 5 grams with a firearm; dealing heroin; possession of heroin over 5 grams with a firearm; possession of meth with a firearm; possession of meth; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of ginseng out of season and possession of a wild animal without a permit.

27-year-old Nathan Fields of Bedford is facing charges of possession of heroin over 5 grams with a firearm; possession of heroin over 5 grams; possession of meth with a firearm; possession of meth; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance. The Department of Natural Resource was called to the scene after police found the ginseng and the squirrel, which was running around the house and eating out of a cat food bag. DNR added the charges of possession of ginseng out of season and possession of a wild animal without a licence. DNR Officers confiscated the ginseng and the squirrel.

Man foiled authorities by putting GPS monitor on cat

A man held on a drug charge may have fled Virginia, and possibly the US, after he put his court-ordered GPS tracking device on a cat and vanished. Federal court papers revealed Diego Martinez-Espinoza is a Mexican national and was in the United States illegally. After his arrest on a drug charge, Espinoza was ordered to wear a GPS device. Now investigators believe he took it off and placed it on his cat.

That cat probably spent a few days hearing the bracelet’s chirp, which would be followed by orders to make a phone call. When it appears the device has been tampered with, the GPS tells the suspect to call police. “We call them and physically make them come in so we can look at it,” Henrico Sgt. Rick Garrison said.

Espinoza was arrested in Chesterfield for trying to manufacture, sell, give or distribute more than 10 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride by concealing it in the drum of a dryer. He was ordered by the judge to follow the rules on the GPS device. He was supposed to go on trial on May 6. “The courts may order bond with GPS or GPS home incarceration,” Garrison said. In February, authorities monitoring Espinoza saw he was travelling south.

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Court documents revealed a “strap tamper” alert was sent out. After authorities called Espinoza about the tamper alert, he texted back an image of himself wearing the device. It happened several times according to DEA documents. The unit was eventually replaced, but then went silent. When a landlord entered Espinoza’s apartment in Highland Springs, Espinoza was gone. But a cat was there, and wearing the GPS bracelet. The US marshals are now involved in the search for Espinoza.

Lost sea lion pup waddled into back seat of police car for lift back to the sea

At approximately 1am on Sunday, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were on routine patrol on Highway 1, just south of the town of Fort Bragg, California. Sheriff’s Deputies observed a small animal moving slowly in the road and stopped to render aid.

Due to the darkness and the dense fog the animal was very difficult to see and would have certainly been struck by a vehicle if the deputies had not stopped. Deputies discovered the small animal was a California Sea Lion pup about thirty inches in length, weighing approximately 20 pounds and had walked about a quarter mile from the ocean.

The sea lion pup had an orange tag attached to its front flipper and was extremely friendly with the deputies, rubbing against their legs for attention. Sheriff’s Deputies contacted the Marine Mammal Center, which is based out of Sausalito, California. The Marine Mammal Center identified the sea lion pup from the flipper tag and stated that it had been released from their rehabilitation center, where it learned to interact with people.

Based on the information provided by the Sheriff’s Deputies, the Marine Mammal Center staff determined the sea lion pups health had remained stable since its release and it was not in any type of distress. At the direction of the Marine Mammal Center, the Sheriff's Deputies were asked to assist the sea lion pup back to the ocean. The sea lion pup was grateful to receive a ride from the Sheriff’s Deputies and climbed into the rear of the patrol vehicle. The sea lion pup was transported by the Sheriff’s Deputies and successfully released back to its natural habitat.

Englishman in Florida arrested after urinating in Hard Rock Hotel ice machine

A man from England has been charged after he was accused of urinating in an ice machine at Hard Rock Hotel, according to the Orlando Police Department. The incident happened at around 12am on Tuesday at the hotel on Universal Blvd. A security officer told police that he was approached by a guest in the lobby who informed him there was a very intoxicated guest in the hotel.

The security officer was taken by the guest to the intoxicated person, identified by police as Andrew Wood, 41. The security officer approached Wood and saw him urinating in an ice machine, the arrest report said. Police said the security officer attempted several times to get the guest to identify himself and tell him what room he was staying in.

The guest refused to identify himself and became very uncooperative and combative, and was becoming very loud and disturbing hotel guests, according to Orlando police. That is when the security officer called Orlando police. When police arrived, an officer noticed Wood was extremely intoxicated, with the odour of alcohol emanating from him, and was having random outbursts, authorities said.

The police officer told Wood to stay in his hotel room for the night because of his actions or he would be placed under arrest for disorderly conduct in a public establishment. Police said Wood refused to stay in his room and continued to be disruptive in the hallway. Wood was then arrested and taken to jail, where he continued to be disruptive in the jail and was booked by jail staff, police said. Wood later posted bond, which was set at $1,000.

Surprise as cow has started eating sheep

A family in Miti Mingi Village in Nakuru County, Kenya, is reeling in shock after its cow developed a liking for meat about a week ago. Mr Charles Mamboleo said he woke up on Wednesday to find the cow feeding on one of his sheep that it had gored to death.

The following day, it fed on another sheep, having given fresh fodder and water in its feeding trough a wide berth. “After the first incident, we thought the cow was starving, so we increased the supply of fodder and water, but it still continued chasing after sheep,” said Mr Mamboleo.

He expressed fears that his animal could have been bewitched since it had not calved since it was bought. His wife, Ms Consepta Kerubo, expressed fear that the animal could start feeding on her children. But area agricultural officer Albert Kabugi dismissed bewitchment claims.

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He said there was a possibility the cow lacked some nutrients and minerals found in green grass. Green grass has been scarce in the county due to drought.“The dry season, which has just ended, has seen most animals lack minerals found in green grass," he said. He expressed shock at the development, terming it the only such case ever reported in the region.

Estate agent admits sending poo to rival but says it wasn't his

A real-estate agent in New Zealand has admitted sending poo in the post to a business rival - but says it wasn't his. Grant Campbell Tucker, 58, originally denied the allegation and was due to appear in Auckland District Court on Wednesday on charges of posting a noxious substance (namely faeces) and using a telephone to offend. However, the court confirmed Tucker had pleaded guilty to the Postal Services Act charge and would be sentenced in June, while the other charge had been dismissed.

It is understood the incident came about over a long-running stoush between Tucker, a director of Netrealty, and John Charles Wills, who is a director of Custom Residential. Both companies sell properties in some of Auckland's most desirable suburbs but in an email sent to NZME when charges were laid, Tucker said the bad blood was "not about turf". "It's about ethics, integrity and honesty," he said. Tucker said he used to work at Custom Residential and there had been issues about commission he believed he was owed, among other points of disagreement.

On March 6, 2014, the fight got dirty. Wills' lawyer David Beard said his office received a package in a courier bag along with a letter bearing Tucker's company letterhead. "It was opened on the steps of the Auckland Central Police Station with myself and a constable and ... I was gagging over the side, with tears in my eyes," Mr Beard said. "I'd just been to the High Court that morning, so I was all dressed up in the black suit, the works, with haz-mat gloves." While Tucker admitted sending the package, his lawyer Ron Mansfield said the faeces did not belong to his client.

The package was originally sent to Tucker and he believed he was returning it to the sender, Mr Mansfield said. "So 'whose poo is it?' is a good question and why are they not charged?" he said. Posting a noxious substance attracts a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine but Mr Beard believed it was a more serious offence. "What's the difference between sending that and a package of smallpox? It's noxious, it hurts people, it's full of bacteria, it's harmful," the lawyer said. "In 16 years I've never seen anything like this in my career, and I have to deal with some interesting people." It is understood police did not have the contents of the package analysed because of health-and-safety concerns and it was subsequently destroyed.

Farmer could face charges over 'pornographic' hay bale sculpture

An Australian cattle farmer who has erected a hay bale sculpture depicting a bull serving a cow has been ordered to take it down and could face obscenity charges. Bruce Cook, owner of Kactus Point Charolais stud erected the sculpture on his farm on the Murray Valley Highway at Lake Charm near Kerang in northern Victoria as “a bit of fun.”

But after someone complained that the sculpture was offensive and obscene Mr Cook received a call from a police officer telling him he had to take it down and that he could be charged with 'publishing pornographic images'. “I couldn’t believe it. How could anyone be offended by something that happens out in the paddocks for real every day of the week? It’s just nature,” Mr Cook said. Since he built the sculpture on Good Friday, dozens of cars and trucks had stopped to admire it and have a bit of a chuckle, he said.

But a defiant Mr Cook said he refused to take it down and in fact plans to light up the sculpture at night so it can seen for longer by passers-by. And he was going to add some calves to the sculpture very soon. “I told the copper to piss off. They have picked on the wrong person. I don’t care what they threaten me with. The sculpture stays,” he said. Mr Crook said he was not angry just totally amused by the fact someone could find an arrangement of hay bales offensive.

“It’s just a stack of hay bales as far as I’m concerned,” he said. He said he found it hard to believe in this day and age there could be laws preventing such a harmless bit of fun. A spokeswoman for Victoria Police said police were notified of a complaint about the hay bale sculpture and had spoken to all parties concerned and were currently making enquiries.

There's a radio interview with Mr Cook on this page.

Irish Coast Guards rescued boy from boulder

A frantic mother flagged down a passing tour bus after her son became trapped on top of a boulder in the Burren in County Clare, Ireland, on Monday. The child had climbed on top of the 5m (16ft) high rock but was unable to climb down. The incident happened at around 4.30pm at Ballyreen on the coast road between Lisdoonvarna and Ballyvaughan Co Clare.

The area is popular with abseilers and rock climbers while large stand-alone rocks, that are spread across the karst landscape, are used for a past-time called bouldering. The six-year-old boy had been visiting family in Kinvara from Manchester in England and was accompanied by his mother and a sibling.

The child climbed up the side of the boulder but couldn’t get down again while his mother was unable to reach him. After spending some time trying to get down, the child’s mother ran to the nearby road and flagged down a passing tour bus. The driver alerted the Irish Coast Guard and the Doolin unit of the volunteer service was requested to attend the incident.

They were accompanied by members from the Kilkee unit who had been on a station visit at the time. Two volunteers climbed up onto the boulder and secured the child in a harness before lowering him to safety. The child, who was unharmed, was then reunited with his family.