Saturday, February 06, 2016

It's the weekend

Lady and deer stamp their feet at each other

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Man who fell into and became locked in his car's trunk charged with possession of marijuana

A Florida man who said he fell into his car's trunk and got locked in after a walk on the beach was rescued on Wednesday by a Monroe County Sheriff's deputy who heard him knocking for help. The incident began at about 9:30pm when Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Seth Hopp answered a call about a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near Sombrereo Beach.

There, Hopp said he found a 1997 Lincoln Continental with all four doors open but no one in sight. Drawing closer, Hopp said, "I then began to hear a knocking coming from the closed trunk." "Come out", Hopp ordered after announcing himself as "Sheriff's Office." "I can't", answered a voice that turned out to belong to be 32-year-old Rob Moore of Marathon.

"I opened the trunk and a ... male emerged," said Hopp. And the male had an unusual explanation for his predicament. After going for a walk on the beach, Moore told the deputy, "he was looking for the keys to the vehicle and had accidentally fallen in the trunk while searching for the keys. The trunk then closed on top of him." What happened to Moore's keys remains unknown.

The deputy may have opened the trunk using an in-car release, said Monroe County Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin. During his interview with Hopp, Moore told the deputy he had in the car a pill bottle containing marijuana. Moore was charged marijuana possession, a first degree misdemeanor. Moore's mother arrived and drove him home in the Lincoln, Hopp said. "Certainly these are unusual circumstances," said Herrin. "But we have no reason to believe it happened in any way other than what he described."

Wife faces up to six years in jail for poor management of the household chores

A man from Lazio, Italy, is taking his wife to court for “mistreatment of the family” because she did not cook or clean enough.

The 40-year-old woman from the town of Sonnino has been charged with "mistreatment of the family" due to what her husband describes as “poor management of the household chores”.

The charge could result in a jail sentence of up to six years. In his statement, the husband, who is seven years his wife's senior, claimed he had been "insulted" for over two years by his wife's negligence.

He said that on occasion his wife has kicked him out of their bedroom and that he has been “forced to live in conditions with poor hygiene”. The husband also said that the food he bought ended up in the bin as his wife rarely cooked. The trial has been fixed for October 12th this year.

Authorities ban 'silent discos' over noise concerns

Authorities in Lausanne, Switzerland, have quashed a proposal for outdoor “silent disco” events in the city centre because of concerns they would be too noisy. Organisers of the events, where participants dance to music listened to on wireless headphones, had wanted to hold them on the terrace and rooftop of bistros in the Flon nieghbourhood on June 12th and September 4th. The events were to run until 5am.

Similar events have been held in the nearby municipality of Pully, run by Olivier Meylan, the director of the unfortunately named For Noise Festival. Meylan submitted an application with the support of Mobimo, the owner of the property where the bistros are located, and a recommendation from the municipality of Pully. However, the city’s business regulation department turned down the proposal, a decision that cannot be appealed.

“Since 2014 numerous complaints from neighbours have been lodged,” Florence Nicollier, head of the department said. “They involve noise problems caused by musical events and other activities taking place on terraces of establishments in the Flon neighbourhood and the Place de l’Europe, in particular those on rooftops,” Nicollier said. Apparently, the concern with “silent discos” is that they are not that silent, since participants often sing along to the music.

“During silent discos, the noise caused by the clientele is not negligible,” Nicollier said. As a result, the city has decided to ban such events. Event organiser Meylan did not hide his disappointment. “Given our experience in the neighbouring municipality of Pully, we should have been able to at least try a test in the centre of Lausanne and take stock afterward, but no,” he said. “There is now a lack of original events in this city that are, however, popular with young adults.”

Armed police swooped on shop after reports of a bloodbath when the owner cut his hand on a box

Armed police swooped on a shop in Colwyn Bay, Wales, expecting to find a bloodbath but found no more than the baffled owner nursing a hand he’d cut while moving boxes. Mike Roberts, who owns the Mission army surplus store, was taken aback at the scale of the police response. He had cut his hand on the corner of an ammunition box, and it bled all over the floor as he tried to staunch the flow.

Someone who peered in through the window saw the bloodstained floor and called the police, who sped to the scene in five squad cars, along with an ambulance. Some of the officers who turned up were carrying guns. Mr Roberts, who has been running the business for three months, said: “I just cut my hand on one of the ammo boxes. The police came and just blew it up out of proportion.

“I couldn’t believe the amount of police officers that turned up. They just asked me what happened and who had attacked me - no one had. Nobody was arrested and no one was hurt but it was a nasty cut. It was all something and nothing.” An eye witness, who asked not to be named, said he saw blood everywhere. He added: ”I got off the bus at 8pm and there were five police cars outside the army surplus place.

“I definitely saw at least one armed officer there and I saw an ambulance drive away. There was blood all over the floor and on the outside of the door of the shop.” A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed they had attended the scene but no one had been taken away for treatment. A North Wales Police spokeswoman said: “Police spoke to two men at the scene. There are no allegations of criminality.”

Bank raiders caught after empty ATM fell out of back of getaway van during police chase

A pair of bungling bank raiders were caught stealing an empty cash machine after it fell out of the back of their getaway van during a police chase. Jamie Ronald Keegan and Marc Andrew Shelton, both 33, broke into the Halifax bank in Sale, Cheshire, just after midnight on December 12 last year. They wrapped chains around the ATM, which had an out of order sign on it, before yanking it out and driving off. But Minshull St Crown Court in Manchester heard how their attempts to escape failed after they were spotted by police who noticed the back door of the van was open.

The vehicle appeared to be dragging something behind it causing sparks in the road but when officers tried to get it to pull over it sped off. Police gave chase, and realised a large metal chain was hanging from the back, hitting and damaging parked cars as the paid fled in the van. The stolen ATM, valued at around £100,000, then fell out of the back of the vehicle hitting another car, but the crooks drove off. Stella Massey, prosecuting, told Judge John Potter how both men were caught following a search by the police helicopter. She said that Shelton, of Sale, was arrested after jumping over a fence.

The officer told him it was “on suspicion of robbery”, to which Shelton replied: “It’s not robbery it’s burglary.” Keegan, also of Sale, was found “red in the face” and out of breath in a wheelie bin, immediately telling officers: “I’m bang to rights, I’ll hold my hands up. Lock me up.” The court heard how the pair had been arrested previously following a break in at a motorcycle shop in North Wales on September 21 last year. A neighbour of Colwyn Bay Motorcycles had called police after seeing two men on the roof of the store, getting in through a broken skylight. As officers arrived, they ran off but were later found in a nearby phone box in Old Colwyn and arrested.

They told an earlier hearing at Llandudno magistrates that the plan had not been to steal from the shop, but to in fact release pigeons inside to defecate on the motorcycles and wreck them after the store had refused Shelton credit. This was confirmed after a box with two pigeons was found nearby – both were rehomed. Shelton was earlier sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to burglary with intent to cause damage for the motorbike shop raid. Keegan had been sent to Crown Court for both that and the cash machine case. Judge Potter sentenced Keegan to six months for the North Wales matter in line with his co-defendant after he too pleaded guilty. Both Shelton and Keegan were then jailed for 40 months for the ATM burglary, which they both pleaded guilty to, which will run concurrently.

Dog missing for more than four days rescued by lifeboat a mile out at sea after chasing a seagull

A dog which had been missing for than four days was rescued by lifeboat after being swept into the sea. The lifeboat was called into action at around 9.30am on Thursday, after members of the public reported seeing a dog chase a seagull into the water at Hastings, East Sussex. The crew, assisted by the Coastguard, quickly found Storm, a seven-year-old long-haired German Shepherd, who had been missing since Sunday.

The waterlogged dog was pulled from the sea and reunited with his happy owner at the lifeboat station, before going to the vet for a check-up. Storm’s owner said that he couldn’t thank the UK Coastguard or the RNLI enough. He said, “I have been out looking for Storm since he went missing on Sunday and last night I was out until midnight searching for him. When I got the call that he was on the beach, I was over the moon. But when I got down to the beach he’d already swum out to sea. I was just frantic to get him back.

“The Coastguard reassured me the whole time, talking me through the rescue process and keeping me updated on how they were conducting the search. I just can’t thank them all enough for bringing him safely home.” Coastguard Nick Jury said, “This is a very happy ending for Storm. The owners had put up posters informing people that he was missing and he was spotted on the beach by a member of the public. By chance, the dog’s owner was also in the area searching for him.

“I had spotted the dog in the water and was able to guide the RNLI Hastings Inshore Lifeboat to Storm, by which time he was about one mile out to sea. He was completely exhausted when the RNLI reached him and he was rescued just in time. Happily, Storm has been very fortunate to survive quite a swim out to sea. In this instance we had received a 999 call and a member of the public had come into the office at Hastings to alert us. His owners and the members of the public did exactly the right thing by calling the UK Coastguard and not attempting to rescue him themselves – which is the best advice we offer dog owners. We want people to enjoy the coast and this simple measure could save lives.”

Museum's 155-year old Perpetual Mouse Trap has claimed its latest victim

A Perpetual Mouse Trap patented in 1861 has lived up to its name by catching a mouse in Reading, Berkshire . The unfortunate rodent fell foul of the 155-year-old trap which is on display at an artefact at the English Museum of Rural Life in the University of Reading.

The Perpetual Mouse Trap was made by Colin Pullinger & Sons of Silsey in Sussex and is described as the 'simplest, cleanest and most humane trap yet produced, as well as being 'beautifully made and finished'. It is a multi-catch live mouse trap with a see-saw mechanism.

A post on the museum's blog said: "The mouse had managed to sneak past University of Reading security, exterior doors and Museum staff, and clambered its way up into our store. Upon finding itself there it would have found the promised land; a mouse paradise laid before it full of straw, wood and textiles. Then, out of thousands of objects, it chose for its home the very thing designed to kill it some 150 years ago: a mouse trap.

"The trap itself was not baited, but this did not stop our mouse from wriggling inside and, finding itself trapped, meet its demise." Staff at the museum constantly guard against rodents and other pests because of the damage they can do to their collection. They are still deciding what to do with the mouse, who remains inside the trap for now. One option is a dignified burial, another is to desiccate it or have it prepared to remain as a permanent feature of the mouse trap.

Dispute over five-legged dog floral tribute amicably concluded with donation to charity

A row which broke out over flowers for a funeral after a grieving family complained the flower dog they bought arrived with five legs appears to have reached an amicable conclusion after a donation was given to charity. Magaret Seaman, 76, of Shoebury, Essex, had known 91-year-old Peggy Hartman for 50 years until she passed away on January 20. Her funeral took place on Monday and Mrs Seaman clubbed together with her family to buy a £60 flower arrangement in the shape of a Jack Russell, for dog-loving Peggy. However, when the flowers arrived at St Mary The Virgin Church, in North Shoebury Road, pall bearers were said to be laughing at the arrangement, which looked to have five legs and an unusual nose. Mrs Seaman said: “It was very upsetting and embarrassing.

“My daughter was waving for me to go over because the pall bearer started laughing at the flowers. One of them said ‘we’ve been trying to work out what sort of dog it is, I’ve never seen one with five legs before’. We have laughed about it all since the funeral but on the day it was upsetting. My son went in to ask for a refund, not for the materials but for the labour, and they said no – we wanted to give the money to Battersea Dogs Home as Peggy had asked for either flowers or donations to the home. I wish we’d just given the home the money now.” The florist, from Harlequin Flowers, in Shoebury, defended her work, providing photographic evidence of how the dog looked when it was being delivered to the funeral directors.

She said: “It has been tampered with. I am a very highly trained professional and there is no way in this world I would let something out of my shop looking like that. I took a photo of the dog, as I do with all our arrangements, as it was on the way to the funeral directors over the road and you can see how it looked – it didn’t have five legs.” The business later relented and agreed to donate the £60 refund to Battersea Dogs Home. A spokesman for Harlequin Flowers said: “Our team work hard to delight all our customers. Where we get it wrong, we have a clear procedure to resolve the matter and we will work with our customers to put things right. Unfortunately, we haven’t had the opportunity in this case. We’ve thoroughly investigated the issue with the team locally.

“However, ultimately our customer is dissatisfied and therefore, as a gesture of goodwill and in line with their wishes, we have donated the full cost of the arrangement to Battersea Dogs Home. We would ask any customer that believes that we have failed to live up to the high standards they expect of us to contact us directly.” When informed of the decision, Mrs Seaman said: “It is fantastic, Peggy loved dogs. I had thought about just leaving it after the funeral but I am glad we didn’t and the money has gone to the right place.” Funeral directors S Stibbards and Sons, also of Shoebury, transported the flowers to the church. Director Martin Stibbards said: “It appears as though the flowers have split apart, creating the illusion that the dog had five legs. Unfortunately, at times, these things do happen but nobody is to blame and having spoken to all my gentlemen they have assured me that any comments made were not by our staff. Additionally, every care was taken with the tribute, as is taken with all floral tributes entrusted into our care.”

Friday, February 05, 2016


Dog carries man's umbrella

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Shoplifting suspect left behind her phone and a puddle of urine

An alleged shoplifter in Florida tried to make off with more than $2,100 in designer clothes on Friday, police say. Along the way, police have said that Brooke Amber Sutton, 27, left behind some unusual evidence.

According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, an employee at the Ann Taylor store at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Miramar Beach called authorities after discovering several security tags that had been removed from merchandise. Along with the tags was a cell phone. The deputy discovered the phone number for the cell phone owner’s husband, and was able to contact him. The husband reportedly gave the deputy a description of the suspect’s car, which the deputy later spotted near the store. Sutton was driving the vehicle.

According to Sutton’s arrest report, she reportedly admitted during a post-Miranda warning interview that she entered the Ann Taylor store and took numerous items into the fitting room. While inside, she reportedly confessed to removing the price tags and security devices from the items, leaving the store with 18 items she didn’t pay for. Sutton also urinated on the floor and on several items of merchandise. After slipping out of the Ann Taylor store undetected, Sutton entered Saks Off Fifth.

There she entered a fitting room with between 15 and 20 pairs of jeans. Sutton later exited the fitting room with six pairs of jeans, valued at more than $1,000, draped over her arm. She reportedly concealed the jeans under a men’s suit jacket. Sutton then left the store, setting off a security alarm. When the deputy made contact with Sutton, he discovered the jeans in her vehicle. Sutton was arrested on two counts of felony retail theft and was booked into the Walton County Jail. She was released on bond the next day.

Firefighters rescued man from top of palm tree

A man was rescued from the top of a palm tree in Encinitas, California, on Wednesday morning in what firefighters called a "rare incident." "Tree rescues are rare incidents for emergency responders," Battalion Chief Robert Ford said.

"The quick and safe actions by firefighters resulted in a successful rescue." Just after 11am, emergency responders from the Encinitas, Solana Beach and Carlsbad fire departments found the man trapped in the palm tree, approximately 20 feet off the ground.

"Responders found the victim pinned underneath a large amount of dead palm fronds unable to move," Ford said. Firefighters utilised an aerial ladder truck to reach the victim, securing him to the tree with a rope and safety belt as they removed the fronds.

The man, whom Ford said remained awake and alert during the rescue, was taken by paramedics to Scripps La Jolla Trauma Center for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. It is not known why the man was in the palm tree.

Out-of-control car landed on garage roof

A car somehow managed to land on the garage roof of a home in Palos Verdes Estates, California on Wednesday afternoon. The unusual incident occurred just before 4pm on Palos Verdes Boulevard.

“You just can’t believe how dumb it is,” said the owner of the home, who was inside the residence at the time. “Awful!” She said she was inside playing Solitaire when she felt a sudden jolt. The woman’s hillside home is below the street.

Firefighters say the driver hit two parked cars and rolled through a yard before launching onto the roof of the home's garage. The driver was pulled from the wrecked vehicle and was conscious. Firefighters believe a medical problem caused the driver to lose control. The driver was not severely hurt. Police blocked the road and called for a crane to pluck the car from the rooftop.

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“This was really something to land on a roof,” said a next-door neighbour who said that this is not the first time a car crashed into a home along the busy road. She fears it won’t be the last. “It happens all the time,” she said. Firefighters say the driver has been hospitalised in good condition. He is being treated for his injuries.

Resident concerned that catfish in mailboxes may escalate to car break-ins

Several residents in Osceola County, Florida, have found catfish in their mailboxes and yards, prompting questions whether it's a prank or something more serious. Maddison Fertic said she received an unusual delivery on Monday morning when her postman discovered a large, dead catfish inside her mailbox.

"I was honestly in shock because it doesn't make any sense," Fertic said. "It's just one of those things where it's, just, 'Why?'" Fertic said the fish was 12 inches long, and she had to use a stick to pull it out. "It looked like it could have been a live fish that somebody stuck in there and then it flopped around like fish do because the whole mailbox is dirty," she said.

Fertic is not the only one to get the unwelcome mail. Two other people reported similar incidents this week. One resident reported finding a catfish in her mailbox and another said a fish was thrown into the yard of her St. Cloud home. "I was kind of in shock that somebody would do that. It's not something you hear of every day," Fertic said.

Fertic said she lives in a quiet, family-friendly neighbourhood. She thinks she is a random victim, adding that no one else on her street was targeted. She believes the incidents could be related to kids playing pranks, but she is worried the silly stunts could turn into bigger potential crimes. "It starts with the catfish in the mailbox, but then it starts with breaking into a car. You never know where things escalate to," she said. Fertic plans to file a police report.

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Sea lion climbed 145 steps in order to browse in gift shop

A curious sea lion made an unexpected visit to a gift shop in California.

The animal climed up 145 steps to reach the La Jolla Cave Store last month.

He browed the aisles for about ten minutes before workers used salmon to coax him out the back door, across the lawn and back down to the beach.

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The store's owner, Jim Allen, said he had sea lions come part-way up the stairs in the past, but never all the way into the store.

Calf born with a map of Australia on its hide probably saved from ending up on dinner plate

A calf from Yougawalla Station in the Kimberley region of Western Australia has been born with a marking on its hide that looks like a map of Australia.

Yougawalla Station's Jane Sale reckons the unique coat will probably save the calf from ending up on the dinner plate.

"We definitely know which paddock he's in and we'll be keeping an eye out for him when we draft, and I think for sure he'll have to stay around [and not be sold]," she said.

"As he grows I hope it [the Australian map] stays in its current shape." Mrs Sale said it even seemed like New Zealand was visible up near the animal's front-right leg, and the south-east tip of Indonesia was on his rump.

Man choked to death after attempting to eat cheeseburger whole

A father-of-three choked to death as he tried to eat a McDonald's cheeseburger in one mouthful, an inquest has heard.

Darren Bray, 29, of Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, blacked out as he ate the 99p burger following a night out with friends in October 2015. Cardiff Coroner's Court heard Mr Bray, who had been drinking, but not enough to affect his judgement, died from a blockage to his airway.

A death by misadventure conclusion was recorded. The hearing was told Mr Bray said "watch this" to his friends as he squashed the burger in half and put it in his mouth. Friend Sam Bisgrove said: "I could see him trying to cough it up and he was making horrible coughing noises. I tried to hit his back to help him clear his airway."

Paramedics arrived and performed CPR on Mr Bray, who was at a friend's house in Barry, but were unable to restart his heart and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Dr Rhiannon Trefor told the hearing there was an 8cm by 5cm (3in by 1.9in) ball of food stuck in his throat. "He would not have been able to breathe ... with that in his airway, she said.

Cat that had been missing for 14 months found well fed and living in a pet food factory

A cat that disappeared from home 14 months ago has been found after feasting in a pet food factory. Clive the Norwegian Forest Cat was rescued from the Kennelpak processing centre, in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, by workers who noticed "evidence" of a cat living among the many boxes of food. His owner, Tanya Irons, picked up her beloved pet from the offices on Wednesday afternoon after she was traced through his microchip.

Clive, who was only nine-months-old when he went missing, was captured by production supervisor Diane Gaskill. She said: "I've been trying to catch him since last Thursday when I found out we had a cat living in the warehouse. I saw him run past me a couple of times and we found droppings. I set a cat trap on Wednesday night and I found him in the morning. He was hissing and spitting! We then took him to the vets and we were able to get the mobile number of his owner. I rang her straight away – she couldn't believe it."

Mrs Irons, of Toton, said she was shocked at how big Clive had grown. The 28-year-old said: "He was nine-months-old when we lost him, he was a lot smaller! He's so big and fluffy now. He used to be very naughty and liked to go outside a lot. We thought somebody must have taken him in as he's such a lovely cat. We started a Facebook appeal and put up lost signs. I was at the swimming baths when I got the phone call that Clive had been found. I asked what he looked like and whether he was okay.

"I'm excited but a little bit nervous about taking him home. He has two brothers, George and Leon, I don't know how they'll react when they see him!" Retail director at the company, Colin Lewis, said that he thought Clive had been snacking on the pet food they kept in the warehouse and sleeping under the machinery, but it is unknown how long he had been lodging there. He added: "It's amazing. the warehouse is 20 thousand square foot of pet food. I think there's been a few holes in some of the boxes!"