Friday, May 29, 2015


Happy birthday dear JD

Happy birthday to you. *blows out candles on cake*

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30 people ejected from hotel after squabble over waffle maker

Two women fighting over the waffle maker at a hotel in Mason County, Michigan, apparently ignited a major disruption inside the hotel's buffet-style breakfast area, police say. A Mason County Sheriff's Office deputy stood by as 30 people were ordered by the property manager to pack their bags and leave the America's Best Value Inn in Pere Marquette Township.

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said it allegedly all started over the hotel's waffle maker at around 9am on Sunday. "It sounded like one lady walked up and asked the other lady if she was in line for the waffle maker. She didn't answer, so this lady started to make her waffle.

The other confronted her and said, 'That was my waffle' and the other lady said, 'No, it's mine' and then it went down hill from there," Cole said. Deputies were dispatched to the hotel and found "a large group of people arguing over the waffle maker," he said. "The property manager asked that everyone be kicked out of the hotel.

"All parties involved were ordered to collect their items and they left," Cole said. No one was injured and no one was arrested for the commotion. The 30 or so people who were ordered to leave are from Chicago and Canton, Mich., Cole said. "There was just a lot of yelling and screaming, but no one was assaulted," he said. "They were all asked to leave and the deputy stood by while they did that."

Dispute over last rib at barbecue led to woman being stabbed in eye with fork

An Indiana woman has been jailed on a felony charge after allegedly stabbing another woman in the eye with a fork during a dispute over the last remaining rib at a family barbecue. Sabrina Davis, 45, was arrested on Sunday night by officers responding to a stabbing call at the Muncie residence of Florence Gill, who was hosting family and friends (like Davis, who lives down the road).

As detailed in a probable cause affidavit, Gill’s daughter, Angela Watkins, was “upset that Davis was taking the last rib from the kitchen,” and confronted the guest “about taking all the food.” Watkins told police that Davis “had a fork in her hand that she was using to take meat from a pan,” adding that Davis stabbed her in the left eye with the utensil.

Lanika Marshall, Watkins’s sister, told officers that her sibling and Davis “were arguing over the last rib,” and that Watkins was “frustrated that Davis was taking so much food from the house.” Marshall added that she witnessed Davis stab Watkins with the fork. During police questioning, Davis confirmed that “the dispute was over the last rib in the pan,” and that Watkins “was telling her she couldn’t take the last rib and moved the pan away from her.”

Davis claimed that she stabbed Watkins in self defence when “Watkins grabbed a knife from a dish drainer.” Watkins suffered “two small lacerations on her left eye,” which was swollen and bloodshot, police reported. She subsequently “went to IU Ball Hospital for treatment.” Davis is being held in the Delaware County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond on a criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon charge.

Man celebrating 21st birthday drowned while trying to swim across pond with 10 lb rock

A celebration on the water turned tragic in Butte County, California, on Monday.

A young man drowned on his 21st birthday after reportedly trying to swim across a pond while carrying a ten pound rock.

According to the Oroville CHP,  Austin Harr of Gridley drowned while swimming at the Gridley Plunge, in the Oroville Wildlife Area. Witnesses told officials Harr was holding the large rock while trying to swim across the pond.

He disappeared in the water and did not emerge. His body was found about 40 minutes later, at around 5:50pm. According to the CHP, alcohol may have played a role in the drowning. The incident remains under investigation.

1,037 pet mice seized from inside home

An investigation into distressed animals has resulted in the largest animal seizure in the history of Calgary, Canada.

On Tuesday, members of the Calgary Humane Society’s protection and investigations team responded to a home and seized 1,037 domesticated mice, 80 fish, three cats and three dogs.

Members of the Calgary Police Service, Animal Services, and the Calgary Fire Department assisted with the investigation. “By volume, this is the largest animal seizure in Calgary history,” said Brad Nichols, senior manager of cruelty investigation with the Calgary Humane Society.

“275 animals had to be euthanized on intake due to injuries.” Nichols says the investigation into the matter continues as the animals undergo veterinary assessment and treatment but charges are pending against the owner of the animals. The health inspector has deemed the home uninhabitable.

With news video. There's a short raw video filmed inside the house here.

Attempted carjacking broadcast as victim talked about her hair pin collection on live radio show

An attempted carjacking has been broadcast live on ABC radio in Australia after a woman phoning in for a discussion on collections was held up in Brisbane's south.

The woman had phoned in to David Curnow's Evenings programme on 612 ABC Brisbane at about 9:40pm on Monday to discuss her hair pin collection when she was abruptly cut off by yelling and swearing between two males in the background.

The woman, who was in the car with her husband waiting for their son to finish a training session, was interrupted on air by a man trying to get into their car. He was eventually scared off. "We were worried for her but also not sure what had happened.

"We chased her up. I didn't really know what was going on," Curnow said. "It just came out of nowhere ... it just suddenly cut in, she stopped talking ... I thought I was getting a crossed line. I put it on hold and told the producer to check to see if she was okay. She said she was shaken up and that she'd called police."

You can here a censored audio of the live broadcast here.

Motorised seesaws take over former church

One hundred and fifty motorised seesaws have been installed in a former church in Austria, in a work of art by Swiss artist Zimoun. Zimoun’s latest installation is aptly called ‘150 prepared dc-motors, 270kg wood, 210m string wire’.

The seesaws are made from long batons that pivot vertically on short upright lengths - making a discordant, rhythmic sound that echoes around the church as they strike the floor.

Each seesaw has a motor that powers a thin metal arm. They are scattered around the nave and transepts of Klangraum Krems - a Gothic church which has been converted into an arts space in the town of Krems an der Donau.

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"The sum of all those individual systems is generating rich textures in sound and motion, while the architecture of the church is reflecting and amplifying all the tiny sounds all over the space," Zimoun said. The installation is open until July 26th.

Woman devastated after visitor to her home snorted ashes of her dead mother

A woman from Dundee has told of her disgust after a visitor to her home snorted her dead mother’s ashes. The invcident took place as a group of people sat drinking in Jacqui Tierney’s house in the Hilltown area. It was witnessed by a family friend, who said today he couldn’t believe what the female visitor had done. The friend said: “I was shocked and disgusted. We had all been drinking and she just seemed to think it was fun and was showing off about it. This is the lowest of the low.

“It’s worse than jumping on somebody’s grave. It’s so disrespectful to the memory of someone’s mum and gran and I can’t believe it happened.” The ashes of Hilda Tierney had been contained in an urn on a unit in the living room. The family friend told Jacqui, 51, what had happened to her mum’s ashes, leaving her horrified. She said: “How could someone do something like this? It is beyond belief that this happened in my own home. Seemingly, she just took the ashes from the top of my unit and started snorting them.

“My friend witnessed the whole thing and decided I should be told. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. What would make someone do something like that? My mum meant the world to me and apart from anything else, how could someone do something so disrespectful?” Jacqui said her disbelief quickly turned to rage when she gave more thought to what happened. She said: “I decided to challenge this person about what they had done but she ran away out of my house and I haven’t seen her since.

“She has tried to contact me by phone but I am still too angry to take her call. I don’t know what I would say to her but I know she will never set foot in this house again.” Jacqui lost her mother Hilda four years ago. She said: “After mum was cremated I scattered some of her ashes in a favourite spot but kept a small amount back to make into jewellery. I thought it would be nice to put some of her ashes into a ring or necklace but now there is nothing left now for me to do that with.”

Village to hold funeral and wake for dead duck

A duck that has lived on a pond in Compton Martin, Somerset, for the past twenty five years will be given a special send off by villagers. Desmond Drake, who was killed by a fox earlier this week, will be given official wake and the church will fly its flag at half-mast to mourn his death.

Andrew Griffiths, 68, who owns the mill pond where Desmond was a resident, said the longstanding feathered resident had a special place in the hearts of many local people. He added: "He will be sadly missed, both for his propensity to consume stale bread and cake, along with his ability to toss upstart young moorhens all over the place.

"He has been a permanent fixture of the pond, for in excess of 25 years, outliving all his contemporaries. He has brought much joy and happiness to people of all ages. He will be sadly missed and so can never be replaced. We said we would have a wake for the duck. When we decide to do it we will drop the flag to half-mast on the church.

"We will all have a drink in the pub. He was a very long serving duck and member of the community. He became family, he became a village icon. There was even a little society, the blood of the duck, and we would drink whisky with a duck egg in. Lots of people have been giving their condolences since his death." A wake, which does not yet have a date, will be held at the village pub, The Ring O'Bells.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Picture of innocence

Eclectus chicks race in their bowls

Two blind, bald eclectus chicks have a flapping race in their bowls.

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Woman accused of assaulting husband with dirty socks

A Florida man has accused his 38-year-old wife of putting a pair of socks into his mouth during an argument.

The man told St. Lucie County Sheriff’s investigators his wife, Carolyn Gerges, grabbed his arm and “stuck a pair of dirty socks in his mouth,” an arrest affidavit states. He also said Gerges hit him in the back.

Meanwhile, Gerges said she hit her husband’s back and “put the socks ‘up to, covering and touching’ his mouth.” She stopped short of saying she stuffed the socks inside her husband’s mouth.

She said she put the socks there because he was bad mouthing her in front of their child. She denied grabbing his arm. As investigators were at the scene, Gerges hit her husband in the back. Gerges, of Lakewood Park, was arrested on two counts of battery.

Man arrested for shooting painting dead after his friend had finished punching it

A man whose roommate punched a painting apparently decided to help by firing a gun into it and was subsequently arrested, according to a spokeswoman from Prescott police in Arizona.

Louis Cancelliere, 38, of Prescott, was arrested on May 16 and charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, a felony, reckless endangerment, and trespassing after he fired his .45 calibre handgun at the painting, Lt. Amy Bonney said.

"Cancelliere told officers his roommate had taken the painting outside for an unknown reason and had been punching the painting," Bonney said.

Cancelliere "became frustrated" with the roommate and went out to ask him "if he just wanted the painting 'dead,'" Bonney said. He fired at least one round through the art work, she said. Officers located a handgun and spent casing from a .45 calibre handgun nearby, she added.

Woman faces bribery charge for lick offer to police officer

A Louisiana woman is facing a public bribery charge after allegedly making an unusual proposal to the police officer who arrested her for attacking her live-in boyfriend.

Diane Thomas, 52, was arrested earlier this month for punching her beau in the face “multiple times” and scratching him with her fingernails during a confrontation in the couple’s Monroe home.

When Thomas was read her Miranda rights by a Monroe Police Department officer, she stated that her boyfriend was a “bitch,” adding that he “got in her face so she beat his ass,” according to a May 16 probable cause affidavit. After Thomas was handcuffed, she told Corporal Chris Ballard that she could not go to jail since she “has a good job.”

At that point, Thomas allegedly made Ballard an offer he would refuse. "If you won't take me to jail I will get on my knees right now," she reportedly declared. "Officer I will even lick your butt hole." Already facing a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge, Thomas was also issued with a felony public bribery count for allegedly offering to lick Corporal Ballard. Thomas was subsequently freed on $5,000 bond.

Man wired chickens' beaks shut to 'make them quiet'

A man who put wire through chickens' beaks to keep them quiet has been convicted and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines. Yong Jin Kim, from the Glenfield suburb of Auckland in New Zealand, kept chickens in his backyard and used wire to keep their beaks closed, the North Shore District Court heard on Tuesday.

The court found he had caused the birds pain and distress and he was ordered to pay veterinary costs of $1000 and legal costs of $2200. He was also disqualified from owning any poultry for five years. The case was first investigated by the SPCA in April 2014, following complaints from members of the public.

Kim told SPCA inspectors last year he pierced the wire through the beaks of two hens and one rooster "to make the birds quiet". He said he had done it two weeks before the chickens were seized by the SPCA. SPCA Auckland executive director Bob Kerridge said it was a "barbaric" measure that was totally unacceptable.

He said vet reports showed the birds suffered considerable pain during the procedure. "The wires caused nothing but distress to the chickens limiting their ability to feed and water. The chickens were in poor condition when we received them and gained a significant amount of weight after the wires were removed, confirming they were unable to get enough food with the wires in place." After recovering from their ordeal the chickens have been adopted to new homes.

Man arrested over cattle gallstone heist

Police have arrested a 35-year-old man in relation to the theft of valuable cattle gallstones from a meat processor in southern Queensland, Australia. The stones are used in Eastern medicine and could be worth up to $30,000 a kilogram. The Toowoomba Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS) executed a search warrant after receiving a tip-off about the stolen gallstones.

Senior Constable Glenn Evans said they acted quickly as they knew the stolen property could be quickly disposed of. "I understand that they were taken from the processor who was in possession of them," he said. Senior Constable Evans said while theft cases relating to cattle gallstones were uncommon, he believed the collection of them was not.

"Most cattle, depending on their age, have gallstones and I understand there is a market for them," he said. "I'd suggest that most of the [meat processing] plants throughout the country collect these stones and sell them as a by-product." Gold Coast based cattle gallstone trader Jenny Murtagh has been in the business for 30 years and she was called to Toowoomba by SARCIS to help sort, grade and value the stolen stones.

"It's a stone that's created in the gallbladder and it starts with a catalyst like a pearl," she said. "It builds layer upon layer, obviously the bigger the cow, the bigger the gallstone and they are retrieved when the beast has been slaughtered." Ms Murtagh said they were used in traditional Eastern medicine for heart, liver and general wellbeing. "It doesn't cure anything but it's a highly prized product," she said.

Couple given conditional discharge after stealing ‘Ride’em Cowboy’ strap-on vibrator from store

Two thieves have appeared in court after they stole a sex toy from adult shop Ann Summers in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Jason Maginnis, 22, and his 21-year-old female friend Terry Lee Remmer walked into the city centre store and took a ‘Ride’em Cowboy strap-on vibrator’, Sunderland magistrates heard. The pair were seen on CCTV helping themselves to the £38 adult toy and have now been ordered to pay compensation to the shop.

Prosecutor Keith Laidlaw said the offence occurred on Sunday, February 1. “The witness is Leanne Smith, the assistant manager at Ann Summers adult shop, located in Sunderland,” Mr Laidlaw said. “She will say that she was at work in the store when she became aware of the theft of a vibrator.” Mr Laidlaw said Ms Smith looked at CCTV footage, which caught the pair red-handed in the act. “Jason Maginnis and Terry Lee Remmer entered the store at about 1.20pm,” Mr Laidlaw said.

“They proceeded to the rear of the shop where Maginnis removes a vibrator from the box and places the item in Remmer’s handbag. He then returned the empty box to the display and the two leave the store without paying for the property.” Maginnis, who is currently incarcerated in Durham Prison, and Lemmer, who lives in a homeless hostel in Sunderland, were arrested and both admitted theft from a shop.

Willie Johnston, defending both of them, told the court they had made full admissions in their police interviews, and entered guilty pleas at the first opportunity He added that both were “heavily into heroin” at the time of the offence and have little recollection of the incident. Both are now seeking treatment for their drug addiction. Maginnis and Remmer were both sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge. They were each told to pay £19 in compensation towards the cost of the vibrator, and a £15 surcharge.

Intoxicated female motorist told police that ‘a man had dropped from the sky’ and driven car

When she was arrested for drink driving a woman told police that ‘a man had dropped from the sky’ and driven the car. Angelika Wierzchowska , 26, from Lurgan in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, admitted three offences when she appeared last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

She pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on February 21 this year, not having insurance and failing to report an accident. The court heard that at approximately 2am police received a call from a member of the public about a blonde female who was drunk. Police found her in the driver’s seat of a car.

She was smiling and laughing and had the keys of the car on her lap. She had crashed into another vehicle. An initial breath test gave a reading of 109 and the defendant asked ‘will I not be able to drive for a year’. An evidential test gave a reading of 104 and on her way to the police station the defendant referred to ‘a man having dropped from the sky and having driven the car’.

Mr Conor Downey, representing the defendant, said this was the third occasion his client had been in court for not having insurance and it may be the case for a pre-sentence report. Adjourning the case until May 13 so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, imposed a driving ban on the defendant. He told her that because of her record and the high reading when she was sentenced the ban would be higher than the minimum of 12 months.

Woman reported for driving without due care and attention after car ended up stuck in tree

A woman driver lost control of a car and ended stuck up a tree on a motorway embankment.

Police estimated the vehicle was travelling at 100mph when it left the M69 in Leicestershire shortly before 3pm on Sunday.

The police said the driver and a passenger walked away from the wreckage, but were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary to be checked over.

The vehicle was later safely recovered. Police have reported the woman for driving without due care and attention.