Monday, July 25, 2016

Doggie bag

Baby sloth and kangaroo become acquainted

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Man tells of unusual attack while stuck in traffic jam

A man says he is left stunned after a terrifying ordeal on an expressway in Michigan on Saturday.

Michael Mengis, of Oak Park, said he was driving with his son along I-94 near the I-96 interchange when they came to a complete halt due to heavy traffic. He said a man jumped out of his Jaguar car and onto the hood of his Dodge Dart.

Then, the attacker pulled out a knife and started using it to hit the driver’s side window. He was unable to break to break the glass. “Thank God Dodge builds a good window,” said Mengis. He said the man struck his car eight or nine times.

While the story is serious, Mr Mengis' account of the incident has some comedy elements.

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It is not clear if then stranger intended to carjack the victims. Once traffic picked up, Mengis says he sped away and called Michigan State Police. Mengis wants to warn other drivers about his attack.

Widow took husband's body on 'rolling wake'

Alan Bengaard, chief of police in Ketchikan, Alaska, has seen a lot in his decades-long law enforcement career. But he’s never seen anything like this. Ketchikan police received a third-party call from the area of the Potlatch Bar at around 3:15am on Wednesday.

When they arrived on scene, officers discovered an aluminum transport casket with the body of a 78-year-old man inside, according to Bengaard. The man had died from natural causes over the weekend on Prince of Wales Island, and his wife took the body to Ketchikan, Bengaard said.

“The body was in that and supposed to be destined for the mortuary, but for some reason she decided to not go directly to the mortuary and had been driving around with him for a couple days,” Bengaard said. “My understanding is kind of - leading up to the events of the last couple days - there’s been a rolling wake or viewing.

“It was pointed out to me that, evidently, she had stopped at a couple of the canneries and got ice and filled the bed of the truck with ice to keep the body chilled. You can’t make this stuff up,” the chief added. The wife did not break any laws that Bengaard was aware of. The mortuary took custody of the body after police responded to the scene. The family can make arrangements for how it wants to take care of the body. “Hopefully it won’t go back on the road again,” he said.

Man allegedly head-butted his mother because she brought home Chick-fil-A for dinner

Derek Foreman, 30, of Largo, Florida, is currently nursing an injured nose.

This follows an incident on Thursday when he allegedly head-butted his 55-year-old mother in the face during a confrontation about dinner arrangements at their home.

“Def. and Victim had a verbal disagreement because the victim brought home Chick-fil-A and the Def. did not want to eat Chick-fil-A,” a criminal complaint notes. Faced with the fast food, Foreman “became upset” and head-butted his mother, causing her bottom lip to split, investigators allege.

Foreman was arrested for domestic battery, a misdemeanor, and booked into the county jail. After a court hearing on Friday, Foreman was released from custody and directed to have no contact with his mother. A judge also ordered Foreman to be outfitted with a device that monitors his alcohol intake.

Motorist led police on hour-long high-speed chase because he was bored

A man from Thurston County, Washington, led multiple police agencies in a sometimes dangerous pursuit that spanned two counties and 49 miles on Saturday evening because he was bored, the county sheriff’s office said. Sgt. Dave Odegaard with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said David B. McNalley, 30, had no warrants, no prior convictions, and a valid driver’s licence when he tore off through an intersection in Tumwater at 4:38pm.

Burning rubber, he attracted the attention of a sheriff’s deputy, who tried to pull him over. “He took off,” Odegaard said of McNalley, who was driving a 1994 Mercury Sable. “The deputy felt like he basically instigated this pursuit. It went from the Tumwater area into the Olympia city limits and then went onto I-5.” The pursuit went on for more than an hour, crossing into Pierce County and circling back around into Olympia. A handful of patrol agencies were involved. McNalley “was passing cars on the shoulder of the road down near Nisqually,” Odegaard said.

Sometimes reaching 85 miles per hour, the pursuit was “was discontinued three times due to speed and public safety.” McNalley circled back into Olympia. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Department set up spike strips. In trying to avoid them, McNalley lost control and drove onto a farm, hitting a fence at about 5:45pm. There was minor damage to the fence, Odegaard said, but no one was hurt. McNalley didn’t appear to be impaired by drugs or alcohol, Odegaard said. “He said he was just bored,” Odegaard said. “It looks like to us right now ... he instigated this pursuit because he was bored and just wanted to do it.”

McNalley has been charged with three counts of attempting to elude a police vehicle, but other charges could be pending, Odegaard said. He is being held without bail in the Thurston County jail until his arraignment on Monday. Odegaard said it was an unusual chase. Usually, people being pursued don’t come back to the same jurisdiction where the chase started. “It’s frustrating, because in my mind he endangered not only his life but a number of officers that were involved,” he said. “We had jurisdiction from state patrol, Lacey, Thurston County Sheriff’s, Nisqually Tribal as well as all the citizens ... he could have very easily injured or killed some innocent people just for the joy of, ‘I was bored.’”

Man arrested after calling police to report theft of a pound of marijuana and large amount of cash

A man from Jamestown, North Dakota, is facing a Class A felony after he called 911 to report a large sum of money and marijuana were stolen from his residence. Tyler Dallmann, 31, was charged on Wednesday with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class A felony, in Southeast District Court.

He was also charged with criminal attempt to tamper with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia marijuana, Class A misdemeanors, and possession of drug paraphernalia marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Dallman is free on bond. According to court documents, at 2:12am on Tuesday, Dallmann called Stutsman County Communications to report his residence had been burgled.

When police officers arrived on the scene, Dallmann allegedly said someone broke the window in the back door of his residence and stole $30,000 in cash and about a pound of marijuana. While officers spoke with Dallmann, other officers returned to the Stutsman County Law Enforcement Center to obtain a search warrant for Dallman’s residence, car and any outbuildings on the property.

After the search warrant was obtained, a search was conducted of the property. Marijuana was allegedly found in the house and a backpack containing $12,000 was found in a car belonging to Dallmann. The maximum penalty for a Class A felony is 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The maximum penalty for a Class A misdemeanor is one year in prison and a $3,000 fine. The maximum penalty for a Class B misdemeanor is 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.

Drivers violating traffic rules ordered to plant a tree

Almost 3000 traffic offenders have been ordered to plant a tree, as part of a new community service initiative by the Indian state of Telangana.

The Telangana Ku Haritha Haaram initiative, was launched on July 7 last year and has since enlisted at least 2765 motorists to plant saplings across the district.

Police said their goal was to plant a total of one million saplings, thereby increasing the state’s current 24 percent of tree cover to 33 percent. Telangana’s Superintendent of Police Rema Rajeshwari said the community service was “in addition to fines and punishment”. She said criminals and ex-convicts had also contributed to the scheme, as part of “reformative policing efforts”.

“We hope that such positive reintegration programmes will help criminals to join the mainstream, when predisposing factors drive a person to criminal behaviour are addressed in a holistic fashion,” she said. “Our efforts have already started giving results, as many violators are returning to water the saplings.”

Restaurant owner surprised when customer paid more than £1million for three-course meal

A restaurant owner has spoken of his shock after a customer accidentally paid more than £1million for a three-course meal. Onwer Abdul Wahid said the man, who did not want to be named, was having the meal with two friends at the Rajpoot Indian Restaurant in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The bill for the three-course mean and drinks should have come to around £100 but after paying by credit card, Mr Wahid realised a payment of £1,006,082.04 had been authorised by his bank. Mr Wahid, 51, said: “When he came to pay I gave him the card machine and he asked to put in the amount himself but it didn’t go through.

“I then had to phone the bank for him and I answered all of the questions and they then gave me the confirmation code. At this time he still had the card machine so I never saw the amount he had typed in. But 10 minutes later I took the machine and looked at it and I just said ‘oh my god what’s happened, what have you done my friend’.

“I looked at the receipt and then he looked at it and he just said ‘oh my …’ He then rang his bank up to say it was the wrong amount and cancel it before paying the correct amount.” He added: “This has to be one of the most expensive meals there has ever been. I have never experienced anything like this. It was really, really shocking. I still can’t believe it.”

Man apologises for stealing and crashing both his grandfather's cars

A grandson has made a public apology to his grandfather after twice taking his cars without consent - and crashing both times. Dean Bates, 27, took his grandad Peter’s Vauxhall Insignia after a family row and crashed into another vehicle, writing it off, and injuring the other driver. Then he went back home to take Peter’s second car, a Ford Focus, before going missing for three days - and then knocking a policewoman off her motor bike while leaving his hotel bolthole. Now Dean of Winlaton, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, wants to apologise to Peter, who helped bring him up, for the upset he has caused.

There was no serious damage in the second incident but the policewoman was slightly injured. Dean has now said he wants to apologise to his grandad. He said: “I love my grandad but I did not know what I was thinking when I took the cars. There was an argument in the morning and I took the car. It was just a one-off. I don’t know what I was thinking but I know I caused a lot of problems for him, the other driver, and the policewoman. I was playing with the radio, turned left at a roundabout, and crashed into someone. The woman driver of the car I crashed into broke her hand and her car was a write-off. Afterwards I drove back home, picked up the other car, and went to a hotel for three days while my family were looking for me.

“I thought I was going to get sent straight to jail. I was all over the place and didn’t know what was going through my head. That’s when I had the second crash after driving into the policewoman’s motorbike. I feel guilty but I don’t know what to do to put it right. I am really sorry.” Dean, who has lost his job since the incident, was charged with two counts of aggravated vehicle taking and causing injury and two counts of using a motor vehicle on a road without third party insurance. He was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, when he appeared at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court. He was also ordered to receive alcohol treatment for nine months and was disqualified from driving for a year.

Peter, 68, said: “I forgive Dean because he has paid the price for what he did. But it has caused problems with the insurance company who cancelled the policy and said they will not meet a claim for repairs to my car.” He said the Vauxhall Insignia will take £4,500 to put right and he does not know where the money is going to come from. Insurance company Markerstudy Group said a clause in the policy meant they were not responsible for “taking away incidents” where the car was taken by a member of the household or member of the family in a close personal relationship with the policyholder. Because Dean has lived with Peter since the age of 15 they said they were unable to deal with the claim. Peter appealed, claiming the policy wording was ambiguous, but they said they would not uphold the appeal.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Here's a capybara enjoying a stick of celery

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Reward offered for return of giant inflatable duck

Crime Stoppers of Hunterdon County in New Jersey is offering a $250 reward for information about the disappearance of a giant inflatable duck that went missing after the annual rubber ducky race in Clinton last Sunday. The 5-foot 4-inch tall duck, donated to the Clinton Guild by several of its members, had been sitting on the patio of the Hunterdon Art Museum the week before the race, and members of the Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad anchored it in the river on race day.

 "We thought people would be excited to take pictures of the duck," said Clinton Guild President Diane Crisman-Race. The duck was last seen in the water at around 10pm on Sunday, Crisman-Race said. "We've pinned it down to after 10pm and before 8:20.m on Monday," she said. "Sometime during that time period the duck went missing." She asked the rescue squad members if it was possible the duck got loose and floated away.

"They're insisting they secured it tightly with lots of knots," she said. "They haven't been back in the water yet to retrieve the anchor and buoy, so we don't know if they can tell it's been cut," she added. It also seems unlikely the duck deflated in place, she said. "We went to the top of the art museum and looked into the river," Crisman-Race said. "The water's clear enough to see through, and it's not there." Guild members fear someone snatched the duck.

"There's a good section of that river you can get to pretty easily," Crisman-Race said. "It's pretty walkable." CrimeStoppers of Hunterdon County is working with Clinton Police to offer the reward, she said. A post on CrimeStoppers' Facebook page says it is "seeking your help in locating or information concerning the disappearance and safe return of the giant Rubber Duck used in last weekend's rubber duck race." Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers.

Tall man pulled over for standing while driving arrested on another charge

A tall man from Hingham, Massachusetts, wasn't arrested for driving while standing out of his car’s sun roof on Thursday afternoon, but that’s what got the attention of police. Sgt. Steven Dearth said that Ryan Delaney, 20, who's 6 feet 7 inches tall, was charged for driving with a suspended licence, after police got a call from a motorist who reported Delaney’s behaviour.

Dearth said the arrest began when a motorist called shortly before 3:30pm to report “a man standing up in the sun roof” of a Mercury Sable. The caller first noticed the driver and the Mercury less than a mile away, near Rockland, as the car headed north towards Hingham. The caller followed the Mercury into Hingham and stayed on the phone with police until a patrol officer pulled Delaney over into a school parking lot. Dearth said

Delaney denied standing up while driving. But a licence check showed that his licence had been suspended for seven “surchargeable offenses,” which include traffic accidents and speeding. The state Registry of Motor Vehicles suspends a licence if a driver accumulates seven such offences within three years. Dearth said Delaney’s female passenger had a valid licence, so she drove the 2005 Mercury from the scene.

He said it’s not clear how Delaney would have steered the car if he had been standing up. Dearth said police couldn’t charge Delaney with driving to endanger since he was reported standing while driving in Rockland, not Hingham. Delaney was released on bail on Thursday but didn’t show up for a Friday arraignment at Hingham District Court - so he now also faces a bench warrant for failure to appear.

Tiny puppy rescued by firefighters after two-storey tumble down air conditioning duct

Firefighters from Merced, Caliofornia, saved a little girl’s puppy that had taken a two-storey tumble down an air conditioning duct on Wednesday. Firefighters received a call at about 6:15pm for an animal rescue. When they arrived, 6-year-old Aubree Faust told them her new puppy, Lily, a 7-week-old Chihuahua, had fallen into an air conditioning vent on the second floor and slid down the ducting to the basement, said fire Capt. Dewayne Young.

Sue Doane and her family had planned a day trip to Sacramento on Wednesday and were worried about leaving Lily alone. They put her in an upstairs bedroom with food, water and plenty of toys and created barriers out of large cardboard boxes. “When we came home, we couldn’t find her,” Doane said. “All the doors were locked, so we thought, ‘Who could’ve stolen our puppy?’ ” Aubree, Doane’s granddaughter, heard a faint cry coming from the vent.

They worked for hours trying to get to Lily, but she’d fallen too far into the ducting. Lily could’ve been in the ducting for up to five hours, and the family worried about her having broken bones and suffering from heat exhaustion. “We were heartbroken,” Doane said. “We thought something terrible had happened.” The firefighters tracked the ducting from the second floor to the basement and followed Lily’s cries.

“The little guy was stuck in there and ready to come out,” Young said. “That’s the fun part of our job - you never know what you’ll encounter.” Firefighters crawled into the space and fished the puppy from the ducting. “They were absolutely amazing,” Doane said. “I think the young lady was very happy to have her dog back,” Young said about Aubree. And Lily was glad to be reunited with her family. Doane added: “She was so happy. She didn’t want to be left behind.”

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Tennis players ordered off practice court by police officer in impending bad weather warning

Two professional tennis players were ordered off a practice court by a police officer in a bizarre incident at the Washington Open last week.

Footage has emerged of a police officer approaching Australia's Bernard Tomic and his hitting partner, Serbian Viktor Troicki, who told the players to vacate the court due to severe weather in the area. The policeman walked into the middle of the playing area and told the players to "get off the court".

Troicki waved his arms towards the sky complaining about the apparent lack of rain, before the policeman responded "Do you want to knock it off now? Knock it off. Leave, come on. Let's go. I didn't ask for your permission [to get off the court], I'm telling you." At this point, Tomic approached from the opposite side of the court with a cutting observation.

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"Excuse me, sir, but it's not raining." The argument continued for about a minute, with an irritated Tomic told that it did not matter if it was not raining at the time. Tomic asked the policeman "Why are you getting so close to me?" as Troicki headed off to get his equipment. The players eventually cleared the court, shuffling off in bemused fashion.

Man stealing security cameras caught on camera

A man slid a security camera down his trousers to smuggle it out of an electronics shop last week. But his actions were captured on another security camera and now police are asking for help to find out who he is.

The man wandered into 100% Electrical in Otorohanga, New Zealand, and started talking to the shop assistant. When she turned away he seized the chance to put a security camera down his trousers, Waikato District Police said.

The assistant came back and spoke to the man before going away, at which point he picked up a pack of four security camera systems "and simply walked out". The man got into a waiting silver or grey car and was driven away.

And this wasn't the first time he had helped himself to a camera without paying. The same man, wearing the same clothes, walked in on July 11, picked up a security camera in box and walked out. Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact police.

The moment a deaf three-month-old baby hears for the first time

The sound of her baby son laughing could be one of the best noises Taryn Blair has heard. Three-month-old Jordan, who was born deaf, had hearing aids fitted on Thursday at Australian Hearing in the Padbury suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Mrs Blair, from Banskia Grove, told of the heartwarming moment baby Jordan heard her voice and that of her husband Damien for the first time. “He loved his rattle sounds. Put a smile on mummy and daddy’s face!” she said.

Mrs Blair held Jordan, whose face lit up with a smile when he heard her say hello. Mrs Blair said she wasn’t surprised when she found out Jordan couldn’t hear because hearing loss runs on her side of the family. “He had the newborn hearing screening and failed the first assessment. He had another one a couple of days later and failed again,” she said. “He wouldn’t react to our dog barking or making noises. We have a two-year-old who flinches or cries when he hears those loud noises, so we knew something wasn’t right.”

They were referred to a specialist, but Jordan has also had bronchiolitis and the Rotavirus, as well as being diagnosed with laryngomalacia, or a soft larynx, which have added to the complications of testing and diagnosing him. After a rough start to Jordan’s life, Mrs Blair said seeing his reaction was a huge positive for the family. “We went in there not knowing what to expect. When we had that reaction, we were so happy,” she said.

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“We still don’t know how deaf he is, and we won’t know until he has a sedation test in the next couple of weeks. But right now, the volume on the hearing aids is set at moderate to severe. While it has only been just over 24 hours since he got his hearing aids, she’s already seen a change in Jordan’s behaviour. “Normally, he’s hard to put down, I don’t know if it had anything to do with him not being able to see or hear us. But now, when I put him down in the bouncer or in bed, he’s fine and looking around and making noises,” Mrs Blair added.

Hungry and dehydrated stork wandered into pharmacy

A ravenous and dehydrated stork wandered into a pharmacy in the town of Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany. on Monday. It is now being nursed back to health in a zoo in Nuremberg. Pharmacists at the Beyschlagsche Apotheke were surprised when the unusual customer walked through the door at about midday.

After leaving its nest on the roof of the pharmacy, the hungry young bird had been traipsing up and down the high street for a few hours. Bypassing all the other shops, it finally entered the pharmacy, to the astonishment of owner Gabriele Sehring-Castelli and colleague Heike Wenisch. The famished and dehydrated stork was probably seeking “refuge”, as well as food and drink, Gabriele Sehring-Castelli said.

After giving it a watering can full of water, the pharmacists “left it in peace”, the owner went on to say. However, it subsequently became apparent that the stork “couldn’t fly and needed help”, Sehring-Castelli added. A stork expert was then notified about the wandering bird, which was missing several feathers. The most likely reason for the stunted growth of the stork’s feathers is that a few weeks after the bird had hatched, the weather was too cold and wet.

In these conditions, the feathers wouldn't have been able to form properly, ornithologist Michael Zimmermann said. “We have already had this problem a dozen times this year.” It appears the unfortunate bird had not been fed by its parents because it was incapable of flying. But things are now looking up for the meandering stork. The specialist took it to the Nuremberg Zoo on Tuesday, where it is currently being looked after. Its missing feathers should grow naturally within the next year or so.

Part-time stripper barricaded himself in elderly couple’s porch fearing abduction by aliens

A man claiming to be a part-time stripper barricaded himself in an elderly couple’s porch for fear of being abducted by aliens, a court heard. Craig Patrick Tyrone Moroney, was heavily intoxicated by alcohol when he appeared before magistrates in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, on Thursday and was almost sent to the cells for refusing to stop talking. The 26-year-old, of Shildon, repeatedly interrupted court proceedings to try to persuade magistrates that UFOs and aliens had been out to get him on the night of the offence, June 19.

Joanne Hesse, prosecuting, described how a Shildon resident had heard noises coming from a neighbour’s garden at about midnight and had alerted the homeowner. The victim, an elderly man who lives with his wife who is disabled, went to investigate. He discovered a panel of glass in the rear porch had been smashed and found Moroney hiding inside. Ms Hesse said: “The police were called immediately, attended the address and subsequently arrested the defendant.

“He was scared, shouting for help and it was noted he had blood on his hand. In interview, he said he had put his hand through the glass and barricaded himself inside because ‘they were coming for him’. He said he was seeking help because he was frightened.” In a statement read out in court, the victim said it had been a shock to find Moroney on his property and expressed his relief that the intruder had been unable to get into the house. Moroney pleaded guilty to criminal damage and told magistrates he drank alcohol every day or he got the shakes.

When the issue of compensation was mentioned, Mr Moroney spoke out again to say he would be unable to pay for the £150-worth of damage caused. He claimed his only source of income came from occasional work as a mobile stripper. Callum Terry, mitigating, highlighted how his client had entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity. He said: “It is clear he was fearing for his safety that night and whatever it was that caused him to be scared contributed to him breaking the window.” Moroney received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £150 compensation to the victim. After passing sentence, the chairwoman of the bench, Marian Hogarth urged Moroney to go to see his GP for help.