Monday, October 20, 2014


Teddy probably isn't the world's brightest dog

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Squirrel with easter egg stuck on its head jumps for joy

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Man arrested after locking cousin in dog cage and throwing hot wax on him

A Michigan man has been charged with putting his cousin into a dog cage and throwing hot wax on him in the victim’s apartment last month.

William Bailey, 27, was staying at his cousin’s apartment in Des Plaines last month when he punched the 47-year-old man, confined him in a dog cage and threw hot wax on him, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

Bailey also burned his cousin with a cigarette lighter, a statement from the sheriff’s office said. The victim was able to escape and get to the home of a neighbour, who called for help, the sheriff’s office said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Bailey then left the area in his cousin’s car.

He was arrested Sunday in Berrien County, Michigan, on a $500,000 warrant charging aggravated domestic battery, the sheriff’s office said. He was driving the stolen car when authorities located him. Bailey, of Grand Rapids, remains in custody at the Berrien County Jail pending extradition to Illinois.

Lovers' tiff ended when girlfriend of man who threatened to cut self took knife and stabbed him

A lovers' quarrel on Saturday morning at a residence in Huntsville, Alabama, ended, police say, when a man's girlfriend took his pocket knife and stabbed him twice.

The man was in an argument with his girlfriend, Michelle McCrae, when he took out a pocket knife and threatened to cut himself. McCrae then took the knife from him and proceeded to stab him in the chest.

The man left the room for a short period of time and when he returned, McCrae stabbed him in the leg.

The man was transported to Huntsville Hospital where he was treated for his non-life threatening injuries. McCrae was taken into custody at the scene and was later transported to the Metro Jail. The incident is still under investigation.

Cafe banned from cooking bacon following complaint from bridal store

A popular city cafe in Brisbane, Australia, has been forced to ban bacon from its menu after a neighbouring tenant complained about the smell. Gramercy Coffee received a formal letter from Wintergarden centre management after Winnie Bridal allegedly raised concerns that the smell of sizzling bacon wafting through airconditioning vents was permeating their store. The bridal store, owned by Michael Yeung, sells couture dresses valued between $3000 and $10,000.

Gramercy owner Mitchell Suchowacki said his cafe had been serving bacon in breakfast bagels and on toast for nearly two years to happy customers and that the complaint he received last month was “incredibly frustrating”. “The biggest thing was the shock of not knowing anything about it and then having this massive drama arise overnight,” Mr Suchowacki said. He said Mr Yeung had been in touch with centre management previously but had never raised the issue with him personally, despite working in proximity to the cafe.

“We have no relationship with the tenant upstairs and if we had just talked about it face-to-face we could have come to an arrangement to keep both parties happy,” he said. “It’s a shame because it places us in a bad light and we never knew anything about it.” Instead, Mr Suchowacki spent weeks experimenting with cooking styles to avoid further heat from his neighbour. “It all got too much so we just cut bacon out completely and now we serve jamon, which people are happy to have,” he said.

Mr Yeung declined to comment, but a Wintergarden spokesperson confirmed the issue was raised and under Gramercy’s lease agreement cooking bacon “is not and has never been permissible”. “The cooking of bacon impacted the quiet enjoyment of another tenant in the centre and therefore Gramercy were reminded of the items they were able to cook within their Edward St tenancy without an extraction fan,” the spokesperson said. Mr Suchowacki said the situation has left him unable to provide a popular breakfast ingredient.

Smugglers stuffed 25 cows into oil tanker

In a bid to outsmart policemen, cattle smugglers in India have been devising newer ways of transport. Police last week seized an oil tanker into which 25 cows had been stuffed.

Policemen at the Katra police station in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, received a message on Monday that an oil tanker had jumped a road barrier and struck a jeep. The police team immediately cordoned off the area and signalled to the driver to stop. Officers said the driver and cleaner of the tanker fled on seeing them.

On inspecting the vehicle, policemen found an opening in the rear. Usually, such vehicles only have a cap on the upper portion. When policemen opened the lid on the rear of the vehicle, they found 25 cows packed inside. The cows were taken to the local veterinary hospital.

Superintendant of Police Rakesh Chandra Sahu of Shahjahanpur said: "The cattle smugglers had created an opening in the rear of the tanker through which they stuffed the cows in after injecting them with sedatives. We have lodged a report under the Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act against unidentified people. We are trying to trace the owner of the tanker."

Court granted divorce to man who claimed an undeclared genie was possessing his wife

A court in Dubai has granted a divorce to a man after he discovered that his wife was possessed by a spirit and refused to go to bed with him. The man lodged a divorce case against the woman after she repeatedly refused to have sex with him and her family informed him that she was possessed by a jinn.

Records said the man tolerated his wife for a period of time as she persistently refused to go to bed with him. However, the woman finally asked him to try to discuss the issue with her parents, who informed the husband that several religious scholars had failed to exorcise the jinn.

The Dubai Sharia Court awarded the husband the divorce and asked him to pay around Dh40,000 (£6,800, $11,000) in maintenance to his ex-wife. The man's lawyer, Hamda Makki, told the court: "The woman and her family cheated my client. They should have been honest and clear about the fact that the wife was possessed by a jinn.

"He was only told about the jinn after the problem escalated. The woman does not deserve any allowance." The Dubai Appeal Court upheld the divorce. However, it cancelled the primary court's decision pertaining to the alimony. The court decided that the woman does not deserve the alimony since she was not honest about the jinn issue.

Rotary Club president accidentally bought gimp suit when ordering merman costume

David Cavel, president of Whitstable Rotary Club, thought he was buying a merman costume but accidentally bought a full-length gimp suit.

The 71-year-old bought the black, full-length latex suit to promote a sponsored swim for Kent Air Ambulance – his chosen charity of the year. But when he showed his daughter Piroska, she informed him he had mistakenly bought a gimp costume instead.

Unknown to him, the tight, rubber attire is more commonly used in sado-masochistic sex sessions. David said: "She burst out laughing as soon as she saw it and said 'Dad, that's what they call a gimp suit!'

"I didn't know what it was but when she told me I thought it accounted for the odd emails I've been sent since I bought it." However, the innocent mix-up proved not to be a total disaster as David's artistic wife Marika managed to create a merman outfit by cutting the suit in half and decorating the tail. David has since been wearing the suit in training for the sponsored swim.

Man told he cannot send daughter to school in mask and goggles to stop her catching Ebola

"We're all going to be dead in six months", according to a panic-stricken dad who is insisting his 13-year-old daughter wears a face mask to school during the Ebola crisis. Jon O'Brien, of Turvey, Bedfordshire, has told Sharnbrook Upper School he wants the student to wear the protective measure to prevent her from catching the deadly virus.

But he has been told it would not be 'appropriate' and now he claims the school has called social services after he threatened to educate her at home instead. "I don’t believe the crap the government are telling us in relation to Ebola so I emailed the school and said I would like my child to wear a mask", said Jon.

"I'm not going to wait for my child to catch Ebola I'm going to send my child to school with a mask and bloody goggles. I should be able to protect her and I will do what's best for her", he added. The frantic father claims he asked the school if they could send homework for his daughter to finish.

"They said they had no intention of sending school work because by doing so it would look like they are condoning the behaviour", he said. When asked how long he would be prepared to keep the student at home Mr O'Brien responded 'how long is a piece of string?' He added: "I’m not part of the 95 per cent of sheep that run this country and do everything they are told."

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Who's been eating my porridge?

Cat enters building

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Pandas don't want to take their medicine

This Chinese zookeeper has to go to a great deal of effort in order to get these young pandas to take their medicine.

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Baby ostriches accompanied baby elephant as he was airlifted to safety

A baby elephant was rescued by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust from the remote Northern Frontier in Kenya, having fallen down a man-made well in a sandy river bed. Named Wass the little calf was rescued alongside two baby ostriches, who have now all found a safe home at the DSWT Nairobi Nursery.

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Burglar stole $10,000 in change from home

Police in Indiana County are trying to track down the burglar who stole about $10,000 in change from a home.

It happened in North Mahoning Township.

Police said the burglar grabbed six to seven plastic coffee containers and a five-gallon glass jug.

Anybody with information is asked to call police.

Police officer found wanted man hiding in a dark closet eating salad

A wanted man tried hiding from police, but it didn't work out so well. A McMinn County deputy found the suspect hiding in a dark closet eating dinner. Timothy Black, 54, of Sweetwater, Tennessee, was already wanted for stealing a car and shoplifting in Monroe County. When the deputy found him in someone else's closet, Black put his hands up - fork in one hand, dinner in the other.

"Mr. Black was in a closet, evidently enjoying a bowl of salad," said McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy. It's not a typical way police find a wanted fugitive, he said. But that's how a deputy found the suspect at a home in the home, where "Welcome To This House" is brightly painted on the front deck. Deputy Dillon Presswood got word Black was wanted on several warrants, and was hiding out in the house.

"Especially if someone is taking some action not to go to jail, that raises an officer's awareness a little bit," Guy said. Presswood got permission to go inside and look around. Once he found Black enjoying his salad in a dark closet, he told the suspect to put his hands in the air. Black did - his fork in one hand and salad bowl in the other. "He was able to finally get (Black) to put the fork down, because that could potentially be used as a weapon," said Guy.

"And I guess a salad could, too," he laughed. Black was wanted for shoplifting and theft over $1,000. He dropped his salad, was told to lie on the floor. and was arrested on the spot. Although it was an odd arrest, Guy said he's just glad no one was hurt. "At least he was eating healthy," he said. Black was also charged with aggravated domestic assault. He remains in the McMinn County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

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Puppy recovering after being found in alleged drug dealer's pocket

A puppy is recovering at the vet after she was found in an alleged drug dealer's pocket. Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts, had just finished a drug bust and were booking the alleged criminals when they searched one person's pocket and found the tiny dog.

"I was actually shocked at how tiny she was, she didn't have any teeth and was just like a tiny loaf,” Alexis Bywater, the dog's foster mother, said. Her foster parents decided to name her Pocket. Pocket, who's only about 3-4 weeks old, was doing okay until she ran into some trouble on Sunday night.

"She was vomiting and she was pretty dehydrated and lethargic,” Dr. Kristina DePaula from Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners said. It's not clear what caused the health scare but her vets say she'll be fine. They also say a puppy this young should be with her mother. "It's probably best that she be with her mother so she can still suckle and nurse so she can get that attention,” DePaula said.

The good news is Pocket is getting plenty of attention now, she's the star of the emergency room. Even though she's pocket-sized, vets say you should never put a puppy in that position. "It's not ideal at all, they can suffocate in the pocket so it's not a good place to be,” DePaula said. Vets say she can go back into foster care in a few days and hopefully be adopted in the near future.

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Court orders homeless woman to spend nights at railway station

A homeless woman in Rome, Italy, who has had several run-ins with police has been ordered to spend her nights at a train station in the city, as that was the only address she could give the court.

The 38-year-old homeless woman, named only as Laura, is regularly seen sleeping in the lobby of Trastevere railway station in central Rome. So when she was asked to give her official address to the authorities after a series of run-ins with police, it was the first place that came to mind.

As a result, Laura must now spend her nights at the station under “special surveillance” from 9pm until 7am in the interests of “public security”. Any attempt to go beyond the limits of the station could result in her immediate arrest.

But while the arrangement may have complied with the court’s bureaucratic requirements, staff at the station weren’t so impressed. When staff approached the woman to tell her to leave so that they could close the station down for the night, the woman took out a notice from the court requiring her to stay within the station at night.

Man who went on shop rampage stood on his head in court dock but was ignored by everyone

A man who pulled hair out of a policewoman’s head and assaulted a staff worker in a Penzance health shop stood on his head for several minutes while he was in the dock at Truro Magistrates’ Court. Because of the construction of the secured area, all that could be seen of him from the court room was his two legs upside down and his feet. He said nothing, remaining in that position for some time, before then taking his seat. His action was ignored by the court and the case proceeded, continuing until he sat down again of his own accord.

He was Bhupinder Singh Goraya, aged 44, of Penzance, Cornwall, who had told the police he was a freeman of the land and did not follow English laws or the Sovereign. He pleaded guilty to two offences of assault and one of criminal damage. Alison May, for the CPS, said Goraya went into the Holland and Barrett shop at about 3.15pm, followed by a woman who asked shop staff to lock the doors behind him to detain him because he had been causing trouble in a public house.

When Jak Hodgkins, a staff member, asked Goraya what was up, defendant said to him: “I’ll f****** do you”, swinging a bottle of oils he was holding at him and hitting him on the head with it. He started throwing bottles from the shelves at the woman from the pub and one was smashed. An off duty police officer, PC Liston, who was in the shop, told Goraya three times who she was and that he should calm down, but he continued to throw things around and wave his arms. She took him to the floor and restrained him, and while down, he grabbed a handful of her hair and pulled it out, causing her extreme pain.

He then grabbed a silver chain she was wearing and broke it. He was shouting vile and abusive language all the time. Goraya told the police when they arrived that he had got drunk at the Seven Stars pub. When he drank he got aggressive and “bolshie”. He described hitting Mr Hodgkins in the face as “a joyful thing to do”. He had a previous conviction and some cautions. Goraya, who said he was a writer, had little to say for himself in court, and was given a year’s community order and told to do 180 hours of unpaid work. He was also given a drink banning order for a year, made to pay £150 compensation to the police officer, £50 to Mr Hodgkins, £24.99 to the shop, and £145 costs and surcharge.

Woman got head stuck in bottle bank

A woman got her head stuck in a bottle bank at a Southampton car park on a night out with friends early on Friday morning. The woman, believed to be about 20 and a student, had been partying with friends in the city centre when she got her head stuck in the bin outside the Civic Centre.

Fire crews were called to the scene at about 3am where they found the woman surrounded by friends and unable to pull her head out of the recycling bin. Crew manager Chris Rashleigh from Redbridge station was one of those called to bring specialist equipment to set her free. He said: “I think it was student night, I imagine she was looking for more drink.

"I think she had been there for a little while by the time we got there. A firefighter was supporting her while she was stuck. She was in a very comfortable position. Her feet were touching the ground. She said it was dark and smelly, she'd obviously been drinking.” Mr Rashleigh added that her head was sore - from being stuck in the bin. Eventually, with the aid of a firefighter, she was able to pull herself free of the bin.

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He said: “We were there for about five minutes making a plan to cut her out. The crew  had tried to cut around the plastic bin with a saw. I was explaining what equipment we had when all of a sudden she was free.” She was not treated for any injuries. Mr Rashleigh said she was “very embarrassed” to be stuck in the bin for such a long time. “She was very relieved to come out. She said 'I will never do that again.'”