Thursday, July 31, 2014


Maymo takes on a big scary shark

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Company are offering space funerals for pets

A company from Houston, Texas, has begun offering memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones. Celestis Inc. on Wednesday announced Celestis Pets. Rockets carrying cremated remains of dogs and cats are offered as a way for owners to “celebrate the life of their pet.”

“I think we’re also creating some new cultural norms,” said Director of Celestis Pets, Steve Eisele. “Humanity has a lot of different rituals. We think we take our rituals with us when we end up travelling to different places whether they’re on this planet or off the planet.”

Eisele says a small portion of cremated pet remains will be sent into orbit for $995. If you want to send your pet’s remains to the moon it could take some time, and it will cost you $12,000. “The Apollo missions only took three days to get to the moon, so there could be a faster path,” said Eisele.

“It all depends on the launch. It could take as little as three days, and up to years based on which trajectory is taken.” Celestis Pets is working with Californian company, Into the Sunset Pet Transition Center of San Diego, with the first rockets scheduled to launch this autumn. Celestis Inc. has for years offered a rocket service that takes partial human remains into space and brings them back.

Lady arrested after throwing contents of old cup of dip spit at ex-boyfriend

According to the ex-boyfriend of Jenna Ketcham, she threw saliva and tobacco juice at him on July 12 at a filling station in Sebastian, Florida, a recently released arrest affidavit states. The ex-boyfriend, identified as the victim, told police he was filling his vehicle with fuel when Ketcham, 25, pulled in. The victim’s current girlfriend was in the passenger seat of the victim’s vehicle.

The victim hopped in his vehicle and locked the doors. After punching the window on the passenger side where the victim’s girlfriend sat, Ketcham went to the driver’s side. She remembered the key pad code and got the door open. She punched the victim in the face, and “grabbed an old cup of dip spit . . . and tossed its contents all over (the victim’s) right shoulder, leaving a brown stain on his T-shirt,” the affidavit states.

Dip spit is the mixture of saliva and tobacco juice produced by users of smokeless tobacco, also known as dip. Dip, which is not to be confused with chewing tobacco, is placed between the cheek and gum, and the resulting, brownish combination of saliva and dip juice is spit out, often into a cup. Ketcham then “gave (the victim) one final blow to the genitals with her fist,” the affidavit states.

Ketcham then got in her vehicle and left. The victim’s current girlfriend gave an account of the incident consistent with the victim. Police eventually spoke to Ketcham, and she denied striking the victim. The affidavit didn’t state whether the “dip spit” was produced by the victim, his current girlfriend or someone else entirely. Ketcham, of Sebastian, was arrested on charges including burglary of a conveyance and battery (domestic violence).

Woman found naked man sleeping in her bed

An Albuquerque woman says she found a naked intruder sleeping in her bed. She said the man apparently let himself in while she and her husband were home. The woman doesn’t want to be identified, but said the man police identified as Freddie Shelby, broke into her home, grabbed a drink, then made himself at home and took a nap. “It was kind of funny,” the woman recalled. She can laugh about it now, but she said what happened on Sunday at her home in a gated neighbourhood, was at first very scary.

She and her husband were upstairs watching TV when she heard a noise.“I just thought that it was windy and the blinds were moving,” she recalled. She thought the wind had blown the screen to her kitchen window off, but when she opened her bedroom door; “I turned on the lights, and there was a man sleeping in the bed,” she said. “I did freak out but I didn’t scream or anything, I just backed out, went to the stairs and called my husband who was sitting upstairs.” The woman’s husband grabbed a knife and rolling pin from the kitchen, just in case. Then, the couple called 911 and waited outside for police to arrive.

When officers showed up, police said Shelby was still asleep in the master bedroom. His clothes were tossed next to the bed. The woman said it appeared Shelby had made himself pretty comfortable, cuddled up with her quilt and pillows. “I remember that when I saw him in the bed, I was freaked out but as soon as I saw his clothes, I felt disgusted,” the woman said. Police learned Shelby had let himself in through the kitchen window by removing the screen, climbed over the sink, grabbed a Sprite from the fridge then climbed under the covers in the master bedroom to take a nap.

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Aside from the Sprite, the couple said nothing was missing. “That’s a good thing because my wallet was right beside the bed,” the woman said. She’s since cleared the bed sheets and washed the linens. She can’t seem to shake the thought of finding Shelby, a man she’d never seen before, sleeping naked in her bed. The woman who found Shelby says she’s glad he didn’t wake up when she spotted him and turned the lights on. The couple said they’re sleeping upstairs in a different bedroom for now. Shelby is charged with breaking and entering. He told police he thought he was in his girlfriend’s house. The couple said the officers on scene thought he may have been drunk or high. Shelby appeared in court on Tuesday, where a judge kept his bond at $2,500 cash or surety.

Man with dirty face arrested following Burger King incident

A man with a noticeably dirty face was arrested after an incident at a Burger King in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday. An intoxicated Jamie Henson, 36, placed an order at the International Drive store just before 3:20am but ran away before getting his food, according to his arrest report.

The Orlando man pushed BK's door open with such force, it came off the hinges. An officer responding to a vandalism/criminal mischief call found a man later identified as Henson standing in the centre lane of International Drive while talking on a cellphone. As the officer approached, he could overhear Henson saying ' "the police are here" and he had to get off the phone." '

Henson ran from the officer, who caught him after a roughly 100-foot chase. "No force was used to detain Henson and no injuries were sustained by myself or Henson,'' Officer Matthew Davis said in his report. Then Henson appeared in his booking photo at the Orange County Jail with dirt on his face.

How he got so grimy wasn't addressed in the report. Burger King said Henson caused $500 in damage. "I was able place the door back on the hinges but noticed there was still damage to the hinges and closing mechanism," Davis said. Henson was charged with criminal mischief and resisting an officer without violence.

Slithering thief stole wigs intended for cancer victims

A wig store in south west Houston is asking for the public's help in tracking down a sneaky burglar. The man was captured on surveillance video overnight on Monday slithering through Tiffani Chanel Luxury Hair.

He got into the business after breaking into a vacant space next door, punching a hole through a bathroom wall and crawling in. The intruder stayed low to the ground the entire time to avoid the motion-detecting alarm. "He was laying on the ground, (doing a) low crawl like they do in the military," explained store manager Chanie Speller.

"He's a snake. That's what they do." Surveillance footage shows the man inching his way behind the register, crawling over to the wigs and crouching onto his knees. He was only able to reach 11 wigs on the lowest shelf and some other merchandise. The store's owner says she was furious when she watched the video. "He should be ashamed. That's the lowest of the low," said owner Tiffani Speller.

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Speller says the stolen wigs were going to be donated to a cancer makeover event in two weeks. She hopes the images of the culprit will blow the lid off of his low profile. "It's just pathetic, a grown man stealing wigs that are designated for cancer patients. It's just ridiculous," Speller said. The stolen wigs are estimated to be worth more than $3,000. Houston Police are investigating.

Beaver blamed for felling tree that toppled onto car still at large

Police in Prince Edward Island, Canada, are on the lookout for a beaver after a family of four from Quebec narrowly escaped injury while travelling on a remote road last weekend.

According to the RCMP detachment in Kings District, the beaver chewed through a series of tree trunks along Highway 16 in Priest’s Pond, PEI, causing one of the trees to topple suddenly onto the family’s vehicle. The driver saw the tree beginning to fall, but was unable to stop in time to avoid it.

“The vehicle sustained significant damage to the roof, windshield, and to a cargo box that was mounted on the roof,” said a release issued by the RCMP on Tuesday. “The couple in the front seat of the vehicle were uninjured, as were their 1 and 2 year old children who were in the back seat.”

When officers arrived on the scene and examined the tree trunk, they saw that it had been gnawed just about all of the way through. Several other trees along the highway were in similar shape. “Arrangements were made to have the damaged trees taken safely down,” the release said. “The beaver is still at large.”

Man has started pushing Brussel sprout up Mount Snowdon with his nose

A man is attempting to push a Brussel sprout up Mount Snowdon with his nose. Stuart Kettell, from Balsall Common in the West Midlands, set off at 7am on Wednesday and hopes to reach the 1,085m (3,560ft) summit in four days.

The 49-year-old, who wants to raise at least £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, will replace the sprouts as they fall apart. It is his latest in a series of fundraising challenges, which have so far raised more than £40,000 for the charity.

Mr Kettell has been training for the event by pushing a sprout around his garden and also had a half-mile trial run on the mountain. The trial run showed that he could cover just one tenth of a mile in 50 minutes.

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Cameraman Richard Crump, who is filming Mr Kettell's challenge, said: "The first day has been gruelling for Stuart. He has no skin on his knees, his back is hurting and his neck is really tired. But he is still going."

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Police officers who made arrest in monkey and zebra onesies commended for bravery - Update

A pair of off-duty police officers who arrested a man while dressed as a zebra and a monkey have been commended for their bravery. PCs Tracy Griffin and Terri Cave, based at Solihill in the West Midlands, were wearing zebra and monkey onesies when they were confronted by the man in March last year.

They were picking up drinks and snacks at a supermarket in Coventry for a friend’s party when they spotted him threatening women inside the store. The pair stepped in while they waited for uniformed colleagues after a shop worker dialled 999. However the man became more aggressive and even chased one woman on to a bus.

The man was pursued outside the store and the fancy dress-clad duo grappled him to the ground - despite fears he was carrying a weapon. Other officers arrived within minutes to arrest the man and take him in to police custody on suspicion of public order offences. At a ceremony in Edgbaston, Birmingham, they picked up the commendation from West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims.

Chief Supt Alex Murray, from Solihull Police, said: “Joking apart, PCs Griffin and Cave were faced with a very dangerous man in difficult circumstances and they stepped up to the plate. Let’s not lose focus on the risk they exposed themselves to, without any protection − in tackling this man. Whether they were in fancy dress or not − the fact is they chose to put a member of the public’s safety above their own and then cancelled their night out to make sure a professional job was done.”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stink eye

Is that a bat in your pocket?

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Man accused of assault with a banana crashed his car into casino

A man was arrested in Carson City, Nevada, early Sunday on morning after hitting a convenience store clerk with a banana and later crashing his vehicle into a nearby casino. Osvaldo Ruiz was arrested at 1:41am after a vehicle and foot chase. He faces felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving willful conduct and eluding with endangerment as well as misdemeanor charges of DUI, obstructing and hit and run. According to the arrest report, officers were called to a convenience store. Police learned two men walked into the store and one man began using the bathroom with the door opened. The clerk told the man to close the door and the man became upset, walking out of the restroom and demanding the clerk to sell them alcohol. One of the men threw a banana at the clerk, hitting them with it before leaving.

Deputies were able to identify the banana thrower, and knew of him being associated with a gang. Deputies arrived at the complex and learned the two men had drove up in a Lexus and parked it in the complex and went to an apartment. Officers attempted to make contact at the apartment but there wasn’t an answer. Officers left the area but maintained surveillance of the Lexus in which several people were standing around. The Lexus then backed up rapidly. Not knowing if the Lexus had the banana-throwing suspect inside, or not, the officer followed the car and then attempted to make a traffic stop. The Lexus ignored the lights and sirens, and accelerated rapidly. The officer lost sight of the Lexus. Another officer located it. A patrol officer attempted to catch up with the car while two other patrol vehicles were in the path of the Lexus.

The vehicle headed straight for the patrol vehicle, swerving at the last second, missing it and then moving toward another patrol vehicle, swerving at the last second. Both Sgt. Humphrey and Deputy Jones stated the Lexus intentionally swerved at them, missing them at the last possible moment. The Lexus, occupied by Osvaldo Ruiz, then drove off at a high rate of speed. The Lexus drove over a raised concrete control device. A deputy then stated the Lexus went airborne after it hit a kerb and sidewalk, coming to rest between the east wall of Dotty's casino and large green electrical control boxes. The Lexus severed the meter off the natural gas line that supplies the casino. The casino was subsequently evacuated and utility companies were called to shut down both gas and electric.

There was damage to shrubbery, an electrical box, and the exterior wall of the casino. Meanwhile officers moved toward the car and saw Osvaldo Ruiz jump into the back seat and then kicked open the rear passenger door and ran away. He continued running where he went into an apartment complex, jumped the fence into a senior citizens apartment complex, then ran towards another senior complex. Officers found Osvaldo Ruiz hiding in a dumpster on the complex and he was arrested. Officers smelled alcoholic beverage as he spoke and Osvaldo was slurring his words as he spoke and stumbled as he walked. When he was asked he if had been drinking alcohol he replied he was “f***** up,” the arrest report states. It was learned Osvaldo had a prior DUI conviction in 2013. He was later taken to jail. He faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving willful conduct, destruction of property eluding with endangerment, DUI second, obstructing and hit and run. His bail is set at $68,300.

Jail for man who threw spider at police officer

A man from Pittston, Pennsylvania, accused of throwing a spider at a police officer has been sentenced in Luzerne County Court.

Judge Fred Pierantoni III sentenced Joseph R. Thomas, 52, to 30 months to five years in state prison on charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and resisting arrest.

Thomas was also ordered to serve 12 months probation and was given credit for 390 days time served in jail. Pittston police investigated a disturbance on Oct. 25, 2012, and encountered Thomas on a front porch.

Thomas told the officer, 'Look at my bug,' and threw a spider at the officer, according to the criminal complaint. Police said Thomas fought with officers when he was arrested.

Mexican police officers taught dog whispering in bid to reduce attacks

Mexican police officers are being offered special seminars where they learn to talk to dogs in a bid to cut down on the spiralling number of canine attacks in the capital Mexico City. Trained animal psychiatrists have been enlisted to offer the officers insight into the way a dog’s mind works and - if all else fails - they are also being given self defence tips on putting pets in their place.

The animal psychology lessons include theory and practical elements, with demonstrations on why it is not possible to run faster than a dog when it is chasing you, and how to hand a fine to a person with a dog in their car without being bitten. Police chiefs view the problem as a serious matter, and the Head of Crime Prevention of the city, Leticia Varela, said the course, named "Canine Communication: Learning a Dog's Language", is aimed at cutting down on the number of officers injured by stray and pet dogs.

She said: "We not only have to deal with dogs during our everyday police activities, but we also have to deal with dogs when they are victims of crime themselves, for example rescuing them from abusive owners or from a situation where they become trapped or lost. With 996,791 reports involving dogs each year, it means that we want our officers to have a basic understanding of how to communicate with dogs."

Every year thousands of police officers are bitten, uniforms ripped and time is lost as a result of dog attacks and the force now wants to cut down on the cost. Dog trainer Claudia Edwards said: "We have about 20 officers in each class, which last about two hours, and we have dogs with us so that there is a practical element as well. We try to get them to understand the dog's facial expressions and what that means, and what the danger signs are when a dog is saying keep away." Officers coming into contact with aggressive dogs have got the option of using pepper sprays, but the experts believe avoiding the aggression in the first place is much better for both sides.

Suspicions of shenanigans after 532-year-old woman was recipient of free sewing machine

According to information provided by the Chhattisgarh Labour Department in central India about the beneficiaries of free sewing machines and bicycles using the state’s welfare schemes for women, Mukhyamantri Silai (sewing) Machine and Cycle Sahayata Yojanas, many centenarian women aged 100, 200 and even 500 years are sewing and riding bicycles in the region. The eldest is aged 532.

This has raised doubts about the real beneficiaries of the scheme that has cost the state over Rs 40 crore (£3.9m, $6.6m). The two schemes for distribution of free sewing machines and cycles were launched on the eve of assembly polls last year to help women labourers working in the unorganized sector. About 115,000 women across the state reportedly benefited from the scheme. While the cycle scheme was aimed to benefit women in the age group of 18-35, free sewing machines were for women in the age group of 35 to 60.

However, the data shows that the age group criteria weren't followed at all. As per information obtained by activist Sanjeev Aggarwal, about 19,399 sewing machines were distributed to women in unorganised sector under Chief Minister Silai Sahayta Yojana in Raipur. The list of beneficiaries includes 6,189 women who were shown aged 114 years. Besides these, the list has six women aged 202, three aged 212 and two aged 282. There were at least 14 women aged above 300 years and seven in their 400s. One woman's age was given as 532.

Aggarwal said this misinformation could be just a tip of the iceberg, as the data obtained by him pertained only to Raipur. "If the information provided is correct, then beneficiaries' list has been fudged," he said. When contacted, deputy labour commissioner Savita Mishra said this mistake could have happened because of a software malfunction. However, she expressed surprise as to how incorrect information could be given. "I am writing to the concerned officers for conducting an inquiry to ascertain the facts," she said adding that whosoever is found guilty would not be spared.

Elderly man robbed while distracted by breasts

An 83-year-old pensioner from Knittelfeld in Austria was distracted by a 23-year-old Romanian woman who danced topless in front of him, while her associate was stealing cash and jewellery from his apartment.

The National Police Directorate announced on Saturday that a group of six alleged con artists from Romania have been arrested for theft, among other things. A 23-year-old woman in the group was allegedly involved in a scam where she and another woman approached vulnerable pensioners, offering cleaning services in their apartments.

She would then dance provocatively in front of the elderly victim, removing her top to expose her breasts. While the pensioner was distracted, her associate would ransack the house for cash and jewels. According to a police report, the latest victim of the suspects - a group of three women and three men who live in a tent camp in Knittelfeld - was an 83-year-old pensioner. He had accepted an offer to clean his apartment from two of the women on July 22.

"Then, while one of the two women distracted the victim by uncovering her upper body and dancing in front of him, the second woman stole jewellery worth several thousand euros from the apartment," explained Group Inspector Silvia Brugger of the Knittelfeld police. In the course of investigation, police found that there were several victims of this type of theft, including some in Neumarkt in Styria and an Upper Austrian nursing home.

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Vet filmed having sex with a horse and a dog struck off

A vet who was filmed having sex with a horse and a dog has been struck off his profession's register. Oliver Fraser Lown of Kesgrave, Suffolk was found guilty of five charges by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) disciplinary committee. Videos were found in his possession showing him engaging in sexual activity with animals, as were extreme images of animals and people, the RCVS heard.

Lown, believed to be in his 20s, has never practised as a vet in the UK. The RCVS panel heard that in 2012 he pleaded guilty at Northallerton and Richmond Magistrates Court in North Yorkshire to seven criminal charges relating to the possession of extreme images involving people and animals, for which he was given a conditional discharge.

The RCVS committee heard the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute him in respect of a bestiality charge that it was considering, but the RCVS found the charge to be proven. Lown had graduated from the Szent Istvan University in Budapest, Hungary and he had been registered with the RCVS in 2013, the committee heard. Lown did not attend the RCVS hearing in London, but he was represented by a solicitor. Three of the charges related to the discovery of images or videos on a laptop and a mobile phone at his home near Ipswich.

Another charge related to footage of him engaging in sexual activity with a horse and a dog, while a fifth charge related to him sending messages that referred to sexual activity with animals. Prof Noreen Burrows, chairing the committee, said: "The material found in possession of the respondent and his own conduct ... involved the abuse of animals and a total lack of respect for their welfare. In the judgement of the committee, each of the charges individually amounts to disgraceful conduct and the charges certainly amount to disgraceful conduct when taken cumulatively."

Man found lost watch when its alarm went off inside his dog

A dog owner discovered his pet Newfoundland had swallowed a £500 watch when the alarm went off inside the animal. Terry Morgan, a recently retired publican from Cockwood in Devon, set his alarm to drinking up time, 10:55pm.

He said he scoured his home before realising the timepiece had been swallowed by Charlie the dog. Charlie was taken to the vet but "coughed" the watch up before an operation became necessary. "At first I thought he was lying on it," said Mr Morgan. "Only when I rolled him over did I realise it was inside him.

"The watch was always set to go off at ten-fifty-five to remind me to call last orders. Luckily, I'd never bothered to change it." Mr Morgan said a surgical operation to retrieve the timepiece would have cost £1,000.

The episode still cost Mr Morgan £200 because vets had to X-ray Charlie to make sure the animal had not swallowed anything else. A spokesman for the St David's Veterinary Group in Exeter said: "It was the talk of the surgery. We had a real laugh about it."