Sunday, August 30, 2015

Happy as a pig in the proverbial

Cat strokes snoring pig

Sweet dreams.

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Would-be do-gooder accused of kidnapping and feeding elderly man he thought was homeless

A Connecticut man is accused of kidnapping a man he thought was homeless, then feeding him in his home. Police responding to a home in Danbury just before 6:30pm on Wednesday after receiving an animal complaint were met with a 77-year old man who told them the unusual series of events leading up to the complaint.

He said he'd been pushing a carriage of cans and bottles when another man approached him, and insisted that the man follow him, police said. The victim said the man, identified as David Pope, grabbed him by the arm, escorted him back to Pope's residence and then took him inside.

While they were inside the home, Pope's dog, a pit bull or Staffordshire Terrier, bit the victim’s leg. Even after the dog bite, Pope proceeded to feed the victim. At one point, the victim was able to leave Pope’s house without being detected, went to his own house and called police.

When police officers went to speak with Pope, he refused to put his dog away so officers could not safely interview him. When officers did eventually speak with Pope, he appeared to be drunk and said he thought the victim was homeless and was offering him food. Pope was charged with interfering with the duties of an officer, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree kidnapping and disorderly conduct.

Police search for blue burglary suspect

Investigators looking into a break-in early last Sunday morning at a Subway shop in Nevada, Missouri, were surprised to see that the culprit wore a blue Morphsuit.

Police learned of the burglary at the restaurant in Nevada, a city about 90 miles south of Kansas City, when an employee went to open the shop for business and found someone had forced entry through a drive-through service window.

While it was subsequently established that nothing was missing from the store, a review of the store's surveillance system video showed that was not for lack of effort. On the video, detectives came across a burglar emerging from darkness at the back of the store in a full-body, spandex-type costume known as a Morphsuit. He also had on a pair of cowboy boots.

Police say the suspect made multiple attempts to open the store's safe punching in numbers on the safe's keypad. After several failed attempts, he began kicking the safe's handle. Finally, he gave up and left the store the same way he had entered, police said. Nevada Police issued four photos on Monday in the hope that the public can help them locate the “blue burglary suspect.”

Cannabis dealer caught after handing out leaflets with free sample

A man in France has been arrested by the police after he gave out flyers advertising his product together with a free sample of cannabis resin. The 32-year-old man had been handing out the leaflets in his home town of Villeurbanne, in Lyon.

On the handwritten leaflet, the dealer noted that he would even offer home delivery for orders over €100. He added his first name and a phone number, together with a taped half gram of cannabis resin.

Considering his contact details were on the leaflet, local police didn't have too much trouble tracking down the man after one of the leaflets was passed on to officers. When raiding the home of the man, who is unemployed, they found over 100 grams of cannabis. "We stop hashish sellers regularly," Noël Fayet, a superintendent for police in Villeurbanne said.

"But this is the first time we found someone making little leaflets with a little bit of free cannabis. It's a very special method of marketing indeed." The suspect, who will appear in court soon, reportedly told police that he wasn't selling the drugs, rather using the leaflets to find people with whom to enjoy the cannabis.

Bin men hailed as heroes for saving cat from back of garbage truck

Swedish waste collector Bekir Mercil and his two colleagues were on Friday hailed heroes of the day after they saved a terrified cat who had fallen into a garbage truck, stuck in tonnes of food waste headed for the incinerator. Mercil was just ending his morning shift in Stockholm when a distressed colleague called him, saying he had heard a weird noise from the back of his truck and needed help.

The vehicle was full of food waste and it was impossible for the driver to detect where exactly the tiny cries were coming from. “There’s like four to five tonnes of waste in there,” Mercil explained, saying that there was never any doubt in anybody’s mind to come to the animal’s rescue. “Of course! Who doesn’t love animals?”

The trio decided to meet up at a dump in northern Stockholm where they, after gaining permission from the operators, then slowly emptied the truck on the ground. “Otherwise it would have headed for the incinerator, and you can just imagine what would have happened,” he said. “We had a shovel to remove the waste as carefully as we could without doing any harm, and a broom to try to get the cat out.”

Mercil said it took him and his colleagues, Erik and Micke, about 30 minutes to actually get to the cat which they suspect might be wild. It had likely fallen into the vehicle while looking for food in the early hours of Friday. “When it was free, it just spurted out of the truck, totally covered in grease. It trembled like leaf, it was so scared and tired." The men then took the cat to a local animal shelter. “I really hope it gets a good home,” Mercil said, adding he would have been ready to keep the cat himself if it wasn’t for the fact that he already has two big dogs at home.

Students carried barrel of beer up Ben Nevis to set up pop-up bar

Three students and a barman climbed to the summit of Britain’s highest mountain with a barrel of ale and set up a bar.

Dave Cooke, 21, Harriet Allbrook, 21, and Oscar Price, 19, spent nearly four hours hauling the nine-gallon cask, capable of filling 72 pint glasses, of Tunnel Vision beer to the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland.

They also took bottles, mats and pint glasses to create the pop-up bar and serve the ale, produced by the Box Steam brewery near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, to climbers at the 4,408ft (1,344-metre) summit. The students, from Wiltshire, answered an advert from the brewery to take part in the challenge alongside Dom Lane, one of its employees.

Asked why the group undertook the adventure, Andy Roberts, Box Steam managing director, said: “Because it’s there. Tunnel Vision is one of our most popular beers and we’re proud to see it served all over the country. We don’t want anyone to miss out, so here we are – the highest bar in the UK. Cheers! This expedition is slightly more exploratory than our usual field marketing.”

Message from Allah found on egg

A Muslim couple were amazed to find an egg with a message from Allah embossed on it. Farid Jussab, 37, of Belgrave, Leicester, said his outlook had been rocked by the discovery of the phrase "None to be worshipped except Allah" in Arabic. "I can't sleep. I feel I have to let people know," he said.

"I'm not the sort of man who prays five times a day and this is amazing. I'm going to keep the egg forever." Farid's wife Anisa, was the first one to notice the marks on the egg. He said: "My missus bought the eggs in Iceland last week because she wanted to bake a cake for me at the weekend. When she took the egg out she felt the marks with her hand and then looked and saw our god's name on it, as well as other writing all the way around.

"I was sleeping and she came running upstairs to wake me. The sun was shining and I could see it perfectly. All the hairs on my arms stood up. We were both so shocked and surprised." Farid said he had spoken to a teacher at a local mosque who advised him to let the contents of the egg out to stop it becoming rotten. Farid said: "He said I must make a hole and get the egg out and then eat the egg with my wife.

"Then I shall put the shell in a glass container where anyone can come and see it." Anisa, 36, said: "It's a miracle and a blessing. It's not something anyone has carved on the egg. These things appear and I've heard about this sort of thing in the roots of trees and in the sky. It is a sign and I think it's a message to all Muslims to forgive and to have a clean heart." The couple have shown the egg to many Muslim friends and neighbours who agreed the message was a sign from God.

Death crash driver jailed after sex act at 60mph

A motorist who became intimate with his girlfriend moments before he crashed his car has been sentenced to seven years for causing her death. Minesh Parbat, 36, of Maidenbower, Crawley, was driving his BMW at 60mph when he crashed on the A2011 in West Sussex, on 9 March 2014. His girlfriend, Lisa Watling, 28, was thrown from the car and died later in hospital from her injuries. Parbat denied causing her death but was found guilty after a trial in July.

He had claimed in court he dropped his trousers as part of a dare with mother-of-two Ms Watling. He told jurors she said she was feeling "horny" and invited him to pull down his trousers as he drove. He claimed she sat on the dashboard, then moved in front of him and obscured his view. But he denied anything sexual had taken place and said he struggled to get Ms Watling off him before the crash. Prosecutor Philip Meredith asked him: "You dropped your trousers and pants to play a part in this sexual act didn't you?

"The idea was to masturbate or be fellated. Whether having full intercourse in the driver's seat there's nothing else to explain it other than some sort of hand job or fellatio. That was what was really going on wasn't it?" Parbat denied the allegations and said he carefully stopped and applied the handbrake at a roundabout to pull his pants down to "half-mast". But the prosecution said he or his girlfriend lowered them while the car was moving. Jurors heard Parbat veered into the central reservation, then over-steered before crashing into a fence.

In the aftermath of the collision, Parbat was discovered with his trousers and underwear around his ankles. Ms Watling was found seriously injured in just a T-shirt and bra. Parbat gave a positive blood test showing 102 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The drink-drive limit is 80 milligrams. Jailing him, Recorder Peter Griffiths QC said Parbat was "entirely" responsible for causing the crash "while engaged in some form of sexual activity". Parbat was also disqualified from driving for seven years and told he must take an extended driving test before he is allowed to drive again.

Wife smashed alarm clock over husband's head after he asked for a goodnight kiss

A woman has avoided jail after breaking an alarm clock over her husband’s head when he asked for a goodnight kiss. Portsmouth Crown Court heard Kathryne Borthwick, 26, went to bed after drinking with husband Monty, who is in his late 50s. Tim Dracass, prosecuting, said Mr Borthwick had followed his wife upstairs at their home in Southsea, Hampshire. He said: "He said to his wife 'what about my goodnight kiss?'

"He then describes how he took his shirt off in a jovial manner. He describes the defendant flying at him and raining blows on him. He says that everything after was a blur. She picked up an alarm clock and started to hit him with it." He added: "The alarm clock broke during that process. The defendant grabbed hold of Mr Borthwick’s mobile telephone and started hitting him on the head. He felt blood running down his head and saying “please, please” and the defendant swearing and cursing then throwing his CD collection."

The ambulance was called at about 9.45pm on April 18. Mr Borthwick was left with two cuts to his head. The court heard Mr Borthwick did not want his wife to be charged and she was due to go to trial but pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Mr Dracass added it was not the first time the defendant had acted like this after drinking. But Mr Dracass said: "He considers this was very much out of character so far as his wife was concerned and alcohol was probably the cause."

He said the pair want to put this ‘nightmare’ behind them. The pair met online and Borthwick had come from the Philippines to this country in 2014. Charlotte Hole, defending, said Borthwick was not used to drinking alcohol and it badly affected her but had now given it up. Judge Roger Hetherington handed her a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of 15 days. He said: "For some reason, which is something of a mystery, you flew at him in a rage hitting him with whatever came to hand."

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Fennec fox makes fennecy foxy sleepy noises

When her afternoon snooze is interrupted.

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Parents nervous of van with 'Free Candy' painted on side

Neighbours in Natomas, northwestern Sacramento, California, spotted a suspicious white van with the words “Free Candy” painted in red driving around. It had nervous parents hoping it was just a trick and not really offering treats to children.

Lawrence Bellow, 12, snapped a photo on his cellphone of the suspicious van parked outside his home. “It looked too fake to be true, but I didn’t want to get a closer look for sure,” he said. “I was kind of nervous about it.

“I didn’t know what was going on so I just wanted to get evidence in case anything happened.” He had a gut feeling the white van with blacked out windows and no licence plate could be trouble. His mother first noticed it at Walmart on Friday, then came home to find it parked on her street. Word about the van quickly spread.

It turns out the van belongs to a family friend of Sierra Deblonk, who was on his way to the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada. “It was a joke,” she said. Sierra says her family didn’t realise it would cause so much concern. “It’s nice to know that if was there actually a creepy white van around that people would be taking notice of that,” she said. The van has since left the area.

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Man walking naked along road gave drivers the thumbs up and said his father is a gypsy

Authorities in Florida received more than 16 phone calls in 10 minutes regarding a naked man walking south on US 1, on a recent Friday afternoon between 4:50 and 5pm, according to a police report. The man was found walking past several open businesses in Vero Beach, not attempting to conceal himself, and giving a “thumbs up” to vehicles that were honking as they passed.

Once concealed in the back of a police car, the man identified himself as Moresto M. Garcia and told police his father was a gypsy. The man said he had been travelling for as long as he can remember, but did not know where he had been. When asked why he was giving a “thumbs up” to drivers, he said he was giving “call signs” his father taught him in order to ask people for help.

The man reportedly told authorities he had never been issued any form of identification and has never paid taxes because he has never had a job. The man claimed he stayed overnight at a woman’s home in Vero Beach but did not know the woman’s name. He said he had been walking naked for more than an hour and was travelling to Miami to see his family.

Police came up with a fingerprint match of 24-year-old Nathan Forrest Richardson out of Brevard County. When an officer addressed the subject as “Nathan,” he positively responded. The man then said he was unsure if his name was Nathan and continued to give the name “Moresto Garcia.” He is being held in lieu of $2,000 bond. He faces charges of exposure of sexual organs and giving a false name while detained.

Man arrested after his dog tested positive for meth

A man from Jackson County, Georgia, was arrested after a veterinarian determined that his pet dog had ingested the drug methamphetamine. Marty Allen Rogers, 47, took his small terrier-mix dog named Little Guy to a veterinary clinic in Hoschton on Aug. 17, according to a sheriff’s report.

“It was sick and he took it to see if they could tell him what was wrong with it,” Jackson County sheriff’s Capt. Rich Lott said. The dog was extremely nervous and was constantly pacing and panting, according to the report. The veterinarian did some tests and it showed the dog tested positive for meth. Working with the Jackson County Animal Control, deputies obtained a warrant charging Rogers of Talmo with cruelty to animals, Lott said. Rogers also had a 4th Amendment waiver against him, which allows officers to search his home at any time, Lott said.

“When we went to serve the arrest warrant, we were able to search his residence and we found another quantity of meth along with a stolen motorcycle out of South Carolina,” he said. Rogers was additionally charged with possession of meth and theft by receiving stolen property. Animal control took possession of Little Guy. They say he will now be placed in an undisclosed animal shelter for adoption. Rogers later signed papers giving possession of the dog to Jackson County Animal Control, said Animal Control officer John Deltoro.

“I will transfer the dog to another facility that does a lot of adoptions,” Deltoro said. “Veterinarians don’t have a whole lot of cases with these kind of symptoms,” Deltoro said. “The doctor just took a human drug test kit and tested the urine and it came up positive (for meth). We’re also sending the serum to an agency to have it tested by an expert to verify that the dog ingested meth.” The clinic put Little Guy on IV therapy for a time to help cleanse the drug from his system, according to Deltoro. “He’s doing great and is ready to be transferred and adopted into a new home,” he said.

Thief used dynamite to break into ATM

A thief has been caught on CCTV using dynamite to blast his way into a cash machine in Brazil. The robbery was filmed in Ponta Grossa, in Brazil's Paraná state on Wednesday.

Sparks are seen coming from a hole the thief uses to place the explosive in the front of the ATM, before the machine is blown up and smoke fills the room.

He then returned to the scene to collect whatever was left. In June, five suspected members of a gang were arrested with 45kg of dynamite which police said could be used to burst into 120 ATMs.

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Police commander Silvanei Almeida Gomes said: "We spent six months investigating this gang. There are strong indications that this year they are responsible for 11 cases of theft at ATMs."

Pub's 'German porn' sign taken down

A pub landlord in Shropshire has had to remove a street sign with the words "German porn" on it after a complaint. The sign outside the Monkmoor Pub in Shrewsbury, reading: "BT Sport, Sky Sport, German porn," was put up on Tuesday.

Shrewsbury town councillor Miles Kenny reported the sign to the police when a member of the public brought it to his attention. "I was not unhappy about it, I just queried it," he said. "It was just a bit of a laugh but if a member of the public has been offended something has to be done", he said.

Insp Graham Preece, from West Mercia Police, said: "There are conditions on the pub's licence which states they cannot have certain types of entertainment at the premises. We made contact with the licensee who reassured us it was light-hearted and no offence was intended.

"The premises have now removed the sign." On its Facebook page, the pub said: "Sign removed because of multiple complaints resulting in a visit from the police and environmental health. I think some people should get a sense of humour but very sorry for any offence caused."

Firefighters called to assist cow with chair stuck on its head

Firefighters were called out to assist a cow after its head became stuck in a plastic chair on Friday.

The curious cow became wedged in the garden furniture at about 7:50am near Boughton, Northamptonshire.

Officers from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service attended but said the cow managed to get out of its predicament without their help.

It is not known how the garden chair came to be in the field or why the cow put its head through it.

Dog warns her owner when she’s about to have an epileptic fit

Poppy the the Labrador can sense when her owner is about to have an epileptic fit. Shannon Locke, 23, from Bangor in County Down, Northern Ireland was diagnosed with severe epilepsy after suffering a massive attack when she was 17. When her condition was at its worst, she was having up to 20 seizures a day, forcing Shannon to drop out of college and become housebound.

But when Poppy came along she became a lifeline for Shannon. Shannon says two-year-old Poppy appeared to be able to predict a seizure in advance. And now she has filmed her dog in action in a bid to raise awareness of Disability Assistance Dogs charity to show everyone what Poppy can do. Poppy's sixth sense told her to alert Shannon that a seizure was on its way 15 minutes before the event.

That gave her owner time to set up her camera, get into a safe position on her bed, and film the whole thing. In the video Poppy licks Shannon's mouth to prevent her choking on saliva as her fit takes hold. Shannon, after doing some research on the subject, sought out some expert advice from Neil Powell from Newcastle who has spent 30 years training dogs for emergency rescue and recovery work.

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Shannon told Neil how Poppy would seek her out, then sit and stare at her and this would always precede a seizure. Then Neil taught the Labrador to paw at his owner's leg to alert her to an attack. Neil is now using his expertise to conduct a pioneering study at Queen's University, Belfast, examining whether dogs can warn epilepsy sufferers about a seizure before it strikes.

Mr Potato Head banned from bus station due to health and safety fears

A 7ft (2m) glass fibre statue of Mr Potato Head will not be displayed at a town's bus station due to health and safety reasons. The figure was given to Belper, in Derbyshire, in 2001, by its twin town of Pawtucket in Rhode Island, USA. The town is divided over the statue, with some describing it as "hideous".

John Nelson, leader of Belper Town Council, said the station was just one possible location but could not happen due to the threat of high winds. The statue, based on the children's toy that originated in Pawtucket in the 1950s, had bits deliberately broken off when it was first displayed in the town.

It has since been refurbished by a local youth group and now stands on a pallet on the lawn of Belper Community Cottage, facing the bus station. Mr Nelson said it would stay there permanently unless needed for special events. "He wasn't meant to be on the bus station," he said. "It was an idea we had to put him up there so he wouldn't get vandalised.

"[But] if he was up there and the wind got hold of him ... so risk assessment said no, it's not the place to be." Some residents have argued the statue was not in keeping with the town's status as part of a Unesco World Heritage site. An area stretching from Cromford, along the River Derwent to Darley Abbey, was granted World Heritage status by Unesco in 2001 because of its important industrial heritage.