Saturday, August 23, 2014

So proud

Wild chipmunk takes peanuts off dog's paws

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Cat rebels against having his feet tickled

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Community searching for dog with water container on its head

Residents of Ferndale in Pulaski County, Arkansas, are searching for a dog with a water container stuck on it's head.

The animal was first spotted last month. There's a hole on top of the container, so the dog can still drink and eat.

But, animal rescue volunteers haven't seen the unfortunate hound for a couple weeks and fear she could be injured.

Anyone who spots the dog is asked to call the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.

No explanation offered as to why drunk driver was dragging tree behind his truck

A Florida police officer was sitting in a parked cruiser late on Monday night when an approaching truck caught his attention.

It could have been that the truck was speeding, perhaps it was the loud noise and the sparks that were flying from the rear as a chain bounced off the asphalt. Or maybe it was the tree that the driver was dragging as he drove along. The officer stopped the driver, later identified as Daniel Totulis, 21, of Gainesville, at around 11am at the entrance to the Apple Tree subdivision.

Totulis had glassy eyes, slurred speech and a strong odour of alcohol, according to a police report. Totulis told officers that he wanted to take a test to see if he was drunk. The officers conducted a field sobriety test and Totulis swayed while trying to stand, missed his nose with his finger two out of four times, and refused to walk a straight line.

During the test, Totulis told the officers to take him to jail because he knew he should not have been drinking and driving. He offered no explanation for why he was dragging a tree down the street late at night. He was arrested on a charge of DUI after his breath tests registered .190 and .185, twice the legal threshold in Florida for DUI.

Man used phone in shoe to film up woman's skirt

A Florida man is accused of recording up a woman’s skirt at Walmart with a camera that was inside of his shoe, according to the Sanford Police Department.

Police say Paul Senzee, 40, walked up behind the victim several times and used a smartphone in his shoe to peek under her skirt at the store in Sanford on Tuesday night.

The accuser says Senzee was following close behind her in a store aisle, and when she looked back, he quickly turned in the other direction. In the checkout line, she says he was there again, without any merchandise. At that time, she says she noticed a hole in Senzee's shoe.

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She confronted Senzee and asked him to show her his shoes. He refused, and began to walk away, police said. She yelled, and another man approached to help. Officers arrived at the store and arrested Senzee. He was charged with video voyeurism. Police said there are more victims.

Car containing man, dog, 40 chickens, AK-47, improvised explosives and marijuana rolled over

Just before 4am on Friday, Seth Grim was driving a Ford Explorer with Pennsylvania plates and rolled it over on Interstate 79 near Amma, West Virginia. A dog tried to jump out of the window, which might have helped cause the wreck.

Unfortunately, the dog later died and Grim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries to his upper torso. In the back of his explorer were 35 to 40 chickens along with an AK-47 and a large amount of ammunition.

 Also in the back of his vehicle was a device that police were extremely concerned about. The "improvised explosives" prompted a higher level of response. The West Virginia State Police Bomb Squad out of Williamson were sent to the scene and removed the device.

Initially, all of the chickens were reported to have made it out alive, however it is believed some of the chickens died. Grim, 21, is being charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Officers saw a quart jar of what they believed to be marijuana in the front seat. He's being held in the South Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Man killed wife over delay in serving tea

A 56-year-old Indian man killed his wife in Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, as she delayed serving him tea, police said on Friday.

The incident took place on Wednesday at Guhalipal village, about 110 km from Bhubaneswar but came to light after police arrested the man a day later.

The trouble started on Monday morning when accused Mahalia Nayak asked his wife Jhana to serve him tea. Enraged by the delay he had a heated argument with her, investigating officer Dasarathi Nath said.

The trouble intensified when the man continued to argue with his wife after she refused to cook and serve him food, he said. Nayak raised the issue on Wednesday night and killed her with a sharp weapon, Mr. Nath said. Police have arrested Nayak after he confessed to the crime, he said.

Koala revived with mouth-to-mouth and heart massage after being hit by car and fall from tree

Firefighters and wildlife workers in Australia have revived an injured koala with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after it was hit by a car and later fell from a tree where it was taking shelter.

Emergency crews received a call on Thursday night about the injured marsupial at Langwarrin in Melbourne's south-east. When rescue workers tried to pluck the koala from the tree, it plummeted about 10 metres to the ground. Armed with a blanket, quick-thinking firefighters caught the koala, nicknamed Sir Chompsalot by the Country Fire Authority, before he hit the ground.

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Langwarrin fire brigade captain Sean Curtin said fire crews and wildlife authorities quickly got to reviving Sir Chompsalot. "Wildlife Victoria actually performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the koala and one of the other members was actually pumping the koala's chest to get some movement in the heart and also get some air into the lungs at the same time," he said.

"We put it on O2 oxygen therapy to assist in getting some oxygen into the blood flow of the koala." Captain Curtin said it was lucky some of the members on scene had previous experience in reviving animals. "One of the members ... had performed CPR on a dog previously," he said. Sir Chompsalot was successfully resuscitated and taken to a local animal hospital where he is recovering.

London landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours

Tenants in a north London house were forced to crawl on all fours to access their rented room. Barnet council took the landlord of a house in Sunningfields Road, Hendon, to court after discovering he was renting a room which could not be accessed standing up. The head height along the course of the staircase was between 0.7m (27.5 inches) and 1.2m (47 inches) high and the door to the room was also reduced in size.

Even a three-year-old child of average height would not be able to walk upright all the way up the stairs. Barnet council first issued a prohibition order against landlord Yaakov Marom in February 2012 which banned him from letting the second floor room of the property. Environmental health officers were concerned the poor access could impede the tenants’ escape in the event of a fire.

But Marom failed to comply with the order and when council officers visited the house with police officers in September last year they found the room was still in use and being rented by a couple for £420 a month. Earlier this month at Willesden magistrates court Marom pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the prohibition order. He was ordered to pay a £1,500 fine, £1,420 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120, a total of £3,040.

Councillor Tom Davey, chairman of the housing committee at Barnet council, said: “At the very least tenants have the right to expect that the accommodation they are renting is safe. Barnet council is keen to work with landlords and help them to provide safe accommodation. However, those who exploit tenants for financial gain will not be tolerated and the appropriate action will be taken.” Rented property is subject to strict rules on size and standards, but as demand from tenants has taken off, some landlords have cut corners to cash in.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dreadlock holiday

Nine-week-old Border Collie puppy herds sheep

Like a true professional.

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Cat investigates knitted lampshade

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Snake slithered into woman's home and ate three of her canaries

A 4-foot long Kingsnake slithered into a woman's home and ate three canaries that were in a cage on Tuesday morning.

Teresa Olivas, from Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, said she often checks for snakes outside but never expected to wake up and see one in her birdcage.

She says she thinks it entered through an open window, a bit of a surprise considering the size of the snake. "Even the officer said, 'How did it get in there?'

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"He was a really big snake," she said. Deputies removed the snake, and the family says it will now keep all windows closed.

Passengers ran for their lives after 'foreign man' appeared to faint on Shanghai train

A 'foreign man' collapsing on the Shanghai metro in China caused passengers to flee the carriage and triggered a stampede to the exits, in a bizarre incident captured on camera.

Filmed on the evening of August 9, the video – just released – shows a white man slumping over sideways in his seat and then rolling onto the floor of the subway car. As he hit the floor, passengers started running away from the man, leaving the carriage almost empty.

At the next stop, passengers are seen scrambling out of the train, with at least one man almost getting trampled in the stampede. The commotion may have been partly caused by a fellow passenger shouting “Accident!” after the man collapsed.

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The footage then cuts to a scene of the man on his feet and looking dazed as two people, likely metro staff, inspect the carriage. Finding nothing, the staff leave and the man takes a seat as the doors close.

Stray kitten rescued after getting head stuck in wooden garden table

A family from the Lee suburb of Lewisham, south east London, found a stray kitten in their back garden with its head stuck in a table.

A vet from the Lewisham branch of animal trust Celia Hammond was sent to help the distressed kitten. The kitten was then sedated so the wood could be broken to release its little head.

An investigation has been launched to search for the remainder of its family as no one has claimed the kitty. A stray mother and several siblings were spotted in the surrounding area. The worry is that cats left unneutered continue to have litters.

Manager of rescue and re-homing at Celia Hammond, Lesley Mills, said: "If we don’t find the rest of the family, we could end up with 50 to 60 cats." The rescued kitten has no injuries but is a little cranky. The search for its family continues.

Deported Lithuanian burglar returned to UK to retrieve hidden stolen jewellery

A deported burglar was caught and re-jailed when he returned to Peterborough to retrieve stolen jewellery he had hidden under floorboards. The home of Alexandra Kalandrani was ransacked by Lithuanian Marius Siurkus in March. He was jailed for burglary in June. After release he was deported, but was found 10 days later back in the city.

Siurkus, 32, and accomplice Mantas Pronckus, 27, pleaded guilty to burgling the house Ms Kalandrani shared with her mother. Pronckus is currently serving a two-year sentence, but Siurkus, jailed for a year, was released earlier this month and deported to Lithuania. On 13 August, just 10 days after he was deported, he was identified as a suspect in an assault investigation in Peterborough. On 15 August Siurkus was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police at his old home in St Martin's Street.

Officers noticed floorboards in the property had been lifted, and a quantity of jewellery from the burglary was discovered. The "irreplaceable" jewellery, given to Ms Kalandrani by her mother, who died three months after the burglary, has now been returned to her. "I'm extremely happy. Sadly some of the more sentimental items have not been found, but it's just bizarre," Ms Kalandrani said. "I'm excited to have the jewellery back, but also frustrated because there's been a failure somewhere.

"I don't understand how someone can walk back into the country so easily despite being deported." Cambridgeshire Police said Siurkus had returned to prison to serve out the rest of his sentence. No further action took place over the assault. Det Con Jason Hancock said: "We will continue to track down and arrest those responsible for burglary and tackle offenders who ignore deportation orders." The Home Office, which monitors UK immigration and customs controls through its Border Force section, refused to comment on whether measures were in place to prevent deported prisoners such as Siurkus re-entering the country.

Women caught on camera stealing freshly laid lawn

When Bobby Stacey reviewed footage from a newly installed CCTV camera outside his home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, he was surprised to see two middle age-looking women creeping along a footpath and making off with bundles of his neighbour's freshly laid lawn.

They returned again and again and on each occasion, pulled up large sections of the turf before hurriedly carrying it down the street until more than half of the new lawn was pilfered. "I couldn't stop laughing," Mr Stacey said. "I was annoyed at the same time though. The reason I got the CCTV in the first place is because my shed had been broken into a few weeks earlier and a load of tools were stolen.

"So I put padlock on the shed. Then the thieves came back and used my own bolt cutters to cut the lock and steal a mountain bike. It's just cheeky." Mr Stacey said his neighbour had spent the previous day laying the new grass. "The guy spent all day levelling that ground, making it look good and then to come out the next morning and it's gone. It's just terrible."

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Lancashire Police confirmed the incident was reported to them. "Police have investigated this incident," a spokeswoman said. "We're at the stage that there are no further lines of inquiry but would appeal to anyone with information to come forward." Mr Stacey said the thieves moved in on the turf shortly after 5am and that the theft took around 40 minutes to complete. "They even took a cigarette break," he said.

Dog found science disc 50 years too late to get five shillings reward

A dog has found part of a science project in the shape of a disc - 50 years too late to get a reward. Barney the collie brought the red plastic disc to his owner David Russell, after finding it on Silecroft beach, in west Cumbria. It had been thrown into the Irish Sea in the 1960s as part of a study into water movement and gone adrift.

Mr Russell, of Batley, West Yorkshire, returned it to Bangor University but was too late to get a five shillings - the equivalent of 25p in today’s metric system - reward The drifter disc had been released by John Harvey, now a retired oceanographer, who was then working in the university's marine science laboratory.

The disc was one of many released as part of the project and most never came back - this one being washed up more than 100 miles (161km) up the north west coast. Mr Russell said: "There must be something about the currents that bring things to this beach - I've previously found a meteorological balloon here." Mr Harvey said he found it "disturbing" that the plastic had lasted so long - a copper weight attached had eroded away.

"The research told us about the movement of seabed and sea-surface currents in the Irish Sea, and the results were published in a journal in 1968. We typically had return rates of about 34% for our drifters", he explained. The plastic has a very long life in the sea - it is in a good condition after 50 years, which is somewhat disturbing - unfortunately there is far too much plastic in the world's oceans generally."

Hazardous response team sent to rescue elderly woman injured in maze

A 'highly skilled' hazardous response team was called to rescue an elderly woman who fell and injured herself in the 10 acre Blake House Craft Centre maze in Braintree, Essex.

The woman was rushed to hospital on Tuesday afternoon after falling at the 8-foot-tall maize maze at around 2.30pm. The hazardous response team is described as highly skilled and able to "work in difficult environments".

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: "An elderly woman injured her arm when she fell in a maze.

"As she was in a maze, it was quite difficult for our crews to transport her out using their normal equipment so we dispatched HART who have a specialist piece of equipment that was used to stretcher the woman out. She was then taken to Broomfield Hospital for further assessment and treatment."