Thursday 30 December 2010
Rider pulls knife on California cabbie, leaves tip
A California taxi passenger may have an anger problem, but he's no Grinch.
Police in Sacramento got a report that a man pulled a knife on a cab driver during a dispute over the weekend but still made sure to pay his fare - plus tip.
The Sacramento Bee says the rider argued with the driver about his desired destination on Saturday then pulled out a folding-blade knife, prompting the driver to run away on foot.
The passenger also fled - after leaving his cab fare and a tip.
Police say the passenger has not been found.
Wednesday 29 December 2010
Mafia boss is mobsters’ agony uncle
In one intercepted note to a criminal associate, 32-year-old Sandro Lo Piccolo wrote: ‘My dear friend, erotic adventures, as you like to call them, are a philosophy.’
He then advised his friend on how best to please his lover, before adding: ‘I’m sorry you left her unsatisfied. They want something of steel.’
Lo Piccolo then kindly offered to stand in and pleasure the woman himself – although how he would do that from his cell was not made clear.
The don’s sex tips – dubbed the ‘Mafia Kama Sutra’ by Italian police – were found in raids on the homes of suspected gangsters in Palermo, Sicily.
Lo Piccolo boasted of his own sexual prowess in the ten pages of letters, as well as giving orders for the day-to-day business of extortion and theft. In one letter, he wrote: ‘My friend, I read that you are making love all the time. I am the only one not having sex any more – enjoy yourself and don’t forget anyone.’
Lo Piccolo was arrested three years ago along with his father Salvatore, aka il Barone – the baron. When he was led from a police station after questioning, he blew kisses to screaming women who had gathered to catch a glimpse of him.
In prison, he has received many letters from female admirers, including one from a former girlfriend, who wrote: ‘Don’t worry, I am waiting for you... I do not wear make up, I swear I will not do anything that attracts attention. ‘I have several colleagues who are chasing me but don’t worry about them
Tuesday 28 December 2010
Police 'mistake cig break for suicide bid'
A New York man is suing police for more than £250,000 after two officers mistook his cigarette break for a suicide attempt.
Mark Moody, 40, was enjoying a cigarette on the window ledge of his apartment when a police car rolled up, reports the New York Post.
Two officers jumped out, asked him if he was planning to commit suicide and ordered him to come downstairs but Mr Moody refused, saying he was having a cigarette.
The officers then burst into the second floor apartment, grabbed him from behind, restrained and cuffed him and then carted him off to psychiatric hospital.
Mr Moody, a lawyer, says he always takes his cigarette breaks on the window ledge - which is only 12ft above the ground.
"If I was going to commit suicide, this would be a pretty dumb place to do it," he said. "If I jumped from here, I'd just sprain my ankle."
Mr Moody says he was thrown into an ambulance and taken to Beth Israel Medical Center where a psychiatrist quickly discharged him.
"I talked to him for three minutes, and he said: "Look, I'm really sorry. I apologise on behalf of the city"," he said.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said: "Police responded to a 911 call of an emotionally disturbed person at the location.
"When police arrived, they observed the male sitting on the ledge talking erratically. Police emergency service officers were called, and the person was removed to the hospital for observation."
Monday 27 December 2010
'Husband' is a woman
An Indian woman lived with her 'husband' for a year before finally discovering that 'he' was really a 'she'.
Minati Khatua, 26, of Rourkela, says she and her family were completely taken in by Sitakant Routray, 28.
"He had impressed everyone in my family and they willingly agreed to our marriage," she said.
As is traditional in India, Sitakant received a substantial dowry including an Indica car, gold ornaments and more than £350 in cash.
But Minati grew suspicious after the wedding when Sitakant avoided any physical contact on the pretext of a religious vow.
"I would try hard to find out and confirm his gender but failed repeatedly," she told the Calcutta Telegraph.
"However, one day I managed to force open the bathroom door when he was having a bath. My worst fears came true. He was a woman."
Inspector Jyotirmaya Hota confirmed that police were investigating the case.
Thursday 23 December 2010
Reflective reindeer collars
Norwegian reindeer owners have a Christmas safety tip for Santa -- put reflectors on the fleet-footed animals so they won't get hit by cars.
About 2,000 reindeer have been fitted this month with reflective yellow collars or small antler tags to cut down on the car crashes that now kill 500 reindeer a year and pose a danger to motorists across Arctic Norway.
"It really works," Kristian Oevernes, the leader of the project at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, told Reuters of the project in Finnmark, where the sun does not rise in mid-winter.
A test drive on a snowmobile showed that marked reindeer were far more visible in the dark than others. Several people are injured every year in car accidents involving reindeer, and one recent accident in Finland was fatal.
"I guess so," Oevernes said, when asked if Santa might take up the safety tip.
"This is the first time it (reindeer marking) has happened on this scale."
Sami herders had tried small experiments to attach reflective tape to the animals but the glue failed in the cold. Finnish herders had also tried a reflective spray, but it reduced the fur's ability to keep out the chill.
About 200,000 reindeer live in Norway, mostly owned by Sami indigenous people who raise them for meat, skins and antlers, according to the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry.
If the new project is successful, supporters say, reindeer owners or vehicle insurance companies might be interested in buying reflectors.
Wednesday 22 December 2010
Woman bites husband's tongue off
A Wisconsin man underwent surgery to have his tongue re-attached after his wife bit it off during a kiss, the Sheboygan Press reported.
The 79-year-old victim called police late Monday night and dispatchers sent an ambulance and officers to his home in Sheboygan, 60 miles north of Milwaukee, despite having trouble understanding what he was saying, the report said.
When officials arrived, the man and his 57-year-old wife were outside singing Christmas carols. The wife reportedly threw a coffee cup at the emergency responders.
Officers with the Sheboygan Police Department said the man’s tongue was bitten off when the woman tried to kiss him inside the couple’s home. The man was missing about half his tongue.
The man asked that his wife not be arrested, but she was taken into custody and charged with domestic violence.
Tuesday 21 December 2010
Driver nabbed by same cop on other side of the world
A motorist caught speeding in London two years ago moved to New Zealand only to be booked by the same police officer for again exceeding the limit, reports said.
Former London bobby Andy Flitton ticketed the man in Britain two years ago, shortly before migrating to New Zealand - then caught him again in September on a highway on the South Island, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Mr Flitton, who now works for the New Zealand traffic police, said he had forgotten about the original booking until the man approached him while he was writing out the ticket.
"He asked if I had worked in London, I said 'yes'. He asked if I used to operate the laser gun on the A5 in North London, I said 'yes'," Mr Flitton told the newspaper.
"And he said 'I thought it was you, you gave me my last speeding ticket there two years ago'."
Mr Flitton said the man told him he had moved to New Zealand two weeks before his latest booking, unaware his nemesis was also in the same country.
"We must have some sort of connection," he said. "He only ever broke the law twice and both times I was the one to give him a ticket... it just shows what a small world it really is."
Sunday 19 December 2010
Who's attacking the plastic snails
Who would want to harm the plastic, pink snails of Miami Beach?
Police are investigating the vandalism of several of the 45 giant art pieces displayed around South Beach as part of an international art fair. So far, at least eight have been targeted, including one that was thrown into Biscayne Bay. Several others were tagged with graffiti.
Galleria Ca' d'Oro and the Cracking Art Group brought the snails to town ahead of last week's Art Basel Miami Beach fair, and they'll stay on display until Jan. 3. They're made of recycled plastic and meant to make people think about the environment.
Gallery co-owner Glorida Porcella says the snails have previously been on exhibit in Rome and Paris. She says there has never been a situation like the one in Miami Beach.
Friday 17 December 2010
Older men want more sex
The very oldest men are still interested in sex but illness and a lack of opportunity may be holding them back, Australian researchers reported on Monday.
The "male" hormone testosterone was clearly linked with how often a man over 75 had sex and doctors need to do more studies to see if hormone replacement therapy might benefit older men, the researchers said.
Zoe Hyde of the University of Western Australia and colleagues surveyed more than 2,700 men aged 75 to 95 for their study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. They asked a range of questions about health, relationships and sexual activity.
"The older men were, the less likely they were to be sexually active, but sex remained at least somewhat important to one fifth of men aged 90 to 95 years, refuting the stereotype of the asexual older person," they wrote.
"Of those who were sexually active, more than 40 percent were dissatisfied with the frequency of sexual activity, preferring sex more frequently."
More than 30 percent of the men reported some sort of sexual activity in the past year but more than 48 percent said sex was important, suggesting many wanted to have sex but could not.
Age was a factor but so were testosterone levels, the lack of an interested partner and various diseases from diabetes to prostate cancer.
More than 40 percent of the men who had not had sex recently said they were not interested.
Thursday 16 December 2010
German nabbed for pot Advent calendar
A German sniffer dog called Lucky turned out to be anything but for a 21-year-old stoner in Munich arrested with a homemade Advent calendar with cannabis behind each little door instead of chocolate.
Police knocked on his door to check the man's driving licence, but after noticing a small piece of cannabis on the kitchen table, they set Lucky to work to see if there was any more of the drug.
"Behind every little door (on the calendar) was a small amount of cannabis in a matchbox, wrapped up in a colourful bow," police said in a statement Tuesday. "He said he had been given the calendar as a present."
The young man was released but now faces charges of possessing drugs.
Tuesday 14 December 2010
Whether you agree with what has been “leaked” or not….The main argument is the stifling of peoples freedom of speech by Governments, that are suppose to be for the People, being able to “lean-on” companies because “schoolyard tittel-tattle” has found it’s way into the limelight……
Monday 13 December 2010
Boar attacks butcher
A German butcher has been attacked by a wild boar.
The beast entered the store new Koblenz after wondering out a nearby forest, and caused serious damage to the shop and left a customer with minor injuries.
Butcher Rainer Kraemer said: "Once the boar pushed through the door, I quickly helped the customer out of the store and then went to try to guard the production equipment.
"Insurance covers theft and fire but the butcher shop isn't covered for a wild boar attack."
The animal was later shot and the meat from it will be sold in his shop
Sunday 12 December 2010
The annual parade in Richmond, Virginia started off well, with hundreds of spectators watching the giant reindeer on parade.
But Christmas joy turned to horror as it became clear Rudolph, flanked by Segway riders wearing antlers and guided by volunteers using ropes, was on a collision course with a set of traffic lights.
The crowd frantically tried in vain to attract the attention of Rudolph’s handlers, screaming at them to stop before the poor reindeer met an untimely end.
But, alas, it was too late.
Rudolph’s famous red nose hit the lights first, but Santa’s trusty steed was at first unharmed.
But as the handlers attempted to steer him to safety, the reindeer’s head was impaled on the traffic lights.
The much-loved Christmas animal – famous for using his red nose to guide Santa’s sleigh – rapidly deflated, to the dismay of young onlookers.
It looks as though Father Christmas might need someone else to light his way this Christmas Eve.
Saturday 11 December 2010
A suspected drink driver in the US has somehow managed to crash his car twice… AFTER being pulled over by police.
When police in Laguna Beach instructed a suspected drink driver to pull over he duly did as he was told and pulled into a petrol station car park.
But as footage from a camera mounted in the police car shows, that's where it all began to go wrong for Christian Aparicio.
As he exited the car to talk to approaching officers, Aparicio left the vehicle in reverse and it sped back, smashing into the police patrol car.
Seeing what was happening, he then jumped back in and hit the accelerator -- this time sending the car shooting forward and crashing into a pole. It's safe to say he's had better days.
Friday 10 December 2010
Naked Brits found on horse in -15C
Four British tourists have been arrested in Latvia after being found naked astride a life-sized wooden horse in temperatures of minus 15C.
Police said the four men were posing for pictures at the time of their arrest in Riga and were clearly under the influence of alcohol.
Footage of the drunken prank has been posted on YouTube where it has attracted nearly 60,000 hits.
After being taken to a nearby police station to put their trousers on, the four men, aged around 30 years, were charged with petty hooliganism and handed fines of about £90.
Riga has in the past experienced problems with mainly British tourists urinating on its iconic Freedom Monument, leading to public pressure for more police patrols and stiffer punishments for offenders.
The large wooden horse is a permanent fixture in the Latvian capital and stands outside a jewellery shop beside St Peter's church.
The arrest of the four naked men took place close to the spot at which the mayor of the Latvian capital turned on the lights of the city's Christmas tree a few hours earlier.
Riga claims it is the site of the first recorded decorated Christmas tree and this year is celebrating 500 years of the tradition.
Thursday 9 December 2010
FBI warns Barbie doll could be used for child porn
The FBI has issued a "cyber crime alert" for a new Barbie doll that comes equipped with a tiny hidden video camera in her chest, saying the toy could be misused to make child porn.
The report, issued by the FBI's Sacramento field office November 30 and titled "Barbie 'Video Girl' a Possible Child Pornography Production Method," warns that the doll's camera captures up to 30 minutes of footage that can be downloaded to a computer.
The alert received media coverage after being sent to some news organizations by mistake. An FBI spokeswoman downplayed the report and said it was for use by law enforcement.
"There have been no reported incidents of this doll being used as anything other than as intended," Washington-based FBI spokeswoman Jenny Shearer said, reading from a statement.
"For clarification purposes, the alert's intent was to insure that law enforcement agencies were aware that the doll, like any other video-capable equipment, could contain evidence and to not disregard such an item during a search," she said.
The Barbie Video Girl Doll, which is manufactured by Mattel Inc and first went on sale in July, contains a small video camera in its chest, concealed inside a locket.
Footage from the camera can be viewed on an LCD screen in the doll's back or downloaded to a computer. The FBI alert said there was no indication it could be streamed directly to the Internet.
"The FBI is not reporting that anything has happened. Steve Dupre from the FBI Sacramento field office has confirmed there have been no incidents of this doll being used as anything other than its intent," Mattel said in a statement
Wednesday 8 December 2010
My walk in the woods went downhill
A man has suffered the double blow of seeing his wife having sex with her lover, and then being attacked by him.
Antony Silindza, of Manzana in Mbabane, was on his way home when he spotted a man and woman making love on a rock in the forest and stopped to watch, not realising that it was his wife, Nestar Mamba, reports the Times of Swaziland.
When the act was finished, he recognised his wife and approached the couple, but her lover, Calvin Elvis Siwela, started throwing stones at him.
Siwela appeared at the Swazi National Court this week charged with assault. In his defence, he told the court that Ms Mamba is his girlfriend and they have a child together.
He also denied assaulting her husband and said he slipped while running away
Ms Mamba added that she no longer lives with Mr Silindza, although they are married.
However, the court questioned why the couple had been making love in the forest if they are together.
Siwela was found guilty and sentenced to eight months in prison.
Court president Cindzi said: 'How can you take his wife and, on top of that, you beat him up?'
Tuesday 7 December 2010
Driver beats drink driving ban
On a fateful night in Missouri Tom Drummond crashed his car into a ditch. It was dark, past midnight and his mobile phone battery was completely flat. With nothing else to do and in a bid to keep warm he turned to a bottle of brandy for comfort, before dozing off until help arrived.
When he awoke police arrested Drummond for drink driving, but last week a jury acquitted the sozzled driver of the charge agreeing that he only got drunk after the accident.
Drummond’s attorney said: ‘This is something that doesn’t happen all the time, it’s an odd set of circumstances.’
The driver escaped the charges after testifying that he was inebriated when rescue service arrived but stone cold sober prior to the accident.
While Drummond’s reaction to a car crash was an unusually relaxed one, he ultimately returned home safely.
Had the jury not believed his story Drummond would now have been serving a year in prison and been forced to pay a $1000 fine.
Monday 6 December 2010
Fake doctor jailed for giving breast exams in bars
An Idaho judge has set bond at $100,000 for a Boise woman police say posed as a physician and duped at least two other women into having their breasts examined by her at Boise-area nightclubs.
Kristina Ross, 37, remains in Ada County Jail in Boise on two felony counts of practicing medicine without a license.
Police say Ross introduced herself to victims -- one at a downtown Boise bar and the other at a nightclub in a Boise suburb -- as a plastic surgeon named Berlyn Aussieahshowna, a name that turned out to be bogus.
The two women told Boise officers they believed Ross was a physician because of her apparent medical knowledge, and they agreed to undergo what they thought were breast exams, which happened at the bars.
As part of her ruse, Ross gave the women the telephone number of a real licensed plastic surgeon in Boise, the state capital, authorities said.
Staff at that medical office became alarmed at the number of calls they received from women in recent weeks attempting to confirm appointments or surgeries with a Berlyn Aussieahshowna, according to charging documents.
Medical workers on Tuesday alerted Boise police about the pattern, and they later arrested Ross.
The suspect's gender is unclear. Idaho court records show that Ross was arrested for petty theft in the spring and that the arrest warrant was issued to a Kristoffer Jon Ross.
The Idaho Statesman website reported that Ross has a previous criminal record as a man but identifies herself as a woman and was booked into Ada County Jail as a female.
Cosmetic surgical procedures Ross discussed with victims after she touched their breasts under the guise of a medical evaluation included breast augmentation and liposuction.
The court on Wednesday found Ross was eligible for a public defender and set a preliminary hearing on the two felony charges for December 1. If convicted, Ross could face a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for each count.
Saturday 4 December 2010
Man shoots boy in tree after asking if he's a pigeon
A British man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for shooting a 12-year-old boy in a tree.
Daniel Clarke, 22, was shooting pigeons with an air rifle near his Norwich home, located 185 km northeast of London, on Sept. 19, the Telegraph newspaper reported.
Clarke noticed two boys in a nearby tree, and had a conversation with them.
One of the boys told Clarke he isn't a pigeon.
"Clarke than asked him if he was sure and started firing randomly," prosecutor Christopher Youell said, the paper reported.
Clarke then walked away from the tree and said, 'Wait there, I'll see if I can hit you from here."
One of the boys felt a sting on the right side of his head. He'd been hit less than an inch from his eye.
The boys left the tree and ran home.
Defence lawyer Andrew Shaw said from 40 feet away, there was "no certainty" Clarke would hit the boy and the man's behaviour was reckless, but not intentional, the newspaper reported.
But Judge Peter Jacobs told Clarke he could have blinded the boy.
Friday 3 December 2010
Woman strips to bra and panties for airport security
Airport security agents got a surprise on Tuesday when a woman in a wheelchair approached a checkpoint in Oklahoma City, took off her trench coat and was wearing only a black lace bra and panties.
Airport and security officials said that police were called over, questioned the woman, Tammy Banovac, and allowed her to proceed to security.
She was given an “enhanced” pat down because she was in a wheelchair. During screening of her carry-on and laptop an alarm for nitrates was triggered, the Transportation Safety Administration said in a statement Wednesday.
The TSA said she was not allowed to proceed to her Southwest Airlines flight to Phoenix.
Authorities said nitrates could legitimately be present in medication, or if someone was hunting recently and there were traces of nitrates from the bullets.
A video of the underwear-clad Banovac, wearing a pearl necklace and holding a small white dog in her lap, was shot by a passerby and posted on YouTube.
Officials said they had no idea why Banovac acted the way she did, or if she was attempting to protest airport security.
TSA has come under attack in recent weeks for enhanced methods of patting down passengers, but Oklahoma City Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said TSA acted appropriately.
“TSA did everything they should have done,” said Carney.
Banovac returned to the airport Wednesday morning, again clad in her underwear, and cleared security without incident.
“Once she went through the checkpoint, she put slacks and a top on,” Carney said.
Thursday 2 December 2010
Koala takes a nap in Aussie bar
Stop us if you've heard this one — a koala walks into a bar, has a seat and promptly falls asleep.
While it could be the start to a funny joke, it was reality for an Australian bar owner, the newswire AFP reports. The koala walked into the Marlin Bar on Queensland's Magnetic Island Saturday night during a storm, stunning bartender, Kevin Martin.
He said the koala climbed up onto a beam above the bar before falling asleep.
"I asked him for ID and he didn't have any so that's when he got a bit disgruntled and climbed up a pole," Martin told AFP. "And he just sort of lay over the piece of wood, one of the little rafters, and flopped his arms down and just fell asleep, enjoying the atmosphere."
Martin called wildlife officials to remove the koala, who set it free elsewhere on the island.
Wednesday 1 December 2010
Farmer who fed ducks cannabis escapes jail
The farmer from the village of Gripperie-Saint-Symphorien on France's Atlantic coast admitted that he smoked some of the drug himself but said most of it was given to his 150 ducks for medicinal purposes.
"There's no better worming substance for them, a specialist advised me to do it," the farmer, Michel Rouyer, said, without being able to identify the specialist in question.
"This is for real, not one (duck) has worms and they're all in excellent health," said Rouyer's lawyer, Jean Piot, in an effort to convince the court.
Tuesday 30 November 2010
Handcuffed man steals car
A handcuffed US man managed to escape from police by stealing their car and driving off with his knees.
Jose Rodriguez, 27, was arrested in connection with a shooting in the Bronx area of New York earlier this month, as well as for drunk driving and absconding on his parole responsibilities after police stopped his car in the nearby New Jersey.
The officers had Jose shackled his legs and placed him in the back seat of their unmarked car. As the officers searched his vehicle - finding a gun - Jose climbed into the front of their car and drove off, while still handcuffed.
The car was found with damage indicating Jose had crashed around five miles away. The assailant was captured the following day in Connecticut
Monday 29 November 2010
Students complain about no ketchup, mustard
French fries, corn dogs and chicken tenders go unadorned
Students at Memphis City Schools are complaining there's no ketchup. No mustard, either. Calvin Jones, the interim head of food services, said the schools have plenty of bulk condiments, but not enough cafeteria workers to squirt them into little plastic cups. The schools are asking for individual packs.
The Commercial Appeal reported the school board approved $77,514 to buy little fast-food packs of ketchup and hopes to have it in the lunch lines next week.
In the meantime, French fries, corn dogs and chicken tenders go unadorned, unless students opt for hot sauce, barbecue sauce or mayonnaise.
Mitchell High School student Justin Pearson told the newspaper students were lunching on chicken sandwiches and fries with no ketchup - and no explanation.
Sunday 28 November 2010
Rolling Stones tattoo too wild for pony
A German court has ruled that tattooing a pony with the Rolling Stones' famous tongue logo would infringe animal rights law.
The court in Muenster, north-western Germany, found against the white pony's owner, who wanted to tattoo the animal's right hind thigh to make it "more uniquely beautiful".
He had already shaved a large portion of hair from the animal and pre-tattooed the outline of the tongue, 15 square centimetres in area.
"The tattooing of a warm-blooded vertebrate contravenes animal protection laws," the court said.
"This forbids causing an animal pain without reason."
In addition, the court took into account the inability of the animal to understand why it was being tattooed.
The court also said the owner's desire to "beautify" the pony masked a more commercial purpose.
"He wanted to make money from a 'tattoo service for animals'," the court said.
Thursday 25 November 2010
Man charged with eat and run at top restaurants
An unemployed man has been charged with wining and dining at a series of London's top restaurants, running up massive bills and then disappearing without paying, police said .
Latvian Janis Nords, 27, is accused of carrying out the scam on three occasions between October 14 and November 15.
He is accused of running off after amassing a 349-pound bill at the Glass House restaurant in Richmond, southwest London, and a 965-pound bill at the Connaught Hotel in central London.
The largest unpaid bill was at L'Oranger French restaurant in central London where he is accused of failing to pay for 1,021 pounds worth of food and drink.
Nords was due to appear in court.
Wednesday 24 November 2010
Female topless ballot question fails in Mass. city
Voters in a western Massachusetts city have decided not to lose their shirts over at least one ballot question. Pittsfield voters soundly rejected on Tuesday a measure pushing for women to be allowed to walk around town topless.
The nonbinding question, which was only on the ballot in Pittsfield's 3rd Berkshire District, urged that district's state representative to introduce legislation amending the state's nudity definition.
Under the proposal, females of any age would be allowed be unclothed from the waist up in public anywhere males are allowed to be similarly undressed.
Denise Yon told The Berkshire Eagle she voted no because of her 12-year-old daughter. Around 70 percent also voted against the measure.
Katherine Gundelfinger, who spearheaded the signatures for the question, declined to comment.
Tuesday 23 November 2010
Runaway buffalo found in neighbour's pool
Chris Nonnemaker and his wife, who are from Georgia, discovered the beast after going outside to inspect their pool after spotting two holes in the protective sheet, which was moving around.
The couple got the shock of their lives, however, when they realised that underneath was a buffalo - which had mysteriously disappeared two weeks earlier.
The Nonnemakers' neighbours had kept three buffalo on their property, but all three had escaped earlier this month.
Two were found shortly after the escape, but the third had not turned up - until it was found in the pool.
The emergency services were called and helped extracate the animal using a series of ropes.
However, the story did not have such a happy ending after it emerged that the owners had decided to have the buffalo put down for safety reasons.
Mr Nonnemaker said: 'It is sad but this cow had a history of getting out so the owner did not want anyone to get hurt.
'He decided to put her down.'
Monday 22 November 2010
Oops: Accused bank robber dropped wallet
Investigators knew a man accused of stealing $6,000 from a Florida Panhandle bank didn't stuff the cash in his wallet. That's because he somehow left it there, making it easy for authorities to find him.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says the 26-year-old robber brandished a handgun at Destin's Union State Bank on Thursday, ordering the employees to the floor. Deputies say he fled with $6,000.
While investigators searched the bank, a witness found a wallet nearby. Investigators showed the ID photo to bank employees, who thought it might be the robber.
Deputies searched the man's house and say they found cash and a gun that appeared to be the one used by the robber.
Saturday 20 November 2010
Customer gets ‘F**k You’ receipt.
The customer didn’t make a whopping order, but that surely doesn’t excuse the rude receipt.
In total, he spent $9.22 on a Double Whopper with cheese, onion rings and a small drink in the outlet in Sacramento, California.
To make matters worse, when the red-faced Perez pointed out the profanity to the worker who gave it to him, he just laughed.
It must have been confusing, because Perez certainly wasn’t aware of any beef that the employee had with him.
Burger King HQ clearly agreed that the message was a flaming insult, because heads rolled without any further ado
Friday 19 November 2010
Man calls cab to make robbery getaway
Police in Montana say a man robbed a bank and then called a taxi to make his getaway, tipping the driver $5 just before squad cars surrounded the cab. Taxi driver James Anderson told the Missoulian the man was acting strangely when he picked him up at a Missoula coffee shop.
He said the man first asked to be taken to the University of Montana campus, but couldn't give Anderson a specific location. The man then asked to be taken to a hotel, but not before stopping to buy cigarettes.
The cab fare was $7.50, and Anderson said the man tipped him $5 as they arrived at the hotel. Officers then pulled up and surrounded the taxi with guns drawn.
Police allege the man earlier entered a downtown bank, told a teller he had a weapon and demanded money. No one was injured.
Charges have not yet been filed, and the man's name wasn't released.
Thursday 18 November 2010
Theft suspect nabbed after falling through ceiling
As police in Lexington sought a second man for theft of copper from a vacant house, Charles Creech came tumbling through a ceiling. The 36-year-old Creech had hidden in the basement ceiling after police responded to a neighbor's call about noise coming from the house.
Police spokesman Lt. Chris Van Brackel told the Lexington Herald-Leader officers captured 52-year-old David Hartsell after a foot chase Monday afternoon and were checking the home when the drywall gave way and Creech fell to the floor.
He was taken to a hospital, then charged with second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools.
Hartsell also faces burglary charges.
The Fayette County District Court Clerk's office said both were referred to the public defender's office for representation. The public defender's office says neither has been assigned a lawyer yet.
Wednesday 17 November 2010
Florist finds cocaine in flower shipment
Sioux Falls police say a local florist found drugs in a shipment of flowers from Miami. Police spokesman Sam Clemens said an employee at North American Wholesale Florists on Monday opened a package of flowers that originated in South America and found three bags of cocaine.
Officers seized the drugs. No arrests were immediately made.
Tuesday 16 November 2010
Magistrate Jails Australian For Calling Him ‘Mate’
QUEENSLAND, Australia, where he Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin has jailed Thomas John Collins for calling him “mate“.
Magistrate McLaughlin did not like being called mat and ordered Collins to call him “sir or your honour’‘. This provided Collins with something of an open goal and he replied: “Okay mate.”
So, she was despatched to the cells to have it sink in that the JP is not his mate.
Local Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully thinks this is wrong. He says:
“It is getting out of control. Some of these magistrates see themselves as Lord of the Fiefdom.”
He muses, what is “more Australian than calling someone mate”?
This is a rhetorical question and you should not answer, “serving a drink in London” nor “losing at cricket to a vibrant England pace attack and glorious batting” (that’s an Ashes reference for you US readers).
“It’s probably time for magistrates to understand they have a wide variety of people before them and calling someone mate is a term of endearment. I say to every magistrate – Come on mate, get off your high horse and show some tolerance.”
Was calling the JP “mate” a knee-jerk reaction or, as it appears, a chance to antagonise him?
Monday 15 November 2010
'Sleepwalker' beats drink drive rap
A Swedish man was acquitted of drink driving after a court said it couldn't rule out the possibility he was sleepwalking.
The 51-year-old man, who was not identified, had a blood alcohol level nearly 10 times the country's legal limit, reports The Local.
The man said he awoke late one evening in the driver's seat of his car, which had catapulted into a ditch in Karlskrona in southern Sweden.
He was wearing a nightshirt, track pants and slippers and told officers he was on his way to replenish his supply of snus, a wet snuff tobacco product.
The man later claimed to have no memory of initial post-accident interview, only that "he spoke with a police officer and that he was in shock and extremely intoxicated when the interview took place".
In tossing out the drink driving charges, Blekinge District Court cited the opinion of the man's doctor who said he may have suffered from sleepwalking.
The doctor said the man had previously displayed what could be interpreted as sleepwalking after taking the same pills he took the night of the accident.
As a result, the court said: "It cannot be shown beyond a reasonable doubt that the man was aware of his actions when he drove his car."
The man's attorney, Christer Holmqvist, said he wasn't surprised by the verdict but added that he expected prosecutors to appeal.
"I won't be surprised if it's appealed. I understand there is a certain amount of public pressure on a prosecutor to gain a conviction," he said.
Saturday 13 November 2010
Mother bear and 3 cubs surprise neighbourhood
A mother bear and three cubs are back in their usual habitat after surprising a Florida neighbourhood by hanging out in a big pine tree. Residents found the black bears on Monday morning. They had climbed a pine tree in a subdivision in Navarre in the Florida Panhandle. They slipped away later in the day.
Neighbour Bob Anderson says the bears are lured from a nearby preserve by garbage cans put outside for collection day.
A biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said three cubs is not unheard of for the area.
Friday 12 November 2010
French want to ban people swimming the Channel
t's been a sporting challenge since the 19th century, but French coastguards now want to ban people from swimming the English Channel.
They claim the 21-mile swim from Dover to Calais has become increasingly dangerous as more vessels use the busy shipping route.
It's also said there's been a dramatic increase in the number of people trying the challenge since it was completed for charity by comedian David Walliams.
French Coastguards claim this means accidents are now far more likely and that all attempts should be banned on safety grounds.
However, British channel swimming associations argue their crossings are safe and well organised… in fact you could say they go swimmingly.
Channel swimming faced a similar fate 17 years ago when France banned swimmers using the Calais to Dover route -- it was only negotiations by channel swimming associations which allowed it to continue.
Thursday 11 November 2010
Man hides firework in bum to avoid police
Jurgen Bach took the extreme measure when he was stopped after allegedly setting off home-made fireworks across Munich.
The 20-year-old was still arrested... and he hasn’t been let off yet.
Like his German counterpart, the unnamed prankster - who had recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq - also inserted a Halloween rocket in a place definitely not recommended by the Fireworks Code.
As onlookers cheered, he lit the blue touchpaper and proceeded to incur serious burns to his bum region.
Onlookers said the chap had been attempting to re-enact a scene from TV prank show Jackass where the character Steve-O shoots a firework from his rear.
'There were around 40 of us after the bonfire had finished,' explained witness Daniel Kassim, 16.
'This lad was saying, “This is boring, what can we do?”. He then put a rocket up his backside and set light to it.
'Everyone was laughing and didn't believe he'd do it. He pulled his trousers down and it exploded within seconds.
'No one thought he was hurt. But then he stood up and walked a few metres before stumbling and falling to the ground. There was quite a bit of blood.'
Don't try this at home, kids.
Wednesday 10 November 2010
A takeaway restaurant is offering free meals to anyone brave enough to have it delivered to a graveyard.
British website HungryHouse.co.uk has launched a new online service which will see hot food delivered to burial grounds for free during the spooky period.
Marketing manager Graeme Horne said: "For every order we get that includes the word 'graveyard' in the order comments box delivered to graveyards or cemeteries across the UK, we will reimburse the cost of the takeaway to ensure that hungry frightseekers are at least well fed!"
Hungry Halloween revellers must order their food online - checking their nearest restaurants are taking part - and will be reimbursed on deliver
Tuesday 9 November 2010
Mail ban after small cat attack
Royal Mail officials are refusing to put a Portsmouth family's post through their letterbox in case their cat attacks the postman.
The postal service claims tortoiseshell Lana is a risk to staff after she scratched a postie's hand, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Instead, the the postman has to knock on the door each morning and Lana's owner, Carl White, has to collect the mail in person.
And Mr White, 36, and wife Carol, 26, have been told to keep Lana away from the door or face a ban on having post delivered to their home.
He said: "The postman had put the letter through the door and for some reason Lana scratched his hand. She wasn't being vicious - I think she just saw the hand and was being playful.
"A couple of weeks after the incident we got a letter from Royal Mail to say if we did not keep her away from the door then they will suspend our service.
"I was shocked and thought someone was playing a joke. She's really docile, I can pick her up like a baby and she won't bat an eyelid."
A spokesman for Royal Mail said: "We can confirm an employee suffered an injury to a finger after being scratched by a cat while on their deliveries.
"We have contacted the owner to make sure they are aware of the matter and ensure we can continue to safely deliver to the address in the future."
Monday 8 November 2010
Sandwich delivery driver nabbed twice for drinking
Police said a sandwich delivery driver was cited for drinking and driving twice in one night. Police told the Winona Daily News the 19-year-old was drunk Saturday when was making a delivery for Erbert and Gerbert's Sandwich Shop. Police said the Winona man parked in the middle of street and turned off his lights, and a taxi nearly struck his car.
Officers contacted his manager, who said he wouldn't make any more deliveries that night.
Police cited the driver for underage drinking and released him, telling him not to drive. But police said they later spotted him driving a different vehicle.
Police said he was arrested for underage drinking and driving and taken to jail, where his blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.06 percent, The legal limit is 0.08 percent for adults.
Sunday 7 November 2010
Dog bites flasher in the Cotswolds
An alleged flasher in the northern Cotswolds was bitten by a dog belonging to the woman he had sought to terrorise on Thursday evening.
Police have confirmed that they are looking for a man who indecently exposed himself to a woman in her 60s near Dunstall Flats, Moreton-in-Marsh at around 7pm, This Is Gloucestershire reports.
Sergeant Ian Dowling of North Cotswolds police said: "This was clearly an upsetting incident for the woman and her dog.
"The animal seems to have acted instinctively and was not urged to attack the offender.
"We're looking for any information or description that might help us with the investigation.
"Naturally, because of the nature of the incident, we are keen to hear about anyone seen with a dog bite on his right arm in the last 24 hours."
The man has been described as 5ft 2ins tall, slim, with an English accent with blue-brown eyes. He was wearing a light blue top, black hat and navy blue tracksuit trousers.
Saturday 6 November 2010
Friday 5 November 2010
Teen dressed as devil robs gas station
A 17-year-old boy is accused of holding up a Winnipeg gas bar while wearing a red devil mask and armed with two knives early Monday.
City police officers weren't spooked by the suspect's Halloween-inspired getup. They arrested him in the act at gunpoint.
The hold-up occurred at about 2:50 a.m. A source said a male employee, who was working the graveyard shift alone, was stocking soft drinks outside the kiosk when he caught a glimpse of the suspect. The employee retreated into the kiosk but wasn't able to lock the door in time or hold the male off as he struggled to enter, the source said.
The suspect opened the glass door and forced his way inside the tight space, which is monitored by a surveillance camera and outfitted with an alarm system.
The masked thief demanded cash and cigarettes. By that point the employee had pressed a panic alarm button to alert police, the source said.
Patrolling officers intervened and arrested a suspect.
The teen has been charged with robbery with a weapon, wearing a disguise with intent, failing to comply with a recognizance and two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking. He remains in custody.
Thursday 4 November 2010
Jumping barracuda injures kayaker
A barracuda jumped out of the water and bit a 45-year-old woman kayaker in the chest in the Florida Keys, causing injuries which required her evacuation by boat and helicopter to a Miami hospital, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday.
It said the incident, in which the woman suffered a suspected punctured lung and broken ribs, took place on Sunday evening near Big Pine Key where the victim and a companion were kayaking in shallow water.
The two told rescuers the fish was about 4 feet (1.2 meters) long and was previously seen skipping across the water. It knocked the woman out of the two-person kayak when it hit her in the chest, the Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported.
She climbed back into the kayak and her companion, unable to row her to safety, called for help on his mobile phone.
"She had a pretty bad chest wound," the paper quoted one of the rescuers, Captain Kevin Freestone, owner of TowBoatU.S. in Big Pine Key and Cudjoe Key and a member of the Volunteer Fire Department in Big Pine Key. "She was conscious, and she was scared about what had happened to her."
The U.S. Coast Guard station in Marathon launched a vessel, but because of the shallowness of the water it was a small boat deployed by TowBoatU.S., which assists vessels in distress, which was able to transport a paramedic to the injured woman and bring her to shore.
A helicopter took her to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami where she was listed as stable, the Coast Guard said.
Barracudas are sleek, swift predators with razor sharp teeth. Other cases of the fish leaping out of the water and biting fishermen and boaters have been reported in Florida.
Wednesday 3 November 2010
Half of men won't order soft drinks in a pub
One in two men admit they won't order a soft drink in a pub because 'it's not manly enough', a study has found.
Researchers discovered millions of blokes buckle to peer pressure and order a beer at the bar when they would have happily enjoyed a soft drink.
One-in-ten went as far as to say they 'wouldn't dream' of ordering a non alcoholic beverage in front of their boozing mates.
Around 47 percent of the 2,00 men polled said doing so made them feel 'a bit of a wuss' and 17 percent were worried their mates would take the mickey.
More than half of men also thought it was harder for them to order a soft drink in the pub than a woman. Even though she actually wanted a glass of wine.
A spokesman for Iron Press, which commissioned the poll, said: "For many men, it's important they have a certain image in front of their friends.
"Many women probably wouldn't think twice about ordering a soft drink when they are with their girlfriends."
Tuesday 2 November 2010
Mauled trainer to wed with tiger as best man
A tiger trainer almost mauled to death by his big cats is to wed in the circus ring - with one of the beasts who nearly ate him as best man.
Christian Walliser, 28, was in a coma for a month after his pack of 32-stone Bengal tigers turned on him during a performance in Ausburg, Germany.
Now the trainer is to wed his gay partner Jan Birk in a cage with one of the cats as best man and three others as witnesses.
"It seemed the right place to say yes to each other," explained Christian, who has to have his hip rebuilt with titanium plates after the tigers crushed it with their powerful jaws when he tripped during a performance.
The trainer - who had to have bone fragments removed from his brain - added: "I've never held a grudge, I fell and they seized their chance."
The wedding - which will take place before a circus performance on 8 December - will be carried out by a local registrar who has agreed to join the couple in the tiger cage.