March 23, 2017
After Fox Goes On The Run, Missing Pet Is Back Home
Henrico, VA (AP) A Virginia woman’s pet fox is back home, safe and sound, after going missing earlier this week.
Brittany Smalley tells NBC12 that her fox Swiper escaped Monday night when a storm blew her front door open.
As Smalley searched for Swiper, she alerted news reporters about her plight. Henrico Animal Control issued an ominous warning, saying the fox might be put down if there’s an “incident.”
After someone reported spotting the fox Thursday near a laundromat, Smalley said she used Swiper’s favorite fruit, cantaloupe, to lure him into his carrier and took him home. She says he’s mostly been resting since then.
Media outlets report Virginia allows residents to keep foxes as pets as long as they’re not the red-colored ones. Red wild foxes are native to the state.
NYPD Rescues Duck From Subway Lines
New York (AP) It wasn’t an ordinary police call for someone trying to duck a subway fare.
New York City officers found themselves chasing down a duck that strayed onto the tracks at a Brooklyn subway station Friday morning.
Police arrived at the Jefferson Street station on the L line around 9 a.m. to find the duck down in the tracks.
Officers Frantz Chauvet and Anastasiya Mishchenko and detectives Kevin Conway and Michael Black worked to rescue it.
The New York Police Department’s Transit Bureau posted video on Twitter of the officers carrying the bird along the platform, and later releasing the duck in a park from a police-tape-wrapped box.
The bird hopped out and waddled off down a snowy path.
Chief Joseph Fox quipped that the “apprehension went swimmingly.”
Robber Breaks Leg, Calls For Help, Gets Arrested
Alexandria, VA (AP) A robber in Virginia ruined his own getaway first by breaking his leg in a jump off a balcony, and then by calling the authorities to help him.
Police say 21-year-old Leoul Yosef will be charged with burglary for robbing an Alexandria apartment on Wednesday and then jumping off the second-story balcony after the owner returned home.
Fairfax County Police Officer Don Gatthardt says Yosef left tracks in the snow when he jumped.
Officers say they were following the snow trail when they received a 911 call from a man in the vicinity saying he’d broken his leg. Responding officers matched the identity of the caller to the burglary suspect.
Gatthhardt says Yosef will be charged after his release from the hospital.
It’s unclear if Yosef has an attorney.
Ex-Judge Admits Illegally Seeking Wife’s Texts For Beer
Raleigh, NC (AP) A former North Carolina trial judge says he illegally offered a law enforcement officer beer and money to produce text messages he believed would show his wife was having an affair.
Former state Superior Court Judge Arnold Ogden Jones pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge of promising gratuities to a public official.
A jury in October convicted Jones of crimes including bribery, but a different judge ordered a new trial. Two charges were dropped in return for Jones’s guilty plea.
Jones lost a re-election bid in November.
Prosecutors said Jones promised cases of beer and $100 to an officer who would pressure his wife’s mobile phone provider to provide text message records. Jones knew that was prevented by law except during a criminal investigation.
Gaza Barber Blazes Hair Styles With Fiery Method
Rafah, Gaza Strip (AP) Palestinian barber Ramadan Adwan has found a fiery way to trim his client’s hair if they are brave enough.
In his small shop in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Adwan uses careful application of open flames. His creative idea was born from Gaza’s frequent power cuts preventing him from using a dryer.
After cutting and combing, the barber applies what he calls “special” lotion and powder to client’s heads to protect their skin before using flames from an aerosol can to dry the wet hair.
“The experience strengthens the hair, but it’s not permanent as with chemical products. It’s just temporary to show a good and nice style,” he says.
News about Adwan’s hot method has spread across the Gaza Strip and some other barbers began imitating him.
He says applying “fiery” hairstyles requires great attention and experience that not all imitators possess.
The technique is yet another form of resilience displayed by Gaza’s 2 million residents, who are entering their 10th year under a blockade. Israel and Egypt imposed the measure after the Islamic militant group Hamas seized the territory in bloody street battles from forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel says it is meant to prevent Hamas from getting weapons. Critics condemn it as collective punishment.
AP photographer Khalil Hamra recently visited the barbershop for this photo essay.
Authorities Seek Owner Of Gold Trove Stashed Inside Piano
London (AP) British officials are trying to trace the owner of a trove of gold coins worth a ``life-changing’’ amount of money found stashed inside a piano.
A coroner investigating the find on Thursday urged anyone with information to come forward. When the piano’s owners took it to be tuned last year in Shropshire, central England, it was found to contain a hoard of gold sovereigns minted between the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. Investigators have determined that the piano was built in London in 1906 and sold to a pair of piano teachers in Saffron Walden, eastern England. They are seeking information on its ownership before 1983.
Anyone wanting to make a claim has until April 20, when coroner John Ellery will conclude his inquest. If the gold’s owner or heirs cannot be traced, it will be declared treasure, and the piano’s current owners will reap the reward.