January 22, 2015
‘In Dog We Trust’ Rug To Be Auctioned For Animal Group
Largo, FL (AP) Is “In Dog We Trust” your motto? If so, a sheriff’s office in Florida has a rug for you. The Pinellas County sheriff’s office said Thursday it will auction off a rug that had “In Dog We Trust” on it instead of “In God We Trust.”
The forest green rug with the sheriff’s gold badge was in the entrance area for a couple of months when the error was discovered Wednesday by a deputy.
Proceeds from the auction will go to Canine Estates, a local animal rescue organization.
Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says he wanted to put the rug on the auction block because the story garnered so much attention.
The rug was initially valued at $500.
Bidding had already far surpassed that. The auction closes Wednesday.
Man Delivers One Pizza, Gets $2,084 Tip
Ann Arbor, MI (AP) Now that’s a special delivery!
A group of real estate agents meeting in Ann Arbor surprised a man by giving him a $2,084 tip for delivering one pizza Thursday.
The man, identified only as Rob, was stunned and said on video, “All I did was deliver pizza.”
Agents from Keller Williams Realty all pitched in while attending the company’s regional conference. Stacey McVey says they wanted to show their appreciation to someone from the service industry.
Besides cash, the man received a Visa gift card, lottery tickets and letters of encouragement.
Brian LeFevre, delivery manager at Pizza House in Ann Arbor, says the lucky delivery man was “ecstatic.” He says “that’s a pretty good day’s work” for just one pizza.
Chicken And Biscuit Stop Got Him Caught!
New Kensington, PA (AP) Police arrested a western Pennsylvania bank robbery suspect when he stopped for chicken and biscuits at a restaurant two blocks away.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for 32-year-old Shane Lindsey, who was arrested Wednesday about 20 minutes after he allegedly robbed the Citizens Bank in downtown New Kensington.
Police tell the (Tarentum) Valley News Dispatch that witnesses saw a bald man matching Lindsey’s description run toward a restaurant after the heist.
Police knew the business had surveillance video and went inside to view it hoping for clues as to where the suspect went only to find Lindsey eating at a booth.
Police say the video showed the suspect run past the restaurant and then pause before coming back and going inside.
When Is A 4/20 Festival Not A 4/20 Festival?
Denver (AP) Colorado’s infamous 4/20 marijuana festival will not actually happen on the famed stoner date of April 20 this year.
The Denver Post reports that’s because the 20th is a Monday this year. The organizers of the festival have permits to use a central Denver park only on Saturday and Sunday.
Their structures must be down by midday on Monday the 20th. Still, organizers expect the typical impromptu revelry at 4:20 p.m.
That’s when pot smokers have traditionally lit up to celebrate their drug of choice.
Even though recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado it cannot be smoked in public. That didn’t stop festival-goers last year who lit up en masse at the canonical minute. Police say it’s unlikely there would be mass arrests or citations this year, either.
New Hampshire Lottery Releases Bacon-Scented Ticket
Concord, NH (AP) Lottery ticket buyers in New Hampshire who dream of bringing home the bacon now can smell it, too.
The state lottery has released its first scratch-n-sniff “I Heart Bacon” ticket this month, which features a $1,000 grand prize.
Lottery Commission Executive Director Charlie McIntyre says players “will think it’s time for Saturday morning breakfast.”
To promote the ticket, the New Hampshire Lottery will be driving a “bacon truck,” handing out free applewood smoked bacon samples and tickets at stores in Keene and Durham, the state welcome centers in Hooksett, and the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
Man Scooped Up By Garbage Truck Survives
Woodland, CA (AP) A man searching for his wallet in a trash bin in Northern California was scooped up by a garbage truck and taken on a long ride.
The Oroville Mercury Register reports that the man survived the ride in the rear of a garbage truck. His name was not released.
Yolo County Sheriff’s Lt. Martin Torres said the man got struck in the trash truck when it made a pick-up Tuesday. The truck was headed to a landfill.
Torres said the man told police he was stuck in the truck for about an hour.
Authorities said the man told police he used lumber in the truck to reach the top of the garbage pile and avoid the compactor.
The man was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for complaints of back and neck pain.
Pigeon Birth Control Pill Planned For Ohio Courthouse
Wooster, OH (AP) Love birds, beware: One Ohio county is planning to spike bird seed with birth control in hopes of keeping pigeons from despoiling the renovated exterior of its 19th Century courthouse.
The (Wooster) Daily Record reports Wayne County is spending millions to renovate a courthouse built in 1878 in downtown Wooster. But the county has long had a problem with pigeon droppings on metal statues and other ornamental elements atop the courthouse.
The wire mesh used to keep the birds away will be removed during the renovation.
A county commissioner says there are plans to put birth control chemicals specific to pigeons in bird seed to help control the population. Officials hope it will cut the flock in half with just one application.
Man Cited In Georgia For Eating Cheeseburger While Driving
Marietta, GA (AP) A man says he was cited by police outside Atlanta for eating a cheeseburger while driving.
Madison Turner, who’s from Alabama, tells Atlanta station WSB-TV he ordered a double quarter-pounder with cheese from a McDonald’s in the Marietta area shortly before he was pulled over last week.
Turner says the officer told him he saw him eating the cheeseburger for two miles, telling the man “You can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.”
The ticket, issued under Georgia’s distracted driving law, states in the comments section that the offense is “eating while driving.”
Turner is to appear in court Feb. 3. Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman declined comment. In an email to The Associated Press early Tuesday, Bowman said the department will decline any interviews about the case.