February 12, 2015
California Firefighters Save Horse Stuck In Tub
Orangevale, CA (AP) Firefighters in Northern California rescued a horse that got stuck in an outdoor bathtub.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Capt. Michelle Eidam says the horse was dancing around in her stall to protect the bathtub used as her food trough when she suddenly fell in Wednesday.
The horse, named Phantom, was stuck in the bathtub for about 25 minutes with her feet up in the air.
Her owner saw the horse fall and called the fire department.
Between firefighters and the owner’s family, they were able to prop the bathtub on its side and pull Phantom forward onto her feet.
Phantom, a Palomino/Appaloosa mix, was not injured.
Single? Name A Roach After Your Ex For Valentine’s
New York (AP) This Valentine’s Day, name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your ex or mother-in-law‚ or a loved one who’s an incredibly good sport.
The Name-a-Roach program was first launched at the Bronx Zoo in 2011. Apparently people are still coming out of the woodwork to participate.
The zoo said Monday that thousands of “hopeless” or perhaps hapless “romantics” have taken advantage of the strange sweetheart deal.
Each lucky recipient is emailed a colorful certificate. The $10 goes to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The zoo’s website features a jarring glamour shot a 2-inch-wide roach image, resplendent amid the rose petals. Among the selling points: the creature’s “surprisingly high tolerance for radiation.” The headline: “Seal it with a Hiss.”
Dog Zips Around Easily On One Front, One Rear Leg
Los Angeles (AP) A speedy, two-legged male Chihuahua without a tag, microchip or home was picked up in Southern California this week.
Alerted to a report of an injured dog Tuesday night, San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control officers rounded up a 6-year-old Chihuahua in Highland, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles.
The dog was actually uninjured. Unlike most dogs missing two legs, this dog is missing most of his right front and rear left legs.
But he runs naturally as if he’s been running that way his whole life.
County communications officer C.L. Lopez says it is likely a birth defect.
If the owner doesn’t show up by Sunday, the dog will be put up for adoption.
Gun Found Inside Book Donated To Maine Goodwill Store
Ellsworth, ME (AP) Workers at a Maine Goodwill store got quite a shock when they opened a donated book: They found a gun inside.
An employee at the Ellsworth store was going through a pile of books received from a central warehouse last week and noticed that one didn’t quite feel right. The book was actually a small safe and inside was a .31-caliber black powder pistol.
Employees called police.
There was no identifying information with the book‚ “Den of Lions” by former Associated Press reporter Terry Anderson chronicling his seven years as a hostage in Lebanon. Police ran the gun’s serial number through a national database but did not get a match.
Detective Dorothy Small says the department is turning to social media to try and find the gun’s owner.
Israeli Busted For Drugs After Leaving CV In Bag With Stash
Jerusalem (AP) An Israeli man looking for a job may need to add “drug dealer” to his resume. Or, perhaps: No more Mr. Niceguy.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says officers arrested the 27-year-old from central Israel after finding his CV in a bag along with 350 packets of an illegal drug.
Rosenfeld said on Tuesday that the man was shocked when police knocked on his door and asked how they found him.
Police say the resume described him as “responsible” and “serious” and said he had a background in security.
The drug, called “Mr. Niceguy,” is a synthetic substance that users say has narcotic effects. It was outlawed in Israel about a year ago following reports of its negative effects.
Police found the resume and drugs in an impounded car.
Cops Seeking Suspect Find Him After His Greyhound Bus Selfie
Ambridge, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania police chief says officers found a man trying to flee assault charges because he posted a selfie on Facebook while sitting on a Greyhound bus out of town.
Ambridge Chief James Mann tells the Beaver County Times that 22-year-old Donald Harrison was wanted on charges he assaulted a woman and wouldn’t let her leave her apartment after an argument Jan. 24.
An hour after the woman called police, Harrison posted the Facebook message, “IT’S TIME TO LEAVE PA.”
Police couldn’t find him right away, but officers noticed the Facebook selfie Sunday with the message saying he was headed to South Carolina, where he’s from.
Police had him arrested when the bus stopped in Youngtown, Ohio.
The chief says, “We like it when dumb criminals assist us.”
Thief Drops From Store Ceiling
Fresno, CA (AP) Police have released surveillance video showing a thief lowering himself down from the ceiling of a central California store and making off with an estimated $40,000 in jewels.
Investigators say the thief broke in through the roof and rappelled down into Marlene’s Jewelry in Fresno around 4 a.m. Tuesday. The man, wearing dark clothes and a dark-colored ski mask, loaded merchandise into a plastic trash bag and then climbed back up into the ceiling and fled. The Fresno Bee reported Thursday that detectives are asking anyone with information to call police.
Skull Nearly Sold As Gettysburg Soldier’s Is 700 Years Old
Gettysburg, PA (AP) Experts say a skull nearly auctioned off as that of a Civil War soldier killed at Gettysburg is actually more than 700 years old and from the Southwestern U.S.
The National Parks Service said Friday that forensic anthropologists determined the skull is from the late 1200s and belonged to a Native American man in his early-to-mid 20s.
A company that nearly auctioned the skull last year said notarized documents showed it was discovered on a Gettysburg farm.
Estate Auction Co. canceled the Hagerstown, Maryland, auction in June amid public outcry and donated the skull to the Parks Service.
Gettysburg National Military Park’s Katie Lawhon says law enforcement is investigating circumstances of the confusion over the skull’s origin.
The Parks Service says it’s still deciding what to do with the remains.