May 7, 2015
95-Year Old Man Fights Off Would-Be Robber With Cane
Manchester, NH (AP) Police say a 95-year-old World War II veteran used his cane to fight off a would-be robber in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Arthur Kamberis was leaving a pharmacy on Saturday when a man approached and reached for his wallet, which was in a zippered pocket. Kamberis started to fight him off and hit him several times with his cane. A passer-by helped Kamberis, and the attacker fled.
Kamberis wasn’t hurt, and the good Samaritan drove him home.
Kamberis told WMUR-TV “I had my credit card, my license, my grandchildren’s pictures in there and all sorts of stuff it would have been wicked for me to replace.”
Police are still searching for the man and are circulating a surveillance photo.
Maine Man Who Fled Arrest Found Hiding 50 Feet Up Tree
Gray, ME (AP) Police say a man they were tracking after he took off following a traffic stop was found hiding 50 feet up in a tree.
The Portland Press Herald reports authorities in Windham County caught 30-year old Weston Wing on Wednesday morning after flagging him down for driving over the speed limit. Wing refused to pull over, crashed near an intersection on Route 115 and then ran into the woods. A police dog located Wing, who authorities say was in the branches of a tree.
A lieutenant from Windham County tells the newspaper Wing has had about 20 license suspensions over the past decade.
Bag Carrying $63K In Moldy Bills Found In Park
Howard, PA (AP) A plastic bag containing $63,000 in moldy bills has been found at a Pennsylvania state park.
Police say the discovery was made Saturday by a park visitor in Bald Eagle State Park. That’s about 90 miles northwest of the capital, Harrisburg.
Police say paperwork found near the money apparently lists the name of the woman it belongs to and other information police believe will help them identify her.
Authorities say a woman reported the money missing nearly a year ago but lives out of state and didn’t leave any contact information. They are trying to reach her.
California Officer In Hot Water Over Ice Bucket Video
Los Angeles (AP) A California officer faces insurance fraud charges after authorities say a video showed her participating in an ice-bucket challenge despite claiming she had a back injury.
Los Angeles County prosecutors say a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police officer Jaime Robison pick up a 5-gallon bucket of ice water and pour it over a fellow officer while she was receiving disability benefits.
The case also alleges the 39-year-old Robison exaggerated injuries in 2012 to receive disability pay.
Robison pleaded not guilty Friday to four counts of insurance fraud. She is scheduled to return to court June 10.
If convicted, she could face up to six years and four months in jail.
Man Turns In $1 Million Lottery Ticket Dusted With Flour
Detroit (AP) A postal worker says he couldn’t eat or sleep for three days because of something in a container of flour.
What was keeping him up? A $1 million lottery ticket.
Fred Morgan of Detroit had five winning numbers in the April 17 Mega Millions game. He knew he had won the next day. But he told lottery officials that he stashed the ticket in flour and a few other places while he and his wife considered what to do with the windfall.
Morgan says nobody would “check for anything valuable in the flour.” He says he’s retiring early after 31 years as a mail carrier.
Aspen’s Smuggler Mountain Struggles With Dog Poop
Aspen, CO (AP) Despite cleanup, awareness campaign, Aspen’s Smuggler Mountain still overrun with dog poop
Park rangers are at a loss as Colorado’s Smuggler Mountain continues to be covered in piles of poop left behind by furry friends.
The Aspen Times reports just a month after volunteers cleaned up roughly 100 pounds of dog poop and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails launched an awareness campaign, rangers have flagged another 50 or so piles in the same section of the trail.
Senior ranger John Armstrong called it “deja poo.”
Armstrong said they may need to reinstitute the leash law on the first part of the trail, where most of the offenders relieve themselves.
In a more extreme case, Aspen could look to California where some communities take DNA samples from dogs when they’re registered in order to link smelly indiscretions to the correct pooch.
Sea Lion Pup Spotted On
Sidewalk Gets Rescued
San Francisco (AP) A stranded sea lion pup has been spotted wandering a San Francisco sidewalk in a scene that marine rescuers warn could become commonplace as the ocean heats up. Video from the Marine Mammal Center in nearby Sausalito shows the male sea lion nicknamed Rubbish hiding under a car Thursday and waddling away from rescuers. They eventually got a net around the pup, moved it into a crate and took it to the center.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says more than 1,800 sea lion pups have been stranded in California since January because of a warming ocean and dwindling food supply.
Thinking It’s A Joke, Man Hangs Up On Pope Twice
Vatican City (AP) Hang up on Pope Francis and you might get a hug.
Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano says earlier this week, Francis dialed an ailing Italian man to comfort him. Francis has a habit of calling people who he has heard are suffering and telling them “Hello, I’m Pope Francis” when they answer their phone.
The newspaper said the man, Franco Rabuffi, hung up twice, thinking it was a prankster.
On the third call, he realized it truly was Francis and was speechless. The paper says Francis told Rabuffi he was amused. Rabuffi and his wife were invited to the pope’s public audience Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square, where Francis hugged them and assured them he really did dial the man’s phone.
The paper didn’t specify the man’s illness or age.