May 14, 2015
Elderly Man With Prostitute Under Bed Loses Housing Subsidy
Norristown, PA (AP) Authorities say a man living in a suburban Philadelphia assisted-living facility has lost his housing subsidy after officials found a prostitute underneath his bed.
Uri Monson tells The Intelligencer in Doylestown the man, believed to be in his 70s, paid prostitutes using profits earned from peddling alcohol to fellow residents.
Monson says the man was a “more mobile gentleman” who went on booze runs for his neighbors.
The incident was reported Thursday after county commissioners authorized contract extensions with private facilities housing former residents of the closed county-owned assisted living facility.
The county paid more than $1 million to subsidize assisted living care for 21 seniors last year.
Steady Trail Of Macaroni Salad Leads To Burglary Arrests
Mount Morris, NY (AP) Authorities say a trail of macaroni salad leading away from a western New York restaurant helped police track down three burglary suspects.
The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that the owners of Build-A-Burger told the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office that their surveillance system and cash register had been stolen early Sunday morning.
Deputies checked out a nearby hiking and biking path, where they found cash register parts, surveillance system parts, rubber gloves, loose change and “a steady trail of macaroni salad.”
Police say they later learned that three men had stolen a large bowl of the salad and took turns eating it while making their getaway.
The suspects were in custody by Sunday early afternoon. All three are charged with burglary, criminal mischief and grand larceny.
Take Note! Don’t Get Drunk And Chase Bears With Dull Hatchet
North Adams, MA (AP) Police in Massachusetts have some sage advice: Don’t go chasing after bears while drunk and armed with nothing more than a dull hatchet.
North Adams police said on their Facebook page that someone did just that on Monday.
“Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised,” the department posted, noting that the man was taken into protective custody “due to his incapacitation from the consumption of alcoholic beverage.”
No name was released.
Police said anyone who sees a bear should leave it alone and call authorities.
“We certainly don’t need anyone going all Davy Crockett ...” police wrote.
Bears are not unusual in the largely rural western part of the state.
A dispatcher said Tuesday said no one was available to handle media calls.
Wild Boar Decides To Visit Hong Kong Mall
Hong Kong (AP) Talk about a consumer culture gone wild.
A Hong Kong shopping mall received a visit from a ham-fisted customer on Sunday when a wild boar wandered in and got trapped inside a children’s clothing store.
Video showed the boar, which had apparently climbed up a ladder in the shop’s back room, punching a hole through the showroom’s false ceiling with a hoof. News reports said the animal was a 25-kilogram (55-pound), meter-long (3-foot-long) juvenile female.
A crowd of shoppers, watching from behind a line of police, squealed in amazement as the boar clambered down onto the top of display case, jumped to the floor and skittered around the shop, knocking over mannequins and signs.
The boar was eventually tranquilized by a veterinarian and taken to an animal rehab center, the South China Morning Post reported.
Wild boars are common in Hong Kong, where they are often found roaming the forested hills of the southern Chinese city.
Man Accused Of Stealing Lawn Mower From Walmart
Lexington, NE (AP) A Nebraska man has been accused of stealing a riding lawn mower from a Wal-Mart store and driving it off the lot.
The Kearney Hub reports a sheriff’s deputy found a man driving the mower Wednesday about 10 miles from the store where it was stolen during the weekend.
Forty-nine-year-old Gursham Gillett, of Cozad, was arrested and charged with one count each of theft by shoplifting and criminal mischief. He’s accused of stealing the mower from a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Lexington.
Security footage shows a man entering the store, fueling up the lawn mower, cutting a chain link fence where the mower was stored and taking off on it. The video shows the man cutting another fence on Interstate 80 before driving out of the camera’s view.
Man Pepper Sprays Himself During Robbery Attempt
Beaver, WV (AP) A West Virginia man is in jail after authorities say he foiled his own robbery by accidentally pepper-spraying himself.
The Register-Herald reports 43-year-old Michael Kevin Meadows of Shady Spring was arrested Wednesday for attempted robbery.
Authorities say a man went into a pharmacy in Beaver on Tuesday wearing full camouflage and a paintball mask.
The would-be robber started spraying pepper spray in an effort to take down employees, then walked into the cloud of pepper spray in front of him. Police say security footage showed he was affected by his own pepper spray.
He staggered out of the business and got into a vehicle. Police investigating the incident discovered the name of the man who was driving the vehicle. The driver identified Meadows as the attempted robbery suspect.
Chinese Billionaire Gives France Vacation To 6,400 Workers
Nice, France (AP) The billionaire chief executive of the Chinese conglomerate Tiens has given 6,400 of his best salespeople a vacation that started in Paris and ended with a parade on France’s Cote d’Azur.
CEO Li Jinyuan said he was celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary by rewarding his staff and aimed for the world record in spelling out a phrase in human bodies.
As their vacation wound down, the employees on Friday massed on the coastal promenade in Nice and, dressed in identical sky blue hats and T-shirts, spelled out the words “Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Cote d’Azur.”
Jinyuan was greeted by France’s foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, mid-week in Paris.
French media estimated the trip’s cost at 13-20 million euros ($14.5-$22.3 million).
Woman Selling Bakery For $75, An Essay And A Recipe
Waitsfield, VT (AP) A Vermont bakery owner is selling her business for $75 and an essay.
Vermont Public Radio reports that those interested in owning the Mix Cupcakerie and Kitchen in Waitsfield have to write about why they want it. They have to submit the essay along with an idea for a cupcake recipe and $75 entry fee.
Carole Keleher says she has to leave soon because her partner got a job out of state. She’s also raising money online to cover equipment costs.
Keleher says she’s offering 80 hours of free training to the prospective business owner.