September 10, 2015
Owner Of Wayward Chicken In San Francisco Comes Forward
San Francisco (AP) The owner of a wayward chicken that fouled up traffic at the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge last week is reclaiming his bird on Tuesday afternoon.
Former Oakland mayoral candidate Ken Houston says he was taking two of his chickens to donate them to a nearby school garden last Wednesday, when he stopped his pickup truck at the Oakland Army Base, to check on a work project.
That’s when he realized the cardboard box carrying his chickens in the back of his truck was empty. “I look around, look around, look around and then I leave,” said the 50-year-old Houston.
One small brown chicken was eventually captured by the California Highway Patrol, as well as news cameras and people with their cellphones at the ready.
The agency later posted a photo of the “felonious fowl” in custody on its Twitter account. The second chicken was never found. Houston swung by Oakland Animal Services, where the chicken had been taken, and asked an employee if he’d get into trouble for his wayward chicken.
She assured him he was safe.
Trucker Choking On Soft Drink Crashes Into 23 New Cars
Hermitage, PA (AP) Police say the driver of a milk tanker truck was choking on a soft drink when he drove off a Pennsylvania highway and crashed into 23 new cars on a dealership lot.
Police in Hermitage say the driver choked on Dr Pepper on Sunday and drove the truck nearly 600 feet through a grassy area before smashing into a building at Montrose Buick-GMC-Cadillac.
The (Sharon) Herald reports the truck rumbled down an embankment before hitting the cars, including one that was pushed into the dealership showroom.
State police found no mechanical problems with the truck and no indication the driver tried to brake. The driver of the truck owned by Neimeyer Milk Transfer was cited for careless driving.
The Cedar Lake, Indiana-based company didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday.
In Will, NYC Millionaire Leaves $100,000, To Cockatiels’ Care
New York (AP) A New York City millionaire who died this summer has bequeathed a $100,000 trust fund to care for her 32 pet cockatiels.
The New York Post reported Saturday that Leslie Ann Mandel’s will asks that the small parrots continue living in an aviary at her $4 million East Hampton home.
The will names each bird, from Margie and Nicki to Zara and Zack 12.
With Mandel’s stepson as trustee, the fund also will care for a cat named Kiki and a rescue dog named Frosty.
Mandel ran a fundraising firm and amassed a $5.3 million fortune. She died in June at age 69.
Other wills also have provided for pets. Hotel magnate Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her dog, Trouble. A judge trimmed the bequest to $2 million.
Stuck On Elevator, Burglar Forced To Call 911
Laurel, DE (AP) Authorities say a burglar who broke into a middle school got stuck on an elevator and was forced to call 911 for help.
Local media outlets report that police say 19-year-old Michael Claude of Laurel broke into the school Monday.
Officials say he was riding down the hallways on a buffing machine before he got on the elevator.
After he got stuck, police say, Claude called 911 for help, and an elevator maintenance service was able to open the doors.
Police say Claude was found wearing a Laurel letterman jacket that did not belong to him.
He was charged with third-degree burglary, criminal mischief and theft. He was released on $3,800 bond.
Maine Dunkin’ Donuts: Free
Coffee For ‘Deflategate’ Judge
Lewiston, ME (AP) A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Maine is offering free coffee for life to the federal judge who lifted New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension.
The Sun Journal reports the shop in Lewiston put the offer on a sign outside the store after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman erased Brady’s four-game suspension over “Deflategate.”
The offer quickly spread over social media.
Berman ruled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in punishing the Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
He says the suspension was “premised upon several significant legal deficiencies.”
If the judge ever leaves the bench, fans at Thursday night’s preseason game between the Patriots and New York Giants had another job in mind:
Signs at Gillette Stadium urged Berman to run for president.
Woman Walks Into Police Station, Asks To Hug An Officer
Arvada, CO (AP) The Arvada, Colorado, Police Department has posted a photo on its Facebook account of a woman who came into the station just so she could hug an officer.
KMGH-TV reports the woman told police on Monday she was upset about the deaths of law enforcement members nationwide.
She hugged 20-year veteran Officer Chris Steiner, who says he responds to almost every fatality the department handles.
He said it’s nice to get a hug rather than observe trauma.
The post has received thousands of likes and generated comments of support.
Frozen Meat, Chainsaw Taken During Break-In
Ypsilanti Township, MI (AP) Authorities say frozen meat and a chain saw were the only things taken during a break-in a home in Michigan.
The Ann Arbor News reports deputies with the Washtenaw County sheriff’s department were called Thursday to the home in Ypsilanti Township following the theft, which happened sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.
According to a summary of the investigation, the suspect or suspects likely entered the home through an open window. No suspects were identified.