May 26, 2016
Burglary Suspect Turns Out To Be A Raccoon
Palm Bay, FL (AP) Police officers responding to a burglary call at a property management office in central Florida found an unlikely culprit, a raccoon hiding behind a potted plant.
A concerned worker called 911 Wednesday morning after finding several ceiling tiles on the floor and papers strewn about the All Florida Properties office in Palm Bay.
Lt. Mike Bandish tells Florida Today officers arrived at the office and began going room to room to find out why the office was in such disarray.
That’s when they found the raccoon. They captured it with a catch pole and led it out of the office and into a wooded area behind the building.
Brevard County Animal Service workers searched the attic to see if more raccoons were in the building.
Michigan Man Charged After Stripper Paid With Fake $100 Bill
Kochville Township, MI (AP) A Michigan man is facing charges after a stripper was paid with a counterfeit $100 bill following a lap dance.
Stephen Gidcumb is charged with intentionally passing counterfeit notes. Police tell The Detroit News that fake bills were mixed in with real $100 bills.
MLive.com reports the 32-year-old was arrested May 13 after returning to the strip club in Kochville Township, near Saginaw, later that day. Chief Assistant Saginaw County prosecutor Christopher Boyd says club workers were “on the lookout” for Gidcumb.
Other fake bills were found at his Mount Morris home. Boyd says they were made on a computer.
Gidcumb faces a May 31 preliminary hearing. He is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. The Associated Press left a message Thursday seeking comment from his attorney.
Alaska Inmate Escapes, Then Comes Back To Free Others
Fairbanks, AK (AP) A minimum-security prisoner who escaped from a halfway house in Alaska came back three hours later, but it wasn’t to turn himself in.
State Troopers say 20-year-old Joshua Yaska returned with an SUV and tried to help other inmates flee the facility in Fairbanks.
Staff members say Yaska was spotted leaving on a bike just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Troopers say he returned at 4:20 a.m. and tried to “aid in the escape of other inmates.” Authorities say he tried to strike a halfway house employee with the vehicle. Troopers say they caught up with him that night after he broke into a relative’s home.
In Sync: Over 31,000 In China Set World Dance Record
Beijing (AP) China’s dancing grannies have taken their moves to the record books.
Guinness World Records says more than 31,000 Chinese participants have set a record for mass plaza dancing in multiple locations.
Some 31,697 people in Beijing, Shanghai and four other cities set the new mark on Saturday by performing choreographed dance moves together for more than five minutes, Guinness said on its website.
Participants in Beijing posed with Guinness representatives in front of the city’s iconic Bird’s Nest stadium.
Generally middle-aged and elderly women, such dancers are a common site in parks, plazas and other public spaces in Chinese cities. While considered a healthy way to exercise and socialize, the performances have sometimes drawn criticism from those living nearby over the loud music accompanying the moves.
Police Smile At ‘Cops Suck’ Tattoo Across Man’s Knuckles
Bangor, ME (AP) A police officer in Maine is getting a laugh out of a man’s tattoo that says, “Cops Suck.”
The Bangor Police Department on Monday posted a Facebook photo of the man holding out his fists with letters tattooed on his knuckles next to a smiling officer.
The photo has more than 3,700 likes.
The police department has received attention for using humor in its social media presence.
Police note the man apparently had a problem with authority earlier in his life but cooperated when they asked him to move on over the weekend.
Officers Jimmy Burns and Keith Larby were so impressed by the tattoo they reached for their camera, not the handcuffs. Larby smiled for the camera and gave a thumbs up.
Massachusetts Man Runs For 10,000 Consecutive Days
Saugus, MA (AP) A Massachusetts man who made a resolution on Jan. 1, 1989, to run every day is still going strong, 27 years later.
Saugus resident Lenworth “Kip” Williamson recently ran for the 10,000th consecutive day.
The 57-year-old General Electric Co. engineering manager tells The Daily Item of Lynn that he remembers reading at the time that if you can do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit. He said 1989 was a mild winter, which helped him as he is a strictly outdoor runner.
Williamson sticks to the streets, regardless of the weather, and puts in at least 3 miles a day. At least once a week, he puts in a 6- to 8-mile run.
He says as long as his legs work, he will continue running.