August 11, 2016
Rome Police 'Rescue' Arguing Elderly Couple With Pasta
Rome (AP) Police in a Rome neighborhood have come to the “rescue” of an elderly, quarreling couple by cooking them two plates of pasta.
Police headquarters said Tuesday that neighbors called police one recent, hot summer night because the 94-year-old man and the 89-year-old woman‚ married for nearly 70 years‚ were doing lots of shouting.
According to a police statement, “it can happen, as it did this time, that they were yelling out their desperation so strongly, in the end someone called police.”
The statement said the four officers realized there was no crime in progress, just “two souls to reassure.” They set to work treating them to dinner, using ingredients at their disposal: spaghetti, butter, cheese plus a “precious ingredient‚ all their humanity.”
The couple ate with gusto.
Homemade Flamethrower Used To Kill Cockroaches Sparks Fire
Centralia, WA (AP) Fire officials in Centralia say a resident sparked a small fire in an apartment while trying to kill cockroaches with a homemade flamethrower.
KOMO-TV reports that fire crews were called to the apartment on Monday morning after receiving a report of a commercial structure fire.
By the time firefighters arrived, the resident had extinguished the flames. No one was injured.
A preliminary investigation found that the resident was using bug spray and a lighter to create a flamethrower for killing cockroaches. That sparked the fire.
It’s not clear whether any cockroaches were actually killed in the process.
Creepy Clown Scares Wisconsin City
Green Bay, WI (AP) Police in Green Bay, Wisconsin, say they have received a number of calls after someone was spotted dressed up as a scary clown holding black balloons.
Meanwhile, someone has started a Facebook fan page for “Gags‚ The Green Bay Clown.” It has several photos of the clown that it says were taken early Tuesday morning. The clown is dressed in a dirty costume and is wearing white face paint or a mask. The clown is also holding four black balloons.
Green Bay police say despite the creepy images and costume, there’s not much they can do about the clown. Capt. Kevin Warych tells WGBA-TV, “A person can walk down the sidewalk dressed however they want as long as they’re in a place they legally can be.”
Dueling Obituaries For NJ Man Name Wife In One,
Girlfriend In The Other
Atlantic City, NJ (AP) Two versions of a New Jersey man’s obituary have appeared together in a newspaper‚ one saying he’s survived by his wife, and the other saying he’s survived by his girlfriend.
Both obituaries in the Press of Atlantic City agree that Leroy Bill Black, of Egg Harbor Township, died Tuesday of lung cancer caused by fiberglass exposure.
However, the obituary with top billing says he’s survived by his “loving wife” and a son. The second announcement, right beneath the first one with the same photo of Black, says he’s survived by his son, a host of siblings and his long-time girlfriend.
A person who answered the phone at Greenidge Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements, wouldn’t comment on the two obituaries and would only say the funeral home works at the discretion of the wife.
Indiana Group Helps Turtles Trying To Cross Highway
Terre Haute, IN (AP) Wildlife enthusiasts are helping migrating turtles cross an Indiana highway by collecting them in buckets. The effort, organized through Facebook, also collects data for researchers in Indiana State University’s biology department, the (Terre Haute) Tribune Star reported.
Amber Slaughterbeck, naturalist for the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, said this time of year is a busy migration period for the turtles.
According to the group, Wabashiki Turtle Research and Rescue, fewer turtles and other creatures have been killed on U.S. 40 since the Indiana Department of Transportation installed a fence this summer.
When the group arrived at the location Saturday evening, 46 live turtles were rescued along the fence. Another team rescued 11 more Sunday morning.
“The majority of those, if we hadn’t had the fence, probably would have been smashed on the road,” said Leah Dresdow, a member of the group.
The live turtles are collected in buckets and taken to nearby Lazy L Lake. Members determine the species and gender of each turtle, record any remarkable physical characteristics and note the time of day and environmental conditions when they were found. They also measure the reptiles.
“Once you start saving those little turtles, it’s kind of addictive,” Dresdow said.
Philadelphia Tells Residents: Don't Swim In Dumpster Pools
Philadelphia (AP) Philadelphia is urging residents not to swim in dumpsters after a rented trash bin was filled with fire hydrant water and transformed into a pool.
The online news site Billy Penn first reported the shenanigans at a weekend block party. The party’s organizers told the site they power-washed the dumpster, lined the bottom with plywood and tarps and cushioned the corners with pool noodles.
However, filling it with hydrant water caused the biggest issue with city officials.
The Department of Licenses and Inspections issued a statement saying the city won’t issue permits for block party dumpster pools.
Agency spokeswoman Karen Guss said, “you would think this decision would not require an explanation.”
Among the reasons: It takes water that should be available in the event of a fire; the strong water pressure could push someone into harm’s way; and the huge amount of water released could cause a main break.
“We are not screwing around, Philly,” Guss’ statement reads. “The city strongly recommends that residents opt for recreational options that are safer, more sanitary and less likely to deplete the resources firefighters need in an emergency.”