December 8, 2016
Controversial Zombie Nativity Vandalized
Cincinnati (AP) A suburban Cincinnati man says someone vandalized the “Zombie Nativity” scene he puts up annually, beheading the ghoulish-looking Mary figure and flipping the greenish baby Jesus into the yard.
Jasen Dixon says someone damaged the handmade scene early Tuesday at his home in Sycamore Township, northeast of Cincinnati. He has since repaired the scene and says he’ll keep rebuilding it if necessary.
Dixon tells WCPO-TV it’s the first time someone has intentionally damaged the structure since he started the holiday display in 2014.
But it’s been a topic of controversy previously. The township took Dixon to court last year for alleged zoning violations because of the structure over the nontraditional nativity scene, but it eventually dropped the case.
Dixon’s attorney argued the township was trying to suppress his freedoms.
Cops Help Ease Man’s Fears; Macaw Poses In His Mug Shot
Portland, OR (AP) A 4-year-old macaw named “Bird” is an instant celebrity after appearing in a posed booking mug shot in Oregon with his unfortunate owner.
Craig Buckner left Bird in a tree outside court in Washington County while he went in for an appearance Thursday in an ongoing drug and theft case, said Sgt. Bob Ray, the sheriff’s spokesman. Buckner was not expecting to be arrested, but when he fell asleep while waiting for his case to be called, he was taken for a drug urine test and failed, Ray said.
When he realized he was going to be arrested, Buckner got very upset and deputies finally realized why.
Temperatures were in the low 40s. Deputies realized there was no way Bird‚ a tropical parrot‚ would survive overnight, but he would not come to them.
They eventually brought Buckner outside and removed the restraints from one of his hands. Bird immediately flew down to Buckner and landed on his shoulder. The macaw stayed with deputies for several hours and feasted on peanuts until they reached a friend who could pick Bird up. While they waited, deputies let Buckner’s feathered friend sit on his shoulder in a set up booking shot, just for kicks. hey also took a real booking photo of Buckner without Bird but the macaw still managed to photo bomb it with a few of his colorful feathers, Ray said. “It’s quite funny,” he said. “How can you resist that?”
Lottery Ticket Sold By Mistake Earns Couple $1M
Lakewood, NJ (AP) A mistakenly sold lottery ticket has earned a New Jersey couple $1 million.
State lottery officials say 70-year-old Dante Castillo usually picks his own numbers. But when the Manchester man bought some tickets for last Thursday’s Cash4Life jackpot at a convenience store in Lakewood, the clerk accidentally sold him a ticket with computer-generated numbers.
That ticket proved to be the winner, matching the five main numbers drawn but not the cash ball number.
Castillo and his wife chose the $1 million prize instead of the option to receive $1,000 a week for life. The convenience store will receive a $10,000 bonus check from lottery officials for selling the winning ticket.
Cash4Life also is played in Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Police Nab Suspects & Their
Fowl Accomplice In Break-In
Northampton, MA (AP) Two suspects in a weekend break-in at a Massachusetts convenience store had a fowl accomplice.
Northampton officers investigating a robbery in progress at a store at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday quickly found two men and a live rooster in a nearby car.
The men were arrested on breaking and entering and other charges, and the stolen property was recovered.
The rooster was not charged, but was taken to the station for safe keeping.
Police said on their official Facebook page that while they have provided temporary shelter for a variety of animals before, this was the first rooster.
There was no word on why the suspects had the bird. Their names were not released.
Passenger Hit Train’s Emergency Stop To Get Phone
Secaucus, NJ (AP) New Jersey Transit officials say a passenger pulled the emergency stop on a train so he could retrieve the cellphone he dropped on the tracks.
Authorities say Eric Jones, of Harlem in New York City, was riding on a North Jersey Coast Line train when he accidentally dropped his phone onto the tracks while he was between cars.
The train was stopped around 8:20 a.m. Monday near the Secaucus Junction. The stoppage caused travel delays of up to 15 minutes on several lines during the morning commute.
NJ Transit issued a statement criticizing Jones’ “reckless behavior,” noting that he risked injury to himself and hundreds of others aboard the train.
A telephone number for Jones could not be located Monday afternoon.
He is charged with defiant trespass and interfering with transportation.