December 15, 2016
$1,000 Reward For Catching Ugly Fish From Reservoir
Green River, WY (AP) A $1,000 reward has been posted for catching an ugly fish out of Fontenelle Reservoir in western Wyoming.
The fish are called burbot (BUR’-but) and they’re not native to the upper Green River drainage. Burbot compete with native game species including trout.
Burbot are eel-like but said to be good eating despite their appearance.
Getting more people to fish for burbot is one way to reduce their numbers, so Game and Fish and Trout Unlimited are sponsoring a burbot raffle. Game and Fish has caught 25 burbot and tagged them with raffle tags.
The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports anybody who catches a tagged burbot from Fontenelle may enter a raffle with a $1,000 grand prize.
The drawing will take place at a burbot fishing rally at Fontenelle Jan. 7-8.
Fisher-Price Debunks Fake ‘Happy Hour Play Set’ Toy
East Aurora, NY (AP) Fisher-Price has taken to Twitter to debunk any notion it has a bar-themed playset for toddlers.
The image of a Fisher-Price “Happy Hour Playset” was created and shared on Instagram by meme maker Adam Padilla.
It shows three toddlers standing at a pretend bar, with one posing as a bartender. Two of the kids are holding what looks like plastic beer bottles.
The picture prompted some Twitter complaints to Fisher-Price. The toymaker’s account responded that the product wasn’t “endorsed, produced or approved by Fisher-Price.”
The image was posted just two days after Fisher-Price was the target of a spoof by “Saturday Night Live,” which aired a fake ad for toys for sensitive boys, including a wishing well.
Fisher-Price says it appreciates “the suggestions as obvious love of the brand.”
Black Cat Crosses Suspect’s Path, Rats Him Out
Ephrata, PA (AP) A Pennsylvania police department says a black cat was lucky for one of its officers tracking down a fugitive.
The Ephrata Police Department posted on its Facebook page that officers were searching for Jonathan Michael Steffy last month over an outstanding bench warrant.
They found the 23-year-old in a backyard but he fled. As they searched the area, one officer noticed a black cat in a nearby yard staring intently at a shed.
The officer checked that shed, but it was empty. The officer again saw the cat, and it became apparent it was staring at a different shed behind the officer.
The officer opened that shed and found Steffy.
Police say their thankful for any crime-fighting help, ``whether human or feline!’’
It wasn’t clear if Steffy has an attorney.
With ‘Ditto’ In Lights, Family Concedes To Next-Door Display
Westland, MI (AP) A suburban Detroit family is conceding that it can’t match the neighbors’ holiday display.
The Detroit News reports that Jami Kelly used plywood and a few strings of white lights to form the word “Ditto” with an arrow pointing toward the home next-door in Westland.
The 34-year-old says her family started doing its own light display, but realized that the creation couldn’t compare. She says: “Nothing measures up.”
Kelly’s neighbors have an elaborate display, including reindeer, a large snow globe and a huge bear on the roof. Kelly says she got the idea for her own display online.
In Boston, Squirrels Are Gnawing Around Christmas Trees
Boston (AP) Voracious squirrels are going nuts for Christmas lights in Boston.
The Boston Globe reports the furry rodents have chewed through electrical wires for the colorful, festive lights strung in trees on Boston Common.
City parks officials say they’ve received numerous reports about holiday light outages on the city’s online reporting app. One recent visitor noted nearly half the lights on the Common’s 47-foot Christmas tree were out, an issue the city says has since been addressed.
The lights are hanging in about 60 trees, the visitor’s center and other buildings in the historic downtown park. A parks department spokesman says the squirrels appear to have a fondness for copper.
Women Sue Groom, Event Company After Being Drone Hit
Brentwood, NH (AP) Two women are suing a groom and the event company that ran his wedding reception after they allege he flew a drone that hit them in the head at the New Hampshire event.
Kneena Ellis, of Seabrook, and Kelly Eaton of Peabody, Massachusetts, claim in their Dec. 1 suit that they suffered permanent physical and emotional injury as a result of the Aug. 8 incident.
The suit says Barry Billcliff had flown the drone to take pictures at his wedding reception at Searles Castle in Windham.
It says the drone collided with the women while they were on the dance floor. The suit says they suffered a concussion.
Billcliff tells the Boston Herald he owns the drone, but wasn’t operating it when it crashed. Scott Robb II, vice president of Searles Castle, said he never gave Billcliff permission to fly the drone.
Brit Fan Flies To NYC To Propose At ‘Ghostbusters’ Firehouse
New York (AP) A British man flew his girlfriend all the way across the pond to New York City so he could propose to her at the firehouse used in the “Ghostbusters” franchise.
Wearing a hard hat and safety vest, Giles Baugh dropped to one knee at Ladder 8 in Tribeca and asked Melissa Ward to marry him.
Ward, who says she’s learned to embrace Baugh’s “Ghostbusters” fandom, happily agreed.
The New York Daily News reports the proposal took several months of planning.
A city employee convinced the FDNY to go along with Baugh’s stunt so long as the proper safety precautions were taken.
The 1903 firehouse is currently undergoing a $6.5 million renovation.
Baugh says he can recite his favorite scenes from the 1984 movie verbatim.