January 12, 2017
Man Steals Work Tools, Then Accidentally Called Boss
Fairmont, WV (AP) Authorities say a man stole tools from his workplace at an auto repair shop and then accidentally called his boss as he tried to sell them.
Citing an arrest report, the Times West Virginian says the owner of the repair shop in the community of Millersville told deputies that one of his employees recently called him about tools he was selling. The owner said the employee immediately hung up after he realized who he had called.
Deputies say they recovered the stolen tools after they obtained a warrant to search the vehicle and home of the worker, identified as 37-year-old Shawn Nelson Furner of Fairmont.
Furner is charged with felony breaking and entering, as well as conspiracy to commit a felony.
It is unclear whether Furner has an attorney.
Dog Gets Stuck On Steep, Snowy Mountain Ledge In Utah
Salt Lake City (AP) A search and rescue team hiked up a steep, snowy Utah mountain in an attempt to rescue a dog that was stuck on a narrow ledge above a 50-foot cliff.
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office posted a video Monday showing highlights of the Friday operation that ended without getting the dog off the mountain near Provo, Utah.
A member of the team rappelled down to try to lure the dog, named Mary, with food. But it never worked because she became skittish every time he got close. They called off the rescue at nightfall and instead left her with food and hand warmers.
The saga had a happy ending on Saturday when her owners called to say Mary made it down the mountain alone somehow. She had cuts to her paws, but was OK.
85-Year-Old Texas Man Helps Pull 2 Women From Burning Car
Burleson, TX (AP) Authorities credit an 85-year-old Texas man who walks with the aid of a cane for helping save the lives of two women whose speeding car flipped over onto his front yard and burst into flames.
Texas Department of Public Safety officials say the 22-year-old driver likely was driving too fast as she rounded a bend early Sunday and lost control in Burleson, south of Fort Worth.
Lindell Marbut witnessed the wreck, banged on the windshield with his cane and helped to pull the driver from the car as his caretaker called 911. The caretaker then helped him drag the passenger to safety.
Johnson County firefighter Keith Flemming told KDFW-TV that “it wouldn’t have been a good turnout” had Marbut not intervened.
Feds To New Jersey: Stop Painting Center Lines Blue
Trenton, NJ (AP) Municipalities across New Jersey that have chosen to honor law enforcement by adding a streak of blue to the middle of their roads have been advised by federal officials to stop the practice.
A Dec. 8 letter from the Federal Highway Administration to Somerset County’s Engineering Division confirmed that the blue center lines are in violation of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.
The MUTCD states that “the pavement surface must be visible in the space between the lines in the same way that it is visible outside the lines.”
Office of Transportation Operations Director Mark Kehrli added in the letter that blue paint should only be used for designating handicap parking spaces. It’s unclear whether municipalities can be penalized for keeping the blue lines.
Woman Drives Into River To Avoid Cops, Still Finishes Beer
York, PA (AP) Police say a Pennsylvania woman drove into a river to avoid arrest, then ignored officers and continued drinking beer as she floated in the vehicle.
The York Daily Record reports police approached the woman near a boat launch Monday to arrest her for fleeing from them earlier. She was wanted for running a stop sign.
They say she hit the gas and barreled into the Susquehanna (suhs-kwuh-HAN’-uh) River.
They say officers tried to communicate with her, but she just ignored them and drank her beer.
A fire department boat brought the woman back to shore.
The woman was taken to York Hospital and police continue to investigate. Her name hasn’t been released.
Man Trying To Hide Arrest Buys 100s Of Newspapers
Palmyra, NY (AP) The owner of a weekly upstate New York newspaper says a man bought hundreds of copies in an unsuccessful effort to keep people from reading about his drunken-driving arrest.
State police arrested Joseph Talbot on Dec. 29 in Wayne County and charged him with driving while intoxicated.
Police also charged him with refusing to be fingerprinted or photographed. They say he told troopers he didn’t want his mugshot in the newspaper.
The 12,000-circulation Times of Wayne County says it obtained a mugshot from the county jail. It says it printed the mugshot and a story on New Year’s Eve and published them online.
Newspaper owner and editor Ron Holdraker says Talbot bought nearly 1,000 newsstand copies at $1.25 each.
A telephone message left at a number listed for Talbot hasn’t been returned.