February 23, 2017
Pet Squirrel Guards Home Against Attempted Burglary
Meridian, ID (AP) A pet squirrel named Joey prevented a burglary attempt in Idaho last week by scratching the teen suspect when he tried to break into a gun safe, police said.
The unidentified teenager told officers that the squirrel’s attack “scared him, obviously, because he wasn’t expecting to have, you know, a squirrel come flying out of nowhere at him,” said Officer Ashley Turner of the police department in Meridian, a Boise suburb. “So basically he said he took what he could and left as fast as he could.”
The squirrel’s owner, Adam Pearl, said Joey has lived in his house for about six months after he was found in a flower garden by a friend’s daughter when he was about a week old.
He said Joey’s eyes were still closed, and they set an alarm to feed him every two hours.
“His temperament is kind of like a cat,” Pearl said. “When he wants attention, he’ll run up to you and climb up your leg.”
“He trained himself,” Pearl said.
Pearl had planned to release Joey into his backyard in the spring.
“But now, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m kind of torn.”
Forget To Empty The Trash? Mom Helps Out With Delivery
New Wilmington, PA (AP) A Pennsylvania college student got a reminder to take out the trash when his mother sent him some garbage in a care package.
Eighteen-year-old Connor Cox tells WHTM-TV that his mother sent two boxes to him at Westminster College in New Wilmington last month.
One box contained food and other goodies. The other contained garbage.
When he called to ask whether that was a mistake, Cox’s mother, Connie, told him, “No, that’s the trash you were supposed to take out” during a recent visit home.
Cox says he laughed hysterically at the prank, then tweeted a photo of the package.
Cox has three sisters and says he has a special relationship with his mother. He says, “She knows what to say at the exact time she should say it.”
German Police Follow Manure Trail To Hit-And-Run Culprit
Berlin (AP) Police in Bavaria say they were able to track down a man responsible for a hit-and-run by following the hoof prints and manure left behind by the horse pulling his carriage.
Police in Grafenrheinfeld said the 78-year-old man scraped a car parked at the side of the road Tuesday as he trotted through the town near Schweinfurt, the dpa news agency reported.
The man continued on without reporting the accident, but an eyewitness reported the incident to police. Police say the trail of hoof prints and manure led them to the suspect’s stable and he confessed to the accident when confronted.
He’s responsible for about 2,000 euros ($2,100) in damage.
Runaway Cow Leads Police On Wild Chase In NYC
New York (AP) A cow that apparently escaped from a slaughterhouse has led police on a wild chase through New York City streets.
Police corralled the animal in a backyard in Jamaica, Queens, after a chase that lasted more than an hour.
Footage airing on WABC-TV showed the black bull or steer trotting through a residential neighborhood with several tranquilizer darts stuck in its hide.
The nimble bovine eluded attempts to box it in between police vehicles by squeezing through narrow openings.
There were no reports of the cow causing any injuries during the chase, though it did rip the door off a car.
WABC reported that Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue in Wantage, New Jersey, has offered a home for the wayward beast.
There was no answer at phone number listed for the sanctuary.
Single Mom Dressed Up Like Dad For Special School Event
St. George, UT (AP) A single mom is generating attention online after she donned a mustache, dressed up like a dad for a school breakfast event and posed for photos with her son.
KSL-TV reports Whitney Kittrell wore the costume after deciding to fulfill her son’s request that she accompany him to a “Dads and Donuts” event.
Kitrell is divorced with full custody of her children and says some days have been better than others for the family.
She said her son was all happiness as he introduced her to his classmates as both parents. Kittrell said Lucas told her he wanted her to go since she’s his dad too.
The St. George mom posted the photos online and received a surprisingly strong response.
Thimble Tossed! Game Piece Voted out Of Monopoly Game
Atlantic City, NJ (AP) You can still pass “Go” and collect $200 on the Monopoly board, but you soon won’t be able to do it with the thimble game piece.
Voters have rejected the thimble, an integral part of the game since being added to Monopoly in 1935. The move is part of a campaign to select the next generation of game pieces.
Hashtags, emojis and even a rubber duck may replace dogs, cats and hats in an upcoming version.
Hasbro Inc. is holding a worldwide contest to let people choose the eight tokens to be included in the next generation of the property acquisition game, based on the real streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Winners will be announced March 19, and will be included in games hitting shelves this August.
Pastafarian Colander Pic Too Much Of A Stretch For License
The Hague, Netherlands (AP) A Dutch court has upheld a mayor’s refusal to issue a driver’s license to a man who submitted a photo of himself wearing a colander on his head.
According to a court statement Wednesday, the man wanted the photo on his license as an expression of his Pastafarian faith.
Pastafarians belong to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a parody group that began in the U.S. in 2005 protesting religion encroaching into the nation’s public schools.
The mayor of the Dutch city of Eindhoven last year rejected the man’s request, in part because he ruled that the group couldn’t be considered a genuine religion. Religious headdresses are allowed on Dutch passport photos.
The court agreed, saying that Pastafarian faith “did not show sufficient seriousness to be considered a religion.”
Woman’s Attempt To Get Out Of A Ticket Thwarted By Video
Jacksonville, FL (AP) Authorities say they’ve arrested a 26-year-old woman accused of performing a sex act inside a Florida courthouse and then posting a video online.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office records show Brittney Lahcell Jones was arrested Wednesday.
The Florida Times-Union reports Jones and 35-year-old Jeremiah Isiah Robinson had been wanted on a charge of a lascivious act. The newspaper reported a video surfaced online in January showing a woman performing oral sex on a man in front of what appeared to be a courtroom.
The newspaper reported Jones was being arraigned on a drug charge at the time in the Duval County Courthouse. A message on her Twitter account said, “Found a way to get my charges dropped.”
Police say Robinson turned himself in. Records don’t show whether either has an attorney.