July 4, 2013
Family Dogs Survive Close Call With Mama & Baby Bears
Los Angeles (AP) Two family dogs that chased a pair of bear cubs up a tree survived a close call with an unhappy mama bear in the San Gabriel Valley.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say deputies responded Sunday to a 911 call that a bear attacked a dog in the Bradbury area.
Deputies found two large dogs, a Mastiff and German Shepherd, barking uncontrollably at a tree where the three bears had sought refuge.
Deputies were eventually able to safely corral the dogs inside a house.
Once the dogs were secured, the bears climbed down, jumped a fence, and ran into the foothills.
The Mastiff sustained a one inch puncture wound to its back when confronted by the mama bear.
None of the three bears appeared to be injured.
Real Estate Agents TossVermin On Neighbor’s Lawn
Lower Merion, PA (AP) Two real estate agents in a wealthy Philadelphia suburb are accused of tossing dead mice and snakes onto the lawn of their neighbor’s house, which is up for sale.
Police in Lower Merion also allege Jonathan and Andrea Straub were caught on video cutting branches off trees and knocking over ``For Sale’’ signs. They’ve been cited for disorderly conduct and harassment.
The Straubs’ three-bedroom home is also for sale, on the market for $1 million.
The couple’s attorneys say they’re upstanding people who will fight the charges. William Davis Jr., who represents Andrea Straub, says the allegations are ``preposterous.’’ John List, who represents Jonathan Straub, says the surveillance tape shows someone who’s unidentifiable.
Police say the woman who lives at the home had been hospitalized, but a house sitter told her someone had been knocking over the ``For Sale’’ sign.
OK, How Much Is It Worth To Ya?
200 Egg Rolls + Cash? Done!
Santa Ana, CA (AP) An immigration officer has been indicted on charges that she took cash and egg rolls as bribes from immigrants seeking citizenship and green cards.
Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Mai Nhu Nguyen was indicted Wednesday on three counts of solicitation of a bribe by a public official.
Prosecutors say Nguyen took 200 egg rolls from a citizenship applicant and received $1,000 and $2,200 bribes from two other immigrants since 2011.
Nguyen worked as an officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Santa Ana where she reviewed immigrants’ applications for benefits.
Nguyen was arrested June 6 and released on a $20,000 bond. She is set to be arraigned July 1.
A message left for an attorney for Nguyen was not immediately returned.
Exploding Fridge Leads To Marijuana Find
San Diego (AP) Authorities say an exploding refrigerator led them to a marijuana-growing operation in San Diego.
City News Service says the fridge exploded and caused a fire Thursday afternoon at a home in the Encanto neighborhood.
It took firefighters about 30 minutes to douse the fire and there were no injuries.
However, police say authorities later discovered marijuana growing at the house and a quantity of flammable hash oil, which apparently caused the explosion.
Three people were held for questioning.
Son Recognizes Mom As Bank Robbery Suspect
Byron Township, MI (AP) The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in.
MLive.com reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County’s Byron Township.
Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18.
Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids.
A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She got $1,092.
Surveillance photos show a woman wearing a bright red T-shirt with a large American flag on the front. FBI special agent Adam Van Deuren says Sanders confessed. It’s unknown if she has a lawyer yet. She doesn’t have a phone listing.
$25K Sewer Bills Arrive At Some Homes By Mistake
Richmond, IN (AP) Some eastern Indiana residents had a surprise in their mail this week when they received sewer bills topping $25,000.
The Richmond Sanitary District said the giant bills were sent by mistake and blamed it on a defective computer file used to prepare the statements, the Palladium-Item reported.
Sharrie Harlin’s monthly bill was for $25,677.66 _ rather than its typical $40 to $50.
“I opened the bill, and all I could do was laugh,” Harlin said. “I couldn’t get upset. It’s not like I have $25,000 laying around here.”
Chidester said the bad computer file produced hugely inflated water use figures for some customers who actually used little or no water. In a batch of 5,000 bills, 256 carried the higher charge and most were caught before being mailed to residents of the city about 60 miles east of Indianapolis.
Blame The Eager Beaver
Taos, NM (AP) Officials have finally identified the culprit behind a 20-hour Internet and cellphone outage last week in northern New Mexico‚ an eager beaver. CenturyLink spokesman David Gonzales told The Associated Press on Friday that a hungry beaver chewed through the fiber line last week. He says the biting evidence was discovered by contractors who worked to repair the outage. Officials say more than 1,800 Internet users were affected by the blackout. The number of cellphone users without service during that time is still unknown.