August 28, 2014
Um...OK, The Cameras Stink; Nevermind
Mineola, NY (AP) A suburban New York county is forgiving $2.4 million in speed camera fines issued in the past month.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano says there were problems with the cameras installed at six school locations. He tells Newsday that five cameras issued tickets on days when school was not in session. Cameras at a sixth location began operating prematurely.
Mangano says he is declaring amnesty on the fines. He says enforcement resumes when school opens next month.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation this year allowing 200 new speed cameras at school zones in New York City and Long Island.
The cameras are supposed to operate during and immediately before and after school. The county issued more than 30,000 citations at the five schools, totaling more than $2.4 million.
Marshal Leaves Due To Altitude, NOT Due To Aliens!
Nederland, CO (AP) Nederland, Colorado’s town marshal says he is resigning after just six months because he can’t adjust to the altitude.
The Daily Camera reports Monday that Jim Matheney wanted to dispel rumors, including one claiming he left the job in the quirky town just west of Boulder because of a space alien attack.
Matheney, a former police captain in suburban Detroit, says he left because he could not acclimate to the 8,400-foot altitude.
Paul Carrill, a former Kansas City, Missouri, sheriff’s commander, is interim marshal.
The town, which has five officers and a sergeant, is also known for its Frozen Dead Guy Days festival, celebrating the corpse of a man who hoped to one day be revived.
Attempt To Save College Drinkers Hurts Violin Makers
Annapolis, MD (AP) Binge drinkers and frat boys aren’t the only ones despairing over Maryland’s new ban on grain alcohol: Violin makers who used the liquor to make varnish are also affected.
Silver Spring violin maker Howard Needham tells The Washington Post that nothing works better than Everclear grain alcohol for making the varnishes he uses to repair chipped or broken musical instruments.
He’s been hoarding whatever grain alcohol he can get his hands on since the ban took effect last month.
Other violin makers report similar concerns.
Maryland became one of several states to ban sales of alcohol at 190 proof or higher. Leaders at Maryland’s colleges and universities supported the ban, saying students abused grain alcohol as a cheap way to get drunk.
Duh, It Was Goldilocks! Case Closed By FOCUS Detectives
Farmington, ME (AP) The person who broke into an off-the-grid cabin in remote western Maine didn’t get away with money, jewelry or other valuables. Police say the thief took a pair of bear heads.
Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols says a Waterboro family reported last week that someone had broken into their cabin in secluded Alder Stream Township sometime over the summer.
Nichols tells the Morning Sentinel the family hadn’t been to the cabin since April, so the exact time of the break-in is not known.
In addition to the stuffed bear heads, the thief also made off with two lawn chairs and three flashlights.
The sheriff says the cabin’s futons appear to have been slept in.
The owner said the bear heads had been in the family for 40 years.
Moose Gets Stuck In Office Building For Six Hours
Berlin (AP) Maybe he got hungry?
A moose on the loose in the eastern German city of Dresden evaded capture before getting stuck inside an office building, tantalizingly close to the canteen.
A spokesman for Dresden police says the young bull walked into the building housing German industrial giant Siemens shortly before lunchtime Monday.
Marko Laske says officers and wildlife spent six hours trying to shoo the moose into a container but eventually had to resort to using a tranquilizer gun after he refused to follow orders. The animal, likely to have come from neighboring Poland, will be released back into the wild.
PA Woman Is Relieved To Get Obama Barack (Heehee)
Wilkes-Barre, PA (AP) Police have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner’s northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea.
The owner, Tiffany Bruce, says she was relieved to get it back Thursday.
The statue, purchased at a furniture store last year, depicts Obama smiling and sitting casually, his legs crossed and his right arm flung out.
Bruce decorated the statue as Santa Claus on Christmas and arranged pumpkins around him on Thanksgiving.
She says her five children love the statue, and she was startled enough by the theft to be hospitalized for a panic attack.
The furniture store’s employees had been planning to replace it with another statue for free.