September 4, 2014
Dog Turns On Stove, Starts Fire...Maybe He Was Hungry?
Lacey Township, NJ (AP) Police say a New Jersey family’s dog turned on the stove, which caught the laptop resting on the burner on fire and sent smoke through the roof.
The fire was reported early Friday evening in Lacey Township while the owners were away.
Police tell the Asbury Park Press that investigators believe the dog accidentally turned on the stove, though they didn’t specify how that occurred.
Police say heat from the stove eventually burned a laptop computer that had been left on top of the appliance. Smoke was pouring from the roof when firefighters arrived, but the blaze was quickly extinguished.
Firefighters rescued the dog, which emerged unscathed.
Human Skull Donated To Goodwill Store In Texas
Austin, TX (AP) Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas.
Homicide Detective Derek Israel said Wednesday that foul play is not suspected and that he just wants to know how the adult skull came to be left at the Goodwill store.
Goodwill store staff discovered the skull while sifting through donations on July 16. A spokeswoman says it could have been gifted up to a week prior to its discovery.
No other details about it have been released.
This is at least the fourth skull to be donated to the international nonprofit this summer. Three were donated in July to a Goodwill store in Bellevue, Washington.
Motorcyclist Brags To Cops He Hit 185 mph In Chase
Concord, NH (AP) New Hampshire police say a motorcyclist clocked at 127 mph bragged after being arrested that he had reached 185 mph during the chase.
State police say 31-year-old David J. Fries, of Manchester, was spotted by a trooper on Interstate 93 in Bow at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.
The first trooper eventually ended the chase, but another trooper saw Fries crash into a guardrail after he exited Interstate 393.
Police say Fries then led officers on an hourlong foot chase in Concord. He was subdued with help from a police dog.
Fries was treated for injuries from the crash and from the dog.
He faces a variety of charges and is being held on $30,000 bail.
It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.
Penn State Student Gains Rep As Squirrel Whisperer
State College, PA (AP) A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a “squirrel whisperer” for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named “Sneezy.”
Junior Mary Krupa tells WJAC-TV that she’s able to dress up the squirrel in party hats, or get Sneezy to hold doll-sized props, simply by feeding the animal.
Krupa and Sneezy’s exploits are chronicled in a Facebook page titled “Sneezy the Penn State Squirrel.”
So far, the squirrel is proving quite popular as its Facebook page has more “likes” that a page dedicated to the school’s official mascot, the Nittany Lion.
Not Everyone Loves Some Hot, Crispy Bacon
Winooski, VT (AP) A Vermont restaurant that removed a bacon advertisement called insensitive to vegans and Muslims is being criticized for doing so.
Sneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski last week took down a sign saying “Yield for Sneakers Bacon” after comments were posted in an online community forum by “a vegan and a member of a Muslim household.” Vegans and Muslims don’t eat pork.
Sneakers’ menu features items including a breakfast sandwich with homemade turkey bacon. Owner Marc Dysinger says the sign was meant to be fun and to show the restaurant cares about Winooski, a city of 7,000 residents with many Muslim families.
The Burlington Free Press reports people have criticized the restaurant for what they feel was an unnecessary move. The restaurant has hired a public-relations firm to help it deal with the bad publicity.
Slice Of Princess Diana’s Wedding Cake Auctioned
Los Angeles (AP) A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.
The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles.
With the box was a card stating, “With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince & Princess of Wales.”
Auction house spokesman Sam Heller says the buyer is a private collector.
Although the cake came wrapped in its original wax paper, Heller says it wouldn’t be a good idea to try to eat it.
He adds, however, that there is a small but dedicated group of royal cake collectors.
Some, Heller says, have purchased cakes dating to the days of Britain’s Queen Victoria, who married in 1840.
Suspect Swallows Stolen Ring
Orem, UT (AP) Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony theft after police said one of them swallowed a stolen ring in an attempt to hide it.
Police say an X-ray clearly showed the ring inside the stomach of 25-year-old Christina Schlegel.
Investigators say 29-year-old Bryan Ford had been examining a ring worth several thousand dollars at a Zales jewelry store on Friday night in Orem, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, when he allegedly left with it.
Police say he was chased by an employee as he got into a car driven away by Schlegel. Officers stopped the car and arrested both suspects a short time later.
Police say they were baffled as to the ring’s whereabouts until the X-ray of Schlegel’s stomach was taken.