November 13, 2014
Man Held; Yard-Sale Teller Wasn’t Fooled By Fake $20s
Kittanning, PA (AP) State police say a western Pennsylvania man has been charged with passing counterfeit $20 bills at a yard sale run by the wrong woman a bank teller.
Trooper Terry Geibel says the teller is trained to know the look and feel of real money.
The (Kittanning) Leader-Times reports that 40-year-old Gregory Douglas of Kittanning has been charged with forgery, a felony, and theft by deception, a misdemeanor. He remained jailed Friday on previous counterfeiting and other charges. There’s no attorney listed for him in court records.
Amy Miller, the teller at Citizens Bank in Kittanning, tells the newspaper the bills weren’t printed on “money paper. Compared to the other twenties in my bag, it was really white.”
The trooper says the money was printed on resume paper.
Arctic Storm Has Colorado Shoveling Tumbleweed
Pueblo, CO (AP) An arctic storm system has some Coloradoans shoveling out from under tumbleweeds rather than snow.
Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo on Monday as the system moved from north to south across the state.
Peggy Perales of the National Weather Service in Pueblo, Colorado says winds gusted up to 60 mph as the storm moved in. That also kicked up blinding dust in the region, with the worst of it lasting for about an hour.
Brian Paulson of Pueblo West wasn’t fazed about all the dust and tumbleweeds blowing near his home. He says it happens most falls after the ground dries out and the winds pick up.
Deer Pays Startling Visit To New York Homeowner
Strykersville, NY (AP) A western New York homeowner says she awoke to find an unwelcome visitor in her living room, a deer.
Wyoming County Sheriff Deputy Matthew Sage responded to the homeowner’s call earlier this week. He tells The Buffalo News the young buck had crashed through a window and was standing near a couch when he arrived at the rural Strykersville home Monday morning.
Before Sage could get inside the house, the deer jumped out through another window and trotted off into the woods.
He says the animal appeared to be uninjured.
Florida Preacher Tries To Break Speaking Record
Leesburg, FL (AP) A central Florida preacher is trying to break a record for the longest speech.
The Leesburg Daily Commercial reported on Saturday that Zack Zehnder of the Cross Church in Mount Dora hopes to speak for more than 48-hours and 31 minutes to break the world record.
Zehnder is raising money for a new addiction recovery program during his speech. He plans to give an overview of the Bible and hopes to speak for 50 hours.
According to rules by the Guinness Book of World Records, Zehnder gets a five-minute break every hour.
He told the newspaper that the recording-breaking speech attempt is a creative way to spread God’s world.
Woman Finds Intruder Snacking On Cook Dough
Wichita, KS (AP) A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary after a Wichita woman found him eating cookie dough from her freezer in the early-morning hours.
The Wichita Eagle reports the woman came out of her bedroom shortly before 3:30 a.m. Thursday and found the stranger in her kitchen.
Wichita police spokesman Lt. James Espinoza says the man told police he thought he was at his aunt’s house and was hungry.
Police say the man entered the home through an unlocked back door. The 52-year-old woman who lives there was not hurt.
The intruder, who hasn’t been formally charged, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.
Ohio Firefighters Rescue Dog Stuck On Roof
Youngstown, OH (AP) Firefighters in northern Ohio came to the rescue of a dog that neighbors say had been stuck on a roof for three days.
Dozens watched as Youngstown firefighters and police officers brought the Rottweiler to safety on Saturday.
It took them about an hour to rescue the dog that had escaped from a hole in the attic of the three-story house.
A man who lives across the street told The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown that he had called authorities about the dog a couple of times.
The dog’s owner showed up during the rescue. He told authorities that he’d been staying with a friend the past week and didn’t know the dog had gotten out.
Owl Attacks Hawk At Vermont LL Bean Store
Burlington, VT (AP) The grand opening of an L.L. Bean store in Vermont has ruffled some feathers, with an owl attacking a hawk in a shopping mall display.
Officials say a European eagle owl attacked a Harris’s hawk Friday in Burlington’s Town Center Mall.
The Burlington Free Press reports witnesses said the owl squeezed the hawk in its claws for several minutes, causing the hawk to shriek.
Workers at the mall display for the Freeport, Maine-based outdoors outfitter separated the birds.
The birds are from Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience. Master falconer Lorrie Schumacher says the birds had known each other for six years and had never gone after each other before. She says they’re always in close proximity and workers make sure their leashes aren’t too close. But she adds they are predators.