December 4, 2014
Family Happy Squashy The Sasquatch Is Back In Their Yard
Cincinnati (AP) A southwest Ohio family is searching for Sasquatch no longer.
The Spence family in Delhi Township, west of Cincinnati, says their 400-pound concrete statue of the mythical beast, which was reported stolen Saturday, has been found.
Sixty-one-year-old Ralph Spence says his two sons bought the statue for him several years ago. They affectionately call it ``Squashy.’’
Though it started out as a practical joke, the statue became part of the family. They even dress it up for holidays.
Spence says he received a call from a friend Tuesday who saw the statue in a nearby open field. A note found with the statue poked fun at its weight, and was signed by ``the body building bandits.’’
Spence says Squashy is ``a legend around here in the neighborhood.’’
No Croaking: New Frog Species Groans & Coughs
Cherry Hill, NJ (AP) Scientists have discovered a new frog species in southern New Jersey that makes some un-froglike sounds.
The Atlantic Coast leopard frog groans and makes coughing noises rather than croaking sounds. The unfamiliar call attracted the notice of wildlife experts several years ago in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Morris County.
They photographed the frog and concluded it wasn’t the northern leopard frog or southern leopard frog.
The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill reports a Rutgers University-led team recently identified the species in an online scientific journal. Experts say it shows that the state’s marshes and swamps are valuable to wildlife, even in urban or suburban areas.
The frog has been found along the Delaware River and bay, the Atlantic Ocean coastline, in the Meadowlands and New York’s Staten Island.
When All Else Fails...Flip A Coin To See Who Gets The Buck
Oneida, WI (AP) A dispute over a nine-point buck in Wisconsin was settled with a coin flip.
Wisconsin’s deer season was just a couple hours old on Saturday when D.J. Jorgenson says his 11-year-old son, Kameron, wounded the buck in the town of Oneida.
“Deer hit the ground, and it came back up, and took off running,” Jorgenson said.
The father and son then tracked the animal through the woods to a neighbor’s property, Jorgenson told WLUK-TV. Before they could get to it, neighbor Randy Heyrman shot the buck twice from his deer stand to finish it off.
With the deer dead and the hunters deadlocked over who could keep it, they flipped a coin.
“So I dug in my pocket. I grabbed out a quarter. (Heryman) did the coin flip. My boy called tails, and it was heads. And (Heryman) said, ‘Well, it looks like it’s my deer then,’” Jorgenson said.
All Kameron got was a photo.
Hunters need permission to follow a deer onto private property, and the landowner has a right to take the deer, according to Shad Webster of the Oneida Conservation Department.
Even though Heyrman legally had a right to keep the deer, he said the coin flip was a fair way to settle the dispute. But Jorgenson disagrees.
“I wish he would have done the right thing to begin with. All my son wants is his deer that he shot,” he said.
Eat Your Banana...Never Ever Aim It At The Po Po
Grand Junction, CO (AP) A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff’s deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports 27-year-old Nathan Rolf Channing, of Fruitvale, was arrested Sunday.
According to an arrest affidavit, Mesa County deputies Joshua Bunch and Donald Love said they feared for their lives even though they saw that the object was yellow. Bunch wrote in the affidavit that he has seen handguns in many shapes and colors.
He wrote that Love was drawing his service weapon when Channing yelled, “It’s a banana!”
The deputies say Channing told them he was doing a trial run for a planned YouTube video and he thought it would “lighten the holiday spirit.”
Idaho Police Stop Oregonian Couple Driving In Circles
Nampa, ID (AP) Folks who live near Idaho’s western border may complain about Oregon drivers, but a pair charged with shoplifting in Nampa on Thanksgiving made police officers’ jobs a lot easier this week.
After reports of ongoing shoplifting, Nampa officers responded to a busy parking lot full of holiday shoppers. When they tried to arrest Gregory Redner and Camilla Hunt, both of Oregon, the pair fled.
Police say Hunt ran to a car and drove away. Given the potential threat to public safety, the police declined to pursue her in the busy parking lot.
But Hunt didn’t make an escape. Instead, she drove in circles.
Police laid a spike strip down and Hunt drove over it, deflating two of her tires.
The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the pair face multiple charges.
City’s Ugly Christmas Tree Getting Single Red Bulb
Reading, PA (AP) A much-maligned public Christmas tree in Pennsylvania is getting the Charlie Brown treatment.
Officials in Reading (RED’-ing) say the spindly branches will be decorated with a single red ornamental bulb‚ just like the scrawny tree in the beloved “Peanuts” holiday tale.
Officials say they hope the symbol will remind people of the deeper meaning of the season.
Residents of the small city complained the puny pine was ugly when it was first erected and topped with a lighted pretzel. Leaders then made arrangements for a better tree, and workers removed decorations from the original.
But the logistics became complicated, and Reading ended up keeping the unattractive tree.
On Wednesday, the city issued a statement saying the 50-foot Norwegian pine would get one ornament during a rededication ceremony Dec. 6.