Friday, August 29, 2014

Branching out

Murphy the Jack Russell puppy sits on cat's face

Before taking a tumble off bed.

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Woman's stuck flip-flop led to her car being hit by camel-towing pick-up

While driving on Highway V in Caledonia, Wisconsin, on Wednesday afternoon Kelly Ellison, 28, caught her flip-flop on something and was unable to stop at a stop sign, according to the Caledonia Police Department in Racine County.

That's when she was struck by a pick-up truck towing a camel named Eli. The truck-and-trailer was from Jo-Don Farms, a zoo in Franksville that features camel rides and hundreds of other exotic and familiar animals.

The rig went into the ditch on the south side of the road. The driver, Nathan Gaines, 35, suffered a possible broken leg and was complaining of back pain, according to police.

Ellison and a 3-year-old boy in her car were not injured. Neither was the camel, police said. Ellison was cited for failing to yield the right of way at a stop sign, and causing injury.

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Teenager arrested for waggling rubber penis at passing motorists

A young man has been arrested in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Skyler Connor, 18, of New Derry, is facing a disorderly conduct charge for waggling a rubber penis at passing motorists.

According to police, the incident happened on Route 30 in Unity Township at around 6pm on Monday.

Connor was a passenger in the back seat of a vehicle at the time.

Woman stabbed man she babysits for after he refused to have sex with her

A 22-year-old Florida woman stabbed a man in the neck earlier this month after he declined her requests to have sex, police allege. Shakieria Anquanette Shan Long was “barbecuing and drinking” with friends at a Fort Pierce home on August 12 when trouble began, according to a witness.

The witness said that he was lounging on a couch when Long and the victim, Eugene Sylvester, entered the residence. “The suspect was screaming that she wanted the victim to have sex with her,” police reported. But Sylvester, 32, declined Long’s advances, telling her to “go back where she had been all day and have sex.” Sylvester told officers that Long was his children’s babysitter.

Long, who is known as “Sha Sha,” subsequently followed Sylvester to his room, where she allegedly “grabbed a knife and started jabbing” at him with the weapon. She then beckoned the witness, telling him that she had stabbed Sylvester (and that he was “leaking”). The witness told investigators that he pressed a towel to Sylvester’s neck and began walking him home. But Long ran after them and “started punching the victim in his face.”

During police questioning, Sylvester, whose wound needed a few stitches, said he did not want to have sex with Long due to her heavy drinking. While confirming that Long stabbed him in the neck, Sylvester said that he did not want to press charges against her. Arrested for felony battery, Long was booked into the St. Lucie County jail, where she remains locked up. At the time of the stabbing, Long was free on $3,750 bond in connection with a June 6 arrest for disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest, and battery on a law enforcement officer. That bond was cancelled following this month’s incident.

Young man catches fish from sewer system outside his home

A teenager from Katy, near Houston in Texas has taken to using the sewer grate in front of his home to catch fish.

It's 16-year-old Kyle Naegeli's hobby. And the Katy High School junior is quite good at it. He claims to have caught hundreds of fish using this method.

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Naegeli has been a drain angler for four years now, using a hook and fishing line, with hot dogs (“the cheap ones” he says) and shad fish acting as bait.

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“Sometimes it takes a few hours to catch something,” he says, maintaining that sewer fishing takes patience. Naegeli doesn't eat the sewer fish, owing to its questionable origins. The fish swim into the sewer line from a nearby pond.

There's a news video here. Kyle TheFishWhisperer's YouTube channel.

Canadian Hazmat team say skunk probably to blame for unpleasant smell at apartment building

The Ottawa Fire Services Hazmat team says a skunk is most likely responsible for a foul odour that caused a number of residents to feel nauseous at an apartment building on Wednesday.

Eleven people were assessed by paramedics following the midmorning call. First responders to the scene detected “a very strong odour of skunk” outside the three-storey commercial-residential structure. Hazmat readings were negative both at the apartment building and at the building next door.

“Seems it was the skunk odour that was the culprit,” a fire service spokesperson said. Paramedics spokesperson JP Trottier says the people the assessed at the scene were reporting mild respiratory irritation, nausea, and headaches because of the odour.

"If you've been doused with one, you will certainly find out that it's meant to ward you away and it certainly does that," he said. "It can be irritating a little bit." He says no one needed to be treated in hospital, and everyone was fine after getting some fresh air. Ottawa Fire says the skunk has since left the building.

Jewellery thieves getaway hampered as one had a broken leg and the other a prosthetic leg

A pair of would-be jewellery thieves in New Zealand were hampered in their getaway on Wednesday night due to only having two good legs between them. The men were arrested and charged with attempting to burgle a jewellery store on Auckland's North Shore.

They were unable to run away as one had a broken leg and the other a prosthetic leg. Police said they were spotted at 3.30am in Takapuna when a patrol officer noticed a suspicious parked vehicle. The officer ran some checks, and discovered the number plates did not match the vehicle. Two men, one wearing a balaclava and the other a hood pulled over his face, then walked down the street to get into the car.

One was holding a screw driver. They were both arrested at the scene and a search of the car revealed a crowbar, hatchet and gloves under the front seats. A piece of timber door frame, which had allegedly been dropped by one of the men, was found to have been from a window frame of a nearby Michael Hill Jewellers, police said.

"Police can confirm that any possible getaway attempt was perhaps thwarted by the fact that one of the men had a prosthetic leg and the other had recently broken a leg." Both men were charged with attempted burglary and possession of instruments for burglary. The pair appeared in North Shore District Court on Thursday. The 40-year-old was remanded on bail to appear on September 18. The 44-year-old was remanded in custody to re-appear on Friday.

Man died after accidentally running himself over while using unusual method to start his car

A man from Corby in Northamptonshire died after being crushed underneath his own car, an inquest has found. Scott McKimmie, 39, died in the early hours of February 18 this year in a car park outside the Phoenix pub in the town. An inquest held at Kettering Magistrates Court on Thursday heard father-of-two Mr McKimmie had suffered 36 separate injuries when he was struck by the vehicle.

Mr McKimmie’s car, a purple Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, would only start if wires were connected underneath the bonnet with the ignition switched on, the car in gear and the handbrake applied, a police collision investigation expert said. However, on the night of Mr McKimmie’s death he had not applied the handbrake, so when he reached underneath the bonnet to touch the wires together the vehicle lurched forward, knocking him over.

It continued to move forward, trapping Mr McKimme underneath. He died at the scene of crush asphyxia, according to Leicester Royal Infirmary pathologist Dr Mike Biggs. Collision investigator PC Brian Johnson told the hearing: “The Volkswagen travelled across the car park area, moved some unknown distance, colliding with then running over its owner. The parking brake was not operated and it was in gear, causing it to lurch forward when Mr McKimmie started it.”

The car’s engine had been modified to run at about 1,000 rpm when idle in order to lower the risk of it stalling – which would have required the driver to have got out of the vehicle to restart the engine. But PC Johnson said that modification also meant the car would move forward and not stall when it was in first, second or third gear, as demonstrated in a police investigation video shown to the court. Coroner Anne Pember, who recorded a verdict of accidental death, said: “It’s quite clear that the cause of this tragedy was the unusual starting method Mr McKimmie used to start his car.”

Children's swings removed from park due to deliberate and repeated vandalism by dogs

Dogs have caused damage put at hundreds of pounds to children's swings by taking bites out of them. Newbury Town Council in Berkshire has removed the swings at Dickens Walk, after what it described as "deliberate and repeated acts of vandalism".

It is thought owners are deliberately encouraging the animals to bite the swings. The leader of the council said he was "appalled" by the vandalism to the swings, which cost £400 to replace. Councillor Julian Swift-Hook said: "I am appalled that this valuable community facility is being repeatedly vandalised.

"Children have now been left with no swings to play on at Dickens Walk until this is resolved." Granville Taylor, the council's community services manager, said new seats had been chewed just two days after they had replaced previously damaged ones.

"We believe that people are training their dogs to bite them," he said. "We are worried that if we replace them again we will have another bill for £400 to replace them within a few days." Anyone with any information about the damage has been asked to contact the council or Crimestoppers.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hanging around

Baby penguin brushes off a tumble

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Little piglet prances through the grass

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Murder charge after inmate overdosed from eating pieces of cell mate's underpants

A jail inmate is dead and police say he died by swallowing drug-soaked underpants. Corey McQueary, 33, died at Jessamine County Jail on August 21. According to Kentucky State Police, another inmate, 55-year-old Michael Jones, soaked a pair of his underpants in liquid methadone while he was out on temporary leave.

He allegedly wore them back to the jail where he's accused of tearing them up and sharing the pieces with his cell mates, including McQueary. After ingesting the piece of drug-laced underwear, McQueary complained to the jail staff that he felt ill, but did not tell them he'd eaten the underpants.

He was checked out by a doctor, and was found dead early the next morning. Jailers said the methadone-soaked underwear is something that would be nearly impossible to catch. "Contraband is a constant problem at any facility across the state.

"You can do everything that you can do, you know strip searches, not allowed to bring anything such as books or any other paraphernalia into the facility," said Jon Sallee, Jessamine County Jailer. Jones has now been charged with McQueary's murder.

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Neighbourhood cat has been terrorising people and pets

A Houston man says a neighbourhood cat attacked him on Monday morning as he was walking his dogs at about 8:30am. “The cat jumped off the fence and ran towards the dogs and myself,” said David, a resident of Houston Heights who did not want to give his last name.

“I tried to get in the way to try and protect the dogs and the cat latched on to my leg and scratched.” David was left with several inches-long scratch marks and two small dots. “It looks like a bite mark to me,” he said. David said he did not provoke the cat which came from a house in the Heights.

Keri Smith said she and her dog had a run in with a cat from that very same house last summer. “We were walking across the street and we saw this cat and it just launched off the porch and came running at us,” Smith said. “He probably chased us about a half a block,” she said. The cat’s owner said the cat has been known to run after dogs but had never harmed a person.

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The owner said the cat has a current rabies vaccine, but could not provide proof. David’s wife said she sent an email to the City of Houston’s animal control department. She said she hadn't receive any reply . The city says gives animal attack calls high priority and will investigate all reports as soon as possible, usually within the same day It is unclear if the city received the email or where the city may be in investigating this incident.

Firefighters rescued puppy with head stuck in wheel

Firefighters in Houston, Texas, came to the aid of a young puppy with it's head stuck in a wheel, which a a frantic good Samaritan who'd dropped it off had found next to the dumpster at her apartment complex.

It would take firefighters more than an hour to free the frightened dog. The rescue operation was no easy feat. "We tried to put soap on the side of its head, wet its head slide it out. It wouldn't come out.", said Senior Capt. Gregory Leonard.

So they dug into their arsenal of rescue tools instead. Firefighters tried to keep the puppy, a black lab mix which they named Lugnut, calm while they carefully went to work. "We really cut very carefully because any kind of pressure on the dog's neck could have snapped its neck or killed it," Leonard said.

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They tried using a saw but the sound the vibrations frightened her. In the end, it was the Jaws of Life that did the trick. "We all love pets and we didn't want the dog to get hurt at all," Leonard said.

Angry resident dropped off dead koala at council offices

A resident has sent Redland City Council in Queensland, Australia, a gruesome message after dropping off a dead koala to its offices. Thornlands resident Darren Mewett warned council it was in danger of losing its reputation as a koala safe haven, after scraping up the dead animal from where he had found two other dead koalas in the past year.

Mr Mewett blamed the animal's death on the council for failing to put in place permanent measures to save wildlife on the 80km/h rat run. He said he took the bloodied carcass of the mature male koala in to council on Tuesday to highlight the lack of adequate action, which he said was the result of lobbying from nearby residents wanting to sub-divide land in the area.

"This time, I decided to take the koala in to council because no action was taken the last time I reported a dead koala and my comments were not taken seriously," Mr Mewett said "This council operates under a fallacy, spruiking there are koalas here and they are protected but it is all just talk."

Council said it put two temporary flashing signs for two months from June 2013 warning drivers to slow down to avoid hitting animals and koalas near Eprapah Creek, where the koala was killed. It also put two temporary flashing signs nearby but said all had to be removed after they were all damaged by motorists. A permanent sign advising motorists of wildlife in the area was also erected. Council said it would investigate what could be done to make the road safer for wildlife after Mr Mewett's most recent complaint.

Loyal dog spent almost two weeks without food lying by his master's grave waiting for his return

A dog in Chennai, India, stayed almost for a fortnight next to the grave of his 18-year-old master, who had adopted him, waiting for his miraculous return after he had been killed in a road accident. The brown mongrel went without food, braved sun and rain, but refused to move in an extraordinary display of loyalty. Blue Cross of India volunteers spotted the dog sitting near the grave in the open burial ground near Avadi Bridge, Blue Cross of India general manager Dawn Williams said.

"When we attempted to rescue the dog, it stubbornly resisted and refused to budge," Williams said. "It just scratched the grave and whined." The volunteers then spoke to people who lived nearby. "We met a local resident who said the dog belonged to Bhaskar. He died after being hit by a speeding vehicle on August 2. Bhaskar's mother, Sundhari, 50, is a construction worker who lived in a shed near the building site," Williams said.

When the team went to Sundhari's house she said the dog, Tommy, had been her son's pet for five years. After his death, the animal had disappeared. She accompanied the team to the grave. The emaciated dog staggered towards Sundhari and crouched near her feet. "Sundhari clasped the dog, held its neck to her face and cried," Blue Cross volunteer Mukund J said. Sundhari, a widow, said life had become meaningless after the death of her only son.

But the pet that had remained steadfast to her son, even after his death, could be a reason to live, she said. "She took Tommy with her and returned home," Mukund said. Residents said she had gone back to her native home in Tiruvannamalai and had taken the dog with her. "Dogs, like humans, can love, suffer, and grieve," Peta India CEO Poorva Joshipura said. "We hope everyone who is moved by the story of this faithful companion will care for dogs by adopting a stray or volunteering at an animal shelter."

Eccentric bus shelter closed for health and safety reasons

An eccentric bus stop created by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in Krumbach, Austria, has been closed to the public because it doesn't "follow the Austrian regulations for building safety".

Bränden bus stop, one of seven architect-designed shelters in the tiny Vorarlberg village, is made of a cluster of slender steel rods that support a winding wooden staircase and balcony. But a small chain barrier now blocks access to the stairs, with a sign that reads "This is a work of art. Do not enter."

Sou Fujimoto designed the structure as part of the Kultur Krumbach initiative. Curated by Dietmar Steiner, director of Vienna architecture museum Architekturzentrum Wien, the project was developed to promote tourism in the picturesque Bregenzerwald district. According to Steiner, the new safety warning is just a precaution and can be ignored. "It's about the liability for possible accidents.

"The village cannot take over the responsibility for this because the construction - the stairs and the railings - do not follow the Austrian regulations for building safety," he said. He added that people have continued to climb up the stairs, ignoring the sign, and that the construction is stable enough that this is safe. "That's also a typical Austrian tradition - we have rules and regulations, but we don’t always follow them," he added.

Crocheted blanket saved after removal of wasps' nest from bed

A giant wasps' nest took over the bed of a spare bedroom at a house in Winchester, Hampshire. Mr Birkett, of Owslebury-based Longwood Services, who was called to deal with it said: “In 45 years I have never seen anything like it. There must have been 5,000 wasps.”

The client lives alone in the five-bedroom house in St Cross and had not been in the spare room for several months before her son opened the door and saw the huge nest. The window had been left open. The wasps were enlarging their home by chewing through the pillows and into the mattress.

The nest measured about three feet wide by a foot and a half deep. Mr Birkett said: “It was a job to deal with it. I had protective gear on. At one stage there must have been 2,000 wasps buzzing around me. If someone had gone in to the room and not known what it was it would have been pretty serious.”

Mr Birkett used a spray to kill the insects on Sunday. It gives him mixed feelings. “It is amazing how they build it, by chewing the wood off gates and things. Although they are a pest in homes they are a friend of the gardener by killing aphids. I thought 'what a shame', but I had a job to do and the client was terrified.” Mr Birkett was able to save the crocheted blanket under the nest.