Friday, September 30, 2016


This goat climbed a palm tree

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Intruder found shaving his head in couple's bathroom wanted a hug

A woman from Keizer, Oregon, says that she and her husband walked in on an intruder shaving his head in their bathroom. Pat Koskela, 64, said the encounter only got stranger from there. She said the suspect, Erica Avila, 39, did not make any threats as he held one of her husband's disposable razors in his hand, and that he was actually quite talkative, even affectionate. But she said she had to ask him to leave repeatedly. Koskela was home alone at around 5:45pm on Tuesday at her house. "I was in the bedroom in there working on the computer and my husband was at the store," said Koskela.

She said she heard her two dogs barking loudly but thought they were just yapping at her husband, John. After a few minutes, Koskela looked up and saw her husband outside the bedroom door, which is right next to the bathroom. "I said, 'Have you been home for about five minutes?' He goes, 'No,' and then he looks at me," Koskela said. "He has this really funny face and he goes, 'Who's your friend?' and I go, 'What?' so that's when we realised somebody was here." Police identified that somebody as Avila.

Koskela said Avila was shaving his head without shaving cream and they quickly realised he was a stranger. "He was rambling on about, 'Well, I know somebody that used to live here and I want to buy this place' and just a bunch of stuff," Koskela said. She believes Avila broke open an outside gate and came in through a sliding glass door, which she'd left open for her dogs while she was in her bedroom. Koskela said she and her husband were cordial with Avila and he wasn't threatening, but for a while he just wouldn't leave. "Every time we start to suggest that he leave or open the door, whatever," Koskela said, "he'd ask my husband another question."

Eventually, she said she put her foot down and threatened to call 911. "I said I need you to leave now and then he started to go," Koskela said. "He actually wanted to hug me before he left and I said, 'I'm not comfortable with that either.'" Koskela said after Avila left they called the police. Officers arrived and arrested Avila about a half-mile away. He faced a judge over a burglary charge in the case on Wednesday. Court records show Avila was previously found guilty of methamphetamine possession three times. Deputies at the Marion County Jail said they had to wait several hours before taking a new mug shot of him because was uncooperative and he appeared high. Koskela added that even without shaving cream, Avila didn't cut himself shaving.

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Man found sleeping in stolen pick-up truck

A Florida man found sleeping in the parking lot of a Walmart in Jupiter was arrested for the theft of a truck on Friday.

A caller advised police that the truck's driver was passed out behind the wheel of the truck, which was still running in its parking space. An officer arrived and found 25-year-old Robert Hardister, from Stuart, sleeping with his head on the steering wheel of a 1998 Ford F-150 truck, which had been identified as stolen.

The officer opened the truck door, removed the keys from the ignition, awakened Hardister and had him step to the rear of the vehicle where he was arrested. Hardister told police he paid a friend $20 to borrow the truck so he could move some furniture to his new apartment later in the evening.

He said he was trying to catch a couple of hours of sleep in the parking lot before going to work one of his construction projects in the area, according to Jupiter police. Hardister told the officer he was unaware the truck was stolen. He is charged with Grand Theft of an automobile.

Marijuana smoker unhappy after being given six-month bus ban for being too smelly

A man from Bremerton in Kitsap County, Washington, is not happy after being banned from riding on buses for six months because of his smell. Not because of body odour, but because of the overwhelming smell of marijuana. Matthew Little is even banned from standing at bus stops.

According to Kitsap Transit, passengers can be banned for reeking of cat urine, human faeces, bad body odour, among other bad smells. They are warned at least three times. “From time to time, I smell like I just smoked some marijuana probably because I just did," Little admits. Kitsap Transit accused Little of emitting an odour on busses that “unreasonably disturbs others,” and has banned him for six months.

Kitsap Transit say that after at least four documented complaints, they banned Little for “carrying the odour of marijuana on the bus, clothes, on his person,” according to a notice of exclusion sent to Little. They say the smell was so bad, “the driver began to choke and had to cover her nose,” and that Little “chose to ignore repeated warnings that violating our rules of conduct would result in his exclusion.” They also say that Little allegedly verbally abused a bus driver earlier this month. Little claims he never cursed at the driver.

When asked what he thinks he smells like, Little responded: “Ganga or Karl Lagerfeld." Kitsap Transit's 2013 Code of Conduct has no mention of marijuana or its smell at all, even though medical and recreational marijuana is legal. "I think it needs to be revisited," said Little. Kitsap Transit’s spokesman says he’s not aware of any plan to revise the code of conduct at this time. They insist they are ‘not singling out marijuana odour, but when it makes customers or drivers physically ill it's not acceptable.’ Little is appealing the ban.

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Police hunt thieves who stole nearly $4,000 worth of alcohol and a box of fried chicken

Police in Florida need help identifying three people accused of stealing nearly $4,000 worth of alcohol and a box of fried chicken in a series of thefts at Publix stores.

Flagler County deputies said the alleged thieves were seen on surveillance video shoplifting champagne, wine, beer, fried chicken and reusable shopping bags on Thursday.

The first theft happened at a Publix on Belle Terre Parkway, where about $600 worth of wine and champagne was stolen, deputies said. The second theft happened about an hour later at a store on Palm Coast Parkway.

There the thieves got away with $2,848 worth of merchandise, including wine, champagne, a box of fried chicken and six reusable shopping bags. An hour after that, deputies said the thieves targeted another Publix on Belle Terre Parkway, but a witness confronted the thieves and they rushed out of the store, deputies said. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office.

'Disco Baba' danced at police station after his arrest for alleged fraud

An alleged conman, known as ‘Disco Baba’, who was arrested for duping people out of money with claims of extraordinary powers, entertained police and government officials with his dancing skills at a police station in Hyderabad, India, on Tuesday. Dressed in white, ‘Disco Baba’ danced as they looked on.

The man, Anwarullah Khan, was arrested following a complaint by Syed Iftekar Hussain, who accused him of taking Rs 35 lakhs (£39,000, $50,000) to perform a ceremony with a promise of turning his bad fortune around. Khan then handed over gold-polished biscuits and diamonds to Hussain, claiming they were real.

However, later on, Hussain became suspicious and found that they were fake gold and diamonds and that Khan had duped him. Khan, who also says he is a Unani doctor, allegedly has a number of fraud cases registered against him across several police stations. Later, the Charminar Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, visited the police station.

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The legislator asked 35-year-old Khan why he was wearing a disco outfit. Khan replied that he was a disco dancer and performed stage shows at functions. The MLA asked Khan to prove that he really was a disco dancer. Khan then performed a disco dance to Bollywood songs in the presence of the MLA and the police officers.

Alleged vandal caught after suffering flip flop blowout while attempting to flee from police

A man wearing flip flops (thongs) in Jurien Bay, Western Australia, suffered a blowout as police chased him after he allegedly vandalised a car.

A WA Police spokesman said the incident occurred at around 11.50pm on Saturday at the IGA Supermarket, directly opposite the Jurien Bay police station.

Police say a patrol saw the man damaging a vehicle and when they stopped and gave chase the man ran away, suffering a flip flop malfunction in the process.

Wilina police later tweeted that the alleged offender should have put a plastic bread bag clip over the plug - an old trick to prevent flip flop blowouts. The man, who is in his 20s, has been charged with one count of criminal damage and will face court at a later date.

Burglar found with drugs sellotaped to his penis said he was trying to hide them from his wife

A burglar caught with 13 wraps of amphetamine sellotaped to his penis said he was trying to hide them from his wife. Mark Wright,43, from Sunderland, was arrested for trying to break into a house and was subjected to a strip search while in police custody. During the procedure, officers found the packages of white powder, which turned out to be amphetamine, attached to his genitals.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told Newcastle Crown Court: “While in custody, the defendant was subjected to a full body search and 13 wraps of white powder were found strapped to his penis and testicles. On them being discovered, he said ‘It’s whizz, for personal use’.” He had used sellotape to hold the drugs in place and Wright said he had been trying to hide them from his wife.

Wright, who has served prison sentences for burglaries in the past, had been arrested by police who caught him trying to break into a house in Sunderland, on August 25. He admitted attempted burglary and possession of amphetamine. Recorder Christopher Williams sentenced Wright, who has spent a month in custody on remand, to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation requirements. The judge said he accepted Wright had done well since his release from prison.

He told him: “I accept you are disappointed in yourself. It is in your hands now.” Alec Burns, defending, said, despite Wright’s bad criminal record, he had found work since his last jail term and was staying away from trouble. Mr Burns said: “He was taking amphetamine to allow him to work longer hours. He had to buy the drugs and got into debt. He was hiding the fact he was using drugs again from his wife, who would have stopped him had she known.“ Mr Burns said the attempted break-in was a blip, not a sign Wright, who still has a job open to him, was going back to his “old ways”.

Man's particularly juicy pork pie sparked airport security alert

A pork pie-loving man caused a minor alert at Manchester Airport when he tried to carry one through security. Seasoned traveller Norman Pearson, 69, thought nothing of it when he packed his super moist pie in his carry-on bag, hoping the tasty treat would tide him over until lunchtime during a flight to Spain. So Mr Pearson, from Wigan, was shocked when security staff at the airport started searching through his bag for prohibited items.

Much to his astonishment Norman, who is meticulous when abiding airport rules regarding liquids, was searched by security staff who believed he had a liquid in his luggage. But airport workers were surprised to find that the offending item was in fact a particularly juicy pork pie found nestled between his holiday clothes. His brother, Roy, said that the juice contained within the pie had shown up on security scanners as a liquid.

He said: “Seeing the funny side of it and not being able to extract the juice from the pie and place into a plastic bag, airport security allowed both Norman and his pie to continue on their way and wished him ‘bon appetit’.” Norman was on his way to Malaga with a friend when the confusing episode unfolded on Monday. Predicting that he may become peckish on the flight, Norman had bought the pie at his local pub Wigan Central the previous night. Roy said Wigan Central should be congratulated for serving the juiciest pork pies in Wigan.

He added: “Norman and pork pies are regular travelling companions but it’s the first time that it has caused an issue with airport security. It certainly tickled me because he’s so precise. He doesn’t even wear a belt so he can get through security fast. He’s mortified if he gets held up so he’d be very surprised to be held up by a pie. The people in security said they have never seen that before. It must have been a very juicy pie. He was allowed to take it through security but I’m not sure if it lasted until he got on the flight.” When walking through airport security in the UK, travellers must place all their liquids into a transparent plastic bag to be scanned separately.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Happy leaf

Australian man spends time with his best friend

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Here's another dandelion-eating rabbit

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Man dancing on freeway overpass in Wonder Woman cape arrested for public intoxication

Police in Lubbock, Texas, responded to an emergency call about a man dancing on the concrete barrier of a freeway overpass on Tuesday afternoon.

The man was reportedly wearing a wrestling mask and a Wonder Woman cape . LPD dispatch received the call at 2:20pm.

Police say one driver crashed after they were forced to brake suddenly to avoid the man. The man was said to be dancing on the overpass and waving a stick.

Police say the man, identified as 43-year-old Chad Coffey, was charged with public intoxication and is now at the Lubbock County Detention Center.

Naked man with shovel fell out of fridge after being Tasered

A 53-year-old man from Bay City, Michigan, is accused of walking around his neighbourhood naked, then having a fight with police that involved him crawling into a refrigerator. About 7:30pm on Sunday police responded to a house for a report of a nude man outside with a shovel. The woman who called police told them the man was in her backyard and had been hitting her house with the shovel. Police saw the man, identified as Scott W. Lange, in the yard. He had cuts on his body, was bleeding from numerous spots, and appeared to be under the influence of a drug.

Lange refused to drop his shovel and attempted to enter his own nearby home, prompting police to stun him with a Taser. Officers were unable to get the shovel from Lange's hands. Lange then crawled into his house and slammed the door behind him. Officers kicked open the door and Lange threw a metal chair and the shovel at them, the shovel hitting one of the officers in the chest and knocking her off her feet. Lange then crawled into an empty refrigerator and kept tossing whatever items he could find at the officers. Lange eventually grabbed two wooden TV tables and used them as shields against officers' Tasers.

Police eventually wrestled the tables away from Lange and stunned him again, causing him to fall out of the fridge. While he was on the ground, he attempted to eat shards of broken glass. The officers were able to hoist him up and take him outside, where he was attended by medical personnel and taken to McLaren Bay Region hospital. He told police he was embarrassed, thought he was dreaming, and didn't know where he was. In all, Lange had four Taser barbs removed from him. He also had a shard of glass in his upper left thigh. Police entered Lange's home and found it in shambles, with everything broken to pieces, blood streaks on the walls, and the sinks clogged and running.

Neighbours told police Lange had been walking up and down the sidewalk while nude, going onto porches and ringing doorbells. The woman who called 911 said Lange has been her neighbour for about two years and has always been "the sweetest guy ever." Lange was discharged from the hospital at about 12:30am and police promptly took him to the Bay County Jail. Lange appeared in Bay County District Court for arraignment on three counts of assaulting, resisting, or obstructing police and single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and indecent exposure. The judge set his bond at $7,500 cash-surety and scheduled him to appear for a preliminary examination on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Soldier who drowned his puppy must carry photo of it in his wallet for 2 years as part of sentence

A soldier pleaded guilty on Tuesday to tying up his puppy in late 2014 and tossing it into a pond, where it drowned. John Garrett Burrow, 24, pleaded guilty to felony cruelty to animals.

Authorities said Burrow used military parachute cord to hog-tie Riley, an 8-month-old Lab mix, before tossing the dog into McFadyen Lake in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The dog's carcass washed up on the shore of the pond on Jan. 2, 2015.

Neighbours said they were outraged by the dog's death, noting that they had given Burrow and his wife hundreds of dollars after the couple claimed Riley had been injured and they couldn't afford to pay veterinary bills. Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons sentenced Burrow to 30 days in jail and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service, possibly at Cumberland County Animal Control.

Burrow also will spend two years on probation, during which Ammons ordered him to carry a photo of Riley in his wallet. Burrow won't be able to own any pets for five years, as part of his plea agreement. The felony conviction will be wiped from his record if he successfully completes the terms of the deal. His wife, Kelsey Caroline Burrow, 22, still faces a misdemeanor charge of being an accessory after the fact in the case.

Two-legged piglet named Miracle walks on his front legs

A piglet born four weeks ago without usable back legs has learned to walk on his front legs.

"To get around, I noticed he was kind of tripoding - walking on his front legs and putting his nose on the ground to steady himself," said Ari Smith, the founder of Colorado Cutie Pigs. "Now he just balances on front legs. He’ll run. It’s pretty cool." Miracle was one of six pigs in a litter.

Miracle at three-weeks old.

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"Normally if there's anything wrong with a pig, the mom will abandon it and not take care for it," Smith said. But in this case, mom didn't abandon Miracle and cared for him just like his siblings. "He’s seems totally fine," says Smith. "He’s gained weight, he gets around with his siblings.

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"He doesn’t seem to think he has any issues at all." Despite adapting to having only two legs, Miracle still needs help. “He needs a wheelchair and he’ll probably go to a home that can deal with such a different little guy,” Smith said. “I really want him to go to somebody that can deal with his issues.”

Man bitten on penis by venomous spider for the second time in five months

A 21-year-old Australian tradesman has been bitten by a venomous spider on the penis for a second time. The man was using a portable toilet on a Sydney building site on Tuesday, when he suffered a repeat of the incident five months ago. Jordan, who preferred not to reveal his surname, said he was bitten on "pretty much the same spot" by the spider. "I'm the most unlucky guy in the country at the moment," he said.

"I was sitting on the toilet doing my business and just felt the sting that I felt the first time. I was like 'I can't believe it's happened again.' I looked down and I've seen a few little legs come from around the rim." He said that being bitten the first time had made him wary of using portable toilets. "After the first time it happened I didn't really want to use one again," he said. "Toilets got cleaned that day and I thought it was my opportunity to go use one.

"Had a look under both seats and then I sat down did my business. Next thing you know, I'm bent over in pain." The tradesman said he was not sure what type of spider bit him this time. One of his colleagues took him from the worksite in north-west Sydney to Blacktown Hospital, although many of his workmates were quick to see the lighter side of the situation. "They got worried the first time," he said. "This time they were making jokes before I was getting in the car."

The hospital declined to discuss the matter, citing patient privacy. Jordan was released from hospital and said he expected to return to work soon but was unlikely to be using the on-site toilet. "I think I'll be holding on for dear life to be honest," he said. The redback spider, closely related to the black widow spider, is distinguished by a long red stripe on its abdomen. Its bite causes severe pain, sweating and nausea. Although there are recorded cases of deaths from redback bites, none have occurred since the development of antivenom in 1956.

Councillor who serves on safer neighbourhood committee caught stealing her neighbour's mail

Pressure is mounting on a village councillor who works with the police to step down after she was caught on camera stealing her neighbour’s mail. Joy Harbottle was filmed picking out the delivery from an external letterbox on the street where she lives in Kings Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, before hiding it under her top and walking away.

The footage initially shows the postman dropping off a large letter before Councillor Harbottle is spotted approaching the property. The police confirmed they had been called and had spoken to her, but no further action has been taken. Neighbour and victim, Michael Umphray, said he was shocked by what he had recorded on his mobile phone. The 65-year-old said several vital letters had gone missing in the previous weeks so he decided to lie in wait. He said: “I was just shocked by what I saw, it speaks for itself. She came along 10 minutes after the postman had been.

“We have never been that neighbourly, and she was never rude to us but I don’t know why she would do this. We never approached her, we knew straight away that it was a police matter, although we didn’t want to press charges because we have to live next door to her.” However, locals are now calling for her to step down from Kings Clipstone Village Council where she also serves on the safer neighbourhood committee, liaising with police officers about local crime issues. Villager Keith Laver said: “She was there when I went to the last council meeting, anybody else would have resigned with the shame.

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“A lot of villagers are up in arms when they found out what happened, but there have been no consequences, she is still on the council. This person is meant to be representing us through the safer communities group - her position is untenable. We are not accepting this and we are trying to go through the correct channels.” Councillor Harbottle initially refused to comment on the issue, but later said: “We all do stupid things, I did a stupid thing which I dearly regret and which I apologise for. This incident was resolved weeks ago with no further action being taken.” She did not provide any explanation for her actions, but when asked if she would step down from her role on the council, she said: “I’m considering the future.”

King Arthur is suing council, the police and English Heritage over 'pay to pray' scheme

A druid who believes he is a reincarnation of King Arthur is to take court action against what he considers an ‘illegal charge’. King Arthur Pendragon is suing Wiltshire Council, English Heritage, and Wiltshire Police for having to ‘pay to pray’ at Stonehenge. This involved a £15 charge, which he refused to pay, leading to his ban from the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

He decided to challenge the ‘authorities’ because of what he said was an “affront against my and many people’s religion, that is paganism”. King Arthur said: “I am banned from the site because I refuse to pay what I consider to be an illegal charge. Because of this I will be suing Wiltshire Council, English Heritage and Wiltshire Police under articles 9, 10, 11 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights.”

King Arthur thinks that there is a link between all three parties concerned. He said: “They conspired to make it impossible for me to park anywhere else than the car park that they were charging money for. Because the police stopped me from parking on all the other roads in and around Stonehenge, I couldn’t get in. This meant I had to go home and did not celebrate the Solstice, and for that, I intend to take them to court.”

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “We have received a claim, however it would be inappropriate to comment further.” English Heritage released a statement saying: “We can confirm that Mr Pendragon is proceeding against us and it would be inappropriate to comment while legal proceedings are ongoing.” Wiltshire Police said: “We have received a claim, and as proceedings are ongoing, it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this time.”