Thursday, July 30, 2015

Get off our lawn

Playful baby elephant chases after swallows

At Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Pug perplexed by fart machine

Grimley is unsure what to make of the evil farting device.

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Later, however, he was confident enough to move into attack mode.

Boinging baby goats befriend barn cat

Week-old Lady Bug and Princess Leia meet Moo the barn cat at Sunflower Farm in Cumberland, Maine.

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Not content with robbing bank 'brazen bandit' also helped himself to a complimentary lollipop

A Florida man dubbed as a "brazen bandit" by deputies is accused of robbing a bank, and before walking out, taking one of the bank's complimentary lollipops with him.

Deputies said Jonathan Boston, 30, robbed two banks, one on Saturday and one Monday. Security cameras spotted Boston parking his truck outside the bank to make a quick getaway.

His first robbery was at the TD Bank in West Palm Beach. He passed a note demanding cash, took his bounty - and a lollipop - then left, according to deputies. Less than 48 hours later, he robbed the TD Bank in suburban West Palm Beach.

He parked in front of the bank, passed a note to the teller and demanded money, deputies said. But deputies said he didn't get very far. They were able to track him down shortly after the robbery in his truck. All of the cash was recovered. He is charged with bank robbery and is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail.

Man accused of trying to use rattlesnake as deadly weapon

An Arizona man allegedly tried to kill another man with a rattlesnake, but the snake would not bite. Nathaniel Buck Harrison, 38, of Oracle, entered a person's home on July 23 and accused a man of being a "rat" and for sending his friend to prison, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. He then allegedly hit the 53-year-old victim over the head with a board, breaking it in two pieces, and said he was going to kill him.

Sheriff's officials said that Harrison handled the snake with his bare hands trying to push the snake towards the man. When the snake wouldn't bite, PCSO says, Harrison forced the victim to the ground and then used a handgun to fire a bullet into a speaker box close to the victim's foot. By this time, 911 had been called and deputies were on their way. The sirens spooked Harrison who allegedly hid the handgun within a couch located in the kitchen, said PCSO.

Harrison refused to come out of the home at first, but was eventually taken into custody. He was booked into jail under suspicion of endangerment, aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct with a weapon, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony offence, unlawful discharge of a firearm and threatening and intimidating. PCSO says Harrison has an "extensive criminal history" and is being held on $50,000 bond.

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Neighbours say Harrison had been in and out of the mobile home park often. Manager Suzie Riddell said that several months ago he tried to throw a hornet's nest inside another resident's home. Riddell said she believes Harrison has mental problems. "I hope they get him help this time," she said. "Just throwing him in jail isn't going to help." "This is the first case I have heard where a victim attempted to use a venomous snake to kill or injure his victim," said Sheriff Paul Babeu. The snake was caught by deputies and released into the wild.

Orphaned pine marten entered house through cat flap helped himself to food and had a nap

An orphaned pine marten is being cared for after taking refuge through a cat flap, helping himself to food and settling down for a nap.

Anne Paterson, from Gartness in Stirling, Scotland, watched as the surprise visitor sneaked in from the garden and made himself at home. The little pine marten, who has been named Edan, is being cared for at the Scottish SPCA rescue centre in Fishcross.

Ms Paterson said: "I had spotted the pine marten in the garden a few times but I didn't think anything of it. "Then one day my daughter and I watched him go into the house through the cat flap.

"Our cats weren't around at the time and he started munching away on their food before curling up in one of their beds. I'm glad to hear Edan is doing well after being rescued." It is hoped Edan can be set free in the next four to six weeks.

Clean bill of health given to silly Shih Tzu who swallowed whole kitchen scourer

A little dog from Jarrow, South Tyneside, owes his life to charity vets after swallowing a whole kitchen sponge ... complete with scouring pad. Alfie the Shih Tzu had to have emergency treatment after eating his foamy snack and has now made a full recovery. The 20-month old pet was keeping his owner Maria Bird company as she cleaned the bathroom when he swiped a clean sponge from the packet and swallowed it whole.

The dog didn’t even flinch after his unusual meal, but 53-year-old Maria knew that Alfie’s naughty niblbing could cause him some serious harm. She said: “Alfie has always been a mischief-maker but I was astounded when he wolfed down the sponge in one go. He seemed absolutely fine but I knew he could be in deep trouble. I rushed him straight to PDSA where vets checked him over.” Maria, who has had Alfie since he was a puppy, and her daughter Jade took Alfie to the PDSA’s Gateshead Pet Hospital

Vets immediately administered emergency treatment to make Alfie sick and avoid him having to undergo surgery. Vet Nurse Caroline Watson said: “We gave Alfie an injection to make him sick and thankfully, the medicine worked its magic quickly. Thanks to the speedy actions of Maria, Alfie avoided a far worse fate, as when pets swallow foreign bodies, they can cause tears or fatal blockages in the digestive system. We were amazed that such a small dog managed to swallow a sponge of that size.

“It can’t have been very pleasant going down or coming back up again.” Alfie gave his owners a shock as he doesn’t usually eat things he shouldn’t, and they will be watching him closely from now on. Alfie returned home shortly after his ordeal and returned to his usual self. Maria said: “I am so grateful to PDSA for their fast action and help with Alfie. We are keeping a close eye on him to make sure he doesn’t snaffle any other spongy treats again.”

Laughing fire extinguisher driver jailed

Footage has been released of a man driving a car after his passenger deliberately set off a fire extinguisher, filling the vehicle with vapour.

Charlie Jones, 21, of Peacehaven, East Sussex, was jailed for dangerous driving after a video he uploaded onto Facebook was reported to Sussex Police.

The video, which Jones entitled "classic nearly died twice", was recorded in August 2014. In the footage, he is heard to shout: "I can't see, I can't see."

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Appearing at Lewes Crown Court, Jones was jailed for 10 weeks for dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £1,000 costs. He will be required to sit an extended driving test before being allowed to return behind the wheel.

Jail for pink-wigged naked man who waggled private parts at passing cars

A man has been jailed for standing naked in the central reservation of a dual carriageway next to a busy roundabout in Devon and waggling his private parts at cars. Malcolm King, 57, was wearing only a pink wig, chocolate body paint, and stick-on body jewellery. He was waving a glow stick. King was jumping up and down and waggling his private parts at a stream of cars, some containing children, as they passed him at the Penn Inn at Newton Abbot. He chose to expose himself on the night of January 30 this year, at a time when a warning had been issued about sub zero temperatures and frosty roads. King had only been released hours earlier from a previous five months sentence for exposing himself in a beach hut in Torbay.

He has previously been jailed for exposing himself in the centre of Plymouth while wearing only a blonde wig, pink gloves and pink shoes, and in Exeter while wearing only a pink sock and garter. Homeless King, previously of Plymouth, admitted exposure and was jailed for 12 months by Recorder Malcolm Galloway at Exeter Crown Court. He told him: "Members of the public, when the read of these offences, may find some of them amusing but there was a real potential you were doing this in front of children and others who might be shocked. You may, perhaps in drink, find this something you wish to do, but others do not want to see it and the court has to consider that you have completely ignored earlier sentences.

"This happened on the day you were released from prison on one of the busiest roundabouts in the country which was packed with cars. Dozens of members of the public would have seen you. I am told you were homeless and wanted to get arrested but I view that with a certain amount of suspicion because you could have walked naked into a police station but instead chose this roundabout. All the courts can do with this sort of behaviour is to pass longer and longer sentences." Gordon Richings, said a female police officer was driving past the Penn Inn roundabout shortly before 7pm when she saw a man standing in a triangular section of the central reservation on the Exeter side of the main A380 road.

He said: "The officer saw King completely naked save for a pink wig. He was jumping up and down waggling his penis. There were a number of pedestrians and motorists in the area and although it was dark, it was well lit. He was wearing stick-on jewels on his body. The officer stopped and he said to her 'let me in the car, I'm freezing'." Paul Dentith, defending, said King had been released from his last sentence earlier that day and was penniless and homeless. He said: "He had no form of support and says he had been reduced to drinking water from a river in Newton Abbot. He felt the only way of getting help was to be arrested. He was in a dreadful state." Mr Dentith said King has been in custody since his arrest, which equates to a 12-month sentence, and will receive more support from the probation service when he is released again.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bubble bath

Dog confidently ascends ladder

In order to get onto roof of house.

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Man faces charges after low-speed mobility scooter chase

A man riding a motorised wheelchair was apprehended following a low-speed police chase in Elyria, Ohio, on Monday.

Complaints had trickled in over the last few days after a man was spotted riding his mobility scooter on roads and into traffic, even keying vehicles as he went by.

On Monday, Elyria police attempted to take action and pull the man over, but the man, later identified as 31-year-old Graham L. Ley, evaded the officers by cutting across four lanes of traffic. A low-speed chase ensued as Ley rode onto a sidewalk, refusing to pull over.

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A second patrol car was deployed, stopping Ley and his scooter. After a short struggle, officers placed Ley under arrest and took him to the Lorain County Jail where he's being charged with resisting arrest, obstructing official business, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, and failure to comply. His chair was later picked up by LifeCare Ambulance.

Man arrested after stand-off involving banjo

A man from Vancouver, Washington, was taken into police custody after a stand-off that involved the suspect serenading officers with a banjo.

Officers were called on Sunday afternoon after reports of a naked man walking around with a knife. When they arrived at the man’s home, he refused to surrender.

Neighbours saw the man, identified by police as Andrew Helmsworth, yelling at officers, and said at one point, Helmsworth walked outside with a banjo, which he played for the officers.

Witnesses said the officers eventually subdued Helmsworth with what appeared to be a non-lethal round and took him into custody. According to police, the investigation revealed that Helmsworth had assaulted a family member. Helmsworth was arrested on a charge of felony assault and lodged at the Clark County Jail, police said.

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Police seek man who made off with $140,000 accidentally left behind by ATM employee

Police in New Jersey are looking for a man who took a bag containing $141,000 accidentally left behind by an employee of an ATM company. Surveillance video shows the costly mistake made by the employees of in Mahwah. It shows a worker leaving his office on his way to replenish ATMs.

He was carrying the large sum of cash in a small, unmarked bag, police said. The video shows him setting down the satchel, walking around to the back of the car and then getting in and taking off without the bag, which was filled with $10 and $20 bills. “At some point, the person who was supposed to have the bag realised that it wasn’t in the car with him

"But at that point, he was seven miles away so he called back to the office to see if it was still at the kerbside where he had left it,” said Mahwah police Officer William Hunt. The video then shows the passenger of a white GMC Savana work van picking up the bag full of money up and driving away. Surveillance video shows that the van was picking up discarded tyres from another nearby business just minutes before, police said.

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“It was really just a stroke of luck, or misfortune, for them that this van happened to be driving by shortly after the money was left at the kerb,” Hunt said. Police say once the worker who left the money behind returned back to the building and realised what had happened, they needed to call an ambulance for him. Police are hoping whoever took the bag will return it. “Anytime you find property that’s discarded on the side of the road, it’s not just fair game for you to pick it up and say, ‘Well, you left it, I found it,'” Hunt said.

Sisters plan to file formal complaint after being stopped by police officer for cycling topless

Three sisters from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, are planning to file a formal complaint after they say they were stopped by a police officer for cycling topless. Alysha Brilla and her two sisters Tameera and Nadia Mohamed took off their shirts while riding their bikes in downtown Kitchener on Friday evening because of the heat.

They say they received mostly positive reaction, until a police officer stopped them. "He said, 'Ladies, you need to put on some shirts,'" said Tameera Mohamed. "We said, 'No we don't ... it's our legal right in Ontario to be topless as women.'" The officer said there had been complaints, according to Tameera. She said the officer began backtracking once her sister, Alysha, began recording with her smartphone.

The officer then denied having pulled them over for riding topless, before letting them continue their ride, Tameera said. "We went on our way and went straight to the police station to report it," she said. Waterloo regional police acknowledge there was an incident involving three topless female cyclists and a police officer, but would not discuss the incident in detail. "We're doing an internal review on the situation," said Staff Sgt. Michael Haffner. "It is a current law that if a female chooses to go topless, that is their right."

The sisters say they plan to file a formal complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, which oversees public complaints against municipal and regional police services in Ontario as well as the Ontario Provincial Police. "When men take off their tops in public, it's clearly because it's a hot day and clearly it's for their comfort. Women should be given the same freedom," said Nadia Mohamed. "Even though legally we have that right, socially we clearly don't." The women are holding a rally in uptown Waterloo on Saturday to support the desexualising of women's bodies. Shirts will be optional.

Campers forced to flee up trees to escape from rampaging bull at caravan park

A bull "acting aggressively" caused campers to climb up trees to seek safety as it rampaged through a caravan park in Australia's Northern Territory before being shot by police.

Police said the long-horned bull charged through the McArthur River campground in Borroloola, about 720 kilometres from Darwin, at around 6:00pm on Monday. "It was a bit of a danger to people at the caravan park," Duty Superintendent Brendan Muldoon said.

"I know there were 50 people at the park at this time, quite a few obviously saw it and called police to assist. Some people had to escape from the bull and hide up trees." Colin Coutts, the manager at the park, said when he learned of a commotion in the campground he went to investigate. "I jumped in the ute and went to try and hunt him out," he said. "He's gone over near a caravan and I've pulled up and got out.

"I went to shoo him and he turned around and had a go at me and put me up on the back of the ute." Mr Coutts said police were called and were trying to coax the bull back to where it came from when things turned for the worse. "It turned around and tried to attack the police car so they shot him," he said. Superintendent Muldoon said the animal was a "local bull" and owned by someone in the community.

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Policemen given bravery award for initiating 70mph head-on crash to stop dementia sufferer

Two police officers, who risked a head-on collision to prevent an elderly dementia sufferer from crashing into oncoming cars as he drove the wrong way on the motorway, have been honoured. PCs Craig Graves and Steven Hudson have received a Chief Constable’s Commendation for bravery after safely stopping the man’s Honda Jazz as it travelled at 70mph towards them in August 2014, ensuring both the 77-year-old and other road users remained uninjured.

The elderly man had been reported missing and police had received numerous calls after his car was spotted travelling southwards on the northbound carriageway of the M6 Toll, near Sutton Coldfield. Traffic officers PCs Graves and Hudson were asked to put on a rolling road block to slow down vehicles coming towards the Honda and create space for motorway police to catch up with the car. However, the Honda outran the officers and continued to travel at speed towards the road block.

Dashcam footage shows how the pair, on spotting the Honda approaching, positioned their car to prevent it reaching the cars behind them, forcing the Honda into the central reservation. PC Hudson suffered with bruising and whiplash for more than a week after the collision. Chief Constable Chris Sims presented PCs Graves and Hudson with their commendations at an awards ceremony. They were nominated by their sergeant, Paul Talbot, for their “outstanding display of serving the public and protecting them from harm”.

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On receiving his award, PC Graves said: “I thought the driver of the Honda would see our lights and slow to a stop, but he didn’t and just kept coming towards us. I turned slightly to the left in order to make contact while lessening the sudden impact, forcing the vehicle into the central reservation. Fortunately this worked but contrary to what I said on the in-car video, there was considerable damage to our vehicle. The vehicle directly behind us, which would have been in the path of the Honda, contained a dad and his three young children, so it was very fortunate the end result was successful and nobody was seriously injured. I believe we were just doing our job.”

English drug dealer refused to appear in Welsh court because he can't understand the accent

A drug dealer from the West Midlands has refused to appear in court in Wales because he can’t understand what anyone says.

Dwaine Campbell, 25, was arrested in Aberystwyth delivering 51 wraps of heroin. Campbell, from Wolverhampton, was kept in custody in Wales for seven days before being transferred to a prison near his home.

His barrister, Janet Gedrych, said he complained that he couldn’t understand what anyone in Aberystwyth said and they struggled to understand his accent. “He is worried that if he is sentenced here he will end up in a jail in Wales and have the same difficulties,” she said.

Campbell has admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply. He was due to be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court but refused to leave his prison cell. Judge Heywood said he would sentence Campbell via a video link “so he can stay in the West Midlands.” Campbell will now be sentenced next month.

Stoat took on three rooks to protect young kits

A stoat has been caught on camera taking on three rooks in a fight at a wildlife centre near Plymouth, Devon. The tiny mammal was seen repeatedly fighting off the huge, bemused birds at Wembury Marine Centre.

It bravely confronted them time and again, even leaping from the ground at points in a bid to get to the much larger animals. Although it looks like the stoat is attacking the birds experts say it most probably displaying defensive behaviour. A spokesman for Devon Wildlife Trust said: "Stoats on the south Devon coast will prey on small mammals mostly, rabbits and smaller rodent species.

"Although they do also sometimes prey on birds it's unlikely a stoat would go for a rook, never mind three of them. Stoats tend to use areas of thick vegetation as cover for hunting too, rather than the open area of this road. So it looks like this is defensive behaviour. Those areas covered in thick vegetation are ideal habitat for small mammals and probably contain this stoat's den.

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"As it takes up to 10 months following mating in early summer for stoat kits to be born, then up to 12 weeks when the young are fed by their mother, the timing of this video is the sort of time the young stoats will be ready to go out hunting with the adults for the first time. This stoat is probably trying to chase the rooks away from the area where its young are about to emerge from their den."