Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Bone-chewing squirrel imitates flautist

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Man from Fruitvale arrested for pointing banana at police officers, including one named Bunch

Nathen Channing, a 27-year-old resident of Fruitvale, Colorado, was taken into custody on Sunday night for pointing a banana at a pair of Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies, both of whom initially believed the piece of fruit was a handgun. The two involved Mesa County deputies were identified as Joshua Bunch and Donald Love, both of whom were identified as victims in the case against Channing, who was arrested on two counts of felony menacing. In an arrest affidavit, Bunch wrote that he was driving in unincorporated Mesa County, when he noticed Channing walking on the sidewalk.

Eventually, Bunch wrote, Channing “reached into the left side of his coat and pulled out a yellow object, pointing it into the air then in my direction as I approached him.” “Fearing it was a weapon,” Bunch wrote that he sped off. And knowing Love was travelling behind him, Bunch said he radioed his fellow deputy to warn him. As he returned to the area, Bunch wrote he witnessed Channing point the same object at Love. As Love got out of his vehicle and approached Channing, Bunch wrote his fellow deputy said he “observed what appeared to be a yellow tube with a black centre” and also stated he 'thought it was a gun.' “Deputy Love stated he was in fear for his life at this point and was in the process of pulling out his handgun when Nathen yelled, ‘It’s a banana!’” Bunch wrote.

In describing his own misinterpretation of the object, Bunch wrote that “based on training and experience, I have seen handguns in many shapes and colours and perceived this to be a handgun.” After identifying the object as harmless, the two deputies approached Channing, asking him to explain his actions. “Nathen stated he does a lot of ‘YouTube’ and thought it would be a ‘funny joke,’” Bunch wrote. “Nathen explained he did it to a friend who was also driving in the area and his friend thought it was funny.” Noticing no cameras in the area, Bunch wrote that he pressed Channing for details about whether he was going to post video of the incident on YouTube. At that point Channing admitted this was a “‘trial run’ of the joke,” and that he was not recording it.

“Nathen’s only explanation for pointing the banana at law enforcement was it was a joke,” Bunch wrote. “He thought it would, ‘lighten the holiday spirit.’” When Bunch explained that to Channing that he wasn’t laughing, and that “these matters are taken very seriously,” Channing apologised for the incident and admitted he “may have taken the joke too far.” Apparently deeming his apology as insufficient after discussing the incident further, the deputies placed Channing under arrest, with Bunch writing “Nathen, by physical action, knowingly placed Deputy Love and I in imminent fear by use of an article fashioned in the manner to cause us to reasonably believe it was a deadly weapon.” If convicted of the charges detailed in his arrest affidavit, Channing could receive one to three years in prison and a fine of between $1,000 and $100,000.

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Woman arrested over $6,400 sausage heist

A Texas woman has lost her job and now is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing $6,400 worth of sausage from her employer, the Kiolbassa Provision Company.

An arrest affidavit stated that a representative of the company notified San Antonio police that Regina Shaw, 45, had been caught on surveillance cameras on Sept. 14, taking a pallet of products out of the business without permission.

The affidavit stated that the stolen sausage was valued at more than $6,400. It stated that the company representative also presented police with a written statement from a man who said Shaw had sold him some of the stolen sausage on one occasion, then gave him more later to repay a debt she owed to him.

Police later spoke with that man and showed him Shaw's picture in a photo lineup. They said he identified her as the unauthorized sausage seller. Shaw was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of theft.

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Man vexed that ATMs rejected his bank card smashed-up nine machines in hammer attack

Chinese man Bo Teng has been arrested after he took a hammer out of his car and used it to smash up nine ATM machines when they refused to accept his bank card. The tourist had been visiting the city of Guangzhou in China's Guangdong province and needed the money to get a hotel for the night.

But after repeatedly putting the card in and having it rejected, the 43-year-old walked away briefly only to return minutes later with a hammer from his car. He then used it to smash up the machine that had rejected his card, and then also attack three other machines in the wall of the bank.

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He then walked a short distance until he spotted another bank, with another five ATM machines, and smashed those up as well. Police spokesman Jun Li said: "He was furious that he couldn't get money from his account but it appears it was because he didn't have any money in his account.

"It was also foolish given that he had tried to use the machine a few minutes earlier, and it was easy to identify him from his card details." The bank warned that the man is unlikely to have any money in his account for some time after they announced they were suing him for the cost of repairing the machines, which is expected to be over 20,000. They are also filing a complaint for criminal damage with police.

Beijing store sparks racism row by banning Chinese customers

A clothing store in Beijing has caused an outcry after putting up a sign banning Chinese customers. The sign reading: "Chinese not admitted - staff excluded" appeared more than a week ago.

"We didn't want to hang up the sign in the first place and lead people to think we Chinese look down upon ourselves. But some Chinese customers are too annoying," a salesperson said, adding that the wholesale store mainly sells to foreigners. The salesperson said the store had to pay a foreign customer £3,200 ($5,000) last week to settle the theft of his wallet by a Chinese shopper.

"The surveillance camera footage showed a Chinese customer stole his wallet. But the foreign customer claimed that we [the shop and the Chinese customer] are a group of thieves. And Chinese women often try on lots of clothes but end up buying nothing," the salesperson added.

The sign, which is written in Chinese, was also aimed at preventing competitors from copying their designs, another salesperson said. Legal scholar Li Xiandong, of the China University of Political Science and Law, said that while the sign was discriminatory, the mainland had not outlawed racial discrimination, so the sign was not breaking any laws.

Tenant won almost $1,000 compensation after suing landlord over cracked toilet seat

A man who sued because of a faulty ­toilet seat has been awarded almost $1,000 compensation by a tribunal in Australia. In claims to the Victorian Civil and Administrative ­Tribunal, Riley Nottingham alleged the toilet seat at the one-bedroom rental property in the Kensington suburb of Melbourne was so badly cracked it cut skin and drew blood.

Mr Nottingham, 23, said he was so embarrassed by the loo he asked some visitors to use a nearby public toilet. “I couldn’t have girls over,” he says. “We had to put wads of paper over the crack, it was a pain. It wasn’t a life-or-death problem, but when you’re paying good rent, it gets to you.” A replacement seat fitted after more than a dozen emails and a complaint to Consumer Affairs Victoria offered no ­relief: it was too small for the designer porcelain bowl.

So Mr Nottingham launched a tribunal action. VCAT member Jessica Klingender found in his favour, noting the problems “made the daily requirement of sitting on the toilet inconvenient, uncomfortable, potentially painful and unhygienic”. She wrote in her decision: “A toilet is a necessity. While I accept that the landlords did make some efforts ... the tenant was without a properly functioning toilet seat for a period of some months.”

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VCAT ordered Malaysian landlords Kim Wah Yong and Heng Lai Liu to pay $933.57. However, Mr Nottingham is unable to register the debt with the Magistrates’ Court because he can’t find an Australian ­address for the landlords. “I’ve got the order, but I can’t enforce it. It seems ridiculous,” he said. Mr Nottingham has since moved in with a friend in Yarraville and is yet to receive the payout.

Road gritters blessed by clergy as part of preparations to make roads safer this winter

Road gritters have been blessed by clergy including the Bishop of Lincoln as part of preparations to make Lincolnshire's roads safer this winter.

All 43 of Lincolnshire's gritters were blessed by various clergy at the county's eight depots. It is the latest unusual blessing for the Right Reverend Christopher Lowson, who has also blessed church toilets. "Gritters and toilets are really important parts of our lives," he said.

The Right Reverend Lowson said: "Toilets is probably the strangest thing [I've blessed] but it's actually making the point that God is not just interested in what you might think of as holy stuff, but the whole of life."

Talking about the first time he blessed toilets, he said: "As we finished, the toilet flushed and this rather embarrassed man came out of it with the congregation standing with the bishop in the middle of them. So the toilet was blessed in several ways really."

Sheep farmer proposed to girlfriend with help from his flock

A resourceful sheep farmer from Willingdon in East Sussex found an interesting way to propose to his girlfriend. Henry Brown, 34, surprised his girlfriend Emily Walker, 22, from Hailsham, by proposing with a helping hand from his flock. “We both work in the sheep farming sector, it felt an apt way to propose,” said Henry, who farms 450 lambing ewes.

“You’ve got to make a bit of effort with these things, you only do it the once. I just thought I would make it a bit of fun really.” He said he planned the proposal in advance, and wanted to make sure it was imaginative. “We both had the day off so I said shall we go for a ride around the farm,” said Henry.

Earlier, he had got five of his flock, sprayed them with ‘Emily, will ewe marry me?’, and put them out in a separate field. When the pair spotted the sheep in the wrong place on their morning ride, they went out to investigate. Emily said, “I did not have a clue, I did not expect it at all.

“I was really surprised. I walked up and saw the sheep and thought hold on what’s going on. Then I realised what they had got written on them. He then did the gentlemanly thing and got down on one knee.” Emily said yes, and now the pair, who have been together since May, have set the wedding date for June 27 next year.

Police release CCTV image of man they want to speak to in connection with burglary

Police have released a CCTV image of a burglar who climbed onto the counter of a service station.

Humberside Police are appealing for witnesses and releasing the of a man they want to speak to in connection with a burglary at the Oasis service station in Long Riston which took place between 3.00am and 3.15am on Monday 3 November 2014.

Although the image does not show the suspect’s face it does show that he was wearing a distinctive top and trainers and police are appealing for people to look at the top and shoes and help identify the person wearing them.

Anyone who may be able to identify the individual is asked to contact them.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Are we nearly there yet?

Munchkin the shih tzu teddy bear exercises

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Lady arrested after game of Monopoly turned violent

A game of Monopoly ended with a young woman under arrest in New Hampshire.

Police say they were called to a home in Hooksett late on Sunday night to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Alyssa Ferraro, 21, told officers “she got into an argument with her boyfriend over a game of Monopoly and open hand slapped him in the face,” according to a police statement.

The boyfriend was not seriously hurt. But Ferraro was arrested and charged with domestic violence related simple assault. She was released on $2,000 bail and ordered to appear in court on December 31.

Man named Phuc Kieu accused of sexual assault

Florida resident Phuc Kieu, 58, was watching gay pornography in his Honda Civic on Sunday afternoon when he allegedly pulled a male passer-by into the vehicle, and then straddled the man while trying to tear off the victim's clothes.

The 21-year-old victim eventually escaped from the car and ran away yelling, “Rapist!,” according to a police report. Phuc Kieu was charged with sexual assault, kidnapping, and robbery without a weapon.

The latter charge stemmed from the alleged theft of the victim’s backpack, which contained $220 the man had withdrawn from an ATM immediately before being pulled into Phuc Kieu’s car. Police reported that Phuc Kieu “laid the driver’s seat all the way back and proceeded to watch homosexual pornography on a portable DVD player” before pouncing on the victim.

He then punched him in the mouth, and pulled him into the Honda (where Phuc Kieu allegedly “began to pull off his shirt, belt, and pants”). Phuc Kieu, a Vietnamese immigrant who lives in Orlando, is being held in the Alachua County jail in lieu of $150,000 bond on the three felony counts.

Store owner has bought piece of cheese big enough to kill you

A 1,000-pound piece of cheese that would likely kill you if it fell on you the wrong way has arrived in Ottawa, Canada.

“You never see something like this,” said Joe Nicastro, co-owner of Nicastro’s Italian Food Emporium.

Every year, the Nicastro brothers ship over a large provolone by a boat that travels from northern Italy, through to Toronto and into Ottawa.

Nicastro said it took nine people on Monday morning to offload the provolone, almost 12-feet long and worth around $18,000, from a truck and into his store. The store will chop it up and market it at a cost of roughly $18 per pound.

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Driver who smashed into restaurant apologised before buying everyone chicken wings

A Dodge Ram pick-up truck smashed into the Wing'N It restaurant in Clarenville, Newfoundland, Canada, on Saturday afternoon, disrupting diners, all of whom escaped injury.

None of the customers at the Shoal Harbour Drive restaurant were seated at the centre tables when the truck crashed through the front window into the dining area.

The apologetic driver then bought chicken wings for the startled customers who were in the restaurant at the time.

A spokesperson with the company said there was no structural damage to the building, just broken windows and damaged furniture. The restaurant was open for business again by Saturday evening.

You can see CCTV footage of the incident here.

Joggers saved stranded dolphin

A morning training session turned into a rescue mission to save a beached dolphin in Sydney, Australia. A jogger found the Risso's dolphin with a gash to its head lying on its side in the shallows of North Curl Curl Beach.

Five men helped slowly right it and got it back into deeper water. They then spent half an hour nursing the animal so it could regain its strength, before it eventually swam back out to sea. One rescuer Richard Smith said: "We went out there and just held it for a while and it regained its composure I guess and off it went. It was pretty amazing."

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"Dolphins are surprisingly heavy," said another rescuer Pierce Howell. Libby Eyre from Sydney Sea Life Aquarium said it was unusual to see this type of dolphin in the shallow water as they're usually a deep water species. "We don't know why it's come ashore, it could be sick or injured," she said.

The dolphin had some scratches around its face which could have been from colliding with something or maybe an injury from even before it was stranded. Unfortunately there is a strong chance that it will come back, but according to Ms Eyre, "if it swam off strongly which I'm led to believe it did than that's a good sign."

Police investigate theft of large gold sparkly reindeer

Suspected thieves who stole a large gold reindeer from a shop have been captured on camera brazenly walking out of the store with the £250 sparkly ornament.

The two suspects were seen walking out of the HomeSense store in the centre of Taunton, Somerset, and one of the men was captured on security camera with the ornament in his hands. They are now being hunted by police who are calling for any witnesses who might have seen two men walking in the street with a big gold reindeer.

Avon and Somerset Police said the incident happened at around midday on October 27 when two men walked into the store and selected the large gold sparkly animal before leaving without paying. Police are investigating the incident and have identified CCTV footage of two men they believe might have information that could help with their inquiries.

The first man is described as white, aged 50 to 58, 5ft 6ins, of stocky build, with shoulder length hair. The second man is described as white, 5ft 8ins, of stocky build. Anyone who recognises the two men or knows who they are or anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to please contact the police.

Former police bloodhound now gainfully employed sniffing out fatbergs

A former police dog is now being employed to sniff out sewer-blocking 'fatbergs' consisting of oil, fat and grease. Hector the bloodhound has been trained to detect blockages on Southern Water's 25,000-mile sewer network by sniffing air gaps at ground level.

The dog's nose has 1,000 times more scent receptors than a human nose - and he has previously been used to search for missing children and on-the-run criminals. Hector's owner, former police dog handler Steve Williams, is one of three former police officers employed by Southern Water as so-called "fat detectives".

Mr Williams makes sure restaurants and takeaways understand the problems that discarded fat can cause, and helps to work out the causes of blockages on the network. He said: "We use CCTV, sonar surveys and all manner of hi-tech kit to search for blockages but as far as I know we've never used a bloodhound, so I thought I'd give it a go.

"I've had Hector since he was eight weeks old and we worked together for Sussex Police for five years before he retired. Together we've searched for missing children and OAPs and numerous criminals on the run, but now we're fighting grime instead of crime and on the hunt for fat, oil and grease." Southern Water, which serves Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, says around 17,000 blockages are caused every year by build-ups of fat.

Man who claims not to be a nutter is desperately seeking Suzy

A mysterious man, who insists he isn't a nutter, has left notices around Blackheath in south east London seeking to trace a woman he was talking to "before the police turned up".

Walkers on Blackheath have spotted several of the notices, titled "Desperately seeking Suzy", which have been put up on lamp posts around the pond.

The notes, from someone named Rob, read: "Loved talking to you last Sunday before the Police turned up.

"Came back to find you but you'd gone. Will be there, same place, 4.30pm Sundays. If you would like to meet. NOT A NUTTER. Just really liked you - Rob."