Thursday, October 08, 2015

Do you want to know a secret?

Puppy fraternises with ferrets and a plastic pipe

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Man trying on women's underwear accused of exposing himself to store employee

A 52-year-old man from Arlington, Virginia, has been charged with indecent exposure after an incident at a shopping mall on Monday.

Allen Jones, reportedly exposed himself to a clerk at the JC Penny's at Springfield Mall. The suspect was shopping in the women's underwear section of the store and requested assistance from the clerk as he tried on the items.

The incident reportedly took place in the changing room. The clerk immediately contacted police. After an investigation, detectives linked the suspect to a previous incident on September 18.

In thatincident the suspect reportedly exposed himself to a clerk at a women's lingerie store, Soma, also in Springfield Mall. The suspect was charged in connection with that event as well. Jones was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Police seek man who fell into store through ceiling then climbed back out empty-handed

Police in Springfield, Massachusetts, hope the public can help identify a man who literally dropped into the Main Stop Food Mart premises.

The possible would-be burglary happened late on Sunday night and the store’s surveillance camera caught the man’s precipitous entry, through the ceiling and onto the tile floor.

The unidentified, after-hours customer apparently found a way in through the roof, according to the Springfield police report. After falling through the ceiling and landing inside the store, the man can be seen in the video immediately trying to climb back up to the hole he fell through.

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Aside from the clean-up and necessary repairs to the building, the store owner found nothing missing. Police said the man looks to be in his late 30s. He was wearing a black baseball hat, dark blue short-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and light brown leather work boots.

Man arrested after calling police 'to complain girlfriend would not have sex with him'

A South Carolina man called 911 early on Tuesday morning to complain that his girlfriend would not have sex with him, according to an arrest report.

When an officer responded to his Spartanburg residence, Patrick Doggett, 53, “stated he called 911 because his girlfriend, Ms. Faye Woodruff, would not give him any ass.”

Woodruff told police that Doggett had been drinking all day and “didn’t know where he was at.” She added that Doggett got into bed and wanted to have sex, but “she had her grandchild with her.” So, Woodruff noted, Doggett "got up and then dialed 911."

Doggett, who was outside the residence drinking an alcoholic beverage when police arrived, was arrested for public intoxication and booked into the county jail. Doggett has not been cited for misusing the 911 system, according to jail records.

Rare moustached bird photographed for first time then killed by researchers to study it further

The first ever photographs of the elusive male moustached kingfisher were recently released by the American Museum of Natural History. They show a vibrant blue adult bird in apparent good health. However, researchers then elected to kill the endangered bird in order to further study it. Paul Sweet, collection manager for the museum’s Department of Ornithology, told Audubon that he and his colleagues assessed the state of the bird’s population and habitat, and concluded it was substantial and healthy enough to withstand the loss.

The suspenseful moments before the bird’s discovery are recorded in a field journal written by Chris Filardi, who is director of Pacific Programs at the museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. He and his colleagues were in the remote moss jungle highlands of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands when they heard a distinctive call: “ko-ko-kokokokokokokokoko-kiew!” They paused and scanned the forest. After time passed, “There in plain sight pumping its tail, crest alert, in full colors, was the moustached kingfisher,” Filardi wrote. “And then, like a ghost, it was gone.” For days the researchers looked for the bird. They set fine nets into the forest canopy, hoping to capture the individual.

After a blustery morning of cold winds and rain showers, they managed to capture the male moustached kingfisher. “When I came upon the netted bird in the cool shadowy light of the forest I gasped aloud, ‘Oh my god, the kingfisher,’” Filardi recounted. “One of the most poorly known birds in the world was there, in front of me, like a creature of myth come to life.” Photographs were taken of the bird. Frank Lambert, another member of the research team, also managed to record the bird’s distinctive call. The recording has not yet been released. The moustached kingfisher is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is estimated that there are only 250–1000 mature individuals left, but the bird’s elusiveness puts even those figures into question.

Its entry on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reads: “This spectacular species is judged to be endangered on the basis of a very small estimated population, which is suspected to be declining, at least in part of its range. However, further research may reveal it to be more common.” The decision to kill the bird has led to heavy criticism. Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, said: “Killing ‘in the name of conservation’ or ‘in the name of education’ or ‘in the name of whatever’ simply needs to stop. It is wrong and sets a horrific precedent for future research and for children. Imagine what a youngster would think if he or she heard something like, ‘I met a rare and gorgeous bird today…and I killed him.’ Even if this handsome male were a member of a common species, there was no reason to kill him. It sickens me that this practice continues and I hope more people will work hard to put an end to it right now, before more fascinating animals are killed.”

Apparently orphaned wild boar piglet adopted by two separate herds of cows

A little wild boar piglet in Lower Saxony, Germany, turned up at a Göttingen farm around two weeks ago, cattle farmer Jochen Kraft said. It was Kraft's son who first spotted the newest addition to their herd, he said.

The apparently orphaned piglet, who the pair have since named Johann, was found cosied up amongst a herd of cows. In a "touching" display, the herd treated Johann like one of their own calves, licking the piglet clean and letting him snuggle up to them.

Johann's story was soon picked up by local media, and curious visitors began turning up at the meadow to see the piglet and his new foster family. But the attention was apparently all too much for Johann. The piglet upped sticks again, wandering to a different meadow a few hundred metres away.

Here, he found a new cattle herd to join – and currently lives among five pregnant cows. Johann's newest family have already accepted him and treat him well, said Kraft. The piglet doesn't struggle to find food either: while his pregnant foster-mothers munch on grass, the boar happily forages for may bug larvae and acorns.

Rabbit with tusk-like teeth abandoned by side of road

A rabbit whose teeth were so overgrown that it was unable to eat, has been found abandoned in Cambridgeshire. The RSPCA said the teeth on the female domestic rabbit, spotted by a member of the public, were "some of the worst" it had seen.

Inspector Justin Stubbs said: "Had she not been found when she was, she would have likely starved to death." The rabbit, which has been renamed Holly after the vet who attended to her, has now had the teeth removed. The RSPCA said she should make a "good recovery" and will hopefully be rehomed.

Her bottom teeth were about 4cm (1.5in) long and protruded from her mouth, with the top teeth a similar length. Mr Stubbs said: "Who knows how long she had been living stray like this but it could be that someone let her go or dumped her as a result of not wanting to get treatment for her."

The rabbit was found by the side of the road in Orton Brimbles, Peterborough, last Wednesday. Dr Jane Tyson, rabbit behaviour and welfare expert at the RSPCA, said: "A lot of people don't realise that a rabbit's teeth grow continuously. We recommend rabbit teeth are checked at least once a week to ensure they stay healthy."

Concern over 7-inch hole in road

A hole measuring seven inches wide has appeared in Hillary Way, Wheatley, Oxfordshire.

Resident Helen Wright, 35, said the hole appeared at the entrance to the road a couple of weeks ago.

She said: “It started out the size of a 50p piece but it’s now a big problem since we have many children and elderly people living around here.

“Hopefully the issue will be fixed soon.” Oxfordshire County Council said they intended to get the hole filled as soon as possible.

Cock Lane offensive pothole graffiti covered up by council

Offensive graffiti highlighting potholes in Cock Lane, Fetcham, Surrey, was covered up by Mole Valley District Council on Tuesday.

Penises appeared on Cock Lane overnight on September 28, prompting a resident to suggest it was "some sort of protest" over the uneven state of the road.

Councillor Paul Newman, executive member for environment, said the district council has covered the markings with black paint, ensuring they are "no longer visible".

He added: “We attend offensive graffiti reports within 24 hours and remove them wherever possible." It is criminal damage, Cllr Newman added, and action could be taken against those defacing property. While the penises are now gone, the potholes remain, however.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Is that for me?

Your dog wants ice cream

Zack the Golden Retriever goes out and buys his own from the ice cream man.

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Daddy's home

This little person and dog appear to be equally excited about his return.

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Angry lady accused of stealing boyfriend's teeth

A Florida woman was arrested on Thursday after allegedly stealing her boyfriend's teeth and prescription drugs, then filing a false police report because he had upset her, police said.

According to authorities, Felicity Leigh Palma, 44, called police to report a burglary in progress in Port St. Lucie on Thursday evening. She told the officers she saw "two dudes" running from her home, and that her jewellery and money had been stolen, an arrest report said.

Palma's boyfriend told to police that two of his prescription drugs and a pink case containing his false teeth were also missing. As police were investigating, her boyfriend brought over a bag to police that he had found inside Palma's car and dumped the contents onto a table. Out spilled the pink case containing his false teeth.

Palma then stated that he was trying to frame her. Police then noticed the missing prescription drug bottles belonging to her boyfriend inside a purse Palma was carrying. Palma told police that she fabricated the entire incident because she was mad at her boyfriend and wanted to show him how easy it would be for someone to steal from him. She was booked into the the St. Lucie County Jail.

Neighbours concerned about man forced to live on lawn of million dollar mansion by his wife

A private family matter has become very public in the Taylor Lake Village community in Seabrook, Texas . A dispute between a husband and his doctor wife has left him outside, sleeping and living in the yard of his million dollar mansion. According to the police, it’s been going on for the last six months and Sharafat Khan has been forced to live outdoors on and off during that time. Neighbours are very worried because he is elderly, in poor health and in a fragile state. "He’s wearing the same clothing, it’s dirty,” neighbour Debbie Scoggins said. “He has no bathroom facilities, no shoes."

"The weather is starting to get colder,” Laurel Stout, who lives across the street, said. "He’s very frail, he can’t even walk. I’m afraid he is going to die out here in his yard." Mr Khan says his wife kicked him out of the house several months ago, took away his keys and had the locks changed. He said he doesn’t have access to their money and is basically homeless even though he owns half of their mansion. Mr Khan doesn’t feel like he should have to leave because the home and property are just as much his. He said he wants to be allowed inside and he’s hoping he can pressure her into changing her mind. "She doesn’t want me to have any sort of comfort," he said.

Night after night he sleeps on the front porch wrapped in a sheet. During the day he tries to find shade under the trees. On Monday he was eating saltine crackers and drinking a warm bottle of water. Neighbours said if they take him blankets and pillows, the wife takes them away. There are signs posted all over the home instructing the neighbours not to help him or feed him. Khan said the dispute is over his relationship with other family members. She wanted him to cut ties but he refused. Police officers who are familiar with the situation said they have been called out to the home 20 to 30 times in the last six months. There is nothing legally they can do because Mr Khan has every right to be there and they can’t force his wife to let him in. "Our hands are tied," one officer said.

Someone close to the situation said Mr Khan's wife claims she can't file for divorce because she and her husband practice Islam and they strictly follow Sharia law. Mr Khan says this has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with money. "She doesn’t want to hand over half her fortune," he said. He can’t file for divorce because he claims he can't afford to. Adult Protective Services are involved but can’t release specific information about the case because of confidentiality laws. A spokesperson for the agency said they cannot force someone to get help. "I’m just hoping we can find help for him," Scoggins said. "Allowing this to continue is not in the best interest of anyone," Stout said. Mrs Khan says it is a private matter and she does not wish to speak about it.

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Man's attempt to flee Peru hidden inside a suitcase foiled by airport security

Two men have been arrested at an airport in Peru after being caught red-handed making an attempt at people smuggling.

Video of the incident shows a man with an average-sized suitcase being stopped by a security guard with a sniffer dog at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport.

Despite the dog displaying a keen interest in the case, the man wielding it is reluctant to open it, and with good reason. The guard forces the man to unzip the luggage, revealing another man curled up inside the case.

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The pair were arrested on the spot. Reports indicate that the men, who were taken away to be interrogated, have been identified, but that information, along with where they were headed and why they went to such extremes, is yet to be made public.

Man drove into sea in attempt to escape police

A man being chased by police has driven a four-wheel drive into the sea north of Perth, Australia, in an unusual attempt to escape.

Police in four-wheel drives had been following the man for nearly two hours as he drove through sand dunes. It is thought police spotted him earlier because he was driving erratically. The vehicle is thought to have been stolen.

A police plane circled overhead as the drama unfolded on the beach. The man drove into the sea near Two Rocks as a police four-wheel-drive tried to intercept him. Officers watched from the beach as the man clambered from his vehicle as it was swamped by waves.

The two officers went in the surf to apprehend him. The officers battled heavy waves to grab the man and pull him from the surf. At one point the man climbed on to the bonnet of his vehicle, but struggled to stay on as waves washed over him. The vehicle was quickly submerged.

There are videos showing the man driving into the sea here and here.

Man who threatened to eat neighbour and his soul had no intention of eating anyone's soul

A fast food worker from Invercargill, New Zealand, has appeared in court after telling his neighbour he was going to eat him and his soul. Teavanui Emile David Page, 28, appeared before Judge Mark Callaghan on Tuesday charged with resisting police, assault, wilful damage and behaving threateningly on August 31.

The court was told Page had been highly intoxicated when he saw the victim in the stairwell of the flats where they both lived. Page yelled and swore at the victim, who went to go inside their flat, just managing to get to the door before Page. The neighbour slammed the door, trapping Page's fingers. Page kicked and punched the door and said he was going to eat the victim, his soul and his friends.

He was taken to hospital by police but became aggressive, struggling fiercely, requiring two officers to subdue him. In the patrol car Page raised his leg in close proximity to the driver and had to be restrained. He also headbutted an officer in the shoulder and continued to struggle. At the police station it took five police officers to transport him into a cell. He gave police no explanation for his actions, the court was told.

Page's defence lawyer told the court his client was "blind drunk", having drunk the better part of two bottles of vodka. He had become upset because he couldn't afford his rent and power and it was never his intention to eat anyone's soul, he said. Judge Callaghan said it was more good luck than anything else that the police officers had not been injured, and it was a surprise Page had been able to stand after having drunk so much. Page had not previously appeared in court, Judge Callaghan said. He sentenced Page to 80 hours' community work and ordered him to pay $300 reparation.

Investigation into 'distressing' and 'inappropriate' clown advert

An advert for a Halloween attraction is being investigated by the regulatory body after complaints it is "distressing" and "inappropriate". The image of a clown promotes PrimEVIL at Lenwade, Norfolk, and can be seen in about 40 locations around Norwich in Norfolk. PrimEVIL is for over-12s and is made up of themed zones including a haunted hotel and a zombie facility.

The Advertising Standards Authority has received 21 complaints. The organiser said it does not contravene standards. Goymour Properties, which runs PrimEVIL at the Dinosaur Adventure Park, said its posters had been on display since early September. However, after receiving complaints, a poster near a school has been moved and another outside a shop was replaced.

The firm has previously told complainants the poster "does not transgress the criteria for such public posters and do not contravene advertising standards". Martin Goymour said: "The clown compares very favourably to some of the posters used to promote films, such as the Batman and Joker film. We deliberately did not use bloody or gory images." Johannah Martin complained to Dinosaur Adventure and the ASA after her daughter was upset by a poster which has since been removed in Rackheath.

She said: "If you take your child to a shop to look at horrific masks and outfits, that is your choice. We had no choice but to see this." The ASA said it had launched a formal investigation following 21 complaints that the advert is inappropriate for outdoor display because it is distressing for children and likely to cause fear or distress. "We're now liaising with the advertiser to give them the opportunity to defend their ad," a spokesman said. "We will establish whether the advertising rules have been broken and publish our findings in due course."

Fishermen surprised to hook dead wallaby in Devon river

Two Devon fishermen were surprised when they caught something slightly more exotic than the pike they were hoping for after hooking a dead wallaby.

Matt Welham, 27, and Richard Williams, 28, both from Exwick, thought they would try their luck in the flood relief channel by Mill on The Exe near Exeter after spotting a large pike there. Using their long carp rods and special treble-hook lures they cast for the lone big fish.

Matt said: “As it was pike we were bottom fishing and I got a what seemed like a bite. I hauled it in and it looked at first as if there was a dead cat on the line. When it got closer and out of the water it looked like a kangaroo. I guessed it was stuffed but when we saw it close up we realised it was real and a wallaby.

“It must have weighed about 25lb and we reckoned it had been in the water for about two days tops.” Richard added: “There is a farm up by Newton St Cyres that we’d heard kept wallabies so we went up there and told them.” Wallabies, which are known as reasonable swimmers, are usually found in Australia.