Thursday, October 23, 2014


Spiny Flower Mantis defends self against finger

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Otter on ice

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Man arrested on suspicion of exposing himself to women at mall says he was extreme shopping

A man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of exposing himself to at least two women at the Seminole Towne Centre mall in Sanford, Florida.

Christopher Durrell Glaze, 27, was arrested on charges of indecent exposure of sexual organs. According to Sanford police, a woman said Glaze exposed himself to her.

Another victim said Glaze pulled down his pants and also exposed himself to her, too, according to police. Officers questioned Glaze, who said he was "extreme shopping," which he defined as "when you go shopping and you talk to girls and flirt," according to police.

Glaze was asked if he had exposed himself to anyone, and police said he told them that he showed some girls his stomach before admitting that he showed a girl his penis. Sanford police said Glaze smirked at them when he admitted to exposing himself to pick up girls. Glaze was arrested and taken to the Seminole County jail.

Uncle accused of stabbing nephew over pork chops

An argument over pork chops turned violent and bloody between relatives in Florida on Monday night. Fellsmere police arrested Billy Wall for stabbing his nephew with a butcher's knife two times in the abdomen.

The two were apparently arguing over how many pork chops each person would get to eat. Officers responded to the victim’s house just before eight o’clock. The victim, Charles Williams, came stumbling out the front door as police arrived. Wall was tracked down and arrested at his neighbour’s house a block away.

That neighbour, Carolyn Bibbs, said that Wall came to her door covered in blood and asking for a change of clothes. “He was drenched with blood because I seen it all down his leg,” Bibbs said. ”I ain’t givin’ him no clothes to put on.” Police said Wall claimed self-defence as he was being put in handcuffs. “He kept saying ‘I stabbed him’,” Bibbs said. “He say, ‘He try to get a machete at me and cut me with a machete and I stabbed him.”

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Wall was arrested on aggravated battery charges. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office processed the scene and officers recovered the machete. The knife has yet to be recovered. Family members saidthat Williams had to undergo emergency surgery because of liver damage. Thankfully, the blade barely missed an artery and Williams is expected to survive, according to his family. The investigation remains active and additional charges may be filed, according to police.

Air Force member arrested after giving police officer a double wet Willy

An intoxicated member of the Air Force was arrested early on Saturday after he gave a Minnesota police officer a double “wet Willy.”

As a Mankato Department of Public Safety officer was speaking with a municipal bus driver at around 2:20am, the officer “felt two fingertips that were obvious to him as wet with saliva being pushed into his right and left ear canals,” according to a probable cause statement. The officer turned around and saw a tall white male walking away.

“I just gave the cop a wet Willie,” the suspect said as he joined a group of his friends. The officer confronted the man, later identified as Riley Swearingen, a 23-year-old who was home on leave from his post at North Carolina’s Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base. Swearingen told the officer that the “wet Willy” was a joke for which he was sorry.

Swearingen, who smelled of alcohol and appeared drunk, was then arrested. When asked what would happen if he gave a “wet Willy” to a military superior, Swearingen “admitted it would be a very big deal.” Swearingen was charged with felony assault on a police officer, misdemeanor assault, and disruptive intoxication. During a court appearance on Monday, Swearingen pleaded guilty to the drunk charge and was sentenced to the three days he had already spent in custody.

Bear cub went for a wander around pharmacy

Shoppers at a southern Oregon pharmacy were surpised when a brown bear cub walked into the store. Luckily, they had the cell phone cameras rolling as the bear cub was captured wandering the halls of an Ashland, Oregon Rite Aid on Sunday afternoon.

But the quick stop at the drug store was apparently just part of the little guy’s adventure that day. The bear first wandered into Ashland that morning and made his way into a nearby Super 8 motel.

After roaming the halls and entering one of the rooms, the cub jumped through one of the windows and made his way across the street and into the Rite Aid. That’s when Robin Bishop, one of the shoppers at the drug store chain, whipped out her cell phone and started recording.

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After several minutes, police were able to capture the curious cub – ironically, under a shopping basket. The bear is now under the care of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Because of its close contact with humans, the cub can no longer be released into the wild, so they’re looking at options for caring for the bear, including a rehab centre or a zoo.

Driver with no use of his legs used walking stick to operate car's pedals

A man with no use of his legs has been caught driving in Auckland, New Zealand, using a walking stick to control the pedals, police say. Police criticised the disabled man for his "blatant disregard for his own safety" and charged him with dangerous driving.

The man was driving with one passenger who had no legs and another passenger who had a disqualified drivers licence, they said. The man was pulled over in Manukau on Wednesday morning at an automatic number plate recognition checkpoint. Sergeant Mark Fleming described the offending as a "very unusual".


The man was driving a regular vehicle without hand controls, but was using a walking stick to operate the brake and accelerator, Fleming said. "Needless to say this was a very surprising thing to come across." The man has held a learner licence since 2002. He also had two passengers, neither of whom were licenced to drive. Fleming said the man put himself and other road users in danger.

"Operating a vehicle with a stick is an extremely dangerous practice and it would be impossible to safely control a vehicle in this way." He said it was very disappointing to see that in spite of the efforts made by police there were still people out there who were taking these kinds of unnecessary risks with people's safety. The 31-year-old man is due to appear in the Manukau District Court next month.

Man bitten despite attempting the ‘stand still snake trick’

Jono Roberts from New South Wales in Australia thought he was doing the right thing by standing still as a snake approached him.

According to most sources, standing still is the appropriate course of action in a snake encounter.

However, as Mr Roberts discovered - it can still end in a snake attack. Mr Roberts said he tried the 'old stand still trick.' “Always show respect and never get too complacent.”

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Unfortunately for Mr Roberts, the snake did not feel respected enough, or maybe had not read up on the appropriate protocols for man/snake encounters.

Smouldering flies blamed for fire that swept through hotel

Dead flies were the most likely cause of a fire at a Grade II-listed hotel, the fire service has said. Crathorne Hall in Yarm was badly damaged by the blaze on 1 October, which started in the roof space of the east wing.

An investigation by North Yorkshire Fire Service has now revealed that it was started accidentally. The most probable cause was smouldering flies from an electrical fly killer dropping onto flammable material below.

As a result of damage to the popular wedding venue a number of couples were forced to rearrange their nuptials. Repairs are now under way and managers said they hoped the hotel would be reopened in about a month.

North Yorkshire Fire Service said in a statement: "Following investigations into the cause of the fire at Crathorne we consider the most probable cause of the fire to be an electric fly killer in the roof space of the east wing of the hotel. Whilst other possible causes cannot be fully eliminated we are confident that the cause of the fire was accidental."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Lorikeet plays with ball in a bucket

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Man says he found snaggletoothed rat's head in his chilli

A diner at a Golden Corral in Florida says he received an unwelcome surprise in his chilli. Billy Wilson, says he frequents the Golden Corral for their healthy options and friendly staff. He said, "It's usually pretty great. I go maybe once a week." However, after a strange discovery in his chilli, Wilson says he will never go back. "The first bite I took out of it was a crunch, and at the time I was like, maybe you know, sometimes you get a hard bean inside of the chilli," said Wilson.

This time, the crunch was something else. Wilson says he immediately spat out a grey rodent, which he thinks is a rat's head with curly ears and a snaggle tooth. "When I saw it, I just went into the bathroom and threw up. I was like, ugh, I just couldn't get the tase out of my mouth," said Wilson. He added, "It was just nasty." Unsure of what to do next, Wilson says that's when his friends called the waitress. He says she called the manager, who immediately addressed the complaint. "He inspected and was like wow, that is a rat. So, he took pictures of it, moved it around a little bit, took pictures in different angles. He was like me, he was horrified," said Wilson.

The restaurant refused payment for his party's meal, but the next day he felt queasy and went to the emergency room at Cape Coral Hospital. He said, "I brought the rat up to the ER and they were all horrified, they couldn't believe it." Discharge documents show that Wilson was treated for Gastroenteritis and was prescribed medications for nausea and muscle spasms. When asked if he planted the rat's head in the chili, Wilson said, "I would never do that. They have cameras in there and everything. I'm scared of rats." In a statement, the restaurant says it is looking into the matter and has been unable to confirm the alleged incident.

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They say, it's committed to delivering a high quality experience in a clean and safe environment. Ray Racila, Wilson's attorney, isn't buying the restaurant's response. He says taking the case was easy. "Normally you get cases like this, people take food somewhere else, open it up, and something happens. This happened right in the restaurant where there's no question what happened. The manager is right there," said Racila. Wilson is left wondering what else was in his chilli before he says he chomped on a head. "Whose to say that first bite wasn't his foot?" asked Wilson.

Man arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting haunted house patrons

Authorities in Wisconsin have charged a man they say sexually assaulted patrons inside a Mount Pleasant haunted house. Police say 52-year-old Daniel L. Rosmann of Kenosha inappropriately touched several people on Sunday inside the Abandoned Haunted House Complex, leading to three charges of fourth-degree sexual assault.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman reported someone approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks while she was in the haunted house on East Frontage Road. A man also reported to police that someone grabbed him from behind and “began to hump him aggressively” for about 10 seconds. Another man told police someone grabbed his head, forcibly pushed it into the perpetrator’s crotch and “began to hump his head while holding it down,” according to the complaint.

All three later identified Rosmann, who security personnel had in custody, as the person who committed the acts, according to the complaint. The Abandoned Haunted House had reportedly received numerous complaints from people saying they were inappropriately touched by a male. When Rosmann exited the facility, he was detained by security after the victims identified him as the male in question, police said.

In addition to the sexual assault charges, Rosmann also was charged with lewd and lascivious behaviour and disorderly conduct. Each sexual assault charge and the lewd and lascivious behaviour charge carry a maximum sentence of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine. He faces up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for the disorderly conduct charge. Rosmann made his initial court appearance on Monday. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Dec. 4.

Police seek cat burglar caught on camera

Police officers in Laredo, Texas are searching for a cat burglar of sorts.

Surveillance video captured a man walk onto a man's front law and steal his giant inflatable Halloween cat.

The homeowner called police after waking up to find the ornament missing.

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He checked his security camera footage which caught the entire crime on video. Police are now looking for the cat burglar who was seen leaving the scene in a white SUV.

Man who contacted local newspaper about sign he'd found surprised it became headline news

A New Zealand man is looking for the owner of a sign he believes has gone walk-about from a city business. The large black framed sign appeared at the end of Bevan Billing's driveway in Massey St, Palmerston North on Saturday night. Mr Billing said he had walked outside about 11.15pm to have a cigarette when he noticed the new arrival.

Not wanting it to be taken again, damaged or used to cause damage, he carried into his home, where it remains waiting to be claimed by its rightful owner. Massey St was commonly used as a thoroughfare for people walking home from town, and he believed it had been picked up and later ditched outside his house. The sign is similar to those often seen outside cafes, measures 850cm tall and 950cm wide, is covered with canvas and screen printed with a brand.

Mr Billing has contacted both the police and the Palmerston North District Council about the sign, and said he had been told by the council to put it back on the street to be picked up by a council truck. He was concerned however, it would be taken again before it could get that far. The sign is undamaged and the rightful owner should know what brand it displays and have proof of purchase.

The Manawatu Standard also published Mr Billing's home phone number so that the sign's owner could contact him. In the comment's of the online article, Mr Billing said: "Well I was not expecting this!! I only contacted the Manawatu Standard today to see if they might know who it might belong to. Thought at best they would maybe place a little ad in the lost and found section of the paper. Did not think it would be a headliner."

Leading runners led astray during half marathon forced to beg for money to get train back

Former Asian medalists Suresh Kumar Patel, Inderjit Patel and Soji Mathew got the shock of their lives on Sunday while leading in the Bengaluru half marathon in Karnataka, India, when the pilot vehicle reportedly missed a U-turn, leading to the trio being forced to abandon the race. Suresh, who finished sixth in the recent Asian Games, and Soji, a former Asian cross-country champion, finally had to beg morning joggers for Rs 20 to enable them to hop on to the metro from the Indiranagar station and return to MG Road.

"There were no officials on the road where we supposed to take a U-turn (at 16km). We were following the pilot vehicle and we had covered around 20 kilometres in one hour as we were going at a pace of 2 minutes, 59 seconds per kilometre. We were hoping to finish soon when the officials asked us to turn back. At that point there was no point in continuing the race and we decided to stop," Inderjit Patel said. "Last Sunday I won the Delhi CRPF half marathon in 1 hour, 11 minutes braving hot conditions.

"I was hoping to do under 1:03 minutes. I'm not bothered about missing the prize money but it is disappointing that we had to suffer this humiliation," Patel said. Soji, a former champion in Asian cross country, was dejected that he couldn't climb the podium. "Suresh Kumar, who came 6th in Incheon in 10,000m, was in the lead and I was trailing by some 50m with Inderjit behind me. We came down the flyover (Domlur) and were going further along when a few officials came and told us to turn back. Suresh and I stopped there. We had to beg for twenty rupees as we didn't have any money with us.

"Luckily, some morning joggers helped us and also guided us to the nearest metro station," said Soji Mathew. Soji said immediately after Inderjit also stopped the race realizing the goof-up. "Probably after the 15km mark we had doubts whether the route was correct as we saw only the full marathon hoardings. But then we were following the lead vehicle and at least nine of the runners lost their way," he added. Third place winner BC Tilak also admitted that he went wrong at one place. "I ran at least 1 km extra," he said. An official with the Elite athletes said the organizers admitted their mistake.

Man is first to be convicted in Britain of possessing illegal images of cartoon children

An animation fan has made legal history as he was convicted of having illegal pictures of cartoon children. Robul Hoque, 39, is believed to be the first in the UK hauled before court over his collection of Japanese Manga or Anime-style images alone. He admitted 10 counts of possessing prohibited images of children at Teesside Crown Court. His barrister Richard Bennett said: “These are not what would be termed as paedophilic images. These are cartoons.” And Mr Bennett revealed that such banned images were freely available on legitimate sites. He said: “This case should serve as a warning to every Manga and Anime fan to be careful. It seems there are many thousands of people in this country, if they are less then careful, who may find themselves in that position too.” Police found the images when they seized Hoque’s computer from his home on June 13, 2012, said prosecutor Harry Hadfield. He said officers found 288 still and 99 moving images, but none were of real people.

They were classified as prohibited images as they depicted young girls, some in school uniforms, some exposing themselves or taking part in sexual activity. He added: “The expert was able to see that the defendant had been actively searching for this material on the internet.” Hoque, of South Bank, Middlesbrough, had denied 20 charges of possessing prohibited images of children and was due to stand trial this week. But he pleaded guilty to 10 specimen charges. The other 10 were left to lie on the court file. He denied a separate charge of failing to notify police of a string of online usernames, but he was cleared of this as prosecutors offered no evidence. Six years ago he was prosecuted for having “Tomb Raider-style” computer-generated pictures of fictional children. They were so realistic, a jury convicted him on six counts of making “indecent pseudo-photographs” of children, which he had denied. That too was the first case of its kind in the country.

A judge told him he “crossed the line as to what is illegal” and those pictures could be “a door into a very murky and distasteful world”. He was given a community order and completed a sex offender treatment programme after the 2008 conviction. The former student and office worker had hundreds of “Manga Japanese style” pictures at that time, but they were not made illegal until 2010. Mr Bennett said: “On two occasions now he’s been a test case. This is a test case because he’s the only person as far as I’m aware who has appeared for possession singly of these sorts of images.” He said Hoque helped many people in the Middlesbrough community and many spoke very highly of him. Hoque has had the case hanging over him for more than two years and he had been physically attacked since the allegations were publicised, he said. And he pointed to some of the pictures which were available on legal sites. He added: “It’s clear that that material is available on a legitimate website in this country. There’s no indication at all on the web page that these would fall foul of any legislation in a particular country.”

Hoque, who lived with and cared for his mother, had hoped to set up his own business. Judge Tony Briggs said the pictures were manufactured, stylised, and “repulsive” to varying degrees. He said: “They are clearly all images designed to make people think they are of children. They are fictitious images in the sense that in no part of them does any real person appear. It is important to emphasise that there were no actual children or perpetrators involved. I have to tell you that if there had been, an immediate prison sentence measured in years might have been appropriate. You are an intelligent man. You certainly should have been aware of the risk of indulging in accessing this material, and you acknowledge your foolishness and guilt.” He added: “This is material that clearly society and the public can well do without. Its danger is that it obviously portrays sexual activity with children, and the more it’s portrayed, the more the ill-disposed may think it’s acceptable.” He gave Hoque a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years. He said anything that encouraged child abuse, including word of mouth, drawings or artistic impressions, was to be “actively discouraged”.

Blind darts team prepares for inaugural match

Cornwall's first blind darts team is preparing for its inaugural game. The four wholly visually impaired teammates will make their first appearance at the Dolphin Inn in Grampound on Thursday. Richard Pryor, who lost his sight 40 years ago, said the idea was mooted after a few pints at the pub, where the group of friends, called the Optimists, meet monthly.

Mr Pryor, 68, said: "While we were down the pub the other day, Joe, the landlord, mentioned that Rotary had organised for pubs to take part in the a Fast Darts competition. He asked if we wanted to put in a blind darts team. After three pints I am up for anything and we said yes." The team will be aided by a piece of string attached to the bull's eye which they will use with one hand as a tactile means to establish their aim. After "quite a lot of practice" and help from Joe's son, the Darting Optimists are preparing to make a throw.

Mr Pryor, a social worker, added: "No one has been injured yet, although there has been quite a bit of damage to the door and around the board. I think it's a great idea and it's quite exciting. We're always up for something that's a bit different. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's the end of the world. I have been blind for 40 years and I have had a superb time, I wouldn't swap it for anything. However, on the night people might want to stand back a little bit as I don't think we get any points for hitting the spectators."

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Terri Rosnau-Ward, chief executive of the Cornwall Blind Association, said the county has blind shooting and bowls, but she has never come across a visually impaired darts team. "With the right bit of support there's nothing you cannot do," she added. "It might take you slightly longer but we can usually achieve the same things as sighted people." Fast Darts starts at 8pm and has been organised by the St Austell Bay Rotary Club to raise money for the Merlin MS Centre and the other good causes it supports. Landlord Joe Fryer said it will be about having fun and raising money, although the door to the room where the competition takes place will be closed "just in case" a dart strays off course.

Woman freed from olive oil tin by firefighters

Firefighters in Rotherham, south Yorkshire, had to free a woman from a tin of olive oil after her hand became stuck.

The woman, from Braithwell, put her fingers into an industrial sized tin of olive oil to remove part of a pump which had fallen in.

But her hand ended up stuck inside, leaving her having to contact firefighters for help. Armed with metal cutters and pliers firefighters from Maltby station managed to free the woman.

Watch Manager Adam Bramall said: “Rescuing someone from a tin of olive oil is certainly a first for us. It’s just another example of the unusual incidents we come across on a day to day basis.”