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.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Are we nearly there yet?

Dog sad that pet store is closed refuses to leave

While on a late-night walk in New York, five-year-old Samo wants to visit her favourite store despite it not being open.

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Woman unhappy after arriving home to find naked burglars having sex on her couch

A South Memphis woman is in shock after catching two burglars having sexual intercourse in her house and ransacking the place. "It's horrible in there," said victim Jamie Barnes. "It's absolutely horrible in there. It's like they just had a big old nasty party."

Barnes was surprised to see her front door open after being away for a few days, but that shock was quickly topped by what was going on inside the house. "Walk in and they're having sex on my couch," said Barnes. "I pick up my broom, I wanted to hit that man so bad." She said the man yelled, "I don't know nothing" over and over, while the woman tried to cover up.

"She tried to grab one of my dresses and put it on and I snatched it from her, what are you trying to do?" said Barnes. She said the man went running. She tried to follow him but stopped when he reached an alley, while the woman, Tonka Barnes, was arrested for aggravated burglary. Barnes said the couple she saw stripped naked, also stripped her house.

"They ransacked my house and stole all my stuff: jewellery, appliances, clothes," said Barnes. Her neighbour said someone spotted the couple taking bins of clothing out of the house, and even trying to sell some of Barnes' jewellery. "Crazy stuff," said neighbour Christian Jones. "You never think something like that would happen. They're getting too bold." Barnes said she was already planning on moving, but Sunday's crime expedited the process. "I don't feel comfortable at this house, so in my eyes, I'm homeless," she said.

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Bear cub found on landing strip adopted by airfield crew

A bear cub has been adopted by an airfield crew in Tver, about 200km from Moscow, Russia.

The cub was found on a landing strip at the airfield in April.

Locals have named him Mansur, which in Altai means 'bear'.

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A husky of one of the employees has also befriended little Mansur, who will grow at least five times her size when he reaches adulthood.

Former policeman appointed as city’s new hermit

The city of Solothurn in Switzerland has appointed a divorced ex-policeman from southern Germany into the unusual job of ‘hermit’. Michael Daum, 55, will start his new job on October 1st after being selected from among 22 candidates.

The divorced father of four will be required to lead a solitary life in the hermitage located in the peaceful Verena gorge just outside Solothurn. In doing so he will continue a tradition dating back to 1442 and follow in the footsteps of St Verena, believed to have lived as a hermit in the area in the third century.

Daum is a former policeman who, since leaving the force, has studied Catholic theology and the meditation practices of monks. Daum will act as caretaker for the hermitage and nearby St Martin’s Chapel, which is used for weddings and blessings. In return he can live in the hermitage rent-free and will collect 2,000 francs a month in salary.

Despite the solitary nature of his job title, Daum will be required to have some social skills. In 2014 a previous occupant of the role resigned after complaining about the number of tourists who visit the hermitage and chapel. Daum’s predecessor, Sister Benedicta, quit in February 2016 after clashing with Solothurn authorities over the nature and role of the hermitage.

Paris agrees plan to open experimental nudist zone

Next summer, nudists or naturists may be able to bare it all in a designated area of the French capital, Paris. City councillors have approved plans for an experimental nudist area, possibly in one of Paris's parks or in wooded areas on its outskirts.

The Green Party, which proposed the plan, said France was a top destination for naturists, and its capital city should have somewhere for them to go. One centrist councillor, however, called the idea "demented". He said the idea of authorising full-scale nudity in the middle of the capital might be seen as a provocation, especially at a time when feelings were still running high over the 'burkini' issue.

But those who support the move say, in a country with numerous clothes-free beaches and holiday camps, Paris should also be a draw for naturists. "We've got two million nudists in France which is doubled during the summer with visitors," said David Belliard, co-chairman of the ecologist group in the city council.

"For them Paris is the world's premier tourist destination and there's no public place for them to go. We want to try out a recreational area where nudists can freely strip off." Deputy Mayor of Paris Bruno Julliard said he was in favour of the plan, as was Mayor Anne Hidalgo. He said the likeliest site for the naturist zone is in one of Paris's two main woods, the Bois de Boulogne to the west or Bois de Vincennes to the east, "near a lake, in a regulated setting so that there is no threat to public order".

Man pleads guily to repeatedly scanning carrots instead of apples at supermarket checkout

A man has admitted to stealing apples from Tesco by pretending he was buying carrots, which are less than a third of the price. Aidan Martin Devlin, 53, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, confessed to 12 charges relating to the apples for carrots con when he appeared at Ards Magistrates Court. Devlin committed the thefts from Tesco at Newtownbreda during June and July this year.

His solicitor told Newtownards Magistrates Court on Friday that his client wished to plead guilty to 12 charges. Devlin appeared in the dock walking with the aid of a stick. Many supermarkets offer a facility where shoppers can weigh their own loose fruit and vegetables before taking them to a checkout to make payment. According to the Tesco Direct website, Granny Smith loose apples sell for £2 per kilo, while their loose carrots cost 60p per kilo.

Devlin pleaded guilty to 11 counts of dishonestly making a false representation, namely that he was buying carrots when he was actually buying apples with the intention, by making the representation, to make a gain for himself or to cause a loss to Tesco between June 6 and July 9 this year. He also admitted a charge of dishonestly making false representation, namely that he was buying carrots when he was actually buying fruit on July 18 this year.

A further charge of fraud on 13 occasions at Tesco Newtownbreda between June 6 and July 18 this year was withdrawn. The matter was adjourned for four weeks to allow a pre-sentence report to be prepared. Devlin said nothing as District Judge White ordered him to co-operate with the Probation Board. “If you do as you are asked and provide them with the information they require, then it is likely the court will follow their recommendation,” he said.

Farmer has dyed his 800-strong flock of sheep bright orange in bid to stop thieves

A security conscious sheep farmer in Cumbria has resorted to radical measures to deter sheep rustlers after losing hundreds of animals in recent years.

Troutbeck farmer Pip Simpson has sprayed almost 800 of his flock with a luminous orange dye to help them stand out on the hillsides and make them less desirable to thieves. Mr Simpson hopes his glow-in-the-dark Cheviots will be less prone to rustlers and bring an end to thieves stealing his stock.

"Over the last four years we will have had towards 300 sheep go missing or pinched so we've had this constant problem with never being able to stop it," he said. "The only solution we could find was to make them completely different to everybody else's so they've been sprayed luminous orange. It's just a dye, there's no chemicals or anything and it's not going to harm them at all."

But despite having to take the radical step, 50-year-old Mr Simpson believes there is a valid logic behind his method. "We're hoping this will deter thieves because if they did get pinched they're bright orange and somebody is going to wonder where they've come from. It's a massive problem is sheep theft. As sad as it is, it's probably someone local who knows the area that's doing it."

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Enormous wasps' nest found in attic of house

A wasps' nest the size of a "barrel" with a tunnel attached has been found in the attic of a house. The homeowner near Corby, Northamptonshire, discovered the one-metre wide nest (3.2ft) while renovating the property, which had been empty for two years. Pest controller Gary Wilkinson said "luckily" the wasps had moved out about a year earlier.

Its size and long entry tunnel made it a "spectacular work of art", he added. Mr Wilkinson was treating the house in Pipewell for woodworm, when the owner who wants to remain anonymous, said: "Can you come a have a quick look at this for me?" "We just went, 'Wow', as it was colossal," Mr Wilkinson said. "It's the biggest I've ever seen by quite a margin. It's an impressive wasp nest alright, much bigger than a barrel.

"They can get to the size of a large football but this is something else altogether." The company said the nest was "rare" not only because of its size, but because the wasps had built an "intricate tunnel from the nest to the outside" which was perfectly preserved. The tunnel itself measures about 1.4m (4.5ft). Hundreds of dead wasps were found near the nest. Mr Wilkinson estimates anything from 6,000 to 10,000 wasps could have called the nest their home.

An "average" nest would "typically have up to 3,000 wasps", a company spokesman said. Mr Wilkinson described the structure as "quite beautiful" and made from paper-like material the insects had stripped from fences and tree bark. Fortunately for the homeowner and pest control team, the nest had "gone to its full life-cycle" and there was nothing left alive in it. "We'd certainly not be that close to something that size, even in a bee suit, if we thought it was still being used," Mr Wilkinson said.

Man banned from having bin bags at home due to fantasies about suffocating people with them

A bondage fetishist has been banned from having bin bags in his home because of his obsession with the idea of wrapping people up in polythene and suffocating them, a court heard. Warren Harris, 46, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is also barred from looking at online pictures and texts relating to people being vacuum packed. But when police did a routine check on Harris two months ago to ensure he was complying with a court order made in 2010 they found he had been looking at the kind of images and stories he is banned from seeing, Gloucester Crown Court was told. Harris admitted two offences of breaching a sexual harm prevention order imposed on him at the request of the police six years ago. Prosecutor Caighli Taylor told the court: "Police attended his address on July 18 this year. It was an unannounced visit and he consented to his mobile phone being checked. It showed he had been watching films on You Tube in relation to women being vacuum packed and aspyhxiated. Written stories relating to asphyxiation were also found.

"On August 10 he told the police he knew he had been viewing things which placed him in breach of his sexual harm prevention order. He admitted he had been looking at bondage footage showing the plastic wrapping up of people aged 17-18. He said he had been doing it twice a day for two hours at a time. He said he was sorry, he knew it was wrong but he enjoyed it." Stephen Ritter, for Harris, said: "He presents as a nice chap next door. But the reports on him obviously raise great concern. He is aware of the acute problem he suffers from. He seeks to co-operate. There has been no breach of the 2010 order until now. He is working hard at dealing with it but he feels he needs more support. I think it is extraordinary that this material was on YouTube. I would have thought this kind of character would have had to go underground on the Dark Web to find it." The judge, Recorder Robert Linford, said a suspended jail sentence was recommended in a pre-sentence report on Harris. But he said he was concerned that Harris was 'straying back into the world he inhabited a number of years ago.'

Recorder Linford said: "It has to be stopped. I am surprised that nothing more intensive than a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement is being recommended." Mr Ritter said that Harris is trying to get himself referred by his GP to the Portman Clinic in London, which offers specialist long-term help people with disturbing sexual behaviours, criminality and violence. Det Con Emma Wilson, who works with the management of violent and sexual offenders in Gloucestershire, said: "The issue we have is his entrenched sexual behaviour in relation to plastic to point that we have had to have a contract with him in relation to bin bags. He can only have certain types of bin liners. He cannot have black bin bags in the house because they are a real concern. He needs more help to understand his sexual fetishes and address them. They will never go away so the risk will never go away and his thought processes will never go away. But he needs to be given the tools to manage his own risk. Incarceration is not ideal because he will lose his accommodation and when he comes out he will be a homeless high risk offender."

The Recorder said he did not believe locking Harris up would do any good in the long term and he was more interested in a long community order coupled with specific requirements. He decided to defer sentence on Harris for six months to see if, through his GP, he can get into the Portman Clinic for treatment which will help protect the public in future. "It seems to me everyone will be a lot better off if this defendant received that help," he said. "He wants it, he understands there is a problem and it is enormously to his credit that he confessed what he had been doing." The judge made a new lifetime sexual harm prevention order which includes a ban on using social media and deferred sentence till March 23 next year. He told Harris: "I am extremely troubled that you committed these offences in breach of your order. It was an enormously retrograde step in your life having made a great deal of progress in tackling the issues you have. In the next six months I expect you to strive to get a referral to Portman. That's a condition of deferral. It is a further condition that you do not commit any further offences." The Recorder told Harris that if he failed to meet the terms of the deferral he would get a long jail term. "I will lock you up and throw the key so far away that you will never find it," he warned. "I am giving you a chance. Don't blow it."