Friday, July 25, 2014

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Armadillo play attacks his little rubber toy

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Shop owner duped by man with sock full of cash

A business owner in Vineland, New Jersey, was left with a sock full of fake cash and no money in her register after a man claiming to be from Africa scammed her last week, according to police. The scam began earlier this month when a man identifying himself as "Derrick" entered the Martinez Meat Market on Southwest Boulevard. Police describe the suspect as dark skinned, approximately 38 years old and wearing a suit. Derrick claimed to be visiting from Africa and asked owner Socorro Torres if she was interested in selling her business.

Derrick told Torres that he received a large sum of money after his father died in Africa and produced a sock from his waistband to show the business owner. Inside the sock was $10,000. "Torres stated she agreed to sell the business at which time Derrick provided her with a phone number (646-593-4085) and informed her that he would be in touch," the police report states. Ms Torres quickly began to receive phone calls from men with "African accents," police said, claiming to be brothers of Derrick and asking if he bought the business yet. "She refused to speak with them about it because they had nothing to do with the purchase," the police report stated.

"Derrick then contacted her and advised her not to provide them with any information." During the phone call, Derrick also advised Ms Torres not to contact the police because he could be arrested for the large sum on money, deported back to Africa and "executed" upon his return. About a week ago, police said, a black man with an African accent and whiskers tattooed onto his face entered the business. The man identified himself as Derrick's brother and questioned her about the purchase, although he advised her that the purchase has not been made yet. Derrick came back to Martinez Meat Market on July 17, police said, while in possession of the sock that previously contained $10,000.

The sock was for a down payment on the business, Derrick told Ms Torres, and he would bring the rest of the money the next day. "After handing Torres the sock, he requested all the money in the cash register since the business was now his," the police report stated. "Torres stated she handed the money from the cash register over to Derrick at which time Derrick left." After he left, Ms Torres opened up the sock that purportedly contained the $10,000 down payment. However, the sock no longer contained any money. Instead, the sock "was filled with wet construction paper cut in the shape of money," according to reports. There are no suspects at this time in the theft by deception, police said. Police did not say how much money was stolen.

Lingerie-wearing lady sleeping in car allegedly tried to run over police officer

Police in Boca Raton, Florida, said they found a woman sleeping in her car wearing only lingerie, and when they asked her to get out of her car, she tried to run over an officer.

Police said that just before 10am on Monday, they got a call about a woman sleeping in a parking garage. Officers found Suzanne Morales, 45, sleeping in the car. They knocked on the car window, but Morales woke up and locked her car doors.

Officers asked her to step outside the car, but she refused. Police also said they could smell alcohol and suspected she might be drunk. They told Morales if she continued to refuse, they would knock out her window.

She started the car and tried to drive in reverse, almost hitting one of the officers. She then hit a police cruiser and was trapped. Morales is charged with obstructing an officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Men with and without underpants stole food from restaurant

Three men broke into a beach front restaurant in Bonita Springs, Florida, wearing nothing but their underpants and birthday suits.

Lou Bangert, general manager of Doc's Beach House, was at home on Sunday when his kitchen staff called him and asked him to check the restaurant's security footage from overnight. "I see the door open and three guys come in, and I go 'oh my god, these guys don't have any clothes on!'" Bangert said.

Besides one thief wearing a pair of tighty whities, the three burglars didn't have a stitch of clothing on them. Bangert says they broke in a little after 3am on Sunday and rifled around the food storage area for about 5 minutes. "They took three cases of hamburgers, three red peppers, and some bacon that was cooked up, and then they left," Bangert said.

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Bangert says the naked crooks saw that they were being filmed by one camera, so they moved it. But apparently they didn't notice another security camera that had an even better angle. It appears that they fled south on foot down the beach, leaving a little trail. Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

Man stood in pond in attempt to avoid arrest

A handful of golfers discovered a new water hazard at the Eagle Hills Golf Course in Idaho on Wednesday afternoon — a 21-year-old man standing in a pond to avoid arrest, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office reports.

It took about 30 minutes for Ada County sheriff’s deputies to coax Nathan M. McCoy out of the water. Before he took to the pond, deputies chased the suspect for about a mile through the neighbourhood and onto the golf course. Once McCoy came out, deputies charged McCoy with a probation violation, resisting arrest and filing a false police report - all misdemeanors.

He is on probation for a stalking case from earlier this year that was resolved when he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of using a telephone to intimidate or harass. Wednesday’s incident began just before noon when ACSO deputies were investigating a report from McCoy that a woman violated a no-contact order against him at his home  in Eagle.

 Investigating deputies determined that wasn’t true, and McCoy ran at about 1:30pm, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies followed McCoy while officers from Boise and Garden City came over to help. After about 15 minutes of foot pursuit, McCoy went into the pond, which is near the fifth hole. The sheriff's office says one ball was hit into the pond during the incident.

Fox found having a snooze on bus

A fox was found sleeping on the back seats of a city bus in Ottawa, Canada.

An OC Transpo employee noticed the fox make its way through an open front door of a bus parked at the industrial garage.

After taking a couple of photos of the sleeping fox, the employee reported his finding and police called the Ottawa Humane Society to come and retrieve the animal.

Once the Humane Society boarded the bus, the fox woke up took off like a fare jumper. Jim Greer, manager of Transit Fleet Maintenance, said these types of incidents are rare. In the past there have been reports of birds, and even a raccoon making their way onto out-of-service buses.

Huge rescue operation launched to save raccoon clinging to side of building

A young raccoon got into a bit of jam on Wednesday after scaling the outside of the RBC building in downtown London, Ontario, Canada.

A crowd had gathered on Richmond and King Streets after the raccoon climbed what looked like two storeys up the side of the building.

Some were holding a blanket to catch the raccoon in case it fell while others called for help.

Police, the fire department and animal control all arrived to help. But a London Hydro crew was eventually called in and used a cherry picker, bringing the raccoon down to the ground safely in their bucket.


Couple shocked by £500m electricity bill

Lancashire couple Nigel and Linda Brotherton were left shocked when they received an electricity bill for more than £500m. They were also told that their monthly direct debit was going to increase from £87 to £53,480,062.00. The Brothertons, who live in Roughlee, were told they didn’t need to do anything because the money would be taken automatically from their bank. But accountant Nigel, 62, said: “There was just one problem with that – I didn’t quite have £53 million in my current account at the time.”

The problem arose after the Scottish Power electricity board installed a new meter at the couple’s 16th Century cottage home. Their electrician connected one of the wires the wrong way round so that instead of recording the number or units used it didn’t register any and continued showing zero. Nigel and Linda, 59, say that they did not notice because they paid their bill by direct debit each month and were never asked to give a reading. But after they recently switched suppliers to Npower, a man was sent round to read their meter.

When he entered a reading of 'zero', Npower’s computer wrongly assumed the dials must have gone all round the clock – and automatically flagged up the huge bill. Bizarrely, though, the online bill also showed that the couple had actually overpaid and were in credit by £1,362.69. But despite repeated phone calls to Npower, and contacting the regulator Ofgen, the couple are still waiting for a refund and written confirmation they won’t have to pay the £53,480,062.00 a month. Nigel said: “It’s a good job they didn’t actually try to take all that money from my bank account. Not only would it have gone way over my overdraft limit, but it could have brought down the bank.

“The electricity board have admitted it is a mistake and told us we don’t need to pay the money but we are still waiting for the refund they owe us.” Infamous Alice Nutter, one of the notorious Pendle witches who was hanged 400 years ago, is reputed to have once lived in the couple’s cottage. Nigel added: “Perhaps she put a curse on the meter. But if the electricity board doesn’t sort this out quick I’ll get her to put a curse on them.” A spokesman for Npower apologised and said: “This was clearly a mistake. Mr Brotherton’s meter was incorrectly wired by his previous supplier and not Npower, which had a knock-on effect to how we billed the account. His payments are set at £87, so no extra money will be taken and we have processed a refund which should be with Mr Brotherton soon.”

Social club manager chased after thief with her mop and bucket

The manager of a social club in Litherland, Merseyside, chased after a thief with a mop and bucket after he stole £200 from her handbag. Yvonne Carey ran after the man after she watched him dip into her handbag behind the bar at the Our Lady Queen of Peace social club. Yvonne’s friend Dee Grey, who was at the club organising a weight watchers class, then chased the thief down the path, but he was too quick for her.

Yvonne was planning to buy dollars with the cash ahead of a family holiday to Orlando. She said: “I had the mop and bucket in my hand when I saw him take the money. I yelled at him, then chased him to the door. I suppose he could have had a knife or anything.” The thief, who was caught on CCTV, was seen walking around the social club and the neighbouring priest’s house, before walking into the club.

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The offender is described as being white, aged in his 30s of a slight build. He was wearing sunglasses, dark tracksuit bottoms and a grey top. When he entered the club he walked straight behind the grab, took the money and then ran. Yvonne added: "The £200 was to buy some currency for a family holiday to Orlando. We have been saving for seven years. I am going with my son, and the grandchildren. I know I am not getting my £200, but at least he did not steal the money from a pensioner.

"And I am still going to Orlando." Yvonne, 58, has volunteered at the parish social club for over 25 years. A police spokesman confirmed they were appealing for information. He added: "We received a report that a man had stolen money from a member of staff’s handbag. Patrol attended and a search of the area was undertaken. An investigation into the matter is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police."

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Puppy demonstrates DJ scratching skills

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Curious fox investigates camera

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Inquisitive 4-year-old boy banned from doughnut shop for asking customer if she was pregnant

An inquisitive 4-year-old boy asked a question that got him banned from a doughnut shop in Monroe, Connecticut. "We were screamed at in front of the door, ‘he's not allowed in here, he's rude'," said Rebecca Denham as she described her experience at the Doughnut Inn on Tuesday morning.

Denham said her son, Justin Otero, asked a woman at the doughnut shop if she had a baby in her belly. When the woman said ‘No' Otero apologized, and his mother said she was mortified. "My response was ‘Oh my goodness, I'm so embarrassed, I'm so sorry'," Denham said.

While the woman said it was ‘no problem,' the managers at the Doughnut Inn were not as forgiving. When Denham and her son walked in the shop on Tuesday, they were allegedly told to leave. "She said, 'he's not allowed in here,' and I looked around, and said, 'him?' and she said 'yeah, he's rude'," Denham said.

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She said she tried to explain what happened to her son and said he "sort of" understands, but he is still asking questions. Denham said she and her son are planning to take their business elsewhere, while using this as a learning lesson for Justin. "Some people, unfortunately are quick to pass judgment, and therefore we will take our money and business elsewhere," Denham added. The manager and owner of the shop had no comment.

School would like 75-year-old man to desist from repeatedly pooing on campus pole

A high school in Fort Smith, Arkansas, wants a man to stop defecating on a pole on their campus, a problem they say has been happening for years. "It's not something that is very appropriate at all," said Northside Assistant Principal Chris Carter.

Security video from the high school captured a man on campus early on Monday morning. The video shows the man walking to a pole near one of the school entrances, dropping his pants and then doing his business on the pole. "It tends to be that he goes to one particular pole located in our breeze way," While most people would be shocked, the assistant principal says they've been dealing with this person defecating on school property for years. "We've been dealing with this issue I guess since about 2002," said Carter.

Police arrested 75-year-old Jerry Ross from Fort Smith. He is now facing a felony charge of indecent exposure. According to court records, Ross, served a year in the Sebastian County Detention Center in 2007 and another year behind bars in 2013 for the same charge, but in the previous cases they were misdemeanor charges. Ross was previously banned from the school's property but he keeps coming back. "It's not something that we're going to tolerate.

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"Just because there's no students here and there may not be any teachers here, that doesn't mean that somebody's not watching," said Carter. The school has approximately 85 surveillance cameras on campus that record continuously. According to court records, when Ross was sentenced in 2013 the jury recommended that he receive counselling, although no records show that Ross actually attended any counselling sessions. Ross is being held in the Sebastian County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $10,000.

Prison visitor caught with veritable array of items up his backside

Correctional officers in Brazil were surprised at the amount of equipment that a visitor hid in his backside to try to deliver to an inmate in the prison at Ribeirao das Neves.

André Silva de Jesus, 35, was arrested with two mobile phones, two batteries, pliers, two drill bits, eight pieces of hacksaw blade, five nails and three sim cards.

All the materials were in the anus of the suspect, who presented a medical certificate saying he wore a pacemaker, and therefore could not go through an x-ray machine. André Silva appeared nervous, which alerted the prison guards.

The Military Police were called to record the occurrence. It was not clear which inmate was to receive the material. In a statement the Secretariat for Prison Administration confirmed the incident and said that the general direction of the prison "opened an internal procedure to determine what happened."

Armed bandits demand villagers supply them with 35 buckets of water a day or face death

Armed bandits are threatening villagers in northern India with death unless they deliver 35 buckets of water each day. Water in the area is scarce thanks to an ongoing drought and a poor supply. So far, 28 villages have been obeying the order, taking turns to deliver what the bandits are calling a daily "water tax," police said.

"Water itself is very scarce in this region. Villagers can hardly meet their demand," officer Suresh Kumar Singh said from Banda, a city on the southern border of Uttar Pradesh. The area is cut off from supply lines, leaving the bandits reliant on surrounding villages. Since 2007, it has been starved for rain, with the yearly monsoon bringing only half the usual number of 52 rainy days a year. "A few bandits are still active in the ravines," Mr Singh said. "They ask for water, food and shelter from the villages."

Afraid of the bandits, who are from the Balkhariya gang, villagers last Wednesday began hauling water - sometimes four kilometres (2.5 miles) - into the unruly region where the gang is believed to have hideouts, said Bagwat Prasad, from the local charity group that works on water and sanitation issues. "Any request from Balkhariya gang members is an order," Mr Prasad said. "No one can dare to say no." Though the number of bandits has declined drastically in recent decades, India's bandit tradition, which began more than 800 years ago, has continued in the hard-to-reach forests and mountains of the Bundelkhand region.

But while the bandits were once admired as caste warlords with a touch of Robin Hood about them, as they fought to protest feudal orders or to avenge personal wrongs, today's bandits are considered mostly opportunistic thugs seeking personal wealth and power. Small lakes and streams have dried up, and the bandits are reluctant to risk running into police by leaving the area to fetch water supplies. India has set a Rs.252,000 reward (£2,500, $4,200) for information leading to the gang leader's arrest on charges of murder, looting and kidnapping.

Spillage of fruit preserves caused traffic jam

Drivers in western Sweden were stuck in a jam after a van shed its load of preserves and juices which led to major traffic problems. The sticky situation occurred on the E45 outside Sunne at around midday on Tuesday. A police spokesperson said the delivery van had got into difficulty and started to shed all manner of different items.

"There was a lot of jam and juices which went down the drain," Tommy Lindh, spokesperson for the Värmland police said. The drama unfolded when the door of the delivery van opened and a pallet, loaded with breakfast favourites, was thrown out onto the road.

Predictably, it led to a traffic jam with a section of the road being sealed off so a clean-up operation of broken glass and sticky substances could be attended to. Emergency services were dispatched and firefighters ensured that the traffic backlog could be unstuck.

Firefighter Fredrik Persson, from Sunne emergency services said: "It's a mixed compote, common pancake jam. We have a stretch of 70 - 100 metres that is just full of jam." Nobody was hurt in the incident with drivers urged to take an alternative route while the clean-up continued. Traffic got back underway at 2pm.

The whole of Middlesbrough smells of fish

There's something fishy going on in Teesside.

Shoppers have been cutting trips short. And pets are being blamed for producing a noxious odour.

Twitter users have been sharing their experiences about the fishy smell that's hit the area.

It has been reported in areas including Linthorpe, Acklam, Thornaby, Billingham, Ingleby Barwick, Yarm and Middlesbrough town centre. The emergency services and Public Health England are unaware of any incidents that may have caused the smell.

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