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October 1, 2015

Young Would-Be Robber’s Effort Ended By Clerk’s Stare

Wichita, KS (AP) A young would-be robber wielding an unusual weapon demanded cigarettes but ended up getting nervous and leaving a Wichita QuikTrip empty-handed.

The Wichita Eagle reports a boy between 10 and 12 years old walked into the convenience store shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday and confronted the lone clerk with a paint scraper.

Police spokesman Sgt. Roger Runft says the small-statured child stated it was a robbery, and the clerk asked what he wanted.

Runft says the boy wanted cigarettes but the clerk asked him for an ID. The boy responded that he didn’t need identification because it was a robbery.

That’s when the clerk stared the would-be robber down, causing the boy to get nervous and leave. Police are searching the store’s surveillance tapes for more information.

Ghoulish Figures Coming Down At Central Texas Cemetery

Temple, TX (AP) Some ghoulish decorations at a Central Texas cemetery are coming down after complaints about Halloween-type figures set up on a grave.

The Temple Daily Telegram reports officials at Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple say the items violate cemetery decorum rules. The display includes two masked figures with skull themes, flowing garments and fake spider webs.

Authorities are not sure who decorated the gravesite.

Cemetery director Brenda Coley on Monday planned to contact relatives of the person whose grave was targeted, to coordinate removal of the items.

Coley says the site ``looks like a house of horrors’’ and there needs to be more respect. She’s also received calls and other complaints about the decorated grave, which Coley first noticed on Friday.

Loose Emu Recognizes Owner, Returns Home In Back Of Prius

Bow, NH (AP) An emu famous for running wild through New Hampshire for more than a week has been reunited with its owner and returned home safely to Vermont in the back of a Toyota Prius.

The Concord Monitor reports Kermit Blackwood figured it was a long shot that the emu loose in New Hampshire was his bird, Beatrice. It wasn’t until the Townshend, Vermont, resident traveled roughly 80 miles to the Henniker-based nonprofit Wings of the Dawn when he knew for sure.

Maria Colby, manager of the wildlife rehabilitation center, said she knew the emu was Blackwood’s as soon as they were reintroduced Sunday.

The emu moved closer to Blackwood and rolled its neck toward him, possibly recognizing him by the jacket he was wearing, Colby said.

Blackwood says Taft Hill Farm had lost two other emus about a month ago. One died after being attacked by another animal and the other was found in a neighboring town.

Getting Beatrice ready to go home wasn’t easy. Blackwood and a farm worker struggled a bit to put her into the trunk of their Prius, with the back seats folded down for extra space.

The 90-minute ride back to the farm went smoothly, after they removed a sock from the emu’s head, Blackwood said.

``Everything is well,’’ he said. ``Beatrice is home.’’

Massachusetts Boy Finds $8,000 On Slide, Turns It In

SALEM, MA (AP) Police in northeastern Massachusetts say a 7-year-old boy turned in a checkbook to police that contained $8,000.

Daniel Wright says his nephew Aiden, of Lowell, was taking a final run down a slide at Memorial Park in Salem on Saturday morning when saw a black checkbook. The plumber says he told Aiden he was ``going to learn an important lesson today.’’

Salem Police Sgt. Kathleen Makros says they then turned the checkbook in around 11 a.m.

Elias Santos, a contractor who had been at the park with his children that morning, called 20 minutes later to say he was on his way to pick up the cash. Aiden received $100 as a reward from Santos.

Wright says his nephew plans to use the reward money to buy coins.

Monkey Has Fun On The Loose In Orlando Suburb

Sanford, FL (AP) A monkey that escaped its owner’s home in an Orlando, Florida, suburb chewed on its neighbors’ mail, pulled molding off a police car and rocked back and forth on a street sign.

Zeek was eventually caught when his owner returned home a short time later.

Sanford police officers responded to the neighborhood Monday morning after a neighbor called to report that a monkey was eating mail out of a mailbox.

Zeek jumped on the officers’ squad car and pulled some molding off the roof. The monkey also drank from a water bottle the officers offered as a distraction.

Sanford police officers took video of Zeek and posted it on the agency’s Facebook page. “Zeek had a little fun with our patrol car,” the officers posted in one video.

Weather Service Accidentally Sends Connecticut Tsunami Alert

Hartford, CT (AP) The Connecticut shoreline was briefly under a tsunami warning before the National Weather Service disclosed the alert had been sent by mistake during a routine monthly test.

The Weather Service’s office in New York sent the warning Thursday morning to its radio and emergency alert systems, which resulted in the alert being mentioned on local broadcasts and Twitter posts. The warning was for all four coastal counties and part of Long Island Sound.

The Weather Service later issued a statement saying there was no real tsunami threat and the warning was sent inadvertently during a routine monthly test by the service’s National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska. The Connecticut Broadcasters Association says the alert ran on several Connecticut stations.

There are no records indicating a tsunami has ever hit Connecticut.

Man Feared Dead On PA Highway Was Just Napping

Wind Gap, PA (AP) State police say a man feared dead along an eastern Pennsylvania highway was just napping. reports several motorists called Northampton County 911 dispatchers when they saw the man’s body Monday morning along Route 33 in Wind Gap. That’s about 75 miles north of Philadelphia.

But troopers who responded say they found the man was homeless and merely sleeping. They woke him up and he left the area without incident.

Police say the man was lying against a guard rail near a highway exit. Motorists have to slow down to use the ramp, which is why police believe so many motorists saw the man and called 911.

































October 1 - Young Would-Be Robber’s Effort Ended By Clerk’s Stare

September 24 - Captive Snake With No Male Companion Gives Birth Again

September 17 - Bystander Lets Trooper Use Canoe To Apprehend Suspect

September 10 - Owner Of Wayward Chicken In San Francisco Comes Forward

September 3 - Southern New Jersey Man Digs Up Live Cannonball In Backyard

August 27 - Defense Lawyer Skips Hearing So Wife In Labor Won’t Kill Him

August 30 - Man In Bear Costume Harasses Mother Bear & Cubs

August 13 - East Texas Man Guilty Of Assault Gets Life In Matrimony

August 6 - Landmark New York Hotel Can’t Get Bike-Sharing Rack Removed

July 30 - Oldest Giant Panda Celebrates With Bamboo, Veggie Cake

July 23 - Romanian Music Fest Gives Free Tickets In Exchange For Blood

July 16 - Nude Man Found Drinking In Barn Says, “I Just Like Pigs”

July 9 - Broadway Theatergoer Tries To Recharge Phone Onstage

July 2 - New Rainbow Crosswalks Support LGBT Community

June 25 - Aquatic Creatures Turn Out For Coney Island Parade

June 18 - Iowa Residents Have The Right To Be Drunk On Their Front Porch

June 11 - “Wimpy” Earns Nickname While Fleeing From Bear

June 4 - Police Alerted To Armed Mob, Find Asparagus Pickers

May 28 - Colorado City Going Dark This Weekend To Help Stargazers

May 21 - Worker Rescues 10 Duckings From Storm Drain

May 14 - Elderly Man With Prostitute Under Bed Loses Housing Subsidy

May 7 - 95-Year Old Man Fights Off Would-Be Robber With Cane

April 30 - Thief Sneaks Ice Cream Cooler Past Sleeping Store Clerk

April 23 - Egypt Court Sentences Belly Dancer For ‘Insulting’ Flag

April 16 - Farmer Names Calf Born With Heart In Neck ‘Cardio Brisket’

April 9 - Burger King To pay For The Wedding Of Mr. Burger, Ms.King

April 2 - Trespasser Leaves Behind Credit Card Trail

March 26 - Authorities Seek Remedy For Naked NC Neighbor

March 19 - Nude Backyard Sunbather Takes Plea Deal

March 12 - Raccoon’s Freedom Costs San Francisco Carpenter His Job

March 5 - Men Built Mystery Tunnel To Use As Man Cave

February 26 - Toronto Police Stumped By Mysterious Tunnel

February 19 - No Charges For Woman Who Threw Bacon Into Police Station

February 12 - California Firefighters Save Horse Stuck In Tub

February 5 - Funds Pour In For Man Who Walks 21 Miles To, From Work

January 29 - Dancing Genitals Video Is A Hit In Sweden!

January 22 - ‘In Dog We Trust’ Rug To Be Auctioned For Animal Group

January 15 - Squirrel’s Wrong Turn Leads To Ohio Power Outage

January 8 -
Plea To Save Knavery, Flapdoodle And Rapscallion!

January 1 - West Virginia Troopers Hand Out $100 Bills

December 25 - Among Change, Gift Of Jewels For Salvation Army

December 18 - American Pops Question At Eiffel Tower

December 11 - Boys Searching For Santa Start By Calling 911

December 4 - Family Happy Squashy The Sasquatch Is Back In Their Yard

November 27 - New Sign In Indiana Warm Of Turtle Crossing

November 20- Flying Spaghetti Monster Devotee Sports Colander On License

November 13 - Man Held; Yard-Sale Teller Wasn’t Fooled By Fake $20s

November 6 - NYC Worker Suspended For Using ‘Robotic Voice’

October 30 - Custom Urns Courtesy Of Company’s 3-D Printer

October 23 - Woman Saved And Arrested On The Same Day

October 16 -Indiana College Gives Pizza Delivery Guy $1,200 Tip

October 9 - FTC Retailers: Drop Your Caffeinated Drawers

October 2 - Vets In NH Give Sight To Falcon Blind For Two Years

September 25 - Pregnant Buffalo + Frisky Bull Equals Knockout

September 18 - California Nudist Camp Accused Of Stealing Water

September 11 - In Washington Surprise Attack, Bear: 1 • Bowhunter: 0

September 4 - Dog Turns On Stove, Starts Fire...Maybe He Was Hungry?

August 28 - Um...OK, The Cameras Stink; Nevermind

August 21 - 86 Year Old Woman Writes Romance Novel

August 14 - Wanted: Serial Bank Robber With Questionable Taste

August 7 - Interrupting Lawyer Gets Rare Sanction

July 31 - Strip Club Endorses Pastor For Congress

July 24 - Man Starts Fire Using ‘Blowtorch’ To Kill Spider

July 17 - Great Fall Too Much, Humpty Dumpty To Be Rebuilt

July 10 - Performer Drapes, Lights Firecrackers On Body

July 3 - Good Samaritan Rescues Man From Burning SUV

June 26 - Firemen Rescue Man When ‘Lady’ Sculpture Traps Him

June 19 - Blind Man Hears, Feels His Way To Auto Mechanic Degree

June 12 - Drivers Gathering For Great Nebraska Tractor Ride

June 5 - Thief With Facebook Account Rats Himself Out

May 29 - Missing Pet Pigeon Flies To School Of Young Owner

May 22 - Testing Inconclusive, Suspected Bobcat Returned

May 15 - Rooster Prince George, At Dallas Hardware Store, Is Popular

May 8 - New Jersey Fire Siren Silenced By Osprey Nest

May 1 - New Jersey Tot Wipes Out Hours Of Monks’ Work

April 24 - Miss America: Don’t Suspend Teen Over Prom Invite

April 17 - Squirrel Blamed For $300K In Damage To Building

April 10 - Burglary Suspects Butt Dials 911

April 3 - Teen Says Typeface Change Could Save Millions

March 27 - Scrap Dealer’s Bargain Turns Out To Be Worth Millions

March 20 - City Considers Taking Ban On Spitting Off Books

March 13 - Gettysburg Wax Museum Selling Historical Figures

March 6 - Woman Gives Birth In New York City Crosswalk

February 27 - Wisconsin Rubber Duck Bill Racing To Finish Line

February 20 - Wait Till Santa See ‘Em! Reindeer Get Glowing Antlers

February 13 - NJ Festival Lets You Eat, Drink, Floss With Bacon

February 6 - Romance Sizzles At Bacon Fest As Couples Marry

January 30 - Man Shares Wanted Photo, And Cops Really LIKE Him

January 23 - Beloved Dog’s Ashes Returned To Owner After Two Years

January 16 - Colorado Gives Up And Renames Mile 420 Marker

January 9 - Brewery Responds To Starbucks Letter With $6 Check

January 2 - Atlanta Home Prompts 911 Calls With Fake Dangler

December 26 - Dog That Survived Gassing Headed To Rose Parade

December 19 - Tourist Distracted By Facebook Falls Off Pier

December 12 - ‘Cannibal Sandwiches’ Sicken Wisconsin Residents

December 5 - Topless Barber Charged With Unlicensed Cosmetology

November 28 - 852 Thai Children Set Human Christmas Tree Record

November 21 - Beagle’s Nose Predicts Few US Polar Bear Cubs

November 14 - NY Knish Factory Fire Leads To Nationwide Shortage

November 7 - Stolen Costumes + Craigslist = Not A Good Idea

October 31 - City: Odor From Sriracha Chili Plant A Nuisance

October 24 - Deadly Halloween Tableau Too Realistic For Some

October 17 - Abandoned Philly Prison Adds Screams For Halloween

October 10 - Indiana Dog That Crashed Half Marathon Gets Medal

October 3 - Naked And Scared Has Turned Into Semi-Clothed & Spooky

September 26 - Extra Weight Costs Bank Robber Swift Exit

September 19 - Russian Shot In Quarrel Over Kant’s Philosophy

September 12 - Art Heist Trial Help Up Over Lawyer’s Sneakers

September 5 - Marijuana Wrapped Arrow Shot At Squirrel?

August 29 - Hole Makes Huge Pumpkin Ineligible For Alaska Fair

August 22 - Prowling Ninja Says He Was Trying To Help Cops

August 15 - British Cats’ DNA Helps Convict A Killer

August 8 - China’s Heat Wave Brings‘Dead’ Man Back To Life

August 1 - Owner Could Face Charges For Venomous Snakes

July 25 - Swimmer To Go Alone Hauling 2,000 Pounds Of Brick

July 18 - Thai University Apologizes For Hitler Banner

July 11 - Winner Of The Cherry-Spitting Contest - BB Gun!

July 4 - Family Dogs Survive Close Call With Mama & Baby Bears

June 27 - ‘Here’s Looking At You...Officer!’ Man Quotes Bogart Upon Arrest

June 20 - "Happy Birthday To You" Copyright Suit Filed In NY

June 13 - Nude Revelers Greet Popular Tourist Train

June 6 - ‘Bucket List’ Item Leads To Women’s Arrest

May 30 - Swing Dance Your Way To Class Credit

May 23 - NH City Sues Parking Meter “Robin Hoods”

May 16 - Critter Cams Provide Peek Into The Lives Of Bears

May 9 - OMG - The Sun Is Shining! School Closes For Nice Weather

May 2 - Cartel-Linked Man Arrested On The Dance Floor

April 25 - Oregon Juror Jailed For Texting During Trial

April 18 - What’s That Sound? Court Screeners Find Pet Duck In Bag

April 11 - Goat That Walked Into Bar Was Taken From Zoo

April 4 - Man Accused Of Using Fake Penis For Drug Test

March 28 - Caretaker Charged With Taking Care Of Old Whiskey, Too

March 21 - Crime Doesn’t Pay #1: Thief Returns Money From 1980s

March 14 - People, Pooches Team Up To Fight Flab At Gym

March 7 - 37-Pound Tubby Tabby, Biscuit, In Need Of Home

February 28 - Shoeshine Man Donates $200,000 In Tips

February 21 - 911 Call Asking For Cigarettes Leads To Arrest

February 14 - Mistrial Declared When Prosthetic Eye Pops Out

February 7 - Snoozing Judge Sent Home For Nap





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