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October 23, 2014

Woman Saved And Arrested On The Same Day

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) A woman stuck in the chimney of a Southern California house has been rescued and arrested.

Ventura County fire Capt. Ron Oatman says firefighters responding to neighbors' reports of a woman crying had to chisel away much of the chimney and lubricate it with dish soap Sunday to free 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa.

The Ventura County Star reports she was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police.

Police say Nunez-Figueroa knows the owner of the home in Thousand Oaks, who wasn't there. They wouldn't elaborate.

She had no clear injuries but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police didn't know if she'd hired an attorney, and no phone listing for her could be found.

Oatman says firefighters destroyed the chimney and damaged the roof.

Bear Cub Goes Shopping

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) Some shoppers at an Oregon drug store were surprised by a bear cub scurrying down the aisles.

Witnesses say the cub first showed up Sunday at a nearby hotel, hopped out a window and crossed the street to the Rite Aid in Ashland, a city 15 miles north of the California border.

Police arrived and scooped the little bear into a shopping cart. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding the cub until it can be moved to a rehab center or a zoo.

There was no sign of its mother. Authorities say the cub cannot be returned to the wild because of its contact with humans.
Bar, Bars... It’s So Confusing
PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. A very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart and ended up in a southwestern Michigan jail cell.

The Van Buren County sheriff's department says a 39-year-old woman mistook the County jail for the bar where she was trying to pick up her boyfriend.

The department says Deputy Robert Miersma spotted the Hartford-area woman backing into the jail parking lot in Paw Paw about 2 a.m. Sunday and noticed she smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated. It says a breath test showed her with more than twice the 0.08 percent blood alcohol considered drunk in Michigan. She's expected to face drunken driving charges.

Store Clerk Tells Bandit To Bug Off With Bug Spray

BERLIN, Pa. (AP) A western Pennsylvania convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide.

State police say a masked woman entered the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin, Pennsylvania, on Sunday night.

That's when store clerk Annabelle Miller tells WJAC-TV she took matters, and the can of bug spray, into her own hands.

Miller says she refused to give the woman money and waited for her to leave. When she began to retreat, Miller sprayed the woman in the face as the suspect left the store.

The whole thing was caught on the store's surveillance system.

Miller says she's glad she confronted the would-be bandit saying, ``I just got mad. I've got better things to do with my night than that.''

Hot Dog! Worker Wins $25K Over Snack Attack

DUBLIN (AP) An Irish cinema may have just bought the world's most expensive hot dog for an unfairly fired worker.

Ireland's employment appeals court on Thursday ordered Dublin's Cineworld to pay Carl Meade 20,000 euros ($25,640) for canning him over his illicit discount on a workplace snack.

Cineworld said it used surveillance footage to show Meade buying an extra-large hot dog, but paying only for a regular, and taking a slightly pricier brand of candy than what appeared on his signed receipt.

The total difference in cost between what he bought, and what he consumed? One euro ($1.28).

A three-judge panel found that the employer should have considered Meade's contention that he'd made an innocent mistake.

Meade worked three years for Cineworld before his 2012 dismissal for gross misconduct.

Ashes Become The Nucleus Of Raindrops And Snow

A weather balloon was used to launch a couple's ashes to the edge of space. The couple shared a passion for travel and history. So when they passed away, their daughter had the perfect idea for scattering their ashes. Lois and John Lafferty became the first customers of Mesoloft, which launches ashes via weather balloon high into the Earth's atmosphere. In a video posted by Mesoloft, whose slogan is "The last adventure," you can see the container, attached to a weather balloon, floating higher and higher into the sky.   

The ashes are released at 72,000 feet, and scatter above the Earth. Mesoloft even provides flight GPS data for families to track their loved one's journey.

Mesoloft co-founder Chris Winfield said, “We know that the ashes will likely travel for months and possibly years as they get carried by the currents in the upper atmosphere. The ashes will eventually descend and settle all around the globe. Moisture adheres to ashes that pass through clouds and the ash will form the nucleus of a raindrop or snowflake. I love the story, it’s so poetic!”

If you're looking for an out-of-this-world way to scatter your remains, a word of caution: It doesn't come cheap. Mesoloft's standard launch package starts at $2,800.

UK Man Faked Coma For Two Years To Avoid Court

LONDON (AP) He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card. A British fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets.

Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than 40,000 pounds ($64,000) from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer's disease, prosecutors said.

When police began investigating, the 47-year-old Knight claimed to be quadriplegic and so sick he sometimes fell into a coma.

Knight's deceit was uncovered when police tracked the use of his supermarket card, and produced surveillance camera footage of him walking and driving.

 

 


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