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.
Lehighvalleyonline.com 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.