December 18, 2014
American Pops Question At Eiffel Tower
Paris (AP) It could have been a scene from fairytale movie “Frozen.”
And an AP photographer snapping tourists at the Eiffel Tower’s Christmas ice-rink Tuesday happened upon the fairytale moment.
Real estate agent Jon McAchran, 32, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, provoked instant applause when he got down on one frosty knee (and ice-skate) to pop the question on the ice to his girlfriend Ashley Marie Kimberl, 30, presenting her with a sparkling diamond engagement ring.
Kimberl confirmed her answer to the AP: “We’re getting married!”
She gushed that “it was a surprise, as our first date was on an ice-rink in Virginia.”
This was not the first time that the question has been popped at the Eiffel Tower - Tom Cruise famously asked Katie Holmes to marry him there in 2005.
Dognapped! 13 Puppies Snatched From Pet Store
Manchester, NH (AP) Police in New Hampshire say they have collared the humans responsible for snatching 13 puppies from a New Hampshire pet store in a smash-and-grab dognapping.
A passer-by noticed a broken window at Bill’s Pet and Aquarium in Manchester on Tuesday morning and called police. Sgt. Brian O’Keefe tell WMUR-TV that an officer sent to investigate spotted several people nearby, including one who was carrying a puppy. Four teens were arrested after a foot chase.
The puppies were soon found at a home. The pooches, worth over $5,000, included chocolate Labrador retrievers, cockapoos, a Shar-Pei, Papillion and a cocker spaniel.
An animal control officer says a microchip scan matched paperwork provided by the store owner.
The four arrested, ages 17 and 18, were charged with receiving stolen property and other counts.
Cow Bolts Butcher Shop &
Police Chase And Shoot It!
Pocatello, ID (AP) A 1,000-pound cow being prepared for slaughter jumped a 6-foot fence and bolted through the streets of Pocatello before police shot and killed it following a lengthy pursuit.
Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand tells the Idaho State Journal that his officers fired two shots at the heifer because it posed a safety risk.
The cow had escaped from Anderson Custom Pack, a meat processing business, on Friday afternoon.
Early in the chase, an officer shot the cow in the head but the wounded animal kept running.
The cow led police and animal control officers on a chase on foot and in vehicles through the city’s north side. It rammed an animal control truck and two police cars.
The animal was eventually cornered in a residential backyard about 3 miles away, and was shot and killed by a police officer.
Marriage Proposal Goes Through The Roof....Literally
Amsterdam (AP) A Dutchman’s attempt at a romantic wedding proposal was simply smashing. The unidentified lover in the central town of Ijsselstein rented a crane, planning to descend in front of his girlfriend’s bedroom window first thing Saturday morning, play her a song and then pop the question. Instead the crane toppled over, smashing a large hole in the neighbors’ roof.
The man clambered to safety and no one was injured.
According to the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper, the girlfriend said “yes” anyway. After speaking with police, the pair traveled to Paris to celebrate.
Then the crane fell again during attempts to right it with a larger crane, bashing in the rest of the neighbors’ roof. The town’s mayor is on the spot after the building was declared unsafe. Six apartments were evacuated.
Goodwill Workers Find Cremated Remains
Lafayette, IN (AP) Two boxes of cremated human remains mistakenly included among household items donated to an Indiana Goodwill have been reunited with the deceased’s next of kin, police said.
Goodwill employees sorting through donated items Friday found two small, white boxes filled with cremains, Lafayette police Sgt. Grant Snyder told the Journal & Courier.
A merchandise sorter found the boxes inside velvet pouches inside a larger box, store manager Paula Strong said.
“When she pulled them out of the red velvet bags, that is when she realized that they were from a crematory and what they were,” Strong said.
Each box was marked with a date and name, which police used to reunite the remains with survivors. It’s not uncommon for donors to drop off mystery items after cleaning out their relatives’ homes, Strong said. But Friday’s discovery ranks as the “strangest” thing she’s seen at her store.
“I’m just happy that they did find the family,” she said.
France Wants Ban On New Cannabis Extract “e-joint”
Paris (AP) France’s health minister has said she wants to ban a controversial cannabis-extract electronic cigarette that’s been launched in France.
Marisol Touraine told French radio she was “opposed” to the self-styled “e-joint,” that was launched online Tuesday. She said it will encourage cannabis use and she will approach the courts to ban the product. Though cannabis is illegal in France, French-Czech company KanaVape say their hemp vaporizer product is legal. They say it does not contain the mind-altering THC substance found in marijuana.
The company extracts the less potent molecule Cannabidiol from hemp, a variety of cannabis grown for fiber and seeds, from Czech, French and Spanish farms. “It will not make you `high’ but will help you relax,” says a statement on the company website.
Mystery Man Hands Out $100 Bills In Massachusetts
Barnstable, MA (AP) A generous mystery man has made the holiday season a little brighter for employees of two Massachusetts coffee shops.
A man wearing a cowboy hat walked into Marylou’s in Hyannis on Saturday and handed the worker behind the counter 15 envelopes, each containing a crisp $100 bill.
Manager Victoria Grandy tells the Cape Cod Times “MERRY CHRISTMAS” was printed in red on the front of each envelope.
Workers didn’t recognize the man as a regular, but one employee said he resembled Santa Claus.
A man, believed to be the same person, but this time wearing a ball cap, on Monday handed over eight envelopes containing $100 bills to the workers at the Dunkin’ Donuts at the Cape Cod Mall.
Those employees also didn’t recognize him as a regular.