February 26, 2015
Toronto Police Stumped By Mysterious Tunnel
Toronto (AP) Police are asking for the public’s help in trying to determine who built a mysterious underground tunnel near York University in Toronto.
Deputy Chief Mark Saunders said Tuesday the tunnel is 10 meters (10 yards) long and two meters (two yards) high. He said it isn’t near any infrastructure and doesn’t appear to lead anywhere.
The chamber was discovered Jan. 14 in a secluded wooded area by a conservation officer who spotted a large pile of dirt. Saunders said more than one person with some level of expertise likely built it.
Police found plywood wall supports, a gas generator, moisture resistant light bulbs, a sump pump for removing ground water, a wheelbarrow and food and beverage containers. They also found a rosary with a Remembrance Day poppy nailed to a wall.
Saunders said there’s nothing to suggest a criminal element.
“It’s not your everyday find,” Saunders said.
He said he doesn’t have a working theory on why it was built but said whoever built it took quite a bit of time to build it. He said it was warm and comfortable inside. Police believe it was used during the winter.
The bunker is located about 25 meters (27 yards) from the fence of the Rexall Centre entertainment complex, which hosts the Canadian Open tennis tournament in the summer and will be used to host tennis events for the Pan American Games in July. He said it didn’t represent a threat to the games and said the bunker would have been an eye sore to police.
Florida Police Dog Fired From Force After Biting Two People
Coconut Creek, FL (AP) A Florida police dog is being kicked off the force after biting a doughnut shop worker and an officer in separate incidents.
Officials say 4-year-old Renzo had been with the Coconut Creek Police Department for more than a year. The Belgian Malinois bit an officer in November while tracking a suspect. Last week, he burst out of a patrol car and bit a Dunkin’ Donuts worker in the calf.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Renzo and Officer Carl DiBlasi went to the doughnut shop Feb. 11 to meet a police sergeant.
The sergeant approached the patrol car and began to pet Renzo. The dog lunged at her and DiBlasi struggled to restrain him. Renzo broke away and bit the worker who was nearby.
The retired dog will now live with DiBlasi.
Kentucky Town Has Had Enough Of The ‘Frozen’ Weather
Harlan, KY (AP) The cold might not bother Disney’s Queen Elsa, but it’s wreaking enough havoc in Kentucky that a police department announced a joke warrant for the popular “Frozen” character’s arrest.
Police in the small, rural town of Harlan posted a Facebook message Wednesday about Elsa.
They wrote: “Suspect is a blonde female last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song ‘Let it Go!’ As you can see by the weather she is very dangerous.”
Police soon posted another message, telling residents that all kidding aside, they should take the weather seriously and be careful.
A massive system dropped more than a foot of snow in parts of Kentucky. Bitterly cold temperatures moved in Wednesday night and were likely to stay for several days.
Hibernating Pet Tarantulas Stolen From Crawlspace
Austell, GA (AP) A metro Atlanta man told police a spider thief snuck into a crawlspace under his home and stole five of his 18 pet tarantulas.
Austell police say they’ve issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of possessing the arachnids.
Dwayne Melton tells WSB-TV the spiders live beneath his Austell home in individual containers, where they hibernate during the winter until spring arrives.
Melton said he didn’t know his spiders were missing until he got a phone call from Animart Pets in Austell, where employees said someone had just sold five tarantulas to the business.
Melton then identified the spiders as his and police began investigating.
It wasn’t immediately known when the theft happened, and details about the suspect weren’t available.
Massachusetts Man Selling, Shipping Snow From His Yard
Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA (AP) A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He’s shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds.
Kyle Waring, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, got the idea while shoveling snow earlier this winter and launched ShipSnowYo.com.
At first he shipped 16.9-ounce snow-filled bottles for $19.99, but he found the snow melted by the time it arrived at its destination.
So he came up with a new plan, selling six pounds at a time. He tells Boston.com even if the snow melts a little by the time it arrives, the package can still make 10 to 15 snowballs.
He’s also started offering 10-pound packages for $119.
He says he’ll keep selling until people stop ordering.
Fireballs Spotted Over Western US As Chinese Rocket Burns Up
Salt Lake City (AP) People from Arizona to Canada have reported seeing bright lights in the sky as a Chinese rocket burned up in the atmosphere.
Witnesses described the lights as a group of about three dozen fireballs moving slowly from south to north late Monday. Canadian photographer Neil Zeller says it looked like a cluster of fireballs followed by a long orange tail.
A NASA official told the Salt Lake Tribune the lights were a Chinese rocket booster that broke apart about 11 p.m. Mountain Time.
Calls to NASA from The Associated Press were directed to U.S. Strategic Command, who couldn’t immediately confirm what it was.
Mike Hankey with the American Meteor Society says his organization got more than 150 reports of the event from nine Western states and Canada.
Just Another Singing Selfie,
Getting A Thief Caught
La Porte, TX (AP) Police say a Houston teen took a video of himself singing to a rap song while driving a stolen car.
Kenneth Davis is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and burglary of a motor vehicle.
KHOU-TV reported that La Porte police tried to pull over three pickup trucks Monday driving without their lights on.
Two of the drivers fled. Authorities located one of the trucks after it was abandoned.
That eventually led them to Davis. His phone had one video of him driving a car and singing along to the Drake song “How Bout Now.
”Police say the phone also linked him to other car thefts.
He’s being held on $12,000 bond. Online court records did not list an attorney for Davis.