March 12, 2015
Raccoon’s Freedom Costs San Francisco Carpenter His Job
San Francisco (AP) A carpenter has been fired for freeing a raccoon that had been trapped by exterminators at the San Francisco construction site where he worked.
Todd Sutton tells the San Francisco Chronicle that he came to work one morning in late February and saw the animal inside a trap.
The builders had hired professional trappers to have the critter‚ which was blamed for damage at the $610 million project‚ removed and euthanized.
But the 49-year-old carpenter says he put the animal in his truck and released it in a nearby grassy area, after getting guidance from animal control officers. His employer told the newspaper the move amounted to theft, because Sutton took something from the site that didn’t belong to him.
Sutton has hired an attorney.
Nightmare! Online Suitor Stole Woman’s Car During First Date
Waterford Township, NJ (AP) Authorities say a man who allegedly stole a woman’s car during their first date last month has been captured.
Waterford Township police say 53-year-old Gerald Tietz was arrested Saturday after the vehicle, which had the vanity plate “JSRYGRL”, was spotted in Cherry Hill.
Tietz and the woman, identified only as a New Jersey resident, became acquainted online and decide to meet on Feb. 26. Tietz allegedly told the woman his name was Gennaro Aladena and that he went by the nickname “Gooch.”
At some point that evening, police say Tietz got the woman’s car keys and took her vehicle.
A telephone number for Tietz could not be located Sunday, and it wasn’t known if he has retained an attorney.
Indiana Farmer Saves Freezing Baby Cow With Hot Tub Swim
Rossville, IN (AP) A central Indiana farmer jumped into a hot tub with a shivering baby cow to save the calf’s life.
Carroll County farmer Dean Gangwer tells WRTV-TV he thinks one of his cows gave birth in the snow and that he found the barely breathing newborn in a snowbank this week.
The third-generation farmer says he decided the quickest way to warm up the calf, named Leroy, would be to use his hot tub. Gangwer says he “jumped in fully dressed and held Leroy up so he didn’t drown.” Gangwer then took the calf inside and wrapped him in electric blankets.
Leroy is recovering and has started to nurse.
Gangwer said Leroy is “done hot-tubbing” but “sunbathing is definitely in his future out in the grass.”
Some Marijuana Bales Tossed From SUV Missing...Hmmm
Casa Grande, AZ (AP) An Arizona sheriff’s department says deputies haven’t recovered all the marijuana bales that suspects tossed out of an SUV during a high-speed pursuit last week.
Dash-cam video released by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office shows many of the 22 bales of pot flying out a window and onto the highway during the March 4 chase.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Knupp says four or five vehicles were seen stopping to pick up bales or partial bales. Deputies recovered 374 pounds of marijuana, but some wasn’t found.
The chase started on Interstate 8 in south-central Arizona, continued on Interstate 10 and ended when the vehicle pulled off a two-lane road and stopped after driving over tire-puncturing sticks.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of marijuana trafficking offenses and flight.
Imprint Of License Plate In Snow Leads To Burglary Suspects
Lakeville, MA (AP) The imprint of a license plate in a snowbank proved to be the undoing of a couple suspected of a series of burglaries in Massachusetts.
A Lakeville police officer investigating a home break-in traced the imprint to a pickup truck that matched the description of a vehicle seen at other burglaries.
Chief Frank Alvilhiera told The Enterprise of Brockton on Monday that the truck was traced to a Dartmouth hotel.
A search of a hotel room uncovered more than 300 stolen items, including jewelry, watches, wallets, laptops and cameras.
Alvilhiera estimates the goods are worth at least $10,000.
Meanwhile, Robert Beaucaire and Amy Peters face charges including breaking and entering and larceny.
Woman Got NEKKID At Dunkin’ Donuts On A Dare
Greenacres, FL (AP) A 32-year-old woman told police in Florida she got naked and sat outside a Dunkin’ Donuts as a dare. The Palm Beach Post reports Shakara Monik Martin was arrested Sunday in Greenacres near West Palm Beach.
According to a police report, Martin told authorities the dare was part of a pledge to a dance troop, which wasn’t identified.
Witnesses told police Martin was offered clothes several times, but she refused to take them. She began apologizing when police arrived.
She faces a charge of indecent exposure. Martin appeared in court Monday and was released on her own recognizance.
It was not clear whether she’s retained an attorney and a phone number wasn’t available for her.
Owner Of Maine Inn Holds Essay Contest To Select New Owner
Lovell, ME (AP) A woman who won a Maine country inn in an essay writing contest more than two decades ago wants to give it away in the same manner.
Janice Sage is asking prospective owners of the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant to persuade her why they should have the opportunity take over the facility in 200 words or less.
Sage tells The Boston Globe she wants to retire after 22 years of 17-hour days of pleasing guests, cooking, cleaning and just maintaining the 210-year-old building.
Sage expects more than 7,500 entries. At $125 per entry, the total could end up surpassing the inn’s estimated $900,000 value.
She will pick the best 20 entries by May 17 and pass them to two anonymous judges, who will select a winner by May 21.