April 2, 2015
Trespasser Leaves Behind Credit Card Trail
West Sunbury, PA (AP) State police in Pennsylvania say a trespassing suspect used his own credit card to jimmy open a garage door, then left it behind when the homeowner suddenly appeared and startled him.
The important clue helped police arrest 41-year-old Brent Henry, of East Butler, on Saturday in Clay Township.
Police tell the Butler Eagle that Henry used the card to pick the lock at a friend’s mobile home. Police say the homeowner heard a noise and caught Henry, who ran away but left the credit card behind.
Police say Henry told them he planned to take some gasoline for another friend’s car. Online court records don’t list a defense attorney to comment on the charges. Henry faces a preliminary hearing on criminal trespass and other charges April 7.
Mystery Of California Hilltop Piano Solved
Calabasas, CA (AP) For a couple of days this week, a Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of mystery.
Hikers venturing to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains found a battered upright piano, sitting on a graffiti-scrawled concrete slab with a panoramic view over the mountains between Calabasas and the Pacific Ocean.
Turns out, the piano was used for a music video by Seattle-based artist Rachel Wong.
The cinematographer, Michael Flotron, says he and four others used a dolly and rope to haul the 350-pound instrument a mile up the trail on Tuesday.
After the shoot, it was too dark to get the piano back down.
Flotron says people seem happy to leave it there but if necessary, he’ll haul the piano back down.
Idaho Man Calls 911 A Dozen Times About Bar Bill
Post Falls, ID (AP) Police say a northern Idaho man called 911 a dozen times to report being overcharged at a bar and now faces a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.
Post Falls police Capt. Pat Knight says an officer gave Phillip Poissonnier of Post Falls a ride home after he was kicked out of Club Tequila just after 1 a.m. Monday.
Knight tells Spokane, Washington, television station KXLY that Poissonnier then made 12 emergency calls, the first wanting officers to come back to discuss his bar tab.
The TV station reports that a bartender produced Poissonnier’s receipts showing he was charged $30 for the 10 beers he ordered.
Police say he faces a misdemeanor citation over misusing 911.
Poissonnier couldn’t be reached by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
New Hampshire Senator Resurrects Kids’ Hawk Bill
Concord, NH (AP) This bird’s best friend may be a cat.
The highly-publicized and unsuccessful bill proposed by a group of fourth-graders to designate the red-tailed hawk as New Hampshire’s official raptor is back. It will be added to a Senate bill seeking to name the bobcat the state’s official wildcat.
The hawk bill failed March 12 after a debate in which one state representative invoked abortion, arguing that the bird rips apart its prey “limb by limb” and would make a good mascot for Planned Parenthood. Other lawmakers said the students’ effort was frivolous and cut into time that should be spent on more pressing issues.
Sen. Jeff Woodburn says he’ll attach the hawk language to the bobcat bill to “right a serious wrong.”
Man Gets $7M Lottery Ticket In Get Well Card
New City, NY (AP) A Pennsylvania man recovering from surgery has won $7 million off a lottery ticket tucked into his get-well card.
Joseph Amorese, of Easton, got the ticket from his father, who lives in the hamlet of Congers in Rockland County, New York.
Amorese had just undergone hernia surgery. A few scratches later on the “$7 million Golden Ticket,” and he was feeling great.
“I scratched the ticket and it was a good thing I was already sitting down because I was shocked. I was and still am in complete disbelief,” Amorese said.
“I had surgery so I didn’t jump up and down, but in my mind I was jumping up and down,” the beaming winner recalled Wednesday.
He sent a photo of the ticket to his dad, who agreed that it was a winner.
The 46-year-old Verizon employee then called his wife, Jodi, a social worker.
“I said, ‘Honey, I think we won $7 million.’ And there was silence on the other end for a long time. She was too stunned to talk,” Amorese said.
The new multimillionaire and his wife plan to keep their jobs.
Grandma Is A Centerfold: Rest Home Bares All For Calendar
Akron, OH (AP) The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn’t stop the men and women from an assisted living facility in Ohio from showing a little skin.
Miss March, who’s 88, wears a green top hat and not much else in the calendar from Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living, and the centerfolds are two women in their 90s who seem to be playing poker with strategically placed oversize cards.
Flip to February and you’ll see a smiling, white-haired Dottie Rutter soaking in a bubble bath and flower petals, with chocolates and lingerie nearby.
At 87, she’s the same age as the youngest of three models standing in the cover photo, where their bare feet and shoulders peek out from behind a banner they hold advertising the Barberton facility and the affiliated Pleasant View Health Care Center.
It reads: “Pleasant View, Pleasant Pointe.”
Administrator Teresa Morris told The Akron Beacon Journal that the residents were clearly having fun the morning the photos were taken.
“The residents were like 20-year-olds‚ giggling, and having the time of their lives,” Morris said. “I do not believe the elderly should just sit around staring at each other. I want a fun environment where I challenge them and they challenge me.”
Money from the $12 calendars goes toward a fund providing shoes for children in the local schools in the city of Barberton.