April 30, 2015
Thief Sneaks Ice Cream Cooler Past Sleeping Store Clerk
Oakland Park, FL (AP) Deputies in Florida say a thief worked for 15 minutes to drag a cooler full of Good Humor ice cream past a sleeping clerk at a gas station near Fort Lauderdale.
Surveillance cameras captured a man walking up to the Oakland Park store at 4:09 a.m. on April 2 to find the clerk sleeping.
Authorities say the man opened the ice cream cooler, looked directly into the camera and flashed a middle finger.
After a few minutes, he carefully pulled the $2,500 cooler through the store’s doors.
Authorities arrested Dennis Norman on grand theft charges on April 22. He was released from jail on $1,000 bond.
Tater Tots, Comfy Couch Waylay California Burglar
Petaluma, CA (AP) Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a homeowner in Petaluma went downstairs to find the man asleep on her sofa Thursday. The woman rushed to her bedroom, called police and then ran out the front door. She woke up the man, who fled out the back.
Officers parked on the next street spotted him and tried to handcuff him. They used a stun gun on him twice when he resisted. Police say he wasn’t injured.
The Placerville man is being held on $30,000 bail and has a criminal history including arrests for drug and weapons possession.
Abraham Lincoln Misquoted Again On Banner
Columbus, OH (AP) An Ohio Statehouse banner marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death includes his famous words ``With malice to no one, with charity for all.’’
Except that’s not exactly what Lincoln said in his second inaugural address. What he said was, ``With malice toward none, with charity for all.’’
A spokesman for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board tells The Columbus Dispatch officials wanted the banner to be historically faithful to the original one hung on the building on April 29, 1865.
That was the day 50,000 people filed through the Statehouse rotunda to pay their respects to the slain president when his funeral train arrived in Columbus.
The current banner is displayed on the building’s west portico, just like the 1865 banner that misquoted Lincoln.
Dog Rescued In Kansas After 13 Days Under Concrete Slab
Derby, KS (AP) A miniature dachshund has been rescued after spending 13 days trapped underneath a concrete slab at her home in Kansas.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the dog, named Lucy, disappeared April 3 while in her fenced Derby yard. It turns out Lucy had dug underneath the slab that was supporting the house’s air-conditioning unit.
Owner Rebecca Felix says her other dog, Thor, had acted interested in the spot where Lucy was buried. But it wasn’t until last Thursday that she and her husband heard a
quiet bark come from under the concrete. Her husband dug deep enough to see Lucy’s nose and one closed eye. He called 911, and firefighters helped extract her.
Veterinarian Kelly Miller says it’s “amazing” Lucy survived and didn’t suffer organ failure.
Manure Trade Show’s Slogan Contest Produces Pile Of Entries
Chambersburg, PA (AP) Entries are piling up for a slogan contest being held this year by the North American Manure Expo.
The trade show, now in its 13th year, showcases the latest technology in manure handling, treatment and application. It’s being held in July in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
An official event slogan has already been settled on: ``2015 Manure Expo: Manure than you can Handle!’’ It will appear on the front of a T-shirt.
But contestants are vying to land a spot on the back of the T-shirt, which event organizers say will display 10 of the ``crappiest’’ also-rans.
Writers of the 10 alternate slogans get a free T-shirt. Here are 10 (printable) entries from the approximately 200, that were submitted by Thursday:
- Manure Expo, where nobody stands behind their product. -You provide the creek. We provide the paddle. - Keep your friends close, and your manure further. - The future of what’s left behind! - We do doo. Do you? - Manure Happens (to be Nutritious!) - Been there, Spread that ... (at) the North American Manure Expo - Proud survivor of North American Manure Expo ... It got deep. - Heaping piles of fun! - North American crap shoot.
Man Driving Motorhome Leads State Troopers On A Chase
Anchorage, AK (AP) An Alaska man used a motorhome in a failed attempt to elude arrest by state troopers.
Eligah Christian of Wasilla was arrested Friday morning, but not before he mashed the bulky vehicle into several patrol cars. Christian, 49, was being sought on a $100,000 warrant on charges of scheming to defraud, 15 counts of theft and 21 counts of issuing bad checks, troopers said in a release.
An officer spotted him driving the 2014 motorhome and attempted to make a traffic stop. Christian ignored the trooper’s siren and flashing lights and took off at a high speed, troopers said. Other officers joined the chase. As Christian headed toward the busy Parks Highway, troopers attempted to use spike strips to stop the motorhome.
As Christian tried turning the motorhome around, troopers said, he struck several patrol vehicles. He also hit the spike strips and was stopped outside a home, where he was arrested. He remained jailed Sunday at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer.