June 11, 2015
“Wimpy” Earns Nickname While Fleeing From Bear
Anchorage, Alaska (AP) When a curious brown bear showed up at an Anchorage area farm, the cows in a small yak herd there defiantly surrounded the calves.
But not the lone bull, Stormy: he sprinted away.
KTUU-TV reports that Stormy ran through Eagle Peaks Farm, hopped the fence and kept going.
Angie Johnson owns the 25-acre farm with her husband and describes the female yaks as “fierce.”
She says it was cool to see them stand their ground against the bear, which never got into the field.
As soon as Stormy left, one of Angie’s teenage sons started tracking the chronic runaway. The bull has broken loose two other times and earned the nickname “Wimpy” for his last escape.
He was coaxed back into the pen with the help of a cow.
Does Free Ping Pong In Seattle Parks Stop Crime?
Seattle (AP) The city of Seattle is wondering if free ping pong in its parks may help stop crime.
KING-TV reports that the city’s experiment with a free ping pong table seems to be making a difference.
A ping pong table was installed at Hing Hay Park in Chinatown four years ago. Since then, crime data from the Seattle Police Department suggests incidents in the area seem to be going down, although there have been ups and downs. There were 46 crime incidents in the area in 2009 and 16 in 2014.
No one is willing to draw a direct connection between the ping pong table and the crime statistics, but the city has installed four other tables since then. Officials believe the positive community activity could be crowding out crime.
Man Sentenced For Robbing Same Shoe Store 15 Years Later
Toms River, NJ (AP) A man who served time for robbing a shoe store is now headed back to prison for another robbery at the same New Jersey store‚ and the same clerk was behind the counter.
Christopher Miller was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison. The 41-year-old Bridgeton man had pleaded guilty earlier this year to robbery charges.
Authorities say the March 2014 robbery in Toms River occurred the day after Miller had been released from prison after finishing his 15-year sentence for the first robbery. Police say Miller made off with $389 and fled on foot with the employees’ cellphones.
The clerk had been notified about Miller’s release and identified the robbery suspect as the same person who had robbed the store in 1999.
Las Vegas Strip Club Recruits High School Graduates
Las Vegas (AP) New advertisements outside Little Darlings strip club in Las Vegas encourage recent high school graduates to apply, promoting stripping as a way to earn money for college.
KVVU-TV reports that Little Darlings manager Rick Marzullo says the ads fit in with the character of Las Vegas.
The signs have slogans like “Now auditioning the class of 2015” and “Pay your way through college.”
Marzullo says he is offering a way for young women 18 and older to make good money in a struggling economy.
He says entertainers at his club make up to $1,000 a night and he has noticed more and more women turning to stripping to help with rising college costs.
Man Seeking True Love Scammed Out Of $700K
New York (AP) A New York man who sought help from a fortune teller, to fix a romantic relationship, says she scammed him out of more than $700,000.
Now the allegations have the Manhattan psychic, Priscilla Delmaro, and another person facing charges of grand larceny.
In a statement he and a private investigator presented to detectives last month, the man said that the 26-year-old psychic told him that he and the woman, Michelle, were “twin flames” being kept apart by negativity. Delmaro told him spirits talked to her, so he made multiple payments to her over 20 months, he told investigators.
According to the man, those payments included $80,000 for an 80-mile bridge she said would trap evil spirits into another realm, a $30,000 Rolex she claimed would cleanse the sins of his past and $40,064 for a Tiffany diamond ring to “protect his energy,” along with other payments totaling as much as $40,000.
The man‚ who has not been identified in court documents told police he had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars before finding out in February 2014 that Michelle had died. But, the man wrote, Delmaro said she could be reincarnated.
Fake Orca Nearly Drowns Before It Can Scare Oregon Sea Lions
Portland, OR (AP) An effort to use a fake, life-sized orca to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast ended, at least temporarily, Thursday night with the fiberglass creature belly-up after it was swamped by a passing ship.
Still, Port of Astoria Executive Director Jim Knight said the sea lions briefly “got deathly silent” when the orca sailed into view. That was just before it started listing and tipped over.
Once the 32-foot killer whale replica is dried out and repaired, “There’s a chance we’ll do it again” Friday, Knight said.
Earlier Thursday, officials had to find a replacement motor for the fake orca actually a boat with a driver inside that belongs to a whale watching business. It was brought overland from Bellingham, Washington. ea lions have become a nuisance to Astoria and commercial fishermen because they damage docks, prevent boaters from using the docks and eat lots of salmon.
Once equipped with the replacement motor, the fake orca “was going fairly well and then a cargo ship came by and its wake swamped the whale,” he said. “Our crew from the port had to go rescue the operator so he didn’t drown.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” he added.
He estimates 1,000 people showed up to watch, applauding as the bogus whale took to the water.
As for the sea lions, there may have been an effect beyond their brief silence. Knight said there were 400 to 500 sea lions Thursday morning and perhaps 200 by Thursday night, when the fake orca was tied up to the docks where they rest.
Man Baked Potato & Raked Leaves During Break-In
Hobbs, NM (AP) A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he walked into an unlocked home, stole car keys and stunned a resident who found him baking a potato and raking leaves.
Patrick Lynn Waits, 45, was arrested early Tuesday following a bizarre chain of events that confused residents of a Hobbs home, the Hobbs News-Sun reports. A female resident awoke to noise in her kitchen, and found Waits allegedly wiping down a countertop and baking a potato in her microwave oven, police said. “She asked him what he was doing there, and he told her he was making a potato,” according to a police report.
When told to leave, a criminal complaint says Waits walked outside and left his potato in the microwave. The report said Waits then went outside to rake leaves in the front yard.
The female resident convinced Waits to stay by saying she wanted to pay him for his service, police said. The move was apparently a ploy to get Waits to stay long enough for authorities to arrive, police said.
The female resident convinced Waits to stay by saying she wanted to pay him for his service, police said. The move was apparently a ploy to get Waits to stay long enough before authorities arrived, police said.