August 6, 2015
Landmark New York Hotel Can’t Get Bike-Sharing Rack Removed
New York (AP) A landmark New York City hotel’s bid to get rid of a bicycle-sharing rack from a space across from its entrance has been rejected.
The state Supreme Court appellate division’s First Department said Tuesday the city properly reviewed the location outside The Plaza hotel in Manhattan near Central Park.
Judges upheld a lower court’s ruling dismissing The Plaza’s lawsuit.
The city Law Department says it’s pleased with the decision. Plaza representatives haven’t responded to a request for comment.
Plaza lawyer Steven Sladkus says he can’t comment on the hotel’s behalf.
The hotel and condominium wants the bright blue Citi Bike rack removed from Grand Army Plaza, a landmark itself. It says the 147-foot-long bike station is an advertising-laden, traffic-clogging eyesore.
The city says the spot is ideal.
Burglary Note To Self: Don’t Have Beer And Wings Next Time
Lake Worth, FL (AP) Chicken and beer make for a bad burglary.
A Florida family tells police they came home to chicken bones and empty beer bottles scattered about their kitchen floor and a would-be robber passed out on their couch.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies found 22-year-old Jacob Miller still asleep when they responded Monday to the Lake Worth home in South Florida. After taking Miller into custody, deputies found numerous items of jewelry on the man that belonged to the family.
The Palm Beach Post reports that Miller told deputies he went into the home because he needed a place to stay but refused to answer any other questions.
Miller was charged with burglary and theft. Records also showed an open warrant in Texas for burglary.
Man Throws Away, Recovers Lottery Tickets Worth $10,000
Rome, GA (AP) A north Georgia man has recovered $10,000 worth of lottery tickets he had thrown away in the trash.
Multiple media outlets report that Cedric Jackson on Friday thought that he had narrowly missed winning a $5,000 jackpot on two lottery tickets.
Jackson, who lives in Rome, Georgia, says he asked a convenience store employee to throw the tickets away Saturday, but later that day realized his tickets had in fact been winners. Jackson returned to the store. After going through the store’s trash can and dumpster in vain, Jackson left the store empty-handed.
It wasn’t until later in the day that the employee, Ricky Singh, remembered he had thrown the tickets into a trash can inside an inner office. Singh called Jackson to tell him he’d found the winning tickets.
Woman’s Chicken Getting $2,500 Prosthetic Leg
Clinton, MA (AP) This chicken leg isn’t for eating.
A hen owned by a Massachusetts woman who specializes in chicken rehabilitation and rescue is getting fitted with a prosthetic leg Wednesday at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Andrea Martin, of Clinton, tells The Telegram & Gazette she is paying for the $2,500 operation out of her own pocket. She says the alternative is euthanization.
The chicken, named Cecily, was born with a damaged tendon in the leg that makes it useless.
The surgery will begin when Emi Knafo, a specialist in avian orthopedics, will amputate Cecily’s right leg.
After a 10- to 14-day recovery period, the prosthetic, made on a 3-D printer, will be fitted.
Similar surgery has been performed on a rooster and duck, though not at Tufts.
Fake Officer Pulls Over
The Wrong Car
North Kingsville, OH (AP) Authorities in northeast Ohio say a man pretending to be a police officer was caught and charged because the driver targeted by his bogus traffic stop was a real officer.
Police in North Kingsville say an off-duty Youngstown officer was stopped Sunday night by the alleged impersonator, who was driving a black sport utility vehicle with red and blue emergency-style lights. Village police Chief Hugh Flanigan tells The Star-Beacon in nearby Ashtabula (ash-tuh-BYOO’-luh) that the unarmed man in civilian clothes repeatedly tried to convince the Youngstown officer that he was a real lawman, but eventually drove away.
Flanigan says the officer contacted village police, who found the suspect within minutes. A prosecutor says the 42-year-old North Kingsville man faces a misdemeanor charge of impersonating an officer.
Michigan Township Draws People In With Hot Dogs
Victory Township, MI (AP) Here’s a way to boost interest in local government: potato salad. A township board in Michigan held a lakeside picnic Monday before its regular meeting.
After an hour of hot dogs and side dishes, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the Victory Township board meeting was officially in order.
The Ludington Daily News says about two dozen people attended the picnic and meeting at Upper Hamlin Lake in Mason County.
Only three people attended the June meeting at the township hall. There were reports from law enforcement and a lake preservation group. The board also discussed a junk ordinance.