May 23, 2013
NH City Sues Parking Meter “Robin Hoods”
Keene, NH (AP) The city of Keene, N.H., has sued a group that feeds change into parking meters that are about to expire, saying members are harassing enforcement officers.
The group calls itself “Robin Hood of Keene.” Members walk city streets with rolls and dimes of quarters to feed the meters.
WMUR-TV reports the city accuses the group of interfering with officers’ work. It asks them to stay at least 50 feet away.
The group records its time outside and posts videos online, sometimes showing members following the officers.
The city says one officer suffered stress, anxiety and heart palpitations from the group’s actions.
Group member Garret Ean says he’s not trying to cause any medical problems. He says he tries to keep a good demeanor with all the parking meter enforcers.
Birth Of Anteater To ‘Single Mom’ Has Zoo Staff Puzzled
Greenwich, CT (AP) An anteater has given birth at a Connecticut conservation center, prompting officials there to wonder how the mother conceived.
Officials at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center tell the Greenwich Time they had removed the only male anteater from the enclosure in August, long before the six-month gestation period for baby Archie would have begun.
They feared that male, Alf, would kill another baby in the pen. That left the mother Armani, and the young female, Alice, in the enclosure.
But little Archie was born in April anyway.
Marcella Leone, founder and director of the conservation center, suspects this might be a rare case of delayed implantation, when fertilized eggs remain dormant in the uterus for a period of time.
Texas Senior, 18, Bags 800 Pound Record Alligator
Houston (AP) A Houston-area high school senior has bagged a 14-foot, 800 pound alligator - the heaviest ever certified in Texas - on his first alligator hunt.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials say 18-year-old Braxton Bielski bagged the record gator last week at Choke Canyon State Park, about 90 miles south of San Antonio.
The agency says in a statement that Braxton shot the giant reptile after hooking it on a line using raw chicken as bait.
Bielski’s father, Troy Bielski, won a Parks and Wildlife drawing for a five-day permit to hunt in the Daughtry Wildlife Management Area. The Houston police officer says his son had been dreaming of hunting alligators for years.
Parks and Wildlife says the alligator was between 30 and 50 years old.
Funeral Home Has Bicycle Hearse For Last Ride
Eugene, OR (AP) An Oregon funeral home in Eugene offers natural burials where the ride to the person’s final resting place is on the back of a three-wheeled bicycle.
Sunset Hills Cemetery and Funeral Home director Wade Lind says he got the idea from bikers and designed the pedal-powered hearse himself.
It has an electric motor to give him a little help hauling the casket. KVAL reports Lind has bicycled five bodies so far and there’s a waiting list for the service.
The ride and a bamboo casket that looks like a basket costs about $3,500.
Exhibition Of Secretly Shot Photos Upsets Nyers
New York (AP) Residents of a New York luxury apartment building are livid over an exhibition of photos secretly snapped through their apartment windows. Photographer Arne Svenson pointed his camera at the oversized windows of the Tribeca (try-BEHK’-uh) building from his second-floor apartment across the street.
The images show residents doing mundane things like napping, cleaning and putting children to bed.
The photos don’t reveal their faces. They’re on sale for up to $7,500 at the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea. The New York Post says some of the residents are considering legal action.
One said she recognized her daughter’s bedroom. Svenson says his neighbors were performing “on a stage of their own creation with the curtain raised.”
Note To Self: Steal Car, Leave Town
Kennewick, WA (AP) A Washington woman whose car was stolen from her apartment complex saw the stolen SUV hours later - in the drive-thru of the McDonald’s restaurant where she works.
The Tri-City Herald reports Virginia Maiden called police Tuesday after seeing her SUV in the drive-thru.
Officers arrested the driver, a 22-year-old Kennewick woman, at the restaurant.
Police found clothes in the car that had been stolen from department stores.