March 10, 2016
Dog Pops Up In Driver’s Seat When Semi Crashes
Mankato, MN (AP) One dog apparently has learned a new trick: how to drive a semi-truck.
Customers at a Minnesota gas station saw a golden Labrador retriever appear to drive the semi across a road Friday.
Mankato police say the idling truck apparently was put into gear, then went through a parking lot, across the street and over a curb.
The Free Press of Mankato reports a passer-by discovered the dog sitting in the driver’s seat when he jumped into the truck to stop it.
David Stegora was at the store when he heard the truck smash into a tree and a parked car. He couldn’t see the driver, but saw the dog climb up near the driver’s side.
Police say the truck was taken off the road. The driver had left the unoccupied truck running in a nearby parking lot.
Fake Parking Tickets ‘Rickroll’ Asheville Motorists
Asheville, NC (AP) Motorists in North Carolina who tried scanning fake parking tickets ended getting “rickrolled.”
WLOS-TV reports the fake tickets in Asheville included a code that could be scanned with smartphones and pulled up a music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The practice of having that video pop up is known as rickrolling.
Asheville’s transportation director said the tickets that appeared Friday were clearly fake. The tickets were for $100. The city’s normal parking fine is $10.
Police say whoever handed out the tickets could be charged with littering.
Parking Services Manager Harry Brown said the fake tickets caused extra work and aggravated those who got the tickets and at least one person tried to pay.
The city is not collecting those fines.
Man Admits Robbing Bank With Sex Toy That Looked Like Bomb
Pittsburgh (AP) A western Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank with a fake bomb made out of phone wires, duct tape and a sex toy.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Aaron Stein pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges including robbery, aggravated assault and making bomb threats in the June crime.
An attorney for the 36-year-old Pittsburgh man says he discovered that $9,000 he’d invested to cover his approaching honeymoon was gone. The attorney says desperation drove him to don an Iron Man mask and take a fake bomb to threaten tellers and rob a bank in Crafton bank, just west of Pittsburgh.
To Prevent Thefts, Town Might Rename Katie Crotch Road
Embden, ME (AP) A Maine town that spends hundreds of dollars annually to replace stolen street signs is again asking residents to consider renaming one of the frequent targets: Katie Crotch Road.
The Morning Sentinel reports a referendum to rename Katie Crotch Road to Cadie Road is being considered in Embden in Somerset County.
Residents are sorting out the matter with a vote Friday and a town meeting Saturday.
Board of Selectman Chairman Charles Taylor says the thefts occur so frequently that “you would think every dorm room in the state of Maine should have one by now.”
Katie Crotch Road sits off Route 16 connecting Embden and New Portland. It’s not clear how it got its name.
A previous motion to rename the street failed in 2012.
2-Year-Old Girl Calls 911
For Wardrobe Emergency
Greenville, SC (AP) To a 2-year-old girl in South Carolina, struggling to get dressed is an emergency.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says the child called 911, asking for help getting dressed. Her parents didn’t know she had made the call.
Deputy Martha Lohnes was in the vicinity of the home and met the girl at the front door. Lohnes says the girl’s pants weren’t quite up to her waist and she said she couldn’t get them on.
Lohnes said she helped the little girl put her pants on. After that, the deputy said the little girl asked Lohnes to pick her up and hug her. Lohnes called that the best part of her shift.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Drew Pinciaro says a family member was at home when Lohnes arrived.
Vienna Burp Leads To Fine,
Then An Expenses-Paid Trip
Vienna (AP) A sonorous burp after a doner kebab led to a fine for Vienna bartender Edin Mehic. But the belch also had its benefits‚ an all-expenses paid trip to Istanbul, compliments of a chain famed for the Turkish specialty.
A policeman ticketed and fined Mehic last month asserting the belch was too loud and too close for comfort. But many took his side, including an Istanbul-based company serving the sliced meat sandwich that saw Mehic’s punishment as a downer for the doner.
The chain on Monday confirmed that it picked up the tab for the flight, hotel and a sightseeing tour during Mehic’s two-day visit last week. And there’s more to what Mehic calls his “dream trip.” The chain’s CEO wrote him a check reimbursing his 70-euro ($77) fine.
Missouri Man Charged With Advertising For Dependents
Springfield, MO (AP) A Missouri man has been charged with advertising on Craigslist for the identities of children he could claim as dependents on his taxes.
The U.S. attorney’s office says 37-year-old Raheem McClain, of Ozark, was charged in a three-count indictment that was unsealed Tuesday. The indictment alleges that he was behind a January 2015 Craigslist posting that said: “If you have some kids you aren’t claiming, I will pay you $750 each to claim them on my income tax.”
He is accused of filing in February 2015 false returns for 2012, 2013 and 2014 in which he listed three purported dependents. Prosecutors say there was inconsistency in whether the children were identified as sons or daughters.
His public defender didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.