March 24, 2016
College Goes On Lockdown, Light Saber Mistaken For Gun
East Farmingdale, NY (AP) A New York college that went on lockdown over a report of a gun on campus says the weapon turned out to be a light saber.
Students and staff members at Farmingdale State College on Long Island were told to shelter in place Wednesday while police investigated a report that someone was assembling a rifle in a school parking lot.
College spokeswoman Kathryn Coley says the rifle was actually a “Star Wars” toy.
Farmingdale State is part of the State University of New York system. It has about 8,700 students.
Thieves In Sweden Appear To Blow Up Building For ATM Cash
Stockholm (AP) Robbers in Sweden are suspected of blowing up the walls of a building in an apparent effort to empty an ATM. But police say they’re not sure any money would have survived the blast. Regional police spokesman Calle Persson says they were alerted to the explosion in the small southern town of Genarp after 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) Monday.
They sent a bomb squad to check the site before officers began an investigation. He said no one was hurt but the blast destroyed two walls of the red-brick building. People in neighboring houses reported they saw “a few men” at the site immediately after the explosion and heard a car pull away.
It was not clear if the damaged ATM had contained any money.
Elephant Dung At Prague Zoo Morphs Into New Form: Paper
Prague (AP) At first, their elephant dung was sold to gardeners as fertilizer. Now Prague Zoo has come up with a new use for it: making paper.
The zoo has joined forces with the country’s famed hand paper mill in Velke Losiny to process the manure to be used in traditional paper-making techniques.
Petr Foucek, a director from Velke Losiny, says the 420-year-old mill has made paper from all sorts of materials but elephant dung “is something new for us.”
Visitors will be able to make their own paper at a new zoo facility starting Friday. The announcement comes almost five years after the zoo began selling elephant dung in 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) containers.
The brains behind the project is zoo director Miroslav Bobek, whose surname literally means “dung” in Czech.
Pennsylvania Burglary Suspect Made Himself At Home
Columbia, PA (AP) Police say a burglary suspect made himself at home before a central Pennsylvania family returned from a trip to find him settled into their residence.
Police say 21-year-old Zachary Jock was arrested Sunday after a family returned to find him wearing their clothes, eating their food, and even rearranging their furniture.
Columbia police believe Jock had settled in for at least two days and damaged the home by throwing two knives, which stuck into the ceiling.
Police also found pills, alcohol and cigarettes in the home that didn’t belong to the owner. Police say Jock also had $2,800 worth of items in a backpack that belonged to the home’s owner and his child.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for Jock, who remains in the Lancaster County jail.
Ailing Dog Found With Stuffed Bear In Stomach
Santa Fe, NM (AP) A veterinarian helped save the life of an ailing New Mexico dog after discovering the source of the pup’s pain a 6-inch long, 2-inch wide stuffed polar bear.
Santa Fe Animal Humane officials told KRQE-TV in Albuquerque that the bear was discovered in the dog’s stomach during surgery.
A veterinarian said the dog named “Honey” had been sick for about a week and would have likely died within two days.
The dog is now expected to survive.
California Woman, 96, Adopts 30 Year-Old-Daughter
Fresno, CA (AP) A 96-year-old California woman has adopted a daughter a 30-year-old woman from Cambodia.
Bernice Dyck, a mother of two sons, formally adopted Chendra Kaub Chumb as her daughter six months ago, the Fresno Bee reported Saturday.
Dyck and her family knew the woman for years after helping her come to the United States from Cambodia following high school.
Chumb’s biological mother still lives in Cambodia, and Chumb travels there yearly to visit her.
After Chumb arrived in the U.S., she lived with Bernice Dyck and Dyck’s late husband in Fresno. Chumb has since graduated from Fresno City College and Fresno Pacific University. She is pursuing a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling.
“The full life she helps me live, as my child, is the miracle,” Dyck told the newspaper.
Chumb said the adoption allowed her to experience true love.
“My adopted mother, Bernice, wants the best for me,” she said. “Her love and always being my mother means the world to me.”
Bernice Dyck’s son, Rick, opened a school in Cambodia in 2003 and stopped into a cafe where Chumb was working.
He recommended she study in the United States and showed her Fresno City College’s website. Chumb arrived at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in August 2003.
The Dycks said they are hopeful the adoption will make it easier for Chumb to travel between the U.S. and Cambodia. Chumb has had to reapply for a U.S. visa on previous trips.
Armed Robbery Attempt Fails, Victim Realizes Gun Is A Toy
Maplewood, MO (AP) A St. Louis-area robbery was foiled when the owner of a business realized the would-be robber was using a water pistol.
KMOV-TV reports that Amanuel Perkins is charged with first-degree attempted robbery. He is jailed on $25,000 bond and does not yet have an attorney.
Police say the crime happened last week at Sole Survivor Leather store in Maplewood. Police say Perkins demanded money and the store owner feared for his life before realizing it was a multicolored water pistol, and not a real gun, that was being pointed at him.
The store owner pushed away the gun and told the assailant to leave, before police arrived to make the arrest.
Police say Perkins told them it was a St. Patrick’s Day joke.