March 31, 2016
Cops Seek Owner Of Jewelry Found In Department Store Purse
Altoona, PA (AP) Police are trying to figure out who owns some jewelry found inside a new purse a woman purchased from a central Pennsylvania department store.
Logan Township police Chief Tim Mercer says much of the jewelry was high quality and obviously “used” so police believe a woman may have purchased the handbag, began to stock it with belongings, then forgot about the jewels when she returned it.
Whatever happened, the jewels were in the purse when another woman purchased it from the Boscov’s store in Logan Town Center on March 12. The mall is near Altoona, about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Police say the woman who bought the purse discovered the jewels and turned them into police on Sunday.
The jewelry includes rings, necklaces, bracelets and watches.
Educator Puckers Up With Pig After Kids Top Reading Goal
Farmington Hills, MI (AP) An educator puckered up with a pig to the delight of a gym full of families in suburban Detroit after children topped a sizable reading goal.
The Detroit News reports youngsters at Alameda Early Childhood Center in Farmington Hills had been challenged to read 4,000 books.
Terry Schneider, the science/media specialist at Alameda, promised to smooch a swine if they met the goal. The kids came through, reading more than 5,500 books. Schneider kept his word on Wednesday, planting a kiss on the year-old pig named Dillon.
Democratic state Rep. Christine Greig of Farmington Hills was on hand and read to the crowd from Laura Numeroff’s ``If You Give a Pig a Pancake,’’ one of the kids’ favorites.
Tiny Gnome Homes Evicted From Park Appearing Elsewhere
Newport, PA (AP) Some tiny gnome homes that were evicted from a Pennsylvania park are making magic elsewhere.
Little Buffalo State Park managers gave permission for Steve Hoke to create the mini houses in December but then decided they could affect wildlife habitat.
Hoke had made about 40 gnome houses in tree roots, in hollow logs and on stumps around the forest near Newport. He says children loved the houses but he removed them last month.
Millerstown and Duncannon offered to keep the gnome homes in local parks.
News site Pennlive.com reported Monday that 11 gnome homes have been moved to Millerstown Community Park and three are in Noye Park in Duncannon.
Hoke says the reaction to the gnome homes has been positive and “people are thrilled to have them there.”
Dog Credited With Carbon Monoxide Alert Gets Honored
Hartland, WI (AP) A dog that a suburban Milwaukee family credits for alerting one of its members about carbon monoxide has been honored by a dog treats maker.
The Journal Sentinel reports Nicole Siekert of Hartland felt lethargic Feb. 11 and decided to lie down after her young daughters went to school. The family’s dog Abby kept sticking her muzzle under Siekert’s chin as she tried to drift off.
Assuming Abby wanted to go out, Siekert got up and walked to the door, but Abby went downstairs, where a carbon monoxide detector was going off in the basement.
The maker of Milk-Bone dog treats picked Abby this month for its second annual list of ``Dogs Who Changed the World.’’
A baseball card was made with a photo of a red bandanna-clad Abby, and she got a year’s supply of treats.
‘Watcher’ House Goes Back On The Market As Lawsuit Continues
Elizabeth, NJ (AP) A New Jersey home supposedly stalked by an anonymous creepy-letter writer who goes by “The Watcher” is back on the market.
The current owners, a married couple with three children, bought it in June 2014 for nearly $1.4 million. But they refused to move in due to eerie letters they say they received from a person with a “mentally disturbed fixation” on the home.
The couple took the house off the market last summer after suing the previous owners. But they put the house up for sale again last week.
The six-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is in Westfield, 25 miles west of New York City. According to an online post, it has high ceilings, fireplaces and “elegant foyers,” and sits on nearly a half-acre. The listing price $1.25 million
The current owners, Derek and Maria Broaddus, claim in their suit that they should have been warned about the letter writer. They want the former owners to refund them the purchase price and pay punitive damages.
They claim one of the letters they received read: “Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them too (sic) me.” The person signs the letters as “The Watcher.”
In their suit, they claim they are unable to live in the home “without extreme anxiety and fear for their children’s safety and wellbeing.”
The former owners, John and Andrea Woods, have called the couple’s account fiction and moved earlier this year to have the suit dismissed.
Creative Hats, Costumes At NYC’s Easter Parade
New York (AP) Top hats with bunny ears and elaborate costumes have gotten a showing in New York City’s Easter Parade.
The event runs along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue every Easter Sunday. It started in the 1880s as a strolling display from people wearing their finery outside churches.
It has morphed into an expression of the creative and sometimes zany. Hats in an assortment of colors were bedecked with flowers Sunday. Even the animals got into it, with at least one dog wearing its own pastel-colored outfit.
Three Years And 1,500 Miles Later, Dog Reunited With Family
Norfolk, VA (AP) A dog that disappeared three years ago finally had his day when he was reunited with his family in Virginia more than 1,500 miles from where they’d last seen him.
The dog went missing in 2013 from the family’s yard in San Antonio, Texas, two weeks before they moved to Norfolk, Virginia.
``We were devastated,’’ Kelly said. Two weeks ago, Kelly’s husband, Gary, received a call from a San Antonio animal shelter saying the microchipped dog was there.
Kelly said she wanted to leave immediately to retrieve Gucci, but it was too far. She hired an animal rescue group, For The Love of Paws R.I. Rescue and Transport, to transport Gucci to Virginia.
Wendy Perry, who drove Gucci to the Kellys’ home, warned the family that Gucci wasn’t the same dog back who disappeared three years ago. He may have been used for breeding or abused, she said.
But after the trip, Kelly said, Gucci was the same gray and white dog when he arrived at his new home late Thursday. He wagged his tail and ran around as if he’d been there before, she said.
``He’s the same big baby,’’ Gary Kelly said.