July 7, 2016
Party Foul? $90K Worth Of Stolen Beer Set To Be Thrown Away
Atlanta (AP) Authorities have found most of the nearly 80,000 bottles of beer that were stolen from an Atlanta brewery last week, but the company says every last drop will have to be thrown away.
SweetWater Brewing Co. spokeswoman Tucker Berta Sarkisian said in a news release that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Southeastern Transportation Security Council on Wednesday returned 30 of the 40 pallets of beer that had been stolen, minus a few cases.
The other 10 pallets had already been recovered. It’s unclear where the stolen beer was found and no arrests have been made.
Sarkisian says two trailers carrying 3,272 cases of SweetWater’s Summer Variety Pack were stolen June 21. The trailers were later found empty.
Because of quality concerns, Sarkisian says the beer, worth about $90,000, will be taken to a recycling facility.
Man Saved From Blaze By Son's Cackling Chickens
Creekside, PA (AP) A Pennsylvania fire chief says some cackling chickens turned out to be cock-a-doodle-do-gooders.
Creekside Fire Chief Pete Yacovone says David Wells escaped from his burning Indiana County home at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after his son was awakened by his chickens. The chief says the chickens might have been startled by the fire.
The son lives across the street and quickly ran to his dad’s house to wake him up.
Yacovone says the chickens made “good smoke detectors.” He says if Wells’ son “hadn’t come and got him, we would’ve been fishing a body out of there.”
Wells lives in rural Washington Township, about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
The chief says Wells’ house is still standing but not livable.
The fire was apparently caused by an electrical problem.
Comedian Posts Fake Animal Facts Around Los Angeles Zoo
Los Angeles (AP) Visitors to the Los Angeles Zoo may have been greeted by some misinformation recently, courtesy of a comedian who posted fake facts about animals around the zoo.
Jeff Wysaski puts up fake signs in public places as part of his Obvious Plant project. He has posted photos on his Tumblr blog and social media of signs with absurd “facts” about animals that he put up around the L.A. Zoo.
One reads : “If you give a tiny trombone to 76 ducklings, they will lead the most adorable parade you’ve ever seen.” Another says : “America’s first president, George Washington, was actually 9 koalas stacked on top of each other.”
L.A. Zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock says the signs were taken down shortly after they were posted June 30.
Identical Twin Sisters Give Birth On Same Day, At Same Time
Identical twin sisters have given birth on the same day, at the same time, in their respective time zones.
Today.com reports Sarah Mariuz and Leah Rodgers delivered their babies at 1:18 a.m. Thursday. Rodgers’ son, Reid Joseph, was born first, on Mountain time in Denver. An hour later, Mariuz delivered her daughter, Samantha Lynne, on Pacific time in La Jolla, California. The 35-year-old sisters hadn’t planned to be pregnant at the same time but ended up with due dates just four days apart.
The sisters and their babies are both doing well. Today.com reports that the families are trying to work out a time to visit each other.
New NYC Ad Campaign: Stay Put If You're Trapped In Elevator
New York (AP) New York City is starting an ad campaign that urges people to stay put if they’re trapped inside a stalled elevator.
According to the city buildings department, five people died and 51 were injured in elevator accidents last year. The agency says the worst deaths occurred when passengers tried to save themselves.
The Daily News reports that the “Stay Safe. Stay Put” ad campaign being launched Wednesday encourages elevator passengers to remain calm and push the elevator’s alarm button.
Other advice: Don’t try to pry open the doors or jump up and down. That could affect the brake system and shift the car. And don’t leave the car through any other means until emergency responders arrive.
And don’t worry about a free-fall. The buildings department says that just won’t happen.
Texas City Council Votes To Reinstate Library Cat
White Settlement, TX (AP) A North Texas city council has voted unanimously to reinstate Browser the cat to his job as live-in mascot of the city’s public library.
KRLD-AM in Dallas-Fort Worth reports the governing council of the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement voted 3-0 to let Browser stay at the library two weeks after voting 2-1 to give the tabby 30 days to check out.
Mayor Ron White had said the move against Browser was a response to officials’ denial of permission to an employee to bring a puppy to work at City Hall. But he says he was overwhelmed with more than 1,000 messages on social media, all in support of keeping Browser on the job.
The vote was taken without hearing from Browser’s supporters who jammed the council chamber.
Orphaned Elk Nuzzles Washington State Firefighters
CLE ELUM, WA (AP) An affectionate elk paid some Washington state firefighters a visit over the holiday weekend as they worked to tame a wildfire.
The orphaned elk, dubbed Buttons by the locals, is a fixture in Kittitas County, where she took up residence with some cows and goats on a hillside.
Kittitas County Fire District spokeswoman Richelle Risdon says she arrived at the scene on Saturday to see the elk nuzzling up to everyone in the command post area and resting her head on people’s shoulders.
Risdon snapped photos of the animal getting up close and personal with the crew and posted them on the fire district’s Facebook page.
She says she hopes with all the attention the photos are getting online, hunters will know to steer clear of Buttons.