November 10, 2016
Man Angry Cops Didn’t Have
Arrest Warrant For Him Jailed
Ebensburg, PA (AP) Police say a Pennsylvania man who became angry when told there were no outstanding warrants for his arrest has been jailed.
Cambria Township police say 40-year-old Mervin Sollenberger arrived at the Cambria County jail late Tuesday to surrender on outstanding arrest warrants. But police told him there were no warrants for his arrest.
WJAC-TV reports that’s when the Duncansville man became enraged, threatening to assault the jail’s guards and kicking a steel cage door at the lockup.
Sollenberger has been charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. He remained jailed Thursday after failing to post 10 percent of his $20,000 bail.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for Sollenberger. He faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 8.
Ruff Justice: Michigan Dog Wins Release From Death Row
Port Huron, MI (AP) A Michigan dog who spent weeks on death row has returned home after DNA tests cleared him in the death of Vlad, a dog next door.
Jeb, a Belgian Malinois, was released to his owner Wednesday. Kenneth Job was emotional, saying his dog looks “awful skinny but he’s alive.”
Jeb was seen standing over Vlad’s body on Aug. 24 in St. Clair Township, 50 miles northeast of Detroit. Authorities said the Pomeranian’s injuries suggest he was picked up and shaken by a larger animal.
A judge ordered that Jeb be euthanized. But he also agreed to DNA tests on Vlad’s body. The result: No DNA from Jeb.
The Port Huron Times Herald says Jeb’s owner has agreed to install an adequate fence.
Colorado City Uses Toilet Paper To Help Repair Cracked Roads
Littleton, CO (AP) It’s not pranksters or vandals who placed toilet paper all over the streets of Littleton, Colorado, it was city workers.
The Denver Post reports that Littleton crews have used bathroom tissue to help seal up cracks along more than 120 streets.
Officials say toilet paper was applied with a paint roller over freshly laid tar used to fill asphalt cracks. The paper absorbs the oil from the tar as it dries, keeping it from sticking to pedestrian’s shoes or car and bike tires. The biodegradable paper will break down and be gone in a few days.
Littleton spokeswoman Kelli Narde says the toilet paper allows traffic to retake the road more quickly.
Aussie Police Search Of Woman Yields A Baby Koala
Sydney (AP) Australian police have made an unusual find while searching the bag of a woman who was being arrested: a baby koala.
Police in Brisbane said that when they asked the 50-year-old woman if she had anything to declare Sunday night, she handed over a zipped canvas bag that she said contained a baby koala.
The woman, who was arrested on “outstanding matters,” said she found the male koala on Saturday night and had been caring for it since.
The woman was taken to a police station, while the koala believed to be about 6 months old was taken to a wildlife hospital in good health, though slightly dehydrated.
The baby koala weighs about 1.5 kilograms (3 pounds) and has been named Alfred.
“He’s been on fluids but is doing well and will shortly be going out to a carer,” RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said.
Attorney Drops Lawsuit Over Choking On Popeyes Chicken
Gulfport, MS (AP) A Mississippi attorney has dropped his lawsuit against Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen after he says he choked on a piece of chicken when the fast-food restaurant failed to provide him a knife in the drive-thru.
Paul Newton Jr. of Gulfport tells The Sun Herald Thursday that he decided not to pursue the matter further citing “extreme comments” directed at his family.
Newton said the only utensil he was given last November at the Gulfport restaurant was a spork. The lawsuit said that because Newton didn’t receive a plastic knife, his only option was to hold the piece of chicken with his hands and tear off pieces with his teeth, causing him to choke.
The lawsuit said Newton underwent emergency surgery to remove the piece of chicken from his throat.
“I continue to believe that the facts demonstrate an unsafe condition to the public that could easily be solved by the responsible parties at very little cost,” Newton said in a statement sent to the newspaper. “I am hopeful that my filing of the court proceeding results in such remedial actions. However, due to extreme comments directed to me and my family, I have determined not to pursue this matter further.”
Along with knives for all drive-thru customers’ orders, Newton also sought financial compensation and punitive damages from several defendants.
Renee Kopkowski, Popeyes’ vice president of Brand Communications, said in an email that the company doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation.
A Hairy Situation: Rescuers Save Cat Stuck On Water Tower
Lasalle, CO (AP) A cat stuck for days on a converted water tower didn’t have to cash in one of its nine lives.
The Greeley Tribune reports that rescuers on Wednesday plucked the black cat from the water tower, which has been converted to hold cellular infrastructure in the town of LaSalle, north of Denver.
The cat had been stranded since Sunday.
Technical Rescue Systems, a Fort-Collins based training firm, arrived to save the animal. Company founder Steve Flemming says he has no idea how the small feline got up the tower in the first place.
Two climbers scaled the tower and herded the cat into a pet carrier before lowering it to the ground.
A small crowd that gathered to watch the spectacle unfold erupted in applause.