December 22, 2016
Woman Stole Baby Jesus, Told Hospital It Was Neglected
Bethlehem, PA (AP) Police say a woman stole baby Jesus from a Nativity scene in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and dropped the figurine off at a hospital with a note explaining that the baby had been “neglected” by his parents, “Joseph and Mary Christ.”
Police say 49-year-old Jacqueline Ross told them it was a joke, but they aren’t laughing. She was identified from surveillance video and is jailed on charges of theft and institutional vandalism.
Police say she went to the hospital early on Dec. 4 just minutes after stealing the $2,700 figurine from Payrow Plaza.
Police say she left a note with the porcelain baby that read, in part, “Child has broken right foot which is been (sic) neglected. Parents Joseph and Mary Christ got a warning.”
Ross doesn’t yet have an attorney.
Man Wins OK To Wear Goat Horns In Driver’s License Photo
Augusta, ME (AP) An ordained Pagan priest finally has gotten the OK to sport goat horns in his Maine driver’s license photo.
Maine resident Phelan Moonsong said that unless he’s sleeping or bathing, he always wears his goat horns, which serve as his spiritual antennae and help him educate others about Paganism.
But Moonsong is questioning why he had to appeal his driver license’s photo to the state after explaining his religious beliefs to Bureau of Motor Vehicle staff. Plus, he adds, the horns didn’t obstruct his face.
The Maine Secretary of State’s office said the state was not familiar with his choice of headdress and had asked Moonsong for more information to review the issue. A spokeswoman said the state allowed the goat horns because Moonsong cited their religious purposes and also because they didn’t obstruct his face.
Maine motor vehicle staff can hold license photos for review if they have a concern about religious headdress.
Moonsong said after he applied for an updated driver’s license in August and explained his religion to a motor vehicles employee, he was told to appeal his photo to the Secretary of State’s office.
He was happy to receive his new driver’s license last week.
UPS Delivers Assault Rifle Instead Of Toy For Christmas Gift
Oceanside, NY (AP) A New York couple was horrified when a UPS delivery that they thought was a Christmas present turned out to be an assault rifle.
Newsday reports that Joel Berman opened the keyboard-sized case in front of his wife and 6-year-old granddaughter Wednesday night in Oceanside, on Long Island.
Instead of a toy plane they were buying for their friend’s son, they found a semi-automatic rifle, scope, stand, ammo clip and copies of an Arizona man’s driver’s license and concealed-weapons permit.
They hustled their granddaughter out of the room and called police, who picked up the weapon.
Atlanta-based UPS says it’s investigating the “highly unusual incident.” The company says it accepts legal shipments of some firearms. It says shippers must meet certain requirements.
Police Rescue ‘Frozen’ Woman, Who Was Actually A Mannequin
Hudson, NY (AP) Police in New York broke a car window to rescue a woman who turned out to be an extremely realistic mannequin.
The unusual incident happened Friday morning in the city of Hudson.
The Times Union of Albany reports that a caller told police there was an elderly woman “frozen to death” in a parked car.
Officers rushed to the scene and found what appeared to be a woman sitting in a car’s front passenger seat wearing an oxygen mask.
A sergeant busted a rear window, opened the door and discovered that the woman was a realistic mannequin.
The car owner arrived and said he uses the dummy for his job selling medical training aids.
The police chief says the owner was “incredulous” that police broke the window to rescue the mannequin.
Sanitation Workers Dig Through Garbage, Find Woman’s Cash
Long Beach, NY (AP) A Long Island woman was reunited with $5,000 in cash that she accidentally threw in the trash thanks to a little luck and the diligence of several sanitation workers.
Forty-five-year-old Krishna Nadalall says his mother, Bayban, had set aside an envelope containing the cash for her mortgage payment but she couldn’t find it Tuesday morning.
Hysterical over the loss, the Long Beach woman called Nadalall to report that she mistakenly threw the money away.
Nadalall, a sanitation worker himself, gathered three co-workers to help sift through the loads of trash compiled at the Merrick Transfer Station.
The group was able to recoup all but $40 of the money after some of the bills fell out of the envelope along the way.
Bayban offered a reward to the men, but they refused.
Scuba Santa Feeds The Fish This Holiday Season In California
San Francisco (AP) ‘Tis the season for Santa to take a scuba dive.
As part of holiday festivities at the California Academy of Sciences, the fish are getting fed by a diver dressed as Santa Claus.
The show known as “Scuba Santa” runs through Christmas Day. It takes place during the morning feed at the Philippine Coral Reef tank at the San Francisco museum.
Volunteer diver George Bell donned his Santa suit, from hat to coal black boots, and scuba gear for a recent feed and fielded visitors’ questions from inside the tank.
Floating amid the coral reef and array of fish, he explained that Santa likes to “take a tropical vacation or two” during his off months and first learned to scuba dive in the Bahamas and then trained in California.
Booby Found On UK Beach Flown Back To Caribbean Home
London (AP) Norman the booby bird may have clocked up the most unlikely air miles in aviation history.
The red-footed booby, a native of tropical zones, was discovered on a southern English beach Sept. 4, some 5,000 miles from his nearest Caribbean habitat. It was first recorded sighting of the species in Britain.
Named Norman by his rescuers, the starving, dehydrated bird spent months under heat lamps as a Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wildlife center nursed him back to health.
Wildlife officials said Saturday that the bird is back where he belongs, a Cayman Islands nature reserve following a 12-hour British Airways flight Thursday with a veterinary escort.