June 27, 2013
‘Here’s Looking At You...Officer!’
Man Quotes Bogart Upon Arrest
Tyrone, PA (AP) Police say a 78-year-old central Pennsylvania man was doing things ``His Way’’ when they charged him with drunken driving following a fender bender in a parking lot.
The Altoona Mirror reports Herbert Goss, of Tyrone, would quote only famous lines from Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra when they responded to the wreck about 10 p.m. June 18.
When Tyrone Officer Barry Frye tried to question Goss, the suspect allegedly recited Bogart’s famous line from ``Casablanca’’ saying, ``Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world.’’
Police say Goss segued into Sinatra’s ``My Way’’ once it became clear he was in trouble, saying ``And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain.’’
Goss didn’t return a call for comment.
He faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 6.
Maine Man’s Car Rolls Into Lake During Potty Break
Belgrade, ME (AP) Police say a Maine man’s car got all wet when he stopped on the road for a bathroom break.
Chief Deputy Everett Flannery of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Mark Leighton of Oakland stopped at a boat landing on Salmon Lake in Belgrade on Wednesday evening because he had to go.
Flannery tells the Morning Sentinel that Leighton was going to the bathroom when he heard a splash, turned around, and saw the car in the lake.
Flannery says it appears Leighton pulled the emergency brake but forget to put the car in park.
The car was pulled from the lake by a tow truck.
No one was hurt and no charges were filed.
Couple Turns To Starbucks’ Customers For Baby Name
West Haven, CT (AP) A Connecticut couple has named its baby with help from customers at a Starbucks coffee shop.
Twenty-five-year-old Jennifer James and 24-year-old Mark Dixon of West Haven tell the New Haven Register they had been struggling between two names for the boy they are expecting in September.
So they decided to put it to a vote.
They placed signs at the Starbucks on the New Haven Green, where they are regulars, asking people to vote for either the name Jackson or Logan. They received about 1,800 votes in the coffee cup serving as a ballot box.
The name Logan was favored by the customers, but ultimately both names won.
The couple says it will name the baby Logan Jackson Dixon.
200-Pound Wiener Dog Statue Returned
Pittsburgh (AP) A wiener dog statue kidnapped from in front of a Pittsburgh car repair shop has been returned albeit with a broken paw after some teens say they saw it at a party over the weekend.
Forbes Auto Body owner Ed D’Angelo says he’s not interested in pressing charges now that the 200-pound dog, one of two dog statues that stand ``guard’’ outside his shop, has been returned.
The dogs are the work of James Simon, an artist who lives across the street from D’Angelo’s shop in the city’s Uptown neighborhood.
D’Angelo says the statues are just some of the artwork used to spruce up a neighborhood trying to rebound and rid itself of drug trafficking and prostitution. Simon says of the theft, ``You feel bad when one person disrespects a good thing that’s happening.’’
What Floats These Boats? Uh...Concrete!?
Homer, IL (AP) Does concrete float? For the hundreds of civil engineering students at the annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, the answer is “yes.”
Teams representing 23 schools vied last week to design, build and race canoes made of concrete.
Some vessels were as long as 22 feet and weighed as much as 180 pounds. A wooden canoe of the same size weighs about 40 pounds.
Alicia Welling, manager of the California Polytechnic State University team, says the trick to making concrete float is to mix it with glass bubbles and other lightweight objects.
Welling says the three-day American Society of Civil Engineers event gives students practical experience in finding creative engineering solutions and working as part of a team.
L’âcole de Technologie Suprieure, of Montreal, took the title Saturday.
Iowa Man Selling Coffin Gets Questions About Bones
Council Bluffs, IA (AP) An Iowa man’s online classified ad offering an oak coffin for sale neglected to mention the full skeleton inside, so police interrupted the deal and seized the bones. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reported that the coffin belonged to the now-defunct Council Bluffs chapter of the International Order of Odd Fellows, which promotes anonymous giving to the poor.
Dave Burgstrum placed the ad on the Craigslist website to sell the coffin for $12,000 because he’s trying to raise money to pay the property taxes on the fraternal organization’s hall.
Burgstrum said the coffin was made in the 1900s and had been used in the group’s rituals to represent death. The bones had been in there for years.
“They were just there as long as anyone could remember,” said Burgstrum, who is one of a handful of remaining members of the Council Bluffs chapter of the Odd Fellows.
Burgstrum said lodge records suggest the skeleton was donated by a doctor who retired in the 1880s. But Council Bluffs Police detective Michael Roberts said human remains cannot be sold without proper identification. “If they had papers of origination, then they would be OK to own,” Roberts said. Pottawattamie County forensic investigator Karen Foreman said it’s unlikely the skeleton will be identified, but the race and gender can be determined. And if the skeleton is Native American, federal law requires that it be returned to the tribe. Burgstrum said the laboratory is welcome to keep the skeleton. His interest has always been in selling the coffin.
“I’m ready to wheel and deal on it,” he said. “I’d like to get those taxes paid.”
Monkey Nips At Texas Officer During Traffic Stop
Aransas Pass, TX (AP) A South Texas police officer had to deal with some unexpected monkey business as he wrote a speeding ticket. A pet monkey bit Aransas (uh-RAN’-zuhs) Pass Officer Keith Moore on the hand in an attack captured on videotape. KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi reported Thursday that Moore had a video camera on his glasses during the traffic stop. Moore is seen handing the driver something to sign when a monkey leaps from the back seat, bares its teeth and bites the officer’s right hand.
Moore says the monkey “came out of nowhere” during Wednesday’s incident.
The bite left a mark, but the 21-year-old officer was not hurt otherwise. The trained monkey makes appearances at carnivals and other entertainment events. Watch the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGXcNI-xhAQ
Fluffy Cows Are Making A Comeback
Adel, IA (AP) Grooming cows so they look like unusually large poodles is a well-known beautification practice in the show cattle industry. But although it may be decades old, it’s just now getting attention on the Internet. It started with a photo of a male cow named Texas Tornado who had a particularly fluffy coat. “Fluffy cow” photos are now making the rounds. The cattle go through a beauty pageant regiment:
They’re washed, brushed and blow dried. Special oils add an extra fluff.
The bull’s owner, Matt Lautner of Lautner Farms in Iowa, helps raise many fluffy cows. He’s using social media to run with the overwhelming response, and hopes it brings more attention to the industry.