August 15, 2013
British Cats’ DNA Helps Convict A Killer
London (AP) British academics say a newly created DNA database of British cats has helped convict a killer, illustrating how even pets’ genetic material can be a boon to forensic scientists.
The University of Leicester says its catalogue of 152 felines’ DNA buttressed the prosecution case against David Hilder, who was convicted of manslaughter last week at a court in the English city of Winchester.
Hilder killed and dismembered his neighbor, David Guy, in an English resort town last year, dumping his torso on a nearby beach, where it was discovered by students.
Cat hairs found on the torso matched Hilder’s pet, Tinker. Academics said Wednesday that they created the DNA database in an effort to show how accurate the match was.
Fake Officers Stopped Real Police Agents
Las Vegas, NM (AP) Authorities say a man driving a truck with police lights on top made a crucial misstep during a bogus police stop in northern New Mexico.
Police say the two men he pulled over for speeding were real state police agents in an unmarked vehicle.
According to New Mexico State Police, 26-year-old John Shelton, of Logan, was arrested Wednesday following the sham traffic stop in San Miguel County. Investigators say Shelton had a pistol on his hip and told the agents he was a member of the New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue and a trained law enforcement officer something officials later discovered wasn’t true.
Shelton is facing charges of impersonating an officer.
Surgeon Steals Heroin Found In Stomach
Moscow (AP) Russian police say they have arrested a surgeon who stole some of the heroin he had been called on to extract from the stomach of a suspected drug mule.
Police in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk say that after investigators discovered that some of the drugs were missing, they searched the surgeon and found a packet containing 5 grams of heroin hidden in his clothing.
The surgeon, who was not identified, was under the influence of narcotics when he was apprehended, according to the police statement issued Tuesday.
If convicted of stealing the heroin, the doctor faces up to 15 years in prison. There was no information about the identity of the suspected drug mule, his travel plans or his fate.
Dog Warns Man When Black Bear Drops In For Snack
Ketchum, ID (AP) A black bear in search of a late-night snack broke into an Idaho house and licked leftover Chinese food from a cast iron pan on the stove.
David Edwards of Ketchum told the Idaho Mountain Express that his dog’s barking awakened him around 3 a.m. Monday.
When he went to investigate what had his Irish setter-Lab mix so upset, he saw the bear on its hind legs, paws on the stove, licking a pan.
Edwards’ wife, Sara, had fallen asleep on the couch and his first instinct was to get his wife away from the kitchen area. However, he said, “I couldn’t tell her there was a bear in the house because she would have just lost her mind. She gets very upset over spiders.”
So he woke her up and led her into the bedroom without telling her about the furry dish washer.
Edwards went back into the kitchen to find the bear was gone and the pan was clean. Edwards credits his dog, Stanley, for waking him up before the bear got farther into the house.
“If it weren’t for Stanley, who knows what would have happened” Edwards said.
Knitters Cover Pittsburgh’s Warhol Bridge In Yarn
Pittsburgh (AP) More than 1,800 knitters have covered Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Bridge in 3,000 feet of colorful yarn.
Volunteers worked all weekend to attach 580 blanket-size, hand-knitted panels to the pedestrian walkways on the downtown bridge, and riggers attached larger panels to the towers.
The planning and permitting started about 18 months ago, said Amanda Gross, 29, who had the idea for the project.
“The county doesn’t have public arts policy. It was a big learning process for everybody,” said Gross, who moved from Atlanta to Pittsburgh about five years ago and soon noticed how crucial bridges are in a city that has three major rivers running through it.
The project was organized by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh and other local institutions. Gross said knitters from more than 80 Pittsburgh neighborhoods and 120 area townships signed up to help with what the guild calls the nation’s largest “yarn bomb.” The term applies to artists who knit coverings for everyday objects like lampposts, street signs and trees.
The group ultimately had to work not just with designers but with lawyers, architects, structural engineers and riggers to make the yarn bomb a reality. Roberts said the group decided that the panels would contain only colors and designs‚ no words or political or religious symbols.
A community arts and crafts party will be held at the bridge on Aug. 25. The bridge will be covered in the yarn until Sept. 6.
Norway Leader Goes Undercover As Taxi Driver
Stockholm (AP) Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg dressed up as a taxi driver and took passengers around Oslo in an unusual election campaign stunt.
A video that his Labor Party posted on social media Sunday shows the candid camera-like moments when the passengers realize the man behind the wheel is Stoltenberg.
The prime minister says the point was to find out “what people really think. And if there’s one place where people really say what they think about most things it’s in the taxi.”
Labor Party spokeswoman Pia Gulbrandsen said an advertising firm helped set up the stunt. She said most of the passengers hailed Stoltenberg’s cab while others “were told that they would be picked up” but not by whom.
Norway’s parliamentary election is set for Sept. 9.
Purple Heart From Goodwill Store Goes To WWII Vet’s Family
Buffalo, NY (AP) A Purple Heart medal that mysteriously ended up at a western New York Goodwill store will soon be among the family of the World War II soldier who earned it.
Goodwill employee Richard Zuehlke (ZOO’-kee) found the medal while unpacking donations in Lockport in June. With it was a photo of Pvt. James Roland. Goodwill posted both on Facebook, leading Linda Hastreiter (HAS’-trye-tuhr) from the Patriot Guard Riders to begin searching for Roland’s family.
She found a cousin Westover, Pa. Mayor Mary Roland Struble (STROO’-buhl).
On Tuesday, Goodwill will give the medal to the Patriot Guard. They’ll present it to Stru
ble Saturday at Roland’s gravesite in Westover. Roland was killed at Anzio, Italy in 1944. He once worked in New York, but how the medal got to Goodwill is a mystery.
Running Bandit No Match For Six People Who Nabbed Him
Everett, WA (AP) An Everett, Wash., police spokesman says people noticed when a man approached a Wells Fargo bank branch with a shirt covering the lower part of his face and paint on the upper part. And the passers-by called police.
Spokesman Aaron Snell says when the man ran out of the bank carrying a wicker basket of cash Tuesday afternoon, the witnesses gave chase.
Snell says as the man crossed a street, he ran into the back of a truck and dropped the basket of cash.
By that time, the group of about six pursuers caught up and tackled him, holding him until police arrived.
The spokesman says the 30-year-old man was checked out at a hospital for minor injuries.
Then was being booked into jail for investigation of robbery.
‘Wild Bill’ Hickock’s Pistol Going Up For Auction
San Francisco (AP) A San Francisco auction house says it’s selling the gun ``Wild Bill’’ Hickock was wearing when he was shot and killed.
Bonhams announced Monday that in November it will auction off the Smith & Wesson No. 2 revolver that was on Hickock when Jack McCall shot him in the South Dakota town of Deadwood in 1876.
Hickock, a western folk hero known best for his prowess with a pistol, was reportedly playing poker in a Deadwood saloon and holding the notorious ``dead man’s hand’’ of aces and eights when he was shot in the back by McCall.
Bonhams says the pistol with a 6-inch barrel and rosewood grips will come with a file of documents on its legitimacy.
The auction house estimates the gun is worth between $300,000 and $500,000.