August 22, 2013
Prowling Ninja Says He Was
Trying To Help Cops
Johnstown, PA (AP) Everybody agrees that a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man dressed up as a ninja and lurked near homes, but they disagree whether that’s a good idea or legal.
Todd Kapcsos, of Johnstown, was in court Wednesday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of loitering, prowling at night and disorderly conduct.
Police said Kapcsos frightened some elderly residents who saw him sneaking around while carrying a black baseball bat and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, another long shirt, a mask and a pair of gloves‚ all of them black.
“I dressed up in all black, snuck around, went through bushes,” Kapcsos told WJAC-TV. He claimed to be practicing “ninja moves” including rolling into a ball so he’d appear to be a rock hidden in the shadows.
“There’s not enough police officers,” he said. “The community should do something rather than sit back. But one neighbor, Chris Trevino, told the TV station, “It looked more like he was trying to break into homes, not like he was gonna be a ninja and save the world.” That night, July 15, Trevino saw Kapcsos “running like a ninja, not like a normal person jogging. He was going back and forth creeping.”
So she called the police.
Farmer’s Corn Yields His First Ever 4-Headed Ear
Hanover, PA (AP) When farmer Ben Klunk tells people about the mutant corn he found, they’re all ears.
Klunk said Wednesday he discovered an ear of sweet corn with four heads on his central Pennsylvania farm and has been keeping it in his refrigerator.
Klunk said that when he pulled the corn out of the crop he initially thought there was mud holding it together, but his wife said that wasn’t the case.
“It started out as one,” Marie Klunk said, “and then it split, and then another one split.”
The farmer, who’s 81, said he’s never seen corn multiply in such a way:
He’d never found a double- or triple-headed ear of corn, let alone a quadruple one.
“And I’ve pulled a lot of sweet corn!” he said.
The Klunks said they don’t plan to eat the corn, which was pulled from their farmland in Hanover, 20 miles southwest of the state capital, Harrisburg, and was first reported by The Evening Sun newspaper. They said if it stays fresh for another 10 days they’ll enter it into a contest at the South Mountain 4-H Fair.
But the Klunks aren’t sure it’ll last that long in the refrigerator and suspect it’s already turning. If that happens, they said, they’ll just throw the mutated husk away.
Lyin’ Den? China Zoo Replaces Big Cat With Big Dog
Beijing (AP) Behold the regal lion and hear its mighty ... bark?
A zoo in the central China city of Luohe attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, state media reported. The large, aggressive breed has a trademark bushy mane that gives it a lion-like appearance, but its vocalizations are more woof than roar.
The Beijing Youth Daily said Friday the zoo also had a dog in the wolf cage, foxes in the leopard enclosure and nutrias in the snake den.
Though the zoo said it wasn’t trying to fool anyone, it issued an apology to the public and closed for “rectification,” reported another newspaper, the Beijing News. It also planned to reorganize its public-private management structure, although the details were still being worked out, the newspaper said.
The Beijing Youth Daily quoted zoo manager Liu Suya as denying any attempt at deception, saying the lion had been lent out for breeding and would be back soon. The dog belonged to a friend of a zoo keeper who was on a business trip and needed a place to keep his pet while away, Liu said.
Governor Declares Toll Booth Charity Tradition Is Back!
Atlanta (AP) The tradition of travelers paying the toll for the driver behind them on Georgia Highway 400 is back after motorists complained and Gov. Nathan Deal asked for it to be reinstated.
Last month, the State Road and Tollway Authority banned the practice after some motorists complained that cashiers were pocketing the extra 50 cents instead.
Authority spokesman Bert Brantley says the agency had already been working to find a way to reinstate the practice after motorists began complaining when they couldn’t donate a toll.
On Friday, the agency worked with the cashiers to come up with a solution that will keep the donated money visible so motorists can trust their good deed will help someone in need.
Munchies From Marijuana Festival Fetch $50 Online
Seattle (AP) A few eBay users are seeing a money-making opportunity in the free bags of chips that were given out by police over the weekend at Seattle’s pot festival known as Hempfest.
An unopened Doritos bag from Hempfest had drawn eight bids by Monday afternoon, pushing the price to $58. One bag listed as “used” was fetching $50.
The nacho-cheese-flavored Doritos were a popular topic surrounding the event because Seattle police distributed them for free along with stickers designed to inform pot consumers about the state’s legal pot law.
Officers handed out only 1,000 bags of chips at an event that draws as many as 85,000 people per day.
Police Say Cable Outage Not 911 Worthy
Fairfield, CT (AP) A Connecticut police department wants people to know that missing your favorite show isn’t an emergency.
Fairfield police say they received numerous 911 calls about a cable outage that hit parts of southwestern Connecticut on Sunday night.
The message on the department’s Facebook page says the outage is “neither an emergency or a police related concern.”
The post warns that 911 should be used for life-threatening emergencies only and misuse of the 911 system may result in an arrest.
Cablevision said in a statement shortly after 11 p.m. that there was a commercial power outage in its Norwalk facility. It says “the power matter has been resolved and service has been restored to our customers.”
Crummy Parking Leads To
Wanted Man’s Arrest In NY
Rotterdam, NY (AP) State police say bad parking led to the apprehension of an upstate New York man wanted on a probation violation.
Troopers say a state police investigator spotted 23-year-old Matthew Bergeron of Richmondville on Thursday afternoon as he tried to back a vehicle into a parking space at a truck stop in Rotterdam in Schenectady (skeh-NEHK’-ta-dee) County.
Police say Bergeron parked crookedly, straddling two spaces, then walked away from the vehicle.
The investigator knew Bergeron from previous arrests. He also knew that Bergeron was a suspect in a burglary and was wanted on outstanding warrants in neighboring Schoharie (skoh-HAYR’-ee) County.
Police say Bergeron was taken into custody without incident. He was sent to the Schoharie County jail.