February 21, 2013
911 Call Asking For Cigarettes Leads To Arrest
Granbury, TX (AP) A Texas woman wanted to make sheriff’s deputies the butt of a joke, but she picked the wrong audience when she called 911 to have cigarettes delivered to her home.
Hood County sheriff’s Lt. Kathy Jividen says the 48-year-old woman was “very intoxicated” when she requested the special delivery on Feb. 11.
Jividen says the caller instead received a visit from two deputies and was arrested. She was charged with a misdemeanor count of abuse of 911. She was later released from the Hood County jail on a $1,000 bond. The woman lives in Granbury, about 65 miles southwest of Dallas. Jividen says the woman thought it would be amusing to call 911 to place her order.
Escape Antics Of ‘Houdini Horse’ Caught On Video
Midland, MI (AP) With her escape-artist antics now caught on video, a horse in Michigan is being dubbed the “Houdini Horse” thanks to her knack for opening stall doors.
The 9-year-old horse named Mariska somehow learned to open latches at Misty Meadow Farms near Midland in central Michigan.
The farm’s co-owner, Sandy Bonem, posted a video online of the horse opening numerous locks. It catches how Mariska lets herself out, then unlocking stalls for other horses‚ just not her mother’s.
As of Monday, the YouTube video had more than 760,000 views.
Bonem tells the Saginaw News that Mariska, “doesn’t like to be locked in.”
Bonem says Mariska played with things in her mouth when she was young, and “she just kind of progressed.”
Kids Rewarded For Good
Manners At Restaurant
Seattle (AP) To Laura King, her three children were acting normal while enjoying dinner at an Italian restaurant in their hometown in Washington state.
But staffers of the restaurant Sogno di Vino in Poulsbo were so impressed with her children’s table manners during their Feb. 1 dinner that they thanked her kids and gave the family of five a bowl of ice cream.
It wasn’t until King got home that that she noticed a $4 “well behaved kids” discount on her receipt to cover the dessert. A friend posted a picture of the receipt on the website Reddit, and the story took off.
“The server said staff didn’t even know there were kids at the table,” said King, whose children are 2, 3, and 8 years old.
King said it’s been entertaining to see all the attention her story has gotten, and she plans to dine at Sogno di Vino again soon.
Sogno di Vino owner Rob Scott said servers have the discretion to offer a discount to customers, adding that this wasn’t the first time well-behaved kids have been rewarded. What was different this time was that one of the staffers wrote it out in the receipt.
“It was just an act of kindness,” Scott said.
Scott said the restaurant was packed the night Laura’s family came in, which can be challenging to families with small children. But he said he was impressed with the way the family was interacting with each other and that even the 2-year-old on a high chair seemed to be having a good time.
Hula! Thailand Breaks Hula
Hoop Dancing Record
Pathumthani, Thailand (AP) Nearly 4,500 Thai contestants celebrated after setting a world record for the most people dancing with hula hoops simultaneously in one place.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Seyda Subasi-Gemici said Tuesday that 4,483 people had swung hula hoops to dance music for seven minutes without interruption.
The event drew 5,000 participants to an open-air stadium at Thammasat University, but 517 contestants dropped off after they failed to keep their hoops up.
The event, organized by the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Health, was aimed at creating health awareness among Thais. The previous world record was set in Taiwan in 2011, when 2,496 participants swung hula hoops in a continuous motion for 2 minutes.
Stella! Dog Leads To $1M
Idaho Lottery Win
Salt Lake City (AP) A group of blue collar University of Utah workers will split $1 million in lottery winnings thanks to a set of keys left in a truck and an ornery little dog named “Stella.”
Thirteen years after playing the same set of numbers every month in the Idaho lottery, the group of 33 workers who work on heating and cooling university buildings hit pay dirt when Steve Hughes left his truck running to keep his dog “Stella” warm while he went inside to a gas station near Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Jan. 6. Utah has no lottery.
When he returned to his truck, his miniature pinscher had locked him out by putting her paw on the manual lock. Hughes, 29, planned to buy the ticket elsewhere, but instead he had his girlfriend buy it there while he tried to open the door with a slim jim.
He eventually coached Stella to put her paws on the electronic window button in the back seat, allowing Hughes to get in the car.
What seemed like an annoying delay that day turned out to be serendipitous when the group discovered Wednesday night that they had won second prize in the Idaho Powerball. They announced the great news during a morning meeting Thursday morning at the HVAC shop at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Tison said they plan to keep playing the Idaho Powerball, taking turns making the monthly 1 1/2-hour drive to Malad, Idaho, to pick up a ticket.
And yes, Tison says they’ll keep playing the same numbers: 11-16-33-40-41. “There is no need to change them,” Tison said. “It worked once, why wouldn’t it work again.”
Iowa Governor Pardons Pig
Before Bacon Festival
Des Moines, IA (AP) A young pig has won a reprieve from the frying pan just as Iowa’s popular bacon festival is about to begin.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad pardoned the 30-pound, 2 ¬Ω-month-old Berkshire pig named Bonnie on Friday morning. The pardon took place outside the governor’s mansion in Des Moines in a ceremony ahead of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival held Saturday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
More than 8,000 people are expected to eat more than 10,000 pounds of bacon at the festival. Tickets for this year’s event sold out in just over three minutes.
Branstad says he’s pardoned turkeys before, but never a pig. Bonnie was selected at random from a State Center farm affiliated with Eden Farms. An Eden Farms spokesman says Bonnie will become a farm pet.
Cayman Islands Woman Bites Intruder, Loses Tooth
George Town, Cayman Islands (AP) Police in the Cayman Islands say a woman drove off an intruder by biting him. It cost her a tooth, though.
Police Chief Inspector Robert Scotland says the woman was home alone when she woke up to find a man standing over her bed. Scotland told The Associated Press on Friday that the woman bit the intruder when he put his hand over her mouth. He then fled.
He said the woman was treated at a hospital and that police are still looking for the intruder.
The incident occurred early Thursday in the northwest part of Grand Cayman.