September 26, 2013
Extra Weight Costs Bank
Robber Swift Exit
San Francisco (AP) A burglar who tried to break into an ATM at a bank in San Francisco was arrested Friday after he hopped onto the roof of a nearby building to escape and fell into an apartment, police said. “There was a hole in the roof where he fell through just as we were ordering him to put his hands up,” police Sgt. Wilfred Williams told reporters. “I’ve responded to several different silent alarm calls at banks, but this is the first time when someone fell through a roof.”
The suspect, whose name was not released, was not seriously injured. Police said he weighed 230 pounds.
Police said he had tried to use a crowbar to break into the ATM inside a Bank of America branch in the Portola neighborhood around 3:45 a.m.
The man apparently got into the bank through a ventilation shaft, which triggered a silent alarm. He was spotted by officers as he fled, police Chief Greg Suhr told KPIX-TV.
Officers notified the K9 unit after realizing the burglar had fled onto the roof. A Fire Department ladder truck was called in as part of the search. The suspect was spotted on the roof. As he was trying to surrender, he fell into the apartment. Police said no money had been taken.
City’s Dead Skunk Depot Is Stinking Up The Neighborhood
Buffalo, NY (AP) Residents of a Buffalo, N.Y., neighborhood plagued by skunk odors now know what caused the stink: Trapped critters that were shot and stored at a shuttered police station.
The Buffalo News reports that the city’s public works commissioner confirmed Monday that humanely trapped skunks have been taken to an old police station in South Buffalo, where they’re shot and stored in outdoor freezer until they can be incinerated.
Residents say they complained about the smell months ago but were told by city officials that skunks weren’t being killed inside the building. Later, they were told only a few skunks were killed there by lethal injection.
One neighborhood leader has dubbed the community scandal “Skunkgate.”
City officials say they’re looking for new locations for dispatching the nuisance skunks.
Welsh Village’s Proposed Name Change Raises Stink
London (AP) A proposed name change is raising a stink in one British village.
Welsh-language campaigners say Varteg, in south Wales, should be rebranded with a more authentic Welsh spelling - Y Farteg.
The Welsh language has no letter v, though the sound is made by the letter f. Varteg is an anglicization of the original Welsh name.
Some residents fear the change will make their town the target of ridicule.
Villager Sioned Jones told Wales Online, “Just imagine how embarrassing it will be to have the word `fart’ in your village’s name, never mind being followed by egg.” Another resident, Ray Leyshon, called the proposal “a bad joke.” The local government said Tuesday that the Welsh Language Commissioner had proposed the name change but that residents would be consulted first.
Bartender’s Unwelcome Ursus
Easier To Shoo Out Than Drunks
Juneau, Alaska (AP) If only all unwelcome bar guests were this obliging.
A black bear walked into the bar at the Alaskan Hotel in downtown Juneau on Monday night.
Bartender Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy says she freaked out and yelled, “No bear! Get out! No! You can’t be in here!”
The bear complied, leaving the bar within seconds.
State biologist Ryan Scott says it’s rare for black bears to go inside Juneau businesses, but they have wandered inside homes before.
He tells KTOO the staff did a great job, and it was good news the bear left.
State wildlife officials have killed two nuisance bears in Juneau this summer.
Catholic Church Fined For
Texting Members During Mass
Vienna (AP) Austria’s Roman Catholic church has learned its lesson. Mass is OK. Mass texting is not.
A diocese in the southern city of Graz says it has been found guilty of contravening Austria’s telecommunications law by sending mass texts to the cellphones of followers asking them to pay overdue membership fees.
Members of recognized religions in Austria must pay so-called “church taxes” or opt out of membership. For a Catholic, non-payment would mean no right to church sacraments.
Diocese official Hertha Ferk was quoted by the Der Standard newspaper on Tuesday as saying the diocese has agreed to pay a fine that is under 10,000 euros ($13,475).
A court took up the case after complaints from some of the 17,000 church members in arrears who received the text last year.
Anti-Social Dallas Zoo Gorilla Being Shown Door
Dallas (AP) There will be no rose ceremony for a 430-pound bachelor gorilla that failed to form any meaningful relationships with fellow apes during an 18-year stay at the Dallas Zoo.
Patrick, the 23-year-old Western lowland gorilla known for being gregarious with zoo staff and the public, while being ambivalent toward his female counterparts, has been handed his walking papers. The silverback will be transferred to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C. where he’ll be allowed more solitude, according to a statement issued Monday by the Dallas Zoo.
“It’s become clear that he prefers to live a solitary life,” said Dr. Lynn Kramer, head veterinarian at the Dallas Zoo. “This move will allow Patrick to continue to thrive while creating an opportunity for our four remaining males to form a cohesive bachelor group.”
Patrick was born at the Bronx Zoo in New York City in April 1990, but maternal neglect forced him to be moved to the Toronto Zoo where he was hand-raised with another male his own age. Both gorillas arrived in Dallas at age 5 and were integrated into a small troop of one silverback and two females, before being removed to form a bachelor group together.
Despite his affability with humans and his popularity in zoo presentations about gorillas, zoo officials said Patrick’s reaction toward female apes has ranged from indifference to aggression.