November 7, 2013
Stolen Costumes + Craigslist = Not A Good Idea
Redlands, CA (AP) Police in Southern California have busted a cattle costume rustler after he tried to sell the stolen suits online.
Redlands police say the two 7-foot cow costumes created for the Chick-fil-A chain were nabbed in separate restaurant burglaries.
The costumes turned up for sale for $350 apiece on Craigslist on Oct. 30.
An undercover officer arranged to buy the bovine attire in time for Halloween. When the seller produced the black-and-white outfits, he was arrested.
Forty-three-year-old Robert Michael Trytten, of Riverside, is being held for suspicion of possession of stolen property on $275,000 bail.
The costumes were valued by the restaurant at $2,800 apiece.
Police also recovered a pop-up canopy stolen from the restaurant. All the property was returned to Chick-fil-A.
Alligator Found Under Escalator At Chicago Airport
Chicago (AP) A small alligator found under an escalator at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has left authorities puzzled.
A maintenance worker discovered the alligator, which is about a foot long, on Friday in Terminal 3, Chicago Police spokesman Jose Estrada said Sunday.
An officer captured the reptile by putting a trash can over it.
“We don’t know where it came from or how long it’d been residing in the airport facilities,” Estrada said. “It’s one of those random incidents.”
The gator is now being cared for by the Chicago Herpetological Society.
“It was in pretty bad shape,” said Jason Hood, the group’s president. “We’re trying to get it healthy and find a place for it.” He said the gator would likely head to an out-of-state alligator farm once authorities give the organization the all-clear to release the animal.
No one was injured.
California Man Skydives On His 100th Birthday
Perris, CA (AP) When Vernon Maynard’s friends asked him what he wished he had done in his 100 years of life, the Southern California man said he had always wanted to jump from a plane with a parachute.
The retired car dealer got the chance to mark his centenarian birthday Monday by doing just that.
Jean Walcher of the U.S. Parachute Association says Maynard and his two great nephews made their first skydive along with trained instructors from 13,000 feet southeast of Los Angeles.
Skydive Perris manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld says Maynard obtained a doctor’s note before making the jump.
Maynard’s daughter Linda Hironimus says her father’s friends made arrangements for him to skydive after he said he always wanted to try it.
Maynard, who hails from Nebraska, lives in Palm Desert.
Ohio Man Pops The Question With The Help Of Pumpkins
Dayton, OH (AP) An Ohio man got into the Halloween spirit by crafting a clever marriage proposal for his girlfriend.
Zach Stoddard of Dayton used five carved pumpkins strategically placed on the side of a hill to pop the question to his girlfriend of three years, Lauren Brenneman. When the illuminated pumpkins were uncovered, they showed the words “Will You Marry Me?”
Brenneman said “yes,” much to the delight of the hundreds of people gathered Wednesday night for a popular neighborhood event called the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow.
Organizers tell The Dayton Daily News that the proposal was a first for the annual event, which featured hundreds of carved pumpkins lighting up the night. It ended Thursday.
Hallmark’s Ugly Sweater Ornament Stirs Controversy
Kansas City, MO (AP) Greeting card giant Hallmark said Thursday that it shouldn’t have changed the lyrics to “Deck the Halls” on a new holiday ornament that stirred a backlash from customers online.
The Kansas City, Mo.-based company has been defending itself after it began selling a miniaturized version of a tacky holiday sweater that changes the lyrics to the holiday carol. The ornament removes the word “gay” and emblazons the sweater with the phrase: “Don we now our FUN apparel!”
Critics took to Twitter and Hallmark’s Facebook page, accusing the company of making a political statement by using the word “fun” to replace “gay.” Some Facebook commenters said they would never again buy Hallmark merchandise and that the change amounted to the company rewriting Christmas classics in the name of political correctness. Others suggested removing the word “gay” demonstrated a homophobic bias.
The company initially responded by saying the multiple meanings attached to the word “gay” meant the sweater’s lyrics would be “open to misinterpretation.”
“The trend of wearing festively decorated Christmas sweaters to parties is all about fun, and this ornament is intended to play into that, so the planning team decided to say what we meant: ‘fun.’ That’s the spirit we intended and the spirit in which we hope ornament buyers will take it.”
The company updated its statement Thursday, saying it was surprised by the public’s response and that it now realized it shouldn’t have changed the lyrics.
“We’ve been surprised at the wide range of reactions expressed about the change of lyrics on this ornament, and we’re sorry to have caused so much concern,” the statement read. “We never intend to offend or make political statements with our products and in hindsight, we realize we shouldn’t have changed the lyrics on the ornament.”
But Hallmark spokeswoman Linda Odell said the company has no plans to stop selling the ornament.
UK Commissioner Creates ‘Pensions’ For Police Dogs
London (AP) They work hard, sniffing out crime with only the occasional pat on the nose in gratitude.
But police dogs deserve better, according to the police and crime commissioner in the English county of Nottinghamshire, who wants to reward them with “pensions” on retirement.
Paddy Tipping says the idea for a canine pension fund came about because officers were picking up the costs for retired police dogs.
Handlers normally take dogs home upon retirement. Tipping, however, says he doesn’t “think it’s fair that they have to pay all the bills.”
The plans announced Monday will be rolled out next month. Up to 500 pounds ($800) annually will be given to handlers for three years to cover veterinary bills for work-related injuries or illness.
Motorcycle Recovered 46 Years After Theft
Los angeles (AP) Authorities say a Nebraska man is getting his motorcycle back‚ 46 years after it was stolen from his backyard.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday the black and blue 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 was recovered last week at the Port of Los Angeles. It was on its way to Japan, with its value listed as $9,000.
The bike was reported stolen in February 1967. It was worth $300 then and wasn’t insured.
The California Highway Patrol will return the bike to its original owner, who is now in his 70s and still lives in Omaha, Neb. His name was not released.