March 7, 2013
37-Pound Tubby Tabby, Biscuit, In Need Of Home
St. Charles, MO (AP) At 37 pounds, Biscuit is about the right weight for a 4-year-old human, that is.
A St. Louis-area animal shelter is trying to find a new home for the sweet tabby with a sweet tooth.
Biscuit’s salad days were spent pigging out, and now at roughly three times the weight of a healthy adult cat, he’s restricted to about a cup of diet food per day.
His first owner, a disabled woman who fed him lots of treats, brought him to the St. Charles Animal Control shelter about a year ago because she could no longer care for him, Teresa Gilley, the shelter’s lead animal control officer, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“She didn’t mean the cat any harm,” Gilley said. “I just think she didn’t know any better.”
Gilley said the tubby tabby isn’t crazy about his new low-calorie diet, but he has begun adjusting to it.
When he arrived, Biscuit could only take a few steps before lying down and panting, but now he’s showing increased energy.
Any prospective owner would need to keep Biscuit away from the gravy and on a strict diet.
Police Dog Digging In Snowbank Fires Gun
Lawrence, MA (AP) Police say a dog searching for a gun in a snowbank accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw, firing the weapon.
No humans or dogs were hurt. The episode started at about 2 a.m. Sunday when an officer on patrol heard three gunshots. When the officer went to investigate, he saw a vehicle speed away.
When the car pulled over, police saw a man leap out and bury something in the snow.
Ivan, a dog handled by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, was called to the scene to find whatever was buried in the snow. Police say he started digging furiously and fired the gun.
Three men were arrested and police determined the gun had been stolen in Manchester, N.H., in October.
Bad ‘Fresh Prince’ Rap Triggers Lockdown
Ambridge, PA (AP) Now this is a story all about how a high school student’s life got turned upside down. But it was all just a bad rap.
The teen’s voicemail greeting triggered a lockdown at his Pennsylvania school after a receptionist misheard his rendition of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song.
While trying to confirm an appointment with 19-year-old Travis Clawson the receptionist thought the message said “shooting people outside of the school.” The line is actually “shooting some b-ball,” a reference to basketball.
The receptionist called 911 and Economy police arrested Clawson a short time later at Ambridge Area High School, but released him once he explained the message.
Acting police Chief James Mann says police acted “appropriately” out of concern for students’ welfare.
Clawson’s family has contacted an attorney.
Distracted Cop Didn’t Notice Man Had ‘Scrubbed Up’
Albuquerque, NM (AP) A man arrested in a drug case is back in custody after donning scrubs and then walking out of an Albuquerque hospital where a police officer had left him unattended.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the officer didn’t handcuff 39-year-old Jonathan Kahl at University of New Mexico Hospital because he had swollen hands.
Suspicions were raised when Kahl was seen pushing a hospital cart while wearing blue jeans under the scrubs, but he had already left the hospital by the time the exits were secured.
That happened last weekend. He was back in custody after being arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shoplifting.
Woman Sues FedEx Over Marijuana Delivery
Plymouth, MA (AP) A Massachusetts woman has sued FedEx, claiming the company mistakenly sent her a package containing seven pounds of marijuana, then gave her address to the intended recipients, who later showed up at her door.
Maryangela Tobin of Plymouth said in the suit filed Feb. 12 that by disclosing her address, the company violated state privacy laws and put herself and her children in danger.
“I feel like the safety of my daughters and myself was invaded and it makes things complicated,” she told WBZ-TV.
“I walk into my house first every time, my kids don’t.”
Tobin said she thought the package was a birthday present for her daughter, because when she opened it, she found candles, pixie sticks and peppermint.
There was also something she thought was potpourri, but it was marijuana.
Tobin said that about an hour later, a man knocked on her door looking for the package, while two men sat in a vehicle in her driveway, waiting.
She said she didn’t have it, and bolted and slammed the door. Tobin claims FedEx gave out her address, which led the men to her home.
Police made an arrest, but Tobin said now she’s worried about retribution.
Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx said it doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits.
UK Airport Nabs 200lb Of Creepy Crawlies
London (AP) British customs agents made a creepy discovery when an airline passenger was found with 94 kilograms (207 pounds) of caterpillars in his luggage.
The man claimed they were intended as food for personal consumption.
The U.K. Border Force said Friday that inspectors at London’s Gatwick Airport found the dried caterpillars shrink-wrapped in cellophane and packed into hessian bags carried by a passenger traveling from Burkina Faso via Istanbul.
The caterpillars were seized by authorities after the Feb. 23 find because they breached restrictions on importing animal products. The 22-year-old passenger was let off with a warning.
Border Force spokeswoman Ingrid Smith said “the vigilance of our officers has stopped these dried insects from entering the U.K., and possibly posing a risk to our food chain.”
Shake On A Plane? Dance Craze Brings FAA Inquiry
Colorado Springs, CO (AP) The latest craze to sweep the Internet is bringing college students the wrong kind of attention from the Federal Aviation Administration.
During a flight from Colorado Springs to San Diego, a group of students started the Harlem Shake, a dance to a song of the same name.
In the suddenly popular YouTube videos, one person starts dancing, then the video cuts to a large group of people dancing, many in costume.
Matt Zelin, a sophomore, told the Colorado College newspaper, The Catalyst, he asked a flight attendant for permission beforehand.
FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said Thursday they’re looking at what phase the flight was in during the dance in the aisles.
Frontier Airlines says the seatbelt sign was off and safety measures were followed.