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May 15, 2014

Rooster Prince George, At Dallas Hardware Store, Is Popular

Dallas (AP) A Dallas hardware store’s unusual mascot is proving popular with customers.

Prince George is a Buff Orpington rooster.

He occupies a spot in the front of the Gecko Hardware Store.

The store’s co-owner Andrea Ridout says foot traffic went up noticeably on the weekends when customers realized the rooster likes the attention.

Ridout says Prince George started ruling the roost when a little girl returned him after she learned he wouldn’t become a hen.

The rooster has occupied the top spot on the store’s pecking order for a year.

Dallas officials have given the store an exemption to keep the feathered animal on the premises.

Prince George also visits schools and senior citizen sites.

Bears Suspected In New Hampshire Car Break-Ins

North Conway, NH (AP) Wildlife officials in New Hampshire believe a bear is to blame for a series of recent car break-ins.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says several cars have been broken into over the last few weeks in the same North Conway neighborhood. Officials say the likely culprit is a bear looking for food.

Terry Leavitt tells WMUR-TV the radio was pulled out of her dashboard. The interior was ripped apart and a window was smashed. Other residents also reported similar damage.

Conway police Sgt. George Walker says it’s a common occurrence this time of year as bears stop hibernating and search for food. And the suspect description is always the same: “black and furry.”

Boston Drivers Urged To ‘Use Yah Blinkah’

Boston (AP) Perhaps the reason notoriously aggressive Boston drivers don’t use their turn signals is that no one’s ever put it in terms they understand.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Friday changed that by posting messages on electronic highway signs around the city that read: “Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah.” “Blinkah” is how Bostonians pronounce “blinker,” otherwise known as a turn signal.

The signs are scheduled to stay up through the Mother’s Day on Sunday, which state officials say is one of the busiest traffic days of the year.

Drivers who fail to use their “blinkah” when changing lanes on a Massachusetts highway are subject to a fine. Police across the state handed out almost 5,000 tickets for the offense last year.

Driver Is Cited For Using Dummy In Carpool Lane

Quincy, MA (AP) A commuter heading into Boston had a real dummy along for the ride.

State Trooper John Carnell was working a paid detail in Quincy on Thursday morning when he saw a vehicle enter the carpool lane on Interstate 93 north with a suspicious-looking passenger.

Carnell pulled over the vehicle and found that indeed, the driver had propped up a jacket with a mannequin head on top in the passenger seat. The fake head even had a little mustache drawn on. Vehicles using the lane must have at least two occupants. The driver, whose name was not made public, has been issued a citation for operating on an excluded way.

No Charges For California Student On School PA Prank

Fontana, CA (AP) Police say a student who shouted “Get out!” over the public address system at a Southern California school was just worried a teacher was coming, and not trying to make others think they were in danger.

Fontana police said Thursday that no students at Heritage Intermediate School will face charges over the May 2 incident.

Police say a student had learned how to access the school’s PA system and turned it on. But when a friend saw a teacher was coming, he yelled, “Get out, Get out!”

That sparked fear among students. Some called their parents on cellphones with worries there was a shooter on campus.

Police say they identified and questioned the student, and he didn’t intend to cause such a response.

 

Skee-Ball Skirmish Brews Over Use Of Game Name

Chalfont, PA (AP) A legal battle is brewing over the classic arcade game Skee-Ball.

The suburban Philadelphia company that owns the trademark is at odds with the New York creators of Brewskee-Ball.

Participants in Brewskee-Ball drink beer while competing for high scores in the bowling-style game. The league is based at the Brooklyn bar Full Circle.

League founder Eric Pavony tells The Intelligencer the CEO of Skee-Ball Inc. gave the outfit his blessing in 2005.

But Skee-Ball Inc. sued Full Circle for trademark infringement. Full Circle countersued, claiming Skee-Ball’s trademark is generic and should be canceled.

The lawsuits have been joined and the case is pending in federal court in New York. Brewskee-Ball supporters set up a crowd-funding site this week to help with legal fees.

Need To File A Report? Ya Might Wanna Wait Till Your Sober!

Baton Rouge, LA (AP) Police say a 31-year-old man has been arrested after he drove to a Louisiana state police headquarters while drunk to file an accident report.

Online booking records indicate Patrick Ruffner of Gonzales was in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail Monday with bond set at $1,000.

Trooper Jared Sandifer says Ruffner called state police Saturday, saying his vehicle was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. He was told to come to Troop A’s offices to fill out a crash report.

Sandifer says that when Ruffner got out of his SUV, a trooper smelled alcohol and gave him field sobriety and breath tests.

Sandifer says Ruffner was booked with driving on a suspended license and with first-offense driving while intoxicated.

It was not immediately clear whether Ruffner had an attorney.

 

 

 


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