May 29, 2014
Missing Pet Pigeon Flies To School Of Young Owner
Helena, MT (AP) Everyone has heard of homing pigeons, but Montana fifth-grader Tara Atkins apparently has a “schooling pigeon.”
The pet bird named Foresta had disappeared Tuesday from Tara’s home in the Elkhorn Mountains near Montana City, but it was back in her arms Wednesday after it showed up at her school about 5 air miles away in Helena.
“This pigeon has never been to town before,” Atkins’ mother, Krys Holmes, said. “We got her as a baby, and she just hangs out at home.”
The bird caused a ruckus when it arrived at Central-Linc Elementary, first sitting on teacher Rob Freistadt’s head, the Independent Record reported.
Staff members and a police officer tried for an hour to corral the bird that Principal Vanessa Nasset said was just “sky-bombing everyone.”
Nasset asked Tara for help catching the bird after a parent remembered she had a pet pigeon.
Tara recognized Foresta by her distinct coloration and the blue band around her leg.
Fellow fifth-grader Owen Cleary finally caught the bird by throwing a blanket over it while it sat on his head.
‘Are you smoking pot?, ‘Why yes, I am Officer’
Springfield, MA (AP) Massachusetts police say a Springfield man blew through a stop sign and also blew a cloud of marijuana smoke when he was pulled over.
An officer enforcing seat belt laws as part of the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign saw a vehicle drive through a stop sign Tuesday evening. When the driver stopped and rolled down the window, police say, the officer was “covered in a plume of smoke.”
Sgt. John Delaney says the officer asked: “Are you smoking marijuana while operating this motor vehicle?”
The driver allegedly responded: “Why, yes, I am, officer.”
The 30-year-old driver was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday on charges of operating under the influence of drugs, failure to obey a stop sign, and failure to wear a seat belt.
Australia Alleges Smuggler Had Bird Eggs In His Pants
SYDNEY (AP) Australians call tiny swimming trunks “budgie smugglers,” but the term might have new meaning after customs officials at Sydney’s airport said Wednesday that they found 16 wild-bird eggs in the crotch of a passenger’s pants.
The 39-year-old Czech man arrived Tuesday on a flight from Dubai when customs officials selected him for a baggage examination, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service said in a statement.
“Officers conducted a frisk search of the man and allegedly found 16 small eggs concealed in his groin area,” the statement said.
There was no word on whether it was budgies‚ small parrots also known as budgerigars‚ that were allegedly smuggled. The species has yet to be identified.
The man, whose name has not been released, was to appear in a Sydney court on Wednesday charged under environmental protection laws with attempting to import regulated live specimens without a permit. The charge carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a fine of 170,000 Australian dollars ($157,000).
Naked Man Playing Violin At Courthouse Jailed
Portland, OR (AP) A naked man playing violin in front of a downtown Portland courthouse Saturday refused to walk to a squad car and had to be carried by police.
Police say they aren’t sure of the man’s identity. He told them his name is Matthew T. Mglej and that he is 25 years old.
The brand of the violin was unknown on Saturday morning.
The man was jailed under the Portland city code forbidding indecent exposure.
Police say they warned the man numerous times about his “lack of attire,” but he refused to dress himself or leave public view.
City police refrain from enforcing the code during Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride as long as participants keep to the designated route. The event draws about 8,000 riders each June.
Man Steals Bread Truck, Makes Deliveries
New York (AP) A man stole a New York City bread truck and began delivering loaves of savory baked goods to random businesses, the bakery’s owner said Thursday.
David Bastar hopped into the Grimaldi’s Home of Bread truck on Manhattan’s Upper East Side early Monday while the real driver was making a delivery at a pizzeria, according to police.
Reportedly wearing only his underwear, Bastar then allegedly began dropping off baguettes, whole-wheat rolls and sourdough bread‚ but not to the bakery’s customers, said Joe Grimaldi, the owner of the baker in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens.
“The bread was left somewhere. Where I don’t know,” he said. “He dropped a lot of bread.”
Grimaldi said about $5,000 in bread was taken. The bakery later was able to accommodate all its customers.
“It’s a bizarre incident but nothing happened to the truck. No one was hurt. There was no damage. I got my truck back,” said Grimaldi.
Bastar, of Nanuet, was arrested later at LaGuardia Airport, where police say he wound up after tailgating a driver for several miles.
The driver became concerned about being followed and called police, said Erica Dumas, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.
Police determined that the truck had been stolen that morning.
Bastar, who was taken to a hospital for evaluation, was charged with criminal possession of stolen goods and driving without a license.
Grimaldi said a shuttle bus driver who witnessed the arrest called the bakery and said, “If you need a driver, I’ll work for you.”
Pantless Driver Says ‘Manzilian’ Irritated Skin
A 24-year-old Bremerton man told a Washington State trooper he was not wearing pants because he had recently received a body wax.
After the “manzilian” or Brazilian hair removal for men, he said his jeans irritated his skin so he was driving in his underwear.
The Kitsap Sun reports a witness saw the man exposing himself Wednesday.
He was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure.