Odds & Ends The Associated Press
June 16, 2018 - June 22, 2018
(Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
World War I practice bomb in Michigan lake
Mich. (AP) - Two girls have found what authorities say is a
World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan. The
Flint Journal reports that 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage
Menzies were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake
Tuesday when Paige felt something unusual. The girls and Sage's mother
dragged the 3-foot-long mystery find from the murky water. Paige says
they were excited at first, but then got worried. She says she was "so
scared" it might explode. The lake is in Genesee County's Argentine
Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. Township police Sgt.
Douglas Fulton says the Michigan State Police's bomb squad came out and
drilled a hole in it, but "nothing but mud came out."
Hazardous golf: Utah couple flees lumbering moose
Park City, Utah
(AP) - A Utah couple ran into a different sort of hazard during
a round of golf on Memorial Day near Salt Lake City. A young moose
bigger than their golf cart chased them off the links at the Park City
Golf Club. Emily Clearwater of Phoenix says she watched the scene unfold
from a relative's home nearby and took a video when she realized it was
following them. She said the young-looking moose went after the cart
twice but eventually lost interest. Golfer Mark Redican told the Deseret
News he was getting ready to hit a shot when his wife started yelling.
They jumped in the cart and made an escape as the animal headed off to a
nearby pond. He says the animal wasn't super aggressive, but it was
"gigantic" so they didn't hang around.
teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle is charged
Preston, Idaho (AP)
- An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping
turtle in front of several students has been charged with misdemeanor
animal cruelty. Preston Junior High School science teacher Robert
Crosland was charged Friday. He faces up to six months in jail and a
$5,000 fine if convicted. The school is in rural Preston, where the 2004
teen cult classic film "Napoleon Dynamite" was set. The Idaho attorney
general's office handled the investigation after Franklin County
Prosecutor Vic Pearson cited a conflict of interest. Several parents
came forward to say Crosland fed the puppy to the turtle on March 7.
Several weeks later, state officials seized the turtle and euthanized it
as a non-native species. Attempts to reach Crosland at the school Friday
were not successful.
valet has lucky escape, but Porsche gets crunched
Sydney (AP) -
A hotel valet had a lucky escape - but the luxury sports car he was
trying to park did not. Australian media say the valet drove the
soft-top Porsche Carrera under another vehicle Thursday outside the
Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney. Emergency workers cut the driver out from
the Porsche as a crowd watched. Matthew Talbot, the hotel's director of
sales and marketing, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. the valet
was "embarrassed and a little bit shocked" but was OK. The larger
vehicle was propped up and its wheels were anchored while the vehicles
were separated. The black Porsche, its hood and front bumper crunched
and dented, was then backed onto a tow truck. Witness Jonathan Bayle
said he thought a television show or movie was being shot. The hotel
said in a statement it was investigating.
(Australian Broadcasting Corp. via AP)
June 9, 2018 - June 15, 2018
Homeowner trying to kill weeds ends up
burning down garage
Springfield, Ohio (AP) –
Authorities say a homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a
torch has burned down his garage. The Springfield News-Sun reports
Springfield Township firefighters in central Ohio were called to a home
around 4 a.m. Thursday for a detached garage engulfed in flames. No one
was injured. Fire officials learned the man had been trying to eliminate
weeds around the garage. They’re calling the blaze an accident. The
destroyed garage held tools and appliances. Fire officials estimate the
loss at between $10,000 and $15,000.
Woman finds goat head on car hood
Boston (AP) – A woman woke up
to find a gruesome sight on her car in the Boston neighborhood of Hyde
Park. The woman found a bloody goat head on her car hood early Tuesday
morning with a photo of herself tucked under the windshield wiper
blades. The woman was walking her dog up Garfield Avenue around 6 a.m.
and noticed the head of the animal. Police say she drove her car about
half a mile to the Hyde Park branch of the Boston Police Department with
the grisly scene still intact. Animal control removed the head, and
officers are searching for more evidence. They are asking the public for
surveillance video in the neighborhood. No suspects have been arrested.
Truck dumps 40,000 pounds of
chicken feathers on highway
Federal Way, Wash. (AP) – A
tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington
state. It dumped about 40,000 pounds (18,145 kilograms) of chicken
feathers across Interstate 5. Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick
Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep at about 3:30
a.m. Wednesday north of Tacoma and lost control of the truck, which hit
a guardrail and overturned. The truck was hauling the feathers from a
poultry facility to a rendering company in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Canadian company recycles animal byproducts into ingredients for
items including pet feed and soap. The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma
reports traffic backed up for 11 miles (18 kilometers) as crews scooped
up the feathers. Johnson said the driver would be cited for negligent
Theron Zahn/KOMOnews.com via AP
Missing 14-foot-long pet python
sought in Indianapolis-area
Indianapolis (AP) –
Indianapolis-area police are warning people to be on the lookout for a
14-foot-long (4-meter-long) pet Burmese python that’s on the loose. The
Beech Grove Police Department says the constrictor is missing from a
home in the community on the southeast side of Indianapolis. Benny
Tarplee says he thinks the python, named “Vine,” escaped through his
back door late last week and he suspects she’s just hiding somewhere.
Tarplee says he spent three days searching his house before reporting
her escape to police. He describes the snake as a “big baby” who
presents no threat to humans. Nevertheless, the Indianapolis Zoo says
the constrictor could pose a threat to cats, dogs and small children.
Police say anyone who spots Vine should leave her alone and call 911.
Laurel, Yanny or … covfefe? White
House joins in on debate
Washington (AP) – The White
House is joining in on the viral debate over whether people hear the
names “Laurel” or “Yanny” in a much-shared audio clip. The White House
on Thursday released a video featuring various members of the staff
weighing in. Senior adviser Ivanka Trump says, “So clearly Laurel.”
Strategic-communications director Mercedes Schlapp says, “Yanny’s the
winner, Laurel’s the loser.” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway
pokes fun at her endless willingness to spin and bend the truth for the
president, saying, “It’s Laurel. But I could deflect and divert to Yanny
if you need me to.” Vice President Mike Pence wants to know: “Who’s
Yanny?” The video ends with President Donald Trump deadpanning, “I hear
covfefe” – a reference to a botched tweet he wrote last year that was
June 2, 2018 - June 8, 2018
municipality put cannabis leaf on flag
Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) - The southern
Estonian municipality of Kanepi has a cannabis leaf on its new flag -
because that’s what its name means in Estonian. Andrus Seeme, mayor for
Kanepi’s 2,500 souls, says a referendum was held in late 2017 and 80 percent
picked the winning design - a silver cannabis leaf on a green shield - out
of seven designs. Seeme said Wednesday the city council adopted it a day
earlier. Kanepi chose a new flag after three municipalities merged into one
following last year’s administrative reform. Seeme said the leaf has been
used as a heraldic symbol by local groups for decades and the new flag has
met little opposition in Estonia, where cannabis is illegal.
squirrels rescued from ordeal of tangled tails
Luttman via AP)
Omaha, Neb. (AP) - Six young squirrels
whose tails were stuck together by tree sap are recovering after a Nebraska
wildlife expert untangled them. A Nebraska Humane Society worker rescued the
squirrels from a pine tree in Omaha last week. Nebraska Wildlife Rehab
executive director Laura Stastny told the Omaha World-Herald that the
sap-covered tails became knotted as the youngsters wrestled in their nest.
Stastny says they are about 8 weeks old. Resident Craig Luttman spotted the
rodents’ predicament, describing it Thursday as “kind of like a tug of war,
going in completely opposite directions.” Stastny gave the squirrels a mild
painkiller before removing the sticky fur and untangling them. She says some
of them suffered injuries to their tails, but she expects all six to be
released in a few weeks.
gold bars fool man who
burglarized Michigan shop
Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP) - Fake
promotional gold bars apparently appeared so much like the real thing that
someone broke into a western Michigan flooring shop to take them. WXMI-TV
reports Old to Gold Hardwood Floors owner Rowdy Lapham arrived at work
Monday to find his store in Grand Rapids burglarized. Foam rubber gold bars
featuring the company’s logo were strewn about. A rock was used to break
through a window around 2 a.m. Sunday. The burglar was seen on surveillance
video roaming through the shop. Employee Nick Butler tells WZZM-TV that the
thief may have walked past a window and saw the stack of bars and “thought,
wow, someone forgot to put these gold bars away.” The squeezable bars are
for stress relief. Butler says the company’s motto is stress-free flooring.
falls from military chopper,
crashes into school
El Paso, Texas (AP) - Authorities are
trying to determine how a box of ammunition fell from a military helicopter
and crashed through the roof of an elementary school in Texas. The Ysleta
Independent School District says no one was injured when the ammo box hit
Parkland Elementary School in El Paso on Thursday afternoon. The ammo box
left a hole in the roof and caused a power outage in part of the building.
Officials at nearby Fort Bliss say they’ll reassess flight patterns as part
of their investigation. In a statement, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation
Brigade commander Col. Jay Hopkins said he was sorry for the damage and
grateful no one was hurt.
Message in a
bottle washes ashore in Canada 18 years later
Gloucester, Mass. (AP) - A message in a
bottle that a woman tossed off the coast of Massachusetts has been found
nearly two decades later in Nova Scotia. Eighty-year-old Rita Ganim tells
the Gloucester Times she dropped the bottle into Ipswich Bay in August 2000
with a short message asking the person who found it to contact her. The
bottle was all but forgotten until Ganim received a call from the Buffalo
News saying someone found it. Dallas Goreham had been looking for sea glass
in the Canadian province last Wednesday when he came across the bottle. The
11-year-old’s mother tracked Ganim down through the newspaper and sent a
photo of her son holding the message. While there are no plans set, Ganim
says she would love to meet the finders of her bottle.
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